This letter is to remind all businesses that participate in building, renovating, buying and selling houses in
the City of Coquitlam of the rules around secondary suites in residential zones.
The City of Coquitlam Zoning Bylaw No. 3000, 1996 defines a “secondary suite” as a self-contained dwelling
unit, located within a one-family dwelling that contains a kitchen, bathroom facilities and a separate
entrance. A secondary suite must comply with all regulations in the City of Coquitlam Zoning and Building
Bylaws and the British Columbia Building Code to be lawful.
A one-family residential home may contain one secondary suite. Any additional suites are not permitted.
Duplexes, townhouses and other multi-family dwellings are not permitted to have any secondary suites.
The City has an active Secondary Suite Enforcement Program that both responds to complaints from the
public and engages in proactive enforcement. Property owners found to have multiple suites or any suites
in multi-family dwellings will be ticketed and required to remove the impermissible suites. Property owners
with a secondary suite that was built without building permits or that does not comply with the Zoning and
Building Bylaws will be required to either remove the suite or to apply for the necessary permits to bring it
Your business plays an important role in helping the public understand the applicable legislation and
municipal bylaws relating to the substantial financial obligations of home ownership and the important
safety requirements for lawful suites. Please familiarize yourself with the City of Coquitlam’s secondary
suite regulations, and we thank you for your assistance ensuring residents are not being misled when
building, renovating, buying and selling houses in the City.
Please visit http://wwmcoquitlam.ca/secondarysuites for more information about secondary suites.
Complete copies of the City of Coquitlam Zoning Bylaw No. 3000, 1996 are available at
This information is provided by City of Coquitlam.