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Planning & Development resource library

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Planning policies

The planning policies listed on this webpage are published in compliance with s. 638.2 of the Municipal Government Act.

Please visit the Local Policy Plans Map for plans by community.

Provincial documents

Intermunicipal policies

City wide policies

Statutory Plan

Municipalities enact statutory plans to guide future development and to facilitate local planning. Statutory plans include a municipal development plan (for the city as a whole), intermunicipal development plan (a joint plan for adjacent municipalities), area structure plan (a plan for a new community) and area redevelopment plan (a plan for an existing community that is redeveloping). A statutory plan must meet requirements for public notification or engagement, and is adopted by Council bylaw.

Non-statutory policies

Non-statutory policies may include plans, guidelines or other policies that can be used to guide planning and development. They may be used, along with applicable statutory plans and bylaws, in making planning decisions. Non-statutory policies may be adopted by Council resolution, or by City Administration.

Local policies

Statutory plans

Municipalities enact statutory plans to guide future development and to facilitate local planning. Statutory plans include a municipal development plan (for the city as a whole), intermunicipal development plan (a joint plan for adjacent municipalities), area structure plan (a plan for a new community) and area redevelopment plan (a plan for an existing community that is redeveloping). A statutory plan must meet requirements for public notification or engagement, and is adopted by Council bylaw.

Non-statutory policies

Non-statutory policies may include plans, guidelines or other policies that can be used to guide planning and development. They may be used, along with applicable statutory plans and bylaws, in making planning decisions. Non-statutory policies may be adopted by Council resolution, or by City Administration.

Planning and licensing Bylaws

How to apply: checklists and fees

Building and Development lists and forms (CARLs)

Inventory of Costs

Building Regulation advisories and bulletins

Technical and design specifications

Calgary Approvals Coordination catalogues and distributes technical specifications and engineering design manuals.

The City of Calgary no longer prints and sell hardcopies. Users are encouraged to explore the digital specifications before printing hardcopies.

Technical specifications

Cathodic Protection Installation

Version Effective date Addenda
Cathodic Protection Installation Checklist 2018​​

Capital project construction signs

Versio​n Effective date Addenda
Capital Signage Guidelines 2018-01-01

Standard specifications for water construction

Version​ Effective date Addenda
Standard Specifications for Waterworks Construction August 2018 to present
Proximity guidelines 2015 2015-03-25
Stormwater Irrigation Guidelines 2018

Standard specifications for sewer construction

Version​ Effective date Addenda
Sewer Construction 2018 2018-06-05 to present Sanitary Deep Manhole 2016

Standard specifications for roads construction

Version Effective date Addenda
Roads construction 2015 (Current)

2015

Roads construction 2010 (Superseded) 2010-02-15 to
2012-01-30

Standard specifications for landscape construction

Version Effective date Addenda
Landscape construction 2018 (Current) 2018
Landscape construction 2017 (Superseded) 2017
Landscape construction 2013 (Superseded) 2013
Landscape construction 2012 (Superseded)

2012

Landscape construction 2011 (Superseded) 2011
Landscape construction 2010 (Superseded)

2010-02-15 to
2011-03-15

Standard specifications for street lighting construction

Version​ Effective date Addenda
Street lighting construction 2006 (Current) 2006-01-01 to present
Street lighting material catalogue 2016

Design manuals and guidelines

Design guidelines for subdivision servicing

Version​ Effective date Addenda
Design guidelines for subdivision servicing 2014 2014, November to present
Design guidelines for subdivision servicing 2012 (Current) 2012-01-01 to November 2014 Addendum 1 (2012-05-09) - Emergency access to private sites
Water pressure zone map 2015-05-20
Water pressure zone profile 2015-04-01
Design guidelines for subdivision servicing 2004 (Superseded) 2004-02-01 Addendum 1 (2011-04-01) - Flushing velocities and Manning's 'N'

Design guidelines for Development Site Servicing Plans (DSSP)

