Community Standards Bylaw

What is the Community Standards Bylaw?

The County of Grande Prairie’s Community Standards Bylaw sets standards that will make our growing communities safer, more attractive and more enjoyable for all. The bylaw sets clear expectations that encourage and guide residents, property owners and visitors to do their part to continue making the County a great place to work, live and play.

A proactive tool to address the changing needs of a growing community

The Community Standards Bylaw addresses common needs and concerns raised by the public and was developed based on insights and feedback from residents, County Council and staff, and subject matter experts. It provides the County with the tools to be more proactive in addressing issues.

What is included under this bylaw?

The Community Standards Bylaw provides regulations for minimum standards for the following areas. Click here for an easy-to-understand brief description of each section of the bylaw.

  • Addressing
  • Unsightly Premises
  • Bullying and Hazing
  • Graffiti
  • Noise
  • Nuisance
  • Cannabis
  • Waste management
  • False alarms
  • Fire hydrants
  • Sidewalks

Combining existing bylaws and new bylaws

Some sections of the Community Standards Bylaw are new and address emerging issues; other sections have been revised to better accommodate the changing needs of citizens and our growing communities. While new to the County in 2019, Community Standards Bylaws are common in most progressive Alberta and Canadian communities. 

How do I report a Community Standards Bylaw violation?

The public can contact Regional Enforcement Services to report a bylaw violation in the following ways: 

Phone: 780-532-9727
In person: Community Services Building. 10808-100 Avenue, Clairmont.
Open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closed 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. and statutory holidays
Occurrence Reporting Form: Pick up a pamphlet at any local municipal office, complete and submit it.
Secure Fax: 888-779-5895 

What are the penalties for violating sections of this bylaw?

Download the Community Standards Bylaw here [PDF - 406 KB] penalty information can be found in Schedule “A” (page 14).

Each situation will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. 

The Community Standards Bylaw can be viewed by clicking here [PDF - 406 KB].

The Community Standards Bylaw is a regulatory municipal bylaw with enacting authorities under the Municipal Government Act; Federal Cannabis Act; Provincial Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act; and the Traffic Safety Act.