Downtown Calgary


Stephen Avenue is in the heart of our city and home to Calgary’s finest collection of heritage buildings. Permits are required for all activations on the Avenue, from 1 Street SE to 3 Street SW. Please note that permits require 7-10 business days to process and are subject to applicable fees. Permit requests for dates within 7 business days are subject to rush fees. Activations on Stephen Avenue must be safe and inclusive for all.

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Vehicle Access Permit

Stephen Avenue is closed 24/7 to vehicle traffic April 1 to Oct 31, and closed to vehicle traffic from 6 am to 6 pm the rest of the year. A vehicle access permit is required to drive on Stephen Avenue during these road closures. This applies to all delivery, events, and construction vehicles. Please allow 7-10 business days for permit processing.

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Construction Permits

All construction work on Stephen Avenue and Barclay Parade requires a permit from Calgary Downtown Association. Applications MUST be submitted a minimum of four weeks prior to the commencement of work.


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Photography & Film Permits

All Calgary Photography and Film permits are managed by the City’s Calgary Film Commission. They manage the initial permit process to ensure that your permit has all the exemptions that it needs. Please click “Apply” below for more information and the link to the Calgary Film Commission’s permit application.

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Busking Permit

A busking permit is required for street performances on Stephen Avenue, in addition to The City of Calgary busking permit. Please allow 7-10 business days for permit processing.

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Stephen Avenue Seasonal Patio Application

Calgary Downtown Association offers a seasonal patio program to Stephen Avenue businesses during spring and summer months. Permits are subject to fees as applicable. Please allow a minimum of 10 business days for processing.

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Display & Activation Permits

All booths, displays, and activations on Stephen Avenue, including Stampede and seasonal displays, require a permit. Please allow 7-10 business days for permit processing.

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Street Food Vendor Permit

Street food vendors require a permit to operate on Stephen Avenue. This includes all food trucks, carts, trailers, and pop-up stands. Fees apply. Please allow 10-20 business days for permit processing.

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