Garden Suite Study

We want to hear from you!

We are moving ahead with more consultation to validate the results of the first community survey and to gather additional input on specific aspects of the potential regulations for Garden Suites.

Summer public engagement 

Join staff at the following events to learn more about garden suites. Take a few minutes to fill out a short survey and explore garden suites through a fun and interactive LEGO display.

Community survey #2

Available online until August 12, 2018.

Your input is important, so please take a few minutes to fill out this short survey. Paper copies are available at Saanich Municipal Hall (770 Vernon Ave.).

We are interested in exploring, in more detail, potential regulations for garden suites. The questions in this survey build on the feedback received in the first community survey (March-April), as well as at open houses and pop-up events this spring.

Statistically-significant survey

This survey is now closed. Thank you for taking the time to participate. Check back here in the coming weeks to view the survey results. 

What we’ve heard so far

Public Engagement Summary Report No. 1 [PDF - 3 MB] documents the results from the first community survey, and input received at two open houses held in March.

Stay informed!

Register to our notification list for updates. You will receive updates by email when there are opportunities for public input or when this subject will be considered by Council.

Project timeline

We are finished Phase 2 of the project. We will be entering Phase 3 this summer.


A garden suites is a detached house that is in the rear yard of a single family lot. It is accessory to the primary dwelling. Garden suites are also known as backyard cottages, laneway houses, carriage houses, coach houses, accessory dwelling units, secondary dwelling units, and detached accessory dwelling units. 

Garden suites are currently not permitted in Saanich. However, there has been growing community interest in having a garden suite to help offset a mortgage with rental income, house a family member, or provide an accessible living situation.

On September 11, 2017, Council adopted a Terms of Reference for a study to explore potential regulatory changes to permit garden suites. The study will take approximately 12 months to complete and will involve lots of opportunities for public input. 

Documents and reports

Public Engagement Summary

Open houses (March 2018)

Other documents