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What a Commerical Plan Review includes
City of Oklahoma City

Plans are reviewed for compliance with the following codes or City ordinances by the responsible City department.

Building Code -Development Center staff checks plans for compliance with the minimum standards of the Building Code as adopted by the City. These standards include: type of construction, height and area limitations, required fire ratings, required means of egress, accessibility and fire protection (i.e. alarms, sprinklers).

Zoning Code - The Development Center checks for land use, setback, height limitation, landscaping, parking and other zoning-related requirements. Planning Department staff also reviews properties zoned PUD, SPUD, CUP and SP for compliance with requirements specific to these classifications.

Engineering - Development Center staff and Public Works engineers check for compliance with storm water detention and Federal flood prevention requirements which may include improvements to channel through or pond water on your property to reduce downstream flooding risks. Flood prevention requirements may affect the location and elevation (height above base flood elevation) of your project to reduce the risk of property damage in the event of a flood.

Traffic - Development Center staff reviews plans to be sure proposed driveways are safe and comply with local requirements such as size restrictions, radius standards and separation from intersecting streets and adjacent drives. Remember to label all existing and proposed driveways and identify the closest driveway on abutting property.

Driveways on State highways also need approval from the State. Contact the Development Center Engineering Support Section at (405) 297-2066 for information on obtaining approval from the State of Oklahoma.

Fire - The Fire Department reviews plans for compliance with fire codes. These protective standards include hydrant locations, fire lanes and fire suppression sprinkler systems. Normally all portions of the structure must be within 300 feet of a fire hydrant with a maximum of 400 feet of hose lay.

Water - The Water Department reviews the plans if new fire hydrants are required, existing hydrants must be relocated or new water lines are needed. This review includes an analysis of existing supply lines to insure that adequate water is available for both domestic use and fire protection.

Water Quality - For the City to remain in compliance with Environmental Protection Agency regulations and maintain its own National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit, the City must ensure all construction activities are completed in a manner which complies with these regulations. A completed Notice of Intent (NOI) and an Erosion Control Site Plan for all activities involving site disturbances of one-half acre commercial, or one acre residential or part of larger platted areas must be included in submittals to the City during platting processes, zoning actions or permitting processes.

If the project is over five acres, the plans and NOI must also be submitted to the State Department of Environmental Quality. Before a Certificate of Occupancy will be issued for the project, the final stabilization of erosion control measures must be inspected and approved. Direct questions to the Storm Water Quality Section at 297-3542.