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Off-Site Levy Bylaw

New off-site levy in effect

As of February 1, 2016, new development levies were put in place that are applied to developments in both new and existing communities. To stay up to date on information about the new levies and other related development news, subscribe to our newsletter.

Annual Levy Reporting​

​The purpose of this report is to ensure transparency by providing information about off-site levies collected and allocated, along with the status of amounts yet to be allocated.

What are the levies?

Below is a listing of the levies for both the developed areas of the city as well as the newer areas on the outskirts. Information about at what point in the process payment is required is also listed. 

2016 Levies

How do I calculate my levy?

If you'd like to get an idea of the new levy you may be charged on your development, download and print our form. Please note, the purpose of the form is to help calculate estimates only. All fees will be calculated and finalized by The City. 

See 2016 Off-site Levy Calculation

For more information, please contact our Planning Services Centre at 403-268-5311 or email offsitelevy@calgary.ca.

Background

The 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, fair process in coming up with a new off-site levy bylaw. Several industry members wrote letters of support, attached to the new off-site levy bylaw report.

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. The City then figures out a way to share the costs of growth. The City of Calgary and developers both contribute to the cost of off-site infrastructure.

Off-site levy bylaw

About off-site levies

Off-site levies are charges that developers pay to The City of Calgary to help with the cost of off-site infrastructure. Off-site infrastructure includes water and wastewater treatment facilities, recreation centres, roads, libraries, fire halls, police stations and more.

Off-site levies help us:

  • Build great communities
  • Create a long term sustainable strategy for funding the cost of growth

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. 

There are four ways to fund the cost of infrastructure:

  • Off-site levies
  • Utility rates
  • Property taxes
  • Grants from other governments

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

Related documents

For more information

Call our Planning Services Centre at 403-268-5311 or email offsitelevy@calgary.ca for more information.

Municipal Government Act (MGA) related to off-site levies (648 and 649)
Principles and criteria for off-site levies regulations​