Building Plan Check Updated: Apr 02, 2024

Plan Check Submittal Process 


building permit application, both sides completed, with full description of scope of work and valuation specified, in a single file.

A single pdf file of the complete set of plans to include both architectural and structural sheets. Please make sure the sheets are in order, in horizontal direction, right side up and the file is “unlocked and unsecured”.

A separate single pdf file of the Electrical, Mechanical, and Plumbing plans, if deemed necessary by the Project Planner or the Plan Check Engineer. Please make sure the sheets are in order, in the horizontal direction, and right side up. This would be for reference only and further evaluation of the project, so the applicant may be directed to other agencies to obtain their approval and clearances.

An unlocked single pdf copy of the structural calculations, energy calculations, and soils reports, cut-sheets, ICC or City of LA research reports, product information sheet etc., if deemed necessary by the Plan Check Engineer. Please make sure the sheets are in order, right side up, and digitally stamped and signed by the design engineer.

Each pdf file shall be clearly named (labeled) (i.e. 11710 Telegraph Road_rack calculations). Any incomplete submittal packages not following these directions will not be accepted for screening and may cause further delays. For the time being, all submittal packages may be sent via “Dropbox”, “WeTransfer”, or by emailing attachments that contain all the requested material or any other approved similar means. Multiple emails, I-clouds, or Google drive are not acceptable means.


  1. Please submit a digital copy of the proposed plans via e-mail to: Plans may also be submitted via
  2. Within 2-3 business days, a project planner from the Planning Department will be assigned to review the architectural plans for compliance with the City's Zoning Code.  
  3. The project planner will either provide the applicant with corrections or authorize the plans for submittal to the Building Department for plan check. If corrections are required, the applicant will need to revise the plans prior to submittal for Building Plan check. The typical turnaround for Planning review is 1-2 weeks.
  4. Revisions must be resubmitted by e-mail. For rechecks, the revised plan check package, the original marked plan check package, and all corrections list must be resubmitted digitally.
  5. Before the plans are approved or otherwise authorized for plan check submittal by Planning, the applicant will need to provide the project planner with a completed building permit application.
  6. Once the project planner has confirmed that the architectural plans comply with all applicable Zoning Code requirements, the project planner will then forward the proposed plans and completed building permit application to the Building Department for their review.

Note: If you are resubmitting plans for a project that is already in plan check, please make sure that it is clearly indicated. If you are already working with a planner, please make sure that you inform the building clerk who said planner is. 


  1. The Building Plan Check Engineer will review the plan check package for completeness.
  2. Once the plan check package is deemed complete, Building staff will process the application(s) and contact the applicant to obtain payment. Once payment is received, the applicant will be provided with an agency referral sheet, which advises the applicant on what other agency clearances are required prior to the issuance of any permits. If corrections are required, the Plan Check Engineer will contact the applicant via e-mail. 
  3. If deemed necessary by the Building Department, additional plans must be submitted to various agencies, including the Department of Fire-Rescue at 11300 Greenstone Avenue, for Fire Plan check.
  4. Revisions must be resubmitted by e-mail. For rechecks, the revised plan check package, the original marked plan check package, and all correction lists must be resubmitted digitally.
  5. Once all comments and corrections issued by the Building Department have been satisfied, the Building Department will provide their respective approval. If Planning has not already provided their approval on the plans, the project planner will provide an approval stamp following Building Department approval. 
  6. Once all required approvals have been obtained from the various departments and agencies, Building Department staff will contact the applicant to make arrangements for pulling permits. Once permits are issued, construction may begin.
  7. Call (562)868-0511 Ext. 7560 to schedule an inspection. The Building Inspector inspects the construction progress until project completion. 
Note: After submitting a permit application to the City, all Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing projects are reviewed by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works (900 Freemont Ave, Alhambra, CA 91803). Plans are not routed by the City. The City provides instructions to submit plans.