Grading Permits


Grading Permits are required for:
  • Any new single family home
  • Any non-waterfront lot disturbing 5000+ square feet
  • Any waterfront lot disturbing 2000+ square feet
  • Any lot with 100 cubic yards or more of cut or fill

Grading Permit Application

  • From application to issuance, grading permits take anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks or more. Please plan your project accordingly.
  • Please submit at least 7 copies of plans when applying for a grading permit.
  • Always get your grading permit number for easy reference throughout the project.
  • Fill out the Grading Permit Application (PDF)


  • Grading permits require the project to be bonded. See application form and/or contact Matt Waters at 410-263-7946 for further information.
  • Grading permits require Anne Arundel County Soil Conservation District approval. Please see the AA Co. SCD Plan Submittal Guidelines.
Please note, all plans will be sent to the SCD by the City. Please do not send plans directly to SCD. Simply submit your plans and application to DNEP.

Additional Information

For further information or questions regarding the Grading Permit application process, please contact Debbie Morgan at 410-263-7946.