permits & inspection process

Patrick Hinton
Director

OFFICE HOURS: M – F, 8:00 to 4:30
PHONE: (570) 348-4193
FAX: (570) 348-4171

Requirements for permit applications

SECTION 403.42a

1. One complete set of construction drawings, Building, Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing.

2. A Licensed architect or licensed professional engineer shall prepare the construction documents under the Architects Licensure Law, or the Engineer, Land surveyor and Geologist Registration Law.

3. The Construction documents shall include the following:

a. Show sufficient detail the location, construction, size and character of all portions of the means of egress in
compliance with the UCC.
b. Designation of the number of occupants to be accommodated on every floor and in all rooms and spaces other than Groups R-2.
c. Fire protection drawings if required.
d. Description of the exterior wall envelope.
e. Flashing details.

4. Site Plan to include the following:

a. Drawn to scale.
b. The size and location of new construction and existing structures on the site.
c. Accurate boundary lines.
d. Distances from lot lines.
e. The established street grades and the proposed finished grades.
f. If the construction involves demolition, the site plan shall indicate construction that is to be demolished and the size and location of existing structures and construction that will remain on the site or plot.
g. Location of parking spaces, accessible routes, public transportation stops and other required accessibility features.

REQUIRED INSPECTIONS

1. FOOTING INSPECTION: is to be performed after footing is dug with chairs and rods in place and before concrete is poured.

2. FOUNDATION INSPECTION: is to be performed before framing work begins or backfill is installed. Grease traps (if applicable), cleanouts, foundation and building drains must be in place; foundation coating must be applied, anchor bolts and top plate shall be installed. All underground plumbing, mechanical and electrical trenching must remain open and all piping, sleeves and/or conduit required for underground utilities shall be in place. The permit applicant is required to call 48 hours in advance of desired inspection date.

3. FRAMING INSPECTION: is to be performed before insulation is installed and after all rough-in work is complete on plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems. Note: the framing may not be approved until the plumbing, electrical and mechanical rough-in work has been approved.

4. FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS: is to be performed after fire alarm systems and/or fire suppression systems are installed and functioning. The Department of Permits, Licensing and Inspections has the option to accept installation and test certificates from the installing contractor(s) in lieu of witnessing the testing of fire protections systems. Please note that, if they were not submitted with the initial application, shop drawings must be submitted for review and approval at least two weeks before the projected installation date.

5. FINAL BUILDING INSPECTION: is to be performed after all items pertaining to the issued building permit have been completed. These items include, but are not limited to:

a. Electrical work
b. Plumbing work
c. Mechanical (HVAC) work
d. Emergency lighting system
e. Fire extinguishers
f. Egress
g. Fire protection systems (including required fire-rated construction components)
h. Grading
i. Site plan compliance
j. Accessibility
k. Energy conservation

The permit applicant is required to call requesting an inspection two weeks in advance of desired final inspection date.

PERMIT AND INSPECTION PROCESS FOR RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS

1. Plan(s) showing to scale the size and location of all new construction and existing structures on the site. Distances from lot lines, established street grades and the proposed finished grades. Site plan shall be drawn in accordance with an accurate boundary line survey. Note: The site plan shall be done by a registered land surveyor and the drawing(s) shall be signed and sealed by said land surveyor.

2. One complete set of construction drawings, Building, Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing.

BUILDING REQUIREMENTS:

• Site Plan: Showing all existing and new construction. (Distance from all lot lines, square feet of construction and lot, and drawn from boundary line survey).
• Elevations: Front, rear and all sides including sizes and dimensions of chimneys, roof soffit, crawlspace ventilation, grades, porch and steps, gutters and leaders, windows and doors.
• Foundation: Sizes and location of footings, foundation walls, girder sizes and double joists, and header locations.
• Floor Plan: Room sizes and uses, direction of floor and ceiling joists, window and door locations, beam sizes and locations and smoke detector locations.
• Cross –Section: Full cross-section of each type construction, listing all material size and spacing, insulation, height, measurement to floor, ceiling and roof and pitch of roof.
• Roof framing plan
• Garage/living area separation wall(s)
• Window and door schedule
• Design loads and design calculations
• “R” value of wall and ceiling insulation

PLUMBING REQUIREMENTS:

• Isometric diagram of potable water supply system with fixtures, locations and WSFU values.
• Isometric diagram of DWV system with fixtures, location and DFU values.
• Sewer connection permit

MECHANICAL REQUIREMENTS:

• Location and size of equipment
• Air distribution and return air system
• Ventilation and exhaust schedule(s)
• Combustion air requirements for all new appliances
• Gas piping diagram

ELECTIRICAL REQUIREMENTS:

• Location of electrical devices: lighting, receptacles, switches, equipment, appliances, transformers, panels and subpanels.
• Size and type conductors
• Panel and subpanel schedule