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