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Authorization of utility and monitoring well installations within public road rights-of-way by external agencies and private utilities must first enter into an agreement with the City of Edmonton.

The agreement usually takes the form of a Right of Way Consent & Access Agreement or a Franchise Agreement.  A standard condition of the agreements is that all utility installations require City approval in the form of a Utility Line Assignment (ULA) Permit.

Applications for ULA permits include utility alignment plans showing where new underground or aerial utility lines will be built, or where environmental testing will occur on City road rights-of-way. 
The applicant that is proposing the installation, the Right-of-Way Management Group, other utility department and agencies, and civic departments all play a role in reviewing, approving, construction, inspecting and/or recording information on these installations.

Utility Line Assignment (ULA) applications are now processed online.  The City has implanted a new web-based application process for ULA’s to be processed by the Right-of-Way Management Group.

Application Procedure

To complete a ULA application, you can either attach a digital copy of your tentative plan or indicate that hard copies will be sent.  Acceptable file types are: doc, pdf and jpg.  Confirmation of your application will be sent to the email indicated in the application.

Drawing Standards for ULA Application

No Cut Exemption Request

A moratorium exists where a roadway or alley has been classified with a VCI (visual condition index) greater than 6, or where special restoration requirements are needed. The City of Edmonton recognizes that in order to reduce the financial and operational impacts on its infrastructure, every effort must be made to minimize any disturbance of the roadways, sidewalks, trails and boulevards. To achieve this goal, installation and/or repair methods such as pre-servicing, in-situ repairs and upgrading, and other methods that do not require any excavation within the rights-of-way must be employed whenever and wherever possible. The City also recognizes that this is not possible in all circumstances and has developed restoration requirements that must be met to decrease the negative impacts on the infrastructure. The applicant further acknowledges that additional restoration may be required on-site by the Right-of-Way Inspectors.

Design Standards

Guidelines for Excavation and Core Restoration (Section 2965)

Stone Mastic Asphalt SMA 2011-2013 No Cut Locations Map

Full Depth Reclamation Map (6.74MB)

Concrete Base Roadway Map (6.24MB)

For More Information

O.S.C.A.M. (On-Street Construction and Maintenance) Permit

Once you have exemption and restoration requirements you may proceed with your excavation. You must apply for, or complete the O.S.C.A.M. (On-Street Construction and Maintenance) permit process by phone or online.

Telephone 780-442-6458
Email roaduse.permit@edmonton.ca
Website http://www.edmonton.ca/oscampermit

No Cut Exemption Questions

Telephone 780-496-4464

Transportation Operations

1500 Century Place
9803 - 102A Avenue
Edmonton Alberta

Telephone 311
Fax 780-496-1757
Email transportationoperations@edmonton.ca

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