Residential Plan Review Requirements

Pinellas County Building Services uses a comprehensive checklist for all plan reviews. You can view the following list of general requirements, or download our full Residential Plan Review Checklist.

If you or your designer follows this list during the design phase, plan review should be much faster and easier.


General Requirements

Steps for New Commercial Development

  • Two sets of plans signed and sealed by a registered Florida architect or engineer
  • Engineering required on all openings 16″ or greater
  • Soil report if construction is on fill or unstable soil (muck etc.)
  • The use of each room in a structure (i.e. kitchen, bedroom, garage etc.)
  • One set of Energy Code Forms
  • Product Approval List
  • Elevation for structures in “V” or “A” zones
  • Two surveys / site plans showing all existing structures on property and proposed construction

You must indicate laminated or pre-engineered structural members wherever applicable and provide engineered drawings on job site at time of inspection.

If your proposed structure is being built in flood “V” or “A” zones, plans must show all information required for flood zone construction (see Flood Zone Application). All new construction or substantial improvements in Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) Zone AE should have the lowest floors elevated above the base flood elevation plus 1 foot. See Florida Building Code, Residential 6th Edition (2017) R322.2.1. See R322.3.2 for VE zone requirements.

The interior portion of enclosed areas below the base flood elevation should not be partitioned or finished into separate rooms, except for stairwells, ramps, elevators and a storage area no larger than 100 square feet with one dimension not to exceed 6 feet. See Florida Building Code, Residential 6th Edition (2017) R322.3.5.


Foundation Plans

  • Slab location, thickness, psi rating of concrete, vapor barrier, soil treatment and choice of wiremesh or fibermesh
  • Any changes in slab elevation, with drawings that specify the proposed lowest living floor elevation
  • Footing type, location, dimensions and steel reinforcement size
  • Location of all vertical steel reinforcement and rating
  • The location, size and spacing, and design ton capacity on pilings (when using posts, pilings, or columns)
  • Pile cap/grade beam detail
  • Electrical ground location

Floor Plan on Each Level

  • Drawing showing location of all walls, doors, windows, stairs, fireplaces, etc.
  • Dimensions (overall and by area)
  • Door and window sizes
  • Handrail and guardrail location and dimensions
  • Tempered glass location (if applicable)
  • Plumbing fixtures and appliance location
  • Attic access location
  • Smoke detector location
  • Square footage broken out into total living area, living area each level, garage area, covered porches, patio or entry and total area under roof
  • Stair location and finished dimensions and materials

Floor Framing Layout

  • Size, spacing and position of all structural framing members.
  • Specification of pre-engineered floor trusses or joist
  • Size and location of girders or beams
  • Specification of all truss and joist hangers and hurricane tie-downs
  • Indication of cantilevered trusses/rafters where applicable
  • Overall dimensions

Roof Framing Layout

  • Size, spacing and position of all structural framing members, including beams
  • Indication if pre-engineered trusses are to be used (truss engineering required on job site at time of inspection)
  • Roof slope
  • Indication of cantilevered trusses / rafters where applicable.

Typical Wall Section

  • Detailed cross section of all structural components and materials, including connections, fasteners, dimensions, bracing and size used from the bottom of the foundation to the finished roof
  • Wall section to cover maximum number of stories (i.e. two-story must show two-story)
  • Type of roof covering, wall and ceiling construction / components

Stair and Guardrail Details

  • Detail of stair design, tread width and depth, riser height, landing dimension and handrail detail
  • Minimum headroom clearance
  • Detail of handrail and / or guardrail, showing height and baluster spacing