Home Occupation Businesses

The County of Grande Prairie has declared itself “Open for Business” and welcomes new businesses to its area. The County does not issue business licences. What we do issue are development permits for home occupations.

Do I need a permit for a Home Occupation Business?

Yes you will need a development permit. The application process is simple and inexpensive.  If you are planning a home-based business, it is best to start by contacting the County Planning Department to ensure the zoning in your neighbourhood will allow it. In addition to zoning requirements, consideration is given to the affect the proposed business will have on the neighbourhood, both in terms of aesthetics, traffic flow, noise and disturbance to the neighbourhood. More information about development permits is available online as well the form [PDF - 945 KB] to apply. Zoning Information is also available online.

There are two types of Home Occupation Businesses:

1. Minor Home Occupation Business: that is, one with little or no impact on the neighbourhood. It would generate little or no additional traffic, and would not be perceptible from the outside of the home.  The approved development permit,  is attached to the property and does not need to be renewed, provided the nature of the business or its location does not change. The Development Permit Fee for a Minor Home Occupation is $100.00.

2. Major Home Occupation Business:  A Major Home Occupation Business is one in which a home and/or accessory building is used by a resident of the home to operate a business. The business use must be secondary to the residential use, and may not change the character of the home or the accessory building. As with Minor Home Occupation Business applications, consideration is given to the affect the proposed business will have on the neighbourhood, in terms of aesthetics, traffic flow, noise and disturbance to the neighbourhood. Business applications, and the subsequent permits, for the Major Home Occupation Business may be limited to a specific time period, after which you may apply for a new permit.  The Development Permit Fee for a Major Home Occupation is $500.00.