What Is a Grading Plan, and Why Is It Requested in Georgia?

June 17, 2019 Published by Leave your thoughts

Did you know you need a development permit for just about any construction-related, land-disturbing project? When most people start planning a project, they typically think about design, cost and even materials before they consider a permit, and when they do get around to the permit, they see it as a hindrance. After all, it’s your land, and having to get someone else’s permission to do something on your own property may seem like a burden.

However, we all know that rules are generally there for a reason. And as annoying as obtaining a permit may be, it’s important for your safety and protection, as well as the safety and protection of those around you. To make obtaining a permit a little easier, it’s good to know as much about the process as possible, which is where we can help. As land surveyors and civil engineers, we know a thing or two about getting a permit. One aspect of the permit process that we would like to discuss today is having grading and erosion control plans in Muscogee County, GA.

What is a grading plan?

Grading basically means to removed dirt from a higher spot to a lower spot—in other words, leveling the ground. Grading is not only employed in building projects, but can be part of preparing farmland for crops or in preparation for laying down a road. In building projects, grading means to level the ground in such a way that water runoff is directed to an appropriate outlet, rather than towards your home or into someone else’s yard. Grading also helps minimize soil erosion and sedimentation during and after construction.

Do you really need a grading plan?

If you are going to build something, you need a flat surface to build on. You may think that doesn’t require a plan—just some common sense. However, the fact is that in the state of Georgia you are required to have a grading plan as part of the permit process, but that requirement is there to protect you, too. Without the appropriate grading plan, water can seep into your foundation, causing cracks and erosion and leaving you with constant repairs. Grading a lot properly requires skill, experience and planning. Without making grading part of the permit process, some contractors may try to cut corners on this step, which would leave you and your home at risk.

How do you get a grading plan?

Obtaining a grading plan for your project is actually relatively simple. Contractors that offer erosion control plans in Muscogee County, GA, such as land surveyors and civil engineers, can put together a grading plan for you that you can then submit with your permit application. The grading plan will show the slope of your lot in increments and provide information that your building contractor will need for inspecting and managing the site.

If you are in need of a grading plan for your permit, call on Moon, Meeks, Mason & Vinson, Inc., your local experts on erosion control plans in Muscogee County, GA. To schedule a consultation, call us today!

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