A grading permit is required on all new developments prior to grading or dicing. A Developer may seek a grading permit for grading prior to the approval of the improvement plans. Development Services must approve the grading plan prior to issuing a permit.
A grading permit is necessary prior to performing most grading operations. Some activities that require a grading permit include: Excavation or “cut,” fill, clearing or grubbing, stockpiling.
For developments one half acre or greater, a Notice of Intent (NOI) application will need to be filed with the state. For development one acre or greater, a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan must also be submitted.
Certain projects will have special requirements and need specific actions before submitting building plans, e.g. along Dry Creek, the Tuolumne River or other sensitive areas.
Submit Civil/Grading Plans
Civil and Grading Plans are reviewed to assure that construction meets basic life safety requirements and City of Modesto standards. Depending upon the type of project, and the complexity of construction, our staff will examine your plans for conformance to these requirements.
Please use the E-TRAKiT portal to submit an application. Choose "Permitting" > "Encroachment" > "ENC Grading" for permits within the City's Right-of-Way. Otherwise, choose "Permitting" > "Grading and Erosion Control".