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This is information I wish someone could have given me when I started drafting residential design drawings and construction plans 30 years ago.

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— Robert Houseal
     Architect & Building Inspector

Building Official and Inspector


Solutions To Help You Succeed At Plan Reviews. Solve The #1 Code Enforcement Problem Nationwide... Dealing With Inept, Inadequate, And Incomplete Residential Construction Plan Information.

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Need an IRC Checklist?

Download one or more of my free IRC Checklists (PDF) today. Also, when rejected plans go back to the preparer, or owner, please TELL THEM ABOUT THIS WEBSITE. Their plans will get better. Thanks!

1. Be The Building Code Official.

You have the authority, and responsibility to safeguard the public's health, safety, and welfare. You are the Building Code Enforcement Official. Everyday your reputation, and your limited time are on the line. Put the 3 P’s in place... procedures, planning, and policies for easy to perform building plan reviews and inspections. Be the permit and inspection professional...take charge today.

2. Send Defective Plans Back... With A Blank Checklist.

Hand out your blank checklist. Review resubmitted plans again. Shocking, but true... during the five years of professional school, no future architect is taught how-to-do construction plans, or meet code requirements — the very reasons they are later licensed. Not your problem. No released plans until the IRC is fully met. The next set will get better. (See offer above.)

3. Use Building Code Checklist(s).

Get respect for the way you review plans and inspect. My research shows 87% of AEDs never check or correct their work. Your role is to spot check the AED's work, not correct it. Recently, a Plan Reviewer complained one of her reviews had 200 serious comments. When you get to six or so serious review comments, stop. Do not reward bad behavior by doing the Designer’s check set work.

4. You Are Not The Designer.

Do not be the architect, engineer, or designer (AED). Don't offer design advice. It is the owner's role to provide you with complete International Residential Code (IRC) construction plans for review. Poor plans lead directly to construction problems, and delays. Do the plans you are reviewing meet the IRC?

5. Use Plan Review As Preparation For Construction Inspections.

Is the checklist Field Inspector friendly? If not, organize and archive a "Field Summary Sheet" to avoid the "Second Plan Review" during construction. A real time saver.
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