The District of Oak Bay is working on a housing framework that considers a wide range of housing options to meet current and future community needs.  One of these housing options is to allow for secondary suites.  The Secondary Suites Study is intended to review the policies and regulations necessary for secondary suites to be permitted in Oak Bay.

The Oak Bay Official Community Plan includes content that speaks to developing a policy and regulatory framework to permit secondary suites as a way of providing affordable housing in the community, and Council also included secondary suites in their 2017-2018 strategic priorities.  As a result, the Secondary Suites Study is intended to review the options for secondary suites as one form of housing within the community.  It will address key items identified through the process, and provide options that benefit the community and property owners.  New policies and regulations will be identified including, for example, possible updates to the Zoning Bylaw.

The Process

The Study consists of a five phase process. 

Phase 1 has now been completed, which included a review of District policy and an analysis of secondary suite programs in other municipalities.

We are now beginning Phase 2, which includes obtaining input from the community.  Through the first Open House and Questionnaire, initial feedback will be collected and summarized.  That information will then be presented to Council and the community.



Open House

The first Open House for this study will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Sports View Lounge at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre. 

See the OPEN HOUSE INVITATION for additional information.


Secondary Suites Questionnaire

On April 25, 2019, an online questionnaire will be available for you to provide input into the process, and will be available until May 10, 2019.  Please check back here to offer your comments.


Stay Informed

If you would like to receive updates by email on the Secondary Suites Study, please send a request to  Simply provide us with your name and email address, and that's it!  We will keep you up to date on the project.


Background Information

At their July 9, 2018 meeting, Council directed staff to move forward with a Secondary Suites Study.  View the July 9, 2018 staff report here .