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Our commitment to our customers

The City of Calgary will work with you, our customer, to ensure your project succeeds.

We will do that by:

  • Providing certainty by meeting our timelines
  • Having a predictable application process
  • Adding value to your project by having a solution based approach through collaboration

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Land Use Amendment

This process ensures appropriate residential and commercial uses will be located in areas that align to the goals within local and municipal plans. It also allows citizens and communities the opportunity to better understand, review and comment directly to City Council on proposed changes within their neighbourhoods.

Land use Costs Our commitment
Residential & Special Purpose Base fee = (varies on land use) + (total ha x $244) 180 days to Calgary Planning Commission.

We have achieved this commitment 64% of the time.
Associated Fees (AD & CPC) $2,125
Total Based on Land Use & area of parcel
Commercial & Mixed use Base fee = (varies on land use) + (total ha x $671)
Associated Fees (AD & CPC) $2,125
Total Based on Land Use & area of parcel
Industrial Base fee = $6,483 + (total ha x $344)
Associated Fees (AD& CPC) $2,125
Total Based on area of parcel
Direct Control Base fee = $10,018 + (total ha x $344)
Associated Fees (AD & CPC) $2,125
Total Based on area of parcel

Other applications

Policy amendement Total costs
Minor Amendment $3,270
Major Amendment $5,960

Subdivision Application

This process shows the detailed land uses and pattern of development for an area, including roads, open space like parks and in some cases placement of school sites or other community service amenities. It ensures there is a clear picture of what the ultimate area build out will include and where.

While the outline plan may initially be a time-consuming process, subsequent tentative plans (which are actual “subdivisions”) for later individual phases can be approved in a quick and efficient manner.

Ouline plan Costs Our committment
0-10 hectares (no growth management overlay is in place in whole or in part at time of submission) Total $5,976 Minimum of 180 days to process.

Depending on the complexity and size of an area, larger plans can take up to a year or longer. Customized timelines are available to ensure shared expectations and commitments are met.
10 hectares (no growth management overlay is in place in whole or in part at time of submission) Base Fee $587/ha
Total Varies - based on area of hectares

Development Permit

A development permit process ensures things like building height, size of the structure, parking and location on the lot are appropriate for the land use and in adherence to the land use bylaw. Relaxations to the bylaw are also approved at this stage if merited based on the context of the development overall.

Commercial / Industrial / Mixed Use

Commercial / Industrial / Mixed Use
Costs Our committment
Addition/New Commercial & Industrial Base Fee $0.8/ sq.m. of GFA (min $1823) 120 days to approval including customer time.

We have achieved this commitment 75% of the time.

This process may also run concurrent with a Land Use where required.
Associated Fees (DCP & AD) $277
Total Based on GFA calculation
Addition/New Mixed Use Base Fee $0.8/ sq.m. of GFA (min $1823)
plus $837 + $50 per dwelling unit
Associated Fees (DCP & AD) $277
Total Based on GFA calculation

Residential - Addition

Residential - Addition Costs Our committment
Single, Semi-detached & Duplex Dwellings in the Developed Area - 10 m2 and under Base Fee $384 60 days to approval.
Total including AD fee $416
Single, Semi-detached & Duplex Dwellings in the Developed Area - over 10m2 Base Fee $621
Associated Fees (DCP & AD) $667
Total Varies - if Grades Fee applicable or not

Residential - New

Residential - New Costs Our committment
Contextual dwelling in the Developed Area Base Fee $393 60 days to approval.
Associated Fees (Grades & DCP ) $717
Total $1,110
Single Detached, Semi-detached & Duplex Dwellings in the Developed Area Base Fee $1,183 90 days to approval.

We have achieved this commitment 77% of the time.
Associated Fees (Graddes, DCP & AD) $749
Total $1,932
Multi-residential development, townhouses, rowhouses - discretionary use or relaxations Base Fee $837 + $50 / unit 120 days to approval, including customer time.

