Building Plan Review
Helping You Plan
Our office is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 am–5:00 pm to help with your project. You and/or your design professional have the option to schedule a First Step or TRC meeting if you feel it is necessary. Many of the departments responsible for plan review will attend and you will receive valuable information about plan review. For development in the City of Valdosta contact the Planning & Zoning office at 229-259-3563 to schedule a First Step meeting. For development in Lowndes County, contact the Lowndes County Planning office at 229-671-2430 to schedlue a TRC Meeting. Take the time to review the Plan Review Submittal Requirements prior to submitting plans. Depending on the type of commercial project being proposed, the project will be classified as one of the following:
Scope of Work
The Scope of Work process is designed for minor changes to the inside or outside of a building. Examples include, but not limited to handicap ramps, removal or installation of non-load bearing walls, installation or removal of serving counters, etc. Before work can begin, the project will need to be submitted through the electronic plan review program.
Basic Plan Review
The Basic Plan Review process is designed for commercial construction projects that are under 5,000 sq ft, less than 3 stories in height and classified as certain occupancy types. Before work can begin, plans must be submitted through the electronic plan review program.
Plan Review Requiring Design Professional
The Plan Review process that requires a design professional is intended for in-depth commercial construction projects greater than 5,000 sq ft, more than three stories in height or occupancy classifications such as Assembly, Daycare, Educational, and/or Institutional. Before work can begin, plans must be submitted through the electronic plan review program.
Plan Review Times
We strive to complete the review process as quickly as possible. The length of time for review will depend on the completeness and accuracy of the information provided. Plans are sent to the appropriate departments for review and/or approval. If additional information or changes are needed, comments will be collected from each department and an automated email will be sent to the point of contact provided during submittal. Once all comments have been addressed, a revised set of plans may be required to be submitted for approval before a permit can be issued for construction.