What should my plans show? How should they be formatted?

What should my plans show? 

Most projects will require Architectural, Structural, Electrical, and often Mechanical and Plumbing plans. Many details and calculations are also required, often these include structural and Title 24 energy calculations. Your design professional is the best resource to help you have a complete submittal.  

What size do my plans need to be? 

  • Plans must be submitted in the same size they were drawn in to preserve scale,and should be of sufficient size and clarity for the project. 
  • We will not accept plans in 8.5" x 11" (letter) size.
  • Minimum plan size is 11" x 17"; this may work for simple, small projects such as bathroom remodels or window changeouts. For legibility, however, most projects require larger plans such as 18" x 24" or 24" x 36". The size of your project determines the required plan size. 

What format do my plans need to be in? 

  • All plans must be submitted electronically through the ePermits Center
  • Plans must be an unsecured PDF file to allow for county comments, stamps and approvals. Secured files will be rejected. 
  • PDF Portfolio files or ZIP files of multiple PDF files are not accepted and will be rejected.
  • Plans shall not be images, such as .jpgs, .gifs, .tiff, .bmp, etc. or AutoCAD (or similar) format. PDF files of images are also not acceptable – images made into PDFs do not scale property to meet size requirements. 
  • Please read Requirements for Preparing Electronic Plans Submittals (PDF) for further guidance.

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1. When do I need a permit?
2. Who can pull a permit?
3. When do I need plans?
4. What should my plans show? How should they be formatted?
5. Do my plans require Planning approval?
6. Who else needs to approve my plans?
7. Do I need Sanitation District or septic tank approval for my plans?
8. When do I need Fire Department Approval?
9. Does Public Works need to approve my plans?