Building Plan Review

Building Plan Review
The Office of Plan Review performs the review for building code compliance during the permitting process. The construction plans, or blueprints, are examined by technical staff for such items as:
  • Adequate light and ventilation
  • Egress (safe exit ways)
  • Energy conservation
  • Properly sized lumber and building materials
  • Required clearances
Submittal Requirements
For residential construction, Plan Review Submittal Checklists are available to ensure that plans submitted for a building permit application are adequate for review. In some instances, the plan reviewer may ask an applicant to provide more information to help them evaluate safety aspects of the project or demonstrate structural integrity of the proposed work. For complex work or intricate construction features, professionally prepared drawings may be required.

Also available are Building Code Checklists that the Plan Reviewers use to determine code compliance. These checklists are attached to the field approved drawings that are returned to the applicant for their convenience. Two sets of plans are required for submittal. One set is retained by the Department of Permits and Inspections, and 1 set is returned to the applicant with comments.

Residential Plan Review Code Compliance Checklists
Details & Handouts
For non-residential, commercial construction projects, plans are required to be signed and sealed by a licensed Maryland architect or engineer. 3 sets of plans are required for submittal. 1 set is retained by the Department of Permits and Inspection, the Office of Life Safety retains another, and 1 set is returned to the applicant with comments.

Review Time
Plans are reviewed according to the established Plan Review Timeframes. During the review, if it is determined additional information is required to complete the review; a “Hold Notice” is mailed to the applicant. When the additional information is received, the review is continued.

Related Links
  • View current Frederick County codes.
  • Access to codes and standards on the International Code Council website. All details are generated by Frederick County Department of Permits and Inspections.
  • Find energy compliance information on the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy website.