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City of Toronto Bylaw City of Toronto Zoning By-law 569-2013, as amended. Laneway Suites E and OE

Chapter 150 Specific Use Regulations

150.8 Laneway Suites

150.8.1 General

(1)Application of this SectionThe regulations of Section 150.8 apply to laneway suites. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

150.8.20 Use Requirements

150.8.20.1 General

(1)Laneway Suite – Permitted Uses(A)Despite regulation 10.5.60.1(2), an ancillary building may be used for living accommodation in one laneway suite.

(B)Despite regulation 10.5.60.1(3), an ancillary building may have both food preparation facilities and sanitary facilities in a laneway suite.

(C)Despite regulation 150.5.60.1(1) a home occupation is permitted in a laneway suite if the laneway suite is exclusively and separately occupied as a principal residence, applying the regulations of Section 150.5 as if it is a dwelling unit; and

(D)Despite regulation 150.13.20.1(1) a short-term rental is permitted in an ancillary building if it is in a laneway suite that is exclusively and separately occupied as a principal residence. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

(2)Laneway Suite – Use RestrictionA maximum of one ancillary building containing a laneway suite is permitted on a lot. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

(3)Laneway Suites – Location RestrictionA laneway suite is not permitted in the area bounded by Avenue Road, the Canadian Pacific (CP) Limited rail corridor, Yonge Street, Rosedale Valley Road, Sherbourne Street, Bloor Street East and Bloor Street West. [ By-law: 1210-2019 ]

150.8.30 Lot Requirements

150.8.30.20 Lot Line

(1)Minimum Lot Line on a LaneA laneway suite must be on a lot with a rear lot line or side lot line abutting a lane for at least 3.5 metres. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

150.8.50 Yards

150.8.50.10 Landscaping

(1)Landscaping Requirements for a Laneway SuiteDespite regulation 10.5.50.10 (3), for a lot with a residential building and an ancillary building containing a laneway suite:

(A)with a lot frontage of 6.0 metres or less, a minimum of 60 percent of the area between the rear main wall of the residential building and the front main wall of the ancillary building containing a laneway suite must be for soft landscaping;

(B)with a lot frontage of greater than 6.0 metres, a minimum of 85 percent of the area between the rear main wall of the residential building and the front main wall of the ancillary building containing a laneway suite must be for soft landscaping; and

(C)the area between the ancillary building containing a laneway suite and the lot line abutting a lane, excluding a permitted driveway, must be landscaping, of which a minimum of 75 percent must be soft landscaping. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

150.8.60 Ancillary Building Requirements When Containing a Laneway Suite

150.8.60.20 Setbacks

(1)Parts of a Laneway Suite to which a Required Building Setback AppliesThe required minimum ancillary building setbacks apply to all parts of an ancillary building containing a laneway suite above-ground and below-ground, excluding footings. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

(2)Laneway Suite - Rear Yard SetbackDespite regulations 10.5.60.20(2) and (5) and regulation 10.10.60.20(1), the required minimum rear yard setback for an ancillary building containing a laneway suite is:

(A)if the rear lot line does not abut a street or lane and there are no openings such as vehicle access, doors or windows in the rear main wall of the ancillary building, 0.0 metres; and

(B)in all other cases, 1.5 metres. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

(3)Laneway Suite – Side Yard SetbackDespite regulations 10.5.60.20(3) and (6) and regulation 10.10.60.20(1), the required minimum side yard setback for an ancillary building containing a laneway suite is:

(A)if the side lot line does not abut a street or lane and there are no openings such as vehicle access, doors or windows in the side main wall of the ancillary building, 0.0 metres;

(B)if the side lot line abuts a street, the required minimum side yard setback for the residential building on the lot; and

(C)in all other cases, 1.5 metres. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

150.8.60.21 Setback Exemptions

(1)Permitted Setbacks for Lawfully Existing Ancillary BuildingsIf the lawful building setback of a lawfully existing ancillary building is less than the required minimum building setback for an ancillary building containing a laneway suite required by Clause 150.8.60.20, the required minimum building setback for a laneway suite in that lawfully existing ancillary building is:

(A)the minimum rear yard setback for that lawfully existing ancillary building; or

(B)the minimum side yard setback for that lawfully existing ancillary building. [ By-law: 1210-2019 ]

150.8.60.30 Separation and Dimensions

(1)Minimum Separation between a Residential Building and the Ancillary BuildingDespite regulation 10.5.60.30(1) an ancillary building containing a laneway suite must be:

(A)no less than 5.0 metres from a residential building on the same lot if the height of the ancillary building is no greater than 4.0 metres; and

