Disciplines

Structural

The structural plan reviewer verifies that all applicable code requirements have been met within a project design calculation, and their accuracy to the structural plans and details. Additionally, structural plan reviewers provide technical information to the general public for questions relating to structural design and construction building code requirements.

Wet Sealed Plan Requirements   Nevada State Board of Engineers

Unreinforced Masonry Inventory Database

Earthquake Information:
The State of Nevada is located in “earthquake country.” It lies within the Basin and Range Province, one of the most seismically active regions in the United States. Along with California and Alaska, Nevada ranks in the top three states subject to the most large earthquakes over the last 150 years. Magnitude 3 and 4 earthquakes are commonly felt, but rarely cause damage. Minor to moderate damage can accompany a magnitude 5 or 6 event, and major damage commonly occurs from earthquakes of magnitude 7 and greater. Although earthquakes do not occur at regular intervals, the average frequency of earthquakes of magnitude 6 and greater in Nevada has been about one every ten years, while earthquakes of magnitude 7 and greater average once every 27 years. Geologically young faults, which are the sources of earthquakes, can be found throughout the state.  Although the largest historical earthquakes occurred some distance from population centers, no part of the state is far from a potential source of large earthquakes. Large earthquakes occurring along the borders of Nevada, such as the 1872 Owens Valley earthquake in California (magnitude 7¾–8), can also cause strong shaking and damage in Nevada.  Large earthquakes have occurred in Nevada in the recent past and more will occur in the near future.

Are You Prepared?
Nevada
is Earthquake Country
           Earthquake      
Awareness
Initiative
  

 Nevada Earthquake     
FAQs
    Seismic Site Class
Map on OpenWeb


Shear Wave Velocity
Profile (Seismic Class)
Presentation
   Updating and Validation of Clark
County Unreinforced Masonry
Inventory Database


Soils/Grading

The soils and grading (geotechnical) plan reviewer, verifies that all applicable code and site-specific requirements have been met within a soils report recommendation, and their accuracy to the grading/civil plans and foundation design. Additionally, geotechnical plan reviewers provide technical information to the general public for questions relating to soils grading and foundation construction building code requirements.

Expansive Soil and Steep Slopes Guidelines Map   Special Geotechnical Considerations

Shear Wave Velocity Profile Map- Seismic Site Class Map

SWPPPS Plan Notes and Submittal Forms

Fire/Life Safety

Fire Prevention
Reviews plans, specifications, calculations, and other related documents for new or remodeled commercial and industrial buildings or other structures and events that require fire safety systems, operational or temporary permits. All documents are reviewed for compliance with the provisions of all adopted fire codes in order to safeguard the life, property, and public welfare of building occupants.

Fire Plan Review Guidelines

Fire Prevention Signature Requirement
A designer of fire sprinkler, fire alarm, and special hazard systems shall hold a minimum Level 2 certification in their respective discipline from the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET). All plans shall include the designer’s printed name, certificate number, and signature. 

Receive the latest Fire Prevention News, i.e. industry meetings, Fire Code Amendments, Fee Schedule Changes, public review of Fire Permit Guide, Special Events & more by joining the Fire Prevention Mailing List 
 Architectural
Architectural review includes new and existing commercial buildings and structures.  New buildings or tenant improvements will typically include architectural, structural, electric, mechanical and plumbing disciplines.  Each of the disciplines will have a separate plan reviewer.  All plans must designed and stamped by a Nevada State licensed Architect, or Contractor for their discipline.

Commercial, Industrial & Multi-family Development Building Permit Guide

Complex Facilities Building Permit Guide

Checklist for Commercial Submittals

Architect Stamp

Shell Building Permit Guide

Tenant Improvements for Commercial Building Permit Guide

Building Permit Application


Mechanical (Commercial)

Plans are to be submitted by a Nevada State registered engineer or licensed contractor qualified for the discipline.

