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Public Works Design & Construction Standards

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Design Criteria, Specifications and Standards

The official City of Kansas City, Mo. Public Works Department’s standard specifications and design criteria consist of the Kansas City Metro Chapter, American Public Works Association, Standard Specifications and Design Criteria as revised, adopted and provided by the director of Public Works. The adopted standards, revisions and supplements to APWA can be viewed and printed from the below links.The standards and specifications contain material, equipment, design criteria and construction requirements of infrastructure items proposed for construction within the city limits of Kansas City, Mo.

Construction work shall conform to the Public Works Department contract documents in the case of a City contract or a City issued construction permit in the case of a developer/owner contract.

Design Criteria

Construction Specifications

KCMO Guidelines

The Kansas City Metro Chapter, of the American Public Works Association Standard Specifications and Design Criteria are available at the KC APWA website (click on specifications).

Project-specific construction documents, including all Contract Drawings and Specifications (Project Manual) are available from KCMO Planroom.

Viewing Information

The standards are provided in PDF format and may be viewed and printed using the Adobe Acrobat Reader software program that is available free to download.

Standards Review

City design standards are regularly reviewed, a process involving public comment from the building trades community.

Current proposed standards are as follows:

Previous standards discussed last year were as follows:


The exclusive purpose of this electronic publication is to provide information as a convenience to those who choose this form of access. The electronic drawing files contained herein do not constitute official City of Kansas City, Mo., Contract Documents. The Public Works Department does not intend for the information contained herein to form a contract with any person, nor shall any of this information be relied upon by any person as forming a part of any contract. The printed and published content of the City of Kansas City, Mo., Standard Specifications and Design Criteria, as it has been approved and adopted from the Metropolitan Chapter of the American Public Works Association with revisions published in City of Kansas City, Mo., supplements for each section by the director of Public Works as well as other general and special provisions of the Bidding and Contract Documents for a particular project shall always control over the information provided in this electronic publication.

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