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The cost of building a laneway house

Building a laneway house can be expensive. The costs vary depending on the size of the new building and its…

By Stephanie Hallett , in City , on April 8, 2010

Building a laneway house can be expensive. The costs vary depending on the size of the new building and its amenities.

An average single-family property in Vancouver measures 33 by 120 feet. Currently the city allows a 500-square-foot laneway house to be built on a lot this size. If you have a larger property, your laneway house can be up to 750-square-feet. Visit the city’s for more information

Here’s a breakdown of the possible costs associated with a 500-square-foot laneway house:

  • Construction fees: $100,000 at $200 per square foot (Source: Interview with Ocea Ringrose)
  • Building permit: $699.25 – based on construction fees ()
  • Development permit: $748 ()
  • Demolition: $249 – if demolishing main house ()
  • Landscaping: $500 + depending on space, complexity and design – required by the city ()
  • Garage demolition (if required): $1,500 ()
  • Enviroshake roofing (from recycled plastic): $28,000 ()
  • Installation of solar heating system: $1,000-$3,500 – depending on type of system ()
  • Water sewer connection: $8,000-$30,000 – depending on new infrastructure required (; and Interview with )
  • Electrical connection (must be separate from main house): On average $1,000, but can be up to $20,000 if new equipment or infrastructure is required ()
  • Architectural and engineering fees: $10,000 + ()
  • Site survey: $2,000 + (if required) ()
  • Estimated appliance costs: ()
    – Washer/dryer: $800
    – Small refrigerator: $600
    – Basic oven/stove: $600
    – Toilet: $80
    – Sinks: $500
    – Bathtub/shower: $750

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