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A garden suite refers to a self-contained living accommodation unit that is built in the rear yard of a residential property, provided it is not adjacent to a public laneway. Garden suites are intended to offer additional housing options within existing residential neighborhoods. These units are usually separate from the main residential building and are designed to function as rental housing units.
The Province of Ontario is now requiring municipalities to permit:
1) Two additional residential units on lots with a detached, semi-detached, or rowhouse. Examples of these are garden suites or garage conversions
2) A range and mix of housing types such as duplexes and triplexes, and different living arrangements such as co-ownership and home share
Ge Financial Support from Goverment
The Affordable Laneway and Garden Suite Program offers financial assistance through a forgivable loan, with a potential value of up to $50,000, designed for property owners who are engaged in the construction of a laneway or garden suite and meet the program's criteria.
Read more at Laneway Suites Programs – City of Toronto.
Rules and Regulations
Garden suites are subject to specific rules and regulations outlined in the City's Zoning By-law and other applicable laws. These regulations cover various aspects such as the size of the unit, its height, setback distances from property lines, lot coverage, and compliance with the Ontario Building Code, including emergency access requirements. The goal of these regulations is to ensure that garden suites are built safely and in a way that minimizes potential impacts on neighbors and the surrounding environment.
It's important to note that the regulations and definitions may evolve over time, so if you're considering building a garden suite in Great Toronto Area, you should consult the latest official documents and engage with the relevant city departments to ensure you have accurate and up-to-date information.
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