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New buildings and additions to existing buildings

New buildings and additions to existing commercial, multi-residential, and industrial buildings, including mezzanines and temporary structures such as office trailers, storage sheds, and sea cans.

Step 1: Review the rules and fees for your project

When is a permit required?​​

All new buildings and additions to existing buildings, including mezzanines, require planning approval through a development permit, as well as building safety approval through a building permit. A building permit application can only be made once the related development permit is approved. In addition, other trade permits (i.e Electrical, Plumbing and Gas, and HVAC) may be required.


​Building Safety Approval - Building Perm​it​ ​
Building Safety Approval - Building Permit : ​New buildings and additions to existing buildings​ ​Please use one of the calculators below to estimate your fee.

Building Permit Fee Calculator – Commercial
Building Permit Fee Calculator - Multi-Family High Rise
Building Permit Fee Calculator - Multi-Family Low Rise
Building Permit Fee Calculator - Warehouses
Building Permit Fee Calculator - Hotels
Building Permit Fee Calculator - Care Facilities​

Online submissions – deposit process

For online submissions with large permit costs, there is a deposit process in place that limits the amount paid online. For building permit fees over $10,000, only 25% of the base permit fee will be charged as an initial deposit, up to a maximum of $10,000. The remaining total building permit fee must be paid prior to permit issuance. In order to pay the remaining total please choose one of the following payment methods and reference your permit number:

By Phone (only available by credit card):

In order to make payment over the phone by credit card please call 403-268-5311.

By Mail (only available for cheques):

The City of Calgary
Attention: Planning Cashiers- 8108
Calgary, AB  T2P 2M5

By Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT):

If you would like to pay by Electronic Funds Transfer you will select the payment option upon application. No fees will be processed at the time of the application intake. The Planning Cash Office will contact you the next business day and provide you with instructions to complete the EFT payment.​​​​

Alberta Building Code information​

This information assists business owners and contractors in understandi​ng and implementing general Alberta Building Code requirements for commercial building permits. Commercial spaces must comply with the Land Use Bylaw as well as minimum requirements established in the Alberta Building Code, including applicable standards for safety of the public and building occupants, health, accessibility, energy, fire, and structural integrity. Commercial spaces must also comply with the Alberta Fire Code. Businesses are responsible for following the rules and regulations of all applicable governing bodies prior to using the space.

Business owners and contractors should consult a design professional before financially committing to a location. The cost to make necessary upgrades or changes may be expensive. The City of Calgary does not determine who should coordinate or pay for upgrades.

Some activities have very specific code requirements, including restaurants.

Building code classification

Business activities are associated with a type of occupancy and governing building classification in the Alberta Building Code. Classification is determined by building size (footprint area and number of storeys), construction type (wood or concrete and steel), the need for a sprinkler and fire alarm system, and type of occupancy.

Depending on how the building is classified, changes and upgrades may be necessary to accommodate the proposed activity. For example, a building without sprinklers may be suitable for a retail store, but not suitable for a restaurant when taking into consideration the size, construction type, and mechanical ventilation.

Knowing the building classification will assist with design and construction, by helping to determine:

  • Fire ratings of walls, floors, mezzanines and roofs
  • Construction type (combustible, non-combustible or combination of both)
  • If sprinkler and fire alarm systems are required
The Alberta Building Code also determines:

  • Maximum occupant load
  • Barrier free accessibility and washroom design
  • Required exiting
  • Fire alarm and detection requirements
Due to the complexity of interpreting the classification, you may need to engage with a consultant that can conduct a building code analysis in order to identify the building classification and the rules related to that class before preparing your plans and documents.

Ensure your building classification is clearly indicated on your plans. Providing this information reduces delays in your application review.

Code classification descriptions

On your building permit application, you must indicate one of the following building occupancies:

Assembly: a space (e.g. arena, theatre, restaurant, day care) where people gather for civic, political, travel, religious, social, educational, recreational or similar purposes, including consumption of food or drink

Detention:  a space where people are held under restraint or are not self-sufficient due to security measures

Care: a space (e.g. hospital, assisted living, nursing home) where medical treatments occur, including surgery, intensive care, and emergency medical intervention; OR a space where daily patient/resident monitoring and support occurs to assess daily functioning and cognitive awareness; the facility may also book appointments for residents, provide reminders of those appointments, provide supervision pertaining to medications and nutrition, and intervene in the event of an emergency

Residential: a space that includes sleeping accommodations such as an apartment or hotel; please note this category excludes sleeping accommodations for the purpose of care, treatment and/or involuntary detention

Personal Service/Office/Business: a space (e.g. banks, beauty salons, dental offices, medical offices) used for business transactions, including provision of professional or personal services

Mercantile/Retail: a space including, but not limited to, exhibition halls, department stores and markets that are used to display or sell retail goods

Industrial: a space used for the assembly, fabrication, manufacture, processing, repair or storage of goods and materials

Please see the Alberta Building Code for exact wording of each category. The above information is intended to provide a general summary.

Barrier-free design

Codes addressing accessibility, or barrier-free design, allow safe access to buildings and facilities for all people. Reasonable access to facilities is required to ensure that everyone has the same opportunities to be active, independent and safe within the community.

The rules for barrier-free design are in section 3.8 of the Alberta Building Code. To help explain this material, the Alberta Safety Codes Council created a barrier-free design guide.

The City of Calgary has Access Design Standards that exceed those of the Alberta Building Code. Although mandatory for City buildings, we encourage design and building professionals to implement these standards in all projects.

If you need clarification on specific barrier-free requirements or exceptions contact  311.

If the physical layout of the building makes it difficult to provide barrier-free access and/or facilities, you can apply for a relaxation with Alberta Municipal Affairs.

National Energy Code of Canada for buildings

p>If you are constructing a new building or an addition (including second floors and mezzanines), your design will need to comply with the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB) or the Alberta Building Code section 9.36​.

Buildings that were constructed to meet the National Energy Code still require compliance when undergoing renovations or improvements. This may include:

  • Building envelope: requirements for roofs, walls and windows to control heat loss and air leaks.
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC): efficiency of heating and cooling equipment
  • Water heating: efficiency of equipment and controls
  • Lighting: number and type of lighting fixtures and controls

Visit National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings for more information about how it may affect your business. To discuss NECB or 9.36 requirements, contact 311.


Step 2: Prepare your application

Step 3: Apply

Apply online​​

First, create a myID Personal or myID business account.

Citizens can register for a myID personal account. A personal account is intended for individual citizen use, not business users.

Businesses can register for a myID business account. A business account is intended for myID services to be submitted on behalf of a business or organization.

​​​​Create a myID personal account​​

​​​​Create a myID business account​​

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 and managing your permit application

  • Visit Inspections for information about inspection bookings, inspection outcomes, inspection types and more.
  • Visit Manage your permit application for information on how to revise, cancel, and alter your permit. ​

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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