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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.
A Development Permit may be required for construction of a deck depending on the decks size, location and design. A development permit is required if the deck will have a solid roof, two or more solid walls above the decking, or it requires a variance to any standard in the Land Use Bylaw.
When designing a deck, consideration should be given to the required setback from property lines, the existing structures on the property, lot coverage, the location of Utility Right of Ways and Easements.
A Development Officer will be able to assist you in planning your new deck construction.
A Building Permit may be required prior to any work starting. Please contact the Inspection Services Department at 780-538-0421 or review their website here for more 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 take longer.
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.
A fee for the Development Permit Application must be paid at the time of application.
Variances $400.00 Plus base permit fee
Where an applicant wishes to cancel a development permit application, there will be no refund of the fees paid.
Grande Prairie, Alberta,T8V 6H8
Office Hours: 8:30AM – 4:30PM, Monday to Friday
Applications can be submitted electronically by emailing all required documentation to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, call 780-538-0325
Click here to download the Deck Development 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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