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Fencing and Screening

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 devpermits@cityofgp.com,  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.

Residential Fences

Location and Height

Maximum heights allowed are:Fence diagram
  • 0.9 metres (3 feet) for any portion of a fence extending beyond the front portion of the principle building on the lot;
  • 1.8 metres (6 feet) for that portion of the fence which does not extend beyond the front portion of the principal building on the lot and;
  • For corner lots, within the corner visibility triangle (the triangular area formed by the two curb lines and a straight line which intersects them 6 metres from the corner where they meet), no higher than 0.9 metres (3 feet).  
Note: The City does not locate property lines. In order to determine where your property lines are you must refer to a surveyor’s certificate or a real property report. These can be prepared by a Legal Land Surveyor.

 

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 the height and location of the fence complies with the rules of the Land Use Bylaw, no permit is required prior to construction.

Fence - wooden

This information is intended as a general guide only. Other regulations or special circumstances may apply to your property. If you have any questions about the information provided, or would like to check your specific property, please contact City of Grande Prairie, Planning and Development at 780.538.0325, via e-mail at devpermits@cityofgp.com or visit us in person at 9505 – 112 Street.   Office Hours:   Monday to Friday 8:30AM – 4:30PM

Alberta One Call

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

http://www.albertaonecall.com.  Aquatera lines are not located by Alberta One-Call.  Be sure to contact Aquatera directly for this information at 780-882-7800.

 

Fences in Non-Residential Districts Such as Multi-Family, Commercial and Industrial

Fence - chain with barbed wireThe 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.

When a non-residential lot shares a property line with a lot designated as a Residential District, a continuous screen of 2.0 metres in height is required. If planting is used;
  1.  It shall include a mix of deciduous and coniferous trees with at least 60% of these trees being coniferous;
  2.  It shall include trees which are 2.0 metres in height when planted and at least 6.0 metres in height at maturity; and,
  3.  It may include shrubs in addition to trees provided that the shrubs are at least 2.0 metres in height at maturity.

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.

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 the height and location of the fence complies with the rules of the Land Use Bylaw, no permit is required prior to construction.

This information is intended as a general guide only. Other regulations or special circumstances may apply to your property. If you have any questions about the information provided, or would like to check your specific property, please contact City of Grande Prairie, Planning and Development at 780-538-0325 or via e-mail at devpermits@cityofgp.com, or visit us in person at 9505 – 112 Street.  Office Hours:   Monday to Friday 8:30AM – 4:30PM

Alberta One Call

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 http://www.albertaonecall.com

 Aquatera lines are not located by Alberta One-Call.  Be sure to contact Aquatera directly for this information at 780-882-7800. 
 

 

Last updated: 9/22/2017 1:50:35 PM