If you are conducting seismic exploration in a provincial highway right-of-way, you must apply for a permit from Alberta Transportation.

Safety considerations

For safety reasons:

  • operations may be restricted to daylight hours and only in conditions of clear visibility
  • no cables can be left on the highway overnight
  • parking is not permitted on the highway surface or slideslope of the highway
  • drainage patterns on or beside the highway cannot be altered or disturbed in any way
  • the right-of-way cannot be damaged in any way by the exploration operation
  • warning signs must be installed to control and guide traffic
  • provisions of the Traffic Safety Act must be followed at all times

Other safety considerations and requirements are outlined in the Guidelines for Seismic Exploration in Highway Rights-of Way.

How to apply

If the exploration passes through, within or beside an Indian Reserve or Metis Settlement, you must contact the local Chief and Band Council before you submit an application to Alberta Transportation.

Step 1. Complete the application form

Alberta Transportation requires at least 21 business days to review seismic exploration applications.

Ensure you:

  • print your responses
  • attach a copy of your site plan that clearly identifies:
    • start and finish (path of investigation)
    • crossing locations
    • legal land locations
    • access locations

Step 2. Submit the form to Alberta Transportation

Return your completed form to the appropriate Alberta Transportation District Office for review:

  • by email (in PDF format)
  • by fax
  • by mail
  • in person

A department representative may contact you for more information before your application can be approved.

Step 3. Receive your permit

If your application is approved, you may also be notified of site specific safety concerns identified by the department staff who reviewed your proposal. These concerns must be addressed when you conduct the exploration.

Step 4. Contact us 2 business days before exploration activity

You must give 2 business days’ notice to the Development and Planning Technologist at your Alberta Transportation District Office before scheduled operations begin.


For more information about seismic operation permits:

Athabasca District Office

Phone: 780-675-2624

Main Floor, Jewell Building
3603 53 Street
Athabasca, Alberta  T9S 1A9
Email: [email protected]
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Calgary District Office

Phone: 403-297-6311

2nd Floor, Willowglen Business Park
803 Manning Road NE
Calgary, Alberta  T2E 7M8
Email: [email protected]
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Edson District Office

Phone: 780-723-8250

2nd Floor, Provincial Building
111 54 Street
Edson, Alberta  T7E 1T2
Email: [email protected]
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Fort McMurray District Office

Phone: 780-743-7376

6th Floor, West Tower
9915 Franklin Avenue
Fort McMurray, Alberta  T9H 2K4
Email: [email protected]
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Grande Prairie District Office

Phone: 780-538-5310

1st Floor, Provincial Building
10320 99 Street
Grande Prairie, Alberta  T8V 6J4
Email: [email protected]
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Hanna District Office

Phone: 403-854-5550

2nd Floor, Provincial Building
401 Centre Street
Hanna, Alberta  T0J 1P0
Email: [email protected]
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Lethbridge District Office

Phone: 403-381-5426

3rd Floor, Administration Building
909 3 Avenue North
Lethbridge, Alberta  T1H 0H5
Email: [email protected]
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Peace River District Office

Phone: 780-624-6280

3rd Floor, Provincial Building
Bag 900, Box 29
9621 96 Avenue
Peace River, Alberta  T8S 1T4
Email: [email protected]
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Red Deer District Office

Phone: 403-340-5166

4th Floor, Provincial Building
4920 51 Street
Red Deer, Alberta  T4N 6K8
Email: [email protected]
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Stony Plain District Office

Phone: 780-963-5711

4711 44 Avenue
Stony Plain, Alberta  T7Z 1N4
Email: [email protected]
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Vermilion District Office

Phone: 780-853-8178

2nd Floor, Provincial Building
PO Box 28
4701 52 Street
Vermilion, Alberta  T9X 1J9
Email: [email protected]
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