I have an illegal apartment and want to sell my home. What should I do?
You must apply for a special permit to legalize the apartment. Most homes will qualify under the “conversion bylaw,” Section 240-23D. Please note that this Section of the bylaw does not apply to homes in agricultural districts. If your home is an agricultural district, you must apply under the accessory apartment bylaw, Section 240-38i.

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1. How long does it take to get a special permit?
2. Why do I need a special permit?
3. What’s the difference between a special permit and a variance?
4. Do I need a lawyer?
5. I just received notice that my neighbor is applying for a special permit or variance for his property. What should I do? I’d like to present my opinion to the Board. Do I need to attend the hearing?
6. What happens at the public hearing?
7. What happens after the Board reaches a decision?
8. Why do I have to wait 20 days?
9. When is the decision effective?
10. What if I’m not happy with the Board’s decision?
11. I want to add an accessory apartment to my home. What do I need to do?
12. I have an illegal apartment and want to sell my home. What should I do?