Resources

The Kensington BIA hosts a wealth of resources and services for your business. 

We are strongly connected to the community and surrounding residential area. We are always seeking new opportunities for art, access, visibility and networking for our members.

We advocate and lobby on behalf of the shopping district to improve the public realm, represent our business members and promote the area to shoppers.

If you have a resource you’d like to share with our members, please contact us!

 

City of Calgary Resource Links

This City of Calgary provides hundreds of services and resources for small businesses, residents and the BIA public realm.

This list of resources and links were developed with the BIA Liaison for the City of Calgary

The Kensington BIA office is also an excellent resource for linking you with City services and contacts.

If you are a BIA member business, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need help with City services or with contact requests.

 

City Initiative/Services Webpage
311 Online https://calgary-csrprodcwi.motorolasolutions.com/Public/Home.mvc/Index
Banner Over Roadway Permit (includes information on pageantry flags and banners + how to apply) http://www.calgary.ca/Transportation/Roads/Pages/Traffic/Permits/Advertising-banner-permits.aspx

BIA Boards

http://www.calgary.ca/CA/city-clerks/Pages/Legislative-services/Boards-commissions-and-committees-of-Council/Boards-Commissions-and-Committees.aspx

Business Licensing Bylaw

https://www.calgary.ca/CA/city-clerks/Documents/Legislative-services/Bylaws/32m98-BusinessLicence.pdf?noredirect=1

Business Resources

Getting started – business 101:

http://www.calgary.ca/PDA/pd/Pages/myBusiness/Business-101.aspx

How to apply for a business licence:

http://www.calgary.ca/PDA/pd/Pages/myBusiness/Apply-now.aspx

Retail and Consumer Goods: New Business Guide:

http://www.calgary.ca/PDA/pd/Pages/Business-licenses/Retail-and-Consumer-Goods.aspx

Understanding Business Licence Requirements:

http://www.calgary.ca/PDA/pd/Pages/myBusiness/Understanding-Business-Licence-Requirements.aspx

Business Tax Consolidation http://www.calgary.ca/PDA/Assessment/Pages/Business-tax-consolidation.aspx

Busking

http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Recreation/Pages/Arts-and-culture/Busking.aspx?redirect=/busking
Calgary Parking Authority – event rentals https://www.calgaryparking.com/web/guest/eventrentals
Cannabis Consumption Bylaw
(comes into force on the day the Cannabis Act
comes into force)
http://www.calgary.ca/CA/city-clerks/Documents/Legislative-services/Bylaws/24M2018-CannabisConsumption.pdf
Capital Projects https://maps.calgary.ca/CapitalProjects/

City Committees and Council

Citizen Information for Council Meetings:
http://www.calgary.ca/CA/city-clerks/Documents/Legislative-services/procedures_protocol.pdf

Communicating with Calgary City Council and Its Committees:
https://www.calgary.ca/CA/city-clerks/Documents/Legislative-services/committee.pdf?noredirect=1

Presenting to a City Committee:
http://www.calgary.ca/CA/city-clerks/Pages/Legislative-services/CityHall101info.aspx

Community Standards Bylaw:

  • Untidy properties – section 4
  • Graffiti prevention and abatement – section 6
  • Regulation of noise – section 9
  • Maintenance of buildings, structures and fences – section 12
  • Outdoor light – section 43

http://www.calgary.ca/CA/city-clerks/Documents/Legislative-services/Bylaws/5M2004-CommunityStandards.pdf

Council Policy Library http://www.calgary.ca/CA/city-clerks/Pages/Legislative-services/Council-Policy-Library/home.aspx
Cut Red Tape Program http://www.calgary.ca/Mayor/Pages/Cut-Red-Tape/Cut-Red-Tape.aspx
Cycling http://www.calgary.ca/SitePages/cocis/SubCategory-Cycling.aspx
DOAP Team (Downtown Outreach Addictions Partnership) (not a City of Calgary initiative; run by Alpha House)

http://alphahousecalgary.com/services/outreach/
403-998-7388

Encampments (includes information on how to report an encampment and how reports of encampments are handled) http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/ABS/Pages/Illegal-Encampments.aspx

Events and Festivals

Event Opportunity Form (first step of City’s process for managing and approving Festivals and Events):
http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Recreation/Pages/Festival-planning/Event-opportunity-form.aspx

Festivals and Events (event planning resources, event funding, Festival and Event 101):
http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Recreation/Pages/Festival-planning/Planning-festivals-and-events.aspx

Food Trucks

Mobile Food Vendors – New Business Guide:
http://www.calgary.ca/PDA/pd/Pages/Business-licenses/Mobile-Food-Vendors.aspx

Full Service Food Vehicle (i.e. Food Trucks) – section 36.1, Business licensing bylaw:
https://www.calgary.ca/CA/city-clerks/Documents/Legislative-services/Bylaws/32m98-BusinessLicence.pdf?noredirect=1

