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A Lot Grading Plan (Surface Drainage Plan) has been a part of the approval process for commercial and multi-family properties since 1993. The plan is required for new developments and approved by the City of Edmonton, Development Services on behalf of City Council.

This plan specifies design elevations, surface gradients, swale locations, and other drainage information required for lot grading. The approval of this plan provides an effective basis for lot grading control which will establish the drainage relationship between abutting properties.

The example drawings of Lot Grading Plans for multi-family, typical commercial, and shopping centre provide general information of what should be shown on the plan (for reference only).

Upon application for a development permit for any land zoned Commercial, Industrial, Multi-family, Apartment, Row Housing, and Urban Services, the developer has to submit a proposed Lot Grading Plan to Development Services, Lot Grading for approval. This plan must be completed within 60 days of the issuance of the building permit.

Gas station parking lot catch basin

Plan Requirements

  • A scale drawing of the property in metric units, designed and certified by a Professional acceptable to the City Manager (for example, Professional Engineer, Registered Architect, or Professional Technologist)
  • Existing surface elevations, contours, and surface grades of the property based on geodetic datum
  • Proposed geodetic surface elevations at the property corners and at intervals around the perimeter of the property
  • Proposed geodetic surface elevations adjacent to the foundation walls or concrete slab-on-grade for proposed buildings
  • Proposed directions of surface drainage flow, indicated by arrows
  • Proposed locations and gradients of swales
  • Cross-section details of proposed swales
  • Proposed surface conditions such as sod, asphalt, concrete, or gravel
  • Provisions for accommodating overland flows from adjacent undeveloped lands
  • Private storm drainage system demonstrating compliance with the Drainage Bylaw and EPCOR Drainage Services Bylaw, including stormwater management locations and depths
  • Information referring to Geotechnical Reports produced by a Geotechnical Engineer when unusual or special requirements are needed
  • Property information: Legal description, subdivision or neighbourhood, property address or road names, and north arrow
  • Project information: Project name, applicant information, development boundary, revision box, legend, and notes
  • Space near the bottom right corner of the plan for the approval stamp

2 photos illustrating approved lot grading

Approval Procedure

City of Edmonton, Development Services will send a letter to the applicant after reviewing the proposed Lot Grading Plan, notifying the applicant whether the plan is approved or needs revision. The applicant is responsible for revising and re-submitting the Lot Grading Plan for further review within 60 days.

Once the proposed Lot Grading Plan is approved, it will be stamped and signed and returned to the applicant for site construction.

If changes to the approved Lot Grading Plan are required, a revised drawing (red-line revision) must be sent to City of Edmonton, Development Services along with the written consent of the affected property owners for review and approval. Once approved, this revised Lot Grading Plan will replace the previously approved one.

Lot Grading Plan Examples

Approved Lot Grading Plan

Example of an approved Lot Grading Plan (for reference only).

Revised Lot Grading Plan

Example of a revised Lot Grading Plan (for reference only).

For More Information

Development Services, Lot Grading

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10111 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB

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