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Read about up-to-date COVID-19 related service adjustments for development, permit, licensing, and construction & inspection services.

OSCAM Permits

OSCAM Permit Application

On-Street Construction and Maintenance (OSCAM) permits are required for most work on City road-right-of-ways, including roads, sidewalks and boulevards. Use the OSCAM Permit Decision Matrix and the OSCAM Permit Reference Map to determine whether your project needs a permit.

Average processing time for an OSCAM permit application is 6 business days. Unless it’s an emergency, allow time for processing and public notification, especially for major impacts.

Restoration

Restoration Guidelines

Due to COVID-19, non-essential City of Edmonton utility cut restoration services will be suspended until further notice. Utility contractors are required to perform their own utility cut restoration.

If you have further questions, please contact Infrastructure Maintenance at parksandroads@edmonton.ca and include "Road Restoration Request Inquiry" in the subject line of the email.

Temporary Traffic Control

Manual of Temporary Traffic Control

The 2021 Manual of Temporary Traffic Control provides guidance on planning and implementing temporary traffic control when work sites or special events interfere with travel on sidewalks, bike infrastructure or roadways in Edmonton. It provides the minimum safety precautions that should be taken at work sites to protect workers and the travelling public. The 2021 Manual of Temporary Traffic Control replaces the City of Edmonton Procedures for On-Street Construction Safety Manual.

General Information

When is an OSCAM Permit Required?

On-Street Construction and Maintenance (OSCAM) permits are required for all work on City road-right-of-ways, as outlined in the OSCAM Permit Decision Matrix and the OSCAM Permit Reference Map.

If you’re unsure if you require an OSCAM Permit, phone at 780-442-6458 or email roaduse.permit@edmonton.ca.

What other permits, regulations or information may be applicable?

Temporary Crossing Permit
A type of OSCAM permit required when motorized equipment will be crossing a boulevard or a sidewalk to temporarily access private property from the public road right-of-way.

OSCAM Application Process

Waste Bin, POD or SeaCan Permit
A type of OSCAM permit required to place a Waste Bin, POD or SeaCan on City right-of-way.

OSCAM Application Process
Waste Bin, POD or SeaCan

Utility Line Assignment (ULA) Permit

ULA Permit
780-496-2824

Hoarding Permit

Construction Permits

 

Road Restoration Request

Road Restoration Request

Noise Bylaw Waiver
Needed when work is being planned outside of allowed hours in Edmonton’s Noise Bylaw.

Noise Bylaw

Tree Protection
Needed when work happens within 5 metres of a tree. This includes Temporary Crossings.

Trees and Construction

Residential Infill

Residential Construction Guide

Edmonton Transit Service (ETS)
ETS must be contacted if work is being proposed on a bus route and impacting transit

copsetsplanningtechs@edmonton.ca

Alberta One-Call
Utility Locates

1-800-242-3447

Emergency Work

In the event of emergency work, 311 should be contacted immediately.

Application Process

Prior to submitting an OSCAM Permit Application, please review 1.9 Summary Checklist for Planning your Temporary Traffic Control to assess whether your application is ready to be submitted. 

Apply for OSCAM Permit

Do you have a Customer ID Number?

The Customer ID Number makes the application process faster as it auto-fills portions of the form. The Customer ID Number can be found on a previously approved OSCAM Permit.

If you don’t have a Customer ID number, complete the application and one will be provided with the approval of your OSCAM permit.

What documents need to be submitted?

A Traffic Accommodation Plan (TAP), Traffic Accommodation Request (TAR) or Traffic Accommodation Strategy (TAS) is required for a traffic lane, bike lane, sidewalk or road closure. If your project involves a closure, a TAP, TAR or TAS should be submitted with your OSCAM Application. These documents are defined further below.

Traffic Accommodation Plan(s) or Traffic Control Plans (TAP or TCP), are drawings that illustrate the proposed set-ups and generally include the:

  • Existing road configuration
  • Work area location(s)
  • Proposed types and locations of temporary traffic control devices
  • Proposed time of day and duration of the set-up
  • Permit number

Traffic Accommodation Requests (TARs) can be submitted to ask the City of Edmonton to develop the Traffic Accommodation Strategy for a project. TARs should include project details such as proposed work activities and locations and project duration. 

