The Engineering Division maintains and enforces City of Solvang Public Works Design Standards for improvements within the public right-of-way. The Public Works Design Standards apply to all land development projects and improvements within the public right-of-way. Improvements within the public right-of-way include street improvements such as sidewalks, curb & gutter, driveway approaches and asphalt pavement, as well as storm drain, water and sewer improvements. The City of Solvang Public Works Standard Details make up a portion of the Public Works Design Standards. The Public Works Design Standards are currently being updated. Contact our Engineering Division staff to find out more or obtain copies of our Design Standards.
A Grading Permit is required whenever excavation or embankment (cut or fill) of 50 cubic yards (CY) or more is proposed to occur on a parcel. A Grading Permit may also be required for grading work less than this if certain conditions apply. See the Solvang Municipal Code Title 10 - Building Regulations, Chapter 1-4.X for all conditions requiring a Grading Permit. Minor utility trenching typically does not require a Grading Permit.
Whenever a Grading Permit is required, Grading Plans prepared by a registered Civil Engineer are also required. Contact the Engineering Division staff for more information on Grading Plan requirements. Whenever grading work may occur between October 1 and April 30 an Erosion Control Plan will also be required. Applicants should be aware that under certain conditions a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP), Water Pollution Control Plan (WPCP), and/or Stormwater Control Plan may also be required. Contact the Engineering Division staff to learn what other requirements may apply to your proposed grading project.