Examples of Child Care Service Businesses include:

Day Care Facility
A development licensed by the Province to provide personal care, maintenance, supervision or education, without overnight accommodation, for seven or more children at one time for more than three but less than 24 consecutive hours in a day. This includes day care centres, nurseries, kindergartens, nursery schools and play schools and other similar uses. Maybe allowed in AG, CC, CM, GC, HDR, L-IR, IR, MDR, MHC, MU1, and RM-4 districts

For a full list and definitions of Child Care Service businesses, please refer to our Land Use Bylaw.

Zoning and Required Approvals


Each land use is required to be in an appropriate land use district as listed above.

To determine the land use district of a property, refer to our Map. If your use is not listed on the land use district of a property, you may need to apply to rezone the property.


Municipal Approvals

Development Permits are required for any new or expanding Child Care Service uses, including new buildings, additions to existing buildings, and a change in use or intensification of the use of the land or building. Individuals who care for six or fewer children do not required development permit approval.

Building Permit is required for the construction of a building, including renovations, additions, or a change in occupancy. 

Applications can be made online using our Gateway portal.

Provincial Approvals

Certain developments may require provincial approvals or licensing in addition to your municipal permits. Examples where Provincial approvals may be required include:

  • If a development is within 800 m of the centerline of a highway;
  • If a development will impact a water body or if it diverts and uses surface or groundwater;
  • If a development involves the handling of food for consumption, liquor, or cannabis.


Fees for municipal approvals are charged in accordance with our Schedule of Fees, Rates and Charges.

For further information, please contact Planning and Development Services.


This information has no legal status and cannot be used as an official interpretation of the various municipal, provincial, and federal bylaws, codes and regulations currently in effect. The County of Grande Prairie No. 1 accepts no responsibility to persons relying solely on this information. Web pages are updated periodically.