Items Types:
Public Works
For Meeting of:
April 18, 2016
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Exhibits: Yes On File (City Clerk) : Yes Draft Only: No
Grant Received by City?: No

Engineering Standards Manual, 5th Edition


The Engineering Standards Manual (ESM) sets forth engineering, design, development and material standards for projects constructed within the City of Orlando.  The specifications incorporated in this document conform to the Code of the City of Orlando and are intended to protect the health, safety and welfare of its citizens and visitors.  The ESM was last substantially modified and approved by City Council on March 9, 2009. The Fifth Edition of the ESM continues to align the City's requirements with the generally accepted standards for the Florida Department of Transportation, South Florida Water Management District, St. Johns River Water Management District , and adjacent jurisdictions as appropriate for this community.  These specifications and criteria are updated as new materials become available or when new regulations mandate.  Much review has occurred with stakeholders to ensure the new ESM protects citizens from shouldering the cost of new development, while at the same time providing the development community a reliable and predictable set of regulations that is consistent with nearby jurisdictions.  This document has been available on-line since January 4, 2016, for review and comment, and where appropriate, those final comments have been incorporated into the new ESM. Upon approval, both the Fourth and Fifth Editions will be in effect and either set of criteria may be used.  On June 1, 2016, the Fourth Edition will no longer be in force, and from that point, the Fifth Edition will be the only acceptable set of criteria for projects within the City of Orlando.

To view the revised details of the ESM (CAD drawings), go to the City of Orlando's website (, then click Public Works, Engineering, Engineering Records Division, Engineering Resources.


Fiscal & Efficiency Data:

Recommended Action:
Approve the use of the City of Orlando Engineering Standards Manual (ESM), Fifth Edition, as the City's standard for all construction and development with the City of Orlando's corporate limits.  Also, grant the City Engineer the authority to make subsequent minor modifications to the ESM with the concurrence of the Public Works Director.

Agenda Item attachment(s) on file in the City Clerks Office.

Note: All agenda items must be in the City Clerk's office by Noon Friday, six(6) business days prior to the regular Monday City Council meeting.

Contact: Jim Hunt 407-246-3623
Approved By:

Department Date and Time
Budget Outside Routing Approval 3/2/2016 11:52 AM
City Clerk 3/2/2016 12:03 PM

Name: Description: Type:
ESM_Council_Version_-_5th_Edition_Draft__-_2016.pdf ESM 5th Edition, Council Version Backup Material

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