What are off-site levies?
Calgary has continued to experience rapid growth and is forecasted to grow by 1.3 million people in the next 60 years. Growth provides numerous benefits to Calgarians, including support for local businesses, arts and culture and community vibrancy. At the same time, growth creates a need for investment in infrastructure.
Off-site levies are charges that developers pay to The City of Calgary to help with the cost of off-site infrastructure, including water and wastewater treatment facilities, recreation centers, roads, libraries, fire halls, police stations and more. Levies help us to build great communities while creating a long-term sustainable strategy for funding the cost of growth.
The City uses a method to calculate how much growth is projected to occur in a certain area and how much impact that growth will have on infrastructure, then figures out a way to share the costs of growth. Both The City and developers contribute to the cost of off-site infrastructure.
A new Off-site Levy Bylaw was unanimously approved by City Council on Jan. 11, 2016. The City of Calgary worked closely with members of the land development and home building industry to ensure a transparent and fair process in developing the new bylaw.
What are the off-site levy rates?
Effective Feb. 1, 2016, new development levies were put in place for developments in both new and existing communities in the city.
To mitigate the impact of the increase in developer costs, the City is proposing:
- Longer payment plan for developing areas
- Phasing in the new charges in established areas
- Continuing to work collaboratively with industry to reduce the cost of growth
How do I calculate my levy?
If you'd like to get an idea of the levy you may be charged on your development, download and print the 2016 Off-site Levy calculation form.
Please note, the purpose of this form is to help calculate estimates only; All fee calculations will be finalized by The City.
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How do I pay my off-site levy?
Submit the Off-site Levy payment form with the applicable levy payment after approval of your Development Permit (DP) or prior to obtaining your development completion permit (DCP).
Where can I get more information?
For more information, call our Planning Services Centre at 403-268-5311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Off-Site Levy Annual Report ensures transparency by providing information about off-site levies collected and allocated, along with the status of amounts yet to be allocated.