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Manual of Engineering Standards and Specifications

The Manual of Engineering Standards and Specifications (MoESS) forms part of the Subdivision Bylaw and is referenced in several other City bylaws. It is a guide for the construction of City-owned civil engineering projects.

The MoESS is used by anyone designing or constructing work within existing or future City rights-of-way. This includes streets within subdivisions which are to be turned over to the City, works and services fronting building developments, and capital works projects undertaken by the City itself. The MoESS also forms the basis of the contract documents used for City capital works projects. Further detail can be found in the Introduction section of the MoESS.

The current edition of the MoESS can be viewed and downloaded in PDF format below. You can also pick up a copy of the MoESS at the Service and Resource Centre, 411 Dunsmuir Street. The cost of a hard copy of the manual is $50.00. If you have any questions, contact us at or call 250-755-4409.

Manual of Engineering Standards and Specifications Edition No. 11

Implementation Date of November 5th 2016

Amendment Record




Section 1

General Drafting Requirements


Section 2

General Conditions


Section 3

General Requirements


Section 4

Trench Excavation, Bedding and Backfill


Section 5

Water Distribution System


Section 6

Sanitary Sewer System


Section 7

Stormwater Management


Section 8

Curbs, Sidewalks and Walkways


Section 9

Streets, Traffic Signs and Markings


Section 10

Roadway Lighting and Traffic Signals


Section 11

Reinforced and Plain Concrete Works


Section 12

Asphaltic Concrete Paving


Section 13

Concrete Pavers


Section 14







Updates to the Manual of Engineering Standards and Specifications (MoESS) typically occur every three years. Updates are based on requests for revisions from product suppliers, consultants, contractors, City staff, etc.To request an update to the MoESS, submit a completed Revision Request Summary Sheet to the Engineering and Public Works Department. MoESS Appendices – (See Appendix A, Revision Request Summary Sheet)Any new revision requests will be considered for Edition No.12, submissions can be provided at anytime and will be considered within the future revisions of the Manual.

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