We review plans to assure the compliance and safety of the buildings
constructed based on the 2010 California Building Codes and applicable
ordinances. These codes include the 2010 California Building, Electrical,
Plumbing, Mechanical and 2008 Energy Codes.
We also compare them with your submitted civil improvement plans
to insure consistency and compliance.
Commercial Plan Review
Plans and applications are submitted to one of four Intake Counters and then forwarded to
the Plan Review section. The Fire/Life/Safety reviewer, who is typically the
Project Coordinator, begins the first review.
Electrical, and Plumbing/Mechanical staff complete their reviews and the plans
are returned to the Project Coordinator.
Plans will either be approved for issuance, or there will be
comments, conditions or additional requirements that need to be addressed prior
to permit issuance. The Coordinator will inform the applicant about needed
requirements. Once the plans are approved through Building Inspection, Fire
Department and any department holds cleared, the applicant can obtain a permit
at an Intake Counter and begin construction.
You may need to obtain a contract
with a special inspection agency for your project prior to building permit
issuance, depending on your design and type of construction.
special Inspections include: field welding, high strength
bolting, high strength concrete or Structural Observations. Check with your
design engineer for these requirements.
Plan Review Turn Around Times:
will depend on the complexity and project valuation. See Form PR-05 for
details. Once your plans are reviewed, we return them to you for corrections
and you resubmit all old and new plans for re-review.
The more thorough
and complete the plans are, the faster they are approved.
Plan for this
phase of your project to take 1-3 months, depending on how complete your plans
are and how quickly you return your plans to us after comments are