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 it complies with the Ontario Building Code.
  • Obtain the necessary building permit before starting the renovation to build out the accessory dwelling unit.
  • Expect multiple inspections from city or municipality inspectors during construction.

Adding an accessory dwelling unit can be beneficial for accommodating visiting friends and family or generating rental income to help with your mortgage payments. Additionally, it can increase the overall value of your property.

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