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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.
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.
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 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.
Every application for a Development Permit must be accompanied by the following:
A completed application form.
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:
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.
Please contact a Development Officer to confirm all setback requirements as well as the location of any Easements, Utility Right of Ways, etc.
Please refer to Land Use Bylaw C-1260 for all accessory buildings/structures regulations.
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 www.albertaonecall.com
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.
Planning & Development
9505 – 112 Street
Grande Prairie, Alberta,T8V 6H8
Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30AM – 4:30PM
Applications can be submitted electronically by emailing all required documentation to: email@example.com.
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.
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