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Calgary Zoning Designations

Zoning refers to the permitted uses of land in the city. Below is a list of some of the most common residential zoning designations with brief explanations.

Please contact us if you would like more information on how zoning can affect your home and the way you use your land.

District Type

Acronym

Name

Low Density Residential

R-C1L

Residential – Contextual Large Parcel One Dwelling

Allows single detached dwellings on 24.0 metre or wider parcels. Secondary Suites can be allowed by adding a modifier through a re-designation

R-C1

Residential – Contextual One Dwelling

This land use district can accommodate residential development in the form of single detached dwellings, which are contextually sensitive to existing community development standards. Allows single detached dwellings on 12.0 metre or wider parcels. Secondary Suites can be added as a discretionary use through a re-designation to the R-C1s district.

R-C1N

Residential – Contextual Narrow Parcel One Dwelling

This land use district can accommodate residential development on narrow or small parcels, in the form of single detached dwellings, which are contextually sensitive to existing community development standards. Allows single detached dwellings on 7.5 to 11.0 metre wide parcels.

R-C2

Residential – Contextual One/Two Dwelling

This land use district can accommodate residential development including single detached dwellings, duplexes and semi-detached dwellings, which are contextually sensitive to existing community development standards.

Allows single detached dwellings on 7.5 metre or wider parcels. Allows semi-detached dwellings on 13.0 metre wide parcels. Secondary suites are a discretionary use on 15.0 metre wide parcels.

R-1

Residential – One Dwelling

This land use district can accommodate residential development in the form of single detached dwellings in areas of the city that are still developing.

An 11.0 metre maximum building height can be increased to 12 metres when the parcel is 15.0 metres or wider. Secondary Suites can be added as a discretionary use through a redesignation to the R-1s district.

R-1N

Residential – Narrow Parcel One Dwelling

This land use district can accommodate residential development on narrow or small parcels, in the form of single detached dwellings in areas of the city that are still developing.

A narrow parcel single detached district (minimum 7.5 metres). When a parcel width is 10.0 metres or greater, the maximum building height is 11.0 metres.

​R-2

Residential – One/Two Dwelling

This land use district can accommodate residential development including single detached dwellings, duplexes and semi-detached dwellings, in areas of the city that are still developing.

Allows semi-detached dwellings on 13.0 metre wide parcels. Allows single detached dwellings on 7.5 metre wide parcels. Secondary suites are a discretionary use on an 11.0 or 13.0 metre wide parcel, depending on form.

R-2M

Residential – Low Density Multiple Dwelling

Allows a mixture of predominantly single detached dwellings, semi-detached dwellings, duplexes, rowhouses and townhouse developments to occur.

The intent is to provide a variety of housing choices to be developed in an area and allow higher densities to be achieved, while still maintaining a low density scale.
Semi-detached dwellings, duplexes and rowhouses are permitted uses. Rowhouses can occur on 5.0 metre wide parcels.

R-MH

Residential – Manufactured Home

Intended to accommodate manufactured homes on individual parcels or in a manufactured home park

​R-CG

 

 

 

 

Residential – Grade-Oriented Infill District

This land use district can accommodate grade-oriented residential development in the form of rowhouse buildings, duplex dwellings, semi-detached dwellings and cottage housing clusters, which are contextually sensitive to existing community development standards.

Multi-Residential

M-CG

Multi-Residential – Contextual Grade-Oriented

M-C1

Multi-Residential – Contextual Low Profile

M-C2

Multi-Residential – Contextual Medium Profile

M-G

Multi-Residential – At Grade Housing

M-1

Multi-Residential – Low Profile

M-2

Multi-Residential – Medium Profile

M-H1

Multi-Residential – High Density Low Rise

M-H2

Multi-Residential – High Density Medium Rise

M-H3

Multi-Residential – High Density High Rise

M-X1

Multi-Residential – Low Profile Support Commercial

M-X2

Multi-Residential – Medium Profile Support Commercial

Apr 19, 2016
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