Plan Review Process
How the Review Process Works
After the application and construction documents have been submitted:
- Plan reviewers from all applicable departments will review the submitted plans and documents to evaluate code and ordinance compliance:
- Building Inspections – reviews application and plans for code compliance.
- Planning - reviews plot plan for setbacks, easements and zoning compliance
- Utilities – reviews plot plan and application for water and sewer availability, and encroachments into water and sewer easements
- Environmental Engineering – reviews plot plan for erosion control, drainage, and Chesapeake Bay Act, as well as setbacks from all easements and environmental features.
- Fire Marshal - for fire suppression systems/ site plan for fire code compliance.
- Budget Management – reviews application for proffer payments (when applicable)
- Health (when applicable)
- If the construction documents are approved, the permit may be issued.
- If corrections are required:
- By Plan Review - the plans are placed on “hold” and the applicant is notified by telephone or email (based on the alternative selected at the time the application is submitted).
- By any of the other departments listed in #1 above - a letter will be mailed once the last department review has been completed.
- The applicant can meet with review staff to discuss outstanding issues.
- If necessary, the applicant takes the plans back to make the necessary changes.
- The applicant submits the corrected construction documents for re-review. Permits will not be issued until construction documents comply with the Codes.