plan review

Most projects require plans, which will be reviewed for structural and code compliance.  All required plans must be submitted with the initial building permit application.

Submission Requirements:

  • Two sets of Building Plans drawn at no less than 1/4” scale.
     
  • The plans must include specifications sufficient to show the nature and character of the work to be performed, see our Residential Plan Submission Checklist for guidance as to what should be shown on plans.  To assist applicants, typical details for Decks and Finished Basements are available from the Building office.

            Additional Submission Requirements for Certain Projects

  • In-ground swimming pools: An original wet seal, date and signature from engineer must be on one set of the submitted plans. See Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs for more details.

  • Finished basements, accessory efficiency apartments, family dwelling units, and projects which change the number or locations of bedrooms: An extra set of floor plans showing the existing and proposed layout must be provided for Zoning review.

  • Manufactured and Industrialize Buildings: If you are installing a new Manufactured Home/Industrialized Building or relocating one, see our Manufactured Home/Industrialized Safety Regulations Affidavit for requirements of plan submittal.

  • New construction: An extra set of elevations to scale demonstrating compliance with the height limits of the Zoning Ordinance is required (height limit is 35 feet in residential and rural zones).  Height is measured from the average finished grade of the land around the building to the top of the roof, or midpoint of the roof for sloped roofs.  

Plan Corrections

If deficiencies are identified in the initial plan review, the Plan Reviewer will prepare a written list of the items needing to be addressed.  The Plan Reviewer will call or email the applicant to notify them the plans need revisions and are ready for pick-up and corrections. Corrected plans shall be resubmitted for another review. Follow the directions on our Resubmittal Instructions.

Plan Approval

One set of plans will be returned to you stamped approved when the permit is issued; these plans must be kept on the site of the project.   

Plan Amendments

Changes can be made to plans after a permit has been approved and issued by submitting an Amendment Application. Only the pages of the plans affected by the changes need to be submitted for review with an amendment. For example, if the floor plan in the basement is changing, only the sheets showing the floor plan for the basement must be submitted. 

Additional construction documents or other records may also be added to plans. They may be submitted at any time prior to completion of your project utilizing the Amendment Application.

Walk-thru Program for Residential

We offer a convenient “walk thru” plan review and permitting process where an applicant’s permit is processed while they wait. This process is available to anyone whose project meets certain criteria:

  • Sheds

  • Decks

  • Pools

  • Finished basements

  • Minor residential alterations (such as bath or kitchen remodel with no structural changes)

Walk Thru Permit Hours are:

         Tuesday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
         Wednesday 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
         Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

All applications must be made in person and are processed on a first come, first served basis. As we are a small office, circumstances may arise in which permits may not be completed within the normal time frame of the walk-thru hours. During those special situations, the permit will be processed by the next business day.

Master Plans Program

The Master Plan Program is for contractors who build the same model of homes a number of times. The program benefits the builder because plan review turnaround time is reduced once a Master Plan as been approved for a unit.  The procedure is as follows:

  1. Submit two sets of plans and a Master Plan Application
  2. The Master Plan must show the base home and all potential options the contractor will uses when building he house type.   All plans must be drawn to scale with sufficient clarity to show the work to be performed.
  3. The review process for a Master Plan follows the regular review process for Plans, with deficiencies identified by the plan reviewers and submission of corrections.  Once all corrections have been made, and a clean plan has been submitted by the builder, the Master Plan will be approved and issued a number to be used for future permit applications for that house type.
  4. When a building permit application is filed for a house approved by Master Plan, the submission must include:
  • foundation plans showing all options
  • the option sheet
  • copy of plat showing location of proposed house
  • soils report (if required)

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