Accessory Dwelling Unit Design Competition

Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Design Competition 

The Expression of Interest deadline has now passed. Thank you to everyone who has registered for this competition.

The District of Squamish is hosting an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Design Competition. The competition is one of the actions outlined in the Squamish Housing Action Plan Overview and is funded by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation Housing Accelerator Fund, a Federal grant program that was awarded to the District of Squamish in January 2024.

The purpose of the design competition is to raise awareness around the benefits of ADUs as one way to address Squamish’s housing shortage and encourage housing variety and affordability. The design competition also aims to inspire homeowners with examples of ADU’s that can be built across the community in a range of locations and situations. In addition, the intention is to reflect potential ADU opportunities with more relaxed zoning regulations in line with guidelines recommended by the Province of British Columbia as part of the small-scale multi-unit housing initiative.

Design Competition Categories

There are three design competition categories:

  1. Carriage House
  2. Elevated Cottage
  3. Front Yard ADU

In addition to receiving a cash award, the winners of the competition will be credited with the design of Pre-Reviewed Plans which are recognized as being appropriate for use in specific neighbourhoods of Squamish, depending on the flood characteristics and Flood Construction Levels. Building permit applications that are submitted for Pre-Reviewed Plans will be placed in a priority sequence ahead of other ADU and suite applications; in the future, a reduction of building permit fees will also be considered for these plans. These Pre-Reviewed Plans will be identified in District information regarding ADUs as well-thought-out designs for Squamish properties; the intention will be to connect property owners with designers of Pre-Reviewed Plans who will have the opportunity to sell those plans to a broader customer base.


Design Competition Timeline

  • Early March 2024 | Design Competition Period Begins - Details about the ADU Design Competition will be released on District staff will conduct outreach and invite architecture firms and designers and other organizations to submit proposals.
  • April 11, 2024 | Expression of Interest Deadline - Parties who enter the design contest must register their interest in participating via email to
  • April 11, 2024 | Questions of Clarification Deadline - Participants may submit clarifying questions regarding the contest via email to Answers to questions will be posted on a FAQ page at
  • May 23, 2024 | ADU Proposal Submission Deadline - Submissions for ADU proposals will close on May 23, 2024 at 5 p.m.
  • June 20, 2024 | ADU Design Judging - Members of the District of Squamish Advisory Design Panel will review and score proposals based on the scoring criteria included in this document. Winners will be selected at the June 20, 2024 Advisory Design Panel meeting.
  • June 27, 2024 | Competition Winners Released - Winning designs will be displayed on the District of Squamish website for public review.


Awards - $5,000 First Place Prize for Each Category

First, second, and third place winners for each of the three categories will be selected by members of the District of Squamish Advisory Design Panel on June 20, 2024.

  • First place winners for each of the three categories will receive a cash prize of $5,000.
  • Second place winners for each of the three categories will receive a cash prize of $1,000.
  • Third place winners for each of the three categories will receive a cash prize of $500.

First, second, and third place designs will be identified as Pre-Reviewed Plans and promoted as award winning designs, both through District of Squamish social media announcements related to the design contest, and within District of Squamish information about ADUs. Members of the public will have access to contact information for the designers of the Pre-Reviewed Plans for each of the categories.

Ownership of the Pre-Reviewed Plans will be retained by the designers, who will be able to sell the designs to members of the public interested in building those ADUs.


Benefits of Participating

  • Design promotion in District information about ADUs with contact information for the architect/design team.
  • Recognition of winning designs as Pre-Reviewed Plans which are:
  • Identified as suitable for use in specific areas of Squamish.
  • Eligible for priority building permit processing.
  • Under future consideration for reduction in building permit fees.
  • Involvement in supporting innovative, diverse and attainable housing within the District of Squamish.

Download the ADU Design Competition Brief



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Judging criteria

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