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Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 'Illegal' Suites

Are you looking to increase your revenue by adding a suite to your basement? Or your next home you would like a ready made suite to balance your books at months end?
There are MANY considerations.

June 2008 - new Land Use Bylaw is passed: secondary suites became legal. IF..
- created before 1970, it could be non-conforming use
- 1970-1983 it could have a kitchen though no stove, no 220V wiring, etc.
- 1983 requires full compliance: fire separation wall, separate heating systems, separate entrance, etc.
- if it went unoccupied for 6 months or more you may no longer have a non-conforming suite--the City would not grandfather in the existing use
- suites are to be under 70m2 (753 sq ft)
- it could be considered a duplex at 71m2 & over
- houses currently zoned R-C1 (the old designation was R-1) with lots that are minimum 15.2m (50’) frontage & a total lot area of 400m2 could request a zoning change to R-C1s
 - R-C1s, a new zoning designation, could be approved for a basement suite, or even to develop a suite over your garage. Areas like McKenzie Towne & Garrison Woods have examples of legal suites over their garages (if you notice a 2 story garage, now you know what it could be).

For further details on the new zoning bylaw, you can call 311 or check it out online at
- R-C1s: see Divison 3, pages 299  
- For ’suites’ information : see Part 6, Division 1, section 573 (page378)

This is a long document on the City of Calgary’s website, Part 1 is 736 pages, part 2 is a further 290. I found it faster to ask than search, though you now have the sections gleened from my phone call.

Call today to see houses, suited or not!
posted in General at Thu, 28 May 2009 18:14:35 +0000

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