Where to Get Started
HOW CAN I BUILD MY OWN LANEWAY HOUSE?
The first step for building your laneway house is to find out if you are eligible to build one. The zoning and land use bylaws of your municipality dictate if you are permitted to build a Laneway House or a Coach House in your lot. You need to determine which municipality regulates your property, and what the zoning of your property is.
Start by sourcing out the type of zoning of your property. Then using the links provided below. Ensure the types of zoning that your property falls under matches that of your municipality states as allowing laneway homes and coach housing. If your property does not fall under these types of zoning, this does not mean you are not eligible, it just means it has to be looked further.
…or you can fill the form below, and we will complete a Property assessment for you.
Check in to see if there are any updates from your municipality.
CITY OF VANCOUVER ALLOWS PROPERTY DUPLEX CONVERSIONS
Duplex Conversions are now allowed by the City of Vancouver on most RS Zoned lots
CITY OF VANCOUVER ALLOWS PROPERTY STRATAFICATION
Proposed changes to laneway house rules could allow landowners to stratify their property to increase home ownership ratio.
NEW WESTMINSTER ADOPTS COV LANEWAY REGULATIONS
New Westminster’s Laneway and Carriage House program began in 2017 after the building form was permitted through the updated Official Community Plan. The City of New Westminster now permits the development of laneway and carriage houses on many single detached dwelling properties.
PORT COQUITLAM PERMITS LANEWAY HOMES
Coach houses are permitted on eligible single-family lots in Port Coquitlam as part of the City’s efforts to provide more housing options in our growing community.
CITY OF NORTH VANCOUVER ADOPTS BYLAW TO ALLOW LANEWAY AND COACH HOUSES
On February 20, 2017, Council adopted Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 8529 to allow both a secondary suite and a coach house on lots zoned for single family development.
CITY OF BURNABY CONSIDERS ALLOWING LANEWAY HOMES
Secondary suites/laneway housing: To facilitate housing affordability for a wide rangeof Burnaby residents, consider the feasibility and advisability of allowing – andregulating, as appropriate – additional housing options (e.g., secondary suites, lanewayhousing, coach houses) in residential areas, and revise the Burnaby Zoning Bylaw if and as appropriate.