On January 26, 2021 Council removed the owner occupancy regulatory requirement for secondary suites and detached garden suites to expand housing choice and encourage more rental units in Maple Ridge. This means property owners no longer have to live on the property that has the secondary suite or a detached garden suite. However, properties that have two rentals on the property are required to hold a valid Business Licence in order to lawfully rent out both dwelling units.
Council has also waived the the Application Review Fee ($500) for one year (January 2021- January 2022).
The City’s Official Community Plan speaks to the key policies guiding housing and residential development in Maple Ridge. Chapter 2 – Growth Management and Chapter 3 – Neighbourhoods & Housing go into the issues, objectives and policies.