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Second Residential Units – tell us what you think!

Second residential units are also known as secondary suites, basement apartments, granny flats, in-law apartments – or coach houses, when they are detached from the home. They are self-contained residential units in or near a principal residence and they have a private kitchen, bathroom facilities, and living space.

Right now second residential units are only permitted in certain areas of the city and must be located within the principal home. However, we are proposing changes to the permissions to allow second residential units throughout the city and allow these units to be detached from the principal home.

These proposed changes are meant to help build Kingston’s supply of affordable housing because adding a secondary residential unit to a home often creates a rental unit and a source of income that can make a property more affordable for its owner.

Have your say – survey and public meeting  

Tell us what you think of these proposed changes by taking an online survey! Take the survey here: The survey closes at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 13.  

Offer your comments about the proposed changes at a public meeting on July 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 216 Ontario St.. This meeting is part of a regularly scheduled planning committee meeting to formally present the proposed amendments to the City’s five zoning bylaws and the Official Plan.


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Paige Agnew
Paige Agnew
Director of planning, building and licensing services
613-546-4291, ext. 3252
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