District of Oak Bay adopts Secondary Suites Program 

September 23, 2022

District of Oak Bay adopts Secondary Suites Program 

After significant public engagement and studies, Oak Bay Council approved the Secondary Suites Program at the September 20, 2022 Special Council Meeting. 

As a result, secondary suites are permitted in  all RS Zones in Oak Bay, which permit a One-Family Residential Use. Every secondary suite in Oak Bay must meet General Regulations identified in the Zoning Bylaw including the requirement for the property owner to live in either the main unit or the secondary unit. Visit www.oakbay.ca/secondary-suites for full details on requirements. 

A secondary suite will not require an additional off-street parking stall, however, where a building contains a secondary suite it must provide an outdoor, labelled, energized outlet capable of providing at least Level 1 (110 v) charging for an electric vehicle, scooter or bike. This requirement is intended to promote and encourage the use of environmentally friendly and active transportation. 

“This is a significant step in supporting more diverse housing options and addressing tenant safety,” said Mayor Kevin Murdoch. “We appreciate all of the input and engagement received throughout this process; it helped us address concerns with a balanced approach.  We look forward to seeing the Secondary Suites Program rolled out this fall.” 

Oak Bay’s Secondary Suite’s Implementation Program will roll out over the fall of 2022, including website updates, educational resources, and permit process updates. Please visit www.oakbay.ca/secondary-suites for more information. 

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