The Lake County Grading Ordinance was added as Chapter 30 to the Lake County Code in July 2007 to provide guidelines and regulation for grading on public and private lands within the unincorporated areas of Lake County.
The goals of the Grading Ordinance are to:
- Minimize hazards to life and property
- Protect against soil erosion
- Protect waterways
- Protect fish, wildlife, and sensitive vegetation
- Maintain consistency with the County's General Plan
- Protect cultural resources
- Protect air quality from dust and asbestos
If grading is performed without a permit, the property owner will be required to obtain a permit, even if the grading is completed. No further grading will be allowed during the permitting process.
Grading fees may be doubled.
The first step in the grading procedure is to determine if you need a grading permit.
If your responses to the grading application indicate that you do require a grading permit, the next step is to determine the level of grading permit needed.
Do not begin any earth-moving work until your Grading Permit is paid for and issued! When your Grading Permit is issued, you will receive written conditions regarding the requirements for erosion control measures and inspections.
Grading is defined in the County Code as “Any mechanical excavating, clearing, filling, or combination thereof.”