Lot Grading

It is essential to establish and maintain proper grading within a lot. Flooding caused by heavy precipitation, melting snow, or runoff may pose problems for all kinds of properties. Older and newer houses, residential and commercial developments may be at risk for flooding if proper precautions are not taken. The City encourages all builders and homeowners to take preventative measures to avoid flooding, and developed Lot Grading Guidelines and standards to assist in understanding potential risks.

The Specifics of Lot Grading

Lot grading consists of sloping the land within a lot to direct the flow of surface water away from a buildings’ foundation. The sloping helps direct the water towards a suitable outlet where it can be discharged safely and according to the approved lot grading plan without negatively affecting abutting properties.

In the City of Spruce Grove, lot grading is completed in two steps:

  • Rough Grade
  • Final Grade

Both require the City to inspect the grade once complete. The lot grading inspection season typically begins mid-April and ends November 1st. These dates are guidelines as lot grading is weather-dependent.

The City has developed Lot Grading Guidelines and processes to assist both builders and homeowners in understanding potential risks.

Rough Grading Process

The City of Spruce Grove requires homeowners to have an approved rough grade inspection before proceeding with topsoil. Rough grade is completed by the home builder within eighteen (18) months of the issuance of a Lot Grading permit; a six (6) month extension can be granted only with written approval from the City.

Please refer to our Lot Grading Guidelines or Lot Grading FAQ’s for more details.

Final Grading Process

Once rough grade has been approved, your topsoil can be applied and a final grade inspection is required and must be completed within twelve (12) months of rough grade approval in order to avoid penalties as outlined in The City of Spruce Grove’s Surface Drainage Bylaw.

Please refer to our Lot Grading Guidelines or Lot Grading FAQ’s for more details.

Approval Process Guidelines

Please refer to Lot Grading Guidelines