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Open Space Requirements

this is the amount of open space required on a project. Some municipalities will not have an open space requirement, other municipalities will.

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Determination of Building Footprint —the following are needed to be taken into consideration when determining size and location of footprint

Setbacks
Floor to Area Ratio
Lot Coverage
Open Space Requirements

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Building & Safety Department

Responsible for reviewing plans for compliance with the California Building Standards Code (Title 24). This process is typically referred to as Plan Check and supports the Permit Process

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Plan Check — There are generally three types of Plan Checks available (some municipalities may only
offer one or two).


Over the Counter Plan Check

Appointment Plan Check

Regular Plan Check

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Appointment Plan Check


Similar to Counter Plan check, Appointment Plan Check allows you to get the same
interaction with the Plan Check Engineer except by appointment. Appointment Plan
Check is available for slightly more complex projects that can be reviewed within lh
hours.

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Over the Counter Plan Check

Over the Counter Plan Check offers the convenience and expedience of having a plan review and obtaining a permit without the need to make an appointment. The type of plans that are typically reviewed at the counter are small and medium size projects, such as tenant improvements, small office and retail buildings that can be reviewed in approximately 45-60 minutes.

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Regular Plan Check

Large, more complex, or projects requiring time consuming review are submitted for regular plan check. At the time of submittal, plans are screened for completeness and the appropriate plan check fees is required to be paid.

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Plan Check within the Department of Building and Safety (this is based on the City of Los Angeles, other municipalities may have slightly different processes)

Building Plan Check
Electrical Plan Check
Elevator Plan Check
Fire Sprinkler Plan Check
Grading Plan Check
Mechanical/HVAC Plan Check
Plumbing Plan Check

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Some of the items the Building and Safety will review;


1. Specific design and construction requirements based on occupancy, building height, floor area, availability of firefighting capacity, etc.

2. Required fire resistance of structural elements, floors, ceilings, fire and party walls

3. Restrictions on building height

4. Requirements for compartmentation areas (fire areas)

5. Fire protection systems

6. Egress requirements, such as stairs, corridors, and doors

7. Light, ventilation, and other indoor environment requirements

8. Structural requirements for building components

9. Materials performance and specifications

10. Requirements for building service systems

11. Life safety issues

12. Means of egress

13. Energy compliance

14. Structural calculations

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Parallel Design-Permitting Process

-The Parallel Design-Permitting Process for major project developments allows the design process and the permitting process run concurrently.

-offered by City of Los Angeles





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What are some advantages Parallel Design-Permitting Process

-The Parallel Design-Permitting Process for major project developments allows the design process and the permitting process run concurrently.

-We will start to plan check your plans at the conceptual design phase and continue to provide plan check, correction verification, and code consultation services to you throughout your various design phases.

-When you complete your final drawings, the building permit is ready to be issued. The benefits for a development project are as follow:

-Identify and correct code violations early on and avoid cumbersome revisions to finished design.

-Identify clearances and obtain sign-offs from other agencies early on and avoid unexpected clearances.

-Reduce overall permit processing time, start and complete construction ahead of schedule.

-Reduce project cost due to time savings.

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The Transportation Department may review the plans for the following:

-Traffic flow, increase in intensity

-Location of curb cuts on main roads and side streets, also location in relation to intersections

-Types of traffic signals and directional signage

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Department of Public Works is concerned with what? What do the build?



Citys streets,
installs its sewers,
constructs storm drains,
rights-of-way,
service facilities

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Typically the Department of Public Works consists of the following divisions (using City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works
as an example)

Bureau of Engineering
Department of Sanitation
Street Lighting
Street Services

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The Department of Public Works may review the plans for the following;

-Water supply to the site
-Waste water from the site
-Storm water runoff
-Electrical service to and from the site
-Street lighting on the project
-Improvements in the right-of-way

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The Fire Department may review the plans for the following;

-Fire suppression systems such as sprinklers
-Egress requirements in the building as well as outside
-Fire lanes and emergency access
-Location of fire hydrants and standpipes
-Fire truck turnarounds

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The Police Department may review the plans for the following;

-Communication system
-Site lighting for safety at night
-Security of entrances and exits
-Emergency response plan/system in place depending on building use

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Planning Department

-Responsible for implementation of the General Plan

-Review plans for compliance with Master Plan and any Specific Plans

-May be the coordinating agency that distributes plans to the other local agencies (City of Santa Monica does this), but this depends on the municipality. Some municipalities will require a visit to each of the local agencies for plan check approval

-May be the Lead Agency in regards to the CEQA process, depending on the project

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Zoning Code — the Planning Department will review plans for compliance with the local Zoning Code;

1. Use (commercial, retail, residential, mixed use) appropriate for neighborhood

2. Setbacks - front, side yard, rear yard

3. Floor to Area Ratio (FAR)- ratio of building area to lot size.

4. Lot Coverage — is the ratio of building footprint (expressed in square feet) to the lot size. For example, if the lot is 10,000 square feet and the maximum lot coverage is 4096 (meaning the building footprint cannot occupy more than 40% of the lot), the maximum size of the footprint allowed would be 4,000 square feet. The lot coverage requirements will vary by municipality.

5. Open Space Requirements — this is the amount of open space required on a project. Some
municipalities will not have an open space requirement, other municipalities will.

6. Building Height — the maximum building height allowed. This will vary by municipality and
possibly neighborhoods

7. Parking Requirements — the amount of parking required. This will depend on the use,
number of occupants, etc and will vary by municipality

8. Local ordinances — any other local ordinances that may affect the project

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What is the floor area ratio (FAR) ?

It is the total square feet of a building divided by the total square feet of the lot. For example if the lot is 10,000 square feet and the FAR allowed by the local municipality is 3, that would mean the building could be 30,000 square feet maximum. If the FAR is .5, that would mean the building could be 5,000 square feet maximum. Higher FAR's are typically found in more urban (dense) locations.