IMPORTANCE OF BUILDING CODES

BUILDING DEVELOPMENT

NEW CONSTRUCTION
/ADDITIONS

EXEMPTIONS TO CODE

PERMIT FEES

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT

 

 

ONLINE DOCUMENTS

Permit Fee Schedule
Registered Third Party Providers
Inspection Statement for Residential Modular Buildings
Affidavit for Exemption to State Uniform Construction Code

 

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DEPARTMENTS

Planning and Development
2007 Minimum Requirements of Submitted Construction Documents and Project Inspection Procedures

The requirements listed below are a minimum suggested guideline for submitted building plans. Providing as much of the requested information as possible on or accompanying the documents will assure faster turnaround in the review process. Plans submitted without the requested information are subject to rejection and resubmittal. Rejected plans resubmitted beyond 30 days of rejection will be subject to an additional charge.

PLAN REVIEW:

NEW CONSTRUCTION:
(Submit two complete sets) 

1.  Floor plans:

1.1.  Accurately dimensioned, drawn to a common scale. Indicate the following on the plan sheet(s):

1.1.1.  Wood construction - stud sizes & spacing.  Indicate exterior wall bracing method – IRC R602.10.3.

1.1.2.  Cold formed metal stud – stud specs & spacing.  Indicate compliance with IRC Section R603.

1.1.3.  Unit masonry – block sizes, mortar type & reinforcement.

1.1.4.  Concrete – tilt-up, poured –in-place or pre-cast – concrete specs, reinforcement & connections.

1.1.5.  ICF (Insulating Concrete Forms) – brand name, concrete & reinforcement specifications.

1.1.6.  Pre-engineered light metal frame (metal building) – requires an engineers seal on plans or shop drawings if available.

1.2.  Residential chimneys & fireplaces shall be clearly and adequately detailed on the plans following the requirements of  Chapter 10 of the IRC. Commercial units are to comply with the International Mechanical Code. 

2.  Elevations:

2.1.  Indicate all floor to floor and/or floor to top plate heights.

2.2.  Indicate Mean Roof Height on elevation that yields the highest average grade to average roof elevation.

2.3.  Show all roof slopes and overhangs.

2.4.  Indicate compliance with Table R602.3(1) for fasteners on all structural members.  The assistance of sections, details & written notes or schedules may be used to completely fulfill this requirement. 

3.  Site plan:

3.1.  Drawn to a common scale and indicating front setback, side and rear yard dimensions, all dimensions of the property & its relationship to adjacent properties.  On rural house lots indicate distance to nearest public road.

3.2.  Indicate locations of service connections, electric, gas, water or water well & sewer or sewer plant.

3.3.  Indicate the following on the site plan drawing or in documentation accompanying the submitted plans:

3.3.1.  Project address as issued by Acadia Parish 911 Office.

3.3.2.  Flood zone designation.

3.3.3.  Design wind speed is 109 mph for all of Acadia Parish.

3.3.4.  Wind Exposure Category: (IRC 2006 R301.2.1.4 – IBC 2006 1609.4.3)

3.3.4.1. Urban & suburban or wooded area – Category B.

3.3.4.2. Open terrain – Rural & at the edge of an urban or suburban or wooded area, including buildings adjacent
to largely undeveloped land at the time of their construction – Category C. 

4.  Foundation plan(s):

4.1.  Drawn to a common scale and indicating footing placement, dimensions & design. Slab on grade foundations must include sufficient details to convey method(s) of building support and uplift and shear resistance provided by this specific design.  Pier foundations must indicate method employed to transfer uplift and shear loads to ground.

4.2.  Driven piling designs must be engineered and stamped by a licensed P.E.

4.3.  Foundation details indicating profiles, materials, embedments, attachments.

4.3.1.  Indicate anchor bolt locations, size, & other embedded devices for slab on grade foundations.

5.      Structural roof plans:

5.1.  Drawn to a common scale and indicating load bearing walls, ceiling joist sizes & placement. Indicate rafter sizes &
placement on separate drawing, or indicate pre-engineered roof truss spans, spacing, girders, beams and other structural elements on one plan.  Chapter 8 IRC 2006.

