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Excavation permit

Under the Streets bylaw 20M88, an Excavation Permit is required to break or dig into the surface of a City of Calgary road right-of-way. The road right-of-way includes city streets, sidewalks, driveway crossings/concrete roadways, boulevards, curbs and gutter, back lanes / alleys, and walkways.

Applying for an Excavation Permit

You may apply for your Excavation Permit up to two weeks in advance of your work start date. Applications require up to two business days to process. However, if planned work will impact pavement laid in the last two years, an application will require further assessment and up to 10 business days to review. Before you apply, please make sure you review all Excavation Permit Application and Permit Return Requirements.

You can apply for an Excavation Permit through the City of Calgary ePermits system using your myID Business Account. If you do not have a myID Business Account, you will need to set one up before you can apply.

Excavation Permits are valid for 14 days. If you anticipate that you will not be able to complete excavation work within this timeline, please e-mail the Excavation Permit Office before your permit expires to request an extension.

Before you start using the new system, please review the user guide. If you have any questions regarding the new system, please review the FAQ or e-mail the Excavation Permit Office for assistance.

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Excavation Permit Fees

Each Excavation Permit is subject to:

  • a non-refundable Administration Fee, and
  • Works Inspection Fee: As part of the City of Calgary’s Quality Assurance program, permit locations are randomly selected for a works inspection to ensure backfill compaction specifications are met. The Works Inspection Fee replaces the Compaction Compliance Testing Fee as of July 1, 2018. See the information notice.

Plus any applicable:

  • Asphalt Rehabilitation Fees: These fees are charged when The City’s Permit Paving group tops the backfill with asphalt after excavation work has taken place.
  • Pavement Degradation Fees: These fees apply to all asphalt cuts as these cuts reduce the life of a road by 22%, which results in increased repair and maintenance costs.
  • Top Lift Paving Fees: These fees are charged when the road is in good condition (VCI ≥ 7). The road is milled and new asphalt is placed. The quality of the surface of the road is restored, preventing further deterioration to help maintain the roadway’s lifetime.
  • Repair Fees: These fees are charged when The City repairs any part of the road right-of-way impacted by excavation work.

Permission to Permit

A Permission to Permit allows homeowners and developers to pre-pay Pavement Degradation and Top Lift Paving fees for a residential project at a flat rate.

How does The City determine Excavation Permit Fees?

Please see our Excavation Permit Rates to review what current fees are.

The fees The City of Calgary applies to Excavation Permits are determined according to the size and location of each cut into the road right-of-way.

For excavations that impact asphalt, the following factors also apply:

1) Road Classification:

  • Local roads: Provide direct access to residential properties. These roads are low speed, low volume (less than 1,500 vehicles per day).
  • Collector roads: Connect local roads to arterial roads and generally serve transit. Daily traffic volumes range from 5,500 to 12,500.
  • Arterial roads: Provide connections between multiple communities and major destinations. They carry between 10,000 and 30,000 vehicles per day.

2) The Condition of the Road:

  • Visual Condition Index (VCI) measures pavement condition for a stretch of roadway; The City determines VCI by analyzing pavement distress data. A roadway considered to be in good condition is designated with a VCI equal to or greater than 7.

We encourage you to check the Calgary Roadway Activities Map to confirm the Road Classification and Visual Condition Index (VCI) of the streets adjacent to your property address. These layers are updated annually on the online map.

Permit invoice disputes

All invoice disputes should be submitted to the Excavation Permit Office, indicating the invoice number, permit number, the items and amounts you are disputing, as well as the amount already paid. This information must be received in order for The City to investigate and determine if a change is warranted.