Building and Safety has Plan Check services that support the
process. Depending on the size, complexity, and type of project, the
Department offers plan review on walk-in basis (Counter Plan Check),
by appointment (Appointment Plan Check), or regular plan check.
First stop at our metro office
Counter Plan Check
Counter Plan Check offers the convenience and expedience of having a
plan review and obtaining a permit without the need to make an
appointment. It also allows applicants to interact with the plan
check engineer right there at the public counter. The type of plans
that are typically reviewed at the counter are small and medium size
projects, such as tenant improvements, small office and retail
buildings that can be reviewed in approximately 45-60 minutes.
Counter plan check is offered at our Metro(Downtown), Van Nuys, and
Regular Plan Check
Large, more complex, or projects requiring time consuming review are
submitted for regular plan check. At the time of submittal, plans
are screened for completeness and the appropriate plan check fees is
required to be paid. An option to expedite the plan check project is
available for an Expedite fee equal to 50% of the plan check fee.
Plans being expedited are usually assigned to a plan check engineer
within five working days from the time of submittal. Plan submittals
for regular plan check are processed at our Metro, Van Nuys, and
The Department has separate structural, grading, electrical, and
mechanical (plumbing, HVAC, fire sprinkler, elevator) plan check
sections that handle the respective type of plans. It is important
to remember that plans need to be submitted to the appropriate
section separately. Plan Check time varies by section and depends on
the size and complexity of the project. The following addresses plan
check required by the Department of Building and Safety only. Other
plan check, including plan check by other City departments, county
and state agencies may also be required for the work being
Parallel Design-Permitting Process
The Parallel Design-Permitting Process for major project developments allows the design process and
the permitting process run concurrently.
We will start to plan check your plans at the conceptual design phase and continue to provide plan check,
correction verification, and code consultation services to you throughout your various design phases.
When you complete your final drawings, the building permit is ready to be issued.
The benefits for a development project are as follow:
- Identify and correct code violations early on and avoid cumbersome revisions to finished design.
- Identify clearances and obtain sign-offs from other agencies early on and avoid unexpected clearances.
- Reduce overall permit processing time, start and complete construction ahead of schedule.
- Reduce project cost due to time savings.
For more information, please click here or to initiate
the process, please visit Metro Plan Check.
Building and Safety has also gone to great lengths to provide
a variety of documents available online, including Plan Check
related documents. We have included a Plan Check section on our Forms page that
provides access to a variety of Plan Check documents.
We hope to make your Plan Check go as smooth as possible. We welcome
all forms of feedback that may help us better serve you. Please feel
free to use the Contact
Us link located at the top right corner at anytime.