The Lake County Grading Ordinance was added as Chapter 30 to the Lake County Code in July 2007 to provide guidelines and regulation for grading on public and private lands within the unincorporated areas of Lake County.


The goals of the Grading Ordinance are to:

  • Minimize hazards to life and property
  • Protect against soil erosion
  • Protect waterways
  • Protect fish, wildlife, and sensitive vegetation
  • Maintain consistency with the County's General Plan
  • Protect cultural resources
  • Protect air quality from dust and asbestos

Unpermitted Grading

If grading is performed without a permit, the property owner will be required to obtain a permit, even if the grading is completed.  No further grading will be allowed during the permitting process.

Grading fees may be doubled.