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Local Building Codes

Does My Plan Comply With Local Building Codes?

Our plans are drawn to commonly accepted code standards. However, it is not uncommon for state, county, and local governments to have additional requirements that must be met in order to build a home in your area. So how do you find out what your municipality requires? Consultation with your builder is always recommended, but a quick Google search is another great place to start!


FOR EXAMPLE: a search for Milton Georgia might look like this:
And return this result: MILTON GA CHECKLIST.

Common Code Requirements

Building permits from your municipality may require one or more of the following items that are not included with our plans:

Professional Stamp

If you are required to have a professional stamp on your house plans, you must take those plans to a licensed local engineer or architect to review and either stamp with approval or propose changes.

Foundation Soil Testing

Depending on where you decide to build your home, soil samples might need to be taken by a local soil laboratory in order to solidify your foundation plan. The results of the soil testing might require modifications to the foundation plan.

Site Plan

You may also need your home builder or surveyor to create a site plan that displays where the house will be built on the land.

Septic Tank

Another element that you might need assistance with is the placement and design of the septic tank.

Framing Plan

If your county requires framing plans, take your house plan to a local building supply company or engineer and they can create framing plans that fit the city, county, and state standards. These may include beam sizes, locations, etc.

Mechanical Plan

These drawings display the location of heating and air equipment and the associated duct work.

Plumbing Plan

These drawings show the exact location of plumbing and include pipe sizes.

After reviewing your city, county, and state's requirements, contact a local architect or engineer to discuss the changes and updates needed in order to move the home building process along. Once you've met all requirements, you can confidently begin the process of building your dream home from the ground up.

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