5.2.  Show all structural elements such as rafter collar ties or steel strapping, hip & valley connectors, attic bracing, etc. as required by Chapter 8 IRC 2006, and the method of fastening as per  Table R602.3(1).  The assistance of sections, details & written notes may be used to completely fulfill this requirement.

5.3.  Indicate special hold down connections for exposed porch or patio cover columns.

5.4.  Indicate roof sheathing material specification, thickness and attachment as per Table R602.3(1).

5.5.  Indicate specifications of roof coverings and attachment methods that meet the requirements of Section R905 of the IRC or Chapter 15 of the IBC.

5.6.  Cold formed metal truss or structural steel roof framing and/or metal roof systems are to be designed and stamped by a licensed professional architect or engineer.

5.7.  Patio covers:

5.7.1.  Residential; Designed in accordance with IRC appendix H.

5.7.2.  Commercial; Designed in accordance with IBC appendix I. 

6.  Schedules:

6.1.  Include finish schedules or in some other manner indicate the finishes & specifications of materials used that comply with Chapter 7 IRC 2006.

6.2.  Door & window schedules or plan call outs indicating code required sizes and specifications that comply with Section R311, IRC 2006. 

7.  Mechanical:  (submitted plans should indicate compliance with the following)

7.1.   Plumbing:

7.1.1.  Plans should indicate, at minimum, the locations of all fixtures & accessories required by the Louisiana Plumbing
Code and indicate that installations are to be carried out or supervised by a La. licensed plumber.

7.1.3.  Buildings requiring a licensed architect or engineer shall be required to have plumbing designed & stamped by a
licensed professional.

7.2.  Mechanical systems:

7.2.1.  Residential systems are to be designed & installed under the provisions of Chapter 13 of the IRC and applicable
provisions of the International Mechanical Code and the International Fuel Gas Code.

7.2.2.  Commercial systems are to be designed & installed under the provisions of the International Mechanical Code and the International Fuel Gas Code.

7.2.3.  Buildings requiring a licensed architect or engineer shall be required to have mechanical systems designed & stamped by a licensed professional. 

7.3.  Electrical:

7.3.1.  Indicate locations of electrical power & lighting devices on plans.

7.3.2.  Residential electrical wiring, fixtures, devices, etc. are to be designed & installed by or under the direct supervision of a La. State licensed electrical contractor following the provisions of Chapters 33 through 42 of the IRC.

7.3.4.  Commercial buildings shall have electrical systems designed & installed by a La. licensed electrician following the
provisions of Chapter 27 of the IBC.

7.3.5.  Buildings requiring a licensed architect or engineer are required to have electrical systems designed & stamped by a licensed professional. 

8.  Energy efficiency:

8.1.  Residential structures shall indicate on construction plans the methods, materials & techniques to be employed that will comply with the provisions of Chapter 11 of the IRC.

8.1.1.  Acadia Parish in totality is in climate zone 2.

8.2.  If RezCheck computer program is used for compliance (www.energycodes.gov/rescheck), submit computer generated printout. 


MANUFACTURED HOUSING USED AS DWELLINGS

1.  Acquire building permit at Acadia Parish Building Permit Office,1029 Capitol Avenue, Crowley, La., (337) 788-7999.

2.  Manufactured Housing (Mobile Homes) will not require a plan review or on site inspections in Acadia Parish.

3.  Mobile home companies and/or installers are required to comply with the provisions of La. R.S. 51:912.21 “Minimum Standards for Installation of Manufactured Homes”.

 
EXISTING BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES

1.  Plans for repair, renovations, alterations or reconstruction of one and two family housing requiring a building permit shall indicate adherence to the provisions of appendix J of the IRC.

2.  Plans for repair, renovations, alterations or reconstruction of existing commercial structures requiring a building permit shall indicate adherence to the provisions of the International Existing Building Code, 2006.

MODULAR (MOVABLE) HOMES AND BUILDINGS
 

1.  Plans submitted for a building permit must indicate that the structure has been previously subjected to a plan review/design process that assures compliance with all provisions of the International Code Council, whether residential or commercial, and has been inspected during construction to certify compliance with the codes.

