During the plan check process, several common issues can arise, which include:
Non-compliance with Building Codes: The most frequent problems occur when the design does not comply with local or national building codes. These codes cover a wide range of issues, including safety, accessibility, energy efficiency, and structural integrity.
Zoning Issues: The proposed project might not comply with local zoning regulations, which could regulate land use, building heights, density, setbacks from property lines, parking requirements, and more.
Incomplete or Unclear Drawings: If the submitted drawings do not provide sufficient detail or clarity, the plan checkers may not be able to verify compliance with certain regulations. This could lead to a request for additional information or clarifications.
Structural Concerns: Issues might be identified with the proposed structural system or with specific structural elements of the building. These could relate to the building's ability to withstand loads, seismic events, or other factors.
Fire Safety and Egress Issues: The plan might lack adequate fire safety measures, such as fire-resistant construction, sprinkler systems, or smoke alarms. There might also be issues with the design of exits and the path of egress.
Insufficient Accessibility: The plan could fail to meet the requirements for accessibility standards as specified in regulations like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Resolving these issues often requires revising and resubmitting the plans, which can result in delays and additional costs. Therefore, we implement protocols to thoroughly review the designs for compliance before submitting them for a plan check.