Victoria needs to create more housing options, both for renters and homeowners. That’s why we’re updating regulations to expand opportunities for repurposing large, existing houses into multiple residential units.
Consultation on the proposed changes to the regulations is now underway.
Changes being considered include:
The feedback period runs until February 10.
For questions about the project or to provide your feedback to Council, please contact the Development Services division at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250.361.0382
The City will also be consulting with the following stakeholders on the proposed changes:
Feedback from stakeholders and the public will inform further revisions to the recommended changes for Council’s consideration later this spring. Staff may also bring forward a draft of the updated bylaw changes at the same time including amendments to the Zoning Regulation Bylaw Schedule G – Housing Conversion Regulations and Schedule C – Off Street Parking Regulations Zoning Regulation Bylaw.
House conversions can increase Victoria’s stock of rental housing and home ownership opportunities. Units in these buildings can include everything from studio apartments to larger multi-bedroom units suitable for couples or families.
Currently in Victoria many heritage-registered and heritage-designated homes are conversions.
House conversion regulations were originally introduced in the 1950s. Current regulations allow larger homes built prior to 1931 and some homes built prior to 1969 to be converted into multiple units. Since the regulations were first introduced, hundreds of units of housing in large older homes have been created.
By expanding the program, we can encourage the conversion of more of Victoria’s larger homes to accommodate the types of housing that people in Victoria need. This includes more rental housing, more affordable home ownership opportunities and more two-and-three-bedroom units.
Updating house conversion regulations is one of several housing initiatives we are undertaking to address housing and affordability in our community.Learn more about House Conversions here.
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