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Flood permit grant program

​The City of Calgary and Canadian Red Cross (CRC) are working together to help those still in need following the June 2013 flood. A flood grant permit program was created to help residential property owners that have reached their financial limits, pay for City permits to make repairs to their flood damaged property. The grant covers the costs associated with new permit(s) applications that are required to repair, restore or rebuild a property safely. Up to $7,000 in permit fees, per residential property, is available for those who qualify for the program. The pilot program officially began on May 1, 2014, and continues to be offered to those in need.

How it helps

Since its launch in May 2014, funding provided by the grant program has assisted Calgarians trying to recover from the flood and rebuild their homes. Those affected by the flood have saved on the costs of new City permits for such things as building, electrical and plumbing work. Additionally, many of those in need have been able to access permits without waiting. Read more about the program’s impact here.

Program eligibility

  • You must be residential property owner impacted by the June 2013 flood
  • You must complete a CRC financial capacity assessment and be approved for the grant program
  • You or your qualified licensed contractor must apply for each applicable permit(s) in person at the Planning Services Customer Counter in order for the grant fees to be waived 
  • Applications have been received since the program began on May 1, 2014 and will continue to be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
  • Once work is completed at the property, you must contact 311 to book an appointment to have the work inspected by a City Safety Codes Officer
  • You must agree to allow your personal information to be shared between The City, CRC and its partners for the sole purposes of managing the grant program

Important note for qualified license contractors: permit applications cannot be completed online through a VISTA account for residential property owners approved for the grant program.

Application process

Step 1

Contact the CRC at 1-866-696-6484 to schedule an appointment to have a capacity assessment completed in order to apply for the grant program.

Applicants approved by the CRC will receive an Authorization form.

Step 2

Determine what permits are required to repair your property, or work with your qualified licensed contractor.

Important note: If you are working with a qualified licensed contractor ensure they’re aware you’ve qualified for the grant, and that permit application(s) must be made in person at The City’s Planning Services Customer Counter.

Step 3

You or your qualified license contractor must apply for required permit(s) in person, and bring a copy of your Authorization form to the Planning Services Customer Counter.

  • If your contractor is applying for permits on your behalf, they will require a CRC authorization number when applying.  See your application documentation obtained from the CRC for this tear off sheet.

Apply in person

Planning Services Customer Counter
3 floor, Calgary Municipal Building
800 Macleod Trail SE
Calgary, Alberta T2P 2M5

Hours 8 AM to 4:30 PM (closed Holidays)

  • You can save time when applying for applicable permit(s) by pre-booking an appointment at our counter using eAppointment.

Step 4

Once work at your residential property is completed, you or your contractor must call 311, to schedule an appointment to have the work inspected by a City Safety Codes Officer.

Additional assistance through the Canadian Red Cross

The CRC continues to assist those who have reached their financial capacity following the June 2013 flood. Calgarians seeking further assistance are encouraged to contact the CRC at 1-866-696-6484 to learn more about other programs and assistance the CRC can provide.