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How do I find out if my recent rough or final grade Inspection was approved?

If you are listed as the owner, applicant or builder for the property in question, you can contact the City at 311 to obtain information about the status of the property over the phone. Any lot grading inspection reports or notices issued through the normal inspections and enforcement process would have or will be mailed or emailed to the owners / applicants who applied for lot grading approval.  

My parking lot floods around the catch basin during heavy rainstorms. What can I do?

Parking lots are designed to store surface water during rainstorms. The water will eventually drain into the stormwater sewer system.

Under Section 9(1) of the Drainage Bylaw, all properties other than duplexes shall provide private drainage systems for stormwater runoff from roofs, parking areas, storage areas, paved areas, and courtyards.

I own a building in an older industrial area. My neighbour built a new business site that is higher in elevation compared to mine and other neighbours. Is this going to cause drainage problems, and if so, what should I do?

All new commercial and multi-family properties must have stormwater management on-site. A lot grading plan must display the proposed on-site drainage. In this case, the builders of the new commercial site must control their own grading and cooperate with the owners of the other properties to ensure that the surface runoff does not flow on to adjacent lands. Retaining walls may be required to achieve this result.

After construction and lot grading is completed the owner must submit a lot grading certificate (as-built plan) to the City of Edmonton followed by a lot grading inspection to ensure compliance under provisions of the Drainage Bylaw and the lot grading guidelines.

You should also look at your own site grading. You may need to make adjustments to provide a better level of protection from rainfall and melting snow. To avoid surface runoff issues, you should:

  • Review and repair your own grading to re-establish the required 10%  slope away from your building
  • Ensure that you have downspout extensions or splash pads to convey surface water at least 2 metres away from the building and at least 15 centimetres away from adjacent property
  • Consult with the adjacent property owner to create a drainage plan that works for both properties
  • Check lot grading between the properties to make sure a positive and consistent slope along within your property swale has been maintained and functional to private storm service (catch basins) if available

For Investigations and Enforcement of the Drainage Bylaw please refer to lot grading issues for more information or contact the City of Edmonton at 311.

I want to know if Rough or Final Grade Approval was issued on a property. How do I check the status and obtain the documentation?

If you are the registered property owner or an agent working on behalf of the owner, we can provide that information from the City of Edmonton search of records.  For other individuals seeking lot grading information you must request this under the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP). Application processing takes approximately 10 (ten) working days for Search of Records and up to 30 working days for FOIP requests. Applicable Fee is required per Titled Lot Search.

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I am buying a property in Edmonton. How do I find out if there are any outstanding lot grading approvals that I should be aware of?

As the purchaser or acting agent of the purchaser (such as, lawyer, realtor) you must submit a Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP) request to obtain this information. Application processing takes approximately 30 working days. The applicable fee is required per titled lot search.

I am selling a property in Edmonton and I would like to know if there are any outstanding lot grading approvals that I should be aware of?

When selling a property, it is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that lot grading meets approval and is in compliance with the Drainage Bylaw. As the registered property owner or an agent (such as, lawyer, builder or developer) working on behalf of the owner, you can obtain that information through a City of Edmonton search of records request.

For other individuals seeking lot grading information, you must submit a Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP) request.  Application processing takes approximately 10 (ten) working days for a search of records and up to 30 working days for FOIP requests. The applicable fee is required per titled lot search.
 

What can I do about flooding in my condominium unit?

Maintaining the site grading is the responsibility of the condominium association. If the project was built after 1993, there should be an approved Lot Grading Plan (Surface Drainage Plan) for the project.

Issues in projects built before 1993 can be solved by providing a positive slope away from the buildings. Contact your condo board or management company to address concerns on your property. 
 

How do I find out if the City ever issued rough or final grade approval for a property and obtain the documentation?

If you are the registered property owner or an agent working on behalf of the owner, lot grading information can be provided through a City of Edmonton search of records request.  

For other individuals seeking lot grading information,  you must submit a Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP) request. Application processing takes approximately 10 working days for a search of records and up to 30 working days for FOIP requests. The applicable fee is required per titled lot search.

I am from a law firm, checking the status of a property. Can I find out if final grade approval was issued?

Documents can be obtained through a City of Edmonton search of records request (acting on behalf of the owner) or a Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP) request (acting on behalf of the purchaser).

Application processing takes approximately 10 working days for a search of records and up to 30 working days for FOIP requests. The applicable fee is required per titled lot search.

What can I do about flooding caused by surface runoff in my condominium unit?

Maintaining the site grading is the responsibility of the condominium association. If the project was built after 1993, there should be an approved lot grading plan (surface drainage plan) for the project.

Issues in projects built before 1993 can be solved by providing a positive slope away from the buildings. Contact your condo board or management company to address concerns on your property. 

For More Information

Development Services, Lot Grading

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

T5J 0J4

Telephone

311

Fax 780-496-2865
Email lot.grading@edmonton.ca

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