Plan Review and Construction Observation

Plan Approval With Comments

On October 1, 1997, the Facilities Development Division in the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) began the "Approved with Comments" procedure. This procedure is designed to:

  • Reduce plan review "turnaround" time.
  • Reduce the number of backchecks.
  • Reduce the time required to issue a Plan Approval Letter and a Building Permit.

Plan review and field staff are allowed to:

  • Conditionally approve plans with comments marked on the plans and specifications.
  • Determine which type of comments to mark on the plans and specifications.
  • Incorporate comments into the approved documents. These comments cannot relate to the safety of construction or design.

After the documents are approved with comments, OSHPD issues a Plan Approval Letter and a conditional Building Permit. At a later date, a Compliance Officer, a Field Fire and Life Safety Officer, a District Structural Engineer, or an Office Plan Reviewer will review and clear all comments. This review can be done at the construction site, the OSHPD office, or the office of the Architect or Engineer of Record. The Architect or Engineer of Record is responsible for ensuring the approved documents with comments are available at the job site at all times. All comments must be cleared before construction can occur in the area relating to the comments. The Compliance Officer will not issue the 100% completion report unless all comments have been cleared.

This page was last updated on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.