Table of Contents Right-of-Way Widths

Right-of-Way Widths

In general, the minimum right-of-way width required for a public road is 20 metres or cross section plus 3 metres on each side, whichever is greater. Cross-section is defined as road prism (travelled road surface, shoulders, containment slopes) plus any slope areas necessary to contain the road prism.

The following diagram shows a typical roadway cross section (not to scale). It shows how the right of way should be established relative to the cross section of the road. Cut and fill slopes will vary depending on specific soil conditions and standards. Applicants should contact the District Development Technician for details.

The minimum right-of-way width for roads accessing lands beyond should be 20 metres unless adjacent to an existing 10-metre dedication. There should be no subdividing off of a right of way less than 20 metres across. Special consideration is given to the development of ski village development. See theTAC guide chapter 1500.

This guide is a living document; it is subject to change without notice. Please check the Rural Subdivisions Website ( to make sure your version is sufficiently current.