Laneway Housing

Laneway Housing

Ridgewater Homes is proud to include new laneway home construction to our list of experience and services.

 Laneway housing was introduced in Vancouver with the adoption of the EcoDensity Charter on June 10, 2008.

The EcoDensity Charter places environmental sustainability as the top priority in all City of Vancouver planning decisions. The Charter’s goals also include supporting housing affordability and liveability in the City of Vancouver.

A laneway house is a smaller, detached home located where the garage would normally go on a single-family lot.

Laneway houses contribute to the overall sustainability of the city. They give people more opportunities to live close to where they work, shop, and play, and they make the city’s urban lanes more green, liveable, and safe.

Laneway housing also contributes to the amount of affordable rental housing available in the city.

Laneway housing offers a creative solution to the problem of housing affordability in the City of Vancouver.

  • Laneway houses are an excellent way to increase the diversity of rental units in single family neighbourhoods, by providing: An additional opportunity beyond owning a house or renting a basement suite

  • More opportunity to live in detached and ground-oriented rental housing

  • Additional housing that preserves the existing streetscape and adds character, vibrancy, and security to the lane

  • Housing for diverse groups of people, including seniors ready to downsize, adult children who want to live independently, and renters who want to live in detached housing

  • More opportunities for people to live in the city, close to their jobs, services, and frequent transit Laneway housing plays an important role in achieving Council’s priorities to increase the supply of rental housing options across the city

 Review the laneway housing regulations

View a detailed checklist of application submission requirements