Establishing a BIA - Activities and timelines

This timeframe shows activities associated with new BIA requests.

​Annual timeframe ​Activity
Annual timeframe: ​Year round Activity:
  • ​Interested business community members can contact The City of Calgary BIA staff to understand what a BIA is and the establishement process for a BIA.
  • Interested business community members form a committee to establish a BIA called the Establishment Committee.
Annual timeframe: ​Prior to January 15 Activity:
  • ​Establishment Committee informs City of Calgary BIA staff of desire to submit a request to establish a BIA.
  • Establishment Committee provides a written description and map of proposed geographic boundary of BIA to City of Calgary BIA staff.
Annual timeframe: ​By end of February Activity:
  • City of Calgary to map proposed area with detailed property information and ensure accuracy with the Establishment Committee.
  • City of Calgary to provide relevant data associated with potential taxpayers in the proposed area to the Establishment Committee.
  • Establishment Committee to conduct public engagement activities and gather signatures for support of the establishment of a BIA.
Annual timeframe: ​Prior to the end of March Activity:
  • ​Establishing Committee may wish to have their establishment request package reviewed by the BIA staff before submission to City Clerks.
Annual timeframe: ​By last business day in March Activity:
  • Establishing Committee to submit the establishment request package and signature pages to City Clerks to get date stamped and to the City of Calgary's BIA staff on the last business day of March.
  • Signature pages must be signed by persons who would be taxpayers in the proposed BIA area and represent at least 25 per cent of the businesses in the proposed BIA area. 
Annual timeframe: ​By April 30 (or within 30 days of receving a request) Activity:
  • ​​City of Calgary to verify signatures.
  • After signature verification:
    • If the 25 per cent threshold is met, The City of Calgary will mailout a notice of request to all potential taxpayers in the proposed BIA area.
    • If the 25 per cent threshold is not met the process is stopped.
​By June 30 (or 60 days after the notice of request was issued) Activity:
  • If, at the end of the 60 day period for the submission of a petition objecting to the establishment of a BIA in the requested area, there is not a valid petition submitted, then the request can proceed.
Annual timeframe: ​July and August Activity:
  • ​Preparation of a Council report by City Administration.
  • Continued engagement activities by the Establishing Committee with businesses who would be taxpayers if a BIA is established.
Annual timeframe: ​September/October Activity:
  • ​Present a report to Council for approval.
  • Interim BIA Board is appointed by Council if the BIA establishment is approved by Council.
  • Following approval of Council, the BIA is to hold an annual general meeting to elect the board and approve the annual BIA budget.
Annual timeframe: ​December Activity:
  • The BIA Board is appointed through the BIA Board Membership Report approved by Council.
Annual timeframe: ​January Activity:
  • Approval of BIA budget through the BIA Budgets and Enabling Bylaws report. 
  • First annual BIA cheque is sent to the BIA Board of Directors by The City of Calgary.


Note: This information has no legal status and cannot be used as an official interpretation of the regulations currently in effect. For detailed information, consult the Business Improvement Area Regulation, AR 93/2016



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