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Secondary suite regulation tweaks passed by Calgary council

New rules will allow for larger suites in a wider range of homes, when certain criteria are met

The city has relaxed size regulations on some secondary suites as more and more people work to create legal suites.

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The city has relaxed size regulations on some secondary suites as more and more people work to create legal suites.

Calgary City Council approved changes to secondary suite regulations on Monday.

Coun. Gian-Carlo Carra, who jointly brought forward the motion with Coun. Andre Chabot, said the changes got rid of bad regulations and replaced them with better ones.

“We’ve effectively removed the size requirements for in-house suites, particularly basement suites,” said Carra.

Secondary suites in a home can now be 100 square metres in size, or they can be the footprint of an entire basement.

Suites above a garage can still only be 75 square metres.

Homes on building lots narrower than 10 meters are now able to apply for secondary suites, however Coun. Shane Keating brought forward an amendment that ensures narrow homes either be on a corner lot, or have a rear laneway to ensure there is suitable parking.

The changes do not apply to communities that are not currently zoned for secondary suites.

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