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Laneway homes are gaining popularity because they are providing a good housing opportunity for the growing community in Port Coquitlam. The laneway homes in Port Coquitlam’s are affordable and aimed to increase the rental housing stock.

They are ideal for single families due to their size and affordability. This type of home is different from the traditional style of homes. A laneway home is distinguishable from the main home by the smaller size.

It occupies an area of up to 70 square meters. It can be constructed with or without a garage, moreover, the construction can also be on the street level or above the garage. This type of home cannot be rented out as vacation rentals or holiday homes.

It is a good opportunity for the citizens of Port Coquitlam to turn their backyards into a laneway home which will be quite a productive investment. However, these laneway homes cannot be dwelling on a lot, nor they can be subdivided or stratified.

Why Laneway homes are good for the neighborhood?

Port Coquitlam’s laneway homes are highly fitting in the neighborhood due to the high-quality design and compatibility. The design of these homes is very reliable, they complement the landscaping and appearance of the neighborhood. Moreover, it complies with the privacy of neighbors, and on-site parking is also available.

Eligibility to build Laneway House

It is only permissible to build laneway homes in single family lots. The lots designated in the residential zone (RS1, RS2, RS3, or RS4) or small lot residential in the official community plan (OCP). The lot must be available on the floor area.

The homeowners must contact the City Hall Annex to evaluate their floor area. In order to submit an application, the homeowners will need the building plans of the home which will be available in the City Hall Annex as well.

The floor area is one of the most critical aspects of the process because it will be the determinantal factor of the eligibility to build the Laneway home. An approximate idea of floor area will be essential for the consideration of the construction planning of the coach home.

Necessary calculations

The homeowners can calculate the floor area by utilizing the floor area ratio (FAR) and the property size. FAR can easily be calculated by dividing the total residential floor area by the property size. It is important for the homeowners to remember that except for a few exemptions, the maximum FAR of the residential areas is 0.5 and any fluctuations in the FAR could be a problem.

If the lot is is in the street corner, it must have a width and frontage of at least 10 meters (39.8 ft). If the property has supported lane access, it must have about 5 meters (16.4 ft) of road edge along the front, avoiding the construction of any driveway or ramps along the front edge of your property. Moreover, there should be a continuous path covering about 2 meters from the front of the property to the lot to cater to any emergencies.

This means that this path should not have any blockages including trees or shrubs. The homeowners must also consider the building regulations of the neighborhood including the zoning, parking, landscaping, and design of the laneway home.

Vital conditions to consider

If the property has a secondary suite or daycare then the lot must cover a minimum area of 740 square meters and if that is not the case, the lot must have a minimum area of 370 square meters.

In a nutshell

 The coach house should be smaller than the main house and it must have an adaptive architectural style. The laneway house can also be a double story home but the homeowners must ensure that it does not flout community norms.

Anything that increases the privacy of the neighborhood has to be avoided and the construction should be compatible with the neighborhood homes. The laneway home must not look incongruous in the area.

Therefore, the planning of the construction must be specific and thorough. As the coach houses are intended to accommodate the residents/single family, it should be assured that the coach house has its private space.

Both houses should have their own private space showing the construction of decks, windows, patios, and balconies can be beneficial to maximize the privacy between the main house and the coach house.

Furthermore, the development of the coach house should conform to the guidelines so that it is comfortable for the tenants and the homeowners.

The application process of Laneway Homes

There are a few factors that you must consider before applying for a laneway house. In order to get a permit to build a coach house on the property, the homeowners must make sure that they are eligible to accommodate a coach house.

The financial stability to build a laneway home is a significant aspect of consideration, the homeowners should be reassured that they can afford the whole process and construction. It is advised to develop a budget for the construction and development of the coach home.

The homeowners must be ready to plan and design the laneway home according to the guidelines stated above. It is indispensable to neglect any factor before jumping into the execution. The laneway home should be designed in docility with the residential housing regulations of Port Coquitlam.

The neighborhood should also approve the decision of construction by the homeowners. It is very vital to discuss the plan with your neighbors so that any further complications can be bypassed.

The next step

If you have clarity of all the below-stated conditions and you are ready to apply, only then go ahead with the process. The next step is sending the coach house development permit along with building permit applications. These documents will be examined and reviewed which can take a while but after this step, the homeowners will get a distinct idea of their consideration of building the laneway home from the related authorities.

Advantages of a Laneway House

The Laneway home is developed as a carefree and convenient housing option. It is a popular option for new buyers because it is secure and convenient. Due to the authority of building multiple stories, this option is both luxurious and convenient.

More people will opt to buy because this is low-maintenance and provides the buyer an opportunity to socialize as well. These homes are a part of the community so the buyers will be able to communicate and socialize in the neighborhood.

The buyers can take advantage of the community amenities like most of the communities provide the facilities of a clubhouse, fitness center, pools, etc. This is a diverse Lifestyle opportunity along with downsizing.

Laneway House is a Value Added Feature

A laneway house is an affordable option that brings density to the neighborhood without affecting the public spaces. The homeowners will be able to develop or permanent structure that will be financially beneficial in the long run.

The efforts to get new water, electricity, and sewage connections can be avoided as well. All the utilities will be connected to the main house. The right construction and development of the coach house will attract the desirable tenants who might be looking for a comfortable den. Another positive point is that the coach house can assist the homeowners with the mortgage.

As it is a very good option for supplemental income with less investment, the homeowners could easily pay off their mortgages and increase the value of their property. Building a laneway home on your lot will increase the overall value of the property. It will appeal to the new home buyers as well.


Overall, it is an excellent idea to invest in the construction of a laneway home or a laneway home especially for the city and the residents. The process is complex so it is advisable to thoroughly read the guidelines and make the mandatory calculations before submitting an application for the Laneway home. We offer construction of laneway homes in nearby areas like Vancouver, Port Moody, Delta and others. 

It is a splendid housing opportunity for the people to live in an area that may contrarily be unaffordable. With competitive pricing, it can generate fair income for the homeowners and add and an appealing value to the entire property.

Our Process

  1. A complete and thorough site inspection
  2. Extensive client consultation to craft your dream home
  3. Complete set of concept drawings with your review approval
  4. Final drawings and detailed to your exact specifications
  5.  Budgeting along the way, so you know your options and all the related costs. Need something changed, no worries, we will let you know exactly what, if any, additional expenditures are involved
  6. We handle all city hall permit requirements on your behalf, to ensure smooth sailing without administrative headaches
  7. Construction and inspections. You project manager over see the entire process  start to finish, dealing with all stages of the process and any questions you may need answered along the way
  8. Final walk-through to ensure your total satisfaction with the end result


Our team utilizes the latest cloud based technology for project management. Clients can easily check in to see current progress, pictures, change order requests, budget and much more.  We keep on track and on budget to ensure your project is completed to your satisfaction.


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