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Off-Site Levy Bylaw

Important Update on Established Area Levy Implementation

The new offsite levy bylaw approved by Council was implemented on February 1, 2016.  As part of the bylaw a water and wastewater treatment levy was introduced for the established area of the city (see Schedule A on page 26 of 126 for a map in the pdf linked below).  To mitigate the impact of this new levy The City and Industry negotiated a phased implantation.  2016 saw 33% of the ultimate fee charged, January 1, 2017 it will increase to 67% and will be fully implanted on January 1, 2018. 

It is important to note that the established area levy rates are set at development permit approval date however; they are paid at development completion.  The City of Calgary would like to assist customers that are approaching DP approval to meet their targeted approval date.  If approval is being sought prior to January 1, 2017 please contact your planning file manager to discuss a suitable submission and review timeline so that shared expectations can be arrived at.    

The City of Calgary is aware that this levy could have a significant impact to our customers.  Increased staff resources will be in place compared to a typical holiday season.  However, advanced preparation in collaboration with members of the Approvals Team is the best way to ensure expectations are met. 

Please see the full contents of levy report here: 2016 L​evy Report​

If you have any questions or concerns after speaking with your planning file manager, please contact Darren Lockhart, Application Services Manager at 403-703-9307 or

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-s​ite 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.

Most common residential examples​

Most common residential examples

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

General resources

Annual report

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.