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The new City-wide Zoning By-law 569-2013 was enacted on May 9, 2013. It has been appealed under section 34(19) of the Planning Act. Even though it is under appeal, the City's Chief Building Official and the Committee of Adjustment will apply the new By-law to applications filed after its enactment. Please consult with your advisors to determine whether the new by-law has any impact.
Amendments to By-law 569-2013 have been incorporated into this office consolidation. The web version of this by-law does not include highlighting to reflect the regulations that remain under appeal as a result of appeals to the By-law as adopted on May 9, 2013. Please review the PDF version of the office consolidation for regulations that remain under appeal.
The original by-law and its amendments are with the City Clerk's office.
Zoning By-law No. 569-2013, as
amended (office consolidation),
is available in PDF format from the
Zoning By-law 569-2013 homepage
City of Toronto Zoning By-law 569-2013, as amended (Office Consolidation)
Version Date: December 21, 2022
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Chapter 1Administration
Chapter 2Compliance with this By-law
Chapter 5Regulations Applying to all Zones
Chapter 10Residential
Chapter 15Residential Apartment
Chapter 30Commercial
Chapter 40Commercial Residential
Chapter 50Commercial Residential Employment
Chapter 60Employment Industrial
Chapter 80Institutional
Chapter 90Open Space
Chapter 100Utility and Transportation
Chapter 150Specific Use Regulations
150.5Home Occupation
150.7Garden Suites
150.8Laneway Suites
150.10Secondary Suite
150.10.20Use Requirements
150.10.40Building Requirements Area
150.13Short-term Rentals
150.15Group Home
150.20Crisis Care Shelter
150.22Municipal Shelter
150.25Rooming House
150.30Senior's Community House
150.45Day Nursery
150.50Place of Worship
150.60Marihuana Production Facility
150.80Drive Through Facility
150.90Vehicle Dealership
150.92Vehicle Fuel Station
150.94Vehicle Service Shop
150.96Vehicle Washing Establishment
150.100Eating Establishment
150.110Adult Entertainment Establishment
150.120Funeral Home
150.130Firing Range
Chapter 200Parking Space Regulations
Chapter 220Loading Space Regulations
Chapter 230Bicycle Parking Space Regulations
Chapter 280Special Districts - Downtown
Chapter 300Special Districts - Centres
Chapter 400Special Districts - Avenues
Chapter 500Special Districts - Heritage
Chapter 600Regulations for Overlay Zones
Chapter 800Definitions
Chapter 900Site Specific Exceptions
Chapter 970Appendices
Chapter 990Zoning By-law Map
Chapter 995Overlay Maps

Chapter 150 Specific Use Regulations

150.10 Secondary Suite

150.10.1 General

(1)Application of this Section
The regulations in Section 150.10 apply to secondary suites. [ By-law: 549-2019 ]

150.10.20 Use Requirements General

(1)Secondary Suite - Permitted in Certain Types of Residential Buildings
A secondary suite may be in:
(A)a detached house;
(B)a semi-detached house; and
(C)a townhouse. [ By-law: 549-2019 ]
(2)Secondary Suite - Number Permitted in a Detached House, Semi-Detached House or Townhouse
Within a detached house, semi-detached house, or townhouse, each dwelling unit may have a maximum of one secondary suite. [ By-law: 549-2019 ]
(3)Secondary Suite - Number Permitted in a Detached House or a Semi-Detached House in the R Zone
Despite regulation, in the R zone, each dwelling unit in a detached house or semi-detached house may have more than one secondary suite. [ By-law: 549-2019 ]
(4)Secondary Suite - Permission in Zones Where a Detached House, Semi-Detached House, or Townhouse Are Not Permitted Building Types
A secondary suite is permitted within a lawfully existing detached house, a lawfully existing semi-detached house, or a lawfully existing townhouse in the RA, RAC, CL, CR, I, IH, IE, IS, and IPW zones. [ By-law: 549-2019 ]

150.10.40 Building Requirements General

(1)Restrictions on a Pedestrian Entrance to a Secondary Suite
A pedestrian entrance leading exclusively to a secondary suite is :
(A)permitted in a front wall of a townhouse; and
(B)not permitted in a front wall of a detached house or semi-detached house. [ By-law: 549-2019 ]
(2)Secondary Suite Addition or Exterior Alterations
An addition or exterior alteration to an existing building to accommodate a secondary suite is permitted if:
(A)it does not alter or add to a front wall, or roof that faces a street; and
(B)despite (A) above, the following additions or exterior alterations may be on a front wall, or roof that faces a street:
(i)a porch or a basement extension under a porch;
(ii)a balcony;
(iii)a dormer, if the interior floor area of the dormer is no more than 2.3 square metres and the total interior floor area of all dormers is not more than 9.3 square metres; and
(iv)a pedestrian entrance leading exclusively to a secondary suite in a townhouse. [ By-law: 549-2019 ] Floor Area

(1)Secondary Suite - Interior Floor Area
The interior floor area of a secondary suite, or all secondary suites where more than one is permitted, must be no more than 45 percent of the interior floor area of the dwelling unit within which it is located. [ By-law: 549-2019 ]
(2)Secondary Suite In a Basement in a One Storey Detached House
Despite regulation, in the case of a secondary suite located in the basement of a one storey detached house, the secondary suite may occupy the whole of the basement. [ By-law: 549-2019 ]
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