Site Development Engineering

Grading & Erosion Control Review

The Site Development Engineering Section of the Planning & Development Division t reviews and approves grading and erosion control plans within the city of Asheville's corporate limits. The division reviews sketches and plans when a development is required to apply for a grading permit.

Plan Review

After the grading application is submitted along with a sketch or required set of plans. If the disturbed area is 10,000 square feet or larger, a design profesional is required to complete the grading and erosion control plans and calculations by using the guidelines in Section 7, Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control of the Standard Details and Specifications manual, NCDEQ's Stormwater Best Management Practices manual, Stormwater Design manual, and the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) section 7-12-2. Also, use the following checklists to make sure the plans contain all the required items:

Once the submittal is received by the City of Asheville, city staff will thoroughly review it to ensure the design meets the city's criteria. If needed, staff will send the engineer a review comment letter listing items that need to be revised to meet the criteria. If a revised plan submittal is not required, the engineer will be sent the permit package. 

Revised Plan Review

If a revised plan submittal is required please include with it one of the following forms, depending on the level of proposed development project:

After the grading and erosion control review has been completed and the plans are approved, a permit package will be issued so that erosion control measures can be installed and then the grading can begin. 

During the grading and construction process, there will be periodic grading & erosion control inspections to check that the erosion control measures are being maintained.

Forms and Applications

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Section 7, Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control
Grading/Erosion Control Sketch Checklist
Grading, Erosion Control, and Storm Water Plan Checklist
Grading/Erosion & Storm Water Revised Plan Submittal Form for Level 1. Minor Subdivisions and Other Smaller Scale Project
Grading/Erosion & Storm Water Revised Plan Submittal Form for Projects Subject to the Technical Review Committee Process


Send revised plan by mail to:
City of Asheville
Development Services Department
P.O. Box 7148
Asheville, NC 28802

Revised plan by delivery
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
161 South Charlotte Street
Public Works Building
Development Services Department

Contact Information
SDE Division
SDE Section Supervisor: Nancy Watford
Phone: (828) 259-5404
Public Works Building, 161 South Charlotte Street
P. O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802 Site Development Engineering Section

Plan Reviewer: Ric Ledford
Phone: (828) 259-5411

Plan Reviewer: Frank Rapp
Phone: (828) 259-5609



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