A secondary suite is defined as a portion of a single-family house, which is established as a separate dwelling unit from the principal part of the house. It is typically a finished basement with kitchen facilities, a separate entrance from the exterior, and a lockable door between two portions of the house.
Suites are required to be registered with the City. Registration confirms that suites comply with the BC Building Code and Abbotsford Zoning Bylaw, 1996. To be legalized, health, life safety, fire protection, and zoning requirements must be met.
Unauthorized suites may be fined $250 per day for every day that the suite is not registered, in keeping with Municipal Ticket Information Bylaw No. 1675-2007.
To avoid being fined, property owners must register their secondary suites with the Building Permits and Licences Division. The cost for registering an secondary suite is $260 if the suite is new and $572 if the suite is existing. An annual infrastructure fee of $260 is also payable with the tax notice.
See our Secondary Suite Brochure (also available Secondary Suites in Punjabi) for frequently asked questions.
Contact Building Permits and Licences Division at 604-864-5525 for more information.