Nevada State Board of Engineers

Mechanical Plan Review Checklist (*)
* This checklist is intended to highlight main plan review items, but is not inclusive of all code requirements 

Heating equipment data including the following:

  1. Equipment Capacity (BTU).
  2. Controls.
  3. Appliance layout showing location, access and clearances.
  4. Disconnect switches.
  5. Indoor and outdoor design temperatures.
Ventilation data, duct work and equipment including the following:
  1. Ventilation schedule indicating the amount of outside air (in CFM) supplied to each room or space.
  2. Layout showing outside air intakes.
  3. Construction of ducts, including support and sheet metal thickness
  4. Duct lining and insulation materials with flame spread and smoke-developed ratings.
  5. Exhaust fan duct work layout and termination to the outside.
  6. Size of louvers and grills for attic ventilation.
Water heating equipment and piping details including safety controls and distribution piping layout.
Gas and fuel oil layout, materials, sizes and valves and provide tables used out of the adopted codes.
Combustion air intake quantities and detail.
Commercial kitchen exhaust equipment details including hood and fan drawings, details of automatic fire suppression and clearances.
Mechanical refrigeration equipment data and details.
Solid fuel burning appliance details including incinerator and fireplace drawings and details.
Energy conservation equipment data and details.


Plumbing (Commercial)

Plans are to be submitted by a Nevada State registered engineer or licensed contractor qualified for the discipline.

Nevada State Board of Engineers

Plumbing Plan Review Checklist(*)
* This checklist is intended to highlight main plan review items, but is not inclusive of all code requirements 

Plumbing fixture and piping material specifications including identification of the applicable referenced standard.

Plumbing fixture information to include:
  1. The occupant load used to determine the number of required plumbing fixtures.
  2. Number and distribution based on the use group.
  3. Separate facilities for each sex.
  4. Accessible plumbing facilities and details.
  5. Anti-scald shower valves.
Plumbing piping plan showing layout, pitch of drainage lines, cleanouts, size of traps, and riser diagram.
Water supply and distribution plan showing pipe sizes, valves, water heater details and temperature-pressure relief valve with discharge piping.
Sanitary drainage and vent system riser diagram showing pipe sizes (DFU), sizes and vent termination details through the roof.
Potable water system riser diagram showing piping sizes and provisions for protection for protection of potable water supply.
Piping support and installation schedule.
Storm drainage details including rain gutter or roof drain sizes and downspouts/leader sizes.
Health Care plumbing and fixture details.
Gas and fuel oil layout, materials, sizes and valves and provide tables used out of the adopted codes.


Electrical (Commercial)

Commercial electric review includes any structure or building requiring electrical systems. Plans must be submitted by a Nevada state licensed Electric Contractor or Electric Engineer.

Electrical Plan Review Checklist (*)
* This checklist is intended to highlight main plan review items, but is not inclusive of all code requirements 

  1. Electric floor plan and symbols list
  2. Lighting floor plan – emergency illumination
  3. Equipment schedule
  4. Location of all electric panels & transformers
    a. Load calculations
    b. fault calculations*
    c. Panel Schedule 
  5. Check specific requirements for special occupancies
  6. Single line diagram showing service, feeders, disconnect, conduit sizes, etc.
    a. Overcurrent protection
    b. Grounding
  7. Wiring methods and materials
  8. NEC provisions with Southern Nevada Amendments

Residential

Residential plan review includes one- and two-family dwellings, townhomes not more than 3-stories and their accessory structures. The architectural reviewer will be responsible for the architectural, electric, mechanical, plumbing and energy disciplines/reviews. Plans may be submitted by the Owner Builder, Nevada State licensed Contractor or Architect, Residential Designer or Civil Engineer.

Single Family Residence & Guest House Building Permit Guide

Residential Room Addition Building Permit Guide

Residential Room Addition Standard Design


Standard Process for Residential Development Building Permit Guide

Electrical Service Calculation Worksheet-Residential