For complex set-ups or projects with long timeframes, a Traffic Accommodation Strategy (TAS) or Transportation Management Plan (TMP) may be needed for the project. The City of Edmonton will identify if a TAS or TMP is needed. 

How do I develop the Traffic Accommodation Plan?

If you have not yet created your TAP or are unfamiliar with the process, please use the online tools located in the Planning your Temporary Traffic Control section.

When should you submit an application?
  • High impact to traffic - minimum 10 working days prior to start of work, request an OSCAM permit
  • Low impact to traffic - minimum two working days prior to start of work, request an OSCAM permit
  • Emergency work - report work immediately to the City at 780-944-7694 or after hours at 311
Processing Time

Average processing time for an OSCAM permit application is 6 business days. Unless it’s an emergency, please allow time for processing and public notification, especially for major impacts.

You’ll receive notification by email with a reference number in the event you need to follow up with the OSCAM permit office.

Method of Payment

If you are required to pay fees for your OSCAM permit, you may select your preferred method of payment during the application process. Based on your selection, you will receive an email to pay by credit card or an invoice in the mail.

Planning your Temporary Traffic Accommodation

The Manual of Temporary Traffic Control’s (MTTC’s) 1.0 Planning your Temporary Traffic Control outlines the policies, procedures and performance requirements for planning temporary traffic control. It should be used to guide the planning process and develop Traffic Accommodation Plans.

The Summary Checklist for Planning your Temporary Traffic Control provides a high-level overview that can be referenced to assess whether your OSCAM permit application is ready to be submitted.

Definitions and Principles

Commonly used definitions like duration of work and work zone principles are defined in 1.1 Background.

Accommodation of All Travel Modes

All travel modes must be considered and accounted for when planning your temporary traffic control. Edmonton’s City Plan prioritizes the accommodation and access of pedestrians, cyclists and transit when planning construction detours.

If you are impacting pedestrian or cyclist facilities, 1.3 Pedestrian and Cyclist Obstructions provides guidance.

If you are completing work on a bus route and impacting transit, you must notify Edmonton Transit Service at copsetsplanningtechs@edmonton.ca.

For impacts to vehicle traffic, refer to 1.2 Impacts to Traffic.

Public Notifications

Public notification to citizens and businesses is required for some construction activities. Review 1.4 Public Notifications to determine the needs for your project.

Temporary Traffic Control Devices

Review the City’s requirements for temporary traffic control devices and signage used in a set up. The following may be used depending on the situation:

Example Drawings

The Series A, B and C drawings are examples of traffic situations where the use of signs, barricades, protective devices, cones and/or flag persons are necessary. The examples shown are not an overall guide to every possible traffic situation where signs or other devices are needed. Rather, the illustrations show a few of the more common everyday situations and they are to be used as a guide only.

When developing your Traffic Accommodation Plan, it may be helpful to use symbols to represent the proposed temporary traffic control devices. Section 1.8 Symbols Used in Traffic Accommodation Plans provide some options for using symbols on your plan.

The Alberta Construction Safety Association offers training and resources on temporary traffic control.

During the Project

Once a Traffic Accommodation Plan has been accepted and the OSCAM Permit is issued, work may commence beginning with properly setting up temporary traffic control. Section 2.0 Requirements During Set-Up, Construction, and Takedown of the Manual of Temporary Traffic Control (MTTC) provides information and guidelines on the minimum worksite requirements during the project.

Refer to 2.8 Summary Checklist for Requirements during Set-up, Maintenance, and Take-down to familiarize yourself with the requirements before starting your work.

All work within road-rights-of-way must be completed within City of Edmonton Design and Construction Standards. City lands must be restored to the same state and condition in which it existed prior to work commencement.

