Standard specifications and detail plates

Documents for contractors, consultants and City Divisions for planning and building public infrastructure projects.

These specifications and standard detail plates are specific to the City of Minneapolis’s construction and design requirements.

They're intended to be used by

  • Contractors
  • Consultants
  • City Divisions

They're used for plan & specification preparation as well as for construction of public infrastructure projects located in the right of way.

MnDOT Standard Specifications for Construction 2018 Edition will apply except where modified or amended by the City of Minneapolis.

2023 Minneapolis Supplemental Specifications for Construction

2022 Minneapolis Supplemental Specifications for Construction

MnDOT Standard Specifications for Construction

Standard detail plates

The Standard Plates Manual contains a set of drawings developed by the City of Minneapolis Public Works Department, showing standard details of construction and materials.

The plates that apply to a construction project are referenced in the plans as shown below in the Plate Numbering Key.

Minnesota Right of Way Restoration Rules and Plates

MnDOT Standard Plates

Series Subject
BRDG Bridge
FORE Forestry
ROAD Roadway
SEWR Sanitary Sewer and Storm Sewer
SPCL Special Service Districts
TRAF Traffic
WATR Water

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Downloading standard specifications &detail plates and disclaimer

You may use Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 (or higher) to view, print, or download each Standard Plate. If needed you may download, free of charge, Acrobat Reader from Adobe.

Before downloading information please read the Notice of Disclaimer below:

Notice of Disclaimer

The City of Minneapolis Public Works Department makes the electronic and paper copies of Standard Specifications & Detail Plates available solely on an "as is" basis. No warranties of any kind are being made in regard to this information.  Under no circumstances will the City of Minneapolis or any of its officers or employees be liable for any consequential, incidental, special or exemplary damages based on use or misuse of this information even if apprised of the likelihood of such damages occurring.

The City of Minneapolis’s Supplemental Standard Specifications and Standard Plates do not supersede project specific Plans and Special Provisions.  The use of this information for work which is under contract with the City of Minneapolis, other Agencies or Private Developers working within the City proper, does not relieve the contractor from any obligations assumed by the contract, or from complete and proper fulfillment of the terms of the contract, nor does it entitle the contractor to compensation for damages or loss which could be attributed to such use. Contractors are put on notice that they must independently verify all information herein.

The information contained in the following pages is subject to updating by the Public Works Department. Anyone using it should satisfy themselves that they are using the most current version.