What are Laneway Suites?

A laneway suite is a self-contained residential unit located on the same lot as a detached house, semi-detached house or townhouse, and generally located in the rear yard next to a laneway.

Laneway suites are generally smaller in scale and completely detached from the main house on the lot.

Laneway suites may provide new rental housing opportunities within established neighbourhoods, providing a wider range of low-density housing options while enhancing neighbourhood and community character.

Building Permit Inquiries

If you have questions about building permit applications please Toronto Building staff at 416-397-5330.

City Council Decision

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. For more information, please find:

Get Involved

Do you have thoughts about laneway suites in Toronto? We’d like to hear from you. Please contact the Changing Lanes team via email or phone to discuss laneway suites in Toronto.