Building Department Submission / Plan Review Phase
Plan Review Phase
MILESTONE 2 – BUILDING DEPARTMENT SUBMISSION
Upon completion of the Construction Documentation phase, the drawing package, including specifications, engineering drawings, and structural calculations, along with permit application fees, should be submitted to the Building Department for Plan review. In New Jersey the forms required for plan review and a construction permit can be obtained here. (http://www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/codes/resources/constructionpermitforms.html)
After a period of time (Local Building Departments in New Jersey have twenty business days to review), the Building Official will respond to the Architect with either notification of project approval or a request for plan revisions. If you fail plan review, the code official is supposed to cite the code sections that your plans violate. In the latter case, revised drawings are resubmitted for review, or a letter explaining why the plans are code compliant may be written by the architect. Often your architect has not made any mistakes, but code officials must justify the reason for their existence, so they list something. Many times it is just to see if there is a REAL architect behind this project.
Occasionally, this process will repeat, but more often, the Building Official will approve the plans and make a building permit available for pickup by the Building Owner or the Contractor.