6.10 Backyard Housing


1. Backyard Housing must comply with Table 1:
Table 1.  Building Regulations
Subsection Regulation Value Symbol
1.1. Maximum Height 6.8 m -
Unless the following applies:
1.2. Maximum Height where the Rear Lot Line Abuts a Site in a residential Zone that has a maximum Height of 12.0 m or less 4.3 m -
Site Coverage
1.3. Maximum Site Coverage 20% -
Floor Area
1.4. Maximum second Storey Floor Area per Dwelling 60.0 m2 -
Unless the following applies:
1.5. Maximum second Storey Floor Area per Dwelling where the Backyard Housing complies with the Inclusive Design requirements of Section 5.50 70.0 m2 -
Building Length
1.6. Maximum total length of any second Storey building wall containing Backyard Housing  15.0 m -
1.7. Minimum Setback 1.2 m A
Unless 1 or more of the following applies:
1.8. Minimum Rear Setback Abutting an Alley where there is no Garage or where a Garage door does not face the Alley 0.6 m B
1.9. Minimum Flanking Side Setback is the same as the minimum Flanking Side Setback in the underlying Zone - C

Diagram for Subsections 1.7, 1.8 and 1.9

Diagram for 6.10_1.7-1.8-1.9
Building Separation
1.10. Minimum distance between Backyard Housing buildings and other principal buildings on the same Site, except for other Backyard Housing buildings  a 3.0 m -
1.11. Minimum distance between Backyard Housing buildings on the same Site  a 0.9 m -
2. For the purposes of Subsection 1.4 and 1.5, Floor Area does not include:   
2.1. a maximum of 6.0 m2 of the area covered by elevators and any associated landing area on each Storey; and 
2.2. a maximum of 6.0 m2 of the area covered by internal stairs.
3. Despite Subsection 1.7, the minimum Interior Side Setback for Backyard Housing is 0 m where:  
3.1. Backyard Housing development is built on 1 or more common Lot lines; or
3.2. the 0 m Interior Side Setback is the same Setback as a Zero Lot Line Development and:
3.2.1. the eaves are not closer than 0.9 m to the eaves of a building on an Abutting Lot; and
3.2.2. roof drainage from the Backyard Housing is directed towards a Street, Alley, or private drainage system, and no roof leader discharge is directed to the maintenance easement area.





4. Despite the definition of Backyard Housing, where Backyard Housing is constructed prior to the construction of other principal buildings on a Site:  
4.1. it is not required to be located within a Rear Yard; and
4.2. it must be located within the rear 50% of the Lot, as determined by the Rear Lot Line.
5. Backyard Housing must not be subdivided from other principal Dwellings on a Site or be part of a Bare Land Condominium.  
6. On Corner Sites, Facade design and materials must wrap around the side of Backyard Housing to provide a consistent profile facing the Street and the Alley.  
7. All Facades must be articulated using 2 or more design techniques or features to minimize the perception of massing, eliminate large blank walls, and provide visual interest. Design techniques or features may include: variations in rooflines; vertical or horizontal building wall projection or recessions; visual breaks of building Facades into smaller sections; features such as windows, balconies, or porches; using a combination of finishing materials; or other similar techniques or features.  
8. Despite Subsection 7, for Backyard Housing less than or equal to 4.3 m in Height, only the Facades facing a Street or Alley must be articulated using 2 or more design features.  
9. Elevator access to a Rooftop Terrace is only permitted where the Dwelling complies with the Inclusive Design requirements of Section 5.50.  
10. Backyard Housing must provide a main entrance separate from a Garage door.   
11. Backyard Housing must provide a covered entrance feature over the main entrance.  
12. Backyard Housing Facades facing an Alley must have outdoor lighting that complies with Section 5.120.