View Royal recognizes the need for affordable housing to support residents at various stages of life. Secondary suites contribute to the community by providing accessible rental housing, lowering property ownership costs and providing in-law residences for family members who need at-home care. In light of this, View Royal permits secondary suites in some residential and rural zones.
Permitted Secondary Suite Zones
Secondary Suites are permitted within six land use zones:
- R-1: One family residential (large lot)
- R-1A: One family residential
- R-1B: One family residential
- R-1C: One family residential (medium lot)
- A-1: Rural
- A-3: Rural Residential
Secondary Suite Requirements
In addition to the required zoning, secondary suites must comply with both the B.C. Building Code and the Town's Land Use Bylaw . Properties located within the allowable zones are not automatically permitted to have a secondary suite. The property must also be at least 650m2 in area and must allow for three (3) off-street parking spaces (2 are required for the primary residence and 1 for the secondary suite). Secondary suites are limited to a floor area of no more than 40% (or 90m2, whichever is less) of the home. A house with a secondary suite must be owner-occupied and is not permitted to also have a home based business.
Property owners must obtain an annual permit for the secondary suite and are required to provide a statutory declaration confirming owner occupancy of the suited home. Permits for secondary suites must be renewed by March 1st of each calendar year.Go to Top