Garden suites (sometimes called a granny flats) are usually intended for individuals or couples over the age of 65 who can live independently, or for people with disabilities. The people living in the permanent dwelling, or the “principle dwelling”— can provide the care and support to those living in the garden suite. The owners of the principle dwelling: are usually the children, grandchildren or other close relatives of the garden suite occupants.

Garden suites are self-contained dwelling units without a basement. Upon approved zoning, and a building permit, a garden suite can be rented, leased or purchased, and installed in the rear or side yard of the lot of an existing single-family house.

Occupants of the garden suite and the existing single-family house can benefit both financially and socially.

City of Cranbrook


Secondary suites in Cranbrook may now be rezoned to allow suites on a case by case basis as well as in new subdivisions.

Cranbrook Bylaw 3911, 2017 Adopted Oct 23, 2017

COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENT ZONE 8: CD-8 Single Family Residential – Secondary Suite Purpose The purpose of this Comprehensive Development Zone is to facilitate the development of single family residential homes with secondary suites. The CD zone regulations are based on existing single family zones in this bylaw and intend to provide additional housing options in the City while maintaining the surrounding neighbourhood character.  

Single Family Extended Residential Zone (R-1) allows an accessory suite for a relative requiring care

City of Kimberley


The zoning bylaw was amended in 2010 to reduce regulatory barriers and expand the opportunities to create additional accessory dwellings (secondary suites), including carriage-house dwellings and detached units, on parcels in the R-2 zone – the largest zone and majority of residential lands in the community.