Sec. 6-3-7. Processing grading permit applications.

Sec. 6-3-7-1 Submitting the application documents.
(a) Application. To obtain a grading permit, the applicant shall first file an application therefor on a form provided by the city of Woodland. In addition to the requirements of Sections 3309.4 and 3309.8 of Appendix Chapter 33, California Building Code, every application shall include the following:
(1) Evidence of CEQA clearance.
(2) A description of the work to be covered by the permit for which application is made.
(3) A statement of the use or occupancy for which the proposed work is intended.
(4) An estimate of the quantity of work involved.
(5) A statement of the estimated starting and completion dates.
(6) Other information as the city engineer may reasonably require to ensure conformance with CEQA and the provisions of this article, including specifications.
(7) A copy of all required state and federal permits.
(8) A copy of all entitlements granted for the property by the city, including conditions of approval and the environmental documentation.
(b) Security. Applications for grading permits may, at the discretion of the city engineer, require security in any of the following forms. This security would be exercised for the purpose of stabilizing the activity site if the site is abandoned or work is stopped during the performance of the activity authorized by the permit:
(1) Bond or bonds by one or more duly authorized corporate sureties.
(2) A deposit equal to one hundred percent of the construction cost estimate, either with the city or a responsible escrow agent or trust company, at the option of the city, of money or negotiable bonds of the kind approved for securing deposits of public monies.
(3) An instrument of credit from an agency of the state, federal, or local government when an agency of the state, federal, or local government provides at least twenty percent of the financing for the project, or from one or more financial institutions subject to regulation by the state or federal government and pledging that the funds necessary are on deposit and guaranteed for payment, or a letter of credit by such financial institution.
The security shall be released to the permittee upon either:
(1) Issuance of a certificate of completion, provided no administrative or legal action against such security has been commenced prior to that date and the permittee has complied with the provisions of this article; or
(2) Voluntary relinquishment of the permit by the holder thereof to the city, provided no administrative or legal action against such security has been commenced prior to that date and the permittee has complied with the provisions of this article.
(c) Permit Fees. A schedule of fees may be established by resolution of the city council for all costs incurred in the processing of any grading permit application. Such fees shall cover the full costs of review, approvals, inspections, issuance of certificate of compliance, and other determinations or actions necessitated by the permit application. A separate and distinct fee may be set by the city council by resolution for the cost of appeals filed pursuant to this article. If no separate schedule of fees is adopted by resolution of the city council, the fee schedule outlined in Tables A-33-A and A-33-B, Section 3310 of the California Building Code shall apply.
Sec. 6-3-7-2 Application Review. The application, plans, and specifications (if any) filed by an applicant for a permit shall be checked by the building official or the city engineer. Such plans may be reviewed by other departments of the city to check compliance with the laws and ordinances under their jurisdiction. If the city is satisfied that the application for permit is complete and conforms to the requirements of this article and other pertinent laws and ordinances and that the required fees have been paid, the city shall issue a permit therefor to the applicant.
The decision of the building official or the city engineer upon applications for permits under this article shall be in writing and a copy of such decision shall be served upon the applicant in person or by first class mail, postage prepaid. Any other person who files a written request therefor with the city shall also receive a copy of such decision.
Sec. 6-3-7-3 Permit Issuance. When the building official or the city engineer issues the permit, he or she shall endorse in writing or stamp on both sets of grading plans and specifications “APPROVED.” Such approved grading plans and specifications shall not be changed, modified, or altered without prior written authorization from the building official or city engineer as applicable; and all work shall be done in accordance with the approved plans.
One set of approved grading plans, specifications and computations shall be retained by the city for a period of not less than ninety days from date of completion of the work covered therein, and one set of approved grading plans and specifications shall be returned to the applicant, which set shall be kept on such building or work site at all times during which the work authorized thereby is in progress.
(a) Conditions. The community development director or building official or city engineer may require that grading operations and project designs be modified if delays occur which incur weather generated problems not considered at the time the permit was issued.
The issuance of a permit based upon approved grading plans and specifications shall not prevent the community development director or building official or city engineer from requiring that grading operations and project designs be modified if it is determined that the designs are in error or if the operations and designs will cause, or have the potential to cause, injury to persons and/or property. Submission of new or modified development plans following CEQA clearance or issuance of a grading permit may alter grading requirements for the project site. The community development director or building official or city engineer may revoke or modify a permit under such circumstances. (Ord. No. 1353, § 2 (part).)