Timeline Commitments

Timeline Commitments

Business Licence


Although not all businesses are required to obtain municipal licensing, all businesses that operate within Calgary are required to register with The City to obtain a business identification number (BID), and are required to obtain land use approval for the business location even if it does not require a licence.

To find out if your proposed business activity would require a business licence and the necessary approvals required, visit Business licencing and permits to find your business activity type.

Licence Base fee Associated Fees Timeline committment

Type Varies - see Business Licence Fee Schedule​

 $172 - $1,179

$41 - $202

(fire, police, planning)

Once all required approvals and inspections are met, the licence is issued.
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Building Permit


A Building Permit is granted when the building design and construction plans adhere to the Alberta Building Code, protecting both citizens and owners by ensuring current standards are met.

Category / Application Type Costs Timeline commitment
New Commercial and Multi-family Buildings

10.14 / $1000 of construction value

($112 min.)

Deliver this service within 49 days for low complexity project.

Deliver this service within 90 days for medium complexity project.

Deliver this service within 120 days for high complexity projects.

Alterations to Commercial and Multi-family Buildings

10.14 / $1000 of construction value

($112 min.)

Deliver this service within 28 days for basic improvements.

Deliver this service within 49 days for complex improvements.

Demolition or relocation of building

$1.44 / sq. m.

($112 min., $4,665 max)

Deliver this service within 5 business days (some may be done in 24 hrs)
New Single, Semi-detached or Duplex Dwelling $10.14 / $1000 of construction value

Deliver this service within 19 days (New communities - no development permit required).

Deliver this service within 49 days (Established Area - development permit required).

Alteration to Single, Semi-detached or Duplex Dwelling

$10.14 / $1000 of construction value

($112 min.)

Deliver this service within 7 days for basic improvements.

Deliver this service within 42 days for complex improvements.

Inspections

Inspections are done to ensure construction is completed in accordance with current standards, keeping citizens and owners safe.

Inspections Costs Timeline commitment
Additional inspection $124.95

Respond and complete all requests within 24 hours

Additional inspection - homeowner permit $79.80

Respond and complete all requests within 24 hours

Re-inspection $157.50

Respond and complete all requests within 24 hours

Safety inspection $5,901.00

Respond and complete all requests within 24 hours

Weekend/Statutory holiday inspection $189.00/hour ($756.00 min.)

Respond and complete all requests within 24 hours

Development Permit


A development permit process ensures things like building height, size of the structure, parking and location on the lot are appropriate for the land use and in adherence to the land use bylaw. Relaxations to the bylaw are also approved at this stage if merited based on the context of the development overall.

Calgary does not have legislated approval timelines, but allows for approval timelines to be negotiated, where appropriate, between the municipality and the applicant.  This enables the timeline to be customized to accommodate extra time to support better alignment to the applicant’s schedule.

The use of customized timelines is always agreed to by the customer, and promotes increased communication, collaboration, predictability, and a realistic line of sight to the decision date.

Commercial / Industrial / Mixed Use

Commercial, Industrial and Mixed Use Base fee Associated fees Total costs Timeline commitment
Addition/New Commercial and Industrial $0.8/ sq.m. of GFA (min $1823)

$277

(DCP and AD fees)

Based on GFA calculation

120 days to decision including customer time.

This process may also run concurrent with a Land Use where required. Customized timelines are available to ensure shared expectations and commitments are met.

Addition/New Mixed Use $0.8/ sq.m. of GFA (min $1823)plus $837 + $50 per dwelling unit

$277

(DCP and AD fees)

Based on GFA calculation

120 days to decision including customer time.

This process may also run concurrent with a Land Use where required. Customized timelines are available to ensure shared expectations and commitments are met.

Residential - Addition

Residential - Addition Base fee Associated fees Total costs Timeline commitment

Single, Semi-detached & Duplex Dwellings in the Developed Area - 10 sq. m. and under

$384

$416

(including AD fee)

90 days to decision

Single, Semi-detached & Duplex Dwellings in the Developed Area - over 10 sq. m. $621

$667

(DCP and AD fees)

Varies - if Grades Fee applicable or not

90 days to decision

Residential - New

Residential - New Base fee Associated fees Total costs Timeline commitment
Contextual dwelling in the Developed Area $393

$717 

(Grades and DCP fees)

$1,110

60 days to decision

Single Detached, Semi-detached & Duplex Dwellings in the Developed Area $1,183

$749

(Grades, DCP and AD fees)

$1,932 

90 days to decision

Multi-residential development, townhouses, rowhouses - discretionary use or relaxations $837 + $50 / unit

$277

(DCP  and AD fees)

Varies if CPC fee is applicable

120 days to decision, including customer time

Multi-residential development, townhouses, rowhouses - permitted use $837 + $50 / unit

