Grading permits are required for all grading except those activities exempted in municipal code section 20.04.040. [pdf:47k/1pp]. All applications and plans go through Engineering Plan check, as described in the document Time Frame, to determine if a grading permit is required or not. Fees are charged for checking plans, issuing permits and inspections. The fees are calculated based upon the amount of time the plan check takes, the amount of soil to be moved whether it is cut (taking dirt out) or fill (bringing dirt in). To view detailed information about the requirements and fees, you may view the Engineering Permit Information [pdf:86k/11pp] document.
If you download and fill out an Engineering Permit Application form, you will need to bring it in to the Building Division at City Hall at 1000 Spring Street, 2nd Floor. Make sure you attach three (3) sets of folded plans. The plans and application must contain all information as described in section 20.12.010 [pdf:53k/3pp] of the municipal code.
NEW Post-Construction Storm Water Management Requirements
Effective September 6, 2013
On September 6, 2012, the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board adopted the Post-Construction Storm Water Management Requirements (Resolution R3-201200025). These requirements come into effect September 6, 2013. Until this date Interim LID requirements are required. (See the Interim LID Guidelines below.) Read more here.
Stockpile Grading Permit
No temporary stockpile of earth will be allowed except pursuant to a grading permit issued after the city engineer has found that such storage fill would not constitute a hazard to life or property, or become a public nuisance or health menace.
Temporary stockpiles approved by the issuance of a grading permit shall be removed from the site within a period of time not to exceed six months from the date of issuance of the permit, unless otherwise approved by the city engineer or unless the fill is graded and compacted under the authority granted by a subsequent or amended grading permit. A bond may be required to insure the removal or elimination of such fill upon the expiration of time set forth in the permit.
Such stockpiles shall be placed so as to not interfere with any drainage ways or access routes.
The stockpile location shall not create a nuisance from blowing dust, and shall be contour-graded if in a highly visible area.
For more information on either of the above permits, please contact the Community Development Department, Engineering Division at 237-3860.