Dwellings and accessory buildings
Did you know that 55% of Kelowna is zoned for agriculture? And 38% is located within the Agricultural Land Reserve. We take great pride in our agricultural land and do our best to preserve it for generations to come. Imagine what Kelowna would look like without our agricultural land. Our agricultural land helps to support the local economy, tourism, food production, and the open space adds to the beauty of Kelowna.
All dwellings and buildings on agricultural land, and adjacent to agricultural land may require a farm protection development permit. This is to ensure that active agriculture and farming operations are buffered from residential uses. This can help reduce conflict between urban and agricultural uses. Considerations as part of an application for a dwelling on agricultural land will include homeplating (keeping all buildings within a given footprint), landscape buffering, and minimizing the amount of usable farmland being used for housing or development.
Take a peek at our Farm Residential Footprint Bulletin that outlines the process for homeplating.
Check the zoning map to determine if your property is located on or near agricultural Land.
Learn more about how to apply for a farm protection development permit.
Accessory buildings used specifically for agricultural uses may not require a farm protection development permit. These uses include hay storage, animal barns and shelters, or processing facilities. These do not include personal storage, storage of landscaping materials, storage of vehicles, or uses for a home based business.
All other accessory buildings such as workshops or garages will require a farm protection development permit, and will be required to follow the farm building and homeplating guidelines. The maximum size of an accessory building is outlined in our zoning bylaw. A home based business is restricted maximum size of footprint and maximum number of customers.
Under the zoning bylaw only one single family dwelling is permitted on a parcel of agricultural property. The ALR also restricts the number of dwellings. This means that the existing house must be demolished, decommissioned, or removed prior to the commencement of construction of the new house. Learn more here.
Accessory buildings that are not used for agriculture are restricted in size and location on agricultural property. The home based business regulations limit the size of an accessory building that can be used for a home based business. For the most part, large accessory buildings on agricultural land do not qualify to be used for a business or for storage for a business. To use an accessory building for machinery storage, landscaping storage, or otherwise would require a non-farm use application through the Agricultural Land Commission.
Permitted uses in the ALR are uses that relate to agriculture. Using agricultural land for purposes other than farming would require a non-farm use application and are generally not supported by the City or the ALC.