Before You Begin

To get started, you first need to engage the services of our pre-qualified URD consultants and contractors to help you complete our online application. This will help us determine the needs of your project so we can estimate the cost. There are some pieces of information and additional forms you'll need to provide, so please review this list and make sure you have them all:

* The URD Manual is only available to pre-approved consultants and contractors and requires a user name and password. To obtain access please contact contracts@fortisalberta.com.

After we receive your completed application, you'll move into Phase 1. You can review what happens in each phase below. If you've worked with us before on a URD Turnkey project, you can go straight to the online application.

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Phase 1

Estimation and Quotation

In this phase, there are five steps that help determine the cost of getting your URD Turnkey development project connected. Click on each step to learn more.

Estimated: Six – Eight Weeks

Initiate Request

What You'll Do:

  • Submit an application for new URD Turnkey development online or by calling 310-WIRE (9473)
  • Make sure you've submitted all supporting documents with your application
  • At this point in time, you can start checking your project status using your request number

What We'll Do:

  • Review your submission and assign a request number and quotation analyst to your project

Gather Requirements

What You'll Do:

  • Send us any outstanding information as outlined in our follow-up

What We'll Do:

  • Follow up with you via phone or email

Calculate and Quote

What You'll Do:

What We'll Do:

  • Meet you on-site
  • Complete a planning assessment
  • Put together an estimate and prepare a quotation package

Issue Your Quote

What You'll Do:

  • Check your email: your quotation package should arrive soon
  • Review your quote letter and supporting documents, including the Underground Electrical Distribution System (UEDS) agreement

What We'll Do:

  • Send out your quotation package

Customer Sign Off

What You'll Do:

  • Send us your signed quote letter, UEDS agreement and proof of insurance
  • If necessary, send us your payment and any outstanding documents

What We'll Do:

  • Process your acceptance documentation

Phase 2

Plan and Design

Delivering safe and reliable electrical service requires planning. In this phase, we'll work with your URD design consultants to review their designs and manage the submission of documents.

Estimated: Six – Eight Weeks

What You'll Do:

  • Submit your preliminary design documents, including:
    • Issued for Review (IFR) drawings
    • A revised and updated concept plan
    • Single line diagram (SLD)
    • Utility Right of Way (URW) or blanket assessment
    • Civic address
    • Voltage drop calculations
    • Lighting calculations
  • Submit three sets of Issued for Construction (IFC) plans for final review

What We'll Do:

  • Assign a designer to your project
  • Follow up and review your required documents
  • Sign and accept Issued for Construction (IFC) drawings and forward them, along with our SLD, to our area office and your consultant as part of the final design review
  • Release off-site work associated with your project to construction

Phase 3

Permits and Approvals

One of the most common causes of schedule delays is the permits and approvals process. During this phase, we'll make sure all applications are made ahead of construction in order to meet the project completion date.

Estimated: Six – Eight Weeks

What You'll Do:

  • Obtain notifications or approvals from all relevant utility and communication companies
  • Obtain URD Municipal Approval
  • If necessary, submit a non-standard lighting agreement if the street lighting is different from what's available in our Streetlight Catalogue
  • If necessary, submit a lighting waiver letter if the lighting design does not follow recommended engineering standards
  • If necessary, complete an application to install underground electrical distribution facilities without curbs and gutters
  • If necessary, coordinate with our designer for railway, pipeline and third party crossing approvals

What We'll Do:

  • Review and manage approval submissions
  • Inform you by email of any non-compliance issues for each submission

Phase 4

Construction

This phase includes all work that must be completed on-site by us, and by you.

Estimated: Two Weeks

What You'll Do:

  • Source a URD pre-approved construction contractor
  • Ensure your site is graded to within +/- 150mm of final grade
  • Get your site surveyed with grade stakes, trench alignment, equipment locations, property lines and other utilities
  • Make sure materials are on-site
  • Hold an on-site start up meeting with us and other shallow utilities, using signed and accepted IFC prints
  • Request regular inspections

What We'll Do:

  • Meet your consultant, construction contractor and third parties on-site for a start up meeting
  • Review grade stakes, trench alignment, equipment locations and property lines
  • Inspect your materials
  • Perform regular inspections
  • If necessary, perform Hydrovac for installations without curbs and gutters
  • Complete a final construction inspection and sign-off on as-built prints
  • Complete any off-site work

Phase 5

Energize

You're all ready to go. This is the phase where we turn on the power.

Estimated: Three Days

What You'll Do:

  • Submit all documents for commissioning and energization, including:
    • Authenticated Application for Functional Completion Certificate (FCC) or Construction Completion Certificate (CCC)
    • Three copies of Red-line As-built IFC prints
    • Manufacturers' Test Data sheets for all transformers and equipment
    • URD Oil-Filled Equipment Form
    • Ground Grid Test Report Form
    • Site Cleared of Personnel Form
    • Energization Request Form
  • Submit your authenticated record drawings within 60 days of our acceptance of the CCC
  • Confirm your registration of URW
  • Keep an eye on your warranty period (18 months from CCC)

What We'll Do:

  • Review and accept your documents for commissioning and energization
  • Confirm your URW registration
  • Energize your subdivision
  • As individual lots and lights are energized, refund your investments on an annual basis for a period up to 10 years from our acceptance of the FCC or CCC
  • Complete a final inspection prior to the end of your warranty period

Get Started Today

Now you're ready to complete our online application. It takes about 15-30 minutes and must be completed on a desktop or laptop, not a phone or tablet.

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