We have achieved this commitment 75% of the time.
Associated Fees (DCP & AD) $277
Total Varies if CPC fee is applicable
Multi-residential development, townhouses, rowhouses - permitted use Base Fee $837 + $50 / unit
DCP Fee $245
Total Varies if CPC fee is applicable

Relaxations

Relaxations Costs Our committment
Proposed structures that do not meet all rules of Land Use Bylaw 1P2007 Base Fee $380 60 days to approval.
Associated Fees (Grades & DCP) $195
Total $575
Existing structures that do not meet all rules of Land Use Bylaw 1P2007 Base Fee $380
Add Fee $32
Total $412

Renovations

Renovations Costs Our committment
Multi-residential development, townhouses, rowhouses - permitted use Base Fee $690 120 days to approval.
DCP Fee $163
Total $853
Multi-residential development, townhouses, rowhouses - discretionary use or relaxations Base Fee $690
Associated Fees (DCP & AD) $195
Total $885
Changes to site plan (i.e. landscaping, parking, access) Base Fee $1,634
Associated Fees (DCP & AD) $195
Total $1,829
Exterior renovations Base Fee $621
Associated Fees (DCP & AD) $195
Total $816

Change of use

Change of Use review ensures appropriate uses are contemplated in a building and with adjacent properties. It also is a chance to identify any potential related building code or safety concerns.

Change of use Costs Our committment
Permitted use (no relaxations, no changes to site plan) Total $196 1-3 days to approval.
Discretionary use or relaxations required (no changes to site plan) Total including AD fee $653 60 days to approval.

Signs

Signs Costs Our committment
Permitted use (no relaxations) Total $100 1-3 Days to approval.
Discretionary use or relaxations required (no changes to site plan) Base Fee $669 60 Days to Approval.
Associated Fees (DCP & AD) $195
Total $864

Additional fees

Additional fees Costs
Calgary Planning Commission (CPC) fee Total $653
Planning approval for Business Licence applications Total $41
Revised Plans application 50% of the applicable current base fee
(max. $817)

Building Permit

A Building Permit is granted when the building design and construction plans adhere to the Alberta Building Code, protecting both citizens and owners by ensuring current standards are met.

Category / Application Type Costs Our commitment
Commercial - Buildings other than residential or multi-family $11.11 / $1000 of construction value ($112min) Deliver this service within 49 days for projects between $1M and $10M and within 56 days for Projects over $10M.

Partial permits to commence construction can be issued within 21 days. We have achieved this commitment 78% of the time.
Safety Code Council Levy = 4% of the permit fee (up to a max of $560)
Multi-family - high rise non-combustible construction $11.11 / $1000 of construction value ($112 min.)
Multi-family - low rise wood-frame construction $11.11 / $1000 of construction value ($112 min.)
Demolition or relocation of building $1.52 / sq. m. ($112 min., $4,665 max) Deliver this service within 5 business days (some may be done in 24 hrs).
New Single, Semi-detached or Duplex Dwelling $10.67 / $1000 of construction value Deliver this service within 21 days.

We have achieved this 68% of the time.
Alteration to Single, Semi-detached or Duplex Dwelling $10.31 / $1000 of construction value ($112 min.) Deliver this service within 7 days.

We have achieved this 81% of the time.

Inspections

Inspections are done to ensure construction is completed in accordance with current standards, keeping citizens and owners safe.

Inspections Costs Our committment
Additional inspection Total $131.25 Respond and complete all requests within 24 hours.

We achieved this 100% of the time.
Additional inspection - homeowner permit Total $84.00
Re-inspection Total $326.55
Safety inpection Total $6,211.80
Weekend/Statutory holiday inspection Total $199.50/hour ($789.00 min.)

Other applications

Certificate of Compliance

A certificate of compliance is confirmation that the location of buildings and structures on a property comply with Land Use Bylaw (1P2007). Many financial institutions require this type of due dilligence documentation for real estate transactions.

Certificates of Compliance Costs Our committment
Residential - single, semi-detached, duplex Total $169 per parcel Instant - if no review required
Multi-residential, commercial, industrial - (14 day review) Total $296 per parcel 10 - 14 days
Multi-residential, commercial, industrial - (7 day review) Total $455 per parcel 7 days

Development Site Servicing Plan

Development Site Servicing Plan Costs Our commitment
Development Site Servicing Plan (DSSP) 1st submission $953.00 (includes 1st and 2nd review) 35 days per submission

Utilities

Utilities (Shallow)*** Costs Our commitment
Telus, Atco, Shaw, Enmax Actual Cost of infrastructure minus available investment (minimum demand agreement 15 years) 245-365 days.
***Site Dependent (the location of the closest service and investment policies)

Business Licence

Businesses operating within Calgary must be registered or licenced municipally. This is to ensure proper regulations and safety rules are being followed for the safety of citizens and employees. It also ensures businesses are located appropriately and all are treated fairly and consistently.

Licence Costs Our committment
Type Varies - see Business Licence Fee Schedule Base Fee range $184 - $1,260 Once all required approvals and inspections are met, the licence is issued.
Associated Fees (fire, police, planning) Range $41 - $139

* Performance based on 2017 actuals.