What is a laneway house?
A laneway house is a detached home, built on an existing lot, as a secondary suite. Laneway homes are usually built in the backyard of the primary residence, opening onto the back lane. City of Vancouver Council adopted laneway housing in 2009 to contribute to the sustainability of our city.
Can you sell a laneway house in Vancouver?
No. A laneway house cannot be stratified and sold separately from the primary residence on the lot.
How long does it take to build a laneway house in Vancouver?
There are 3 stages involved in building a laneway house. Stage 1 is design. This process can take between 1 to 3 months, depending on the level of detail. Stage 2 is permitting. City of Vancouver permit processing timelines for a laneway house are approximately 4 to 6 months. 3rd and final stage is construction. The construction process. Construction of a laneway house can take anywhere between 8 to 10 months.
How big can a laneway house be in Vancouver?
Size of a laneway house depends on the size of the lot it will be situated on. In Vancouver, laneway houses are allowed to be one or two stories (partial 2nd storey), and up to a maximum of 900 sf.
How much does a laneway house cost?
The average cost to build a laneway house in Vancouver is $250,000 - $300,000. This cost includes design and development, permitting fees and the construction costs.