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Permission to Permit

 

A Permission to Permit allows homeowners and developers to pre-pay Pavement Degradation and Top Lift Paving fees for a project at a flat rate. Only projects at a single residential property on a local, collector or arterial road with a lot size of 15.25 m (50') or less, where total asphalt excavation will not exceed 100m2 are eligible.

Once a homeowner/developer has obtained a Permission to Permit, they must supply the Permission to Permit number to all contractors and utilities who will be excavating on their behalf. The contractor/utility must provide the Permission to Permit number to the Excavation Permit Office when they return their Excavation Permit.

All applicable pavement degradation fees and Top Lift Paving fees will be charged to the permits in question on a per-cut basis if:

  • If a valid Permission to Permit number is not provided with the Excavation Permit return, or
  • If a valid Permission to Permit number is provided, but total asphalt excavation exceeds 100m2.

Applying for a Permission to Permit

To apply for a Permission to Permit, please bring a completed Permission to Permit Application to the Excavation Permit Office or Email it with a request to to make a payment by phone. Payment in full is due at the time of application, and can be made using VISA, MasterCard, American Express or certified cheque.

NEW: Credit card payments can now be accepted by telephone. Please email a completed Permission to Permit Application to the Excavation Permit Office, indicate you would like to make payment by telephone in the body of your email and provide your contact phone number. The Excavation Permit Office will contact you within two business days.


In person at the Roads Traffic Permit Office
Roads Permit office location map
Manchester Building U, 677 25 Avenue S.E.

Cost of a Permission to Permit

Permission to Permit Cost = Pavement Degradation Fee + (if VCI ≥ 7) Top Lift Paving Fee 

​Road Classification ​Pavement Degradation Fee ​Surface Restoration Fee
Local ​$1900 ​$3800
​Collector ​$1900 ​$4800
​Arterial ​$1900 ​$5800


On corner lots, the pre-paid flat rate is doubled for excavations in front of the property and along the side of the property. After an inspection and if it is deemed the excavation only occurred in the front OR the side of the property, the permit holder may request a 50% refund of the pre-paid flat rate.

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. Please see the Excavation Permits page for more information on Road Classification and VCI.

If you would like an estimate for a Permission to Permit, please e-mail a completed Permission to Permit Application to the Excavation Permit Office. Please note, this will be an estimate only, fees may differ at time of application.

Important Permission to Permit Deadlines

Every Permission to Permit expires on December 31st of the year it was issued. To renew your Permission to Permit, submit an e-mail request to the Excavation Permit Office prior to the expiry date. There is no charge for renewal.