What is a Variance?

A variance means an alteration or change to a standard prescribed by the Land Use Bylaw.

The Land Use Bylaw helps to regulate development in the City. Regulations include but are not limited to, minimum lot sizes, building setback lines, lot coverage, building height and parking requirements. Each development must meet the regulations for its zoning district.

Sometimes there are unusual conditions on the property and it may not be possible to meet all the zoning requirements when you are planning new construction. Your property may be so narrow or oddly shaped that you might need to apply for a Variance.


Where can I see what variances have been approved by the City of Grande Prairie?

Approved variances are posted online on the City of Grande Prairie's website, a sign is posted at the property the variance is granted.


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.