(B)no less than 7.5 metres from a residential building on the same lot if the height of the ancillary building is greater than 4.0 metres. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

(2)Angular PlaneNo part of an ancillary building containing a laneway suite may penetrate a 45 degree angular plane projected towards the rear lot line beginning from a height of 4.0 metres at a distance of 7.5 metres from rear main wall of the residential building on the same lot. [ By-law: 1210-2019 ]

(3)Permitted Projections into a Required Angular PlaneDespite regulation 150.8.60.30(2), a dormer or a vertical extension of the front main wall of an ancillary building containing a laneway suite may project into the required angular plane if it occupies no more than 30 percent of the total width of the ancillary building's front main wall. [ By-law: 1210-2019 ]

(4)Skylights and Windows in a RoofDespite regulation 150.8.60.30(2), windows or skylights may project into the required angular plane a maximum of 0.3 metres. [ By-law: 1210-2019 ]

(5)Maximum Length of a Laneway SuiteThe permitted maximum building length for an ancillary building containing a laneway suite is 10.0 metres. [ By-law: 1210-2019 ]

(6)Maximum Width of a Laneway SuiteThe permitted maximum building width of an ancillary building containing a laneway suite is 8.0 metres, measured perpendicular to the lot centreline. [ By-law: 1210-2019 ]

150.8.60.31 Separation Exemptions

(1)Minimum Separation Between a Lawfully Existing Residential Building and a Lawfully Existing Ancillary BuildingIf the separation between a lawfully existing ancillary building and a lawfully existing residential building on the same lot is less than the required minimum separation between an ancillary building containing a laneway suite and a residential building required by Clause 150.8.60.30, the required minimum separation between the lawfully existing residential building and the lawfully existing ancillary building is the separation that exists between the lawfully existing ancillary building and the lawfully existing residential building. [ By-law: 1210-2019 ]

150.8.60.40 Height

(1)Maximum Height of a Laneway SuiteDespite regulation 10.5.60.40(2)(B), the permitted maximum height of an ancillary building containing a laneway suite is:

(A)if the ancillary building containing a laneway suite is located a minimum of 5.0 metres to less than 7.5 metres from the residential building on the lot, 4.0 metres; and

(B)if the ancillary building containing a laneway suite is located 7.5 metres or more from the residential building on the lot, 6.0 metres. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

(2)Maximum Storeys for Laneway SuitesDespite regulation 10.5.60.40(3), an ancillary building or structure containing a laneway suite may have a maximum of two storeys, subject to (1) above. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

(3)Height of Specific Structures on a Laneway SuiteThe following structures on the roof of an ancillary building containing a laneway suite may exceed the permitted maximum height for that building by 1.0 metres:

(A)antennae;

(B)flagpoles;

(C)parapets for a green roof, if they are no closer than 1.0 metres to the main walls of the ancillary building;

(D)satellite dishes; and

(E)weather vanes. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

(4)Height of Elements for Functional Operation of a BuildingThe following equipment and structures on the roof of an ancillary building containing a laneway suite may exceed the permitted maximum height for that building by 1.0 metres, subject to (5) below:

(A)equipment used for the functional operation of the ancillary building containing a laneway suite, such as electrical, utility, mechanical and ventilation equipment;

(B)structures or parts of the ancillary building containing a laneway suite used for the functional operation of the building, such as enclosed stairwells, roof access, maintenance equipment storage, chimneys, vents, and water supply facilities; and

(C)structures that enclose, screen or cover the elements listed in (A) and (B) above. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

(5)Height - Horizontal Limits on Elements for Functional Operation of a BuildingEquipment, structures or parts of a building permitted in (4) above must not:

(A)cover more than 30 percent of the area of the roof, measured horizontally; and

(B)be located closer than 1.0 metres to the main walls of the ancillary building. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

(6)Height of Laneway Suite EntranceRegulation 10.5.60.40(4) does not apply to an ancillary building containing a laneway suite. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

150.8.60.50 Floor Area

(1)Exclusion from Floor Space IndexThe gross floor area an ancillary building containing a laneway suite is not included for the purpose of calculating the total gross floor area and floor space index for a lot. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

(2)Laneway Suite – Interior Floor AreaThe interior floor area of an ancillary building containing a laneway suite must be less than the gross floor area of the residential building on a lot. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

(3)Exemption from Maximum Floor Area for an Ancillary BuildingRegulation 10.5.60.50(2) does not apply to an ancillary building containing a laneway suite. [ By-law: 1210-2019 ]

