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Building Permit Submittal Requirements
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The information listed below is the minimum information required for a complete Building Permit Application. Required information may vary from project to project.
However, in nearly all cases, a minimum of four (4) complete sets of construction drawings (to scale—suggested minimum scale of 1/8” = 1’) and two (2) complete sets of project-related documents must be provided for plan review.
Plans must include:
- Title Block listing construction site address, property owner(s), plan prepare's address, and daytime telephone number on each page of construction drawings
- An Information Table, providing crucial information such as a project description, property size, square footage of existing and proposed structures, Floor Area Ratio of proposed structures, occupancy group, and any other information to clarify the scope and intent of the proposed work—best located on the first page or cover sheet
Plans must include a “bird’s eye” view of the subject property showing:
- All buildings on the property, clearly distinguishing all existing and proposed structures
- Other improvements and features of the property, such as driveways, trees, landscaping, and easements
- Show dimensions of all structures, distances of structures to property lines, and distances between structures (if there is more than one structure on the property)
- Show plans for grading, drainage, and sewer lateral work; if impervious area is to be increased, drainage must be collected and conveyed to the gutter or creek, as approved by the City Engineer
- Plans drawn to scale no less than 1/8”=1’, and including a North arrow
Note: For properties with slopes greater than 10%, site plans must show contours at 2’ minimum intervals.
Plans must show:
- Exterior appearance of building(s)
- Exterior finish materials
- Height of building(s) above grade
- Height of each finished floor, including decks
Plans must show:
- Each room, labeled
- Complete dimensions of each floor, including sizes of doors and windows, construction details, and references
- Unless shown in separate drawings, all proposed new or changed-out electrical, plumbing, and mechanical systems, lines, and fixtures.
Note: Existing conditions and proposed changes should be clearly differentiated, including areas to be remodeled.
Plan must show:
- All dimensions
- Connections to existing structure
- Construction details
For projects involving complex or unusal construction, plans must show:
- Detailed floor and roof assemblies
- Structural support systems
Plans must show roof construction, including:
- Dormers, gables, hip conditions, slopes, and roofing materials
- Sizes and spacing of all joists and beams
Plans must show:
- Major building sections throughout area of work, with details
- All construction materials
Plans must show:
- Wall bracing to resist lateral forces
- Engineering details, when non-standard lateral resistance systems are proposed
Basement Walls and Retaining Walls: Provide details for basement walls and retaining walls when this information cannot be adequately depicted and detailed on the foundation plan, floor plans, and construction sections. Engineering details must be provided for basement walls that exceed 8’ in height or that act as cantilevered retaining walls. Retaining walls that support a surcharge or that exceed 4’ in height, measured from the bottom of the footing, must be approved by a registered Civil Engineer.
Structural Calculations (2 sets): Complete structural calculations prepared by the architect or engineer of record for the project will be required for:
- All second-story building additions
- Project elements such as beams over 10’ in unsupported length, or point beams
- Hillside conditions which indicate the use of piling or site-specific support systems
- Cases in which the framing and structural systems of the structure are unusual or complex
Energy Certificate of Compliance: Print energy calculations and details on the construction drawings, or provide two (2) copies if submitted as a separate document. Be sure homeowner’s and document preparer’s signatures are completed.
Grading Permit: If any grading is planned, comply with the requirements of Chapter 23 of the Albany Municipal Code, including obtaining a Grading Permit and submitting a grading plan prepared by a registered civil engineer.
Soils Report: Detail all needed site-related soils information for sites where slope exceeds 10%, in areas subject to slope failure or landslide, and in areas where hazardous materials were stored. Soils reports must be prepared by a registered engineer.
Other Information: A detailed scope of work and other information may be required. Please contact the Community Development Department for details.