What is a laneway house?
A laneway house (LWH) is a small house at the rear of a lot
near the lane and may include both a dwelling unit and parking/
Laneway housing is allowed in RS-1
and RS-5 single family areas..
A laneway house can be permitted in
addition to a secondary suite in the
A laneway house can be for family use
or rental; strata-titling is not permitted.
why laneway housing?
Vancouver residents gave many reasons for wanting laneway housing:
to provide housing for a variety of users,
such as aging family members, adult
children, caregivers, and homeowners
wishing to downsize.
to provide more choice of housing type in
single-family residential neighbourhoods
to contribute to rental housing in the city
to support sustainability by providing
more opportunities for people to live in the
city close to jobs, services, and frequent
The following principles underlie laneway housing regulations and guidelines:
Laneway housing provides new housing choices for family members or
renters in single family residential areas.
Homeowners are able to add a laneway house while keeping their
existing home, or build a laneway house along with a new main house.
Laneway housing makes lanes greener, more livable, and safer by
providing living space and planting where regulations otherwise permit
garage and paving.
LIVABLE AND NEIGHBOURLY UNITS
Regulations and design guidelines ensure that laneway houses:
• maintain backyard open space
• stay as close to garage form as possible to limit impact on neighbours
• provide for a variety of livable unit types
Laneway housing complies with the new Green Homes Program, as
adapted for the small size of the laneway house.
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