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Building permit fee calculator - Alterations

This calculator automatically calculates your construction project's prevailing market value, base permit fee, and total permit fee as you enter values in each step.

Step 1: calculate prevailing market value

Addition area
× $ =
Basement development
× $ =
× $ =
Garage - attached and detached
× $ =
× $ =
Raised deck or balcony
× $ =
Porch or covered balcony
× $ =
Secondary Suite / Backyard Suite
Specify - i.e. "structural changes"
Prevailing Market Value

Prevailing Market Value (PMV) means the valuation placed by the permit issuer according to section of the Building Code on the cost of constructing and finishing a building. An independent, third-party consultant determines the prevailing market value. Division C2.2.10.2. Permit Fees
  1. Permit fees and application procedures shall be as established by regulation or bylaw made pursuant to the Safety Codes Act.
  2. The authority having jurisdiction may place a valuation on work for the purpose of determining fees.

Step 2: calculate base permit fee

Permit rate
$ PMV rounded up to the next $100
× $ per $1000 =
Minimum Processing Fee
+ $ =
$ Minimum $

Step 3: add additional fees and surcharges

Safety Codes Council Fee - all buildings
$ Base permit fee
× =
$ Minimum $
Maximum $
What is a partial permit?
Optional permission to begin foundation construction prior to full permit issuance. Permit-holder assumes liability for Bylaw and Building Code discrepancies that may arise during review.
( and minimum Safety Codes Council Fee of $)
+ $ =
Lot Grading Fee (Less than 10 units)
× $ / unit =


Authority: this form summarizes the fees collected with Building Permits and should be used for convenience only. For official fees, reference the Calgary Building Permit Bylaw 64M94.

Covered areas: any side or rear covered areas over 10 m2 should be listed under "Living area".​​​​​​​

Prevailing market value - Incl​udes the following items


  • Sub-structure (Foundations, Excavation, Special Conditions)
  • Structure (lowest floor, upper floors and roof construction)
  • Exterior Enclosure (walls below grade, walls above grade, Windows and Entrances, Roof Covering, Projections)


  • Partitions and Doors
  • Finishes
  • Fittings and Equipment (Fitting and Fixtures, Equipment, Elevators)


  • Mechanical  (Plumbing and Drainage, Fire Protection, HVAC including Controls)
  • Electrical (Service and Distribution, Lighting Devices and Heating, Systems and Ancillary)

General Requ​irem​ents, Profit and Allowances

  • General Site Requirements (site supervision,  temporary site offices and toilets, garbage removal, temporary water and power, temporary site access roads, utility maintenance during construction, winter heat/protection, site safety and security, general constractor’s liabililty insurance, bonding)
  • General Contractor’s Profit
  • Allowances
  • Design and Pricing Allowance ( a contingency to allow for design flexibility during contract document stage) 
  • Construction Allowance (allows for changes during construction – change orders)

Prevailing market value  - Exc​ludes the following items

  • Land Acquisition costs 
  • Development charges
  • Legal Fees and expenses
  • Right of Way charges
  • Easement costs
  • Financing costs or Fundraising costs
  • Owners staff and management cost ( note - contractor cost and staff ARE to be included in prevailing market value​)
  • Relocation costs
  • Professional Design fees and expenses
  • Hazardous waste removal
  • Kitchen equipment except for restaurants/food service establishments
  • Maintenance equipment
  • Loose furniture, furnishings and equipment
  • Special audio, visual or security equipment
  • Window treatments
  • Site Development and Servicing costs
  • Market allowance for uncompetitive bidding & over competitive bidding
  • Escalation allowance
  • GST