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Plans are used to cost out a job, get estimates from subcontractors, show how proposed construction will comply with building codes and to obtain necessary permits. Plans must show sufficient site and construction details for a worker to build directly from them. The city requires plans for all construction.
By law certain types, scope and complexity of construction will demand services of licensed technical professionals. Generally, a California licensed engineer or architect should be hired to design new buildings and remodels which require more extensive plans, calculations, and technical reports, such as:
Lot survey map – signed by licensed land surveyor or civil engineer
Reports by an appropriately state licensed person may be required at the time of plan check for the following:
Plan checks are an independent review of plans, calculations and reports performed by a plan check engineer. The submittal is reviewed for mandatory requirements such as: structural safety, fire protection, energy conservation, exit requirements, light and ventilation, grading and disabled access, and development standards.
Plans are reviewed on a first come, first served basis. Every project is unique and presents a different combination of requirements and clearances. However, this is the process that the city goes through to make sure your investment is consistent with city regulations and policies. Part of the permit issuance process involves circulating the plans through other city departments for review of the regulations they enforce. Staff will inform you of clearances required from County, Special District, State or Federal agencies. The applicant is responsible for obtaining those clearances. Permits are issued upon approval of plans. Permits are issued Monday through Thursday between 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday between 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Listed below is a number of common project examples and the various steps that are taken to complete the “plan check” process:
All plans are reviewed by our Plan Check staff who make every attempt to review your plans in a timely manner. However, depending on the project, reviews by other departments and agencies may be required as well. Over-the-counter plan reviews are available for properly documented fences, refuse enclosures, wall signs, and some other small projects, which have been prepared with enough information to show conformance with the code(s) and other ordinances of this City and do not require review by other departments or agencies.
Minimum information on building plans are as follows:
Standard correction sheets are available at our customer service counter which summarize many important requirements and may assist in completing your plan.
The City has most multi-family residential, commercial and industrial building plans on microfiche. We have begun to microfiche single family and two unit residential buildings. The microfiche can be viewed during normal business hours. Authorization to duplicate plans is required from the architect of record and the current property owner.