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 and Forms

  • 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.


  • Grading permits require the project to be bonded. See the application form and/or contact Michael Rossberg at 410-263-7949 for further information.
  • Grading permits require Anne Arundel County Soil Conservation District approval. Please see the Anne Arundel County Soil Conservation District Plan Submittal Guidelines.

Please note, that all plans will be sent to the Soil Conservation District (SCD) by the City. Please do not send plans directly to SCD. Simply submit your plans and application to Planning & Zoning.

Additional Information

For further information or questions regarding the Grading Permit application process, please contact LeKita Windley at 410-260-2200 x7746.