How to Draft Plans Like a Commercial Building Permit Expediter
Half the battle with getting commercial building permits approved is ensuring your plans are drafted according to the local jurisdiction; this article will help you draft your plans like a commercial building permit expediter.
- Building Plans: Ensure your structural calculations fall within the code ranges as well as demonstrated in the drawings. ADA should be addressed in every aspect of your plans and specifically spelled out on your building plans. A curveball will be demonstrating heights and elevations in the specified way the plan reviewer likes best. Another aspect with respect to building plans that a commercial building permit expediter should make mention of are racking permits. If shelves and racking go beyond an acceptable threshold or hold an excessive weight a racking permit will be required.
- Mechanical Plans: Air conditioners, heaters, and even insulation will be reviewed on mechanical plans. As a commercial building permit expediter, I want to make mention of restaurant permits. If you are building a kitchen for a food establishment then you will need to have an overhead exhaust that has already been approved by the city.
- Electrical Plans: Load calculations, fixtures, and mounting information need to be spelled out as well as literally drawn out. If you’re hoping to get an electrical permit approved in California ensure that applicable Title 24 codes are given their day on your plans. If you want more specific information on Title 24, feel free to give me and my team a call at (310) 275-7774.
- Plumbing Plans: Ensure materials are approved as well as points of connections established. States like California require demonstrating that water use is efficient and conserved appropriately. Make sure your plans drafter understands the local code interpretation as well as applicable laws.
- Fire Review: Fire sprinkler systems, whether in a retail or restaurant, require a separate check and can be time-consuming. My usual recommendation is to see if a temporary build permit while the fire department review is taking place. However, some jurisdictions prohibit such permits and you will need to wait for the fire review to be completed.
- Applications: This doesn’t really directly correlate to drafting plans, however, if you’re thinking like a commercial building permit expediter then you’ll understand that applications are just as important as the plans being submitted. Calculations, correct landlord information, and even contact information can hold up the permit approval process. Everything needs to match up perfectly.
There you have it, now you can draft your plans like a commercial building permit expediter. If you don’t feel that this information was specific enough or doesn’t answer the questions you may have I encourage you to give me a call at Permit Advisors Inc. My team and I can provide you with a consultation to make your life easier as well as coordinate with your architect.
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About Permit Advisors: Permit Advisors Inc. is a complete permit, entitlement consulting, and expediting firm based out of Beverly Hills, Ca. We go beyond just submitting plans, as you may have experienced with previous expediters. We have established strong relationships with officials of many municipalities and have numerous time and cost-saving strategies that we implement to efficiently complete projects. We aim to secure all permits as quickly as possible! We keep track of all the different aspects of the permitting process and make sure that the project is being given full attention by everyone on the team. We responsibly update clients and ensure that lines of communication are open between the Jurisdiction, the consultants and the client at all times.