Building Services Department 70 Collier Street P.O. Box 400 Barrie, ON L4M 4T5
Phone: (705) 739-4212
Fax: (705) 739-4240ServiceBarrie@barrie.ca
Development Services Department City Hall, 1st Floor
70 Collier Street Barrie, ON L4M 4T5 Phone: (705) 739-4208 Fax: (705) 739-4270ServiceBarrie@barrie.ca
Simcoe County Ontario Renovates Program
This page contains information on registration of two-unit houses,
Second Suites, and
Boarding Lodging & Rooming Houses in Barrie.
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Landlord & Tenant Information.
A two-unit house is one that contains two separate dwelling units. Commonly, a two-unit house starts as a single dwelling unit (detached, semi-detached or townhouse) with a second dwelling unit later created (sometimes referred to as a second suite, in-law suite, or basement apartment).
On May 25, 2015, Council approved a policy to permit second suites, or adding apartments, to existing homes. The changes to the
Zoning By-law came into effect shortly after. Any second suite that was created after February 18, 2015, is subject to the by-law amendments.
Second Suites are second dwelling units located on one property typically found in basements of single dwelling units. The creation of a second suite involves the conversion of a single dwelling unit into a two-unit house. If you're thinking of constructing and registering a second suite in your home, please view the
steps to add and/or register a second suite.
Living in a secondary suite is an attractive and affordable housing option for many residents. The
Strong Communities through Affordable Housing Act required that municipalities across Ontario amend their planning documents to facilitate the creation of second suites. Second suites provide a form of affordable housing that is relatively simple to implement, and assist the City in increasing the vacancy rate to healthy standard while helping owners defray the cost of home ownership.
Generally second suites are enforced upon receipt of a complaint however pending the availability of staff resources, staff will also review rental advertisements both online and in printed media format.
Grandfathering is a term used to allow for uses to exist without meeting all or some of the bylaw standards and provisions. To find out if your property is grandfathered, legal proof will have to be provided to Planning Services indicating the date the subject property contained a second dwelling unit (Second Suite).
On November 25, 2019, Council approved by-law 2019-115 that aligns with provincial policy (Bill 108) to allow detached accessory dwelling units. Detached accessory dwelling units are defined as "an accessory dwelling unit located in a detached structure on the same property, and is subordinate to, a principle unit". Applicable standards for accessory structures apply to detached accessory dwelling units.
As per the
Zoning By-law, a detached accessory dwelling unit shall be connected to full municipal services, not exceed 10% lot coverage, meet accessory structure location standards and provide a parking space.
Every two-unit house in Barrie must be registered.
View all registered two-unit houses in Barrie via Discover Barrie's Planning and Development map. There are two processes for registration:
If you note a two-unit property that is not registered please contact Development Services via Service Barrie, 705-726-4242 or
Every Boarding Lodging & Rooming house (small or large, new or existing) must be licensed by the City. Written verification that the BLR house is in compliance with the requirements of the Ontario Building Code, Fire Code and the City’s Property Standards By-law must be provided to the By-law Services Office.
If you note a BLR house that is not licensed please contact Enforcement Services at 705-739-4241 or
A Boarding Lodging Rooming House, Small (BLR House, Small) is:
A Boarding Lodging Rooming House where lodging is provided for not more than six (6) tenants.
A Boarding Lodging Rooming House, Large (BLR House, Large) is: A Boarding Lodging Rooming House where lodging is provided for more than six (6) tenants.
Yes, provided the following minimum standards are present:
BLR House, Small, are permitted in all residential zones.
BLR House, Large are permitted in the RM2, RA1 and RA2 zones.
Development of a BLR House, Large is permitted within the RM2, RA1 and RA2 zones.
Please note that the BLR House, Large must comply with all other standards of the zone.
The following standards have been added to the
Zoning By-law as part of the Boarding Lodging Rooming House amendments.
A BLR House, Small shall:
If you can prove that a Boarding Lodging Rooming House existed prior to December 10th, 2007 you are not required to meet the new minimum standards. The property in question would be considered a legal non conforming unit. You are required to be licensed by the By-law Services office.
Both small and large BLR houses are required to be licensed.
Step 1: Obtain an application from the By-law Services Offices at 45 Cedar Pointe Drive, Barrie.
Step 2: Arrange for a zoning and property standards inspection and approval while at the By-law Services Office (Additional User Fees Applicable)
Step 3: Arrange for a Fire Department inspection and approval -- call 705-728-3199 or attend 155 Dunlop St. W. Barrie (Additional User Fee Applicable) payable at time of inspection.
Step 4: Bring your completed application with all the required signatures and documentation back to the By-law Services at 45 Cedar Pointe Drive, Barrie.
Please Note: Your application must be accompanied by the following information about your building and property:
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