Residential Development

Detached accessory suites– proposed policy and regulations

Detached accessory dwelling units (DADU) or suites (otherwise known as garden suites, granny flats, laneway houses etc.) are currently not permitted in Esquimalt.  However, there is growing interest among the public in detached suites as a method of offsetting mortgage costs, providing a more affordable detached living option and for housing a family member. 

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Infill Housing

Esquimalt has established guidelines for infill housing in residential areas. Infill housing is sometimes referred to as Small Lot development; however, Esquimalt does not have a Small Lot Zone. Instead, the municipality may rezone parcels to Comprehensive Development Zones. More

Multi-Family Residential

The current Zoning Bylaw provides a range of multiple family uses at differing densities from townhouses through to apartment buildings. Parcels identified for multi-family use are part of a Development Permit Area No. 1and are subject to design guidelines. More

Strata Titling of Rental Units

Esquimalt Council encourages the conversion of existing two-family residences (duplexes) to strata title ownership provided the buildings are upgraded to certain standards.


Properties may only be subdivided into fee simple lots if all of the resulting parcels would meet the minimum parcel size and minimum parcel width established by the current Zoning Bylaw for each zone. More