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Residential Plan Review Services

Residential Professional Certification Program 

Plan Review Status Weekly Update

Townhome Project Review Process

Electronic Plan Submittal Process


Our goal is to perform plan reviews within an average of five days of the submittal date. This timeframe varies depending on the volume of submittals. 


Perform building code plan review on master plans, custom home plans, and room additions when the project meets one or all of the following criteria:

  1. Full building review on all townhouse projects, including footprint additions or structural modifications. A per unit Master Plan Program is available; buildings are not eligible.

  2. All new or move-on one and two family residences.

  3. Any enclosed addition to the primary residence, which increases the original footprint. This excludes decks and screen porches.

  4. Interior renovations projects valued equal to or greater than $175,000

  5. Projects of unconventional building methods (methods outside of the NC Residential Code)

    6.  The addition of a level to an existing residence,

    7.  Accessory buildings more than one level.

The plan submittal process varies depending of the type of project. The  Residential Projects Plan Submittal Requirements document provides an explanation of the plan submittal processes.

See full details of the Residential Plan Review Requirements. To assist you in meeting drawing requirements for residential projects, see our Plan Review Tools for the Novice

To view and print a detailed plan review checklist click here.

Plan Submittal Cover Sheet must accompany all plan submittals.

Some of our more common deficiencies that are found in plans have been compiled in a document Residential Drawing Submittal Most common Defects.

Plan Review Status

The lead time for residential plan review is updated each Monday as identified below:

Site specific paper project lead time                       6 days
Electronic plan submittal project lead time               5 days
Townhome project lead time                                 10 days

Review plans for Townhouse land-for-sale projects.

  1. Projects are reviewed for zoning, fire, Charlotte Utilities, and building code compliance.
  2. Townhouse unit may qualify for the master plan programs to reduce building code review time at project submittal.
  3. See details of the Townhouse Plan Review Process.
  4. All projects must have a 2012 Project Data Sheet and a Permit Data Sheet attached to the plans when submitted.
  5. New projects associated with CMUD are required to have a Backflow Prevention Service Application. Click on the link for an application.

All previously approved townhouse projects must be updated at the implementation of each new code.  Here is a list of those requirements.

Review of projects pertaining to In Home Day Care facilities. Click on the link for a description of the requirements and process. 

Review of projects pertaining to Residential Care Homes. Click on the link for a description of the requirements and process.

Electronic Plan Submittal:

Electronic Plan Submittal is available for both master plans and custom plans in a dwf. format. Preview the program at and select the User's Guide or one of the other informational documents. You may also contact RTAC at 704-432-7822.  We have modified our Residential Electronic Plan Submittal Policy. Take a moment to review the new policy.
Master plan customers may elect to have their new models plan reviewer prior to permitting. This new policy may be reviewed by clicking on the hyperlink.

Key Contacts:
Plan Review Facilitator - Counter: 704-336-8983

Tim Taylor - Manager

Patrick Biddy - Plan Reviewer

Russ Fischer - Plans Examiner

Daren Bishop - Plan Reviewer 

Brian Atwell - Plan Reviewer

Joseph Sandridge - Plan Reviewer

Tim Parnell - Plan Reviewer

Gene Penner - Plan Reviewer

Audria White - Plan Review Coordinator

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