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Public notice improvements

Help us build Calgary tog​ether

We’re making it easier for you to get informed and involved on applications to redesignate (rezone) a land use, or develop a site in your community. Part of our effort involves making improvements to our notices or the sign that appears on a property where an application has been received by The City of Calgary.

In addition to improving our notice, we’ve also launched to enable Calgarians to learn more about an application in progress, determine its status and leave us comments 24/7. 

Learn more about what we’re doing to help citizens, communities and customers.

New notice launched

Thanks to your input Calgary, we're improving the way we inform you about proposed development applications in our city. Starting on November 30, 2017 our new notice posting will begin to appear on proposed application sites across the city. Your feedback helped us make several improvements to ensure our new notices are simple, informative and transparent, making it easier for you to be part of the planning process.

New small notic​e​

New large notice

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The features of the new signage include:

  • Plain language text that describes the proposed development.
  • A visual map that clearly identifies the property included in the proposed development.
  • Clear direction to resources that allow you to learn more about and provide your input on the proposed development.

Notice pilot survey highlights

  • 73% agree that our new notices are a great improvement over the previous notice.
  • 84% of Calgarians surveyed agreed, our new notices clearly tell you how to get more information about a proposed development application - visit
  • 80% agree that our new notices clearly show what an application will allow for on the property if it is approved.

Applicant information

As an applicant, a small notice will be posted on the site by The City as part of most applications, starting December 1, 2017.

Large notices for more significant developments
The City is working towards improving how we communicate with citizens about a proposed development. If an application is more significant in nature and is in proximity to a residential community the applicant will be requested to post a large sized notice.
The City has introduced a testing period for large sized notices from December 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018, when a land use amendment, or development permit for a new building has been submitted. Developers are encouraged to post a large sized notice during this testing period to help improve the way we communicate with citizens about an application. 

To determine when a large notice might be best for a land use types or applications, No​tice Posting Size Guidelines have been developed for the testing period. The City is collecting internal and external stakeholder feedback that may influence these guidelines in the future.

An amendment to Land Use Bylaw 1P2007 is required to make large notices a requirement of applicants for some development permit applications. The proposed amendments also include wording changes to encourage citizens and communities to provide comments when there is support for a development, rather than only in the cases of opposition or concern.

To provide feedback on these guidelines during the testing period, please contact:
Brandy MacInnis
Senior Project Officer
Planning & Development

Notice posting journey

The City began reviewing its notice posting process in 2016, piloting a new notice and encouraging citizens to comment. Thanks to citizen feedback, a few modifications were made to the 2016 notice pilot to create a second pilot version.  

In the summer of 2017, The City encouraged citizens to comment on our second notice pilot, which included a larger version measuring four by eight feet. One of these four by eight feet notices was piloted in the community of West Springs. An online survey linked to this pilot was used to validate initial citizen input and ensure the new notices are simple, informative and transparent.

Following positive results from our latest pilot, The City officially launched the new notice on December 1, 2017​