Grading Code

The purpose of the grading code is to regulate and control the design, construction, quality of materials, location and maintenance of grading, drainage, erosion and sediment control in order to protect and preserve life, limb, health, property and public welfare.  The Building and Safety Division of Planning and Development is responsible for implementing and enforcing the standards set forth in the grading code. 



Santa Barbara County Code of Ordinances

Chapter 14 - Grading Code


Ordinance Reference Documents

Field Manual

Storm Water Quality Handbooks

California Storm Water Best Management Practice Handbook

Grading Plan Submittal Information 

Grading Plan Submittal Requirements (other than subdivisions)


Grading Notes


Construction Erosion and Sediment Control


Temporary Erosion and Sediment Control Measures


Grading Policies, Bulletins, and Memos

Removal and Re-compaction Grading Permit Exemption


Differential Settlement