What Should I Check Before Adding an Accessory Dwelling / Basement Unit to My House?

If you're considering adding an accessory dwelling to your property, it's important to review the following checklist beforehand:Check with your local municipal planning and building department to determine if an accessory dwelling can be added to your property and to learn about licensing and parking requirements.Hire an architect or BCIN designer to help with designing the unit, as they can ensure that...

What is an Accessory Dwelling?

An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is a self-contained unit that includes a kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping area. While commonly referred to as a "basement apartment," ADUs can be located on any floor or even outside of the main house. However, the regulations governing ADUs vary from city to city, and compliance with both the zoning by-law and the Ontario Building Code is required to add one to a property.A...

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