Wastewater disposal permits
When a mix of water and water-carried substances is released from a business, house, or other source, this is considered a wastewater discharge. Some industrial disposal of wastewater into Calgary's sewer system requires a wastewater permit.
Below, you will find details about which permit and requests you need based on the type of water being discharged.
All wastewater must comply with the limits listed in Schedules 'A', 'B', and 'C' of the Wastewater Bylaw.
Clear water waste disposal to wastewater system
Disposal of clear water waste into Calgary's wastewater system, including a manhole or monitoring access point, is prohibited without prior approval from the Director of Water Resources or Water Services.
If you are disposing of water from sources other than wastewater streams, including the following:
- Roof and foundation
- Remediated groundwater
- Accumulated storm drainage or groundwater
- Non-contact cooling water
- A disposal as directed by Alberta Environment
Use the Nuisance Water Disposal Flowchart to determine if you require disposal into the wastewater system.
If your project qualifies you for wastewater system disposal, first determine if it is foundation drainage connected to The City's wastewater system before 1973.
If not, you may need to apply for a Clear Water Waste Disposal Permit.
All wastewater must comply with substances listed in Schedules A, B, and C of the Wastewater Bylaw.
- Have you completed the Clear Water Waste Disposal Permit Application form in full?
- Have you included the justification to dispose to the wastewater system using the Nuisance Water Disposal Flowchart?
- Have you included a description of the project?
- Have you included a description of the pre-treatment system?
- If you wish to discharge at a rate greater than 150L/min, have you included the proposed rate?
- Have you included water quality results? (Water quality results must be reported using the Analytical Results Reporting Form.)
- If water quality results cannot be obtained at this time, have you included justification as to why they are being deferred, and when they will be available?
Please contact 311 if you have further questions/concerns. Let the operator know you are looking for information regarding the Industrial Monitoring Group's Clear Water Waste Disposal Program.
If you are collecting, treating and disposing wastewater in a privately-owned system, such as a septic tank with an absorption field, a private wastewater system application is required.
Pool Water Discharges
Anyone using a pump, or a siphon with an inside diameter greater than 1.5 inches, to drain a pool greater than 3000 Litres to the Wastewater System, must notify The City of Calgary’s Industrial Monitoring Group (IMG). Please fill out the pool drain request form.
If the discharge rate can be maintained under 150 L/min, IMG will process your request within five business days. If the proposed discharge rate exceeds 150 L/min, IMG requires a minimum of ten business days, in order to assess the reported water quality and liaise with both the Development Planning Department, and the receiving Wastewater Treatment Plant. If sufficient notice is not provided, the proposed discharge may have to be delayed.
RV wastewater disposal
There are 3 locations in Calgary accepting domestic waste from RVs:
Husky Montgomery- 4639 Bowness Rd NW
Calgary West Campground - 221 101 St SW
Licensing for cleaning buildings and vehicles with a mobile cleaning machine
This activity requires a Cleaning Service License, which can be obtained from the City of Calgary Business Licensing.
Other related permits
Stormwater drainage permits and notifications
Within the city of Calgary, approval is required to directly or indirectly release water into the storm drainage system (including roadways and swales). This includes any pumping activity, or the commercial snow melting blanket drainage permit.
Find out if you need a permit or notification by visiting the stormwater drainage permits page for information on how to apply.
Wastewater Hauling Permits
If you are transporting loads of wastewater, septage or FOG (fats, oils, grease) to a designated City site for disposal to the wastewater system. Apply for a Commercial Hauled Wastewater Permit.