Except as specified, no person shall do any grading without first having obtained a grading permit from the building division.
(1) Exempted work. A grading permit is not required for the following:
(a) An excavation below finished grade for basements and footings of a building, retaining wall, or other structure authorized by a valid building permit. This shall not exempt any fill made with the material from such excavation or exempt any excavation having an unsupported height greater than five feet (5') (1524 mm) after the completion of such structure.
(b) Cemetery graves.
(c) Refuse disposal sites controlled by other regulations.
(d) Excavations for wells or tunnels or utilities.
(e) Mining, quarrying, excavating, processing, or stockpiling of rock, sand, gravel, aggregate, or clay where established and provided for by law, provided such operations do not affect the lateral support or increase the stresses in or pressure upon any adjacent or contiguous property.
(f) Exploratory excavations under the direction of soil engineers or engineering geologists.
(g) An excavation that (i) is less than two feet (2') (610 mm) in depth; or (ii) does not create a cut slope greater than five feet (5') (1524 mm) in height and steeper than one (1) unit vertical in one and one-half (1 ½) units horizontal (66.7% slope).
(h) A fill less than one foot (1') (305 mm) in depth and placed on natural terrain with a slope flatter than one (1) unit vertical in five (5) units horizontal (twenty percent (20%) slope), or less than three feet (3') (914 mm) in depth, not intended to support structures, that does not exceed fifty (50) cubic yards (38.3 m3) on any one lot and does not obstruct a drainage course.
Exemption from the permit requirements of this Chapter shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of this Chapter or any other laws or ordinances.
Ord. No.97-35, Recodified, 6/19/1997
Ord. No. 03-31, Enacted, 9/4/2003