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The Centre City Enterprise Area

The Centre City Enterprise Area is an area of downtown Calgary where the following changes to a business or a building are exempt from a development permit until July 21, 2021.

  • A change of use when the proposed “use” is listed in the land use district. See below for a list of uses that still require a development permit.
  • An addition of less than 1,000 square meters, or modifying the exterior of an existing building. See below for a list of uses that still require a development permit. The building must also not be on the Inventory of historic resources for this exemption to apply.

Centre City Enterprise Area boundaries

Uses that require a development permit in the Centre City Enterprise Area

The following uses require a development permit for a change of use, exterior renovation, or addition under 1000 square meters.

The proposed use is one of the following:

  • The subject building is within 30 metres of a freight rail corridor and the proposed use is one of the following:
    • Cannabis counselling
    • Cannabis store
    • Custodial care
    • Home-based child care - Class 2
    • Liquor store
    • Nightclub
    • New outdoor café
    • Parking lot - grade
    • Pawn shop
    • Payday loan
    • Sign - Class B, C, D, E, F, and G
  • Addiction treatment
  • Assisted living
  • Child care service
  • Dwelling unit
  • Emergency shelter
  • Home based child care – Class 2
  • Hospital
  • Jail
  • Residential care
  • Schools
  • Temporary shelter

For more information about the Centre City Enterprise area, please email smallbusiness@calgary.ca


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. ​