Information Required on the Plans

General

  • Floor plans that are complete, dimensioned, drawn to scale, and indicate the use of each room or space
  • 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 5000 square fee
    • 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
  • Dimensioned site layout plan with each set of plans
  • Building code edition - current code edition is 2012 Virginia Construction Code (VCC) [IBC], which is Part I of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC).
  • (The 2009 edition may be used until July 13, 2015)
  • Use and occupancy classification (VCC Chapter 3)
  • If it is a mixed use building - the method of treating mixed uses: non-separated mixed use, separated mixed use (provide ratio sum calculation in accordance with VCC 508.4.2), separate buildings, or accessory use
  • 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.)
  • 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 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.) and the 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 of the loads, factors and coefficients listed in VCC Section 1603 Construction Documents
  • Complete footing and foundation plan
  • Complete framing plans showing beams, joists, rafters, and/or truss layout
  • Design floor live loads and concentrated loads
  • Design roof live, snow loads and rain load
  • Design soil-bearing capacity
  • Earthquake design data
  • Wind load design data

For further details see Structural Information for New Construction and Additions.