This information is provided to help the
applicant understand the County of Monterey bonding requirements for
The County’s Grading Ordinance No 2535, Section 16.08.290 states “The
building official shall require bonds in such form and amounts as may be
deemed necessary to assure that the work, if not completed in accordance
with the approved plans and specifications, will be corrected to eliminate
Monterey County accepts the following as
meeting the intent of Section 16.08.290:
Amount of Bond
The following calculations are used to determine grading bond amounts.
The Chief Building Official may, at times, adopt another calculation table
to assess fees depending upon construction estimates and specific site
Amount (Cut or Fill)
Grading Bond Fees
cubic yards or less
to 1,500 cubic yards
1,501 or more cubic yards
$2,000.00 for the
first 1,500 cuyds plus $1.00 for every cubic yard over 1,500 cuyds
A surety bond shall be executed by the owner and a corporate surety
authorized to do business in this state as surety in an amount sufficient
to cover the cost of the project, including corrective work necessary to
remove and eliminate geological hazards.
If the applicant
chooses to use a surety bond, request a surety bond form from a land use
technician at the Planning and Building Inspection Department, complete
the form and return it along with the surety bond to the department.
Cash Deposits and
Certificates of Deposit
Bond amounts may be paid with cash deposits or certificates of deposit
made out to the County
upon the same terms and conditions and in an amount equal to that which
would be required in the surety bond. Applicants must reference their
grading permit number on certificates of deposit and on personal checks.
These bond deposits must be submitted to a land use technician at the
Planning and Building Inspection Department.
payments are not accepted for bond deposits.
Final Inspections on
For the construction of a new house or commercial building, the County may
hold final occupancy of these structures until all grading construction is
completed and final in lieu of a surety or cash bond. If the applicant
requests final occupancy before the final grading is completed, the
applicant is required to submit another type of bond payment. Applicants
are advice to speak with a land use technician about what additional bonds
may be required for their projects.
When the grading construction is completed and been final approved and
signed off, the grading inspector will give the approval for release. The
owner, owners, or corporation listed on the bond will then be notified.
Approximately four weeks are required to process the owner's claim for
refund after the work is completed.