Secondary Suites:

In Ladysmith, a secondary suite is an additional dwelling unit fully contained within and subordinate to a single family dwelling.  Secondary suites are an excellent way to offer affordable housing in the community both for renters and home-owners who need a mortgage helper.  If you are building a new single family home you might want to think about including a secondary suite or building your home to be “suite-ready”. The following information will be helpful when making that consideration:

Secondary Suites Design Considerations  Secondary Suites Frequently Asked Questions

Coach House:

In Ladysmith, a coach house is a self contained accessory dwelling unit located within a detached accessory building.  Coach Houses are permitted in certain zones located in and near the Downtown.  Refer to the Zoning Bylaw for specific zones and regulations.  A Coach House Development Permit is needed prior to either constructing a new coach house or converting an existing accessory building into a coach house. Once the Coach House Development Permit process is complete, a building permit is required.  For information please refer to:

Coach House Development Permit Guidelines  Coach House Guide