Water development resources - home

Below you will find water development approval submission information, including tools, guides, checklists and templates for each step in the development process:

  • Planning
  • Development
  • Delivery

For quick access to our online development approval tools

Latest news, updates and bulletins

See information related to processes, guidelines and available services for water development approvals. Visit industry bulletins.

City of Calgary building, planning and business

Find information on The City of Calgary's guidelines for permits, development and business applications.

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Water drainage bylaw for homeowners

Find information about our drainage bylaws including guides on downspouts, swales and lot drainage.

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Find planning tools, guides and resources:

  • Guidelines and specifications
  • Low impact development
  • Irrigation demand estimation
  • Precipitation and temperature data

This section also includes our contact information (industry contacts and area contact maps) and a background on the water resources development strategy.

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Find reports, plans, construction drawings and submission guidelines:

  • Stormwater management reports
  • Staged master drainage plans
  • Pond submissions
  • Construction drawings
  • Development site servicing plans
  • Geotechnical reports
  • Sanitary servicing studies
  • Erosion and sediment control plan reviews

This section also includes information on how to sign-up for and access our POSEIDONOnline and water ePay services online tools.

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Find information and guidelines on:

  • Development inspections
  • Cathodic protection requirements
  • Cathodic documentation requirements
  • Approved indemnified contractors
  • How to become an indemnified contractor
  • Sewer-as-built reviews
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Find information and guidelines on:

  • Team structure – contacts
  • Subdivision utilities
  • Subdivision surface 
  • Indem utilities       
  • Indem utilities surface works  
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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. ​