Commercial Plan Submittal Application

Building Division Procedure

Plans Submitted For Any Commercial Project Must Be Designed, Wet-Stamped And Signed By An Architect Or Other Licensed Design Professional.

Code Section: 1997 Uniform Administrative Code, Section 302.2 and Section 302.3

“The building official may require plans, computations and specifications to be prepared and designed by an engineer or architect licensed by the state to practice as such even if not required by state law.”

“Plans and specifications shall be drawn to scale on substantial paper or cloth and shall be of sufficient clarity to indicate the location, nature and extent of the work proposed and show in detail that it will conform to the provisions of this code and all relevant laws, ordinances, rules and regulations.”

Findings: The Building Division receives many applications for commercial work where the plans have been drawn by persons other than design professionals. Requiring plans designed and stamped by a licensed design professional will place the burden of graphically illustrating code compliance on the design professional. This will expedite the plan approval process. This requirement will also lead to a higher level of fire and life safety for individuals and the general public.


Solution: The applicant must submit to the Building Division plans and drawings that have been prepared, wet-stamped and signed by a licensed design professional. The plans must be drawn on minimum “D” sized paper (24" x 36") and must contain significant information for department personnel to determine whether the proposed work complies with the current codes. These plans shall include the following:

1) Two sets of plans, scaled at 1/4" - 1' , and an electronic set, that contain the following:

a) A plot plan showing the property boundaries

b) A floor plan showing the area of the proposed project

c) Exit plan

d) Accessibility compliance

e) Exterior building elevations

f) Foundation and floor framing plans

g) Roof framing plans

h) Cross section details

i) Plumbing, mechanical and fire sprinkler single line drawings

j) Electrical load calculations

k) Manufacturer’s specs. and installation instructions for all proposed equipment

2) Two sets of structural plans and calculations

3) Two sets of Title 24 Energy calculations

4) Plans may also be required for upgrades or changes to the fire sprinkler system or ansul system.