Minimum Plan Content Checklist


  • Plans are drawn to a recognized scale and of sufficient clarity to read.  1/4″ = 1′-0″ is the preferred scale for most drawings.
  • The square footages of all habitable areas, garage, and decks is noted on the cover page of the plan.
  • The relevant Codes and design criteria are noted on the plan.
  • Floor plans for each level which indicate:
  1. The intended use of each room including bonus rooms.
  2. All window and door sizes and type.  All required emergency egress openings are indicated.
  3. All required smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are indicated on the plans unless a separate electrical plan is provided.
  4. All required header sizes and materials.  Design calculations are provided for any header exceeding 6′-0″ in length.
  5. All required safety glass is indicated at all hazardous locations in accordance with R308.4.
  6. Locations, type, and fuel source of all fuel burning appliances including any special requirements for LPG in basements that may apply.
  7. Location and type of vehicle impact protection devices such as bollards are indicated.
  8. Location and CFM of all required mechanical ventilation is indicated on the plans unless a separate mechanical or electrical plan is provided.
  9. All required fire separation is detailed on the plan.
  • Elevation view of all sides of the building.
  1. The adjacent grade and slope within 20 feet in all directions from the building is accurately shown.
  • Foundation plan and details, including decks, showing:
  1. All footing, stem wall, pier sizes, and retaining walls.
  2. Size and placement of all reinforcement.
  3. Depth of all footings below grade for frost burial.
  4. Type and location of all anchorage hardware.  The specific type of hold-downs are shown.
  5. Method and amount of crawl space ventilation.
  6. Crawl space access location and opening size.
  • Floor Framing plan for each floor, indicating:
  1. Floor joist size, spacing, species, grade, or manufacturer and series if engineered wood.
  2. All beam sizes on the plan including design calculations for beam over 6 feet in length.
  3. Layout of submitted floor trusses from supplier that match plan layout.
  4. Deck framing including ledger attachment and specific hardware.
  5. Methods of support and all connecting hardware.
  • Roof Framing plan which shows:
  1. Rafter size, spacing, species, grade, or manufacturer and series if engineered wood.
  2. Truss layout diagram and specification details for each truss that matches truss package from supplier.
  3. All beam sizes on the plan, including design calculations.
  4. Complete details of over-framing support and connections.
  5. Methods of support and all connecting hardware.
  6. All methods of uplift restraint indicating specific hardware to be used.
  • Building bracing plan which indicates:
  1. Methods and locations of all wall bracing: braced wall panels, alternate panel or narrow portal, portal frames, continuously sheathed or engineered shear design.
  2. All hold-down locations indicating the specific hardware which is to be used.
  3. Complete details, including standard exterior and interior, alternate, narrow portal, or engineered wall bracing, including calculations.
  4. If continuous sheathing provisions are to be used, then the percentages of countable panels are shown.
  • Building cross sections which clearly show all levels of the building.  One or more sections may be required for clarity and show:
  1. All construction materials used.
  2. Complete stair, handrail, and guardrail details on interior and exterior stairs.
  3. Slope of adjacent grade and clearance to framing and siding.
  • Construction details that clearly show the dimensions, sizes, reinforcement, and construction method of any special construction, which indicates:
  1. Stair sections that show rise and run notching of stair jacks, the species of wood, number, type, and size of treads, size of landings, and similar details.
  2. Chimney enclosures, dormer framing, fireplace framing, built-ins, shelving, and cabinetry (if required).
  • Performance specifications that address the sixteen categories of construction work.
  1. Sequence of usual permit inspections.
  • REScheck energy audit report showing compliance to state energy code regulations.
  1. This report is required in my market area for building permits and can be either prepared by me or a third party.
  •  Exemptions – alternate plans and construction documents that can be added to the construction plans for information and bidding purposes, that are not required, include:
  1. Site plan
  2. Irrigation plan showing underground piping and sprinkler head locations and area of coverage of each head.
  3. Landscaping plan showing trees, shrubs, flower beds, borders, water fountains, gravel and stone features, and lighting.
  4. Electrical plans showing lighting, outlets, switches, alarms, pumps, ventilation fans, and service entrance.
  5. Mechanical plan showing ducting sizes and layout.
  6. Hydronic piping layout plan.
  7. Cabinetry details.
  8. Alternate energy equipment such as windmills, solar panels, and generators.