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Demolitions

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This information is for residential and commercial projects that require building demolition or removal.

When is a permit required?


A demolition permit is required whenever you are demolishing or moving a building from a site. This can include a partial building demolition as well as reducing a building to its foundation and rebuilding. In most cases, a demolition permit is not required for the removal of a detached residential garage​.

Interior commercial​ or interior residential​ demolitions require a building ​permit instead of a demolition permit.

How to apply


Step 1: Review the checklist, the Alberta Building Code and Land Use Bylaw​.

Determine which utilities require disconnection. Follow the Utility disconnection instructions and obtain the required signatures for water, electrical and gas services on your Service Disconnection Request Form before applying. The time it takes to receive each signature depends on each utility provider.

Step 2: Prepare your application

To prepare your application, complete the remainder of the demolitionchecklist​.

All applicants are required to fill out an asbestos abatement form regardless of when the building was constructed. All applicants must also fill out a public tree disclosure form whether or not public trees are nearby.

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​​ ​Building Safety Approval - Building Permit
​Demolition ​​Please use the Building permit fee calculator​ to estimate your fee.

For online submissions with large permit costs, there is a deposit process in place that limits the amount paid online. For base building permit fees (Permit Fee) over $10,000, the deposit required to begin processing your application will be indicated as the deposit at the fee step in the online application. The remaining total building permit fee must be paid prior to permit issuance. You may complete your payment by mailing it to:

City of Calgary
Planning Cash Office
MC 8108
PO Box 2100 Stn M
Calgary, AB T2P 2M5

Please include your b​uilding permit number on the cheque and envelope.

Step 3: Apply

Apply online

Review The City’s criteria​ for information on how to organize your plans and documents when uploading to the online application.

In person
Once you have gathered all required documents, you can apply for your permit in person by visiting the Planning Services Centre. To skip the line, book an appointment.

Step 4: Inspections

Once you've received your demolition permit, you must provide secure site fencing​ and place your construction contact information sign on the fence.

Before demolition, the building must be inspected by a professional asbestos removal company. The applicant must either obtain confirmation that there is no asbestos or have the asbestos professionally removed. Visit the government of Alberta’s website for information about Occupational Health and Safety.

After the demolition or move is complete, call 311 to book a post-demolition inspection.

Additional information


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Determine which utilities will be disconnected. For the water, electrical, and gas utilities a separate approval signature is required on your service disconnect request form. For more information regarding the various utilities’ procedures and applicable fees, please contact that particular utility office.

Doing work to a building that requires shut-offs with no demolition planned requires calling each individual utility provider to ask for their services to be disconnected. If only the services will be shut off, no demolition permit is required.

For your convenience you can also view these steps in the Demolition Permit Guide​.

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As a part of the demolition application, the applicant must submit the Asbestos Abatement Form​ prior to starting demolition. Before demolition, the building must be inspected by a professional asbestos removal company. The applicant must either obtain confirmation that there is no asbestos or have the asbestos professionally removed.

Visit the government of Alberta’s website for information about Occupational Health and Safety.​

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You must submit a Public Tree Disclosure Statement with your application regardless of the proximity of public trees to your demolition site.

Tree protection during demolition is important, as often times injured trees will not show signs of decline until as late as 10 years after the damage. A tree protection plan is required when a public tree is within six meters of the demolition. If you do not have a public tree within six meters of the site, please indicate ‘No’ on the Public Tree Disclosure Statement​.

For more information about tree protection plans, visit calgary.ca/treeprotection.​

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All demolition and moving applications will be reviewed by a heritage planner. This review occurs after the application has been submitted and must be approved prior to being issued.​

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A construction site contact information sign must be attached to the security fence and visible from the street. If you do not have your own sign, The City can provide one after issuing the demolition permit at the Planning Services Centre. The sign must be posted any time a construction activity, including demolition, poses a potential public hazard. The property owner is required to ensure public safety around the construction site.​

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If you are demolishing a detached garage or accessory buildings over 10 square meters in addition to the main building, you must include it on the site plan and in the demolition area calculations. The property assessment and property taxes will be impacted.

If you are demolishing only a detached residential garage:

A demolition permit is only required for removing detached residential garages and accessory residential buildings that are over 10 square metres if:

  • The garage or accessory building is independently serviced, or
  • The garage or accessory building has the primary utility meters/connections for the residence.

You do not require a demolition permit for detached residential garages and accessory residential building if:

  • The garage or accessory building has no utility services, or
  • The garage or accessory building will be demolished and replaced with another garage or accessory building (the demolition of the existing structure is included in the permit for the new structure).

If you are only demolishing a detached residential garage and not replacing it with another garage, contact Property Assessment.

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Disclaimer: This information has no legal status and cannot be used as an official interpretation of the various bylaws, codes and regulations currently in effect. The City of Calgary accepts no responsibility to persons relying solely on this information. Web pages are updated periodically.


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