Overview

A permit from Alberta Transportation is required to install utility lines within the permit area of a provincial highway. Public roads other than highways are managed by municipalities.

Guidelines

The highway permit area for utility line installation varies depending on the highway classification:

Highway classification Permit area
Freeways 115 m from the centreline or 30 metres beyond the limit of the freeway, whichever is greater
Multi-lane highways and major 2-lane highways 60 m from the centreline or 30 m beyond the limit of the highway, whichever is greater
Minor 2-lane highway 50 metres from the centreline or 30 m beyond the limit of the highway, whichever is greater

Construction cannot take place without a valid permit.

General procedures

Applicants should follow the following procedures for application and installation:

How to apply

Step 1. Contact Alberta Transportation

Applicants should consult with Alberta Transportation early in their planning process, in case there may already be plans to upgrade that part of the provincial highway system.

Step 2. Complete application form(s)

Download and complete the application form(s):

Incomplete applications without proper documentation will be returned without review.

Step 3. Submit the application form(s) to Alberta Transportation

Submit the completed forms to the appropriate Alberta Transportation District Office:

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

It may take up to 30 business days for your application to be processed.

During construction

After you receive the permit, it is important to ensure:

  • a copy of the permit is made available for verification at the construction site at all times
  • only work covered by original permit is performed at the site
  • any additional work, variation or change from the proposal covered by the original permit requires additional approval(s)

Contact

For more information about utility line permits:

Athabasca District Office

Phone: 780-675-2624

Address:
Main Floor, Jewell Building
3603 53 Street
Athabasca, Alberta  T9S 1A9
Email: transdevelopmentathabasca@gov.ab.ca
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Calgary District Office

Phone: 403-297-6311

Address:
2nd Floor, Willowglen Business Park
803 Manning Road NE
Calgary, Alberta  T2E 7M8
Email: transdevelopmentcalgary@gov.ab.ca
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Edson District Office

Phone: 780-723-8250

Address:
2nd Floor, Provincial Building
111 54 Street
Edson, Alberta  T7E 1T2
Email: transdevelopmentedson@gov.ab.ca
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Fort McMurray District Office

Phone: 780-743-7376

Address:
6th Floor, West Tower
9915 Franklin Avenue
Fort McMurray, Alberta  T9H 2K4
Email: application.permit.fm@gov.ab.ca
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Grande Prairie District Office

Phone: 780-538-5310

Address:
1st Floor, Provincial Building
10320 99 Street
Grande Prairie, Alberta  T8V 6J4
Email: transdevelopmentgrandeprairie@gov.ab.ca
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Hanna District Office

Phone: 403-854-5550

Address:
2nd Floor, Provincial Building
401 Centre Street
Hanna, Alberta  T0J 1P0
Email: transdevelopmenthanna@gov.ab.ca
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Lethbridge District Office

Phone: 403-381-5426

Address:
3rd Floor, Administration Building
909 3 Avenue North
Lethbridge, Alberta  T1H 0H5
Email: transdevelopmentlethbridge@gov.ab.ca
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Peace River District Office

Phone: 780-624-6280

Address:
3rd Floor, Provincial Building
Bag 900, Box 29
9621 96 Avenue
Peace River, Alberta  T8S 1T4
Email: transdevelopmentpeaceriver@gov.ab.ca
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Red Deer District Office

Phone: 403-340-5166

Address:
4th Floor, Provincial Building
4920 51 Street
Red Deer, Alberta  T4N 6K8
Email: transdevelopmentreddeer@gov.ab.ca
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Stony Plain District Office

Phone: 780-963-5711

Address:
4711 44 Avenue
Stony Plain, Alberta  T7Z 1N4
Email: transdevelopmentstonyplain@gov.ab.ca
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Vermilion District Office

Phone: 780-853-8178

Address:
2nd Floor, Provincial Building
PO Box 28
4701 52 Street
Vermilion, Alberta  T9X 1J9
Email: transdevelopmentvermilion@gov.ab.ca
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