Plan Submittal Guidelines

  • Drawnings for new structures (or structurally renovated buildings) must include information required by Chapter 16, Section 1606, of the Florida Building Code.  Plans and calculations shall have the raised seal and signature of a duly certified design  professional per Florida Statute.

In Alachua County the following basic wind speed per figure 1606  shall be used:

  • Buildings to be constructed West of Interstate 75: 110 mph
  • Buildings to be contstructed East of Interstate 75: 100 mph

NOTE:  University of Florida and Alachua County is not a wind borne debris region.

General Requirements

Two (2) complete sets of plans/specs containing location plan, site plan, floor plans, wall schedules, window/door schedules, life safety plan, fire rated systems, foundation/structural plans, floor/roof framing plan or truss layout, reflected ceiling plan, wall sections, and exterior elevations with the following criteria and documents:

All drawings must be clear, concise and drawn to scale (“Optional” details that are not used shall be marked void or crossed off). We prefer drawings no larger than 24”x36”. Square footage of individual areas shall be on plans. Use of building areas shall be indicated with occupant load if applicable. This list is intended to be a guide and is not  all inclusive. Additional information may be required. Small projects may not require all items listed.

    1. Designer’s name and signature on documents (FBC 104.2.1). If licensed architect or engineer, official seal shall be affixed.
    2. Coversheet code summary to include:
    • Code editions, building height, number of stories, and gross floor area in square feet
    • Project description and design assumptions
    • Occupancy Classification per FBC Chapter 3 and 4
    • Minimum Type Construction (FBC Table 500)
    • Number of residential units (if applicable

     3.  Two (2) Copies of site plans showing:

    •  Building footprint and relation to adjacent buildings or structures
    • Fire department access
    • Location of FDC
    • Location of post indicator valve
    • Fire hydrant.
    • Property lines, easements, set backs
    • Sidewalks
    • Dumpster location and details
    • Protective bollards
    • Parking layout and number of spaces and accessible spaces

Fire Resistant Construction Requirements

Fire or smoke resistant separations (tested systems)

Indicate tenant separations with rated systems

Fire resistant protection for type of construction

Shaft wall systems

Protection of openings and penetrations of rated walls (tested systems)

Fire blocking and draft-stopping

Calculated fire resistance

Life Safety and Fire Suppression

Fire sprinkler layout (indicate existing system – if any – and connections)

Fire alarm system (early warning). If not on contractors plan at time of permitting separate  permit required by licensed installer

Smoke evacuation system schematic

Stand-pipes: pre-engineered system & riser diagram

Testing procedures

Occupancy load and egress capacity

Stair pressurization

Systems schematics

Occupancy Load/ Egress Requirements

Occupancy load (gross and net)

Means of egress pathway, travel distance calculated

Exit access, exit and exit discharge

Elimination of dead end corridors

Stair construction/geometry and protection (with handrail/guardrail details)

Doors and required ratings

Seating plans

Furniture plan, laboratory layout

Emergency lighting and exit signs

Specific occupancy requirements

Construction requirements

Horizontal exits/exit passageways

Structural Requirements

Soil conditions/analysis

Termite protection

Design loads

Wind requirements

Building envelope


Wall systems

Floor systems

Roof systems

Threshold inspection plan

Material Details

Wood, steel, concrete, masonry, and plastic

Aluminum structures to include appropriate engineering design

Glass/Glazing (mfg details to indicate compliance with design loads including installation and attachments)

Gypsum board and plaster

Insulating – mechanical – type and rating

Roofing (mfg. listed system for wind zone with installation and attachments)

Insulation (type and rating)

Ceiling assemblies


Site plan showing accessible features

Accessible route

Vertical accessibility

Toilet and bathing facilities

Drinking fountains


Special occupancy requirement


Interior Requirements

Interior finishes (flame spread/smoke develop)

Light and ventilation


Special Systems

Elevators & escalators


Radon mitigation


Wire and conduit size, services, feeders and branch circuits, over-current protection

Grounding, wiring methods and materials, GFCI, arc fault

Equipment such as motors, controllers

Special Occupancies

Emergency Systems

Communication Systems

Low Voltage

Load Calculations

Riser diagram

Panel Schedules

Lighting plan

Power plan

Fire Alarm systems


Minimum plumbing facilities with calculations


Water supply piping

Sanitary drainage and venting

Water heaters

Roof drainage

Backflow prevention

Location and connection of water supply

Grease traps

Plumbing riser diagram


Fleet energy analysis

Equipment and equipment location

Make-up air

Duct systems

Fire dampers

Exhaust systems





Bathroom ventilation

Laboratory exhaust systems

Chimneys, fireplaces and vents

Roof mounted equipment and anchoring

Gas Systems

Gas piping layout w/valve locations


Combustion Air

Chimneys and vents


Type of Gas system

LP tank locations

Riser diagram


Asbestos survey

Scope of work and site plan