Plan Review Comments

Standard Comments

Below are standard comments prepared and used by the FDD Plan Checkers to assist in more efficient and consistent plan checks. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required for the portable document format (pdf) documents below.

Architectural Comments
Electrical Comments
Structural Comments
OSHPD 1
OSHPD 2
Reminder Lists
  • 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.

Comment and Process Review

The Comment and Process Review (CPR) is a procedure clients should use to promptly resolve issues concerning:

  • Plan review and construction observation comments.
  • Processes such as emergency, over-the-counter, and expedited reviews.

Clients initiate CPR by discussing the issue with the staff member shown at the first level (level 1) of the appropriate CPR Path.

  • If the issue is not resolved at level 1, clients have the option of proceeding to level 2.
  • If the issue is not resolved at level 2, clients have the option to proceed to level 3.
  • After level 3, clients may appeal unresolved issues by following the Appeal Procedures of the Hospital Building Safety Board.

CPR Path Level Contacts

Plan Review CPR Path
  1. Plan Review Staff Member
  2. Regional Supervisor
  3. Deputy Division Chief
Construction Observation CPR Path
  1. Field Staff Member
  2. Regional Compliance Officer
  3. Deputy Division Chief
Seismic Retrofit Program CPR Path
  1. Staff Member
  2. Program Supervisor
  3. Principal Structural Engineer
Important Points
  • The goal of CPR is to promptly resolve all issues that develop between Facilities Development Division (FDD) staff and its clients at the lowest possible level.
  • FDD staff must respond to the client within 24 hours.
  • Decisions are non-binding if the decision is made by FDD staff not listed on the CPR Paths.
  • Decisions must not be construed as establishing a decision for future requests.
  • At any level of the CPR Path, FDD staff may require the submittal of an Alternate Method of Compliance Form (OSH-FD-126). FDD staff at levels 2 and 3 of the CPR Paths is responsible for approving or denying all Alternate Methods of Compliance requests.