Secondary & Backyard Suites

Please be advised that on January 28, 2020 Regional Council deferred first reading of the staff report recommending amendments to municipal land use by-laws to permit secondary accessory to single unit dwellings, two unit dwellings and townhouse dwellings and backyard suites accessory to single unit dwellings. Regional Council deferred the first reading to enable staff to prepare a supplementary report that would also consider backyard suites accessory to two unit dwellings and townhouse dwellings.

A public hearing date has yet to be scheduled. Please stay tuned for updates.


On March 27, 2018 Regional Council initiated a process to consider amendments to the Regional Municipal Planning Strategy and all applicable community municipal planning strategies/land-use by-laws to simplify the development of secondary and backyard suites. See the staff report.

Since then staff completed consultation through an on-line survey, one on one meetings and through feedback received from the Centre Plan.


Secondary suites are separate dwelling units that are completely contained within a home, sometimes called in-law suites, or basement apartments.

Backyard suites, sometimes referred to as garden suites or carriage houses, are separate free-standing buildings, either built overtop an accessory structure like a garage, or simply on their own.
(Image used with the permission of the City of Calgary)

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The municipality is considering secondary suites accessory to single unit, two unit and townhouse dwellings and backyard suites accessory to single unit dwellings.

Allowing secondary and backyard suites more broadly is intended to support the creation of complete communities as well as meet affordable housing targets for Halifax that were adopted under the Housing and Homelessness Partnership.

Updates will continue to be posted here on Shape Your City.

Questions? Want more information?

Please contact Jill MacLellan, Planner III, Planning and Development
Telephone: 902-490-4871
Email: maclelj@halifax.ca

Please be advised that on January 28, 2020 Regional Council deferred first reading of the staff report recommending amendments to municipal land use by-laws to permit secondary accessory to single unit dwellings, two unit dwellings and townhouse dwellings and backyard suites accessory to single unit dwellings. Regional Council deferred the first reading to enable staff to prepare a supplementary report that would also consider backyard suites accessory to two unit dwellings and townhouse dwellings.

A public hearing date has yet to be scheduled. Please stay tuned for updates.


On March 27, 2018 Regional Council initiated a process to consider amendments to the Regional Municipal Planning Strategy and all applicable community municipal planning strategies/land-use by-laws to simplify the development of secondary and backyard suites. See the staff report.

Since then staff completed consultation through an on-line survey, one on one meetings and through feedback received from the Centre Plan.


Secondary suites are separate dwelling units that are completely contained within a home, sometimes called in-law suites, or basement apartments.

Backyard suites, sometimes referred to as garden suites or carriage houses, are separate free-standing buildings, either built overtop an accessory structure like a garage, or simply on their own.
(Image used with the permission of the City of Calgary)

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The municipality is considering secondary suites accessory to single unit, two unit and townhouse dwellings and backyard suites accessory to single unit dwellings.

Allowing secondary and backyard suites more broadly is intended to support the creation of complete communities as well as meet affordable housing targets for Halifax that were adopted under the Housing and Homelessness Partnership.

Updates will continue to be posted here on Shape Your City.

Questions? Want more information?

Please contact Jill MacLellan, Planner III, Planning and Development
Telephone: 902-490-4871
Email: maclelj@halifax.ca