How much detail is needed on the plans?

A full set of construction plans must be submitted. It must be clear from the plans what work is being done and how it is being done. Plans should be to scale and legible. A title block giving the address of the project must be provided on the lower right-hand corner of all sheets. 

All areas addressed in the building code must be addressed on the plans. In general, plans for new construction should include floor plans, foundation plan, framing plans, sections and elevations. Simply adding a note to the plans that says "all work to comply with codes" is not sufficient. 

In the Appendix is a review sheet that the Department of Municipal Inspections uses to review residential plans. All applicable items should be addressed on the plans. Remember, the more complete that the plans are, the less likely that problems will arise after construction. Several good books are available at the library or at bookstores on architectural drafting.

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1. Are plans required?
2. Do I have to have an architect prepare my plans?
3. How much detail is needed on the plans?
4. Can I change my plans after they have been approved?