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 house. A Laneway Suite is typically located in the back yard next to a public laneway and is generally smaller in size, and completely detached from the main house on the lot.
Laneway Suites provide new rental housing opportunities within established neighbourhoods, contributing to a wider range of housing options.
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 contact Toronto Building staff at 416-397-5330.
As of May 2021, over 200 Building permit applications for new laneway suites have been submitted to the city.
In 2018, along with approving By-law and Policy changes to allow the construction of laneway suites, City Council directed City staff monitor the implementation of laneway suites and begin drafting a report on the monitoring period within the earlier of 2 years or the issuance of the 100th laneway suite building permit.
In 2021, the City retained Gladki Planning Associates to assist in the Laneway Suite monitoring work. In the late summer and fall of 2021, the City will be publishing the findings of the City and Gladki Planning Associates review of Laneway Suite Building Permit and Minor Variance Applications. The City will also host a community consultation event in the fall to discuss the findings of this work and preview potential adjustments to the Laneway Suite By-law to continue to allow for the construction of new laneway suites.
More information about the Laneway Suites Monitoring work, including details about consultation events, will be posted on this page.
If you would like to be notified of any future Public Meetings regarding the Laneway Suite Monitoring Program, please email Graig Uens from the City Planning Division.
Please see the following for supporting documentation, including previous staff reports, related to the Changing 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.
On August 31, and September 1, 2021 City Planning hosted two information sessions regarding the laneway suite monitoring program.
A recording of the August 31st, 2021 session is available for viewing.
The Review and Monitoring Information Session presentation given by staff at both meetings is also available.
Information on future meetings will be posted on this page.