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Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement
2145 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28208

Office Location:


2145 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte,
NC 28208

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Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Customer Service
980-314-CODE(2633)

Preliminary OnSchedule Plan Review​

A "Preliminary Plan Review Meeting" is a Customer requested one-hour meeting attended by the Customer, invitees of the Customer and the Plans Examiners representing each trade. In most cases, the plans are in the design phase and the meetings are intended to provide a brief yet informative overview of the project. Specific code and project related questions may be addressed to those in attendance if desired by the customer. A "Preliminary Meeting" may be scheduled by completing a Preliminary Review application through our Electronic Plans Management system.

Preliminary Code Review Policy and Procedures

The value of Preliminary reviews

Since 1996 the Department has actively encouraged design professionals to use Preliminary Code Reviews on their projects, working towards an agreement with the Department on a code complaint strategy as early as possible. There is no charge for preliminary reviews and past Department studies indicated that Architects and Engineers (AE's) using Preliminary Code Reviews incur 25% fewer defects on their final review. Other benefits of Preliminary Code Reviews include;

  • Offers the opportunity to identify latent code issues perhaps undetected by the initial analysis.
  • Offer the opportunity to request specific code officials, subject to schedule availability.
  • Begins an early dialogue with a code official, cultivating a sense of being part of the project team.


 Preliminary Review Policy

There are two kinds of Preliminary Code Reviews; required and optional.

  • Required Preliminary Code Reviews include the following:
      • Mega projects
      • Daycare projects
      • Hazardous occupancy projects
      • Poor Performing project teams in accordance with the AE Pass Rate Incentives program
      • Unusually complex projects, as stipulated by Commercial Plan Review management
  • Optional Preliminary Code Reviews are those projects that the lead AE is requesting a meeting through the Electronic Plan Management system.

How to Schedule a Preliminary Review

  • Schedule a preliminary review by completing a preliminary review form through our Electronic Plans Management (EPM) system.
  • An OnSchedule Coordinator will schedule the date and it will appear on the EPM dashboard.
  • Availability: Preliminary Review appointments are scheduled on a first come first serve basis. The lead time is generally 1 - 2 weeks depending on the number of requested trades.
  • AE's will be asked to bring supporting drawings and walk the assigned plans examiner(s) thru the Appendix B and plans, before posing the questions from the meeting agenda.
  • Video conferencing: video conferencing is available on a case by case basis, with advance notice to confirm the technology setup.

 

How to Get the Most Out of Your Preliminary Review

While the Department encourages the use of Preliminary Code Reviews, we also emphasize that AE preparation for the meeting is critical to success. The AE is responsible for preparing a written code analysis (sometimes also called a code logic summary or 2018 Appendix B) of the project outlining both the project scope as well as the related building attributes. The AE is also responsible for facilitating the meeting, and preparing an agenda, presenting the project's overall code compliance strategy, and following with key issues or code questions the AE wishes to confirm. This allows the assigned Code Official to gain sufficient project information to answer questions more accurately. It is unacceptable to simply unroll a set of drawings in the meeting and ask, "What do you think?". This is not a new message, as the Director has emphasized this repeatedly to the local AE community since 1996.

  • Other steps AE's can focus on to assure greater success both in the Preliminary Code Review meeting, as well as in the final plan review for permitting, include the following:
      • Schedule your Preliminary Code Review well ahead of time, both assuring access to review slots, and giving yourself sufficient time to prepare the supporting code analysis and drawings.
      • Schedule both your Preliminary Code Review and final review at the same time, requesting the same reviewer(s). This gives you the greatest chance of assuring the final reviewer(s) will also be the person sitting in your Preliminary Code Review, discussing the project and hopefully reaching a "meeting of the minds" on a code compliance strategy, or answers to specific questions.
      • Request the presence of the appropriate disciplines (building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, zoning, fire, CMU Backflow and Health) but only schedule the discipline reviewers you need. If you're not certain about EMP/Fp or other issues, ask your project engineer. If scheduling other disciplines in addition to building, the related engineer should attend the meeting.
      • Meeting strategy;
          • Bring proposed solutions - the code officials will tell you what they think.
          • Seek agreement on the review, or identify areas requiring revision or further definition.
          • Conclude the meeting by; a) confirming the permit application process, and b) confirming the construction document content to be submitted.
It may be appropriate for the owner to attend the Preliminary Code Review meeting if the code interpretation will deal heavily with use, process, or materials. 

Meeting Minutes

Meeting minutes are the responsibility of the involved AE's. If required, they should confirm any agreements or required revisions.

    • Meeting minutes must be uploaded through the Electronic Plans Management system within 5 business days of the preliminary review meeting.
    • The participating plan reviewer(s) will respond, in the EPM system, within 7 days (unless they are scheduled out of the office for vacation, etc.) concurring with the notes, or stipulating differences. 


Inquiries on the Preliminary Code Review Policy and Procedures may be directed to any of the following;

  • Your OnSchedule Project Coordinator at 980-314-CODE(2633)​.
  • Managers:

Address

Mailing Address:

Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement
2145 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28208

Office Location:


2145 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte,
NC 28208

MAP

Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact

Customer Service
980-314-CODE(2633)