Private entrance culverts (such as the culverts beneath your driveway) are owned by you - the property owner - even though they are part of the municipal drainage system. As a property owner you are responsible for the proper maintenance and upkeep of your private entrance culvert.

Learn more about what to do about different culvert issues:

I Need a New Culvert or a Culvert Extension

If you need to extend a culvert or install a new culvert in a place where one has not existed before (for example, if you are developing a property and need a culvert for ditch drainage), follow these steps:

  1. Complete a Private Entrance Application (PDF 286.12 KB) and submit it to

  2. The 2020 fee for a Private Entrance Application is $79. Payment can be made in person at the Engineering Department on the 3rd Floor of Tom Davies Square at 200 Brady St., Sudbury, ON.
  3. We will process your application once we receive the completed application and payment.
  4. If your application is approved we will contact you to notify you of the cost and your options.

I Need to Replace or Reset an Existing Culvert

Sometimes, due to the ground shifting, your culvert may heave and may need to be reset. In some cases, an existing culvert may need to be replaced due to damage, drainage issues or wear and tear. If you think an existing culvert please needs to be replaced or reset follow these steps:

  1. Call 705-674-4455 extension 4253 or 4349.
  2. Provide your name, phone number and address.
  3. We will contact the area foreperson to confirm the diameter, length and condition of the culvert.
  4. Once the culvert details are confirmed, we will contact you to notify you of the cost and your options.

Your Options for Culvert Installation, Extension, Replacement or Resetting

Once your application for a new culvert/culvert extension has been approved or you have contacted the City about replacing or resetting your culvert, you will have the choice of two options:

Culvert Costs

Residential culverts are subsidized by the City of Greater Sudbury and costs are based on the User Fees By-law.

  • The cost for a culvert is $137 per meter.
  • The City only uses steel culverts that are purchased in six metre lengths. If your culvert is longer than six metres a collar will be used to join the pieces. The cost for a collar is $40.54.