In an effort to stimulate much-needed growth in the rental housing market, one such action has resulted in the District waiving Development Cost Charges and Building Permit fees on new secondary suite applications for the period of one year. This came into effect June 7, 2016. The changes could mean a cost savings of up to $4,900 for a 90 square-metre suite (maximum size). A secondary suite is a self-contained dwelling unit with private access and its own kitchen and bath, within the footprint of a single family dwelling, or as a detached secondary dwelling (i.e. a carriage house or laneway home). Properties are limited to having just one secondary suite. Development Cost Charges (DCC) on secondary suites are levied on the basis of the size of the suite, at the same rate as apartments: $49.46 per square metre. The Zoning Bylaw sets the maximum suite area to between 56 and 90 square metres per suite, putting DCC charges between $2,769.76 and $4,451.40. With respect to Building Permit fees, the amount charged is based on $9 per $1,000 of construction value. An accessory suite in the range of $50,000 would therefore incur a fee of $450. Both DCC fees and Building Permit fees are currently being waived.