A secondary suite, or basement suite, is a separate living area contained within a single detached dwelling.  It functions as a self-contained accessory living unit complete with a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.  It may share common space with the primary residence such as a laundry room.  

Below is a list of steps required to construct a secondary 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 on the type of permit. The timeline begins once a complete application package is received.

Type of PermitProcessing TimeNotes
Development PermitUsually within 10 days by email Variances and discretionary uses may extend processing time
Building Permit2 to 5 business days by email 
Subtrade Permits1 to 2 business days by emailCannot be issued before a building permit (if required)

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.

Locating utility lines prior to disturbing the ground is the owner's responsibility.

Step 5: Inspections

Below you will find details on what inspections are required and how to make your inspection requests.