Section 107 Plan Approval Process
Where the rules of the board are applicable under Section 101.2, before a building or addition to a building is constructed or erected, and before a building is altered or relocated, or building equipment is installed, or there is a change of occupancy, or a resubmission of construction documents is required or received, construction documents relating to the work and equipment under consideration shall be prepared in conformity with Section 106 and be submitted to the building department for examination and approval.
- Identify and describe the work to be covered for which application is made for approval.
- Describe the land on which the proposed work is to be done, street address or similar description that will readily identify and locate the proposed building or work.
- Indicate the use and occupancy(ies) for which the proposed work is intended.
- Be accompanied by construction documents and other information as required in Section 106.1.
- Be signed by the owner, or the owner's authorized agent.
- Give such other data and information as required by the building official.
- Identify and clearly indicate whether the project or portion of a project intends to utilize an industrialized unit, as defined in Section 113.2.
- Identify and clearly indicate whether the project or portion of a project intends to utilize an assembly of individually listed or labeled products.
The approval of plans under this section is a "license" and the failure to approve such plans as submitted within thirty days after filing or the disapproval of such plans is an "adjudication order denying the issuance of a license" requiring the opportunity for an "adjudication hearing" as provided by Sections 119.07 to 119.13 of the Revised Code and as modified by Sections 3781.031 and 3781.19 of the Revised Code. In accordance with Section 109, an adjudication order denying the issuance of a license shall specify the reasons for such denial.
If construction documents have been reviewed for compliance with the rules of the board, an adjudication order has been issued to the owner and the owner's representative, and the owner has neither exercised the right to appeal pursuant to Section 110 nor resubmitted corrected documents, the application is invalid six months from the date of the issuance of the adjudication order.
When construction documents have been submitted to the building department for review and approval, the building official shall cause the construction documents to be examined for compliance with the rules of the board by assigning the examination duty to an appropriately certified plans examiner. The plans examiner shall first determine whether the construction documents are adequate as required in Section 106. If so, the plans examiner shall examine the construction documents to determine compliance with the rules of the board.
If construction documents are determined to be incomplete or inadequate for examination, the plans examiner shall report the findings to the building official. The plans examiner shall examine the construction documents to the extent possible and identify what information from Section 106 is missing and needed to complete the required examination. Upon receipt and review of the report, the building official shall proceed as required in Section 107.6.
If construction documents are resubmitted in response to an adjudication order, the review for compliance shall be limited to determining that the item of non-compliance, and any work affected, has been corrected and shall not be deemed to authorize another review of unmodified construction documents previously determined to comply.
Construction documents which have been prepared by an Ohio registered design professional who prepared the same as conforming to the requirements of the rules of the board pertaining to design loads, stresses, strength, and stability, or other requirements involving technical analysis, need be examined only to the extent necessary to determine conformity of such construction documents with other requirements of the rules of the board.
- When submitted under the signature of an individual certified under Section 3781.105 of the Revised Code, be processed in the same manner as construction documents submitted under the signature of a registered design professional. Any statistical data, reports, explanations, plan description, or information that would not also be required for a similar submission by a registered design professional need not be submitted by a certified designer.
- If certified by a registered design professional or individual certified under Section 3781.105 of the Revised Code as conforming to requirements of the rules of the board pertaining to design loads, stresses, strength, stability, or other requirements involving technical analysis, be examined by the building department official only to the extent necessary to determine conformity of such construction documents with other requirements adopted by the board under Chapters 3781. and 3791. of the Revised Code.
The building official shall evaluate the plans examiner's recommendations and any communications received from the fire official as described in Section 106.1.2. When the construction documents have been determined to conform to the applicable provisions of the rules of the board, the building official shall endorse or stamp such plans as approved and issue the certificate of plan approval in accordance with Section 105.5.
- The owner or the owner's representative shall indicate which option (item 1 above) will be exercised.
- Notations of the communication shall be made on a plan review record. The notations shall include the plans examiner's name, the date of the communication with the owner or the owner's representative, the observed items of noncompliance, the code citation related to the item(s) of noncompliance, the action necessary to correct the item(s) of noncompliance, the option chosen by the owner or the owner's representative, the name of the person communicated with, and the estimated dates of compliance and resubmission, if applicable.
- If the owner or the owner's representative indicates that the work will not be brought into compliance with the rules of the board or requests an adjudication order, the plans examiner shall report to the building official in accordance with Section 107.6.2.
The building official shall evaluate the plans examiner's report and any reports received from the fire official as described in Section 106.1.2 and render a final determination as to whether the items of non-compliance are to be communicated to the owner in the form of an adjudication order complying with Section 109. The building official shall also determine whether any approvals are possible, and issue the appropriate approval as described in Section 105.