Detached Garden Suites

Detached Garden Suites provide an important form of affordable housing in the City of Maple Ridge that benefits both renters and homeowners. A detached garden suite (or DGS) is not intended to be a second principal house on the one family lot but is rather meant to be detached, accessory and subordinate in nature to the main house.

What is Going On?


On January 26, 2021 Council removed the owner occupancy regulatory requirement for detached garden suites to expand housing choice and encourage more rental units. Property owners no longer have to live on the property that has the detached garden suite. However, properties that have two or more rentals on a property are required to have a Business Licence in order to rent both units.

Detached Garden Suite Regulations


All detached garden suite regulations can be found in the City of Maple Ridge Zoning Bylaw 7600-2019. The following information provides a summary of the regulations that apply to detached garden suites within Maple Ridge.

  • Detached garden suites are permitted in specific zones, please refer to the Zoning Bylaw.
  • One detached garden suite per lot is permitted and are not permitted on lots that are less than 557m2 in area. 
  • Detached garden suites must not be less than 37m2 and no more than 90m2 or 10% of the lot area (whichever is less).
  • One parking off-street parking space must be dedicated to the detached garden suite.
  • Detached garden suites must not be situated within the Floodplain Area
  • Detached garden suites must remain under the same legal title.
  • Detached garden suites must not be used for short-term/ vacation rentals.
  • Detached garden suites are not permitted where there is a Bed and Breakfast, Boarding, Secondary Suite, Temporary Residential, Caretaker Residential, or Two-Unit Residential on a lot.

Business Licence Requirements


A Business Licence is required if there are two rental units on the property. This means if the single detached home is being rented and there is a detached garden suite on the property that is also being rented, the property owner must have a business licence in order to rent both dwellings.

There is a business licence fee for rental units and there is a one-time Application Review Fee of $500. However, the Application Review Fee has been waived for one year after adoption of the amending bylaw (January 2021-January 2022). To obtain a Business Licence, please visit: https://www.mapleridge.ca/191/Business-Licensing

Thinking of Building a Detached Garden Suite?


Building permits are required for any new construction or renovation of a detached garden suite. A registered owner or authorized agent for the owner may apply for the building permit. For building permit application requirements, guides, and bulletins, please visit: https://www.mapleridge.ca/184/Building

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Work to Date


The review of current accessory dwelling unit programs (secondary suites and detached garden suites) has been underway since Fall 2017. Below are links to the most recent staff reports regarding secondary suites.
  • July 14, 2020 - Council Workshop Agenda/Report
  • November 17, 2020 - Committee of the Whole (CoW) Agenda/Report
  • November 24, 2020 Regular Council (First and Second Reading) Agenda/Report
  • January 19, 2021 - Public Hearing Agenda/Report
  • January 26, 2021 - Regular Council (Third and Adoption Reading) Agenda/Report
  • To see the recordings of each meeting, please visit the webpage link here

 Past Work & Related Documents

For more information on the “Detached Garden Suite Pilot Project”, please visit: https://www.mapleridge.ca/1887/Detached-Garden-Suite-Pilot-Project

Looking for More Information?

Please feel free to contact the Planning Department by emailing the department or by phone at 604-467-7341 at any time with questions or comments about Detached Garden Suites or the Accessory Dwelling Unit Review.





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