Soils Policy

Acid Sulfate Soils and Shrink Swell Testing Policy

The City of Fredericksburg has identified areas of highly acidic soils within its boundaries. Property owners and builders should be aware of these soil characteristics, and design buildings appropriately. More information is available in the Soils Testing Policy (PDF). 

The permit holder, developer, or contractor of any newly developed lot for residential or commercial construction shall have the soil tested for pH and for potential acidity to the maximum depth of excavations, and prior to placing any ground cover, to determine if soil remediation is needed to maintain acceptable short and long term soil pH levels in the soils.