You can think of rough grading as the “shaping” of your home site. Contractors will level the ground or create a specific slope to set a solid base upon which your new home will be built. This is the first step in the actual construction of your home because the lot must be formed to meet city guidelines and to direct surface water away from the home in the proper direction.

The purpose of grading is to provide good drainage and prevent foundation damage down the road. It is a very important step and your property’s grade must be approved by the City of Edmonton. Since a revised drainage bylaw came into effect on January 1st, 2018, the residential lot grading guidelines changed to meet these standards. The city does charge a fee to cover the cost of rough and final grade inspections. The homebuilder is usually responsible for rough grading approval while the homeowner is responsible for the final grade.

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