Construction Standards

Public Works Construction Standards Governments exist to protect the health, safety and welfare of its citizens. Whether it be providing roads for safe and efficient mobility, utilities for clean drinking water and removal of waste, parks for recreation, or storm water management for protection from flooding, public works is the backbone of that existence. Management of public works facilities is a very important component of the responsibilities of cities, counties, and special districts across North Central Texas. The quality of the region’s infrastructure (its roads, water distribution, wastewater collection, and storm drainage systems) has always been a high priority and a source of pride for its communities.

For over 40 years NCTCOG has supported the public works industry in North Central Texas through publication and maintenance of Public Works Construction Standards - North Central Texas.

Public Works Construction Standards North Central Texas, Fifth Edition (2017)

As part of the continued effort between NCTCOG and the public works industry in North Central Texas, the Public Works Construction Standards – North Central Texas, 2004 Version has been updated to the Fifth Edition Public Works Construction Standards. The Fifth Edition Public Works Construction Standards is now available to purchase as a PDF file as well as a printed hardcopy.


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$50 per download

$85 per printed copy

Downloadable PDF file

590 page document printed
and bound in a 3-ring binder

Includes Standard Specifications, Standard Drawings, Appendix, and Index.

Standard Specifications:
Division 100: General Provisions
Division 200: Site Protection and Preparation
Division 300: Roadway Construction
Division 400: Roadway Maintenance and Rehabilitation
Division 500: Underground Conduit Construction and Appurtenances
Division 600: Conduit and Appurtenance Rehabilitation
Division 700: Structures
Division 800: Miscellaneous Construction and Materials
Appendix A: Model Forms

Standard Drawings:
Division 1000: Erosion and Sediment Control
Division 2000: Pavement Systems
Division 3000: General Underground Conduit
Division 4000: Water Distribution
Division 5000: Wastewater Collection
Division 6000: Stormwater Drainage

*Standard Drawings are as of 2004, 4th Ed. and were not updated with the release of the 5th Ed.

Hyperlinked table of contents and expandable/collapsible bookmark menu for easy navigation.


Hyperlinked cross references.

Available for purchase online or from the front desk at the NCTCOG offices.

You may copy or print sections for internal use, but may not share the file outside of the purchasing agency.

If you would like to purchase the print version with a check or purchase order, please fill out this form and mail or fax it to the NCTCOG Regional Information Center.

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All proceeds go towards further review and updates to the Standards.

The Public Works Construction Standards North Central Texas is a copyrighted document and may not be photocopied, printed or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part without the prior written approval of NCTCOG's Director of Environment & Development.

Looking for the 4th Edition (2004)?

Print copies are available for purchase at the NCTCOG Front Desk or online. 
Order Public Works Construction Standards North Central Texas, Fourth Edition (2004) 


Local Amendments/Special Provisions

As local municipalities adopt the Construction Standards, NCTCOG will keep record of local amendments and make them available on this page so there is a central resource for contractors working in the North Texas region.

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We will update this section as local municipalities adopt amendments to the 5th edition of the Public Works Construction Standards.

Questions or Comments regarding the 5th Edition Construction Standards?

As an ongoing commitment to the region and the improvement of the Standards document, we are accepting comments and suggestions for review. The Construction Standards Subcommittee of the Regional Public Works Council will review the suggestions to each Division and amendments to the Standards will be released over time.