A Laneway Suite is a self-contained residential unit located on the same lot as a detached house, semi-detached house, townhouse, or other low-rise dwelling. A Laneway Suite is typically located in the rear yard next to a public laneway and is generally smaller in scale and completely detached from the main house on the lot.
Laneway Suites provide new rental housing opportunities within established neighbourhoods, providing a wider range of low-density housing options while enhancing neighbourhood and community character.
As of July 16 2019, the City of Toronto allows the construction of Laneway Suites across the City on residential properties that share a property line with a public lane, subject to criteria:
If you have questions about building permit applications please Toronto Building staff at 416-397-5330.
Please see the following for supporting documentation, including previous staff reports, related to the Changin Lanes Initiative:
On June 28, 2018, City Council adopted the Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendments permitting Laneway Suites in R zones under Zoning By-law 569-2013 in the Toronto and East York District.
On July 16, 2019, City Council adopted the Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendments permitting Laneway Suites in R, RD, RS, RT and RM zones under Zoning By-law 569-2013 across the City.