In general, grading is any process of excavation or filling. More specifically, it includes construction activities involving the excavation and reuse (or disposal) of material and the placement of suitable reusable soils and soil imported to the site necessary to complete all construction activities, including:
  • Backfill
  • Compaction
  • Excavation
  • Land clearing
  • Satisfactory drainage
  • Soil conditioning

Improper Management

If not properly managed, grading including land clearing activities may negatively impact the City’s aesthetic value and community character. Establishing minimum standards and requirements relating to grading operations and developing procedures by which these standards and requirements may be enforced will help to ensure soil is not stripped and/or removed from lands in the City, leaving them unsightly and susceptible to erosion, subsidence, sediment deposition and pollution.


For more about permits, visit our Grading Permits page.


Land Development Fee Schedule


All grading within the City limits shall be performed in compliance with Chapter 18 of the Temecula Municipal Code, the City’s Engineering and Construction Manual and all applicable City ordinances, standard notes, policies and procedures.

Grading Notes

The Department of Public Works will oversee all grading performed within City limits. The City's grading notes (PDF) are intended to be used on all plans subject to review and approval by the Department of Public Works for private development that include work related to:
  • Administrative clearing
  • Borrow site/stockpiling
  • Erosion and sediment control
  • Mass
  • Rough and precise grading

Disposal of Material

The City has an exclusive franchise agreement for solid waste and recycling hauling services with CR&R Incorporated (“Franchisee”). The permittee shall be responsible for making arrangements with the Franchisee for all recycling and solid waste removal, including construction and demolition debris, for work performed in private development as well as public right-of-way. The Franchisee’s contact information is:
P.O. Box 1208
Perris, CA 92572