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  • Writer's pictureRafael Silva

City of Calgary Permits For Your Basement Renovation

Updated: Jan 29, 2023

If you're planning on renovating your basement in Calgary, you may be wondering if you need a permit for the project. The answer is yes – the city of Calgary requires permits for basement renovations.


Depending on the nature of your project, you may need

  • A basement building permit

  • An electrical permit

  • A plumbing permit


It's a good idea to work with a professional contractor who can help ensure that you have all the necessary permits and that your project is completed to the highest standard.

The process of obtaining a permit for your basement renovation can take up to 30 days for residential buildings, although larger projects may take up to 90 days. It's important to submit all necessary documents to avoid delays or being denied a permit. If your submission is incomplete or incorrect, you can appeal the decision by submitting the correct documents, although you may be charged a penalty.

If you're planning on installing windows in your finished basement, you'll need to follow the city of Calgary's window requirements. This includes having a setback of at least 3 meters from the back of the walkway for corner properties and adhering to upper limits for window well projections. If you're unable to meet these regulations, you may need to obtain a development permit.

Overall, while obtaining a permit for your basement renovation may require some extra time and effort, it's worth it to ensure that your project is completed safely and to code. A finished basement can add value to your home and provide additional living space, making it a worthwhile investment.


If all of these steps have you worried, remember that when you work with us we work directly with the City of Calgary to get the necessary permits for your basement. No headaches, no hassles.


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