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A Laneway House
Take advantage of the new Toronto Laneway House by-laws. Design and build a multi-storied laneway suite for rent or personal use.
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Laneway housing is a new cost effective option for property owners looking at alternatives to a home addition build. The laneway house is detached from the primary property and can be used as extra space for the property owner or as a rental unit.
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What Exactly Is A Laneway House?
Often times a laneway house (laneway suite) is a small dwelling at the rear of a lot. All of the main services such as mail delivery and garbage disposal all run from the main street, opposed to the laneway itself. This is a new trend in the city of Toronto, but laneway housing is nothing new, especially in Canada. Look no further than Vancouver for the most recent hotbed of laneway suites. The City of Toronto is reported to be the bigger older sibling stepping in to steal the spotlight. Expecting to build anywhere from 100-300 laneway suites in Toronto over the next 1-2 years.
In June of 2018, the City of Toronto passed a series of Official Plan and By-law amendments permitting laneway houses within certain zones in the City. These amendments create as-of-right guidelines that allow laneway suites in Toronto to be built under certain circumstances without requiring variances through the Committee of Adjustment, saving property owners both time and money. Over the summer of 2019, the geographic area that the by-law covers was extended to cover the entire City of Toronto.
Toronto Laneway House Requirements
The following are a list of eligibility requirements in order to build a laneway house. For a full list and for more information, check out our Laneway House FAQs.
- Apply for a laneway house permit with the City of Toronto and conform with zoning and other by-laws
- Enter into an Agreement with the city for both programs
- Own a single family home abutting a private lane (for the Affordable Laneway Suites program only)
Laneway House Tips & Trends
Before getting started on your project, take some time to read our helpful articles regarding laneway house builds.
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