Plan Review Procedures

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Department of Environmental Services

Interim Environmental Services Director:  Ron Fuchiwaki

 

Location: 2929 Tapo Canyon Road
Simi Valley, CA 93063
(805) 583-6723

Building & Safety Division - Plan Review Procedures

 

The City strives to assist the public in understanding the plan review process by outlining the timelines for different projects and offering some guidelines to assist in the types of information that is needed to conduct a plan review.  The extent of the review required to issue permits for a project depends upon the use or occupancy type of the structure, its location, and the impact of its construction on the environment.

The goal of the Building and Safety Division is to complete all plan reviews within 10 to 15 working days for initial reviews, and 8 to 10 working days for re-submittals.  Small residential additions and minor interior improvements of commercial space may be reviewed and permits issued in one visit (over-the-counter plan review).  Be mindful that all turnaround times will primarily depends on the current daily workload of the Plans Examiners.

When You Fail to Plan, You Plan to Fail.

It is generally assumed that a construction manager/expediter and trade professional of the like understand and agree with aspects of permitting policies, interactions and procedures.  Though we strive to optimize our applicants experience, we do not hold lecture courses on permit streamlining or construction management.  Please read carefully the information we have provided herein to help you understand the permit process better and thus avoid unnecessary delays, frustration and expenses.  I

 

A.) Construction Plans Requirements and Details; Plan Review:

-Building permit applicants are not required to engage an architect or engineer to prepare plans for a one-story single-family dwelling, residential garage, or accessory structure, provided such buildings are of Conventional Wood Frame Construction and are of limited structural complexity.  However, if you are not skilled in the preparation of plans and are not knowledgeable about construction and code standards, it is advisable to obtain the services of a design professional.

-Plans for structurally complex dwellings and for those in steep hillside locations; and plans for particular occupancies, must be prepared by a California-licensed architect or engineer in accordance with State law.  At the initial submittal, drawings, calculations, and other documents pertaining to such construction shall bear the name and license number of the professional who has prepared them.

Prior to submitting drawings and documents, use the “PERMIT PROCESSING CHECKLIST,” which is used and reviewed by staff to determine whether a project is acceptable for processing.  

 B.)  Minimum Plans/Material Submittal Requirements:

  • Residential Construction:
    • THREE (3)- Complete (signed and stamped) sets of plans, drawn on a minimum of 18”x 24” sheets.
    • TWO    (2)- Complete Sets of Structural, energy and other documents, as applicable.
  • Non-Residential Construction:
    • THREE  (3)-  Complete (signed and stamped) sets of plans , drawn on a minimum of 24”x 36” sheets. 
    • TWO      (2)- Complete Sets of Structural, energy and other documents, as applicable.

 ***Acceptance of fees and documents does not, by itself,  assure that a permit will be issued for a construction project.***

ALL PLAN REVIEW FEES FREES ARE DUE AT THE TIME OF FORMAL SUBMITTAL.  

NOTE :WE DO NOT ACCEPT MAIL-IN SUBMITTALS.

Seismic and Wind Design Requirements

Architects' and engineers' most common questions are related to the basic requirements for seismic and wind design.  The City of Simi Valley is located within seismic design category D or E, and the basic wind speed is 85 M.P.H. with a design exposure category of B.  If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please call a Plans Examiner at (805) 583-6723.

Minimum Requirements for Submittal of Plans

All new construction projects, additions, remodels, and tenant improvements are required to submit three complete sets of plans for review.  Plan submittal requirements are organized into three categories:

  • New Homes and Room Additions,
  • New Commercial / Industrial, and
  • Tenant Improvements. 

The plan review guidelines are provided to assist you with a basic understanding of the types of plans and drawings that are needed for the Plans Examiner to conduct a plan review.

Drawing Submittal Requirements for New Homes and Room Additions

  • Plot Plan 
  • Foundation Plan 
  • Floor Plan 
  • Roof Plan 
  • Exterior Elevations 
  • Required Details 
  • Finish Materials 
  • Engineering (Structural) Plans and Calculations 
  • State Energy Conservation Information 
  • Other Requirements

Drawing Submittal Requirements for New Commercial/Industrial Plans

  • Plot Plan 
  • Foundation Plan 
  • Floor Plan 
  • Roof Plan 
  • Exterior Elevations 
  • Required Details 
  • Finish Materials 
  • Engineering (Structural) Plans and Calculations 
  • Plumbing and Mechanical Plans 
  • Electrical Plans 
  • State Energy Conservation Information 
  • Other Requirements

Drawing Submittal Requirements for Tenant Improvement Plans

  • Plot Plan 
  • Floor Plan 
  • Wall Section 
  • Plumbing Plan 
  • Mechanical Plan 
  • Electrical Plan 
  • State Energy Conservation Information

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