Build a coach house

A coach house is a detached compact home, usually built in the rear yard of a single-family residential lot.

Sometimes called a laneway house or carriage home, a coach house can provide you with additional rental income, while increasing the diversity of rental housing choices in single family neighbourhoods.

A coach house can't be sold separately from the main house or placed under strata title.

Is my property eligible for a coach house?

To be eligible to build a coach house, your single family lot must satisfy these general requirements:

  • Your lot must be over 929 m2 (10,000 square feet) — or at least 15m (50 feet) wide on a corner lot, or with access to an open lane
  • You cannot have an existing secondary suite, either attached or detached
  • The combined size of your principal house and coach house can't exceed the allowed maximum density for your zone 
  • The proposal must meet the Development Permit Area Policy of Schedule B in the OCP

Not all single family home sites are suitable for coach house development. Be sure to confirm with us that your property qualifies before you proceed.

Interested in building a coach house? Learn more

Download our complete Coach House How-To Guide to get complete details, including:

  • help determining if your site is eligible
  • a step by step approach to the application process
  • help figuring out costs
  • detailed design and development criteria
  • important contacts and resources
  • frequently asked questions

Download the coach house how-to guide

Download the coach house inquiry checklist