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There are several things you should consider before you make changes to your driveway.

Do I need a Development Permit to modify my driveway?

Approval is required to widen your residential driveway. You will find the application to widen your residential driveway here.   Only those areas approved by the Development Authority may be hard surfaced and/or utilized for parking motor vehicles. Hard surfacing means asphalt, concrete, paving stone or similar material but not gravel.  To modify or move your commercial driveway - please refer to our Engineering Services Department here.

Can my driveway be widened all the way to the road?

Remember - your property does not extend all the way to the sidewalk or curb. The road right-of-way is owned by the City of Grande Prairie and includes the road, sidewalk and boulevard, and part of what may appear as your property.

To widen your driveway across the road right-of-way, add an extra parking stall or create a new driveway, please submit a Driveway Request Application here, to the Planning and Development Department either in person at 9505 112 Street or by email to devpermits@cityofgp.com

Engineering Permit Request

An Engineering Permit  will be required after your driveway width has been approved.  In some cases, your contractor will require “proof of a minimum of $2 million liability insurance coverage”. For additional information, please refer to our Engineering Services Department here or via email at eng_permits@cityofgp.com.

Land Use Bylaw Driveway2

The Land Use Bylaw helps regulate the neighbourhood you live in by controlling the use and development of land and buildings.  The bylaw helps controls the activity on a property as well, including driveway widths.

Land Use Bylaw C-1260 defines:

  • a Driveway as a private road that provides vehicle access from a lot or site to a public road
  • a 3-Car Garage as a garage that is 8.5m wide or larger.
 

  Permitted driveway widths are outlined as follows: 

Land Use District

Development Type

Driveway Width

(Maximum)

Lot width required for a 3-Car Garage (Minimum):

Driveway width in conjunction with  a 3-Car Garage (Maximum):

RS, RR, RG, RT

 

Single Detached Dwelling

60% of lot width, not to exceed 10m

13.4m

70% of lot width, not to exceed 10m

RS, RT, RC

Duplex Dwelling

60% of lot width, not to exceed 10m

 

 

RS, RG, RT, RC

Semi-Detached Dwelling

60% of lot width, or 6m/unit, whichever is greater

 

 

RS - Small Lot Residential

RR - Restricted Residential

RG - General Residential

RT - Residential Transition

RC - Low /Medium Density Residential

Please see the Land Use Bylaw C-1260 for more  information

Low density residential driveways shall meet the following requirements:

  • Driveways shall be setback a minimum of 0.5m from side property lines;
  • The side property line setback is not required from the common lot line of a semi-detached dwelling; and
  • Driveway restrictions do not apply to accesses provided off of rear lanes.

Reasons the City discourages paving front yards for parking

  • Neighbourhood appeal – Parking on your front yard reduces neighbourhood appeal, which is often the reason why neighbours file a complaint with The City’s Enforcement Services Department.  Following the Land Use Bylaw regulations limits the impact on your community and neighbours.   
  • Public safety - Increasing your driveway also decreases pedestrian safety, while creating snow storage challenges on your street.
  • Street parking - Extended driveways eliminate on street parking for neighbours and visitors.
  • Drainage impact – Paving your front yard increases the amount of non-permeable surface and doesn’t allow the water to drain into the ground beneath
  • Paving over City property and utility right-of-ways – There is a portion of City Boulevard that extends between the roadway and your property line. This portion of City property cannot be paved and used as additional parking without an approved Driveway Request application.  Properties with paved front lawns and utility right-of-ways create excavation challenges for repair crews that need to access vital services.

Please contact the Planning & Development Department for specific information related to your property and additional parking requirements.

In Person:

Planning & Development
9505 – 112 Street
Grande Prairie, Alberta
T8V 6H8 
Office Hours:   Monday to Friday  8:30AM – 4:30PM

For more information, call 780.538.0325

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.

Last updated: 6/4/2018 1:17:00 PM