Garden Suites in Victoria

Garden Suites in Saanich. 

If you’ve spent any time lately on instagram, or reading architectural design magazines or blogs, tiny homes, garden suites, and other alternative forms of housing are EVERYWHERE. 

In case you missed it, the municipality of Saanich is considering joining the city of Victoria in working to allow the construction of garden suites in our most populous municipality. 

Sample plan view from Saanich’s website.

Here are the the most important things to know:

  1.  A house cannot have a secondary suite AND a garden suite
  2. There are restrictions on the size of the suite, based on the size of the lot. 
  3. Just because your lot meets the size and zoning requirements will not guarantee approval; neighbour’s privacy, shadows cast by the building, etc will all be considered. 
  4. A garden suite MUST have its own parking space. 
  5. The city is looking for green design factors.. Energy consumption, rainwater runoff management, etc. 
Parking is an import consideration in your development application.

Check out the proposal here:

https://www.saanich.ca/assets/Community/Documents/Planning/Garden%20Suites%20Boards%20and%20Site%20Plans%20May%202019.pdf

Check out the original Study Here:

https://www.saanich.ca/EN/main/community/community-planning/policy-initiatives/garden-suite-study.html

Keep in mind, this is not approved yet. Make sure to talk to your local planning department to confirm a project is feasible BEFORE spending too much time designing your perfect little backyard dream project. 

And, if you ever have questions about real estate anywhere in Victoria…. We are here to help!

This is what a garden suite could look like. Keep in mind height and size restrictions when submitting your application.

Vincent Baart

Real Estate Professional

Victoria Property Specialists Group

RE/MAX Camosun

250-532-5364