Setting Up Temporary Traffic Control (TTC)

2.1 Background of the MTTC identifies the responsibilities and minimum safety precautions that should be taken by the applicant when setting up the worksite. The City of Edmonton has the final authority when setting up the TTC devices to ensure proper placement in the road right-of-way.

Guidelines for setting up traffic control and proper sign placement are described in 2.4 Traffic Control Setup and Sign Placement of the MTTC.

Flagpeople

Flagpeople should be utilized where required and shall have the proper training and certification as identified in 2.2 Flagperson Duties of the MTTC.

Record Keeping

Records should be kept by the job site supervisor for any work which is interfering with traffic. Refer to 2.5 Record Keeping for more information.

Site Maintenance and Upkeep

 Once the TTC devices have been set up and the work is proceeding, it is important that the work site be kept clean and clear of debris. Any temporary traffic control devices should be kept clear and visible when in use and materials not in use should be stored safely. Refer to the following links for more information:

2.6 Material Storage

2.7 Site Upkeep

Extensions or Start Date Change Requests

If you can no longer complete your project within the dates shown on the OSCAM Permit or you need to change your start date, please contact:

Road Use Permits Office
roaduse.permit@edmonton.ca
780-442-6458

Any additional fees associated with the extension will be added to your balance owing.

Project Completion

A warning email will be sent 2 days prior to the OSCAM end date. Please contact the Roaduse Permit Office at 780-442-6458 immediately if you require an extension.

All materials must be removed from the road right-of-way by the end date and time shown on the OSCAM Permit.

Restoration

City lands must be restored to the same state and condition in which it existed prior to work commencement.

Due to COVID-19, non-essential City of Edmonton utility cut restoration services will be suspended until further notice. Utility contractors are required to perform their own utility cut restoration.

If you have further questions, please contact Infrastructure Maintenance at parksandroads@edmonton.ca and include "Road Restoration Request Inquiry" in the subject line of the email.

The Guidelines for Excavation and Core Restoration (Section 2965) summarize the Design and Construction Standard key points. The construction standard has exact details for your work area.

Fees

Depending on the scope and duration of your project, there may be fees associated with various permit applications, and traffic accommodation plan design and reviews. OSCAM Permits associated with Temporary Crossing, Tree Shrub Hoarding and Waste Bin, POD or SeaCan work reasons currently have no fees associated with them. Refer to the fee structure below for more information:

OSCAM Permit Fee Structure

Note: A daily permitting fee related to the placement on street of commercial waste bins, PODs or SeaCans is planned, however this fee is currently on hold until further notice. Further information regarding the upcoming fee will be provided in advance of its implementation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is there a fee associated with the OSCAM Permit?

The daily permit fee is intended as an incentive for contractors to occupy road rights-of-way when necessary by ensuring the permit application aligns with the actual number of work days, as opposed to estimated work days. This will reduce obstruction and provide the public more opportunity to access and use these spaces.

The application of daily permit fees aligns with other Canadian municipalities such as Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg and Toronto.

Occupant fees for temporary daily use of public road right-of-way will be phased in starting in 2022, with initial implementation applied to Edmonton’s freeway and arterial road system. These fees will be based upon the size and location of the space occupied.

Please note that the permit fee does not apply to Temporary Crossing Permits or Tree Protection Permits.

Why is an OSCAM Permit needed for infill projects?

Up to four OSCAM permits with the following work reasons may be expected for infill development projects:

  • Temporary Crossing Permit (TCP) 
  • Tree Shrub Hoarding (City Tree Protection) 
  • Storage of materials or extended use of City property to accommodate a work site 
  • Placement of Waste Bins or PODS on City Property 

Please see the City of Edmonton Residential Infill Construction Guide for more information about these requirements.

No Cut Exemption Request

A moratorium exists where a roadway or alley has been classified with a VCI (visual condition index) greater than 6, or where special restoration requirements are needed.

Utility Line Assignment

Authorization of utility and monitoring well installations within public road-right-of-way by external agencies and private utilities must first enter into an agreement with the City of Edmonton.

For More Information

OSCAM Permitting

Traffic Operations

Telephone

(780) 442-6458

Email roaduse.permit@edmonton.ca

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