Standard plan reviews are completed when a developer or builder wants to use the same basic design at many locations, usually in a specified subdivision. One comprehensive review of the construction elements of the plans is needed. The plan then becomes a "standard" and can be used to obtain permits for numerous sites. When a new code or ordinance is adopted that affects the contents of the plans, revisions or updates to the standard plan are necessary. For detailed information about requirements for the approval of standard plans see the Residential Standard Plans Guidelines (PDF).
Flowchart and Major Steps
- The customer submits proposed standard building plans at the residential permits counter using the Residential Plan Submittal Plan Review Checklist (PDF). The submittal packet includes two sets of residential standard plans, calculations, and a completed Construction Permit/Plan Review Application (PDF). If the packet is incomplete the customer is directed to make corrections, provide additional information if necessary and resubmit after deficiencies are addressed.
- If the submittal is acceptable review fees are collected. The plans are reviewed by staff for compliance with adopted city codes, design review requirements and any approved site plan conditions of approval. If corrections are required staff will contact the customer to pick up the plans, make corrections, and resubmit for review.
- Once the plans are approved staff will set them up as standards with options prescribed by the contractors. When completed, staff will notify the customer that they may now submit individual construction permit applications for lots on which they wish to build.
- The customer submits a proposed Construction Permit/Plan Review Application (PDF) at the residential permit counter for individual lots. Applications must include the standard plan number and options delineated, as well as a plot plan. Staff will review the submittal for completeness. If the submittal is incomplete the customer is directed to provide additional information and return for review. If the submittal is complete review fees are collected.
- The plot plan is reviewed by staff for compliance with adopted city codes, design review requirements, conformance to standard plans and any approved site plan conditions of approval. If corrections are required staff will contact the customer to make corrections and resubmit for review.
- The customer pays the permit fees and, if necessary, any development fees. The building permit is then issued.
(Note: Grading and drainage or hillside permits, if required, must be obtained before issuance of the building permit.)