Terms to Know

Accessory structure is a structure detached from a principal building located on the same lot and customarily incidental and subordinate to the principal building or use.

Asbestos Survey report is to determine whether an existing building contains any asbestos-containing materials (or ACMs) prior to demolition or remodel work. This process includes a field inspection, sampling, and laboratory testing of the building materials planned for tear down. And the project also comprises a report to the local building departments and environmental agencies. An asbestos survey is required for commercial work. 

Architects/Designers create plans, drawings, and layouts for buildings and landscapes. This job includes meeting with clients to discuss a project's requirements and budget, creating layouts that reflect the dream of the client, and ensuring that the blueprints comply with regulations for your area. 

COMcheck is the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s commercial energy compliance tool that essentially tells a user whether or not a building meets the requirements of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and ASHRAE 90.1, as well as state-specific codes. You can complete the process at www.energycodes.gov

Floor Plan is an overhead one-story view of a building structure. A floor plan includes the dimensions, doors, windows, walls,  fixtures, and cabinetry for a floor of a building. 

Narrative or Scope of Work - This is where you explain your project. Usually, a narrative that states what you would like to accomplish and how you are getting there. When this narrative is combined with the required site plan and the required construction drawings, a person should be able to understand what you are planning and what your project will look like. 

Parking Plan is an overhead view of your property with the structures and parking spots marked. Parking needs to be striped and handicap parking spots must be marked. 

Plat Survey, also known as a “plat,” shows you how a tract of land is divided into lots in your county. It is drawn to scale and records the land's size, boundary locations, nearby streets, flood zones, and any easements or rights of way. This map is also typically included in the paperwork you get when you buy a home.

Property survey confirms a property's boundary lines and legal description. It also determines other restrictions or easements included in the property. While you can technically get your property surveyed at any time, confirming the boundaries of your land is an important part of the home buying process

REScheck is used to assist builders, designers, and contractors in demonstrating energy code compliance, and creates compliance reports for code officials based on project inputs. You can complete the process at www.energycodes.gov

Setback - The distance between the building and any lot line.

Site Plan - A drawing showing property lines, existing building(s), any proposed new buildings or additions, measurements from all property lines to building(s), and distances between buildings. Show utility service lines including electric, water, and sewer. Must show correct address(provide copy of address application in process if unknown). Driveway location including width and radius. Residential driveway must include a minimum of 2 parking spaces per residence. 

Additional terms and definitions can be found in the city Development Code located in the City Code.