To obtain a valid permit, construction documents are required to be submitted with the application. The number of sets of such documents that should be submitted is determined by the locality. Construction documents for one- and two-family dwellings include floor plans reversed provided an accompanying site plan is approved. Yet construction documents do not require to be submitted when the building official determines the proposed work is of a minor nature.
Submittal of Documents
- Site plan : A site plan should be submitted with the application for a permit, if it is determined necessary by the building official. The site plan shows to scale the size and location of all proposed construction, including any associated wells, septic tanks or drain fields. Besides, it also shows to scale the size and location all existing structures on the site, the distances from lot lines to all proposed construction, the established street grades and the proposed finished grades. The site plan also includes the elevation of the lowest floor of any proposed buildings, if it is considered necessary by the building official. When the application for a permit is for demolition, it shows all construction to be demolished and the location and size of all existing structures that are to remain on the site. The site plan can be drawn in accordance with an accurate boundary line survey. Site plans are usually not required for alterations, repairs, renovations, or the installation of equipment.
- Engineering details : Similar to site plans, construction documents shall include adequate detail of the structural, mechanical, plumbing or electrical components, if thought important by the building official. Details include computations, stress diagrams or other essential technical data and when proposed buildings are more than two stories in height, adequate detail specifically require to include where floor penetrations will be made for wires, pipes, conduits, and other components of the electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems and how such floor penetrations can be protected to maintain the required structural integrity and fire-resistance rating. All engineered documents, including relevant computations, require to be sealed by the RDP who is responsible for the design.
Review of Documents
All construction documents or site plans required to be examined by the building official within a specific time after filing. If the site plan does not comply with the provisions of the code, the permit applicant shall be notified in writing of the reasons, which shall include any adverse construction document review comments or determinations that additional information or engineering details need to be submitted.
- The review of construction documents for new one-and two-family dwellings for determining compliance with the technical provisions of this code not relating to the site, location or soil conditions associated with the dwellings shall not be required when identical construction documents for identical dwellings have been previously approved in the same locality under the same edition of the code and such construction documents are on file with the local building department.
- Reviewing the expedited construction document : The building official can accept reports from an approved person or agency that the construction documents have been examined and conform to the requirements of the USBC and can establish requirements for the person or agency submitting such reports. In addition, where such reports have been submitted, the building official can expedite the issuance of the permit.
- Approving the construction documents : The approval of construction documents shall be limited to only those items within the scope of the USBC. Either the word “Approved” shall be stamped on all required sets of approved construction documents or an equivalent endorsement in writing shall be provided. One set of the approved construction documents shall be retained for the records of the local building department and one set shall be kept at the building site and shall be available to the building official at all reasonable times.
- Phased approval : The building official is authorized to issue a permit for the construction of foundations or any other part of a building or structure before the construction documents for the whole building or structure have been submitted. Although adequate information and detailed statements have been filed complying with pertinent requirements of this code. The holder of such permit for the foundation or other parts of a building or structure shall proceed at the holder’s own risk with the building operation and without assurance that a permit for the entire structure will be granted.
The building official shall examine or cause to be examined all applications for permits or amendments to such applications within a reasonable time after filing. If the applications or amendments do not comply with the provisions of this code or all pertinent laws and ordinances, the permit shall not be issued and the permit applicant shall be notified in writing of the reasons for not issuing the permit. If the application complies with the applicable requirements of this code, a permit shall be issued as soon as practicable. The issuance of permits shall not be delayed in an effort to control the pace of construction of new detached one-or two-family dwellings.