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North Vancouver Basement Suites Bylaws and Policies

Blog by Charlie Mackenzie, Personal Real Estate Corporation | September 4th, 2008

North Vancouver Secondary Suite Bylaws & Policies

I have just uploaded a chart outlining the bylaws and policies for having a secondary suite in the City and District of North Vancouver. Since many buyers looking to purchase properties are also considering properties with self-contained suites, or are considering renovating a home to include a suite, I think this information might be useful for some out you out there. For your convenience, I have also posted the chart below.



City of North Vancouver

District of North Vancouver

Bylaw or Policy

Zoning Bylaw, 1995, No. 6700

District of North Vancouver Zoning Bylaw, 1965, No. 3210

Definition of “Suite”

Accessory Secondary Suite

Secondary Suite


Single Family Residential Zone

Single Family Residential Zone

Type of Suite

Located in and party of a building which is a single real estate entity

Suite designated within a single family residential building

Number of Suites Permitted

Only 1 suite per single family dwelling

Only 1 suite is per single family residential building

Size Restrictions

Minimum 400 square feet and a maximum size of 40% of the total floor area of the building, up to 969 square feet.

Not to exceed in total area the lesser of 968 square feet or 40% of the residential floor space of the single family dwelling

Occupancy Restrictions



Owner Occupancy

Owner must live in building in order for a suite to be allowed

Owner of SFR building must live in building for suite to be allowed

Number of Occupants – Restrictions



Parking Requirements

1 additional off-street parking space is required

3 off-street parking spaces for a single family residential building with a suite


$177 inspection fee for each self-contained unit. Building permit application fee equal to 50% of building permit fee

$250 building permit application fee. $207.74 annual sewer rate per suite; $148.14 annual water rate per suite