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Friendly Reminder Re: County Ditches

Ditching Artwork

Just a friendly reminder that permits are required for any work done in County ditches and Rights-of-Way.

It is the responsibility of a landowner to contact the County prior to any proposed work in the County’s rights-of-way. This includes items like approach construction or modifications, new or deepening of existing ditches, brushing, or any other work on developed or undeveloped rights-of-way.

Rights-of-way are used for a variety of purposes, they provide access to land and provide space for utilities to be located, such as powerlines, telephone/internet lines and natural gas lines. Rights-of-way may also have high pressure gas lines and oil pipelines running across them.

Permits are FREE to obtain from the County

The purpose of the permit is to ensure that the person completing any work in the County’s rights-of-way is aware of any hazards like pipelines, powerlines and any other utilities and that the proposed work complies with Alberta Environment laws. It ensures that work does not interfere with the utilities, and that drainage changes don’t affect the adjoining landowners.

There are fines and penalties applicable, from the County and Province, for completing work in the County’s rights-of-way without a permit. The fines range from $100 - $10,000, including the possibility of a court appearance.

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If you wish to perform any work in Saddle Hills County’s rights of way you can request a permit, free of charge, from our Operations Department. If you need more information, or have questions, please call the office at 780 864-3760.

Thank you for your assistance and understanding.

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