Wake County Plan Reviewers and/or Building Inspectors use this checklist for the review of all commercial construction as applicable to your project. Plans must be complete relative to the requirements listed below when submitted for permit review. Incomplete plans will be returned without a review. Major revisions, which require a re-review after permit issuance, may cause the permit to be voided and require a new submittal subject to additional fees.
 
The requirements as listed below are divided into:
 
 

Available Forms

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Commercial Building Code Summary Form
​(Except 1- & 2-Family Dwellings And Townhouses)
Commercial Permit Application ​

1. General Requirements

Plans with the following information must be provided as the information may relate to the particular project:
 
  1. A Wake County permit application (copy to be attached) must be completed in its entirety and must accompany each package of drawings to be submitted for review.
  2. Plans submittals must include three copies of all project drawings drawn to scale with sufficient detail to fully indicate the nature and scope of work to be performed under this permit.
  3. A Workman's Compensation Form (copy to be attached) must be completed and accompany the submittal package when an application for a building permit is requested.
  4. On all construction a Code Summary Sheet (copy to be attached) must be reproduced on the first sheet of the plans with all applicable sections filled out in their entirety.
  5. All plans and specifications must contain information (in the form of notes or otherwise) on the technical properties of the building materials to be used where such properties are essential to show compliance with technical building codes.
  6. Drawings must indicate the required fire resistive systems to be used in the project and their locations on the plans as well as and how they are to be constructed in accordance with their UL/FM test procedures. All fire-rated walls (both existing and new) must be shown on ALL SHEETS, architectural, fire protection, plumbing, HVAC, and electrical. Plans submitted without fire-rated walls shown on all sheets will be rejected. A wall legend of each type of rated wall system to be used in the project must be provided on all floor plans throughout the set.
  7. All plans must be dated and signed by the designer. Professional seals, when applicable to the project, must appear on each sheet and must be signed and dated by the designer.
  8. The permit application must indicate construction cost of all on site improvements.

2. Site, Landscaping and Zoning Plans

 
Site Plans with the following information must be provided as the information may relate to the particular project located within the zoning jurisdiction of Wake County or the municipalities of Knightdale, Rolesville, Wendell and Zebulon:
 
  1. Link to Wake County Zoning Regulations-Zoning Site Plan Checklist
  2. Site, Landscaping and Zoning Plans in the corporate limits of Knightdale, Rolesville, Wendell and Zebulon must be approved by the respective jurisdiction and a letter of zoning approval attached to the construction plans submitted to Wake County-Planning, Development & Inspections Division.
 

3. Architectural Plans

Architectural Plans with the following information must be provided as the information may relate to the particular project:
 
  1. Provide architectural floor plans of each floor showing the location and ratings of all fire-rated walls (both existing and new) proposed for the project. Provide wall legend showing each type of rated wall and reproduce all applicable UL/FM details for the walls.
  2. The square footage of each floor must be shown on the corresponding floor plans.
  3. The names and uses of each room must be provided.
  4. A door schedule that defines the applicable rated doors, frames, and hardware should be provided.
  5. Elevations with dimensions defining overall building height, floor-to-floor heights, or heights to ridge and eaves as applicable to the type of building construction proposed should be shown.
  6. A roof plan showing roof slopes, drainage system and through wall scuppers, if applicable to the project, must be provided.
  7. For assemble occupancy only, provide three (3) drawings showing the seating layout for determination of occupancy posting.
  8. Wall sections showing material sizes, construction and fire-rated assemblies, as applicable to the project must be provided.
  9. If the plans to be submitted are for a shell building, show all proposed plumbing, HVAC, and electrical rough-in work (if any is to be included) on the plans. Tenant demising walls must not be constructed under a shell only permit and must not be shown on the shell drawings.
  10. New building construction must comply with the height and area requirements of Table 400 and the fire protection requirements of Table 600 of the North Carolina State Building Code.
  11. If masonry construction is proposed, include the following information:
    _____ Type of brick ties and spacing of weep holes
    _____ Control joints
    _____ Placement of wall flashing
  12. If appropriate for the proposed occupancy, submit complete data on types and amounts of materials to be stored, processed, manufactured or used in the manufacturing of products in this facility. State if such materials are corrosive, poisonous, under pressure, in a liquid or gaseous state, radioactive or other relevant properties. (Ref. NCSCB Sec. 408 and NFiPA 30).
  13. A floor slab vapor barrier must be shown.
  14. For any building constructed with any part of the structure below the regulatory flood plain elevation, flood-proofing certification must be provided at time of plans submittal.
  15. For pre-engineered metal buildings, submit the manufacturer's letter of engineering certification, a sealed foundation plan and complete architectural plans. The letter of engineering certification shall state the model number, size and design loads for the building. The letter also should state that the structural integrity of the building will be maintained as shown in the architectural plans and that the building meets the North Carolina State Building Code for live and dead loads for Wake County. These loads must be stated in the correspondence. The foundation plans must be designed by a registered architect or engineer and show the size and reinforcement of footings or turn-down slab. Also specify reinforcing, bolt pattern and bolt size for the building. Please include a statement on the plans that the pre-engineered metal building erection plans will be maintained at the job site until erection of the building is complete.
  16. As applicable to the project, provide all UL floor and ceiling and ceiling and roof fire-rated design assemblies.
  17. All fabric awnings or canopies must be accompanied by a letter of certification of fire resistance from the manufacturer. Fabric awnings and canopies must meet the ground snow loads of Figure 1204.1 and be constructed to support all live and dead loads as specified in Chapter 12 of Volume I of the North Carolina State Building Code.
  18. Provide on the plans the calculations for the means of egress widths for the entire floor occupancy load and the exiting capacity of all exits including all stairs, doors, corridors and ramped exits. Refer to Tables 1103 and 1105.1 of Volume I of the North Carolina State Building Code.

