Secondary suites and backyard suites can be a desirable residential development for both property owners and tenants. However, having a suite developed is not the right fit for all homeowners. This page is intended as a general guide to help homeowners become aware of the requirements necessary when planning a secondary or backyard suite within Medicine Hat.
Don't risk closure of your secondary suite
Existing suites that do not follow current safety codes requirements risk being closed. Find out if your secondary suite meets current requirements by reading the notice below, or contact Planning & Development Services at 403.529.8374.
A secondary suite is a second dwelling located within a single detached house. It is a self-contained dwelling unit with separate living, cooking, sleeping and bathroom facilities. Also sometimes called a basement suite.
A backyard suite is a dwelling located in the rear yard of a site where the principal use is a single detached house. It is a self-contained dwelling with separate living, cooking, sleeping and bathroom facilities. There are several names for this type of dwelling, including granny suite, laneway home, backyard cottage, garden suite or carriage house.