grading construction, as defined in Monterey County Grading Ordinance No.
2535, will require the submittal of grading plans and issuance of a
grading permit prior to the beginning of such operation To submit
grading and erosion control plans for plan check you will need to complete
grading permit application and pay permit, plan review and
administrative fees. The application will request such information as the
project’s street address, assessor’s parcel number, and phone numbers of
the owner, engineer, architect, contact person, and contractor.
Grading plans should be blue
lined or photo-copied on substantial paper a minimum of 18" X 24" to a
maximum 24” x 36”. Grading plans should be
fully dimensioned and drawn to a scale of ¼”-1’0” size and reduced to
18” X 24” size. Plans should be folded to 9” X 12” size and bound
together by rubber band or other holder.
Plans which are incomplete, defaced, illegible, or faded will not be
plans should state the project’s street address, assessor’s parcel
number and include a general note section, plan and cross section
profiles section showing cut and fill contact lines, (cut and fill lines
should be shaded for clarity), identify volume of cut and fill
quantities and locations, elevations, site drainage, driveway access,
erosion control (BMPs), setbacks, bench marks, property lines, and scenic
easements. Refer to the grading plan checklists for required plan
details and information.
general, six (6) sets of grading plans, to include site and erosion
controls plans, are required per grading permit submittal. Additional
submittal requirements may be required such as two (2) copies of
site-specific soils report prepared by an approved geotechnical
engineering firm and a written review of the most recent grading plan,
all wet-signed by a soils engineer and an Engineering Geologist
registered in the State of California. Contact the Permit Centers for
Grading Plan Distribution
Once your grading plans have entered the reviewing process, the Permit
Coordinating Team will route a set of plans to the Grading Inspection
Division for review, comments, or conditions. It is important to
incorporate sufficient lead time within the project schedule to allow
review, for this process may take several weeks.
Grading Plan Correction
If corrections are required after the first grading plan review has been
completed, comments may be marked on the plans including correction
lists. The Grading Inspection Division will either mail out plan
corrections or require the applicant to pick up the plans and
picking up the corrections, review each correction item carefully.
Follow the requirements for re-submittal. Often, you will be asked to
make the corrections on the original vellums and resubmit both the old
and the corrected plans. It is a good idea to include a cover letter or
indicate on the side of the plan check list the location in the plans
where each correction was made.
Resubmission of Corrected
When all corrections have been made, you will probably be asked to
resubmit the same number of copies of plans and calculations as required
earlier (including both original and revised plans). Plans should be
returned to the Permit Coordinating Team for intake and processing.
Plans that comply with all applicable local, state codes and ordinances
will be stamped approved by the Grading Inspection Division.
Revisions to Approved Grading Plans
Revisions to approved grading plans are submitted for approval to the
Permit Coordinating Team and are then re-routed to the Grading
Inspection Division. Any revision which pertains to a planning issue
such as a change to the height of house, landscaping may need to be
approved by the planning department. Proposed changes to grading
construction, such as cut and fill quantities, will need to be approved
by the Grading Inspection Division.
usually include two (2) sets of revised grading plans and a letter of
transmittal on a formal letterhead with the following information: Date,
Job No., Revision No., Drawing Reference number, and a detailed
description of the revision including area locations. If the revision
applies to a correction notice issued by the grading Inspector, note the
correction notice on the transmittal.
should have a wet stamp & signature from the architect or engineer of
record, if there is no design professional involved in the project it is
usually wise to obtain an approval from the project owner.
revisions are to include a location plan with all revisions numbered and
clouded. Cut and fill quantities revisions require
submittal of calculations.
Turn-Around Time to Review
The turn around time for revisions is dependent on the extent of the
work. Allow 5 to 10 working days. If all the required documents are
not submitted with the revision, additional time may be required to
complete the plan review.
After the plans have been stamped
and approved by the Grading Inspection Division, and all other
approvals are met, the Permit Coordinating Team will notify the
applicant that the plans are ready to be issued. A fee is usually
charged for review of plan changes, including, revisions and
Grading Permit Issuance
Upon issuance of the permit, usually one set of approved drawings will
be stamped, dated, and returned to the applicant or applicant's agent
along with an inspection card. The plans and inspection card should be
kept at the job site at all times.
set of approved drawings, calculations, and inspection card will be
maintained with the Grading Inspection Division.