What Should Be Included in a Set of Plans?

Final Construction Documents for a Building Permit Application

The answer to this question is complex, and many homeowners don't realize the vast amount of information that is required. Most municipal plan examiners have a set criteria that they must adhere to when reviewing a set of plans before it can be approved for granting a building permit. The various departments that review the plans must pass their approval before a building permit is granted.

Looking for the lowest price to get all this drawn is usually not a wise option. You should consider the problems that will come from inexperienced designers and draftsman who fail to address many issues in the design phase, let alone in the preparation of a set of plans. A good architect or floor plan designer will not only provide assistance in design but will also ensure that what they have prepared will meet the requirements of the plan examiners.

In addition, a good set of plans for your contractor can accurately provide a solid bid, which is essential. Many plans with a lack of detail can surely be accepted in plan review, and a building permit may be issued. The question is, at what cost to you will poor plans mean? When your contractor reviews it for bid or starts building it and runs into problems on site, who do you think gets the bill for the changes? You could easily see increased costs that went above your intended budget. This can be minimized or even avoided if you take the time to understand that this is the base from which all things will be started.

This is not the time to get the process done for the cheapest price, but rather it should be done by hiring a professional who will deliver problem-free services that help you achieve your home design goal.

The actual number of pages needed can be many!

Cover Sheet

  • General Notes Applicable to Site/Municipality
  • Tax Assessor Lot Information
  • Description of Proposed Work
  • Square Footages (Existing & Proposed)
  • Code-Related Notes

Demolition (If Applicable)

  • Special Demolition Notes
  • Floor Plan (All of Existing)
  • Elevation Views (If Applicable)

Site Plan

  • Drawn at Prescribed Scale
  • Property Lines
  • Complete & Accurate Dimensions
  • All Buildings/Structures (Existing & Proposed)
  • Public Right of Ways
  • Easements
  • Setbacks
  • Drainage
  • Utility Lines & Locations
  • Adjoining Property Locations & Distances from Property Lines

Foundation or Slab Plan

  • Drawn at 1/8" to 1/4" = 1'-0" Scale
  • Complete & Accurate Dimensions
  • Foundation Wall & Footing Sizes
  • Hold-Down Connectors & Notes
  • Code-Related Notes
  • Rough-In Plumbing Location (Not Always Required)
  • Mechanical Equipment Locations (If Applicable)
  • Electrical Locations (If Applicable)
  • Sheet Reference Markers

Floor Plans (All Levels)

  • Drawn At 1/8" To 1/4" = 1'-0" Scale
  • Door & Window Sizes Including Egress, Tempered Glazing
  • Complete & Accurate Dimensions
  • Room Labels & Interior Room Sizes
  • Support Posts
  • Code-Related Notes
  • Light & Vent Calculations
  • Sheet Reference Markers

Roof Design Plan

  • Drawn at 1/8" To 1/4" = 1'-0" Scale
  • All Hips, Gables, Ridges, & Valleys Noted
  • Headers, Beams, & Support Posts
  • Code-Related Notes
  • Necessary Notes Pertaining to the Structural System
  • Floor Joist/Truss Sizes, Spacing, & Direction (If Applicable)
  • Attic Ventilation Calculations
  • Sheet Reference Markers
  • Roof Drains, Scuppers, Parapets, Chimney Locations
  • Connectors & Notes


  • Drawn at 1/8" to 1/4" = 1'-0" Scale
  • Material Labels
  • Floor-to-Floor/Ceiling Heights
  • Roof Slope Indicators
  • Door & Windows, including Egress, Tempered Glazing

Cross Sections

  • Drawn at 1/4" = 1'-0" Scale
  • Beam Sizes, Connections, & Locations
  • Floor Joist Size & Spacing
  • Roof Truss/Rafter Sizes & Spacing
  • Floor-to-Floor Heights
  • Non-Typical Plate Heights Indicated
  • Key Plan Showing Section Location(s)
  • Code-Related Notes

Mechanical & Electrical

  • Drawn at 1/8" to 1/4" = 1'-0" Scale
  • Labels Indicating Schematic Duct Locations
  • Plans for Power & Lighting Locations
  • Electrical Load Calculations
  • Water Meter Worksheet (If Applicable)
  • Code-Related Notes

Miscellaneous Notes & Details

  • Miscellaneous Framing Details
  • Stairway Details (If Applicable)
  • General Notes Covering IRC Requirements for Homes
  • Roof & Floor Truss Layouts & Calculations
  • Code-Related Notes

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If you think hiring a professional is expensive, wait until you hire an amateur. When deciding whether to hire a professional for your home drafting and design services, here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • If you need a medical procedure done, are you looking for the 'cheapest' doctor to perform the surgery?
  • If your car breaks down, are you looking for the 'cheapest' mechanic to repair it and hoping that it will be fixed right?
  • If you are buying a home, are you looking for the 'cheapest' one that you can buy with the understanding that it may have unknown hidden costs in repairs?

If you are like me, the answer is an unquestionable NO. When it comes right down to it, you really want the best you can afford, but you also want the best for what you pay. All-Pro Home Services is the best at what we do for our customers, and we not only back it up with words but on paper—100% Satisfaction Guaranteed! We offer quality service for all types of designs—large or small. While we are not the least expensive design service available, we know that we are not the most expensive. In saying that, we know that we provide our clients with more experience, knowledge, and ability than any other design firm.

Whereas architects may charge the prospective homeowner a price in the range of 5%-15% of the project’s cost, we as a residential design company will only charge on average 3% to 10% for the construction drawing set, but minimums do apply. The rule is the lower the projected cost, the higher the fee. First, we will prepare conceptual drawings of your project for you to review. Additional follow-up design reviews fine-tune the initial concept design. We will strive to satisfy your expectations as much as possible within the confines of your budget. Having the flexibility to think over what you like, need, and want is very important. Besides, we give you a Firm Price & Flat Fee, not an hourly rate (unless it becomes necessary outside the realm of the agreement). There are No Hidden Fees! We are highly professional, and we guarantee what we do!

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