Architectural Drawings
  • Name and address of project
  • Name, address and occupation of the author of the construction documents
  • Scaled and dimensioned floor plans with all room names labeled; doors and windows shown; and special features clearly noted
  • Exterior elevations, showing all openings
  • All door and window sizes noted either on elevations, plans or door and window schedules referenced to plans. Indicate sleeping room and basement egress
  • Complete sections and details for foundations, floors, walls and roofs, with components of assemblies completely noted, properly cross-referenced, with floor-to-floor heights dimensioned
  • Indicate compliance with braced wall requirements, indicating the specific methods used and details of the method(s) in the construction documents. (See below for additional information)
  • Indicate compliance with Energy Code. Show insulation values plus mechanical drawings as required below.
  • Indicate stair dimensions, tread and riser dimensions, handrail and guardrail information.
  • For additions and renovations, make clear the distinction between existing construction, alterations to existing, and new work.
  • For two-family residences, duplexes and townhouses, indicate rated walls, provide a copy of the testing agency design detail(s) on the drawings, and show compliance with other required dwelling unit separation provisions.
Wall-bracing plan review & inspection requirements
  • The IRC wall-bracing method must be noted on the submitted plans, with areas of braced walls shown on elevations and interior braced wall length shown on floor plans. The areas of braced wall must be clearly and obviously shown and noted, by darker shading or some other standard black and white graphic method. Connections, details and nailing schedule must be shown on plans. Details showing continuous load path and uplift resistance must be shown (i.e. wall sheathing lapped over rim joists or metal strap connections of walls to floor system, etc).
  • Construction drawings must include design details of portal frame, standard manufactured shear panels or other pre-engineered approved methods, if used.
  • Structural calculations bearing the dated signature and seal of a design professional registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia are acceptable as an alternative to prescriptive design.
  • Before installing building wrap or windows, approved braced wall panel and nailing inspections are required.

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