What is this service?
A grading permit is typically needed when a project will change the topography of a property through removing and/or depositing more than 50 cubic yards of soil. Grading is regulated because it can cause serious problems when not done properly. Staff in the Department of Planning & Building review applications to ensure that they comply with applicable codes and ordinances before issuing a grading permit.
Who can use this service?
Anyone can apply for a grading permit; however, plans are typically prepared by a licensed architect or engineer.
Is there a charge for this service?
Please refer to the Department of Planning & Building Fee Schedule for application fees.
What is the process?
Step 1: Meet with Staff
The applicant meets with Department of Planning & Building staff to verify the scope of the project and to determine the type of grading permit required (minor or major).
Step 2: Obtain Documentation
Typically, the applicant needs to obtain and include the following documentation with the application:
Step 4: Perform Review
Staff from the Department of Planning & Building, Department of Public Works, and Cal Fire review the application in sequence. A plans examiner then reviews the plans for a final time to verify compliance with applicable codes and ordinances and to determine if any additional information is required.
Step 5: Issue Permit
Once all information has been verified, the applicant has provided any additional required information, and all fees have been paid, staff issues a grading permit to the applicant. Once a permit is issued, work can begin and inspections can be scheduled.
When and where is this service offered?
This service is available throughout the year during regular business hours except during scheduled holidays.
Location, directions and hours of operation
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Old County Courthouse Building
Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
976 Osos Street Room 200 San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Tel: (805) 781-5600
Permits/Inspections: (805) 788-2076
Fax: (805) 781-1242
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
6555 Capistrano Avenue Atascadero, CA 93422
Frequently Asked Questions
Do grading permits require environmental review?
A grading permit may require environmental review depending on the location, slope, and volume of soil moved. The review may involve additional processing time, fees, and extra requirements. Please contact staff at (805) 781-5600 if you have questions.
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