Secondary Suites

Delta's Secondary Suite Program


As of the October 16, 2017 Regular Meeting of Delta Council, a business licence is required for all secondary suites in Delta, unless the suite is unoccupied or is occupied by immediate family. In order to obtain a business licence a property owner must first obtain a Secondary Suite Occupancy Permit which requires that the suite meet health and safety standards. New applications to obtain a Secondary Suite Occupancy Permits can be made through the Community Planning & Development Department. The annual cost of a business licence is $50. Payment is not required until the application has been received and processed. Failure to obtain a business licence as required is $500.

At the February 20, 2017 Regular Meeting, Council unanimously voted to make the following changes to Delta’s Secondary Suite Program, which take effect immediately:

  • Secondary Suite Declarations will continue to be accepted in 2017.
  • The $300 annual reduction in flat rate utility fees will continue to be offered to secondary suites with an Occupancy Permit.
  • Elimination of an annual secondary suite fee of $300 that was scheduled to take effect this year.
  • All properties that contain a secondary suite are now required to have a water meter installed. Existing unmetered suites will have a water meter installed at no cost to the property owner by the end of 2018, with priority given to those who have signed a Secondary Suite Declaration. By 2019, all properties with secondary suites will pay water and sewer charges based on consumption.

Legalizing a Secondary Suite

As of June 30, 2016, Secondary Suites built prior to July 2010 will no longer be eligible for an application under the existing Secondary Suite Program. All applications to install or legalize an existing Secondary Suite after June 30, 2016 will require a building permit issued through the Community Planning & Development Department. The Community Planning & Development Department can be reached at 604-946-3380 or

The requirements to legalize a secondary suite through the Community Planning & Development Department can be found here.

View the parking policy for Secondary Suites here.

Secondary Suite Hotline

If you have a question or concern regarding a secondary suite, please call the Secondary Suite Hotline: 604-952-3159.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Secondary Suite Non Rental Annual Declarations

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Water Meters

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Secondary Suite Permit Search

Use the tool below to search for Delta properties with a valid Secondary Suite Occupancy Permit.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided by this inquiry is for general information and convenience purposes only. While we endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct, the City of Delta makes no representations or warranties about the completeness, accuracy, reliability or suitability of the information for your purposes.

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