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Grading Program

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The City of Savage has established a grading program to ensure that the City's minimum grading requirements are met in all developments and that the property conforms to the adjacent properties.

Grading Program Information

  • Homeowners are responsible for preventing erosion until turf is established and approved.
  • Sod and landscaping materials must be at least 6 inches below your home's siding.

Up to 45 days after the property closing date:

The homeowner should check with the builder to make sure an as-built survey has been submitted to the City for approval. Sod, irrigation systems, and landscape materials may not be installed until the as-built survey has been approved. This typically takes two weeks from the time it is submitted to the City.

Up to 70 days after the as-built survey has been approved:

Once the as-built survey has been approved, you may begin installing trees and establishing acceptable ground cover. Acceptable ground cover includes sod, turf seed, mulch and/or rock landscaped areas and native grasses. if you have questions about acceptable ground covers, call the City Engineering Division at 952-882-2671. Ground cover and landscaping must be established within 70 days from the date the as-built survey was approved. Exceptions are allowed during the winter season.

Excavation and Fill Permit Application


  • How do I get my escrow released?
  • What is an "as-built survey" and why does the City need one?
  • When can I lay sod?
  • When can I put a sprinkler system in?
  • Who comes out and inspects my lot for proper grading?
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