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The Commonwealth of PA allows that building drawings can be signed by the Architect, The Engineer or the Contractor.

The department of Plans Inspection reviews all plans with a commercial application for Fire and Panic regulations. They gave up the Structural Requirements prior to my receiving a License (early 70's).

Housing of more than Six Contiguous Units are to be registered with the Department of Consumer affairs and are not subject to department of Plans Inspection unless they have more than Eight Contiguous Units (Townhouses not Apartments).

Health and Welfare has jurisdiction for inspection of all nursing and care facilities in addition to Labor and Industries requirements.

Labor and Industry has an Inspection Staff and they usually arrive prior to completion of new construction and will inspect existing and retrofit when they arrive. They have been known to revise a plans inspectors decision.

Every local community has a building inspector who is appointed, elected, hired etc. as per the community charter, These People try there best.

There is also, a little known, requirement that there should be on all building permits in the state (guess what is not present on most) that no building permit shall be issued for any building unless a Department of Labor and Industry Plans Inspection permit is presented.


Food for thought ?

Robert W. Stevens, Jr., P.E.