Investor Education 101: Legal 2nd Suites In Barrie

Investor Education 101: Legal 2nd Suites In Barrie

At Barrie Investing, we always have clients asking us questions surrounding ‘Legal 2nd Suites In Barrie’. Understanding the rules, regulations and how to register your Legal 2nd Suite can be difficult. We have put together answers to the top questions we receive with all the important information you need to know below, to help make the process easier.

What is the classification of a Legal 2nd Suite in Barrie?

The City of Barrie classifies a Legal 2nd suite as the following:

“Second Suites are second dwelling units located on one property typically found in basements of single dwelling units. A Second Suite can also be located in detached garages that have been converted into a dwelling unit.”

What do I need to do to register my Legal 2nd Suite?

If you are considering adding a legal 2nd suite for the purpose of renting it out, you must register it with the City of Barrie. Visit to see exactly how to register your Legal 2nd Suite.

Where in Barrie can you have a Legal 2nd Suite?

Below is a map which shows the area in Barrie where you are not permitted to have a Legal 2nd suite. The city of Barrie does not want legal 2nd suites in the area near Georgian College due to their efforts to ensure there is dedicated student housing for students. They want to reduce the impact of students in established neighborhoods. This map provides a great guideline for investors who are looking to purchase a legal 2nd suite or build a legal 2nd suite in the area.

What are the standards for a Legal 2nd Suite?

The Zoning bylaw standards for a 2nd suite when contained in the principal dwelling, shall have a maximum of 2 bedrooms, provide a parking space, meet entrance requirements to the second suite and only one 2nd suite is permitted per lot.

If the 2nd suite is located in a detached structure like a garage, the 2nd suite needs to be connected to full municipal services. Also it must not exceed 50m2 in coverage, meet accessory structure location standards and provide a parking space.

What is the contact information for the City of Barrie?

Contact 705-739-4231 anytime (24/7) to request an inspection.
Service Barrie
70 Collier Street, Box 400
Barrie, ON L4M 4T5
Phone: 705-739-4242

At Barrie Investing, we want to ensure our clients are well educated on any investments they make. We always do everything we can to help our clients make the best investment possible. Call us at 705-739-3432 or email us at to learn more.

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Matthew Johnston, Broker
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Royal LePage First Contact Realty
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