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.
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.
Applicants should follow the following procedures for application and installation:
- electrical lines
- underground oil and gas pipeline
- underground water and sewer pipelines
- underground telecommunications cables
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):
- electrical lines (PDF, 60 KB)
- underground oil and gas pipeline (PDF, 50 KB)
- underground water and sewer pipelines (PDF, 60 KB)
- underground telecommunications cables (PDF, 60 KB)
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.
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)
For more information about highway development and permits:
- use the Roadside Management Classification Map to explore which type of highway network your proposed development is on or nearby
- find your district by checking the Alberta Transportation Region and District Offices map (PDF, 2.3 MB)
- find an Alberta Transportation District Office (PDF, 81 KB) closest to your community