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A secondary suite, also known as a basement suite, is a separate living area contained within a single detached dwelling. It functions as a self-contained accessory living unit complete with a kitchen, bathroom and a bedroom area. It may share common space with the primary residence; for example, a laundry room.
Every suite application is reviewed in detail. The following general regulations apply:
a minimum lot width of 11 metres where rear lane access is provided or
a minimum lot width of 12.2 metres where no rear lane access is provided
A lot with a single detached dwelling shall only be permitted to have one (1) of the following:
Parking stalls for the secondary suite shall not be located in a garage, or in tandem with the parking stalls in the garage unless the garage is divided with a wall and has two (2) separate overhead doors.
A maximum of three (3) secondary suites and/or garage suites will be permitted within a 50m radius surrounding and including the proposed property, and no more than two (2) secondary suites or garage suites in a row will be permitted.
The 50m radius will be measured from any part of the property boundary. All lots contained wholly or in part within the 50m radius will be included in this calculation.
Processing times for Development Permit applications depend on the type of development. Provided the application is complete with all of the required information, most applications can be ready for release within two weeks. If a variance is required, the process may take longer.
Fire Prevention information relating to Secondary Suites can be found by clicking - Secondary Suites
The Fire Prevention Department can be contacted by phone at 780-538-0393 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Building Permit information relating to Secondary suites can be found by clicking - Secondary Suites
The Inspection Services Department can be contacted by phone at 780-538-0421 or by email at email@example.com
Secondary Suite……………………. $150.00 (in addition to the fee for a new detached dwelling when applicable)
Office Hours: 8:30AM – 4:30PM, Monday to Friday
Applications can be submitted electronically by emailing all required documentation to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, call 780.538.0325
Click here to download the Secondary Suite brochure.
This is a general guide and has no legal status. It cannot be used as an official interpretation of the various bylaws and policies currently in effect. The City of Grande Prairie accepts no responsibility to persons relying solely on this information.
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