Laneway Housing

We want to hear from you!

What regulations should Nelson have for laneway houses?
Please complete our short online survey before January 24th, 2018.

Click here to be forwarded to the survey. 

You are invited to a PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE to learn more about laneway housing in Nelson. Laneway housing is becoming increasingly popular in communities across Canada, and we want to hear your thoughts on how you would like to see laneway houses fit in Nelson.

Drop by between 4:00pm and 7:00pm on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 at the Central School gym (811 Stanley Street). Please use entrance from parking lot off of Ward Street. 

The City of Nelson is reviewing regulations for laneway houses, also known as detached secondary dwelling units, which are small houses, typically located in the backyard of a single-family home. Laneway houses have been permitted since 2013; however, the City is looking at how we can make this a more attractive option to homeowners and increase our rental housing stock.

A successful laneway housing program simplifies the development process for homeowners by allowing them to choose amongst pre-approved design. The Department of Development Services is undertaking an in-depth review of pre-approved designs for laneway houses. The goal is to simplify and fast-track the application and approval process in order to encourage more laneway house development. 

By making the construction of laneway housing a more attractive choice for homeowners, and reducing the per-application workload, we are creating an efficient method of achieving Council’s objective to increase housing supply and diversity in our neighbourhoods. New development has the potential to generate housing and rental income for hundreds of Nelsonites in the coming years. Laneway housing provides housing benefits through a ‘gentle densification’ approach that is similar to single family residential homes.