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Roadside Development

Alberta Transportation provides assistance to landowners, developers, consultants, municipalities, and all Albertans who are interested in developments near provincial highways.

Contact Us - District Office Contact List & Map
If you are looking to develop near a highway or have questions about highway work in your area, one of the best places to start is to contact your nearest Alberta Transportation District Office.

Roadside Development Application
Landowners and developers should contact their local municipality about proposed developments. In addition to contacting the municipality, a permit from Alberta Transportation is required for roadside developments within the development control zone (300 metres from provincial right-of-way or within 800 metres of the centerline of a highway and public road intersection).

Sign Installation Application
A permit from Alberta Transportation is required to install or change a sign within the development control zone (300 metres from the provincial right-of-way or within 800 metres of the centerline of a highway and public road intersection).

Election Signs - Installation Guidelines (pdf 4.75 M)
Alberta Transportation provides guidelines for the safe installation of election signs on Alberta highways. If a sign is in contravention of the guidelines, a peace officer or a person authorized by the road authority may, without notice or compensation, remove the sign.

Cutting hay in the Right-of-Way (pdf)
Alberta Transportation reminds everyone that permits are required prior to cutting hay in the highway right-of-way for personal use.

Access management (pdf)
An access is a location where vehicles enter, leave or cross a provincial highway, such as a private driveway or public roadway. Alberta Transportation manages where accesses are located and the design of highway accesses. A permit from Alberta Transportation is required for new accesses and when there is a proposal to increase traffic at an access.

Traffic Impact Assessment Guidelines (pdf)
Traffic Impact Assessments are valuable tools for analyzing traffic generated by proposed developments. Alberta Transportation has developed guidelines to assist qualified engineers in completing an assessment report on behalf of a developer or municipality.

Permits
Permits are required for the following list of activities that occur on or near provincial highways:
Notification of Seismic Operations
Placement of an Electrical Facility
Placement of Underground Oil and Gas Pipelines
Placement of Water/Sewer Pipeline
Roadside Development Application
Sign Installation Application
Telecommunications Installation

Apply Online

In addition to fax and mail, Alberta Transportation accepts permits in pdf format online.  Send your application to these Alberta Transportation District Offices. 

Lethbridge District: transdevelopmentlethbridge@gov.ab.ca

Calgary District: transdevelopmentcalgary@gov.ab.ca

Red Deer District: transdevelopmentreddeer@gov.ab.ca

Hanna District: transdevelopmenthanna@gov.ab.ca

Vermilion District: transdevelopmentvermilion@gov.ab.ca

Fort McMurray: Application.Permit.FM@gov.ab.ca

Stony Plain District: transdevelopmentstonyplain@gov.ab.ca

Edson District: transdevelopmentedson@gov.ab.ca

Athabasca District: transdevelopmentathabasca@gov.ab.ca

Peace River District: transdevelopmentpeaceriver@gov.ab.ca

Grande Prairie District: transdevelopmentgrandeprairie@gov.ab.ca