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A fence is a structure which may be used to prevent or restrict passage, for sound attenuation, yard decor, and for the protection from dust or the elements, to provide visual screening, or to mark a property line.
You DO NOT require a development permit to build a fence; however, your fence must comply with all City regulations and bylaws. You should contact the Planning & Development Department at 780-538-0325 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, prior to construction to ensure that your proposed fence is in compliance with all city regulations.
For all non-residential including multi-family, commercial and industrial fence requirements, please click here.
If in the opinion of the Development Authority, where a lot is in proximity to an arterial road as identified by the Municipal Development Plan, a solid 2.4 metre high fence may be permitted to provide noise attenuation and a visual barrier and will not require a Development Permit.
Fences cannot be located on City property, and cannot be located on any City of Grande Prairie utility right-of-way (URW). Your Real Property Report will show the location of the property lines and any utility rights-of-ways.
If you are planning to disturb the ground, find out where the buried utilities are on your property as part of your planning process. Whether you are landscaping, building a new fence or deck, or simply planting a garden, disturbing the ground on your property can cause damage to a buried utility. Some utilities are buried mere centimetres below the surface. For more information, contact Alberta One Call at 1-800-242-3447 or at
The Development Authority may approve, upon application for a development permit a higher fence or a fence with barbed wire or other security features for public safety, security, or buffering reasons.
In the case of through lots, fences shall be of a height satisfactory to the Development Authority considering fences in the surrounding area and the requirement for screening.
A garbage collection area, a dumpster, an open storage area, or an outdoor service area, including any loading and vehicle service area, which is visible from an adjacent site in a residential district or from a public road other than a lane, shall be screened using a solid fence such that it visually hides the area from the adjacent site or road, to a height of 1.9 metres.
Any parking lot having eight or more parking spaces that is visible from an adjoining site in a Residential or Commercial District, or from a public roadway other than a lane shall be sufficiently screened to provide substantial interruption of the view of the parking area from any adjoining Residential or Commercial District or public roadway.
For bulk outdoor storage, including but not limited to auto wrecking, lumber yards, pipe storage and similar uses, where because of height of materials stored, a fence, earth berm or combination thereof, with sufficient height to substantially block the view at a distance of 61.0 metres shall be required.
If you are planning to disturb the ground, find out where the buried utilities are on your property as part of your planning process. Whether you are landscaping, building a new fence or deck, or simply planting a garden, disturbing the ground on your property can cause damage to a buried utility. Some utilities are buried mere centimetres below the surface.
Aquatera lines are not located by Alberta One-Call. Be sure to contact Aquatera directly for this information at 780-882-7800.
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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