Several years ago the Province of Ontario passed Bill 140 that required all municipalities to allow the legalization of basement apartments. A lot of attention turned to Brampton because the city’s illegal basement apartment problem was epidemic, and the city took it’s time to study the issue before solidifying it’s by-laws. Well folks, the time is upon us, so lets get down to the important details you need to know now! For your reference, the City refers to these units as Second Units.
Can I build 2 basement apartments in my house?
No, only one second unit is allowed per property.
Are there any rules to how I build a separate entrance?
The separate entrance must meet all zoning, building code, fire code, and property standards regulations. It must match the existing design of the house in style and material. The entrance can go through the garage. If it is a side yard entrance, it will require a continuous unobstructed path of at least 1.2 meters (or 4 feet).
Is there a maximum size I need to know?
Yes, the second unit can’t exceed 45% of the square footage of the home.
Are there any guidelines with respect to parking?
1 parking space must be available for the second unit, in addition to existing parking required for the property.
Is there a cost to legalizing my basement apartment?
Of course! The initial review fee for zoning compliance is $200. After that, it’s $500 to register (for owner-occupied homes) or $1,000 (for non-owner occupied homes) PLUS building permit fees of approximately $1,000.
What is the fine if I don’t register?
Between $25,000 – $50,000! Ouch! Register your home!
When can I apply?
If all things go well, June 22, 2015.