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Off-Site Levy Bylaw

Off-site levies are charges that developers pay to The City to help with the cost of off-site infrastructure, such as water and wastewater treatment facilities, recreation centres, roads, libraries, fire halls and police stations. Through the authority of the Municipal Government Act (MGA), The City of Calgary can apply an off-site levy bylaw which can be imposed at the time of subdivision or development permit approval. Developers pay for the share of the off-site infrastructure that benefits new development; The City pays for the share of the off-site infrastructure that benefits existing residents and the region.  Levies help to build great communities by creating a long-term sustainable strategy for funding infrastructure that enables growth.

Levy rates

The current off-site levy rates are found here:off-site levy rates​. The rates will be applied at the time of the development agreements or development permits to pay for the developer's proportionate share of the new or expanded growth-related off-site infrastructure.

In accordance with the Off-site Levy Bylaw, the levy rates are escalated every year on 1 January. 

Paying off-site levies

A levy that is imposed on a subdivision is paid in installments over a four year period from the date of execution of an Interim Indemnity Agreement. 

A levy that is imposed on a development is paid on or before the release of the development completion permit. An Off-site Levy payment form will need to be completed and submitted with the applicable levy payment after approval of your Development Permit (DP) or prior to obtaining your development completion permit (DCP).

Off-site Levy Bylaw 

The Off-site Levy Bylaw was unanimously approved by City Council on January 11, 2016 and amended on November 12, 2018. The City of Calgary worked closely with members of the land development and home building industry to ensure a transparent and fair process in developing the new bylaw.

General resour​ces

The next review of the off-site levy bylaw is underway, and is anticipated to be completed by 2021. 

Off-site Levy Update Responding to the New Community Growth Strategy 2018

On 2018 November 12, Council approved an amendment (Bylaw 41M2018) to the Off-site Levy Bylaw to incorporate the developer’s proportionate share of the cost of off-site transportation and utility infrastructure attributable to the 14 new communities approved by Council on 2018 July 30.

As some of the required infrastructure to support these new communities was not included in the 2016 Bylaw, these amendments are necessary to ensure a funding source exists for this infrastructure.

The proposed bylaw amendments came into effect 2018 December 31.  ​

Annual Report

The City prepares an Annual Report on the levies collected and spent, which is one of the requirements if the MGA. The Off-Site Levy Annual Report ensures transparency by providing information about off-site levies collected and allocated, along with the status of amounts yet to be allocated.

Calculating Levies and Charges

The Off-Site Levy rates and charges can be found in the rates table. If you'd like to get an idea of the levy you may be charged on your development, download and print the Off-site Levy calculation form.

Please note, the purpose of this form is to help calculate estimates only; all fee calculations will be finalized by The City.

Common residential examples

2016 rates

Scenario Dwelling Units Off-site Levy Rate (2016)
Scenario: 1 undefined: Dwelling Units: 1 Single Detached to be removed and 1 Single Detached to be built   Off-site Levy Rate (2016): $0.00
Scenario: 2 undefined: Dwelling Units: 1 Single Detached to be removed and 2 Semi Detached to be built Off-site Levy Rate (2016): $1,657.00
Scenario: 3
undefined: Dwelling Units: Vacant Lot with 1 Single Detached to be built Off-site Levy Rate (2016): $2,089.00

2017 rates

Scenario Dwelling Units Off-site Levy Rate (2017)
Scenario: 1 Dwelling Units: 1 Single Detached to be removed and 1 Single Detached to be built​ Off-site Levy Rate (2017): $0.00
Scenario: 2 Dwelling Units: 1 Single Detached to be removed and 2 Semi Detached to be built
Off-site Levy Rate (2017): $3,422.00​
Scenario: 3 Dwelling Units: Vacant Lot with 1 Single Detached to be built Off-site Levy Rate (2017): 
$4,316.00

2018 rates

Scenario Dwelling Units Off-site Levy Rate (2018)
Scenario: 1
Dwelling Units: 1 Single Detached to be removed and 1 Single Detached to be built Off-site Levy Rate (2018): $0.0​0
Scenario: 2
Dwelling Units: 1 Single Detached to be removed and 2 Semi Detached to be built Off-site Levy Rate ​(2018): $5,303.00
Scenario: 3
Dwelling Units: Vacant Lot with 1 Single Detached to be built Off-site Levy Rate
(2018): ​$6,688.00

Established area levy implementation

It is important to note that the established area levy rates are set at development permit approval date however; they are paid at development completion. The City of Calgary would like to assist customers that are approaching DP approval to meet their targeted approval date. 

If you have any questions or concerns after speaking with your planning file manager, please contact Darren Lockhart, Application Services Manager at 403-703-9307 or Darren.lockhart@calgary.ca.

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