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Plan Check Review

Plan Check Services

This team is responsible for the Plan Check Review of new construction, additions, and remodels of residential and commercial properties.

Plan Check Thresholds for Electrical, Mechanical, and Plumbing 

Permits are not only required for new construction, additions and remodels but for most types of mechanical, electrical and plumbing work. Depending on the scope of work, plans for mechanical, electrical and plumbing projects may need to be Plan Checked. To determine whether a project needs Plan Check, please check this list (PDF) of Plan Check Thresholds for Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing. which is pasted below.

The following are thresholds that require plan check for electrical, mechanical and plumbing installations. Installations meeting any of the criteria below shall first be submitted with an application for plan check with appropriate drawings, details, calculations and fees. Plans for final approval must bear the seal and signature of a registered electrical or mechanical engineer as appropriate, or a registered civil engineer or licensed architect. Plans must match with the corresponding architectural, fire, planning and other associated drawings.

Electrical Thresholds

  • Electrical services, switchboards, subpanels, multi-meter panels, motor control centers, equipment or feeders rated 400 Amp or more (Exception: Up to and including 400A services and panelboards for Single Family Dwellings)
  • Transformers rated 112.5 KVA or more
  • Equipment greater than 600 Volts
  • Lighting installations more than 1,000 square feet in area
  • Solar photovoltaic systems greater than 10KW
  • Wind power generating systems
  • Electrical systems in hazardous locations (gas stations, auto repair garages, etc.)
  • Emergency power systems, legally required standby systems, and critical operations power systems (generator, storage battery, UPS, etc.)
  • Licensed OSHPD-3 Clinics
  • Complex electrical systems as determined by the Building Official

Mechanical Thresholds

  • Commercial kitchens, barber/beauty salons, or nail salons
  • Kitchen hoods (Type I or II)
  • Commercial HVAC systems greater than 10,000 CFM or more than 1,000 square feet in area
  • Enclosed parking garage mechanical ventilation systems
  • Smoke evacuation systems
  • Licensed OSHPD-3 Clinics
  • Complex mechanical systems as determined by the Building Official

Plumbing Thresholds

  • Potable water piping 2-inches or larger
  • Combination waste & vent systems
  • Sanitary drainage system greater than 216 fixture units
  • Interceptors, grease traps, clarifiers or sewage ejectors
  • Reclaimed, geothermal or gray water systems
  • Fuel gas systems greater than 500,000 BTU/Hr design load, serving more than 10 outlets Medium pressure gas systems
  • Licensed OSHPD-3 Clinics
  • Complex plumbing systems as determined by the Building Official

Sample plan (PDF) - depicts the required components of a plan.

Conventional Light Frame Construction (PDF) - The files contain details of prescriptive requirements for Conventional Light Frame Construction, commonly referred to as Type 5.  These requirements may not be deviated from unless a licensed engineer or architect provides California Building Code adhering justification for said deviation.

Once granted access to ProjectDox, you may upload plans. Here are suggestion on files types and uploading:

Click here for a handout (PDF) on how to download and submit plans through ProjectDox.

Submitted Plans

  • Preferred File types is PDF (no URLs or hyperlinks)
  • Upload each page of the drawings as an individual file
  • Upload files in landscape orientation.
  • The files shall be named in the following format:
    “Sheet number-Sheet description” (maximum 32 characters)
    Example:  AS1-Site Plan
  • Exclude extraneous information in the file names such as dates, version numbers, etc.

Supporting Document Files

  • Preferred File type is PDF
  • Support files that are required for the project shall be uploaded in the supporting documents as multipage documents.

In the first 48 hours of the review process, plans will be screened by the Planning Division for project viability in relation to Burbank’s municipal code per zoning standards (Zoning Pre-Clearance). If the Planning Division determines that the project Zoning Pre-Clearance cannot be granted (examples might include submittal of incomplete plans, unclear project description, a scope of work that triggers a Planning entitlement, or unpaid Planning Division processing fees), a Planner will contact the customer to provide an explanation and direction on what is needed in order to grant Zoning Pre-Clearance.

For more information, customers can contact the Building Division via email at building@burbankca.gov or via phone at (818) 238-5220. Planning Division may be contacted at planning@burbankca.gov.

Location, Hours, & Contact Information
Community Services Building
First Floor
150 N. Third Street
Burbank, CA 91502
Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
(By appointment)
Building Permits/Plan Check
(818) 238-5220