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Approximate Plan Review Timelines

Listed below are approximate time frames for specific review processes. These estimates are provided to assist you in developing a realistic project schedule. All times provided are in working days (i.e., Monday through Friday, excluding City holidays and closures). Expedited review services are also available to qualifying projects described below.

Commercial Buildings Standard Review
New Commercial

Building & Fire Architectural & Structural

First Review 25 days Subsequent Review 13 days

Subtrades (Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical)

First Review 10 days Subsequent Review 5 days

Fire Protection & HazMat Systems

First Review 15 days Subsequent Review 7 days
Commercial High Rise

Building & Fire Architectural & Structural

First Review 40 days Subsequent Review 15 days

Subtrades (Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical)

First Review 10 days Subsequent Review 5 days

Fire Protection & HazMat Systems

First Review 20 days Subsequent Review 10 days
Minor Structure

Building & Fire Architectural & Structural

First Review 15 days Subsequent Review 7 days

Subtrades (Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical )

First Review 10 days Subsequent Review 5 days

Fire Protection & HazMat Systems

First Review 10 days Subsequent Review 5 days
Miscellaneous Commercial

Building & Fire Architectural & Structural

First Review 10 days Subsequent Review 5 days

Subtrades (Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical)

First Review 10 days Subsequent Review 5 days

Fire Protection & HazMat Systems

First Review 10 days Subsequent Review 5 days
Residential Buildings Standard Review
One Story Addition to a Single Family Residence

Building & Fire Architectural & Structural

First Review 10 days Subsequent Review 5 days

Subtrades (Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical)

First Review 10 days Subsequent Review 5 days

Fire Protection & HazMat Systems (If applicable)

First Review 10 days Subsequent Review 5 days
Two Story Addition to a Single Family Residence

Building & Fire Architectural & Structural

First Review 15 days Subsequent Review 7 days

Subtrades(Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical)

First Review 10 days Subsequent Review 5 days

Fire Protection & HazMat Systems (If applicable)

First Review 10 days Subsequent Review 5 days
Alterations w/o Structural Calculations

Building & Fire Architectural & Structural

First Review 10 days Subsequent Review 5 days

Subtrades (Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical)

First Review 10 days Subsequent Review 5 days

Fire Protection & HazMat Systems

First review 10 days Subsequent Review 5 days
New Single Family Detached

Building & Fire Architectural & Structural

First Review 20 days Subsequent Review 10 days

Subtrades (Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical)

First Review 10 days Subsequent Review 5 days

Fire Protection & HazMat Systems (If applicable)

First Review 10 days Subsequent Review 5 days
Tract

Building & Fire Architectural & Structural

First Review 25 days Subsequent Review 10 days

Subtrades (Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical)

First Review 10 days Subsequent Review 5 days

Fire Protection & HazMat Systems (If applicable)

First Review 10 days Subsequent Review 5 days
New-Multi Family

Building & Fire Architectural & Structural

First Review 25 days Subsequent Review 13 days

Subtrades (Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical

First Review 10 days Subsequent Review 5 days

Fire Protection & HazMat Systems

First Review 15 days Subsequent Review 7 days
Multi-Family High Rise

Building & Fire Architectural & Structural

First Review 40 days Subsequent Review 15 days

Subtrades (Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical)

First Review 10 days Subsequent Review 5 days

Fire Protection & HazMat Systems

First Review 20 days Subsequent Review 10 days
Miscellaneous Multi-Family

Building & Fire Structural & Architectural

First Review 10 days Subsequent Review 5 days

Subtrades (Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical)

First Review 10 days Subsequent Review 5 days

Fire Protection & HazMat Systems

First Review 10 days Subsequent Review 5 days

Expedited Review Services

  1. Express Plan Review: available for projects that qualify, see Residential Handout 2-4, Commercial Handout 2-5 and Subtrade Handout 2-6. Express Plan Review is by appointment only. For this service, plan review will be completed on the day of submittal. 
  2. Special Tenant Improvement (STI): expedited plan review service is available for projects that qualify. 
  3. Coordinated Plan Review: available for commercial or industrial projects that do not qualify for Express Plan Review or STI. Coordinated Plan Review will be completed in approximately one-half the regular plan review time frame noted in the table above. The actual target dates are established at the initial plan intake meeting. This service is available on a limited basis, based upon available resources. To check availability, please call (408) 535-3555

Fire Review Notes

  1. Standard review time also applies to Fire Protection and Hazmat Systems applications submitted to the Bureau of Fire Prevention independent of building permit processes. 
  2. "If applicable" applies only when Fire Systems are required due to an approved “Alternative Material or Method of Construction” or a “Variance” to the applicable building and fire codes.

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