For any site that disturbs land through excavation, embankment or grading activities, as defined by the city's Land Disturbance Ordinance, the owner shall, at minimum, conform to the provisions of the Land Disturbance Requirements, applicable permits, relevant laws, ordinances, rules and regulations. In the case of conflicting requirements, the most restrictive shall apply.
The city requires a grading permit if:
- The proposed project disturbs more than 10 cubic yards of material.
- The proposed project is adjacent to wetlands, ponds, drainage easements, etc.
- The proposed project alters the existing drainage pattern on the property in any way.
Retaining walls 4 feet or higher require a building permit and must be designed and certified by a qualified professional engineer or landscape architect.
Grading permits are only available from the Engineering Department at Wayzata Public Works at 299 Wayzata Boulevard W. between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Call 952-404-5360 or email Jen Schumann for complete information.
If you are doing any earth movement greater than 10 cubic yards (1 truckload of soil) or any quantity of grading that will alter the existing drainage patterns, you will probably need a grading permit.
The city regulates filling and excavation work through a permitting process to protect the interest of both the property owner and the community. Grading and filling operations can cause a number of problems related to drainage, erosion and protection of the wetlands, easements and utilities. The biggest concern is related to drainage and how it may affect neighboring properties. We suggest talking to your neighbors regarding your grade / fill project before starting it.
- I want to have a truckload of black dirt delivered to add to my flower beds, do I need a grading permit?
Probably not. If you have any concerns that your landscaping work may be altering existing drainage patterns, please call the Wayzata Engineering Department at 952-404-5316. We would rather visit you before there is a problem.
Yes. In fact, you will probably need a grading plan, though it may not have to be very detailed. Often the Engineering Department can provide a contour map of your property and discuss the work with you to verify that there will not be any impacts to you or adjacent properties. You may be required to post a refundable cash escrow to ensure establishment of vegetation in the disturbed areas.
- My neighbor and I want about 500 cubic yards of fill placed on both our properties, do we need a grading permit?
Yes, both of you will probably be required to submit a grading plan prepared by a qualified person. This plan must be reviewed and approved by the Engineering Department. You will be required to submit a written agreement between you and your neighbor. An erosion control plan and cash escrow for surety may also be required.
Simple permits can often be issued within a day or 2. More complex permits may require a week or more to review. Note: Sites that disturb over 1 acre of land also require permits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).