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Off-Site Levy Bylaw

Through the authority of the Municipal Government Act (MGA), The City of Calgary can apply an off-site levy bylaw which can be imposed at the time of subdivision or development permit approval.  Off-site levies are charges that developers pay to The City to help with the cost of off-site infrastructure, such as water and wastewater treatment facilities, recreation centers, ro​ads, libraries, fire halls and police stations. Both The City and developers contribute to the cost of the off-site infrastructure.  Levies help to build great communities, while creating a long-term sustainable strategy for funding infrastructure that enables growth.  

The Off-site Levy Bylaw was unanimously approved by City Council on January 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.

General resources

Annual report

As part of the requirements if the MGA, an annual report is required to be prepared that shows 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.​

Off-site levy rates

The current off-site levy rates are as follows off-site levy rates​ and will be applied to development agreements or development permits to pay for their proportionate share of the new or expanded growth related infrastructure cost. ​

Off-site Levy Update Responding to the New Community Growth Strategy 2018

On 2018 November 12, Council approved an amendment (Bylaw 41M2018)  to the Off-site Levy Bylaw to incorporate the developer’s proportionate share of the cost of off-site transportation and utility infrastructure attributable to the 14 new communities approved by Council on 2018 July 30.

As some of the required infrastructure to support these new communities was not included in the 2016 Bylaw, these amendments are necessary to ensure a funding source exists for this infrastructure.

The proposed bylaw amendments are to come into effect 2018 December 31. The projected 2019 rates for all levies can be found on the last page of the information sheet below.

If you have any questions after reading the Administrative report, please contact Shawn Small, Senior Growth Management Planner at 403-268-5914 or shawn.small@calgary.ca​​

More information

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

Calculating levies

If you'd like to get an idea of the levy you may be charged on your development, download and print the 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.

Common residential examples

2016 rates

Scenario Dwelling Units Off-site Levy Rate (2016)
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Scenario: 1
undefined: Dwelling Units: 1 Single Detached to be removed and 1 Single Detached to be built   undefined: Off-site Levy Rate (2016): $0.00
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Scenario: 2
undefined: Dwelling Units: 1 Single Detached to be removed and 2 Semi Detached to be built undefined: Off-site Levy Rate (2016): $1,657.00
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Scenario: 3
undefined: Dwelling Units: Vacant Lot with 1 Single Detached to be built undefined: Off-site Levy Rate (2016): $2,089.00

2017 rates

Scenario Dwelling Units Off-site Levy Rate (2017)
Scenario: 1 Dwelling Units: 1 Single Detached to be removed and 1 Single Detached to be built​ Off-site Levy Rate (2017): $0.00
Scenario: 2 Dwelling Units: 1 Single Detached to be removed and 2 Semi Detached to be built
Off-site Levy Rate (2017): $3,422.00​
Scenario: 3 Dwelling Units: Vacant Lot with 1 Single Detached to be built Off-site Levy Rate (2017): 
$4,316.00

2018 rates

Scenario Dwelling Units Off-site Levy Rate (2018)
Scenario: 1
Dwelling Units: 1 Single Detached to be removed and 1 Single Detached to be built Off-site Levy Rate (2018): $0.0​0
Scenario: 2
1Dwelling Units: 1 Single Detached to be removed and 2 Semi Detached to be built Off-site Levy Rate ​(2018): $5,303.00
Scenario: 3
Dwelling Units: Vacant Lot with 1 Single Detached to be built Off-site Levy Rate
(2018): ​$6,688.00

Paying off-site levies

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).

Established area levy implementation

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 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 Darren.lockhart@calgary.ca.