Carriage House

ADU - Carriage Home

A carriage house is a detached house located in conjunction with an accessory building (e.g. a garage). A carriage house (sometimes referred to as a “Garage Suite” in other municipalities) is located on the same property as the principal dwelling. A carriage house requires access to a main frontage road and must not rely on a laneway for road access. It does not have a Certificate of Title, and cannot be strata titled. A carriage home will be assigned a separate address at the building permit stage.

Carriage houses are NOT allowed in hazardous areas without a geotechnical evaluation. Find the Hazard Development Permit Area in the Official Community Plan.

To create a legal carriage house, you must obtain a Building Permit. As well, your property must be zoned to allow a carriage house.

Review the Getting Started page for frequently asked questions and the potential benefits of accessory dwelling units.

Pre-Reviewed Accessory Dwelling Units

The City of Quesnel has five pre-reviewed Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) plans available to residents for no charge, and building permits shall be expedited for a quick turnaround! There are two carriage house plans and three secondary dwellings to choose from.

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If you have any questions or are interested in discussing the possibility of a suite, contact the Development Department:
PH: 250-992-2111
Email: developmentservices@quesnel.ca

For questions regarding the Building Code, contact the Building Department:
PH: 250-992-2111
Email: buildinginspection@quesnel.ca

If you own a rental property with two units and you do not live in one of the units OR if you own a rental property with more than two units, you must obtain an Accommodation Business License. To discuss what you may need before applying for a Business License, contact the Bylaw Department at:
PH: 250-992-2111
Email: bylaw@quesnel.ca