What is a lot grading certificate?

A lot grading certificate is confirmation that a building lot conforms to Town of Cochrane design grade specifications. You must ensure your lot grading is approved before you begin any landscaping.

Upon completion of house construction the home builder is required to grade the lot as per the approved building grade plan design grades (these grades would have been approved at the subdivision stage).

How to get a lot grading certificate:

  • After the home is built and lot is graded, the home builder must engage a certified surveyor to survey the lot to verify that the grades match the design grades or are within the allowable tolerances (please refer to the surface drainage bylaw for acceptable tolerances)
  • Once the survey is complete, the home builder submits an original copy of the Final Lot Grading certificate (signed and sealed by a Certified Land Surveyor or a Professional Engineer) certifying the grades are within tolerance. Generally, the builder also supplies a copy of the survey to the home owner around the same time.
  • Once the lot grading certificate is received, the home owner may landscape their property
    Note: HOME OWNERS MAY NOT LANDSCAPE UNTIL A LOT GRADING CERTIFICATE IS RECEIVED
  • Future changes to grades must conform to Town of Cochrane bylaws
  • Property Line Grades cannot be altered under any circumstance

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