Secondary suites provide an important form of affordable housing in the City of Grande Prairie that benefits both renters and homeowners. To develop a secondary suite within the City, Development Services and Inspection Services have requirements.

What is considered a Secondary Suite?

A secondary suite, also known as a basement suite, is a separate living area contained within a single detached dwelling. It functions as a self-contained accessory living unit complete with a kitchen, bathroom and a bedroom area. It may share common space with the primary residence; for example, a laundry room.

A Secondary Suite will require both a Development Permit and a Building Permit

For information related to the Land Use Bylaw and what is required from Development Permitting, please see below.


For information related to building code and what is required from Inspection Services, please see below.


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.