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Residential Issues

Secondary Suites

Please be advised that the City of Richmond has adopted amendments to the Zoning Bylaw that allows a single secondary suite within a single-family detached home.  However, for a secondary suite to be legal, it must be inspected and upgraded to ensure compliance with the BC Building Code requirements for secondary suites and all applicable City bylaws. Please refer to the following information bulletin and specific use regulations for further information:

PDF Document Building_22: Secondary Suite in an Existing Single Family Dwelling 

Please note that secondary suites are not permitted in duplexes, town homes (except in a few site specific zones), or apartments.  Please refer to the Zoning & Development Bylaw 8500 for detailed information.

If you would like to report an illegal suite please complete the online Customer Feedback form.

For further information on the Secondary Suites Policy, you may contact:

Building Approvals
Phone: 604-276-4285
Fax: 604-276-4063