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Planning & Development resource library

To locate a policy not listed on this page, or to purchase hardcopies of any policy document or planning publication, please submit a Policy Document Request though 311. Please see the planning documents & records fee schedule for printing fees.

Planning Policies

The planning policies listed on this webpage are published in compliance with s. 638.2 of the Municipal Government Act.

Please visit the Local Policy Plans Map for plans by community.

Provincial documents

Intermunicipal policies

City wide policies

Statutory Plan

Municipalities enact statutory plans to guide future development and to facilitate local planning. Statutory plans include a municipal development plan (for the city as a whole), intermunicipal development plan (a joint plan for adjacent municipalities), area structure plan (a plan for a new community) and area redevelopment plan (a plan for an existing community that is redeveloping). A statutory plan must meet requirements for public notification or engagement, and is adopted by Council bylaw.

Non-statutory policies

Non-statutory policies may include plans, guidelines or other policies that can be used to guide planning and development. They may be used, along with applicable statutory plans and bylaws, in making planning decisions. Non-statutory policies may be adopted by Council resolution, or by City Administration.

Local policies

Statutory plans

Municipalities enact statutory plans to guide future development and to facilitate local planning. Statutory plans include a municipal development plan (for the city as a whole), intermunicipal development plan (a joint plan for adjacent municipalities), area structure plan (a plan for a new community) and area redevelopment plan (a plan for an existing community that is redeveloping). A statutory plan must meet requirements for public notification or engagement, and is adopted by Council bylaw.

Non-statutory policies

Non-statutory policies may include plans, guidelines or other policies that can be used to guide planning and development. They may be used, along with applicable statutory plans and bylaws, in making planning decisions. Non-statutory policies may be adopted by Council resolution, or by City Administration.

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Planning and licensing Bylaws

How to apply: checklist and fees

Building and Development lists and forms (CARLs)

Inventory of Costs

Building Regulation advisories and bulletins

Technical and design specifications

Calgary Approvals Coordination catalogues and distributes technical specifications and engineering design manuals.

The City of Calgary no longer prints and sell hardcopies. Users are encouraged to explore the digital specifications before printing hardcopies.

Technical specifications

Cathodic Protection Installation

Version Effective date Addenda
Version: Cathodic Protection Installation Checklist Effective date: 2018​​ Addenda:

Capital project construction signs

Versio​n Effective date Addenda
Version: Capital Signage Guidelines Effective date: 2018-01-01 Addenda:

Standard specifications for water construction

Version​ Effective date Addenda
Version: Standard Specifications for Waterworks Construction - 2020 - NEW Effective date: May 2020 to present Addenda:
Version: Proximity guidelines 2015 Effective date: 2015-03-25 Addenda:
Version: Stormwater Irrigation Guidelines Effective date: 2018 Addenda:

Standard specifications for sewer construction

Version​ Effective date Addenda
Version: Standard Specifications for Sewer Construction - 2020 – NEW Effective date: to 2020-06-11 Addenda: Sanitary Deep Manhole 2016

Standard specifications for roads construction

Version Effective date Addenda
Version: Roads construction 2015 (Current) Effective date:

2015

Addenda:
Version: Roads construction 2010 (Superseded) Effective date: 2010-02-15 to
2012-01-30
Addenda:

Standard specifications for landscape construction

Version Effective date Addenda
Version: Landscape construction 2018 (Current) Effective date: 2018 Addenda:
Version: Landscape construction 2017 (Superseded) Effective date: 2017 Addenda:
Version: Landscape construction 2013 (Superseded) Effective date: 2013 Addenda:
Version: Landscape construction 2012 (Superseded) Effective date:

2012

Addenda:
Version: Landscape construction 2011 (Superseded) Effective date: 2011 Addenda:
Version: Landscape construction 2010 (Superseded) Effective date:

2010-02-15 to
2011-03-15

Addenda:

Standard specifications for street lighting construction

Version​ Effective date Addenda
Version: Street lighting construction 2006 (Current) Effective date: 2006-01-01 to present Addenda:
Version: Street lighting material catalogue 2016 Effective date: Addenda:

Design manuals and guidelines

Design guidelines for subdivision servicing

Version​ Effective date Addenda
Version: Design guidelines for subdivision servicing 2014 Effective date: 2014, November to present Addenda:
Version: Design guidelines for subdivision servicing 2012 (Current) Effective date: 2012-01-01 to November 2014 Addenda: Addendum 1 (2012-05-09) - Emergency access to private sites
Version: Water pressure zone map Effective date: 2015-05-20 Addenda:
Version: Water pressure zone profile Effective date: 2015-04-01 Addenda:
Version: Design guidelines for subdivision servicing 2004 (Superseded) Effective date: 2004-02-01 Addenda: Addendum 1 (2011-04-01) - Flushing velocities and Manning's 'N'

Design guidelines for Development Site Servicing Plans (DSSP)

