Grading & Clearing
When Does This Permit Apply?
A Grading & Clearing Permit is needed for soil disturbance one acre and greater on any land used or being developed on for non-agricultural purposes within the unincorporated areas of Lorain County and may include:
General non-residential grading & clearing.
Grading for recreation - such as a pond.
Clearing & grubbing prior to development.
How Do I Apply?
To apply for a Grading & Clearing Permit, all of the following items must be submitted to Lorain Soil & Water Conservation District at the time of application:
Completed Erosion & Sediment Control Application form.
Applicable fees (cash or check only made out to "Lorain County Commissioners") - based on acres disturbed.
Ohio EPA NPDES NOI - if your site disturbance is ≥1 acre and not part of a Common Plan of Development.
Site plan that outlines the limits of soil disturbance, setbacks, and installation location of best management practices.
Verification of compliance with other applicable permits.
The completed application packet can be submitted in person or by mail to:
42110 Russia Road, Elyria, OH 44035
Please see below for additional items that may help with the Grading & Clearing Permit application process.
For any questions regarding Lorain County's Erosion & Sediment Control Rules, contact our Urban Erosion and Stormwater Specialist at or 440-326-5808.