Garden & Secondary Suites
Garden SuitesGarden Suites are meant to provide temporary accommodation for individuals or couples as a means to give care and support to physically dependent persons. The Garden Suite may be used by the persons needing the care or the people providing the care on-site.
Garden Suites are placed within the yard of an existing residential dwelling unit and since they are meant to be temporary in nature, they are typically modular or mobile homes that are easily removed from site, once the care and support is no longer needed. One of the key considerations in allowing a Garden Suite is that they are meant to be temporary in nature therefore they must be constructed for easy removal (e.g. no basement development) or renovation (e.g. additional sleeping facilities, sanitary facilities and kitchen or kitchen components removed).
Garden Suite Regulations
The floor area of a detached Garden Suite cannot be less than 35 m2 (375 sq. ft) and not greater than 111 m² (1200 sq. ft), constructed on grade without a basement. Mobile homes can only be used as a Garden Suite in Agricultural Zoning Districts and must be smaller in size than 113 m (1,216 sq. ft). The maximum height of a detached Garden Suite cannot exceed 5 m (16.4 ft) and shall have only one (1) story.
A Garden Suite should be located on a site where it can be serviced by existing utilities. Please contact the Saskatoon Health Region, SaskEnergy, SaskPower, SaskWater and/or other relevant service providers to ensure existing utilities are sufficient or if upgrades are required. Please review the Before You Build document for more information.
The approval of a Garden Suite is for a maximum period of 4 years and may be renewed at the discretion of Council providing the requirements of the Zoning Bylaw in effect continue to be met. A new application must be submitted including a new application form and any associated application fees to the R.M. at least 6 months prior to expiry of your development permit approval to ensure there are no lapses in approval.
**UPDATE: A new 4 year time limit on Garden Suites was approved in 2016. Any development permit for a Garden Suite approved prior to the bylaw change has an approval under the previous 2 year time limit. A new application must be submitted including a new application form and any associated application fees for an extension to the 4 year time limit. Please contact the Planning Department for more information on your current approval timeframe.
The applicant will be required to enter into a development agreement with the R.M., which will be registered on title of the property, to ensure the Garden Suite complies with all relevant requirements of the Zoning Bylaw.
As part of entering into this development agreement, a cash deposit or irrevocable letter of credit with automatic renewal, as determined by the R.M., must be submitted to the R.M. as financial security. Where the applicant disagrees with the letter of credit amount, he or she will be required to provide two written estimates prepared by independent, qualified, bonded moving experts in the field for consideration by the Development Officer. This financial security will be returned upon removal of the Garden Suite or drawn upon in the case of an enforcement action against the landowner due to the terms of the development agreement.
Development Permit Application Requirements
The following is required in order to make an application:
- A completed and receipt of full payment of the $400 application fee; and
- Evidence must be provided by the applicant that shows the occupant(s) of the Garden Suite require care and support provided by the residents of the principal residential dwelling unit, or the inhabitants of the Garden Suite provide care and support to residents of the principal residential dwelling.
Please contact the Planning Department for more information on Garden Suite development permit applications.