The City of Los Angeles will require a surety bond for grading permits. The bond must be in an amount sufficient to cover the cost of the grading project, including the construction of drainage and protective devices and any corrective work necessary to remove and eliminate engineering and geological hazards in a form prescribed by the building official or approved as to form by the counsel of the permit-issuing authority.
The City sets the bond amount and a release from the municipality is required to cancel the bond. This is important as the bonds are billed annually until the work is done and the bond has been released.
Surety1 has a great program available for Grading Permit Surety Bonds, including an easy to use, online application. For more information, call 877-654-2327 and ask to speak with a representative in the contract bond department.