Community Standards Bylaw

What is the Community Standards Bylaw?

The County of Grande Prairie’s new Community Standards Bylaw (currently in draft form), is aimed at setting standards that will support the overall health, safety and viability of communities across the County. This new bylaw provides regulations for minimum standards for the following areas in one all-encompassing bylaw:

  • rural addressing
  • unsightly premises
  • bullying and hazing
  • graffiti and abatement
  • noise
  • nuisance
  • cannabis
  • waste management
  • false alarms
  • fire hydrants
  • sidewalks

A proactive tool to address the changing needs of a growing community
We listened and heard your concerns about your to communities. The new bylaw sets standards to make our growing communities safer, more attractive and more enjoyable for residents. The bylaw also gives the County the tools to proactively enforce these standards.

Common in communities across Alberta
Community Standards Bylaws are common in most progressive Alberta municipalities. All standards presented in the County’s bylaw are common to what one would find in other similar Alberta communities.  

Combining existing bylaws and new bylaws
Some sections of the new bylaw are currently in place in the County. These are being reviewed, and if necessary updated, and will now fall under the Community Standards Bylaw. Other sections address new standards, such as guidelines around recreational and medical cannabis.

Give Us Your Feedback

On February 25, 2019, County Council passed first reading of the new Community Standards Bylaw (draft version). Now the County is seeking public input on sections of the proposed bylaw to determine if any modifications are needed, what should be considered in evaluating this new bylaw and how soon the bylaw should be reviewed after it is put in place.

Residents are encouraged to share their thoughts through the County’s engagement website –, between March 4 and March 24, 2019. The engagement website will also provide a list of events at which residents can get information and provide input in person.

Input received by March 24 will be considered for any modifications prior to the bylaw going back to County Council for second and third reading. Following approval, the County will implement a public education campaign to ensure that residents have an understanding of how the bylaw will serve them.

The current version of the draft bylaw can be viewed by clicking here. [PDF - 713 KB]

The County aims to have the new Community Standard Bylaw in place this spring.

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.