Illegal secondary suite crackdown in Fort St. John

first_imgThe information campaign begins immediately with potential enforcement action a legal consequence for noncompliant owners beginning on April 1, 2015. A City Hall news release says letters and information material will be mailed to homeowners, and other stakeholders, to provide accurate information on the suites.It will also provide an opportunity for home owners with illegal secondary suites to remedy that situation—either by making them legal, or with the assistance of City Building Inspectors, decommissioning them.A secondary suite is defined by the city as “a self-contained, accessory dwelling unit located within…the same parcel as a single detached dwelling.”- Advertisement -Essentially, it’s a living quarter within a home, often found in the basement, which is fully equipped with its own separate cooking, sleeping and bathing facilities. It also must have its own direct access to the outside without going through any part of the primary unit.A residence must meet these conditions before being permitted to provide secondary housing.The owner of the suite holds a valid business licence.One off-street parking suite provided on the parcel for the occupant of the suiteThe single-detached dwelling must be occupied by the ownerMeets B.C. Building Code requirementsThe zones in which the construction of a secondary suite is permitted are R-2, R-4, RM–1 and RM-2.Advertisementlast_img read more