Pre-Approved Standard Plans

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Standards Plans are a time saving tool that is advantageous for structures that are built repeatedly, where the design and construction are not expected to vary greatly from site to site. The use of a Standard Plan greatly reduces the time required for plan check. Permits can therefore be issued much faster for structures such as swimming pools, metal patio covers, stairways, signs, etc.

Standard Plans are not approved until LADBS has verified compliance with the Building Code.

Standard Plans are designed by private engineers to accommodate various site conditions and they are reviewed and approved by the Department of Building and Safety. As these plans are privately owned, property owners interested in building a structure with a Standard Plan must contact the owner of the plan to purchase a copy.

Possession of a Standard Plan, however, does not waive the necessity for a building permit. To obtain a building permit, in addition to a wet-stamped and signed copy of a Standard Plan, plans indicating how the Standard Plan will be adapted to a specific site must then be brought to one of our offices along with the necessary details indicating how and where the structure will be built in a specific location. The Department will review all of the plans and issue a building permit once it is verified that the construction complies with all applicable portions of the Building code and Zoning code.

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Information Bulletins containing plans

ID   Title  
IB/P/BC 2020-120 Interim General Policy for Plan Check Time Extension View
IB/P/BC 2020-097 Early Start Permits View
IB/P/BC 2020-088 Accessibility Details for Tubs and Showers View
IB/P/BC 2020-085 Accessibility Details for Ramps, Stairs & Elevators View
IB/P/BC 2020-086 Accessibility Details for Doors, Maneuvering Spaces and Routes View
IB/P/BC 2020-084 Accessibility Details for Parking View
IB/P/BC 2020-087 Accessibility Details for Restrooms and Drinking Fountains View
IB/P/BC 2020-089 Accessibility Details for Obstructions, Reach Ranges, Telephones and Baby Changing Stations View
IB/P/BC 2020-090 Accessibility Details for Curbs, Blended Transitions, Islands and Detectable Warnings View
IB/P/BC 2020-091 Accessibility Details for Signs View
IB/P/BC 2023-009 Detached Carport View
IB/P/BC 2017-141 Guidelines for Determining Live Loads Surcharge from Sidewalk Pedestrian Traffic and Street Traffic View
IB/P/BC 2014-130 Storm Water Containment Systems View
IB/P/BC 2020-131 Procedures for Hazardous or Contaminated Materials Found during Geological Exploration View
IB/P/BC 2014-133 Minimum Info to be Shown on Grading Plans View
IB/P/BC 2020-092 Torque Testing & Installation Inspection of Drilled - In Anchors View
IB/P/BC 2020-004 Wood Frame Prescriptive Provisions One Story Residential Construction Only View
IB/P/BC 2020-107 Guidelines for Vehicle Sales Use of Land Permit View
LAFD Requirement 96 Fire Department Reference - Requirements For Rooftop Photovoltaic (PV) Systems on One and Two Family Dwellings View
LAFD Requirement 96 Solar Photovoltaic System View
IB/P/ZC 2023-001 Parking Lot Design with Mechanical Parking Lift View
IB/P/ZC 2023-002 Heights of Fences in Residential Zones View
IB/P/ZC 2023-004 Allowable Projection for Decks and Built-Up Platforms in Required Yards View
IB/P/BC 2020-125 Historic Broadway Commercial Reuse Bringing Back Broadway View
IB/P/BC 2017-011 General Illumination and Lock Requirements in Accordance with Ordinance View
IB/P/BC 2014-070 Chimney Repair View
IB/P/BC 2023-006 Attached Patio Cover View
IB/P/BC 2020-096 6 Inch Concrete Block Masonry Wall Detail View
IB/P/BC 2017-098 Structural Design Guidelines for Steel Moment-Resisting Frames View
IB/P/BC 2020-061 Tests on Concrete and its Components View
IB/P/BC 2014-099 Relocation of Building View
IB/P/BC 2014-074 Sound Insulation Requirements for Noise Sensitive Structures Near Los Angeles International Airport View
IB/P/BC 2023-002 Retaining or Slough Wall (4 foot High or Less) View
IB/P/BC 2020-040 Prescriptive Standards for Suspended Ceiling Assemblies View
IB/P/BC 2017-027 Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) (Residential) View
IB/P/BC 2023-008 Pumpkin and Christmas Trees Sales View
IB/P/BC 2014-102 Methane Hazard Mitigation Standard Plan Simplified Method for Small Additions View