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Scope of Plan Review Services
Previously known as CTAC Plan Review, the Small Commercial Plan Review process performs plan review on small commercial upfit and renovation projects up to 10,000 sq. ft. primarily in the Business (B), Mercantile (M) and Storage (S) occupancy classifications for compliance with the NC State Building Code. Projects utilizing this process must have all contractors selected and be permit-ready.
Our performance goals are to complete the project review within five days from the date of plan acceptance.
The complete Small Commercial process — permitting, plan submittal, and plan review — can be accomplished from your computer. Code Enforcement customers with an established Contractor account and properly licensed, can submit a permit application and attach the electronic plans in PDF format. Projects must fit within the list of acceptable project types listed further down this page. Project must also meet the Project Submittal Requirements listed below.
All projects must be permit ready and must be initiated by the general contractor or primary contractor, properly licensed for the project, using their Mecklenburg County contractor account. The process is described below:
To check the status of a small commercial project during the plan review process, log into your contractor account and search for your project number. If you don't have a contractor account, you may search as a guest at this web page using the project number. You may also contact one of the project coordinators: Masika Edwards or Audria White.
Project submittals are monitored by our project controllers for compliance with the Small Commercial Project Submittal Requirements prior to being set up for plan review. If you have questions regarding plan submittal, you may contact one of the controllers: Anna Rayfield or Mark Winslow.
Note: Customers who are uncertain whether a project qualifies should confirm the project's eligibility for Small Commercial Plan Review prior to beginning the process. Projects submitted for Small Commercial Plan Review that do not qualify for the program will be cancelled and referred to scheduled Commercial Plan Review. Small Commercial plan reviewers will make the final determination of specific project eligibility.
Any project requires that City of Charlotte Engineering approval or planning/zoning approval from the towns of Davidson, Cornelius or Huntersville must have approval prior to submitting to Small Commercial Plan Review.
The Small Commercial Walk-Thru Review Program is an incentive program for Architects & Engineers (A/E's) who are ranked as "superior performers" in Mecklenburg County's A/E Pass Rate Program. The program allows a superior-performing design team to submit eligible small commercial projects (max. 2,500 sq. ft.) to be reviewed, approved and permitted on the same day. The design professionals on the team must all have an individual score of 85% or higher in the A/E Pass Rate Program and shall be present in the lobby for the entire review process. This program is offered daily from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis with no more than five projects reviewed per day. Program eligibility, submittal requirements and process description are provided below.
Two business days prior to submittal of the project, the lead designer will email the Small Commercial project coordinators at email@example.com. The email shall include the following:
Note: Projects that are reviewed in the Small Commercial Walk-Thru or the regular Small Commercial plan review programs are not graded as part of the A/E Pass Rate Program.
Commercial Plan Review Checklists: Building/Accessibility, Electrical, & Mechanical/Plumbing
2018 Appendix B - Building Code Summary *As listed on N.C. Department of Insurance website.
Amended residential span tables from chapter 5 & 8
Supplements to girder and header span tables for #2 Southern Pine
Amended commercial span tables from chapter 23
Requirements Regarding the Use of Professional Seals and the Practice of Architecture and Engineering in the State of North Carolina
Project Coordinators: 980-314-2633, options 2-1-1-2.
Program Manager: Scott Westbrook
Program Senior Plans Examiner: Tim Parnell
Project Coordinators: Masika Edwards, Audria White
Project Controllers: Anna Rayfield, Mark Winslow
Plans Examiners: Nicholas Gripp, Shazia Khan, Craig Sloop