$245

(DCP fee)

Varies if CPC fee is applicable

120 days to decision, including customer time

Relaxations

Relaxations Base fee Associated fees Total costs Timeline commitment

Proposed structures that do not meet all rules of Land Use Bylaw 1P2007

$384

$195

(Grades and DCP fees)

$579

60 days to decision

Existing structures that do not meet all rules of Land Use Bylaw 1P2007

$167

$32

(AD fee)

$199

60 days to decision

Renovations

Renovations Base fee Associated fees Total Timeline commitment

Multi-residential development, townhouses, rowhouses - permitted use

$690

$163 

(DCP fee)

$853

120 days to decision

Multi-residential development, townhouses, rowhouses - discretionary use or relaxations

$690

$195 

(DCP and AD fees)

$885

120 days to decision

Changes to site plan (i.e. landscaping, parking, access) $1,634

$195

(DCP and AD fees)

$1,829

120 days to decision

Exterior renovations $621

$195

(DCP and AD fees)

$816

120 days to decision

Change of use

Change of Use review ensures appropriate uses are contemplated in a building and with adjacent properties. It also is a chance to identify any potential related building code or safety concerns.

Change of use Cost Timeline commitment
Permitted use (no relaxations, no changes to site plan) $190

7 days to decision

Discretionary use or relaxations required (no changes to site plan) $624 (including AD fee)

60 days to decision

Signs

Signs Base fee Associated fees Total costs Timeline commitment
Permitted use (no relaxations) $100

$100

1-3 days to decision

Discretionary use or relaxations required (no changes to site plan) $669 $195

$864

60 days to decision

Additional fees

Additional fees Costs
Calgary Planning Commission (CPC) fee

$653

Planning approval for Business Licence applications

$41

Revised Plans application

50% of the applicable current base fee

(max $817)

Subdivision Application


This process shows the detailed land uses and pattern of development for an area, including roads, open space like parks and in some cases placement of school sites or other community service amenities. It ensures there is a clear picture of what the ultimate area build out will include and where.

While the outline plan may initially be a time-consuming process, subsequent tentative plans (which are actual “subdivisions”) for later individual phases can be approved in a quick and efficient manner.

Outline plan Base fee Total costs Timeline commitment
0-10 hectares (no growth management overlay is in place in whole or in part at time of submission)

$5,976

Minimum of 180 days to process

Depending on the complexity and size of an area, larger plans can take up to a year or longer. Customized timelines are available to ensure shared expectations and commitments are met.

10 hectares (no growth management overlay is in place in whole or in part at time of submission) $587 / ha

 Varies - based on area of hectares

Minimum of 180 days to process

Depending on the complexity and size of an area, larger plans can take up to a year or longer. Customized timelines are available to ensure shared expectations and commitments are met.

Land Use Amendment


This process ensures appropriate residential and commercial uses will be located in areas that align to the goals within local and municipal plans. It also allows citizens and communities the opportunity to better understand, review and comment directly to City Council on proposed changes within their neighbourhoods.

Land use Base fee Associated fees Total cost Timeline commitment
Residential and Special Purpose (varies on land use) + (total ha x $232)

$2,018

(AD and CPC fees)

Based on Land Use & area of parcel

180 days to Calgary Planning Commission

Commercial and Mixed use (varies on land use) + (total ha x $637)

$2,018

(AD and CPC fees)

Based on Land Use & area of parcel

180 days to Calgary Planning Commission

Industrial Total ha x $327

$2,018

(AD and CPC fees)

Based on area of parcel

180 days to Calgary Planning Commission

Direct Control $9,517 + (total ha x $327)

$2,018

(AD and CPC fees)

Based on area of parcel

180 days to Calgary Planning Commission

Certificate of Compliance


A certificate of compliance is confirmation that the location of buildings and structures on a property comply with Land Use Bylaw (1P2007). Many financial institutions require this type of due diligence documentation for real estate transactions.

Certificates of Compliance Costs Timeline commitment
Residential - single, semi-detached, duplex

$199 per parcel

24 hours for review

If additional review is required, we will require an additional 7-14 days to come to a decision

Multi-residential, commercial, industrial - (14 day review)

$296 per parcel

10 - 14 days

Multi-residential, commercial, industrial - (7 day review)

$455 per parcel

7 days

Developing Site Servicing Plan


Development Site Servicing Plan Costs Timeline commitment
Development Site Servicing Plan (DSSP)

1st submission $1533.00 (includes 1st and 2nd review)

35 days per submission

Utilities


Utilities (Shallow)*** Costs Timeline commitment
Telus, Atco, Shaw, Enmax Actual Cost of infrastructure minus available investment (minimum demand agreement 15 years)

245-365 days

*** Site Dependent (the location of the closest service and investment policies)