Project Development Procedures Manual (PDPM)

The Project Development Procedure Manual (PDPM) provides the framework of policies and procedures for developing State highway improvement projects.

The PDPM consists of three parts as follows:

  • Part 1 (Chapters 1 to 7) contains general information.
  • Part 2 (Chapters 8 to 15) describes the project development process in a chronological manner.
  • Part 3 (Chapters 16 to 32) contains specific project development procedures of specialized nature.

The PDPM's Appendices consist of two sections as follows:

  • Appendices "A" through "Z" contain guidelines for various project development reports.
  • Appendices "BB" through "QQ" contain project development forms and letters plus policy and procedures documents.

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Table of Contents

Project Development Procedures Manual
(Chapters/Appendices/Templates)
Last Updated
Front Cover (PDF) None 
Foreword (PDF) 6/30/2020
Part 1 - General Information (Chapters 1-7)
Chapter 1: Introduction (PDF) 7/1/1999 
Chapter 2: Roles and Responsibilities (PDF) 2/12/2016 
Chapter 3: Involvement of Caltrans Functional Units (PDF) 12/18/2015 
Chapter 4: Programming (PDF) 7/1/1999
Chapter 6: Project Cost, Scope and Schedule Changes (PDF) 12/15/2007
Chapter 7: Uniform Filing System (PDF) 12/15/2007
Part 2 - The Project Development Process (Chapters 8-15)
Chapter 8: Overview of Project Development (PDF) 12/12/2016
Chapter 9: Project Initiation (PDF) 9/28/2018
Chapter 10: Formal Project Studies (PDF) 3/20/2014
Chapter 11: Public Hearing (PDF) 12/17/2008
Chapter 12: Project Approvals and Changes to Approved Projects (PDF) 9/28/2018
Chapter 13: Project Related Permits, Licenses, Agreements, Certifications and Approvals (PDF) 9/23/2016
Chapter 14: Preparation of Project Plans (PDF) 6/21/2013
Chapter 15: Final Project Development Procedures (PDF) 3/4/2010
Part 3 - Specific Project Development Procedures  (Chapters 16-32)
Chapter 16: Cooperative Agreements (PDF) 7/9/2014
Chapter 17: Encroachments and Utilities (PDF) 6/30/2020
Chapter 18: Environmental Contamination (PDF) 2/28/2006
Chapter 19: Value Analysis (PDF) 6/14/2013
Chapter 20: Project Development Cost Estimates (PDF) 10/9/2014
Chapter 21: Design Standards Decisions (PDF) 7/2/2018
Chapter 22: Community Involvement (PDF) 7/1/1999
Chapter 23: Route Adoptions (PDF) 6/30/2020
Chapter 24: Freeway Agreements (PDF) 6/30/2020
Chapter 25: Relinquishments (PDF) 2/13/2018
Chapter 26: Disposal of Rights-of-Way for Public or Private Road Connections (PDF) 2/12/2016
Chapter 27: Access Control Modification (PDF) 6/30/2020
Chapter 28: Resolutions of Necessity (PDF) 12/15/2007
Chapter 29: Landscape Architecture (PDF) 5/24/2018
Chapter 30: Highway Traffic Noise Abatement (PDF) 6/18/2009
Chapter 31: Nonmotorized Transportation Facilities (PDF) 10/31/2014
Chapter 32: Lands and Buildings Facilities (PDF) 9/2/2008
Appendices: Preparation Guidelines for Project Development Initiation and Approval Reports  
Appendices A through QQ Preface 6/30/2020
Appendix A: Preparation Guide for Project Study Report-Project Report (PDF) 9/29/2018

Appendix A Template: PSR-PR (DOCS)

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Appendix D: Preparation for Project Report (New Highway Planting or Roadside Rehabilitation (PDF) 1/10/2014

Appendix D Template: PR (DOCX)

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Appendix I: Permit Engineering Evaluation Report (PDF) 7/9/2007

Appendix I Template: PEER (DOCX)

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Appendix K: Preparation Guidelines for Project Report (PDF) 9/23/2016

Appendix K Template: PR (DOCX)

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Appendix L: Project Study Report (PDF) 9/28/2018

Appendix L Template: PSR (DOCX)

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Appendix L Template: Design Scoping Index (DOCX)

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Appendix M: Project Report (Safety Roadside Rest Area) (PDF) 1/18/2005

Appendix M Template: Contact Landscape Architect Program District Coordinator for template

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Appendix Q: Project Report (Roadside Safety Improvements) (PDF) 1/10/2014

Appendix Q Template: PR (DOCX)

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Appendix S: Project Study Report-Project Development Support Project Initiation Document (PDF) 9/28/2018

Appendix S Template: PSR-PDS STIP (DOCX)

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Appendix S Template: PSR-PDS Estimate (DOCX)

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Appendix Z: Relinquishment Approval Report (PDF) 2/13/2018

Appendix Z Template: Relinquishment Approval Report (DOCX)

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Appendices: Project Development Forms and Letters Plus Policy and Procedures Documents
Appendix BB: Design Standard Decision Documentation (PDF) 7/2/2018

Appendix BB Template: Design Standard Decision Document (DOCX)

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Appendix CC: Preparation Guidelines for Freeway Agreement (PDF) 7/24/2020

Appendix CC Template: Freeway Agreement (DOCX)

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 Appendix DD: Preparation Guidelines for Initial Site Assessment Checklist for Hazardous Waste 6/30/2020
Appendix EE: Highway Planting "One Liner" and Design Intent Statement (DIS) (PDF) 1/18/2005

Appendix EE Template: Highway Planting "One Liner" and Design Intent Statement (DIS) (DOC)

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Appendix GG: Project Data Checklists (PDF) 9/2/2008

Appendix GG Template: Project Data Checklists (DOCX)

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Appendix HH: Public Involvement (PDF) 3/14/2007

Appendix HH Template: Public Involvement (DOCX)

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Appendix II: Rescissions (PDF) 7/1/1999

Appendix II Template: Rescissions (DOCX) 

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Appendix JJ: Preparation Guidelines for Resolution of Necessity (PDF) 12/15/2007

Appendix JJ Template: Preparation Guidelines for Resolution of Necessity (DOCX)

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Appendix LL: Utility Policy Certification and Utility Matrix (PDF) 7/8/2016

Appendix LL Template: Utility Policy Certification (DOCX)

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Appendix LL Template: Utility Matrix (XLS)

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Appendix QQ: Preparation Guidelines for Survey File (PDF) 9/2/2008

Appendix QQ Template: Additional Instructions (DOC)

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Appendix QQ Template: Datum Listing (DOC)

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Appendix QQ Template: Project Reference List 8 1/2 x 14 (DOC)

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Appendix QQ Template: Project Reference List (DOC)

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Appendix QQ Template: Survey File Checklist (DOC)

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Appendix QQ Template: Verification of Survey File Delivery (DOC)

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Combined PDPM Chapters and Appendices

The individual files in the PDPM Table of Contents above are the official accessible version of the PDPM. The combined PDPM chapters and combined PDPM appendices are available for user convenience and are not currently provided in an accessible format.    

All PDPM Chapters - Complete Download Version (Updated 6/30/2020) (PDF)

All PDPM Appendices - Complete Download Version (Updated 7/24/2020) (PDF)