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Standard Drawings

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The City of Manhattan Beach Standard Plans are to be maintained as "living" documents with subsequent editions released over time to include changes reflecting current industry standards and to maintain minimum acceptable standards for quality design and construction work in the City.

These Standard Plans answer the  need for uniform design and construction standards and benefit both the general public and private contracting industry by eliminating conflicts and confusion, lowering construction costs, and encouraging more competitive bidding by contractors.  These standard plans include designs prepared by various City Departments and standards from other agencies with or without modifications.

These standard plans are intended for use on City construction projects and on Private Development projects in the City.  Any other standards different than these City of Manhattan Beach Standard Plans must have prior approval from the City Engineer.

The standard plans are named with a four digit alpha designation (identifying it as a Manhattan Beach city standard plan and identifying the standard plan section), followed by the standard plan number, and ending with a revision number suffix.

The standard plans are organized and grouped in sections which correspond to the sections in the APWA's standard plans (e.g. Section 1:  Street Improvements, Section 2:  Sewers and Sanitation, etc.)

The latest edition is effective as of the date signed and approved by the City Engineer.

Prem Kumar, P.E. (C52463)                                          January 10, 2019
City Engineer


The City's Standard Dawings are listed below by number/title. To download one of the available drawings, please click on the highlighted item you would like to access.  If you would like to request any of the standard drawings via fax or mail, please use the Service Request Form or you may contact the Engineering Division at (310) 802-5353.  

Section 1Street Improvements

Driveway, Ramps, and Sidewalk:

  • MBSI - 110A-1 (ST-1) (PDF) Residential Driveway Approach (R/W width behind curb 8" or more) 
  • MBSI - 110B-1 (ST-1) (PDF) Residential Driveway Approach (R/W width behind curb 10" or more) 
  • MBSI - 110C-1 (ST-1) (PDF) Residential Driveway Approach (For confined right-of-way) 
  • MBSI - 111A-0 (ST-9)  Curb Ramp - Not currently in use (Please refer to latest Caltrans Standard A88 or Greenbook Standard Plan 111 for Curb Ramps 
  • MBSI - 112A-0 (ST-2) (PDF) Standard Sidewalk 
  • MBSI - 115D-0 (PDF) Sidewalk Placement Around Obstructions 
  • MBSI - 116A-0 (PDF) Commercial Driveway Approach:  Type I 
  • MBSI - 116B-0 (PDF)  Commercial Driveway Approach:  Type II  
  • MBSI - 116C-0 (PDF) Commercial Driveway Approach:  Type III 
  • MBSI - 116D-0 (PDF) Commercial Driveway Approach:  Type IV 

Curb and Gutter:


Parkway and Residential Yard Drain:


Striping, Markings, and Signs:


  • ST-13 (PDF) Standard Underground Service Connections 

Section 2Sewer and Sanitation


  • MBSS-210A-0 (ST-19) (PDF) 24" Sewer Manhole Frame and Cover 
  • ST-5 (PDF) Standard Sewer Lateral Connection and Cleanout  

Section 3:  Flood Control and Storm Drain Facilities

Section 4:  Street Lighting and Traffic Signals

Section 5:  Landscaping and Irrigation Systems

  •  ST-6 (PDF) Standard Sprinkler System Thrust Blocks 
  •  MBLI-518A-1 (ST-14) (PDF) 24", 36", and 48" Box Tree Planting and Staking Detail
  •  MBLI-518B-0 (PDF) Tree Protection Detail

Section 6:  General Facilities

  • ST-25 (PDF) Standard Trash Enclosure
  • MBGF-670A-0 (PDF)  Facility Dedication Plaque
  • MBGF-670B-0  (PDF)  Facility Dedication Plaque Pedestal

Section 7:  Water

  • ST-15 (PDF) 3/4" Service for 3/4" Water Meter, 1" Service for 1" Water Meter 
  • MBWS-701A-0 (ST-16) (PDF)  Fire Hydrant Connection  
  • ST-17 (PDF) Single Check/Detector Check/Backflow Preventor (Fire Service) 
  • ST-18 (PDF) Double Check/Detector Check/Backflow Preventor (Fire Service) 
  • ST-20 (PDF) Water Main Thrust Block 
  • ST-21 (PDF) Compound Meter with Double Check/Backflow Preventor (Domestic Service) 
  • ST-22 (PDF) 1-1/2" Service for 1-1/2" Water Meter, 2" Service for 2" Water Meter 
  • ST-24 (PDF) Backwater Valve 
  • MBWS-726A-0 (ST-26) (PDF) Water Main Separation Requirements


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