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The City of Edmonton Drainage Bylaw 18093 requires that new developments for a premises conform to an approved Lot Grading Plan. Within 18 months of the issuance of a building permit, the development should be graded in accordance with the approved Lot Grading Plan and an application submitted for grade approval.

The Lot Grading section of City of Edmonton Development Services supports staged approvals when buildings are constructed and graded in distinct phases.

Three storey apartment building parking lot

Approval Process

The application for grade approval at Final Grade is initiated by submission of a Lot Grading Certificate by the owner, developer or contractor.

  1. A certified plan of as-built grades (Lot Grading Certificate) on sod or topsoil is prepared by a professional acceptable to the City Manager (for example, Alberta Land Surveyor). As-built information must be displayed on the approved Lot Grading Plan.
  2. The applicant sends the certified as-built plan to the Lot Grading section of City of Edmonton Devlopment Services. Digital submissions are acceptable.
  3. A Lot Grading Inspector will conduct an inspection within 5 working days (depending on workload and weather conditions) to validate that the development is graded in accordance with the approved Lot Grading Plan.
  4. A lot grading inspection report will be sent to the applicant, indicating that the lot grading has received grade approval (Passed) or that deficiencies exist (Failed).
  5. If deficiencies exist, the applicant must correct the deficiencies within 60 days and notify Development Services, Lot Grading for a re-inspection.
  6. When the inspection process validates that the site grading meets the requirements of the Drainage Bylaw 18093 and the Lot Grading Guidelines, the Final Grade will be approved.
  7. When the Final Grade is approved, City of Edmonton Development Services, Lot Grading will send an approval report and the Lot Grading Certificate to the applicant.

For More Information

Development Services, Lot Grading

2nd Floor, Edmonton Tower
10111 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB

T5J 0J4


311 or 780-496-5576

Fax 780-496-2865

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