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Culvert Guidelines

Property owners proposing to install a private access across a road ditch are required to obtain approval of a culvert plan through the crossing permit application process.  

What is my responsibility as a property owner with a culvert under my driveway?

  • Keep ditches clear in between culverts
  • Keep culverts clear by removing snow and debris from culvert openings
  • Follow City of Saskatoon standards for installing culverts on all new and re-constructed driveways
  • Work with neighbours to resolve drainage issues
  • Obtain a crossing permit from the City of Saskatoon for installing new driveways

Culvert Specifications that must be met for new installations:

1. Size: 300 mm diameter or larger

2. Length: Culverts shall extend out from driveway edge with side slopes at 3H:1V from driveway to culvert bottom or have a vertical wall from driveway edge to culvert bottom. For maximum crossing widths please refer to the private driveway crossing guidelines.

3. Material: Corrugated steel, PVC, corrugated poly, or reinforced concrete

4. Slope: Minimum grade of 0.5% along the length of the culvert