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Design and Construction Standards

The .PDF document posted here is the current version of Strathcona County Design and Construction Standards.

The new document is applicable to both Strathcona County contracts and private development projects and is intended to provide information to Developers, Engineering and Geo-Technical Consultants, Contractors, Utility companies, and Strathcona County departments regarding standards guiding the design, preparation, and submission of plans and specifications for construction of roads, water distribution systems, gravity sanitary sewer systems, stormwater management facilities, open space, trails, and landscaping in Strathcona County.

The Design chapters are not meant to be considered as rigid requirements. Strathcona County will be receptive to change in those cases where variations will achieve a better technical or economical solution. Indeed, consultants are encouraged to seek new and better solutions.

The standards will be updated as necessary and revisions will be posted on the website.


On May 25, 2017 the Transportation Planning and Engineering department issued a Construction Specification Bulletin regarding Hot Mix Asphaltic Concrete Paving for the 2017 construction season.

Revisions to Design and Construction Standards

On November 24, 2015 the Utilities department received Council approval to specific updates to Volume 1 Section 4.2 and 4.3.  Commensurate with this update, some minor clarifications / duplications / errors, and formatting revisions were undertaken.

This update introduces a revised document formatting, which reduces the overall size of the document.

Design and Construction Standards Document

 The concise document is available by way of a free download in PDF format. With the updates added:


Previously these standards were contained in several documents, written at different times and in different styles, making the process inefficient.  A project to "modernize" our Engineering Servicing Standards began in 2011. Based on input from stakeholders the key documents that comprised our standards [Engineering Servicing Standards-Urban Service Area (2005), Engineering Servicing Standards-Rural Service Area (2007), Open Space Development Standards (2006), Standard Documents (2008), and CAD Standards] were amalgamated and re-formatted into the two-volume Design & Construction Standards document. Subsequent updates have been:

November 6, 2012 Council approved revisions to Volume 1 Section 6 and the drawings. (Open Space)

December 19, 2014 Construction completion Survey certificate was updated.

November 24, 2015 the Utilities department received Council approval to specific updates to Volume 1 Section 4.2 and 4.3.


If you have any questions or concerns about the documents please contact us at or call 780-464-8279


Last updated: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Page ID: 39227