The Engineering Division reviews Grading and Drainage plans, issues Grading Permits and provides inspection services to ensure the grading complies with the approved grading plan. Grading is addressed in the Lake Elsinore Municipal Code at Chapter 15.72, Grading Standards. and Chapter 16, Subdivisions.
The most common activities requiring a grading permit include the following:
A lot of information is available on this page to assist you through the process:
SUMMARY OF ENGINEERING DIVISION PROCESS FOR GRADING PERMIT ISSUANCE:
(Please note that design review approval may be required first, contact the Planning Division for more information.)
The following are provided to assist you in preparing your Grading Plancheck submittal to the City:
Please contact an Engineering Technician if you have any questions regarding grading requirements.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
When do I need to obtain a Grading / Drainage Permit?
A Drainage Permit is required on a construction site when soil disturbance or structures to be constructed may impact existing drainage flow or at the direction of the City Engineer.
A Grading Permit is required on a construction site when the combined cut and fill exceeds 50 cubic yards and/or soil disturbance results in a significant impact to the existing drainage and/or site contours, at the direction of the City Engineer or as conditioned through the design review process.
How do I obtain a Grading or Drainage Permit?
A Grading or Drainage Permit can be issued after the City has approved the proposed plan and upon submittal of a completed Grading or Drainage Permit Application together with the required documents and fees.
How do I obtain City approval of my grading / drainage plans?
Review of plans for approval begins with submittal of a completed Grading Plan Check or Drainage Inspection Application together with the required documents and fees .
Upon receipt of the complete submittal package, the following occurs:
How do I check the status of my plan check?
What type of construction is NOT APPROVED through a Grading Permit?
Any work within the public right-of-way, swimming pools, retaining walls and structures. Even if such related work is shown on Grading Plans, applicants must gain separate approval for such work. An Encroachment Permit is required for work in the public right-of-way.
Visit the Building Division web page or at the public counter for permits related to structures, including pools.
What are the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) requirements?
NPDES requirements can vary depending upon the size and location of your project. Please refer to the NPDES web page for more information.
How do I know if my property is in a flood zone?
You have two options:
What other processes are associated with or may be required for grading permit issuance?
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