Lot Grading

LOT GRADING IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE 2023 SEASON

The City of Beaumont’s lot grading acceptance process applies to all residential lots. All lots must be graded in accordance with the City of Beaumont’s Surface Drainage Bylaw 732-08 & 732-01-10, City of Beaumont’s General Design Standards, and the accepted Grading Plan for the area.

Inspection Timelines

Typically, the inspection season runs from June 1 to October 15. These dates are weather and condition dependent. Any application received after October 1 may not get an inspection before the season closes.

Rough grade inspections are typically completed within 15 business days once an inspection application and the rough grade certificate has been received. Final grade inspections are typically done within 10 business days once an inspection application, proof of payment and the final grade certificate has been received. Timelines are weather and volume dependent and can vary from season to season.

Purpose

The purpose of lot grading is to ensure all properties (public and private) have met the surface drainage requirements set out in the area lot grading plan to prevent flooding and other water-related damages.  Proper lot grading will ensure surface runoff drains away from all structures and control drainage discharge points and the rate of flow entering the public roads and storm sewer system.

Rough Grade Inspection Process

The home builder is responsible for ensuring that the rough grade is completed and accepted. Homeowners should discuss and confirm the lot grading requirements with the home builder when purchasing a new home. A Damage Agreement Inspection will also take place during the Rough Grade stage. The Rough Grade must be accepted within 18 months of the issuance of a final occupancy for a home. Please refer to City of Beaumont’s Residential Lot Grading Guidelines to learn more details on the inspection application and acceptance process. 

Note: Failure to apply for rough grade acceptance from the City may result in a penalty fee as per the City of Beaumont’s Surface Drainage Bylaw 732-08/732-01-10.

Final Grade Inspection Process

The homeowner is responsible for ensuring that Final Grade is completed and accepted. The home builder can also do this if finished landscaping is provided with the home. This stage must be completed within 12 months of the Rough Grading Acceptance. Please refer to City of Beaumont’s Residential Lot Grading Guidelines to learn more details on the inspection application and acceptance process.

Notes: Failure to apply for final grade acceptance from the City may result in a penalty fee as per the City of Beaumont’s Surface Drainage Bylaw 732-08/732-01-10. In both stages it is the responsibility of the designated party to ensure that all lot grading requirements are met.

Inspection Payment 

The initial Lot Grading Inspection fee is still collected at the time of Building permit application. However, as per the updated Lot Grading Guidelines 2023 and the City’s 2023 Fees & Charges Bylaw 1025-22 & 1029-23, the initial fee will now only cover ONE Rough Grade Inspection and ONE set of Damage Deposit Inspection (pre & post inspection). All subsequent inspections will require a payment of $164.00 + GST

Beaumont City Hall Reception located at 5600 49 Street is currently accepting payment for Final inspection fees and/or Re-inspection fees.  Alternatively, you may call reception staff at 780-929-8782 ext 0 during working hours to make a payment via credit card.  Regular office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (closed between 12:00-1:00 pm).  All inspection applications can be made via email starting May 31st. Proof of Payments/Receipts must be attached to the Lot Grading Inspection Application and emailed to lot grading department at lotgrading@beaumont.ab.ca.

Inspection Fees 

Rough Grade (Re-Inspection): $164.00 + GST for Each Inspection/per unit 

Final Grade Inspection/Re-Inspection:  $164.00 + GST for Each Inspection/per unit

Damage Deposit (Re-inspection):  $164.00 + GST for Each Inspection/per unit

Please refer to our 2023 Fees and Charges Bylaw 1025-22 & 1029-23 for more details.

More Information

To request Pre-construction Initial Inspection, please fill out the Performance Damage Inspection Request form and submit the application to lotgrading@beaumont.ab.ca

For more information on final grade please see Almost Finished - A Guide on How to Achieve Final Grade.

For more information on maintaining your grade please see Maintaining Your Grade - A Guide to Effective Yard Drainage.

General information please see Lot Grading FAQs.