Water development resources
Below you will find water development approval submission information, including resources, guides and templates on the following development categories:
- Industry contacts
- COVID Precautions and PPE
- Development Site Servicing Plans (DSSP)
- Water Resources development strategy
- Low impact development
- Irrigation demand estimation (IDE) tool
- Construction drawings
- Construction drawings - Minor Revisions
- Stormwater management reports
- Pond submission and costs prior to CCC
- Area contact maps
- Development inspections
- Cathodic protection (CP) installation test plan
- Indemnified contractors
- Sewer As-Built Submission
Find the latest updates and bulletins related to processes, guidelines and available services for Water Development Approvals - visit Industry Bulletins.
Guidelines and Specifications
To find the most recent versions of technical guidelines and specifications for the development industry, please visit Water Guidelines and Construction Specifications.
Water Resources, Infrastructure Planning Industry Contacts
Infrastructure Planning plays a key role with the development approvals process in Water, as the Sections of Development Approvals, Development Engineering, Development Planning and the Water Industry Liaison all reside within the Division.
POSEIDONOnline is the submission site for electronic submissions to Water Resources by development industry applicants.
POSEIDONOnline is accessed through The City's VISTA website, by selecting the Submit to Water link located on the left hand side of the VISTA main page.
For more information, visit POSEIDONOnline Resources.
COVID Precautions and PPE
Learn more about the COVID-19 PPE for Accessing Customer Homes / Businesses.
Electronic Submission of Geotechnical Reports (E-GEOTECH)
Water Resources, Infrastructure Planning, has moved to electronic submission of geotechnical reports via POSEIDONOnline effective November 2018.
For more details, please see Electronic Submission of Geotechnical Reports.
Development Site Servicing Plans (DSSP) Processes - Approvals and Inspections
Effective May 1, 2018 Water Resources will be responsible for the file management and detailed review of DSSPs, and all inspections for DSSPs.
For more details, please see Development Site Servicing Plans (DSSP) homepage.
Water Resources Redevelopment Strategy
The redevelopment strategy sets out the objectives and actions Water Resources will take to improve support of redevelopment in established areas in the city. For more information about the strategy please see this Redevelopment Bulletin.
Neighborhood-Specific Infrastructure Reports
As part of our redevelopment work, Water Resources is preparing a series of Neighborhood-Specific Infrastructure reports, to be made publicly available online.
The reports assist in preliminary infrastructure due diligence investigations related to potable water, sanitary, and storm servicing prior to redevelopment of a site by land owners, developers, and/or their consultants.
This information may be useful at various stages in the development process to help better understand broad, community-scale infrastructure context, from land acquisition through to conceptual design work or prior to a formal application for land use re-designation or development permit.
As a starting point, the grain of detail contained in this report can provide a basic understanding of key infrastructure features in the community that may be useful for those seeking to develop or redevelop a site.
Low Impact Development (LID)
For more details, please see Low Impact Development.
Irrigation Demand Estimation (IDE) Tool
Open theIrrigation Demand Estimation Tool.
For more information please see theuser manual for the IDE tool.
These checklists must be completed as part of the Construction Drawing submission requirement:
- Checklist #1: Construction Drawings Checklist
- Checklist #2: Revised Final Construction Drawings
- Checklist #3: User Manual for Water Balance Spreadsheet
- Spreadsheet #1: Water Balance Spreadsheet
Construction Drawings - Minor Revisions
Construction Drawing - Minor Revision (CD-MR) POSEIDONOnline Submission Clarifications
Construction Drawings – Minor Revisions (CD-MR) is a new, Water Resources-only process, developed to coordinate efforts within internal approving Business Units.
For more details, please see Construction Drawings Submissions.
Stormwater Management Reports
For more details, please see Stormwater Management Reports.
Pond Submissions and Costs Prior to CCC
For more details, see Pond Submission and Approval Process.
Area Contact Maps
To contact a Water Resources Development Approval Engineer or Engineering Technologist for your project's location, please use the map below:
For outline plans, stormwater management reports, or sanitary servicing studies contact the Area Engineer.
For development permits, development site servicing plans, or construction drawings contact the Area Technologist.
Use the Development Approvals Contact Map.
To contact a Water Resources Development Inspection Co-ordinator for your project's location, please use the map below:
For inspections related to development and indemnification agreements, and development site servicing plans contact the Zone Co-ordinator.
Precipitation and Temperature Data files
Water Resources has made available hourly precipitation and temperature data files for the analysis and design of stormwater infrastructure in Calgary.
This data eliminates discrepancies due to different datasets being in circulation, thus saving time for both design professionals and Water Resources.
Use of the information in these data files became mandatory for all new submissions received as of Sept. 1, 2012.
These data files are an adaptation of the Environment Canada, Meteorological Survey of Canada data, error-checked and reconciled with local weather observations.
It covers 1960 through 2009; it will be updated every few years. A more in-depth explanation of the changes made is in the spreadsheets containing the data.
To request inspection services during the construction stage submit the following form to WaterUtilityInspections@calgary.ca. This email is for all construction and certificate requests.
Requests Construction Complete Certification (CCC) and Final Acceptance Certification (FAC) for new subdivision work under a Master Development Agreement use the following forms:
To request Final Acceptance Certification (FAC) for work completed under a Master Indemnification Agreement, please submit your request through WaterUtilityInspections@calgary.ca.
Inspections of water utility infrastructure under the Master Development Agreements and Interim Indemnification Agreements follow the Consulting Engineer’s Field Services Guidelines. Note: The above forms (E2122 and E2123) supercede “7.9 Certificate Inspection Request and Appointment Confirmation” within the Consulting Engineer’s Field Services Guidelines.
The Guidelines are currently under review to provide more clarity around inspection requirements and further enhance the inspection processes. In addition, inspection fees and fee structures are being reviewed for adjustments to better align with service level agreements.
Cathodic Protection requirements for The City of Calgary
In the Province of Alberta, the Apprenticeship and Industry Act (AIT) regulates the minimum certification requirements for any workers performing certain cathodic protection (CP) functions.
Therefore, if The City of Calgary has not explicitly stated that worker certifications are required for projects (including CP scopes of work), then it is at the contractor’s discretion to determine whether a CP sub-contractor is required or whether the contractor is competent in performing the functions based on AIT’s CP Technician Regulations.
Mandatory CP Documentation
If you are a contractor or an engineering consultant involved with a City of Calgary construction project that has a CP component in its scope of work, the applicable documents must be utilized and be readily available upon request by a City of Calgary CP inspector.
The City’s Cathodic Protection Division has implemented a revised quality management system which includes the use of Inspection & Test Plans (ITP) and Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) documents. The purpose of this system is to assist contractors in maintaining consistent levels of quality with CP system construction projects that meet City of Calgary standards.
- ITP - Cathodic Protection Inspection Test Plan
- QA/QC - Test Station Install
- QA/QC – Continuity Bonding Install
A digital copy of the completed and signed off documents must be submitted electronically. The original hard copies must be included in the project turnover package. Incomplete or partially signed-off documents submitted will not be accepted.
Any inquiries/questions regarding the use of the documents or submission process can be directed to Cathodic Protection.
Learn more about the Water Resources Indemnification Agreement.
Sewer As-Built Submissions
As of June 2020 there are changes to sewer as-built reviews.
For more information please see the bulletin for Revision to Sewer As-Built Submission and Approvals Process.
For more information see: Frequently Asked Questions – Asbuilt Reviews.
As-built drawings are reviewed in the order they are received. Queue lists will be updated every 2 weeks starting June 15, 2020 on this page.
Prior to June 1, 2020
After June 1, 2020