Grading inspections is a process of checks in which approvals are granted
by stages for grading construction. The process ensures quality assurance
inspections of your grading project during construction and make sure it
follows the approved plans, building codes and local ordinances and is
also intended to assure safe site development for public safety and
A presite inspection is performed on your property prior to approval of a
building permit. The grading inspector reviews the building plans, site
topography, checks for potential construction hazards, and determines if
a grading permit or other ancillary permits are required. If a grading
permit application is also submitted concurrently with a building permit
application, this process is accomplished through the review of the
grading construction plans. Check to see if your construction work
qualifies for a
presite inspection exemption.
When your grading permit is issued, you will receive an
inspection permit card. This permit card provides a list of called
grading inspections established by the Chief Building Official to ensure
that the grading inspector performs site inspections, coordination, stage
approvals, and the grading construction is in compliance with the approved
These inspections require the applicant to notify the
Grading Inspection Division as various stages of grading construction
are completed, and require the grading inspector to be present on-site at
various stages to inspect and approve portions of the grading
The initial inspection usually held on site prior to any brushing and
preparatory to actual grading construction, is generally refereed to as
The meeting provides an open forum for the discussion of
the contractor’s approved methods of construction; discussion of any
special problems such as stabilization of fills, brush, tree, and rock
removal and disposals methods. Erosion controls for rainy season
protection, discussion concerning the conditions of the permits, and
the necessary paper work required during in-progress and final
By participants developing strong communication and an
understanding of the conditions, requirements, and specifications of the
approved grading plan and permit during the meeting, anticipated problems
are resolved through careful planning for safe grading construction.
The in-progress grading include toe of fill key inspection, excavation
inspections, compacted fill inspections, drainage devise inspections, and
driveway/private road inspections.
In–progress grading inspections should continue during
construction to ensure compliance with the grading permit and the grading
ordinance. These inspections also help the operation maintain steady
progress and minimize holdups, stop work, or expiration of the grading
Much of the in-progress grading inspection is involved
with making sure that the soil engineer’s representative is on the site
observing grading construction, ensuring compliance with the soils
engineer report recommendations, and that the grading contractor is
complying with the specifications and requirements of the approved plans
The grading inspector keeps communication open and
coordinates work among the contractor, soil engineer representative, and
engineering geologist, to assure that each stage of grading construction
is properly inspected, tested, and approved by the geotechnical
You can schedule a grading inspection at the
Salinas Permit Call Center at least 24 hours before the work day of
the inspection. Have your permit number (from the back of your permit
card) and the inspection type or code listed on the permit card ready when
you call. Telephone Number: (831) 755-5027.
If you have a problem that you can't resolve by phone,
schedule an in-progress inspection. The grading inspector will meet you on
site and help you resolve the problem (though this may require follow-up
research in our office).
If your grading permit is nearing a
time deadline, and you are not ready for a final inspection, please
schedule an in-progress grading inspection. The grading inspector can
verify that work is in progress and record exactly what has been done. Each
you pass an inspection, your permit is valid for 180 days from that
This will keep your grading permit valid throughout the
grading construction period.
Results of an Inspection
If your project passes an in-progress grading inspection, the inspector
will sign and date your card in the appropriate space. If it doesn't pass,
the inspector will leave you a notice describing corrective work that
needs to be done. You then need to make the corrections and have the
project re-inspected before proceeding.
Changes During Construction
Please let us know as soon as you decide to make a change in your grading
construction. Depending on how much you want to change, you may need to
submit a change detail or plan revision, or you may need a new grading
permit. By discussing this with us early on, we can tell you what is
needed, and you can probably avoid a delay or stop work on your project.
Final Grading Approval
At this stage all grading construction has been
completed, but there has been no release of utilities or issuance of the
certificate of occupancy.
For final approval of your grading permit, you must pass
the final grading inspection. This inspection takes places when all
building site fine grading work has been completed, including; excavation
and fills placement, drainage devices and disposals systems, erosion
control and landscape of slopes.
All professional reports including in-grading field
reports, soil compaction test reports, an as-graded plan, and a final
graded letter that summarizes all grading construction for the site must
be reviewed and approved by the engineer of record or the soils engineer.
If there are any hold or correction notes on the permit
or grading plans, the grading inspector will need proof that the applicant
has taken care of the holds before the permit can be final
Final grading inspection must be obtained within a
specific time limit.
Temporary Occupancy may be granted prior to final grading inspection under
certain conditions and extraordinary circumstances. The Applicant will be
required to complete a
Temporary Occupancy Request Form. A bond in the amount of $5,000 will
be required unless the Chief Building Official has first approved a lesser
amount. Contact your grading inspector for additional information.