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Secondary Suite Parking Requirements

Secondary Suite Parking Requirements

Posted by: tyler hinrichsen
Category: Building Codes
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Secondary Suite Parking Requirements

To minizmie the impact a secondary suite has on the neighbourhood, it is important to take into account factors such as the increased vehicle traffic. With many households having at least two vehicles, the addition of a third vehicle can result in one of the vehicles being parked near another dwelling. In some cases this can result in conflicts between neighbours and a negitive stigma against secondary suits.

To combat this, The city of Calgary requires dwellings with secondary suites have an additional parking space located on the parcel for the secondary dwelling in addition to the parking stalls required for the primary dwelling.

Calculating the number of stalls required

As a rule of thumb the number of total vehicle stalls required on a dwelling with a secondary suite is 3. However if you are looking for a in-depth explanation please read the bylaws specified in the Part 6 of the general rules for multi residential land use 558 (3). An important item to note is: when calculation of the minimum number of stalls results in a fractional number of stalls, the next higher whole number must be the requirement as specified in the following bylaw.

PART 6: MULTI-RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS
Division 1: General Rules for Multi-Residential Land Use Districts

Calculation of the Minimum Number of Required Parking and Loading Stalls
121 (1): When the calculation of the minimum number of required motor vehicle parking stalls, bicycle parking stalls, visitor parking stalls or loading stalls results in a fractional number of stalls, the next higher whole number must be the minimum requirement for:

(a) motor vehicle parking stalls;
(b) bicycle parking stalls – class 1;
(c) bicycle parking stalls – class 2; and
(d) loading stalls.

Motor Vehicle Parking Stall Requirements
558 (1): Where a building is a Single Detached Dwelling, a Semi-detached Dwelling or a Duplex Dwelling in a Multi-Residential Development or Multi-Residential Development – Minor, the minimum motor vehicle parking stall requirement:

(a) in Area 1 of the “Parking Areas Map”, as illustrated on Map 7:

(i) for each Dwelling Unit and Live Work Unit is 1.25 stalls for resident parking;
(ii) for each Dwelling Unit is 0.15 visitor parking stalls per unit; and
(iii) for each Live Work Unit is 0.5 visitor parking stalls per unit;

(b) in Area 2 of the “Parking Areas Map”, as illustrated on Map 7:

(i) for each Dwelling Unit and Live Work Unit is 1.0 stalls for resident parking;
(ii) for each Dwelling Unit is 0.15 visitor parking stalls per unit; and
(iii) for each Live Work Unit is 0.5 visitor parking stalls per unit; and

(c) in Area 3 of the “Parking Areas Map”, as illustrated on Map 7:

(i) for each Dwelling Unit and Live Work Unit is 1.0 stalls for resident parking;
(ii) for each Dwelling Unit is 0.15 visitor parking stalls per unit; and
(iii) for each Live Work Unit is 0.5 visitor parking stalls per unit.

City of Calgary Parking Areas
Author: tyler hinrichsen

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