Approvals

Rough Grade

When a property is considered ready for the rough grade stage it will have substantial completion of building construction. This stage includes shaping the lot approximately 7 to 20 cm below the proposed Final Grade elevations. Application should occur within 18 months of the issuance of the building permit. It is the builders' responsibility to ensure that roof leaders (downspouts) and foundation drainage systems are installed according to the approved engineering drawings.

Applying for Rough Grade Approval
  • Landlie Consulting Ltd. requests the rough As Built Certificate from an Alberta Land Surveyor (ALS).
  • Once the certificate is complete, it is submitted to Municipal Drainage Services for approval.
  • A Lot Grading Inspector will come to conduct a visual inspection to verify the lot is graded in accordance with the approved plan. This is usually done within a reasonable time from receipt of the certificate, depending on workload and weather conditions.
  • An Inspection Report is sent to Landlie Consulting, which is then forwarded to the client, indicating whether rough grade approval is granted, or deficiencies exist.
  • If deficiencies exist, they are rectified and the Municipal Drainage Services are contacted for a re-inspection.
  • Once rough grade approval is issued, the homebuilder must then notify the homeowner of the approved status of the lot grading and provide the owner with the Lot Grading Report.
Final Grade

This stage must be initiated by the homeowner within one year of receiving rough grade approval. The rough grade has an allowance of approximately 7-20 cm for topsoil placement. Topsoil should be smoothly spread out and compacted, ready for sod, liners, rocks, etc. If rocks, wood chips or other decorative material is planned, the clay base (rough grade) must be raised to final grade before placing the decorative material down. Rock or wood chips do not make up for the 10-20 cm of final grade, since surface water can flow through the material.

If a property bypasses the rough grade stage, it is the builders' or applicants responsibility to ensure that roof leaders (downspouts) and foundation drainage systems are draining according to the approved engineering drawings.

Note: The owner of a lot located near a lake (Stormwater Management Facility), walkway or a ravine shall comply with the terms and conditions of any City of Edmonton registered easement, Maintenance and Overflow Area, right-of-way, caveat or restrictive covenant.

Applying for Final Grade Approval
  • Landlie Consulting Ltd. requests the final As Built certificate from an Alberta Land Surveyor (ALS)
  • Once the certificate is complete, it is submitted to Municipal Drainage Services for approval.
  • A Lot Grading Inspector will come to conduct a visual inspection to verify the lot is graded in accordance with the approved plan. This is usually done within a reasonable time from receipt of the certificate, depending on workload and weather conditions.
  • An Inspection Report is sent to Landlie Consulting, which is then forwarded to the client, indicating whether final grade approval is granted, or deficiencies exist.
  • If deficiencies exist, they are rectified and the Municipal Drainage Services are contacted for a re-inspection.
  • Once the Lot Grading Inspector finds that the lot grading is satisfactory, final grade approval is issued.
The Municipal Drainage Services Department then forwards a copy of the Approved Final Grade Inspection Report to the applicant as notification of final grade approval.

It is essential that you submit all necessary fees and documents. If the original documents of the "As Built" Certificate are not received by Drainage Services, or outstanding fees have not been paid, final grade approval is not released.


For more information, refer to Lot Grading Requirements guide.

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