Second Residential Units

The City of Kingston is proposing to amend the zoning bylaws to allow for more second residential units throughout the city. Second residential units are also referred to as secondary suites, basement apartments, granny flats, in-law apartments, or as coach houses when detached from the principal home.

They are self-contained residential units that are in addition to a principal residential unit and have separate access, private kitchen, bathroom facilities, and living space within the principal home or in an accessory building.

Currently, second residential units are only permitted in certain areas of the city and must be located within the

The City of Kingston is proposing to amend the zoning bylaws to allow for more second residential units throughout the city. Second residential units are also referred to as secondary suites, basement apartments, granny flats, in-law apartments, or as coach houses when detached from the principal home.

They are self-contained residential units that are in addition to a principal residential unit and have separate access, private kitchen, bathroom facilities, and living space within the principal home or in an accessory building.

Currently, second residential units are only permitted in certain areas of the city and must be located within the principal home. Proposed changes include expanding the areas where second residential units are permitted and allowing second residential units to be detached from the principal home.

See more information on the existing regulations for second residential units.

A public meeting will be held on July 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 216 Ontario St., during a regularly scheduled Planning Committee meeting to formally present the proposed amendments.

Feedback received from this survey and the public meeting will be used to refine and finalize the second residential unit regulations before final recommendations are brought to the Planning Committee and Council.

If approved, proposed changes will create updates to Zoning Bylaws (8499, 95-259, 76-26, 97-102, 32-74) and an amendment to the Official Plan.

  • CLOSED: This survey concluded on July 13.

    New Permissions Survey

    The City has prepared a survey to get your feedback on some of the proposed amendments to the zoning bylaws that will give broader permissions to second residential units.

    Survey closes July 13 at 4 p.m.

    The City has prepared a survey to get your feedback on some of the proposed amendments to the zoning bylaws that will give broader permissions to second residential units.

    Survey closes July 13 at 4 p.m.

    Take Survey