Secondary Suites Study


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. 

Phases 1 through 3 have been completed, which included a review of District policy, an analysis of secondary suite programs in other municipalities, and preparation of a Draft Strategy for secondary suites. 

Public engagement activities were also undertaken, where community residents actively participated in a range of events.

The District is now finishing Phase 4 of a five phase process to identify the key considerations for regulating secondary suites.  Following community consultation, a Final Report will be presented to Council for consideration in the Spring of 2021.


Secondary Suites Survey

Thank you to everyone who took the time to participate in the survey. The Secondary Suites Survey Summary is now available for review. 

View the Secondary Suites Survey Summary

View the responses to the open-ended Secondary Suites Survey questions

View the raw data from the Secondary Suites Survey

As part of our continued public engagement, the District undertook a Secondary Suites Survey to receive community input on potential approaches for permitting secondary suites within Oak Bay.  




Secondary Suites Questionnaire

The first Secondary Suites Questionnaire for this study was undertaken in May 2019.  The community input received from this questionnaire contributed greatly to the Draft Strategy.


Open House

The first Open House for this study was 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.

View the Open House DISPLAY BOARDS.


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

View the Draft Strategy here.

View the Secondary Suites report to Council in January 2021 (Item 5.1) here.

View the Secondary Suites report to Council in November 2020 (Item 4) here.

View the Secondary Suites Study newsletter here.

View the Secondary Suites background summary sheet here

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 .