Relaxed Rule for Secondary Residences and Additional
Dwelling Units on B.C. Farms
February 18, 2020
The B.C. Government is asking for feedback on a proposed regulatory change out for public consultation until April, 2020. The change would no longer restrict secondary residences for farm use. Meaning owners could build to rent and use the income to subsidize their property. The size of such houses would be capped at 1,000 square feet.
For smaller-footprint dwelling providers like Hewing Haus this means big changes for communities all across the west coast.
According to Hewing Haus Founder, Ken Toews, “Whether you need additional space for family or are looking to bring on help with the work on your farm, this change reflects the changing needs of our communities.”
The previous restrictions angered many who felt the cumbersome applications, delays and uncertainty would impact farmers unable to hand off their operation to the next generation. Additional criticism took aim at the housing crisis in B.C., where farmers with 100 plus acres were restricted to only one house.
Changes are expected this year and for more information about what secondary residences and accessory dwelling units are available in your community contact: