Second Dwelling Units

Legal second units can provide important community benefits such as safe, affordable rental housing. Second units also provide economic benefits to homeowners and they support the flexible housing needs of youth, young families and seniors. 

Policy Changes Adopted

Since the spring of 2014, the Town has had policies in place to permit second units such as basement apartments.

On February 17, 2016, the Town adopted policy changes as outlined in the Staff Report – Second Dwelling Units Policy Update (see Notice of Adoption).  Overall, the policy changes will exempt the property owner from living in either the second unit or the principal dwelling.  Zoning changes related to detached second units and new fees related to the registration and inspection of second dwelling units were also approved by Council.       

Staff was directed to consider policy changes based on the information contained in the Staff Report: Second Dwelling Unit Policies Monitoring Report received by Council in June 2015.  A Public Open House was held on September 16, 2015, a Public Meeting was held on November 18, 2015 and online survey was available to consider and receive comments on possible policy changes.   

Where can I find more information? 

For more information on the steps to build a legal second dwelling unit, please see the Homeowner’s Guide – Second Dwelling Units.  

Here are also links to an excerpt of the Town’s updated zoning provisions for second dwelling units as well as the updated Registration By-Law

The County of Simcoe is offering up to $25,000 for the construction of a second dwelling unit. Applications must be submitted prior to any construction. For more information of the County’s Secondary Suites Program, please see the Fact Sheet and Application Package.  

Click here for the Application Form for Registration & Renewal of a Second Dwelling Unit

List of Second Dwelling Units Registered

Second Dwelling Unit Information Handout

Background Reports (Fall 2013/Winter 2014)

The following reports are from the Town’s initial policy development process in Fall 2013/Winter 2014.

Staff Report- Final Second Unit Policies and Implementation Strategy(Feb 2014)

Staff Report – Draft Second Unit Policies(Dec 2013)

Background Report: Bill 140 – Second Units(Oct 2013)

Presentation: Second Dwelling Unit Open House(Oct 2013)