Plans submitted to the Building Division for plan review may be prepared by the property owner, architect, engineer, building designer, draftsman or person skilled in plan preparation. However, plans prepared by those other than licensed architects or engineers are limited to one and two story buildings and/or structures of conventional construction. Conventional construction is defined as one and two story buildings and/or structures and accessory buildings designed for:
- Level property;
- Buildings which do not require structural engineering;
- Buildings which do not require special foundation design;
- Retaining walls which do not exceed four feet in height.
Construction drawings are required to be drawn to scale, and fully dimensioned. Plans may be submitted on graph paper, at scale of one inch equals twenty feet, 10 squares to an inch minimum; or on paper to an architect’s scale of one-sixteenth, one-eighth or one-fourth inch equal one foot.
The following are the minimum requirements to submit plans for plan review. Sheet sizes for all plans must be uniform; minimum plan size 30” x 24”. Four copies of all drawings must be submitted. Print and contrast must be clear and legible.
- Site plan
- Foundation plan and details
- Floorplan(s) (designating use of all areas, i.e. bedroom, bathroom, storage, etc.)
- Framing – including floor and roof framing
- Elevations - two sides minimum
- Construction section(s). (Indicate on floor plan where section occurs.)
- General details/Notes and Schedules
- California energy conservation standard calculations as promulgated for additions, alterations and all new buildings and/or structures; in Part 4 of Title 24, California Adm. Code.
- Special details – when special conditions prevail related to foundation, cantilever beams, roof construction or any non-conventional construction methods or any special engineered requirements.
As of January 1, 2010, a landscape and irrigation plan shall be submitted with grading plans for review. This requirement shall be for the following types of development:
- Single or multi-family development with greater than 5,000 square feet of landscaped area;
- Any other public or private development with greater than 2,500 square feet of landscaped area.
and irrigation plans shall comply with (at minimum) all requirements of the