Secondary Suites

What is a secondary suite?

A secondary suite is a separate living area contained within a single family dwelling and functions as a self-contained living unit.

Do I need a building permit to put a secondary suite in my home?

Building Permit Application [PDF - 713 KB] must be applied for and approved  by a City of Courtenay Building Official for a secondary suite prior to installation. The purpose of the building permit is to ensure that all health and safety requirements have been met.

What if I purchased a home with an illegal suite (unauthorized suite)?

If you have purchased a home with an illegal suite, an application must be made to ensure that the suite meets building code for safety compliance and zoning requirements. The suite should not be rented out until an approved building permit has been finalized with the City of Courtenay.

How do I decommission a suite?

You will require a building permit to decommision a suite. Decommisioning a suite involves: permenantly removing all cooking facilities, removing spatial separations and completing a Statutory Declaration confirming that the suite has been removed from the property and that it will not be inhabited or rented as a secondary suite.

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