Copies of the plan review and inspection reports should accompany the application for a permit.  A plan review fee will not be collected, but one field inspection fee will be collected for foundation inspection along with the administrative charges. An online Inspection Form is available.

1.1.  An alternate to the pre-certified method of compliance above, the applicant may submit plans for approval as described under  NEW CONSTRUCTION for buildings not yet constructed.

1.1.1.  If this alternate is selected, all plan review and inspection fees will be collected.

2.  Site plans and foundation plans should be submitted with indications as to the methods & materials to be used in the support and anchoring of the modular unit(s) and the following information:

2.1.1.  Project address as issued by Acadia Parish 911 Office.

2.1.2.   Flood zone designation.

2.1.3.   Design wind speed for all of Acadia Parish is 109 mph.

2.1.4.   Wind Exposure Category: (IRC 2006 R301.2.1.4 – IBC 2006 1609.4.3)

2.1.4.1.  Urban & suburban or wooded area – Category B.

2.1.5.  Open terrain – Rural & at the edge of an urban or suburban or wooded area, including buildings adjacent to largely  undeveloped land at the time of their construction Category C.

3.  Applicable sections of appendix E of the IRC for foundations, piers, anchorage systems & ties apply to this type of structure.

 
INSPECTIONS:

  • It shall be the responsibility of the contractor or – in the absence thereof – the owner/builder to notify the review service a minimum of 48 hours prior to requesting an inspection.
  • Building permit must be displayed prominently on the temporary power pole or in full view on existing structures on site.
  • Reviewed and stamped plans and a copy of review letter must be on site for inspectors use at each inspection.
  • Contractor or owner/builder must be present for all inspections.
  • Failure to schedule inspections or coverage of work to be inspected shall constitute a failed inspection. 
  • Failed inspections will render project default and no certificate of occupancy will be issued.
  • Weather protection coverings applied to non-inspected work shall be allowed, but a representative area of coverings must be only temporarily fastened and removed by the contractor for inspection.

1.  Foundation:

1.1.  Footings and/or grade beams excavated and shaped to profiles and positions shown on plans.

1.2.  Reinforcing steel set & anchored to match plans.

1.3.  Above grade form boards in position to receive concrete.

1.4   Monolithic slab on grade:

1.4.1.  Form boards anchored in position to receive concrete.

1.4.2.  Termite treatment done.

1.4.3.  Vapor barrier in place.

1.4.4.  Steel reinforcing secured in permanent locations following plan details.

1.4.5.  Plumbing rough in complete and secure.

1.4.6.  Anchorage devices and other embedments securely anchored. 

2.  Framing:

2.1.  Exterior sheathing and/or shearwall construction complete.

2.2.  Interior load bearing walls, headers & pocket beams installed.

2.3.  Double top plates or equivalent in place & anchored.

3.  Roof:

3.1.  Ceiling joists & rafters installed & anchored.

3.2.  Roof sheathing in progress or complete.

3.2.1.  If roofing felts or other weatherproofing has been installed a representative portion must be left loose to be removed for inspection of roof deck.

3.3.  Structural connections between roof framing & wall framing must be in place and exposed for inspection.

3.4.  Porch beam to column and column to foundation connections are to be in place and exposed for inspection.

4.  Plumbing stack out:

4.1.  All above slab/floor supply & waste piping in progress or complete.

4.2.  All vents through roof complete.

4.3.  Gas piping rough in complete & tested.

5.  Electrical Rough in:

5.1.  All devices and panels secured in place.

5.2.  All wiring complete or nearing completion.

5.3.  Branch circuits identified at panel(s).

6.  HVAC:

6.1.  Fan/coil unit(s) secured in place.

6.2.  All air supply & return fixtures secured in place.

6.3.  Supply & return duct work complete or substantially complete.

6.4.  Electrical controls & power circuits substantially complete.

7.  Final inspection:

7.1.  Building substantially complete leaving only minor trim, finish  installation &/or painting left to be done.

 

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