A secondary suite is defined as a portion of a single family home 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 has a lockable, fire-rated door between the second set of cooking facilities and the remainder of the principal dwelling.
Secondary suites are required to be registered with the City. Registration confirms that suites comply with the BC Building Code and Abbotsford Zoning Bylaw, 2014. A number of legal, health, life safety, fire protection, and zoning requirements must be met for the suites to be registered.