Most counties and cities in the state of California require a soil management report as part of their building permit application process. This requirement is State Ordinance AB-1881 (also referred to as WELO) and became effective January of 2010 to look at plant water use efficiency and ground water runoff.
The soil management report includes a data sheet with an analysis of all the test items required and a written report that provides you with easy to understand explanations, recommendations for amendments that will allow for better growth and fertility, and suggestions for remediation on less desirable characteristics when possible. To learn more about the tests and why we do testing, click here.
2-3 cups of soil per sample is needed and most often the sample is collected from a depth of 0-12 inches. A quart size Ziploc bag is easy to use to transport the sample either through drop off or shipping. If using a quart size Ziploc bag, fill it a minimum of halfway full. Please include the sample, a prepayment check or money order, and paperwork which can be downloaded here.
Fill out the contact information at the top of the form. Mark off test item number 8, which satisfies the requirement for the county or state. Please confirm with the requesting agency how many samples are required. Most commonly only one sample is needed for single family residents.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.