Permit and Development Center FAQ
The purpose of our grading and soil erosion control Code requirements is to help eliminate the loss of soil from construction activities into drainage facilities and bodies of water, as well as to ensure that existing drainage patterns are not changed to the point of potentially causing damage to property. All downstream sides of your work area may need to be protected with a silt barrier such as silt fence or filter socks. Consult with the Engineering staff at the Permit and Development Center.
Also, be sure to have located any utilities (electric, gas, phone, sewer etc.) within an area to be excavated. There is a free service called Iowa One Call 1-800-292-8989 that will flag or spray paint the location of any known buried utilities on your lot. If any of these are present in this area, contact the utility and let them know your intentions. The depth of soil to be maintained over some of these utilities is important for safety reasons. If there are any utilities in the area, and they have approved your proposed work, use caution in case you might encounter the utilities while digging.
- Complete and submit a grading permit application form through Customer Self Service to initiate the process.
- After submitting the electronic application form, you will receive an email with further instructions on how to obtain the permit. Grading permit fees for residential lots will typically be $130 .
- You can work on your lot as soon as an engineering staff member reviews the application, approves the proposal, and issues the permit.