Use of Handouts in Lieu of Plan Review
As part of a nationwide study performed in 1995 by The National Conference of States on Building Codes and Standards (NCSBCS), many jurisdictions found providing handouts helped to streamline the regulatory process. The intent of the handouts is to permit applicants, specifically homeowners, in complying with the building code provisions for typical residential construction projects. The idea is that if the permit applicant's project fell under the parameters provided in the handouts a plan review was not necessary. The three main benefits that were listed when using the handouts are itemized below:
As a service to our clients we have developed several handouts that can be used by local jurisdictions. The list of handouts to the left includes our current handouts for several items such as residential accessory structures, retaining walls, etc. While these handouts are intended to meet the prescriptive requirements of the building code and include standard engineering and construction practices, they do not represent an engineered design. Kimball Engineering does not accept any liability for the use of these handouts. Each handout includes a list of design assumptions and limitations and is not applicable to all locations and conditions. Before allowing the use of these handouts the local jurisdiction should verify that they meet local conditions and requirements. In addition to these handouts, the American Wood Council (AWC) has developed a very helpful handout for prescriptive residential decks that is very useful.