When a City of Edmonton Lot Grading Inspector completes a Rough or Final Grade Inspection and issues an approval, it verifies that at the time of inspection the property was in compliance with the Drainage Bylaw. From that moment on, as the owner of the property, it is your obligation to maintain the lot grading in perpetuity regardless of natural settlement or activity caused by yourself or damage by a 3rd party. Property owners are required to ensure that others do not trespass and damage grading on your private property. The City of Edmonton is unable to enforce or police such actions or determine cause or fault. That would require a civil action suit against the offending party or you as the owner should consult with the offending party and advise of the damage. You may also wish to consult with the Builder's Warranty program if damage by a 3rd party is covered.
Make sure that your property has received a rough grade approval by the City of Edmonton. Refer to the approved rough grading inspection report for any additional information or conditions prior to proceeding with final grading.
The rough grade should be left 7 to 20 centimetres lower than final grade to allow for topsoil. The topsoil should be smoothly spread out and compacted, ready for sod, rocks or mulch. Ensure that you have good slope (10%) away from all the foundation walls, including areas under decks and steps. Also, the slope along the swales should be smooth and consistent.
When final grading has been completed on your entire property, call an Alberta Land Surveyor to survey your property and prepare a Final Grade Certificate. An electronic version of the Lot Grading Certificate should be submitted to email@example.com; however, paper versions received by fax or mail will be scanned.
The applicant must provide the surveyor with contact information. Fax, email or mail, to receive Lot Grading Inspection Reports and Approvals from the City of Edmonton. If no contact information is specified, the City uses regular mail.
The City will notify the builder and the property owner by mail once rough grade is approved. An approved rough grading inspection report, along with an instruction and information sheet called “lot grading at the final grade stage” will be attached. The builder usually notifies the homeowner as well.
The City sends the approved final grading inspection report and the final grade certificate to the applicant by the contact method provided (fax, email or mail). If no contact method has been specified, the information is sent by regular mail to the property owner.
Your rough grade has an allowance of approximately 7 to 20 centimetres for topsoil. The topsoil should be smoothly spread out and compacted, ready for sod, rocks, and mulch.
No. An appointment is not necessary. The initial inspection takes place automatically on receipt of the Lot Grading Certificate. A re-inspection request can be made by calling 311. If you have a locked gate or loose pets in the yard, the lot grading inspector will require access.
Yes. However, workload volumes make it difficult for the lot grading inspectors to schedule meetings, since they're usually arranged on short notice. If arranged in advance, the inspector may be able to call a half-hour before arriving on site. You can request a meeting by calling 780-496-5576 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, if you choose. The inspector evaluates the grading whether you have topsoil or sod. However, keep in mind that if you need to make grade corrections, it can be much more complicated when sod is already in place.
Raised beds or other flower bed areas should be defined as part of the final grade presentation. We recommend that the planting be delayed until the inspection occurs.
The report references the date the lot was surveyed, the survey company, the date of the inspection, the status (failed or passed), and the due date.
If deficiencies are identified, the item, instruction and notes describe the problems and the locations. Left, right, front, and rear are determined by facing the house from the street. A copy of the grade certificate is also sent with the inspection report. If you need clarification, please call 780-496-5576, fax 780-496-2865, email email@example.com, or in person at the Edmonton Service Centre, 2nd Floor, Edmonton Tower, 10111 104 Avenue NW.
No. If the inspector finds a concern or problem with the final grade, he or she will identify the deficiency and specify the location on the lot grading inspection report. Only the specified location requires improvement.
Yes. Any settlement should be repaired. However, you don't need to reschedule the inspection. The inspector will identify the areas that require your attention. Your grading will not usually fail for minor rain damage, such as erosion channels at the downspout locations. However, any 3rd party damage must be corrected in advance of the re-inspection.
Most properties located on stormwater management lakes have a right-of-way, an easement or a restrictive covenant, registered in favour of the City of Edmonton. Easement information can be obtained by contacting Alberta Land Titles. There are restrictions in these areas that you should review prior to planning your final grade.
When applying for final grade approval, the lot grading certificate must display the location and elevation of any features constructed in the restricted area. These features include decks, fire pits, ponds, paths, bridges, retaining walls, buildings, raised gardens or grade alterations.
EPCOR's Stormwater Management Lakes page provides examples of requirements.
Yes. Lake Lots and near River Valley and Ravines have grading restrictions registered on the lot title. Any caveat or covenant information can be obtained by contacting Alberta Land Titles.
Retaining walls that exceed 0.60 metres in height or that are attached to a house must be constructed to an engineered design and may require a development permit. Call 311 to contact Development and Zoning Services or check out the Lot Grading River Valley and Ravine System and Living Near Our River Valley & Ravine System pages for information.
Many restrictive covenants prohibit structures greater than 1 metre above the design grade. The grading and drainage must conform to the lot grading plan. Retaining walls should be constructed within your own property and must facilitate surface grading.
Contact your homebuilder or developer.