Grading Permits

Grading Permit (PDF) is required when ground disturbance exceeds 5,000 square feet or 100 cubic yards of earth. At sites with less than 5,000 square feet of disturbance, a grading permit is not required; however, the developer must provide sediment controls at the site.

Approval of a building permit may be held pending the requirements of a grading permit.
Standard Sediment Control Plan
For single family residential construction or minor grading activities, you may be eligible for a Standard Plan if the total disturbance does NOT EXCEED 30,000 square feet or 1,000 cubic yards of earth movement. 

For a more detailed summary of the requirements and forms contact Bonding and Permit Administration at 410-638-3507. Those sites that do not qualify for the above will require an engineered plan and grading permit. Approval of a building permit will be held pending satisfaction of these requirements.

Agency Approval
The grading permit process is a computerized system where each agency has access to the permit information immediately. Grading permits are subject to approval by the following agencies:
When the grading permit is issued, it is forwarded to the Bureau of Construction Inspections (BCI) and is delivered to the contractor at the preconstruction meeting.