As of July 10, 2018, Detached Accessory Dwelling Units (DADUs) (also known as laneway housing) are now permitted in Port Moody. DADUs have numerous benefits in a community, including additional housing stock, rental income for homeowners, and opportunities for young people, seniors and families to live in ground-oriented accommodation.
Eligible properties in Port Moody must have secondary access to the rear of a lot from a street or lane; and be located in RS1, RS1-S, R2, R3, RS5, RS6, RS7, RS9, or RT residential zones. The following are the key requirements for DADU’s as specified in Section 5.5 of the City of Port Moody Zoning Bylaw, No. 2937:
- maximum total floor area of 90m²;
- maximum permitted lot coverage of 65m²;
- maximum one storey height of 4.57m or two storey height of 6.71m;
- must be located in the rear yard;
- must be sited as an accessory building, according to the applicable zone;
- must be setback at least 6.0 m from the principal building;
- must be setback at least 1.5 m from the rear property line;
- One parking space must be provided on-site for exclusive use of the DADU tenant.
Design guidelines regulate the form and character of DADUs including privacy, orientation, overlook, architectural design, outdoor space and landscaping. The design guidelines are located in Appendix 2 Development Permit Area 7: Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit Intensive Residential Development in the City’s Official Community Plan, 2014, Bylaw No. 2955.
The process to apply for a DADU is to submit a Minor Development Permit Application to ensure compliance with the guidelines. As per Development Permit Delegation Bylaw No. 2015 the General Manager of Planning and Development may approve a Minor Development Permit for a DADU. Successful approval of a Minor Development Permit is required before the issuance of a Building Permit and before an applicant begins construction.
The City of Port Moody is producing a detailed guidebook to assist property owners, designers and builders in understanding the regulations, process, cost considerations, design guidelines, and frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) for constructing a new DADU. The guidebook will be available by the end of August 2018 online or in paper at the City Hall Bylaw front counter.
For further information please contact Planning Staff at Planning@portmoody.ca