Version​ Effective date Addenda
Version: Development Site Servicing Plan DSSP 2018 (Current) Effective date: 2018-05-01 Addenda:
Version: Development Site Servicing Plan DSSP 2015 Effective date: 2015-01-01 Addenda:
Version: Development Site Servicing Plan (DSSP) 2012 Effective date: 2012-08-31 Addenda:
Version: Development Site Servicing Plan (DSSP) 2008 (Superseded) Effective date: 2008-02-01 Addenda:
Version: Development Site Servicing Plan (DSSP) Complete Application Requirement List (CARL) (revised 2013-02-15) Effective date: 2012-07-30 Addenda:
Version: Development Site Servicing Plan (DSSP) circulation stamp
DSSP circulation stamp (.dwg)
DSSP circulation stamp (.dgn)
Effective date: 2018-05-01 Addenda:

Geotechnical Guidelines for Land Development Applications

Version​ Effective date Addenda
Version: Geotechnical Guidelines for Land Development Applications​ Effective date: 2017-07-01 Addenda:

Waste and Recycling Services requirements

Version​ Effective date Addenda
Version: Development Reviews: Design Standards for the Storage and Collection of Recyclable Materials and Waste Effective date: 2015-06-17 Addenda:

Sewer bypass pumping guidelines

Version​ Effective date
Version: Sewer Bypass Pumping Guidelines Effective date: 2018-01-01

Wastewater lift stations

Version​ Effective date
Version: Wastewater Lift Station Design Guidelines Effective date: 2016-11-02

Design and construction of sewer pipes

Version​ Effective date Addenda
Version: Standard practice for design and construction of flexible thermoplastic sewer pipe Effective date: 2009-07-30 to present Addenda:
Version: Standard Practice for Design and Construction of Rigid Gravity Sewer Pipe Effective date: 2009-07-30 to present Addenda:

Design and construction of feederman pipes

Version​ Effective date Addenda
Version: Design and Construction of Potable Water Feedermain Pipes Effective date: 2020-01-24 Addenda:

Consulting engineers field services guidelines

Version​ Effective date Addenda
Version: Consulting engineers field services guidelines 2012 (Current)
Consulting engineers field services guidelines forms
Effective date: 2012 Addenda:
Version: Consulting engineers field services guidelines 2004 Effective date: 2004 Addenda:

Stormwater management design manual

Version​ Effective date Addenda
Version: Stormwater management and design Effective date: 2011 Addenda:

Guidelines for erosion and sediment control

Version​ Effective date Addenda
Version: Erosion and sediment control guidelines 2017 (Current) Effective date: 2017 Addenda:

Field manual for effective erosion and sediment control

Version​ Effective date Addenda
Version: Erosion and sediment control field manual 2011 (Current) Effective date: 2011-12-01 to present Addenda:

Design guidelines for street lighting

Version​ Effective date Addenda
Version: Design guidelines for street lighting 2016 (Current) Effective date: present Addenda:

Servicing guidelines for new single family / semi-detached / duplex dwellings in the developed area

Version​ Effective date Addenda
Version: Residential grades Complete Application Requirement List (CARL) Effective date: 2012-08-31 Addenda:
Version: Residential water services reuse guideline Effective date: 2016-04-4 Addenda:

Design guidelines for City of Calgary funded buildings

Version​ Effective date Addenda
Version: Design guidelines for City of Calgary funded buildings Effective date: 2010 Addenda:
Version: Design guidelines for fire stations Effective date: 2011 Addenda:
Other publications

Standard Block Profile Specifications
Note: These include Capital Project Block Profile Specifications, subject to the project coordinator

Version​ Effective date Addenda
Version: Block profile 2019             (Current) Effective date: 2020-01-01 Addenda:

Bylaws

Version Effective date Addenda
Version: The Utility Site Servicing bylaw 33M2005 Effective date: January 1, 2012 Addenda:
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Research resources

Citywide Retail and Commercial Study

This study that focuses on the commercial uses related to retail and services in the City of Calgary helps to better understand current conditions and future needs.

Suburban Residential Growth

These reports track the location and pace of suburban development activity to help balance residential land supply with anticipated future demand. A five-year growth forecast is produced annually and a ready-to-build lot inventory is updated monthly.

Employment Areas Growth and Change

These reports provide information on serviced (i.e. existing City infrastructure in place), planned and annexed land supply available in Calgary for industrial development.

Developed Areas Growth and Change

This report tracks redevelopment potential of Calgary’s established communities in terms of additional units that could be built under the land use designation or approved planning policy.

Calgary Snapshots

Calgary Snapshots has information about growth and change in Calgary. It is produced by The City's Geodemographics group.

National Building Code

Please note the following new Alberta Building Code that will be in force as of April 1:

  • National Building Code - 2019 Alberta edition (previously Alberta Building Code 2014)
  • National Energy Code for Buildings - 2017 Edition (previously National Energy Code for Buildings 2011)
  • National Fire Code – 2019 Alberta Edition (previously Alberta Fire Code 2014)

Building permit applications received prior to October 1, 2019 may proceed under the Alberta Building Code 2014 and NECB 2011 editions.


These documents are also available in hardcopy. Call 311 or visit the Planning Services Centre located on the 3rd floor, Calgary Municipal Building (800 Macleod Trail SE) for a complete list of hardcopy documents.


 
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