Home owners with an expired building permit have two years to complete their permit and all secondary suites require an occupancy permit. Owners must disclose if they didn’t obtain an occupancy permit.
Applications to install or legalize an existing secondary suite require a building permit issued through the Community Planning & Development Department.
There are approximately 4,200 suites in Delta and 2,200 of them have been legalized. The key concern is fire safety. To legally have a suite in Delta the owner of the property must live on the property.
If family members live in the suite and there is free and open access up and down stairs, and a single utility bill, the owner can sign a statutory declaration the suite is considered legal.
If there are tenants and two utility bills, the owner must agree to authorize an inspection of the suite by a bylaw inspector.
Realtors with clients considering adding a secondary suite or buying a home with a suite need to advise clients that a home with a secondary suite must have a minimum 15-meter wide lot.
A new tool lets Realtors and property buyers and sellers check to see if a suite is legal.
Delta’s zoning bylaw is under review. The updated version will have simpler language and more graphics and online linked sections.
To address sustainability and get residents out of cars, there will be parking reductions in some areas. Delta will also allow attic space conversions if a home doesn’t have a basement. Revisions are coming to the duplex zone to increase affordable units.
Delta has size limits for homes built on land in the Agricultural Land Reserve.
Major projects underway include the Southlands development of small homes and suites, Tsawwassen Springs, North Gate, Tsawwassen town centre, Delta Rise, Delta Gardens, and various townhouse developments in North Delta.
Delta has an online mapping system, Delta Map, which includes information on roads, easements, rights of way, property (lot dimensions), aerial photos, transportation (airports, ferry terminal, truck routes), community services (fire halls, police stations, schools, hospital), facilities (art, fitness, recreation, libraries, pools), parks and recreation, planning and development (heritage sites, zoning, land use, ALR), and utilities (sanitary, drainage, irrigation, water).
Glossary of Terms
Agricultural enterprise zone - refers to designated area where a planning authority uses zoning, tax exemptions and other programs to stimulate the location of agriculture-related businesses, such as feed stores or veterinarians, and the development of new enterprises, such as food processing and storage facilities.
Agricultural Trust – a non-profit organization that either owns land or holds certain property rights with a commitment to ensure that farmland is managed, preserved, restored and stewarded for the long- term benefit of agriculture and to provide affordable land to beginning farmers.2
Agricultural Sector - includes the production and consumption of food and consists of all businesses involved in producing, harvesting, distribution and retailing of food products.
Agri-tourism - involves any agriculturally-based operation or activity that brings visitors to a farm or ranch including buying produce direct from a farm stand, navigating a corn maze, picking fruit, feeding animals, or staying at a bed and breakfast on a farm.
Bona fide farmer - is a farm operator who uses farmland to produce agricultural products with the expectation of profit.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) - Members of CSAs provide farmers a set fee at the beginning of the growing season and then receive proportional shares in the annual output of the participating farm or farms.
Food processing - is the transformation of food from its raw state into something that can be stored or eaten. It ranges from basic processing like grading and bagging fresh foods to developing highly refined and packaged foods.
Food system - is the sequence of activities linking food production, processing, distribution and access, consumption and waste management as well as all the associated supporting and regulatory institutions and activities.
Local food - is food produced or processed within a particular geographic boundary. In this report, local food refers to food grown and harvested in the Lower Mainland region.
Revitalization tax exemption program bylaw - a provision of the Community Charter permitting municipalities to exempt property from property tax to encourage various types of revitalization to achieve a range of environmental, economic or social objectives.
Urban agriculture - is the practice of producing food within cities that encompasses a broad range of initiatives and production models that share the objective of providing urban residents access to fresh food grown in backyard gardens, roof top gardens, community gardens and urban farms.
Value adding - is a change in the physical state of a product, such as by food processing, drying, canning, juicing, handcrafting, unique packaging, labeling and marketing, that enhances its value by adding features that appeal to consumer needs and perceptions. Agribusinesses add value to acquire a greater portion of the value of that product at final sale.
Value chain - refers to a supply chain where a relationship is formed among firms based on cooperation and partnerships in responding to market demands or producing at a scale that is profitable.
Working agriculture - is defined as agricultural activity carried out as a business with an expectation of profit.