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Minimum Property Standards Bylaw

As per the City of Grande Prairie Bylaw C-1293

Why have the bylaw?

What is considered to be unsightly or a nuisance is usually a matter of personal opinion. Often a person who is adversely affected by an unsightly or nuisance property will turn to the City for assistance to fix the situation.

The Courts have recognized that in dealing with unsightly and nuisance properties, a municipality must balance the reasonable use of land by one person against the potentially unfavourable effects of that use to neighbours and, in some cases, the community as a whole.

What does it do for the city?

The City of Grande Prairie now has a Minimum Property Standards Bylaw which clearly outlines the following:

  • What constitutes a nuisance in the community?
  • What action will be taken by the municipality to decrease nuisances in the community?
  • What rights are available to the property owner who disagrees with the municipality’s assessment of the nuisance?
  • What action will be taken if the property owner refuses to comply with municipal directives to remedy the nuisance?

What does the bylaw entail?

Here are some of the bylaw highlights:
  1. Clear definitions as to what constitutes a nuisance in relation to land and buildings.
  2. Sections that deal with excessively long grass and weeds; inoperable, damaged, dismantled or run-down vehicles, drainage and abandoned construction projects to name only a few. 
  3. Clear requirements for Abandoned Buildings.
  4. Fines for failing to maintain the Minimum Property Standards.

Minimum Property Standards brochure for community members (PDF, 218KB)

For More Information

Contact Enforcement Services at (780) 830-5790 or 

Last updated: 10/11/2016 10:09:14 AM