Suites: So, you want to build a Second Suite?
Suite is a self-contained apartment in a single,
semi-detached or row house. Most second suites are
basement apartments, but they can be in any part of
the house, including the attic. They can also be referred
to as accessory apartments, granny
flats or in-law suites.
6, 2000 the City of Torontos new second suites
bylaw (493-2000) came into effect. The bylaw permits
second suites in all single-detached and semi-detached
houses throughout the City with certain conditions.
second suite must be self-contained with its own
kitchen and bathroom;
house, including any additions, must be at least
five years old;
floor area of the second suite must be smaller than
the remaining part of the house;
often, a home with a second suite must have at least
two parking spaces;
new second suites must comply with the Ontario
Building Code and zoning bylaws, and have a
building permit; and
existing second suites must comply with the Fire
Code, zoning and property standards.
any planned changes to the outside appearance of your
house first with City Buildings staff. Where your
zoning requires more than one parking space, parking
spaces can be in tandem (one behind the other). In
most of the former City of Toronto, just one parking
space is required for a house with a second suite.
you know you want to build a second suite and that
in doing so, you will change the dimensions of your
house; you will need a building permit. Prepare yourself
to embark on a bureaucratic form-filling and form-filing
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