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A landowner proposing to install private access across a road ditch is required to obtain approval of a culvert plan in support of a crossing permit application.

The process involves the following steps:

  1. Obtain approval of the proposed private access from the Development Review Services of Transportation Planning.
  2. Obtain approval of a complete Culvert Plan from the Growth and Land Development Subsection of Drainage Planning.
  3. Apply for a Crossing Permit with the Development Permits Subsection of Development Compliance.

To satisfy Step 2, the applicant must submit a complete Culvert Plan showing the following:

  1. Applicant's name, phone/fax nos., mailing and/or email addresses.
  2. Subject property's legal description, address, lot plan and north arrow.
  3. Street/Avenue and road ditch information.
  4. Size of existing culvert upstream of the proposed culvert.
  5. Proposed culvert information:
    • Size: 400 mm or larger as required hydraulically and confirmed by the applicant/consultant who is responsible for sizing the culvert
    • Length: Include the bevel ends with a maximum 3H:1V side slope
    • Material: Galvanized CMP or concrete
    • Ends Treatment: According to Detail No. 7062, Design & Construction Standards, Volume 3. Rock riprap with filter fabric underneath may be considered
    • Location: Bottom of the ditch with 2 perpendicular ties from property lines
    • Groundcover: Preferably 600 mm subject to the applicant/consultant’s confirmation of adequacy for the culvert to withstand anticipated traffic loads at the private access

For More Information

Drainage Planning and Engineering

2nd Floor, Edmonton Tower
10111 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB
T5J 0J4


311 or 780-496-5444

Fax 780-496-3629

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