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Westside secondary suite amnesty deadline approaches

Homeowners have one month remaining to take advantage of the amnesty period for the legalization of secondary suits in the District of West Kelowna.

During the amnesty period, a $125 registration fee for the registration of secondary suites is being waved.

The amnesty conditions do not exempt bylaw enforcement action with respect to illegal suites.

The amnesty period is scheduled to expire on Sept. 14.

Council originally adopted zoning bylaw amendments on Sept. 14, 2010, allowing secondary suites as a permitted use in most residential zones. Council opted to create a one-year amnesty period during which no registration fee would be charged.

A year later, council chose to extend the amnesty period by a further 12 months.

In September, DWK staff will provide council with an update on the municipality's initiatives to legalize secondary suites and seek direction going forward.

Questions regarding the amnesty period or the secondary suite legalization process should be directed to the Building Inspections Department at 778-797-8820. For more information on secondary suites, visit districtofwestkelowna.ca.

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