150.8.60.60 Decks, Platforms and Amenities, and Permitted Encroachments

(1)Interpretation of Platform WallsThe exterior sides of a platform, such as a deck, porch, balcony or similar structure, attached to or within 0.3 metres of an ancillary building containing a laneway suite, are not main walls if at least 50 percent of the exterior sides above the floor are open to the outside. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

(2)Platform RestrictionsDespite regulation 10.5.60.20(11) a platform without main walls in accordance with (1) above, is permitted, if:

(A)the area of the platform, other than a green roof, is less than 10 percent of the interior floor area of the laneway suite;

(B)the platform complies with the required minimum building setbacks, separation distances and angular planes for the ancillary building containing a laneway suite; and

(C)the exterior sides of a platform adjacent to a side yard must be visually screened from an abutting lot by an opaque barrier with a vertical dimension of no less than 1.5 metres. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

(3)Platform HeightDespite regulation 10.5.60.40(5)(B), the level of the floor of a platform permitted in accordance with (2) above, other than a green roof, must be:

(A)no higher than 0.2 metres above the level of the floor of the storey from which it gains access; and

(B)no higher than 4.0 metres above average grade unless it is attached to or within 0.3 metres of a main wall facing a lane. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

(4)Permitted Encroachments for PlatformsDespite (2)(B) above, a platform without main walls in accordance with (1) above, together with stairs or ramps leading to the platform, may encroach into the distance separation required in regulation 150.8.60.30(1) a maximum of 1.5 metres from the front main wall of the ancillary building if the platform is no higher than 0.3 metres above the average elevation of the ground measured along the front main wall of the ancillary building. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

(5)Permitted Encroachments for Canopies and AwningsA canopy, awning or similar structure, with or without structural support, or a roof over a platform which complies with (4) above, may encroach into a required separation distance or building setback, subject to the following:

(A)the maximum height of the roof, canopy, awning or similar structure is 4.0 metres above the average elevation of the ground measured along the abutting main wall of the ancillary building;

(B)a canopy, awning or similar structure may encroach into the distance separation required in regulation 150.8.60.30(1) a maximum of 1.5 metres from the front main wall of the ancillary building; and

(C)between a lane and the ancillary building containing a laneway suite, a canopy, awning or similar structure may encroach into the ancillary building setbacks required in Clause 150.8.60.20 a maximum of 0.75 metres from the ancillary building's main wall facing the lane. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

(6)Architectural FeaturesArchitectural features on an ancillary building containing a laneway suite must comply with the following:

(A)a pilaster, decorative column, cornice, sill, belt course or other similar architectural feature may encroach into a building setback required in Clause 150.8.60.20 or into the distance separation required in regulation 150.8.60.30(1) a maximum of 0.6 metres; and

(B)a chimney breast may encroach into a building setback required in Clause 150.8.60.20 or into the distance separation required in regulation 150.8.60.30(1) a maximum of 0.6 metres, if it is no wider than 2.0 metres. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

(7)EquipmentWall mounted equipment on an ancillary building containing a laneway suite, such as vents, pipes, utility equipment, satellite dishes, antennae or air conditioners, may encroach a maximum of 0.6 metres into:

(A)on a main wall of the ancillary building facing a lane, the minimum building setbacks abutting the lane required in Clause 150.8.60.20; and

(B)on the front main wall of the ancillary building, the distance separation required in regulation 150.8.60.30(1). [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

150.8.60.70 Lot Coverage

(1)Lot Coverage Requirement for a Lot with a Laneway SuiteDespite regulations 10.5.60.70(1) and 10.10.60.70(1), if a lot has an ancillary building containing a laneway suite:

(A)the ancillary building containing a laneway suite it is not included in the overall calculation of lot coverage; and

(B)the area of the lot covered by all ancillary buildings combined, including the ancillary building containing a laneway suite, may not exceed 30 percent of the lot area. [ By-law: 1210-2019 ]

150.8.80 Parking and Bicycle Parking

150.8.80.1 General

(1)Parking Space Requirement for a Lot with a Laneway SuiteDespite the parking space requirements in regulation 200.5.10.1(1):

(A)if a lot has an ancillary building containing a laneway suite, no parking spaces are required for any dwelling units and secondary suites in a detached house, semi-detached house, townhouse, duplex, triplex, or fourplex on the same lot; and

(B)no parking space is required for a laneway suite. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

(2)Bicycle Parking Space Requirement for a Laneway SuiteAn ancillary building containing a laneway suite must have two bicycle parking spaces within the laneway suite or within any required yard setback. [ By-law: 810-2018 ]

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