Information Required on the Plans

General

  • Floor plans that are complete, dimensioned, drawn to scale, and indicate the use of each room and location of all fire-resistance rated assemblies
  • If the permit is for a change of occupancy - the previous tenant and use of the space if known
  • A Virginia Professional seal, signed and dated, for all work when the following occupancy classifications are involved (The Code of Virginia, §54.1-402):
    • Assembly (A)
    • Educational (E)
    • Institutional (I)
    • Hotel/motel (R-1)
    • High Hazard (H) when any area of work is involved
    • Mercantile (M) and Business (B) uses when the area of work exceeds 5,000 square feet
    • Storage(S) and Factory / Industrial (F/I) uses when the area of work exceeds 15,000 square feet
  • Name, occupation, address, and telephone number of the person who prepared the plans
  • Key plan showing the overall building, identifying the tenant space to be occupied. The building or shopping center name shall be provided
  • Building code edition - the 2012 Virginia Rehabilitation Code (VRC) [IEBC], which is Part II of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC).
  • Use and occupancy classification (VCC Chapter 3)
  • If it is a mixed use building - method of treating mixed uses: non-separated mixed use, separated mixed use (provide ratio sum), separate buildings, accessory
  • Construction type (VCC Chapter 6)
  • Occupant load (VCC Chapter 10)
  • Whether the building/space is equipped with any fire protection systems (automatic sprinkler system, fire alarm system, etc.)
  • If the alteration involves a change of occupancy classification - method of compliance with height and area limitations, including calculations supporting height and/or area increases (VCC Chapter 5)
  • New and existing construction clearly identified
  • Location of all exit signs and egress lights on the plans
  • Door schedule for all new and existing doors in areas where the means of egress system is affected by the alteration that includes:
    • Door size
    • Lock type
    • Hardware type (locks, latches, handles, closers, operating devices, access control systems)
    • Door fire rating expressed in hours, if rated
  • Typical wall sections or descriptions of partition types; types and sizes/gauges of studs, wall sheathing, and insulation; termination of walls at floor and ceiling/roof structure
  • All new and existing fire-resistance rated assemblies labeled as to type (fire partition, fire barrier, fire wall, smoke partition, etc.); design numbers and specifications (UL, Gypsum Association, etc.)
  • Complete, full-height cross sections of all fire-resistance rated assemblies proposed for construction, that identify all materials used in the assembly, support and termination details
  • For penetrations of fire-resistance rated assemblies - details, design numbers, and specifications for all through-penetration and annular space fire stop systems

Structural

  • All walls and framing that will be affected by the alteration
  • If framing or foundation systems will be altered - complete foundation and framing plans with design loads listed; beam, joist, rafter and truss sizes and layouts; foundation plans that show footing depths, sizes, and design bearing capacity
  • See also Structural Information for New Construction and Renovations

Mechanical, Plumbing & Handicap Accessibility

  • All plumbing fixtures, labeled new or existing.
  • If there is a change of occupancy classification for the space - required fixtures: water closets, lavatories, drinking fountains, and service sinks.
  • All altered toilet rooms/restrooms fully dimensioned, including fixture clearances.
  • If the tenant space is a new restaurant, show and itemize the cooking equipment plan and all hoods.