Garden Suite Study

Community survey #2 is now closed.

Thank you to all who completed the survey and visited our Music in the Park displays in July.

Next Steps

Staff are preparing a report of the survey results, which will inform the draft regulatory framework for garden suites. The report and the draft regulations will be available for public review this fall.

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.

Technical Workshop Summary Report [PDF - 158 KB] documents the input recieved at the technical workshop held on June 7, 2018.

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Project timeline

We are in Phase 3 of the project. We continue to engage with the public to explore ideas and issues for potential regulations for garden suites. Community Survey #2 closed on August 12.  We received a total of 707 completed responses. We also talked to over 150 people at information displays at 3 music in the park events.

Staff are currently developing the draft regulations for garden suites, which will be available for public review this fall.

In Phase 2 of the project staff engaged with stakeholders and the public to learn more about interests and concerns, and to test different ideas for potential regulations for garden suites. We hosted 2 open houses, and 6 pop-up and information displays. We also launched 2 surveys and received 1,964 completed responses.

The project was initiated in Phase 1. Staff worked behind the scenes to complete background research to inform the discussion about garden suites in Saanich.


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 

Open houses (March 2018)

Other documents