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Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement now has several forms to guide the customer through the Revisions to Approved Plans (RTAP) process. A Revisions to Approved Plan is defined as a change to the original approved project that is relatively minor in scope. Typically, the changes are driven by unforeseen field conditions, value engineering, or owner changes. Examples of such changes are: moving the location of a walls or doors or moving the location of ducts.The Revisions to Approved Plans process should not be used for adding square footage to a project, upfitting an additional suite, or for adding significant new scope of work to the project.In summary, plans should be re-submitted and reviewed for compliance if a permit has been issued for a project and code related changes to the approved set of plans are required.
(NOTE: All scope changes do not require re-submittal of plans but should be addressed in the field with the Code Enforcement Official/Field Inspector.)
The Revisions to Approved Plans Chart will assist the customer in evaluating the need to re-submit plans. It reflects the most common revisions to plans as captured through data in the OnSchedule System over the past three years. Based on the revision needed, the chart informs the customer of the process. The two ways to address changes are; handled in the field, by the Field Inspector, or in Plan Review.
RTAP Method 1 – In the Field: Changes in scope are brought to the attention of the Field Inspector by the contractor, or through an inspection failure. The Code Enforcement Official/Field Inspector will review the changes for code compliance during the field inspection process. With this method, plans are not required to be re-submitted; however, the Field Inspector may request a scoping letter or other documentation during the inspection.
RTAP Method 2 – Plan Review: These changes are usually complicated and require review by more than one trade. When required by the Field Inspector, the modified plans would be re-submitted through the OnSchedule Review process. With this method, the design professional in charge should submit an OnSchedule Application with a scoping letter to Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement through the Electronic Plan Management system. The number of sets of drawings to be submitted will vary based on the number of trades that will need to review the plans. The OnSchedule Coordinator will specify the number of required sets of plans after the application has been reviewed by all trades. A copy of the original approved stamped drawings is required to be included in the submittal package. The plan changes shall be clouded or bubbled and each sheet will need to include the revision date. If approved, the field set will reflect the approved changes and will be released for construction. The cost for this method is $145.00/hour per trade.
If the project was originally reviewed through CTAC, two sets of drawings, meeting the Plan Submittal Guidelines, will need to be re-submitted for CTAC review. A copy of the original approved stamped drawings is required to be included in the submittal package. The plan changes will need to be clouded or bubbled and each sheet will need to include the revision date. If approved, the field set will reflect the approved changes and will be released for construction. The cost for this method is $145.00/hour per trade.
It is important to remember that all plans re-submitted to Code Enforcement need to meet the Plan Submittal Guidelines. In addition, a scoping letter from the design professional in charge will need to be submitted for the Plan Review method and may be required for the Field method. Other documentation may be required by Code Enforcement or other agencies based on the change(s).
If the changes shown in the scope of work for the Revision to Approved Plan in any way increase the cost of the original project, thereby adding to the construction cost, a supplemental permit will be required to be issued for the increased amount only.
Please call 980-314-CODE should you have questions regarding the Revisions to Approved Plans Chart or process. Downloads
Revisions to Approved Plans Memo
Revisions to Approved Plans Chart
Revisions To Approved Plans Flow Chart