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What is a Development Permit?

A Development Permit is a document that authorizes a proposed development to proceed pursuant to the provisions of the Land Use Bylaw. A Development Permit is not a Building Permit.

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The Land Use Bylaw Defines an Accessory Building & Structure as “a building or structure that is subordinate to, exclusively devoted to, and located on the same site as the principle building”. Garages, sheds & greenhouses are examples of accessory buildings and structures.

When is a Development Permit Required?

All Accessory Buildings & Structures over 20m² (215ft²) require a Development Permit. Accessory Buildings & Structures that are less than 20m² (215ft²) do not require a Development Permit provided they comply with the Land Use Bylaw.

A Building Permit may be required prior to any work starting. Please contact the Inspection Services Department at 780-538-0421 or check out their website here for further information.

Processing Your Development Permit Application

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 be longer.

Development Permit Application Requirements

Every application for a Development Permit must be accompanied by the following:

A completed application form.  fake rpr

Authorization Letter. If you are a renter, or your name is not listed on the property’s land title, you require an authorization letter from the owner.

A copy of your Survey/Real Property Report with the accessory buildings/structures drawn in its proposed location and the following measurements indicated:

  • Dimensions of the proposed accessory buildings/ structures
  • Distance from the accessory buildings/structures to the property lines
  • Property dimensions
  • Locations and sizes of all other existing accessory buildings/structures 
An Elevation Drawing of the proposed accessory buildings/structures indicating the followingshed drawing measurements:
  • Length & Width
  • Wall height
  • Height from the ground to the peak of the roof
  • Location of all windows and doors
  • Direction the accessory buildings/structures faces in the drawing (north, south, east, west)

If the accessory building/structure has already been constructed, please include a photo.


The maximum height for accessory buildings/structures from ground to roof peak is 5m (16.4ft) and the maximum wall height is 3m (10ft).

After building a Garage, a new Real Property Report will be required to obtain Municipal Compliance.

Setback Requirements

In General:

  • Accessory buildings/structures over 20m² (215ft²) setback of 1.2m (4ft) from wall to the rear and side property line must be maintained.
  • Accessory buildings/structures smaller than 20m² (215ft²) setback of 0.6m (2ft) from eaves to the rear and side property line.
  • An accessory building or structure constructed on a corner lot shall be setback from the property lines in accordance with Section 39 of Land Use Bylaw C-1260.

Please contact a Development Officer to confirm all setback requirements as well as the location of any Easements, Utility Right of Ways, etc.

 Additional Information

  • The minimum width of a drive aisle which provides vehicle access to an accessory buildings and structures must be 3.0m. At no time shall the vehicle access to an Accessory Buildings and Structures encroach onto an adjacent property;
  • A shipping/storage container is not an accessory building/structure.
  • No accessory buildings or structures shall be located on or over any utility right-of-way or easement or any drainage right-of-way or easement.

 Please refer to Land Use Bylaw C-1260 for all accessory buildings/structures regulations.

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


Development Permit Application fees must be paid at the time of application.
Residential Accessory Building……………………. $75.00


Where an applicant wishes to cancel a development permit application, there will be no refund of the fees paid.

Where to Apply

In Person:

Planning & Development
9505 – 112 Street
Grande Prairie, Alberta,T8V 6H8

Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30AM – 4:30PM

By Email:

Applications can be submitted electronically by emailing all required documentation to:

For more information, call 780-538-0325

Click here to download the Garages, Sheds & Other Accessory Structures 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.

Last updated: 1/21/2019 2:47:45 PM