Kelowna Homes with Carriage Houses | Kelowna BC

Kelowna was the first city in the province to allow the development of carriage houses and home owners have been taking advantage ever since!  Carriage houses are a smaller, secondary home on a property that already has a primary residence. Also known as laneway homes, these developments have to be a separate independent structure on the back of the property that is accessed through the alleyway.  Carriage houses are permitted in specific zones of Kelowna’s inner city and have many rules, regulations, and permits to go along with them.  

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So why are carriage houses so popular?

The biggest reason why we see so many carriage houses in Kelowna is simply because they are a great investment opportunity. In a city with low rental vacancy, carriage houses have become an incredible way for homeowners to earn passive income and to help pay their mortgages while increasing the property's value. 

Space is something we always tend to need more of. The uses of your carriage house are endless and bring a ton more space to your property! A secluded home office, cozy stay for grandma and grandpa, home business, art studio, added storage or a workshop. 


With great things come a list of rules and regulations; due to Kelowna’s lack of long term rental availability as well as affordable housing, the city does not allow carriage houses to be rented out as short term vacation rentals (No Airbnb, VRBO, etc). In order to build a secondary suite on your property you must be located in one of the following zones: 

  • RU6 – two dwelling housing

  • RU1c – large lot housing with carriage house

  • RU2c – medium lot housing with carriage house

  • RR1c – rural residential 1 with carriage house

  • RR2c – rural residential 2 with carriage house

  • RR3c – rural residential 3 with carriage house

  • A1C   – agriculture 1 with carriage house