|Plan Review Requirements|
Building & Permit Information (562) 570-6651
Plan check is an important part of building construction and alteration. Having your plans checked is the first step in the process of making sure that all buildings, additions and alterations are constructed properly and safely.
When plans are submitted they are checked to make sure that what you are planning to build meets the requirements set forth by the California Building Codes:
- Plans shall be at least 18" x 24" in size
- Drawings must be to a standard scale
- Plans must be of sufficient clarity to indicate the location, nature and extent of the work proposed
- Plans must show in detail compliance with all relevant laws, regulations and codes.
The number of copies of plans required depends upon the type of application submitted. For small residential additions and alterations, two sets of plans may be acceptable for submittal. Information regarding the number and combination of plans required for each application can be obtained from the Development Services Center on the fourth floor of City Hall or by calling (562) 570-6651 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
A site plan drawn to scale showing your proposed addition is the first requirement. Every permit application for a new building, structure or addition shall be accompanied by a plot plan drawn to appropriate scale on a form provided by the department. The plan must show all necessary information as to size and shape of the lot, all existing buildings, location and size of work proposed, distances of the construction from all property lines and distances from other buildings on the property. The plot plan will be reviewed by the zoning staff for compliance with City requirements for land use, yard sizes, lot coverage, etc.
Some form of plan must accompany every application for a permit for a new building structure or addition. Any application requesting a zoning or subdivision action also requires the submittal of plans. The combination and number of plans required depends on the type of application. For example, the types of plans and number of copies required for a Conditional Use Permit varies from those required for a Lot Line Adjustment.
The Following Plans May Need to be Submitted for a Project:
¬†¬†¬†¬†Typical Plot Plan Detail
A Plot Plan drawn to scale showing your proposed addition is the first requirement. A typical example is shown here. Every permit application for a new building, structure or addition shall be accompanied by a plot plan drawn to appropriate scale on a form provided by the department. The plan must show all necessary information as to size and shape of the lot, all existing buildings, location and size of work proposed, distances of the construction from all property lines and distances from other buildings on the property. The plot plan will be reviewed by the zoning staff for compliance with City requirements for land use, yard sizes, lot coverage, etc.
¬†¬†¬†¬†Site Plan Requirements
A Site Plan is a plan drawn to scale showing the structures and uses proposed for a specific parcel of land and adjoining uses:
- Lot lines and dimensions.
- Location of existing and proposed buildings properly dimensioned from property lines.
- Location of buildings on adjoining and abutting lots with note as to height in stories.
- Uses of adjoining and abutting lots.
- All parking and loading facilities showing stalls, access, circulation, docks, ramps and curb cuts and all fences dimensioned.
- Locations of all trash containers.
- All existing and proposed easements.
- All setback lines, properly dimensioned.
- All contiguous and adjacent properties, street and alleys, showing centerline and both curb lines, street widths, right-of-way lines and street names.
- Lot size, lot coverage, building area (by floor) and total floor area to lot size ratio.
- site plan shall be to scale with north arrow.
¬†¬†¬†¬†What is a Floor Plan?
A Floor Plan is a diagram that shows general room arrangements including room sizes, window sizes and types and uses of all rooms. Floor plans may be typical floor plans if several units are included.
¬†¬†¬†¬†What is an Elevation?
An Elevation is a drawing showing the exterior sides of a building. Elevations should be drawn to scale, dimensioned from roof peak and from eaves to ground and should include all sides of the building. Materials of the facade should also be specified. Photographs may be substituted for elevations for existing buildings. An outline elevation of adjacent buildings should also be submitted.
A Landscape Plan consists of two parts: a Planting Plan and Irrigation Plan.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†1. Planting Plan:¬†
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Shows the species, sizes and location of all plants.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†2. Irrigation Plan:¬†
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Shows the layout of the sprinkler system and includes the sizes of the pipes and the spacing of the sprinkler heads.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Shows the layout of the sprinkler system and includes the sizes of the pipes and the spacing of the sprinkler heads.
Standard Format & Copies of Plans
All plans should be neat, clear and fully dimensioned. Where feasible, plans should be drawn to 1/4"-1'-0" scale and reduced to 18" x 24" size. A north arrow should always be included on the plot plan.
Requirements for Submitting Plans
The number of copies of plans required depends upon the type of application submitted. Information regarding the number and combination of plans required for each application can be obtained from the Department of Long Beach Development Services on the fourth floor of City Hall or by calling (562) 570-6651 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Plan Check Screening Checklist
The items listed below may be required for the building plan check. Upon further review of the submitted drawings and calculations, additional information may be required.
- Site Plan -
A site plan drawn to scale (typically ‚Öõ‚ÄĚ per ft.) depicting property lines, adjacent streets, a north arrow, contours or drainage lines, and the site address and name(s) of the property owner. The proposed building or addition shown with setbacks from the property lines and any other building or structure on the site.
- Floor Plan -
A plan drawn to scale (typically ¼" per ft.) depicting proposed and existing bearing walls, partitions, doors, windows, and electric and plumbing fixtures. The use of each room shall be labeled on the plans.
- Roof Plan -
A site plan drawn to scale (typically ¼" per ft.) depicting the roof pitch, roofing material, drainage pattern, eave overhang and gutters.
- Foundation Plan -
A plan drawn to scale depicting proposed continuous and pad footings, and the size and location of anchor bolts and hold downs.
- Framing Plan -
A plan drawn to scale depicting the size and spacing of proposed roof rafters, ceiling joists, floor joists, beams, columns and shear walls.
- Exterior Elevations -
A plan drawn to scale depicting exterior wall finish, finish floor elevations, plate heights and adjacent grade elevations.
- Cross Section - A plan drawn to scale depicting the full height and width of the building with cross references to framing and foundation details.
- Schedules -
Specify the size, type and other information for all doors and windows. Provide schedules for roof and floor diaphragms and shear walls.
- Details -
All details should be cross-referenced on the plans.
- General Notes and Material Specifications -
Provide on the plans.
- Title 24 Energy -
Indicate prescriptive compliance or provide performance calculations along with CF-1R and MF1-R forms.
- Title 24 Accessibility -
Show compliance with the State disabled access requirements.
- Structural Calculations -
Provide lateral and vertical calculations, signed and sealed by a licensed architect, or an engineer (civil or structural).
- Soil Report -
Provide 2 sets of geotechnical reports for the project.
- Stormwater Management Program -
Show on the plan, NPDES and SUSMP requirements, as applicable.
Plan Check Documents
For useful plan check forms and checklists, please see Plan Check Related Forms under Building here.
For guidelines for Electrical Plan Review submittal, click here.
For more information regarding Code Modifications and Alternates, click here.
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