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The City of Edmonton Drainage Bylaw 18093 requires that new developments for a premises conform to an approved Lot Grading Plan. Within 18 months of the issuance of a building permit, the development should be graded in accordance with the approved Lot Grading Plan and an application submitted for grade approval.

Development Services, Lot Grading supports staged approvals when buildings are constructed and graded in distinct phases.

Three storey apartment building parking lot 

Approval Process

The application for grade approval at Final Grade is initiated by submission of a Lot Grading Certificate by the owner, developer, or contractor.

  1. A certified plan of as-built grades (Lot Grading Certificate) on sod or topsoil is prepared by a professional acceptable to the City Manager (for example, a Alberta Land Surveyor). As-built information must be displayed on the approved Lot Grading Plan.
  2. The applicant sends the certified as-built plan to Development Services, Lot Grading for approval. The applicant must provide information for their preferred method of contact (fax, email, or mail) to receive a Lot Grading Inspection Report. Digital submissions are acceptable.
  3. A Lot Grading Inspector will conduct an inspection within 5 working days (depending on workload and weather conditions) to validate that the development is graded in accordance with the approved Lot Grading Plan and Drainage Bylaw 18093.
  4. The applicant will receive an Inspection Report indicating that the site grading has Passed (approved) or Failed (deficiencies exist).
  5. The applicant must correct any deficiencies within 60 days and call 311 to request a re-inspection from Development Services, Lot Grading.
  6. If the Inspection Report indicates a failure, it will identify the deficiencies and their locations. Please note, deficiency items are labelled “left,” “right,” “front,” and “back.” The “front” of a lot is typically determined when facing the property from the City street. In the case of a corner lot, the front property line is the shortest of the two that abut the City street.
  7. The applicant will be notified when the site grading is approved. This approval is based on the site conditions observed at the time of the lot grading inspection.

For More Information

Development Services, Lot Grading

2nd Floor, Edmonton Tower
10111 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB

T5J 0J4



Fax 780-496-2865

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