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IDHS > About IDHS > Fire & Building Safety / Services > Building Safety & Services > Building Plan Review > New PR FAQ New PR FAQ

Question 1: What documents and information are needed to obtain an early foundation release on a construction project when I don't have all the plans completed for submission? Answer 1

Question 2: I want my project to be released as soon as possible. What deficiencies commonly hold up the review process? Answer 2

Question 3: If my project must be certified by a design professional, must the individual who does the construction inspection be an architect or engineer registered in Indiana? Answer 3

Question 4: How long will it take for my plans to be reviewed? Answer 4

Question 5: How long does the Plan Review process take? Answer 5

Question 6: I am an architect or building owner and I have a specific question about my project. Who do I contact? Answer 6

Question 7: I'm a Contractor or Subcontractor - can I contact IDHS with questions about a project? Answer 7

Question 8: What if I don't know my project number? Answer 8

Question 9: I am an architect or building owner and I have a question about an unfiled project. Who do I contact? Answer 9

Question 10:
What code requirements will apply to my project? Answer 10

Question 11:
What buildings must have a design release issued by the office of the State Building Commissioner before construction may be done? Answer 11

Question 12: We are planning to build a 900-square-foot pump house within our existing municipal sewage plant facility. Will a design release be required prior to construction? Answer 12

Question 13: We are going to replace our 100-ampere breaker panel with a 200-ampere panel. Must we obtain a design release for this work? Answer 13

Question 14: In Indiana is polystyrene foam insulation permitted to be applied directly to the roof deck without an intervening thermal barrier? Answer 14

Question 15:  We are going to replace our 100-ampere breaker panel with a 200-ampere panel. Must we obtain a design release for this work? Answer 15

Question 16: In Indiana is polystyrene foam insulation permitted to be applied directly to the roof deck without an intervening thermal barrier? Answer 16

 

Answer 1: (a) Application for construction design release (ACDR), go to www.in.gov/dhs/2724.htm; (b) The foundation box will need to be checked on the application; (c)  Foundation plans and details; (d) Correct fees for project, go to www.in.gov/dhs/files/plan_review_fees.pdf

Answer 2: (a) Incorrect fees - go to www.in.gov/dhs/files/plan_review_fees.pdf; (b) No owner’s signature. The owner’s signature must be included. The signature may be original or copy; (c) Incorrect or incomplete design professional certificate for projects which must be certified. The design professional must sign the application for construction design release and identify the inspecting design professional; (d) No energy compliance report (example – Comcheck).  A report must be filed with all new buildings or additions.

Answer 3:  The inspecting design professional identified on the Application for Design Release may do the inspection for the purpose of assuring compliance with specifications, plans and designs. The design professional may, however, employ others to inspect the construction and make reports with which the design professional evaluates the construction.

Answer 4: The approximate turnaround time for reviewing plans is currently 15 business days. To ensure your plans are processed as efficiently as possible, make sure you submit all required information and supporting documents when you file your plans and that you respond to all "requests for information" or RFIs in a timely manner.

Answer 5: Plans are usually handled on the first come-first serve basis. Normally the turnaround time in Plan Review is about 15 business days. However, it can lengthen if your plans are incomplete or in conflict with design rules.

Answer 6: You will receive an E-mail with your Construction Design Release attached. To print your own copy or check the status go to www.in.gov/dhs/2645.htm .

Answer 7: Building owners, design professionals and design professional representatives with specific questions about a project should E-mail the IDHS staff member  who is reviewing your plans. To find the plan reviewer for your project, enter your project number at www.in.gov/dhs/2645.htm You can find your project at the top of the E-mail confirmation you received when your building plans were filed.

Answer 8: For help with general questions about filing building plans with IDHS, go to www.in.gov/dhs/2644.htm. Questions about a specific project under review should only be directed to the plan reviewer assigned to your project. To find the plan reviewer for your project, enter your project number at www.in.gov/dhs/2645.htm You can find your project number at the top of the E-mail confirmation you received when your building plans were filed.

Answer 9: Contractors and Subcontractors should approach the design professional overseeing the project or the building owner with questions about plan reviews. IDHS policy requires staff to communicate directly with the building owner, design professional or design professional's representative regarding plan review projects.

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Answer 10: If you go to www.in.gov/dhs/2645.htm you can search by city and county, street address, filing dates or release dates. Your project number will also be on the confirmation E-mail you received when you first filed your plans.

Answer 11: Please contact Code Services at www.in.gov/dhs/2488.htm .

Answer 12: A document called the General Administrative Rules (GAR) is the key to determining how the statewide systems of codes apply to your project. The GAR contains all of the administrative rules which affect how the codes apply to your construction project and how the codes apply to your existing building. The GAR also contains rules which govern the plan review process, so it is a vital instrument to people who use the plan review process regularly. Click on www.in.gov/legislative/iac/T06750/A00120.PDF to go to this document.

Answer 13: Class 1 structures. A class 1 structure is a building or structure that is intended to be or is otherwise used in any part by the public, three or more tenants, or one or more persons who act as the employees of another. The definition of a class 1 structure includes site improvements which affect accessibility to buildings which are class 1 structures. Buildings used only for an agricultural purpose on the land where they are located and not used for retail trade are not Class 1 structures. Vehicular bridges are not Class 1 structures.

Answer 14: If the pump house is owned and used by a utility and will never be occupied or used by the public and will not normally be occupied or used by a person acting as an employee of another, the building is exempt from the design release requirement - (reference 675 IAC 12-6-4) on page 25. Several other Class 1 structures are also exempt from the design release requirement because of their use or their small size.

Answer 15: Probably not. Replacement in the same location of electrical equipment or devices with those of a similar type and rating including an increase in current capacity in nonhazardous areas where there is no change in voltage or phases does not require a design release - (reference 675 IAC 12-6-4 (b)(3)(A)) on page 27.

Answer 16: The direct to deck application is considered an alternative method or material and is regulated by 675 IAC 12-6-11 on page 36.If the application is the sole subject of an evaluation report "published by an independent, nationally recognized testing laboratory" that "contains limitations, conditions, or standards for alternative materials, method of construction, or design procedures", the State Building Commissioner and State Fire Marshal may approve the use of the application. The application for construction design release must include the evaluation report for the application being requested.

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