4. Structural Plans

Structural plans with the following information must be provided as the information relates to the particular project:
 
  1. Provide complete footing and foundation plans.
  2. A footing schedule defining footing sizes and the required reinforcing must be provided.
  3. The established footing depth below grade must be shown.
  4. The thickness of the floor slab and size of reinforcing must be shown.
  5. Provide location, size and amount of reinforcing steel.
  6. Show foundation corner reinforcing bars and minimum overlapping (as applicable to project structure).
  7. Provide strength of concrete according to design.
  8. Beams, joist, girders, rafters and/or truss layouts and details of connections must be shown.
  9. The sizes and species of all members and design strength must be provided.
  10. All columns, girders, joists, purlins, beams and base plates must be provided. In wood construction, all headers must be shown on the structural plans.
  11. A complete lintel schedule must be provided.
  12. Indicate the type of anchoring for steel bearing directly on masonry.
  13. The total of dead and live loads for floor areas, roofs, balconies, porches, breezeways, corridors, stairs, mezzanines and platforms must be shown. Also show concentrated loads, such as file rooms, machinery and forklift areas, if greater than those shown on the Code Summary Sheet. Identify shear walls, bracing, strapping, fastening, reinforcement and any special anchoring required.
  14. Indicate on roof framing plan where concentrated loads (such as mechanical equipment, cranes, etc.) may be placed.
  15. Complete structural plans for canopies over entrances, exterior exit stairs and gas pumps, if applicable, should be included in the submittal.

5. Plumbing Plans

Plumbing plans with the following information must be provided as the information relates to the particular project:
 
  1. Indicate all supply and waste piping on the plans for each floor.
  2. Indicate roof drainage plan including secondary drainage system on the roofing.
  3. A fixture and equipment schedule as well as supply and waste/vent riser diagrams must be provided for all units on all floor levels.
  4. The number of water closets must be shown for each sex with their locations indicated on each floor plan. Calculations must be shown for fixture distribution for each floor area.
  5. Grease interceptors (as applicable to project) shall be provided and sized by the flow rage per minute.
  6. All fire-rated walls (both existing and new) must be shown on each applicable floor plan with a corresponding wall legend.
  7. All applicable UL/FM penetrating procedures used to maintain integrity of rated assemblies shall be detailed for each type of penetration. The penetration details must be exactly as tested by an approved testing laboratory or agency and they must include their system numbers.

6. Mechanical Plans

Mechanical plans with the following information must be provided as the information relates to the particular project:
 
  1. Mechanical floor plans must be provided for each floor.
  2. The size of all duct runs and plenum areas must be clearly labeled and delineated on the drawings.
  3. Controls for fan shut-down must be indicated on the plans.
  4. The location and installation details of all fire dampers, smoke dampers and fire doors must be provided.
  5. All fire-rated walls (both existing and new) must be shown on each applicable floor plan with a corresponding wall legend.
  6. All applicable UL/FM penetrating procedures used to maintain the integrity of the rated assemblies must be detailed for each type of penetration. The penetration details must be exactly as tested by an approved testing laboratory or agency and they must include their system numbers.
  7. Gas equipment must indicate equipment BTU rating, layout, combustion air, gas pipe sizes and type of gas to be used.
  8. Commercial Hoods must have a complete set of drawings (equipment, ducts, and fire suppression).

7. Electrical Plans

Electrical plans with the following information must be provided as the information relates to the particular project:
 
  1. Power plans must be provided for each floor.
  2. Provide lighting plans (on reflected ceiling plans) for each floor. Exit lights and emergency lighting must be shown.
  3. All life safety requirements, such as special power requirements, exit sign placement, emergency illumination and fire alarm system, must be indicated.
  4. Indicate location of all panels.
  5. Show all panel schedules.
  6. Load calculation for all panels and all services, per NEC 220 and NEC 230, must be shown.
  7. A single line-riser diagram showing service and feeder wire sizes and conduit sizes in accordance with NEC 215-5, be provided.
  8. Indicate that the number of services is acceptable per NEC 230-2.
  9. Show that the distance from point of entrance is acceptable per NEC 230-70a.
  10. Indicate that all transformers are in compliance with NEC 450 and NEC 110-16.
  11. All fire-rated walls (both existing and new) must be shown on each applicable floor plan with a corresponding wall legend.
  12. All applicable UL/FM penetrating procedures used to maintain the integrity of the rated assemblies must be detailed for each type of penetration. The penetration details must be exactly as tested by an approved testing laboratory or agency and they must include their system numbers.

8. Fire Prevention

Fire Prevention plans with the following information must be provided as the information relates to the particular project: Commercial reviews are completed by the Wake County Fire Marshal and is part of the simultaneous review process of the Wake County Planning, Development & Inspections Division (PDI).
 

9. Environmental Services

Food, lodging and institutional facilities may require separate plan review and approval for compliance with state sanitation regulations by the Wake County Environmental Services Department. This review is part of the simultaneous review process of the Wake County Planning, Development & Inspections Division (PDI).