A legal garage suite is a self-contained accessory dwelling unit located in the same building as a detached garage. It has an entrance separate from the vehicle entrance, either from a common indoor landing or directly from the exterior of the structure. A garage suite can only be located on the same site as a single detached dwelling.

Below is a list of steps required to construct a garage suite.

Step 1: Establish Requirements

Depending on the scope of your project, you will require a variety of permits.

Step 2: Apply for Required Permits

Below are the steps to apply for the required permits. To minimize wait time, we suggest you apply for all permits at the same time.

Step 3: Receive Permits

Below is a list of approximate timelines based the type of permit. The timeline begins once a complete application package is received.

Type of PermitProcessing TimeNotes
Development Permitusually within 25 days by emailA garage suite is a discretionary use in residential districts
Lot Grading Permit for Residential Properties5 business days by email 
Building Permit2 to 5 business days by email 
Subtrade Permits1 to 2 business days by emailCannot be issued before a building permit

Step 4: Start Construction

You may begin construction once you have received all required permits. Below is contact information you may need for ground work and utilities.

Step 5: Inspections

Your permit is only as good as the inspections that go with it. Please see below for what inspections are required and how to make your inspection requests.