Version​ Effective date Addenda
Development Site Servicing Plan DSSP 2018 (Current) 2018-05-01
Development Site Servicing Plan DSSP 2015 2015-01-01
Development Site Servicing Plan (DSSP) 2012 2012-08-31
Development Site Servicing Plan (DSSP) 2008 (Superseded) 2008-02-01
Development Site Servicing Plan (DSSP) Complete Application Requirement List (CARL) (revised 2013-02-15) 2012-07-30
Development Site Servicing Plan (DSSP) circulation stamp
DSSP circulation stamp (.dwg)
DSSP circulation stamp (.dgn)
2018-05-01

Waste and Recycling Services requirements

Version​ Effective date Addenda
Development Reviews: Design Standards for the Storage and Collection of Recyclable Materials and Waste 2015-06-17

Sewer bypass pumping guidelines

Version​ Effective date
Sewer Bypass Pumping Guidelines 2018-01-01

Wastewater lift stations

Version​ Effective date
Wastewater Lift Station Design Guidelines 2016-11-02

Design and construction of sewer pipes

Version​ Effective date Addenda
Standard practice for design and construction of flexible thermoplastic sewer pipe 2009-07-30 to present
Standard Practice for Design and Construction of Rigid Gravity Sewer Pipe 2009-07-30 to present

Design and construction of feederman pipes

Version​ Effective date Addenda
Design and Construction of Potable Water Feedermain Pipes 2018-01-01

Consulting engineers field services guidelines

Version​ Effective date Addenda
Consulting engineers field services guidelines 2012 (Current)
Consulting engineers field services guidelines forms
2012
Consulting engineers field services guidelines 2004 2004

Stormwater management design manual

Version​ Effective date Addenda
Stormwater management and design 2011

Guidelines for erosion and sediment control

Version​ Effective date Addenda
Erosion and sediment control guidelines 2017 (Current) 2017

Field manual for effective erosion and sediment control

Version​ Effective date Addenda
Erosion and sediment control field manual 2011 (Current) 2011-12-01 to present

Design guidelines for street lighting

Version​ Effective date Addenda
Design guidelines for street lighting 2016 (Current) present

Servicing guidelines for new single family / semi-detached / duplex dwellings in the developed area

Version​ Effective date Addenda
Residential grades Complete Application Requirement List (CARL) 2012-08-31
Residential water services reuse guideline 2016-04-4

Design guidelines for City of Calgary funded buildings

Version​ Effective date Addenda
Design guidelines for City of Calgary funded buildings 2010
Design guidelines for fire stations 2011

Other publications

Standard block profile specifications for CAD and manual formats

Version​ Effective date Addenda
Block profile 2008 (Current) 2008-01-01 to Present

Bylaws

Version Effective date Addenda
The Utility Site Servicing bylaw 33M2005 January 1, 2012

Research resources

Citywide Retail and Commercial Study

This study that focuses on the commercial uses related to retail and services in the City of Calgary helps to better understand current conditions and future needs.

Suburban Residential Growth

These reports track the location and pace of suburban development activity to help balance residential land supply with anticipated future demand. A five-year growth forecast is produced annually and a ready-to-build lot inventory is updated monthly.

Employment Areas Growth and Change

These reports provide information on serviced (i.e. existing City infrastructure in place), planned and annexed land supply available in Calgary for industrial development.

Developed Areas Growth and Change

This report tracks redevelopment potential of Calgary’s established communities in terms of additional units that could be built under the land use designation or approved planning policy.

Calgary Snapshots

Calgary Snapshots has information about growth and change in Calgary. It is produced by The City's Geodemographics group.

National Building Code

Please note the following new Alberta Building Code that will be in force as of April 1:

  • National Building Code - 2019 Alberta edition (previously Alberta Building Code 2014)
  • National Energy Code for Buildings - 2017 Edition (previously National Energy Code for Buildings 2011)
  • National Fire Code – 2019 Alberta Edition (previously Alberta Fire Code 2014)

Building permit applications received prior to October 1, 2019 may proceed under the Alberta Building Code 2014 and NECB 2011 editions.

These documents are also available in hardcopy. Call 311 or visit the Planning Services Centre located on the 3rd floor, Calgary Municipal Building (800 Macleod Trail SE) for a complete list of hardcopy documents.


 
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