Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Development

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Project Overview

The City of Quesnel’s Housing Action Plan aims to create a thriving community by increasing population density in residential neighbourhoods. We can do this by promoting Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). ADUs include secondary suites, carriage houses, and secondary dwellings. In 2019, a Zoning Bylaw legalized ADUs in residential zones.

To promote ADUs, the City of Quesnel is waiving building permit fees for the construction and legalization of secondary suites until December 31, 2022.

Spring 2022 Update: Carriage House Design Plans

This spring the City engaged a designer to develop ready-to-use design plans for two carriage homes and three secondary dwelling units.

Four of these design plans will meet Step 3 of the BC Energy Step Code, and one secondary dwelling design will aim to meet Step 5.

These plans will make it easier for homeowners to develop energy-efficient ADUs on their property without having to engage their own designer. The designs will expedite the building permit application and approval process.

Thank you to everyone who joined us on May 30 to review five ready-to-use design plans. In case you missed it, the recording is available here and the presentation slides here.

Our survey is now closed. Thank you! Your feedback has been summarized in our What We Heard Report, which will be used to inform the final designs coming this summer.

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Types of Accessory Dwelling Units

Secondary Dwelling

Carriage House


Project Overview

The City of Quesnel’s Housing Action Plan aims to create a thriving community by increasing population density in residential neighbourhoods. We can do this by promoting Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). ADUs include secondary suites, carriage houses, and secondary dwellings. In 2019, a Zoning Bylaw legalized ADUs in residential zones.

To promote ADUs, the City of Quesnel is waiving building permit fees for the construction and legalization of secondary suites until December 31, 2022.

Spring 2022 Update: Carriage House Design Plans

This spring the City engaged a designer to develop ready-to-use design plans for two carriage homes and three secondary dwelling units.

Four of these design plans will meet Step 3 of the BC Energy Step Code, and one secondary dwelling design will aim to meet Step 5.

These plans will make it easier for homeowners to develop energy-efficient ADUs on their property without having to engage their own designer. The designs will expedite the building permit application and approval process.

Thank you to everyone who joined us on May 30 to review five ready-to-use design plans. In case you missed it, the recording is available here and the presentation slides here.

Our survey is now closed. Thank you! Your feedback has been summarized in our What We Heard Report, which will be used to inform the final designs coming this summer.

Subscribe above for project updates!



Types of Accessory Dwelling Units

Secondary Dwelling

Carriage House


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    Costs are just too great

    by Pacih, 26 days ago

    We would love to build a carriage house on our property. We even had plans all made up, but the costs of everything right now makes it undoable.

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