Second Suite Dwelling Units (Basement Apartments) and Registration of Two-Unit Houses
Two-Unit Houses created after November 16, 1995
The Town of Aurora Zoning By-law No. 2213-78, as amended, was further amended by By-law No. 5220-10 on April 13, 2010 to permit second suite dwelling units in detached dwellings, semi-detached dwellings and link house dwellings subject to certain zoning provisions.
Definition of a Second Suite Dwelling
Second Suite Dwelling means a second dwelling unit located above or below grade or both, within a detached dwelling unit, semi-detached dwelling unit, or link house dwelling unit subject to the following condition:
(i) Where three (3) or more link house dwelling units are joined, a second suite dwelling unit shall be permitted, provided that the link house dwelling unit is joined only below grade.
Owners of Two-Unit Houses which were in existence after November 16, 1995 or owners proposing to create a Two-Unit House by constructing a second suite dwelling unit are required to comply with the Zoning By-law, the Ontario Building Code and the Registration By-law No. 5221-10.
A Change of Use Permit or Building Permit is required for the existing Two-Unit House and for the creation of a Two-Unit House; for permit requirements, refer to the Application Checklist for a Two-Unit House below. The Application for a Permit to Construct or Demolish is also available for download below.
Owners are also required to schedule an inspection with the Electrical Safety Authority (formerly Ontario Hydro) at 1-877-372-7233.