Plan Review Services

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The Building and Safety Department is committed to providing timely and professional review of plans and documents for all building permit applications to assure that the proposed work complies with all state and local codes and requirements.


  •  Types of Plan Review



  The review of plans for permit issuance may take place in one of the following ways:

  Over-the-Counter (OTC) Plan Review: 

  OTC plan review is limited to projects that are not complex and are small in scope-of-work 
  that can be reviewed within approximately 30 minutes. Such projects include patio covers,
  roof calculations, minor field revisions and small residential additions.

  • OTC Hours: Mondays through Thursdays between 7:30 am & 10:30 am and is subject to availability 
      of the plan reviewer. Please note that there is no OTC reviews on Fridays.  

Note: Every effort will be made for the plan reviewers to be available during the OTC hours; however,       due to workload, meetings, emergencies,training/seminars,etc. there may be some times that the             reviewers may not be available at the time for the OTC review process.

   Regular Plan Review: Regular plan review is for all projects that require more than approximately

  15 minutes   to review. Multiple plan sets shall be submitted and will be forwarded to appropriate
  city departments for    review and approval. The plans are placed in the queue of each respective 
  city department to be reviewed in the order they were received.

  Expedited Plan Review: An expedited plan review service is available subject to availability of the
  plan reviewer and the amount of workload. Please contact the permit technician for additional



  Plan Requirements:

  • Completed permit application
  • 4-sets of plans, 2-sets of calculations and Title 24 energy calculations, and 3-sets of soils report (if applicable) are required.
  • Plans shall be on minimum 11” x 17” (ledger size) paper
  • Plans shall be of sufficient clarity to indicate the location, nature and extent of the work proposed
  • Plans shall show in detail that the project will conform to the provisions of the applicable building codes and ordinances
  • For additional requirements, see Plan Check Submittal Requirements for:

  Re-Submittal Requirements:

  • 4-sets of revised plans & updated calculations
  • Original plan check markup plan set
  • Written response to plan check comments



The following codes are applicable beginning January 1, 2016:

  • 2016 California Building Code (CBC)
  • 2016 California Residential Code (CRC)
  • 2016 California Mechanical Code (CMC)
  • 2016 California Electrical Code (CEC)
  • 2016 California Plumbing Code (CPC)
  • 2016 California Green Building Standards Code (CGBC)
  • 2016 California Energy Efficiency Standards (CEES)
  • City of Dana Point Municipal Code

  The new California Building Codes are available for review at the Building and Safety permit counter,
  available for purchase directly from the International Code Council at or you may 
  view and download a pdf. version of the codes from the California Building Standards Commission website.



  Design Criteria:

  • Climate zone 6
  • Basic Wind speed 110 MPH (Ultimate Design Wind Speed)
  • Seismic zone D or E or by a property specific Soils Report
  • Rain Loads: 3” per hour

  Soils Report Requirement:

 Except for small projects with minor foundation work and/or when a soils report requirement is waived, the        foundation shall be designed based on an approved soils report.

  • For more information, see the handout titled When a Soils Report is Required.
  • Contact Engineering Services of Public Works at the front counter or by calling (949) 248-3554.

  Soil Bearing Pressure:

  • Allowable Foundation =  1500 psf (for projects without a spoils report)
  • Allowable Lateral = 100 psf (for projects without a spoils report)

  Pool Design Requirements:

  • Active Pressure = 100 pcf (for projects without a spoils report)

  Fire-Sprinkler Requirements:

  For fire-sprinkler requirements for new structures & additions/remodels see:


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