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Excavation permit

An Excavation Permit is required to break or dig into the surface of a City of Calgary road right-of-way, as outlined in the the Streets bylaw 20M88

The road right-of-way is public property designated for use by traffic, pedestrians and underground utilities. The City is responsible for managing this property and ensuring that the intended use, present and future, is protected. Learn what spaces are part of the road right-of-way.

Excavation permitting ensures that the road right-of-way is:

  • properly repaired after excavation work is complete;
  • made safe for public use and that proper steps are taken to maintain the life of the road right-of-way; and
  • that The City and citizens are not responsible for costs incurred by excavation and right-of-way repairs that are not part of regular maintenance and lifecycle activities.

Application procedure and eligibility

How to Apply

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 the work you are planning impacts pavement that has been laid within the last two years, your application will require up to 10 business days to review.

Submit your excavation permit application through the City of Calgary ePermits system using your myID Business Account. See the  Excavation Permit ePermit guide for step-by-step instructions.

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Apply online

24 hours a day, seven days a week using your City of Calgary myID business account.

​​​​​​ Apply online​​


Contact (Inquiries only)

Email the Excavation Permit office


Costs

Excavation permit rates
Excavation permit rates - 2018


Timelines

Typical: Within two business days.

Roads paved in previous two years: up to 10 business days.


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