Secondary Suite Program Update
Feb 22, 2017
Changes have been made to Delta's Secondary Suite Program
Office of the Chief Administrative Officer
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.
Changes to the Secondary Suite Program that were scheduled to take effect this year were recently reviewed by Council in response to community feedback. As a result, Council worked with staff to develop a new, sustainable direction for Delta’s Secondary Suite Program.
After careful consideration, Council has approved a sustainable and equitable policy for Delta citizens with secondary suites and one that supports housing opportunities for families in our community, said Delta Chief Administrative Officer, George V. Harvie.
In addition, a report on the introduction of an annual business licence fee of $50 for 2018 that would apply to property owners whose secondary suites are in compliance with Delta’s regulations and generate rental income will be brought forward for Council’s consideration later this year.
For more information on Delta’s Secondary Suite Program: