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Grading Permits

Instructions and Information

Download the application(s) at the bottom of this page for full application form and details.

  1. It shall be unlawful for any person to commence or perform any grading of more than fifty (50) cubic yards
    without first having complied with the conditions and requirements of Butte County Code Chapter 13, Article I.
  2. Each application for a permit that is required by this article shall be made by the property owner or his
    authorized agent to the Director on this permit application form accompanied by fees as set forth in the Butte
    County master fee schedule.
    (a) Application review fee - $163 per hour, minimum $700 deposit due at the time of application. The
    deposit may be waived if you are pre-approved for an exemption request. If the deposit is waived,
    there is a minimum ½-hour charge of $81.50.
    (b) Environmental review fee - $163 per hour, minimum $1,630 deposit due when requested.
  3. Each application shall include a grading plan prepared and signed by a licensed civil engineer in accordance with
    county improvement standards and contain at a minimum the following information:
    (a) An accurate location map showing the relation of the project to the nearby community.
    (b) An accurate plot plan showing the exterior boundaries of the area affected, and the location of any
    buildings.
    (c) A description of the work to be done together with the materials to be used thereon, including depth of
    fills, height of cuts, proposed spoils location for any excess excavation, and estimated volumes in cubic
    yards of excavation and fill.
    (d) The location of all drainage to and from the site and the location of culverts and natural watercourses.
    (e) A relocation plan for existing waterway or drainage facilities proposed to be altered.
    (f) Details of proposed drainage structures.
    (g) A description of the methods to be used for erosion and sediment control.
    (h) The locations of anticipated stockpile areas.
    (i) Other pertinent information, as requested by the Director.
  4. An erosion and sediment control plan prepared and signed by a licensed civil engineer conforming to the
    standards set forth in Chapter 13, Article I of Butte County Code shall be provided.
  5. In certain circumstances in which an environmental review is performed under the control of another regulatory
    agency, the Director may approve of an exemption prior to grading as listed in section III of the permit
    application. Sufficient information must be submitted to demonstrate that an exemption is warranted.
  6. Permit applications may be referred to the Planning Division of the Development Services Department for review
    pursuant to the Butte County Environmental Review Guidelines and the California Environmental Quality Act.
  7. The Director may submit a report including his recommendations to the Planning Commission together with a
    request that the matter be set for public hearing by the Planning Commission.
  8. Where it has been determined that the parcel for which the application has been submitted cannot prove that it
    was created in conformance with government code, additional documentation shall be provided as requested.
  9. Before submitting an application for grading permit, the applicant is requested to discuss with staff all questions
    about application requirements, county procedures, zoning provisions and possible conditions of approval.

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Grading Permit Application - It shall be unlawful for any person to commence or perform any grading of more than fifty (50) cubic yards without first having complied with the conditions and requirements of Butte County Code Chapter 13, Article I.  Download application for full details. 2/24/2010 36 KB  .pdf

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