Planning & Building

Secondary Suites and Carriage Homes

The District of Summerland encourages secondary dwellings in areas of the community that have full urban services.

In simple terms, a carriage home must contain facilities that are completely detached from the principle dwelling, including at least one bedroom, a bathroom, and a kitchen. The kitchen would usually include cooking facilities such as a stove or microwave, but a stove plug of 220 volts or a gas line into the kitchen is also considered a cooking facility, since either of these hook-ups would enable quick and easy installation of a stove.

In simple terms, a secondary suite is an area of a single family dwelling that is separate from the rest of the house.  A secondary suite can include common areas with the rest of the house (such as a laundry room) but must contain facilities that are completely separated from the rest of the house.