Since April 1998, the eighty-nine member jurisdictions of the Los Angeles
Regional Uniform Code Program have worked to provide consistency in building
department functions. At www.icbolabc.org/laruc/phase2.htm you can view and
download uniform interpretations and handouts, including plan check lists
and policies regarding structural issues.
With this approach, if a plan checker uses a structural correction list or
quotes one of the LARUCP policies, it is an interpretation endorsed by
LARUCP jurisdictions after much deliberation. We continue to expand the
topics addressed by the LARUCP, and welcome comments and suggestions for
additional information design professionals would find useful.
Rick Becker, PE
Los Angeles Regional Uniform Code Program:
> What or where is the line on what a structural plan check is supposed to
> provide. I have seen plan checks that check nearly nothing and the
> is "you are stamping the drawings not me" to the far end of spell check.
> Does ICBO have a standard of performance? My view is plan check should try
> to catch gross errors, point to code sections that may not have been
> considered, and verify that there is enough information or quality into
> documents to provide life safety and for the inspector to spot items of
> importance. If the EOR differs in his opinion on code sections we have a
> dilemma. I think for the most part that a plan checker can not master all
> the materials and all the structure types nor be a master
> draftsperson/spelling checker. I feel it is the EOR with his nitch who
> should know every code item related to his submittal. If the EOR has a
> problem with what is required in the code he should not look to shoot the
> messenger. In the case of a dilemma, or in the case of the EOR not
> compliance is required(blatant items excepted) I think the EOR should be
> control. Opinions?
> Bob Hanson, S.E.
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