The specifics of Lot Grading
Lot grading consists of sloping the land within a lot to direct the flow of surface water away from a building's foundation. The sloping helps direct the water towards a suitable outlet where it can be discharged safely and according to the approved lot grading plan without negatively affecting abutting properties.
The lot grading inspection season typically beings June 1 and ends in the fall, weather dependent.
Rough Grading Process
Beaumont requires homeowners to have an approved rough grade certification before proceeding with topsoil. The inspection fee is paid at the time the building permit is applied for.
A rough grade is achieved by the home builder. Once it has been completed and approved by the City inspector, the homeowner will be mailed an approved rough grading certificate along with a letter of approval. This certificate needs to be used as a guideline when applying topsoil and cannot be deviated from.
Once a rough grade is approved, topsoil can be applied. Beaumont recommends sod or seed is not applied until a final grade has been approved. Once the final grade certificate and payment have been received, your property will automatically be added to the inspection list. The inspection should be complete within 5 business days, weather and inspection volume permitting.
Final Grading Process
Once a rough grade has been approved, a final grade inspection is required and must be completed within one year of rough grade approval in order to avoid penalties outlined in the City of Beaumont Surface Drainage Bylaw 732-08.
After your topsoil has been put down, request a final grade certificate from an Alberta Land Surveyor or Registered Architect and have a copy sent to the City. As well, a final grade inspection fee must be paid before the final grade inspection will be done; cash, cheque or debit payments are accepted at the main reception counter at the Beaumont's Administration Office. See Fees and Charges.
Approval Process Guidelines
For a complete explanation of both the rough and final grading processes, please read through our Lot Grading Guidelines.
For more information on final grade please see Almost Finished a Guide on How to Achieve Final Grade.
For more information on maintaining your grade please see Maintaining Your Grade a Guide to Effective Yard Drainage.
General information please see Lot Grading FAQs.