Building a laneway house requires several approvals and permits to ensure homes are built safe, healthy, and accessible for all in our city. Source Information: Burnaby Development Permits.

Everything you need to know to build a laneway home in Burnaby

Laneway homes are smaller homes built in the backyard of a main house that faces a lane or road running behind the property. Laneway homes can provide additional space for families or serve as a new source of rental housing—while also providing income for the homeowner.

Building a Burnaby Laneway House

Steps to building a laneway home

Before you begin, you’ll need to understand the process and steps involved, the requirements for a complete application and the required approvals and inspections along the way. 

For the detailed information below go to The City of Burnaby Permits steps to build:

  • a laneway home and a new single-family home
  • a laneway home in the yard of an existing single-family home 
Step 1: Prepare to apply
Step 2: Planning your project and getting pre-approvals
Step 3: Apply for your permits
Step 4: Begin construction, apply for trade permits and inspections
Step 5: Get occupancy of your building

How much does it cost to build a laneway Home?

The expense associated with laneway construction is subject to fluctuation based on the unique demands and preferences of the client. On average, laneway construction typically falls within the range of $300,000 to $350,000. Nevertheless, expenses can rise substantially if there is a desire for particular features, finishes, or customization options.

If the laneway house is above the garage, its value is subjective, depending on such factors as the calibre of construction. There’s no hard and fast number for the value a laneway house adds; however, it’s higher than replacement cost. “Not every lot will accommodate such housing, so that adds value.