Title 24 - Plan Review and Construction Inspections

The California Building Standards Code in CCR Title 24 is published by the California Building Standards Commission and it applies to all building occupancies (see Health and Safety Code Section 18908 and 18938) throughout the State of California. The provisions of the California Building Standards Code in Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations, includes requirements for the design and construction of a building’s structural, plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems, fire and life safety, energy conservation, green standards, and accessibility. 

Plan Review

All new construction and renovation projects for UC Santa Cruz Main Campus and its Off-Campus properties require a plan review by a Designated Campus Fire Marshal (DCFM). Below is the Plan Review sequence of Approvals:

  1. Plans submitted to DCFM from a UCSC project manager.
  2. DCFM and other representatives comment on submittal. Submittal returned to UCSC project manager as “Back Check.” (Typical turnaround time for each review is 14 business days)
  3. Resubmittal of all plans shall include the back-check set. If all comments have been corrected, and no additional discrepancies are found, the plans will be approved by the DCFM as a “Final Approval” set. Approvals include a Plans Review
  4. Once the plans are approved, the project can move forward with contracts or construction.

Construction Inspections

All new construction and renovations projects require field inspections for UC Santa Cruz and its properties by a Designated Campus Fire Marshal (DCFM) or a UCSC Fire Inspector. Below is the sequence of construction inspections:

  1. The DCFM/Fire Inspector shall walk the job site with the Project Inspector of Record (IOR) after both parties agree to the scope of the inspection.
  2. Both the DCFM/Fire Inspector and IOR will take notes of any corrections or comments identified during the inspection.
  3. During the inspection, if either the DCFM or the IOR agrees that the scope of the inspection is not ready, then either party may cancel the inspection. And the Project IOR will then reschedule the inspection.
  4. During the inspection, if the DCFM/Fire Inspector has questions regarding the construction, they will address all questions to the IOR only, not to the contractor or subcontractors.Once an inspection is complete, the DCFM/Fire Inspector will document the inspection either as Approved with an Inspection Report, or Fire Safety Correction Notice.