Over-the-Counter Plan Review

Over-the-Counter General Information
For minor non-structural modifications with a tenant improvement or single-family projects, applicants may request an “over-the-counter” plan review. An over-the-counter plan review means your plans can be reviewed and, if approved, your permit can be issued to you immediately. All of the applicable information listed in the “Permit application requirements and plan review procedures” section of the Building Services Division Operating Plan must be submitted with the application.

The plans examiner will determine if the proposed work is minor enough in nature that a plan review can be completed within about 15 minutes and an over-the-counter plan review is warranted. Plans with structural alterations may or may not be issued over-the-counter depending on the complexity of the structural alteration.

Plans in need of Land Use or Zoning approvals will not be done over-the-counter. Please see Plan Information for Tenant Improvements page.

Plan Review Staff Availability
To see a plans examiner for possible Over the Counter Plan Review, hours are 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m or by appointment (Monday through Friday).

Over-the-counter plan reviews and temporary TI permit issuance will be conducted at the above scheduled times. Upon arrival at the Community Development Department, please enter your name and the time on the sign-in log at the Building Division Permit Counter. Customers will be called upon in the order they signed-in. If you signed-in during the above time period, you will be given service regardless of the actual time your name is called (i.e., if you sign-in at 8:55 a.m. and your name is not called until 9:25 a.m., you will still be provided with the service).

Temporary Tenant Improvement (TI) Permits
If an over-the-counter plan review cannot be provided, Temporary Tenant Improvement (TI) permits are available. A temporary TI permit authorizes construction work to begin prior to the issuance of a permit subject to the restrictions and limitations contained within the application. A copy of the Temporary TI permit application and requirements may be obtained from the Building Services Division or are available on the Plan Review Procedures, Checklists & Forms page.

The plans examiner will determine if the proposed work is of a minor enough complexity to allow issuance of a temporary TI permit. A fifth set of plans must be provided with the permit application. If the temporary TI permit can be issued, this fifth set will be stamped with a temporary TI permit approval and returned to the applicant to be kept at the job site.