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Building permit fee calculator - Multi-family Low Rise

Building permit fee calculator for additions and new wood-frame townhouses and apartments.

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

Living Area and Mixed Uses
Stacked townhouses
× $ =
Row townhouses
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Low rise apartments
× $ =
Basement development -
× $ =
× $ =
Decks / Balconies
× $ =
Parkade (above grade)
× $ =
Parkade (partially above or below grade)
× $ =
Single level
× $ =
Accessory Buildings (wood framed, including detached garages)
× $ =
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 - Base Permit
Base permit fee
× =
$ Minimum $
Maximum $
Partial Permit Rate (optional)
× $ =
$ Minimum $
Maximum $
Safety Codes Council Fee - Partial Permit (added if Partial Permit is requested)
Partial permit rate
× =
$ Minimum $
Maximum $
Lot Grading Fee
Less than 10 units
× $ / unit =
10 or more units

× $ / unit
+ $100 =
Greater than 3 storeys

× $ / ha =


Multi-Family - Low Rise wood frame residential buildings include: row townhouses, stacked townhouses, wood frame apartment buildings, and also 1 or 2 family dwelling units that are part of a condominium or bare land condominium development.

Alterations: this form is for additions and new buildings only. For alterations, use the Building Permit Fee Calculation - Commercial form

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.

Low Rise (wood frame construction): include developed living area, public corridors, lobbies/lounges, service rooms, storage rooms, ancillary rooms, all associated recreational amenity uses and future shell tenant spaces (e.g., retail/office).

Townhouses (including row townhouses, stacked units, and one or two-family dwelling units as part of a condominium development): include developed living area and attached garage. Do not include unfinished basements areas.

Safety Codes Council fees: for the purpose of the Safety Codes Council fee, the base permit and the partial permit, if requested, are considered two separate items. The municipality will collect the Safety Codes Council fee for each permit, base permit and partial permit, issued under the authority of the Safety Codes Act.​

Row Townhouse Building

  • Building consists of a row of dwelling units that have common sidewalls
  • Building has no dwelling unit located partly or fully above another dwelling unit
  • Dwelling units have direct access to the street

Stacked Townhouse Building

  • Building consists of dwelling units that are located partly or fully above/ below other dwelling units
  • Dwelling units have direct access to the street and there is no public corridor or common exit stairs

Low Rise Apartment Building

  • Building consists of several dwelling units
  • Dwelling units are served by a public corridor or common exit stairs

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