Lot Grading FAQs
Lot grading is the shaping of the earth to allow surface water runoff to flow away from building foundations and to follow a pre-designed drainage path. Lot grading is necessary to help prevent basement flooding, and take care of the City’s storm and sanitary sewer systems.
Lot grading begins mid-April and is closed November 1st. These dates are guidelines only as lot grading is “weather dependent”.
An inspection will be conducted within ten business days of receiving the request (weather permitting). We will email the report to the email address provided on the grading certificate. If for some reason the email does not go through we put it in the mail (Canada Post) that same day.
The City completes inspections on a first come, first serve basis. As we receive the requests they are put in a queue and completed in the order we receive them.
The lot grading inspector will leave a door hanger at your residence indicating the inspection is complete and whether or not it has been approved. A more detailed report will be emailed to you. If you are unsure and have any questions please email our lot grading department.
The rough grade is to be completed 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.
The City will not accept final grade inspection requests from the builders prior to rough grade approval. If a rough grade inspection has failed, we require the deficiencies to be completed and rough grade approval before moving on to final grade. Not receiving rough grade approval prior to proceeding with final grade may result in penalties as outlined in the Surface Drainage Bylaw C-1045-18.
The invoices are mailed out to you via our finance department and can be paid over the phone, online services or in person at City Hall, 315 Jespersen Avenue. The City accepts cash, cheque, debit or credit card.
At the time of rough grade inspection, the City inspector will also determine the condition of City infrastructure at the property location. Once the rough grade is approved and no damages have been identified the City will refund the Performance Damage Agreement.
Once the topsoil has been placed and the final grading is completed, contact a qualified Alberta Land Surveyor to prepare a final grade certificate. The final grade certificate is emailed to the City and the request is placed in the queue for inspection. Please ensure you provide an email address to be included on the certificate as the report will be emailed to the email provided. If the email address is incorrect the report will be sent via Canada Post to the applicant’s address.
If your final grade inspection fails, you must correct the deficiencies noted in the report, and request a re-inspection via email. There is no fee for the first re-inspection on a final grade, however all further re-inspections will be charged a fee according to the Development Fees and Fines Bylaw.
When problems arise, The City encourages all residents to speak to their neighbours and try to be understanding in areas of construction. Topsoil is usually not washed onto adjacent lots intentionally and installing a temporary barricade can help correct the issue until the lot has been approved and the sod has been laid.
Swales provide an important function in the approved drainage plan of a neighbourhood. Although situated on your lot, the concrete swale remains property of the City of Spruce Grove, and in most cases there is a utility right-of-way protecting the swale. The right-of-way grants the City full access if the swale ever needs to be repaired.
Architectural guidelines are set by the developer. For more information please contact your builder or the developer of your neighbourhood.
Not all City boulevards are landscaped by the developer. Pursuant to Section 89(15) of the City’s Land Use Bylaw, the registered land owner of a site abutting a City boulevard is responsible for landscaping and maintaining the said boulevard at the registered land owner’s expense, excluding anything specified in a Development Agreement or as determined by the Development officer. Should you require clarification, please contact the City.
Landscaping deposits are held by the builder or the developer. Please contact your builder or developer for more information.