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Backyard Bungalow Names and Info by Municipality

This section lists the various names each municipality has for "Backyard Bungalows", whether they're permitted, as well as a link to municipal websites. Please note, that some municipalities may allow then even if they indicate they do not, e.g. through a variance/rezoning by city council.

Most of this information is current as of October 2020. Please verify information provided with us or the applicable municipality as these policies are constantly changing.

Municipality Name Allows Them or Current Status Municipal Website
Central Saanich Carriage house Yes and currently going through a bylaw amendment to allow them without a zoning amendment through council. Click Here
Colwood Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) Yes. Suites that are located within an accessory building, detached from the main residence (ie. such as a “carriage home” or “garden suite”). Click Here
Esquimalt Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit (DADU) Council reviewed a staff proposal for legalizing DADUs and asked staff to conduct public engagement with residents about the proposed regulations and possible locations and designs of DADUs. Click Here
Highlands NA Under review by the municipality. Click Here
Langford Garden Suite and Carriage House Yes. A Garden Suite is an accessory dwelling unit located on the ground floor of a detached accessory building. A Carriage Suite is an accessory dwelling unit located on the second floor of a detached accessory building. Click Here
Metchosin Detached Secondary Suite Yes Click Here
North Saanich Guest Cottage and Carriage House Yes. Carriage house if built over garage. Click Here
Saanich Garden Suite Yes Click Here
Sidney Detached Secondary Dwelling Yes Click Here
Sooke Small Suite Yes Click Here
Victoria Garden Suite Yes Click Here
View Royal NA In Official Community Plan: Special consideration will be given to the provision of ground-oriented units in order to accommodate continued demand for family housing. Increasing the number of garden suites, townhomes, small lot detached houses and other housing forms with ground level entries is essential to realizing the Town’s Vision. Click Here

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