New Home Construction

Current Adopted Codes: 2003 IBC, 2003 IRC, 2003 IMC, 2003 IPC, 2005 NEC, 2003 IECC, & ICC/ANSI 2003 Handicap Accessibility. IRC PLAN CHECK ADDENDUM FOR RESIDENCES

 

Review your plans and be sure each of the following details have been included. When each of the items have been verified, you are ready to submit your application and plans for a building permit.

 

 

Plans cannot be reviewed without the following information.

BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATION

must be completely filled out properly, including:

  • Contractor's name, phone number, & state Iicense number
  • Owner's name, address and phone number
  • Architect's name, phone number, signature & wet stamp on plans (if required)
  • All engineers' names, phone numbers, signatures & wet stamps, 3 sets of documents on plans (if required)
  • Project address and signature of applicant (either homeowner or contractor

PLOT PLAN: 2 Sets

  • Plantings
  • Recommended scale: 1/8" = 1'-0"
  • Topographical plot plan
  • Lot dimensions
  • Building footprint with all projections & dimensions to all property lines and/or other buildings
  • North arrow
  • Easements
  • All existing and proposed finish lot corner elevations
  • Sewer and water lateral locations from street to house
  • Location of any and all retaining walls (which require separate permits)
  • Footing drains
  • Wetlands clearance
  • Septic
  • Well

FOUNDATION PLAN: 2 Sets

  • Recommended scale: 1/4" = 1 '-0"
  • Structural and architectural details
  • Footings, foundation, piers, and grade beams Post and girder intersections
  • Reinforcing spacing and size
  • Beams post and girder intersections
  • Fireplaces - masonry or gas
  • Reinforcing spacing and size
  • Anchor bolt spacing and size

FLOOR PLAN: 2 Sets

  • Recommended scale 1/4" = 1 '-0"
  • Full architectural plans, fully dimensioned and labeled Include adjoining rooms, labeled as to their use with all window and door locations
  • All wall-to-wall dimensions
  • All room finish ceiling heights
  • All window operations to be on the plans (slider, single hung, fixed, casement, etc.)
  • Floor framing plan showing and identifying all materials, sizes, spacing, etc.

EXTERIOR ELEVATIONS: 2 Sets

  • Recommended scale 1/4" = 1 '-0"
  • Identify finish materials to be used
  • All four elevation views
  • Indicate finish grade location at building exterior

STRUCTURAL AND ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS: 2 Sets
(to include all applicable from following):

  • Recommended scale 1/4" = 1 '-0"
  • Roof, to include eaves, overhangs, rake and gables
  • Floor changes (i.e. slab-to-wood frame, elevation changes, etc.)
  • Handrails, guardrails and support details
  • Structural framing details
  • Structural section with details at foundation, floor and roof levels
  • Cross section view in each direction specific to the structure, generic not acceptable
  • Identify all materials, material sizes, spacing, etc.

PREFABRICATED TRUSSES: 2 Sets

  • Roof framing plans with truss layout sheet identifying and showing locations of all trusses
  • Specify truss manufacturer on the drawings Truss configuration and location
  • Letter of approval from the structural design engineer of record for the project that the truss plan/layout/design has been reviewed prior to fabrication, and that the trusses conform to the design for the building.
  • Structural engineer of record is to design the permanent truss bracing and provide calculations and detail on the plans at the time of plan submittal.

HVAC PLAN: 2 Sets
(to include all applicable)

  • Location of HVAC equipment
  • Gas line drawings showing line lengths, line sizes and input rating in BTUs of all equipment.

PLUMBING DETAILS: 2 Sets

  • Show all plumbing fixtures and water heater locations
  • Show all floor drain locations

ELECTRICAL PLAN: 2 Sets

  • Service meter location and main breaker size in amps
  • Sub-panel location(s)
  • Branch Circuits (wire size, arc fault, kitchen circuits)

STAIR DETAILS: 2 Sets

  • Stairway width, rise, run, landing length, and headroom height
  • Handrail, guardrail, and baluster details

ENERGY: 1 Set

  • Energy compliance report based on the requirements of Chapter 11 of the 2003 International Residential Code (IRC). The computer-generated version showing compliance to the 2006 IECC is acceptable.

 

Energy Code Compliance Check

Major changes to the 2003 IRC part of the 2005 State Building Code

Effective for building permits applied for on or after 12/31/05

  • The 2003 International Existing Building Code is acceptable as an alternative method of compliance for additions, alterations or change of occupancy
  • The 2005 NEC is the referenced electrical code. You can also use the electrical chapters in the IRC (based on 2002 NEC). The permit applicant must state which code is to be used at time of permit application
  • Partial building permits cannot be obtained without zoning approval
  • An architect must be retained for townhouses with more than 16 units or 24,000 gross square feet in any single building. In such projects, the architect and general contractor must sign a statement of professional opinion stating the work is in substantial compliance with approved drawings prior to issuance of the certificate of occupancy. (these are statutory requirements in effect now)
  • Final determination of value for purposes of permit fee lies with building official
  • Temporary C. O. is good for 30 days after work is complete - then afinal     C. O. is necessary
  • Notices of inspection results and violations shall be in writing
  • Deleted seismic requirements for Fairfield county townhouses (no seismic requirements anywhere in CT for buildings regulated by IRC, but seismic still applies to occupancies regulated by IBC)
  • 12" min. footing depth deleted - need either 42" for frost or may be on-grade if expectations are met (accessory buildings 400 s.f. or less and desks of any size not supported by house wall). Still need wind hold-downs
  • Detached garages with 10' separation from dwelling may have combustible floor
  • Exceptions in code for stair width, headroom, riser height and tread depth for existing stairs to newly finished attics & basements are extended to replacement stairs in same locations
  • New requirements for carbon monoxide detectors w/ exception for all-electric homes with no fireplace or attached garage. Locate outside sleeping rooms. AC/DC power in new work. Must add battery or plug-in for alteration or addition
  • 1/2 inch steel bolts in normally dry locations (such as anchor bolts) can be untreated steel.

 

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