Suites are often believed to cause over-demand for street parking in an area. Legal suites have a parking space provided on-site but there is no bylaw provision compelling the tenant or guests to park in that space only. Suite enforcements can be multi-faceted involving not only the Zoning Bylaw [PDF - 6.5 MB] for occupancy and density limits, but also building permits, fire safety, unsightly premises, noise, dog control, and covenants.
The department investigates suites only when two complaints in writing are received. Persons reporting must live within 50 m of the suite property and be able to cite, in concrete terms, how the suite negatively affects the enjoyment of their property. The Bylaw Department does not action tenant reports of unethical landlords or substandard suites; please consult the Residential Tenancy Act.Go to Top