Get on Board! Apply to serve on the Calgary Subdivision and Development Appeal Board

The Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) is an impartial board that hears appeals regarding decisions made by The City of Calgary subdivision and development authorities.

Interested candidates for the SDAB should meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • 18 years or older;
  • A citizen of Calgary
  • Possess a strong interest in the complexities and challenges of development in the City of Calgary
  • Possess experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • Urban planning/ development
    • Engineering/Construction
    • Architecture
    • Law
    • Community representation or knowledge of community issues
    • The operation of Quasi-judicial Boards or administrative tribunals
  • Agree to commit the required time

A member of the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board should have:

  • The ability to participate in hearings with an open mind, making decisions in a fair and unbiased manner
  • An understanding of the diverse neighborhoods and communities that exist across the city
  • Regard for the interests of property owners, developers, the general public, and other parties affected by the outcome of an appeal
  • A personal history of acting ethically and with integrity
  • An understanding of the principles of administrative law and natural justice
  • The ability to write in plain language
  • Excellent analytical and reasoning skills
  • The ability to speak in public and communicate effectively with parties
  • Demonstrated ability to read, understand and apply:
    • complex plans,
    • the Municipal Government Act and other pertinent Acts,
    • statutory plans such as the Municipal Development Plan and Area Structure Plans,
    • the Land Use Bylaw, and case law.
  • Willing to write decisions

Time Commitment:

  • The term is one or two years.
  • Meetings are held once or twice weekly during business hours
  • Board members are expected to read the hearing materials prior to the meetings


  • Training is coordinated and provided by the Appeal Board Administration, the province and the Board Solicitor.

Deadline for receipt of applications is 4:30 P.M. Friday September 14, 2018.


Interested applicants must submit a completed application form. Applications can be submitted on-line at

Your personal information is collected pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Section 33(c) and will be used by City Council in consideration of board appointments


Remuneration is payable to members of the Board under provisions of the SDAB Bylaw. More information about remuneration can be obtained by contacting the Appeal Boards Coordinator or the Manager of Quasi-Judicial Boards.

To apply

Interested applicants must submit a completed application form, which is available at, along with a copy of a resume and a cover letter. Complete applications include your answers to questions related to education, professional, community and volunteer experience. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Applicants may be requested to submit to a brief interview. Please contact 403-268-5952 with questions.

Please mark applications “Subdivision and Development Appeal Board”.

Email Hand Deliver Mail Calgary Quasi-Judicial Boards (#8110)
City of Calgary
P.O. Box 2100, Postal Station "M"
Calgary, AB T2P 2M5
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Calgary Quasi-Judicial Boards
4th floor, 1212 - 31 Ave N.E.
Calgary, AB

If you have any questions, please call 403.268.5952.

Applications are being accepted until 4:30 p.m. Sept. 14, 2018.

The information contained herein is intended for information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. For certainty, you should consult the Municipal Government Act and other related statutes and regulations.