In February, the North Vancouver City Council adopted a bylaw that allowed both a secondary suite and a coach house on lots zoned for single house development. Secondary suits and coach houses provide homeowners flexibility to provide for extended family members, or to rent out these accommodations to help out with mortgage and other expenses.

Secondary Units

Secondary suits are self-contained units that are a part of a principle dwelling, usually a basement suite. North Vancouver legalized secondary suites in all single family homes in 1993 to increase rental options in lower density neighbourhoods.

Coach Houses

A coach house is a detached compact home, usually built in the backyard of a single-family residential lot. It is also known as a laneway or carriage home. Coach houses, often converted garages or sheds, provide a unique option for homeowners. They were approved in 2010 following an extended process with the City Council and the public, allowing for extra density in single-home neighbourhoods.

A development permit is required for coach house developments to ensure, among other regulations, the form and character of the coach house fits in within the surrounding neighbourhood. A coach house can’t be sold separately from the main house under strata title.

Is My Property Eligible for a Coach House?

To be eligible to build a coach house, your single family lot must be over 10,000 square feet on a corner lot with access to an open lane. If you fit this requirement then need to apply for a Development Variance Permit from the city.

North Vancouver District will review your proposal. The Council monitor all coach housing to satisfy a number of requirements and development criteria to ensure that all neighbourhoods prosper.

Rent To Own

With Rent To Own properties, a coach house or a secondary unit can help with rent and additional expenses. It can be the perfect solution to build equity and income. If you’re interested on how you can use Rent To Own to own your dream home sooner then please give us a call at 1-877-546-2739.


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