Commercial & Multi-Family Site Grading
Commercial and multi-family site grading throughout the City of Saskatoon is regulated as per Bylaw No. 9772 – The Drainage Bylaw, 2021. The information below outlines the requirements and approval procedure for site grading associated with commercial building permits.
A site grading plan is required as part of the commercial building permit application. In addition, effective October 1, 2021, the City requires a final site grading inspection for all new commercial and multi-family developments that require site grading.
Any building permit application, including commercial, multi-family, and institutional forms of development, received after October 1, 2021 will be required to follow the commercial/multi-family site grading procedure outlined below.
Commercial Site Grading Procedure
- Your property must be surveyed by a professional land surveyor and a site grading plan prepared by a qualified professional. See Commercial Site Grading Plan Requirements for details.
- Submit the site grading plan as part of the building permit application.
- The site grading plan will be reviewed prior to the issuance of a building permit.
- Rough Grade Inspection (optional)
- The developer is responsible to schedule an inspection at the rough grade stage if desired.
- Rough grading may be reviewed on site with a drainage inspector.
- If alterations are made to rough grading, that are not indicated on the approved site grading plan, then you are required to re-submit the site grading plan for approval.
- Final Grade Inspection (mandatory)
- The developer/property owner is responsible to schedule an inspection after completion of final grading. Site grading must be completed in accordance with the approved site grading plan.
- A drainage inspector will inspect the site to confirm compliance with the approved site grading plan and complete a site grading inspection report.
- Deficiencies will require correction and re-inspection.
- If deficiencies are not corrected, enforcement action may be taken in accordance with the Drainage Bylaw.
- Final grade approval is required to be obtained within 9 months of the building permit closure, occupancy, or partial occupancy of the site – whichever occurs earlier.
For more information, refer to the City’s Guide to Commercial Site Grading.
The following information must be included in the commercial site grading plan:
- Certification by a Saskatchewan land surveyor, professional engineer or architect.
- Scaled drawing of the property in metric units.
- Legal description and civic address.
- Project information: Owner and applicant/developer contact information, development boundary, north arrow, revision box, legend, and notes.
- Existing and proposed geodetic surface elevations at reasonable intervals around the perimeter of the property.
- Existing and proposed locations of structure(s).
- Proposed geodetic surface elevations adjacent to the foundation walls or concrete slab of structure(s).
- Text indicating matching of adjacent property line elevations or proposed retaining wall location(s) and top of wall elevations.
- Proposed directions of surface storm water flow indicated by arrows and gradient expressed in percentage.
- Proposed locations and elevations of drainage swales and/or other drainage structures with direction of flow indicated by arrows and gradient expressed in percentage.
- Proposed location and direction of foundation drainage sump discharge and roof drainage downspouts.
- Proposed locations and rim elevations of all catch basins and manholes.
- Proposed connection to the City storm sewer.
- Landscaping areas, parking areas, driving surfaces, and curbs, including the labelling of all surface materials (asphalt, concrete, grass, etc.).
- Calculations for on-site storm water management.
- Calculations for the sizing of a flow restriction device.
- On-site storm water retention areas (hatched) with approximate volume and spillover elevations.
- Calculations for the sizing of an oil/grit separator.