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Development – from application to shovel ready, how long will it take?


Residential Home

City of Calgary approval to begin construction on a new residential home will take approximately 2 to 3 months. This process may require multiple approvals, please see new house construction​ for more information.


Multi-Residential Building

City of Calgary approval to begin construction on a new multi-residential building will take an average of 8 to 10 months. This process will include multiple approvals. For more information please contact our Planning Services Centre.


Mixed Use Building

City of Calgary approval to begin construction on a new mixed use building will take an average of 13 to 14 months. This process will include multiple approvals. For more information please contact our Planning Services Centre.


Commercial Building

City of Calgary approval to begin construction on a new commercial building will take an average of 7 to 8 months. This process will include multiple approvals. For more information please contact our Planning Services Centre.


Industrial Building

City of Calgary approval to begin construction on a new industrial building will take an average of 4 months. This process will include multiple approvals. For more information please contact our Planning Services Centre.

The timelines above assume all applications are ready for review at time of submission and the correct land use is in place. For more information on the land use redesignation process please see land use redesignation.

Complex applications, or those with unique circumstances may not fit the timelines indicated above. For these types of approvals a customized timeline may be appropriate. For more information on customized timelines please see making a difference.​​