Requests to construct, demolish, convert or alter in any significant manner any
building, structure or major appurtenance require submittal of a plan
that complies with minimum specifications established by the Building
Services Department. The number of plans required varies, based on the type of request
and the applicant should contact a Planner or Building Representative to identify the number of plans required.
The review and approval of methods to reduce or correct earthquake
damage associated with certain types of structures constructed prior to
January 9, 1934, are also performed.
County plan check engineers and technicians will review plans submitted to ensure that building codes and other construction regulations are met. The amount of time required for a plan check varies depending on
the complexity and size of a proposed permit project.
A plot plan is the most common form of plan submitted to the
Building Services Department. A plot plan is a simple diagram of a lot or parcel as viewed from an
elevated (above ground) position. The plot plan shows the outline of all existing and proposed structures, all
existing and proposed property lines, and the distance from property
lines to structures or other appurtenances. A plot plan also shows property dimensions, street locations,
parking locations and any significant features that affect the
construction, demolition, and conversion or alteration request.
A site plan is a more advanced or detailed version of a plot plan. A site plan shows:
Lot line and dimensions
Location of existing and proposed buildings, structures and appurtenances from property lines and adjacent structures and roadways
Uses of adjoining and abutting lots
All parking and loading facilities showing stalls, access, circulation, docks, ramps, curbs and all fences and dimensions
Location of trash containers and other public receptacles
All existing and proposed easements
Setback lines, property dimensioned
All contiguous and adjacent properties, streets and alleys, showing centerline and both curb lines; street widths, right-of-ways lines and
Lots sizes, lot coverage, building areas (by floor) and total floor area to lot size ratio
North arrow specified
Street addresses shown for residential, commercial and other structures.
A floor plan is a diagram that shows general room configurations including room sizes, window and door sizes and entry locations, and types of room
A landscape plan consists of two elements:
A planting plan that illustrates the species names (generic/Latin), sizes and location for all plants
An irrigation plan that illustrates the layout of the sprinkler system and indicates the sizes of sprinkler pipes, sprinkler heads, pressure of
system and spacing of sprinkler heads.
An elevation is a drawing that depicts the exterior sides of a building. Elevation drawings should be depicted to scale, with roof peak to
ground elevation heights shown. Exterior building facade materials should be specified. Photographs that depict the major side elevations of a building
should be included as part of a site plan submittal.
All plans should be fully dimensioned and drawn to a scale of ¼”-1’0”
size and reduced to 18” X 24” size. Plans should be folded to 9” X 12” size and bound together by
rubber band or other holder.
The number of copies required per submittal depends on the type of
application. Information regarding the number of plans required for each application type can be
obtained form the Permits Center staff or by contacting the Building
Services Department in Salinas or in Monterey.