Secondary Suites

Secondary SuitesView 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)
  • R-2: Duplex Residential (Detached Only)
  • A-1: Rural
  • A-2: Pike Lake Rural Residential
  • A-3: Rural Residential
  • CD-9CS - Low Density Suite Residential (Lakeside Village)

Secondary Suite Requirements

In addition to the required zoning, secondary suites must comply with both the B.C. Building Code and the Town's Zoning Bylaw [PDF - 1.3 MB] . Properties located within the allowable zones are not automatically permitted to have a secondary suite. The property must also be at least 600m2 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 the presence of a suite places restrictions on the type of home-based businesses an suites, please see Section 4.2 of the Town's Zoning Bylaw [PDF - 1.2 MB] or contact the Town's Planning Department.

Permit Requirements

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.

For more information on Secondary Suite requirements, contact the Town's Planning Department by email or click on View Royal's Guide to Secondary Suites [PDF - 67 KB].