Invest In Calgary http://www.calgary.ca/PDA/pd/Pages/Invest-in-Calgary.aspx
Main Streets http://www.calgary.ca/PDA/pd/Pages/Main-Streets/Default.aspx?redirect=/mainstreets
Municipal Development Plan http://www.calgary.ca/PDA/PD/Pages/Municipal-Development-Plan/Municipal-Development-Plan-MDP.aspx
Murals on Buildings
(classified as “Art Sign” – Part 3, Division 5, Section 79 of the Calgary Land Use Bylaw)

http://lub.calgary.ca/

myBusiness
(business licensing, changes to business, business permits)
http://www.calgary.ca/PDA/pd/Pages/myBusiness/my-business.aspx
Panhandling Bylaw http://www.calgary.ca/CA/city-clerks/Documents/Legislative-services/Bylaws/3m99-PanhandlingBylaw.pdf
Parking Bylaw http://www.calgary.ca/CA/city-clerks/Documents/Legislative-services/Bylaws/41m2002-Parking.pdf
Parking Policies http://www.calgary.ca/Transportation/TP/Pages/Calgary-Parking-Policies.aspx
Parking Revenue Reinvestment Program http://www.calgary.ca/Transportation/TP/Pages/Strategy/Parking-Revenue-Allocation-Policy.aspx
Park, Pathway or Greenspace Bookings http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Recreation/Pages/Rentals-and-bookings/Book-a-park-pathway-or-greenspace.aspx
Pedestrian Strategy http://www.calgary.ca/Transportation/TP/Pages/Planning/Calgary-Transportation-Plan/Pedestrian-Strategy.aspx
Patios Please call Planning & Development with details on proposed patio (e.g. is proposed patio on private/public property?) in order to determine next steps: 403-268-5311.

Pop-Up Retail

Needs a business licence; for pop-ups in a temporary outdoor space, licence type would be “Retail Dealer – No Premises”. For pop-ups occupying a storefront, would apply for a standard business licence. Please contact the Planning Services Centre for more information; 403-268-5311
Public Behaviour Bylaw http://www.calgary.ca/CA/city-clerks/Documents/Legislative-services/Bylaws/54m2006-PublicBehaviour.pdf

Residential Parking Relaxation for events

Please call 311 and request an enforcement relaxation for the date and time the event is scheduled.
Road Construction Projects
(current construction projects and road closures)
http://www.calgary.ca/Transportation/TI/Pages/Road-projects/Road-projects.aspx
Sandwich Boards
(classified as “Temporary Sign” – Part 3, Division 5, Section 89 of the Calgary Land Use Bylaw)

http://lub.calgary.ca/

 

Signage (bylaws related to signage including posters, signs on private property, signs and parks, signs on municipal property) http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/ABS/Pages/Bylaws-by-topic/Signage.aspx

Smoking and Vaping Bylaw

http://www.calgary.ca/CA/city-clerks/Documents/Legislative-services/Bylaws/23M2018-Smoking-and-Vaping.pdf

Snow Route Parking Bans

http://www.calgary.ca/Transportation/Roads/Pages/Road-Maintenance/Snow-and-ice-control/Snow-Route-parking-bans.aspx

Streets Bylaw

  • Newspaper vending boxes – section 6
  • Sidewalk cafes – section 7
  • s-PARK (“closure of all or part of a Street for an extended period of time for the purpose of allowing the closed portion to be used for rest, recreation, exercise, pleasure, amusement, and enjoyment”) – section 7.1
  • Litter – section 17.1
  • Sidewalks (including snow removal) – sections 67 to 70

http://www.calgary.ca/CA/city-clerks/Documents/Legislative-services/Bylaws/20M88-Streets.pdf

 

Third Party Advertising Sign Guidelines

http://www.calgary.ca/PDA/pd/Documents/Calgary-Land-Use-bylaw-1P2007/ThirdPartyAdvertisingSignGuidelines.pdf?noredirect=1

Traffic Bylaw:

  • Maintenance and street cleaning – section 37.2
  • Parades and special roadway events – section 40
  • Bicycles – section 41
http://www.calgary.ca/CA/city-clerks/Documents/Legislative-services/Bylaws/26m96-Traffic.pdf
Transit Oriented Development (TOD) http://www.calgary.ca/PDA/pd/Pages/Current-studies-and-ongoing-activities/Transit-Oriented-Development-TOD.aspx
Tree Protection Bylaw http://www.calgary.ca/CA/city-clerks/Documents/Legislative-services/Bylaws/23M2002-TreeProtection.pdf

Waste and Recycling Bylaw

  • Commercial garbage- sections 31 to 38
  • Recycling and diversion of food and yard waste material at non-residential parcels – sections 42.5 to 42.6
http://www.calgary.ca/CA/city-clerks/Documents/Legislative-services/Bylaws/20M2001-WasteAndRecycling.pdf

Wayfinding Program

http://www.calgary.ca/PDA/pd/Pages/Centre-City/Wayfinding-program.aspx
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