If you are conducting seismic exploration in a provincial highway right-of-way, you must apply for a permit from Alberta Transportation.
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 Métis 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.
- 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:
- find your district by checking the Alberta Transportation Region and District Offices map (PDF, 423 KB)
- use the list below to find the Alberta Transportation District Office that is closest to your community
Athabasca District Office
Calgary District Office
Edson District Office
Fort McMurray District Office
Grande Prairie District Office
Hanna District Office
Lethbridge District Office
Peace River District Office
Red Deer District Office
Stony Plain District Office
Vermilion District Office