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Preparing your plan

Site Plan

A site plan is a drawing that depicts the placement of the project on the property. Site plans must be drawn to scale. Two versions are required: one that shows the existing site, and one which shows the site with proposed work.

It should show all buildings, including sheds, and the setbacks of a proposed project to the property line. It should also include the direction of drainage, landscaping, sidewalks, and other site features. It should show property dimensions, the location of adjoining streets and alleys, and location of all existing and proposed structures on the property with distances from other buildings and property lines specified.

Floor Plan(s)

Floor plans show room sizes and uses, placement of walls, location and size of windows, doors, stairs, plumbing fixtures, electrical outlets and light fixtures, fireplaces, and cabinets.

Exterior Elevations

Exterior elevations show all sides of the building being constructed or remodeled. Exterior elevations also indicate the height of the structure and specify the exterior materials being used.

Structural Plans

Structural plans include foundation, floor framing, roof framing, cross sections, and drawings of specific aspects of the project, such as an eave detail. A good example is a footing detail. The detail drawing would show the size and materials required for the construction of the footing, and a reference on the foundation plan to where the footing detail is located in the plan set.

Structural Engineering Calculations

Wet signed and stamped structural engineering calculations are only needed if your project does not meet conventional code requirements per the California Building Code.

Energy Compliance Documentation

Energy compliance documentation is needed if the area of conditioned space is being increased as necessary to comply with the 2019 California Building Energy Efficiency Standards.

Truss Calculations

Wet signed and stamped truss calculations are required if utilizing roof or floor trusses for the project. The calculations must match the roof and floor plan provided in the plan set.

Product "Listing" Numbers

List the product listing numbers of the materials to be used, (i.e., roofing, skylights, spas, fireplaces, and fireplace inserts). The numbers are to be provided by an approved testing agency, such as United Listing, International Conference of Building Officials, or International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials.

Automatic Fire Extinguishing System Plans

Automatic Fire Extinguishing System Plans include drawings, calculations, and specifications. These are required for remodels and tenant improvements where the walls or ceilings are being moved or modified.

Use the following table to help you provide the proper number of plan sets:

Project Type

# of Sets

# of Supporting Documents

New Residential



All Other Residential



New Commercial



Commercial Remodel or TI



All Other Commercial

1 for each affected discipline


Fire Systems



 Note that projects with a valuation $1M or greater must submit their plans electronically. For more information visit our Electronic Plan Check (EPC) page. 

The City does not allow any plan check items to be deferred (submitted at a later date) for residential projects. When checking your plan set for completeness ask yourself, "Could I look at these plans, go out and purchase every material needed for this project, and know where to located each item I purchased?"