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Title: Wood Residential Truss
Depends on the jurisdiction in my experience. The County of Ventura for some time has required the truss submittal be made prior to issuance of permit and release of drawings. They have recently begun requesting that the engineer of record wet stamp & sign the truss manufacturers submittal, even though the package is already wet stamped and signed by the truss design engineer.
I have a problem with this requirement, they are telling me I can't treat this like a structural steel shop drawing review and stamp it with our shop drawing stamp. When pressured on the issue of signing with my engineers seal and incurring unreasonable liability for the design, their response is.....we only want you to review to make sure the design is for adequate loading, vertical and lateral (drag trusses). As far as I'm concerned if my stamp is on their package, no court would allow me to say "well, ya...but my stamp is only for reviewing application of adequate loading".
I'm interested in others thoughts on this.
Mark D. Baker
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Sent: Friday, March 14, 2003 11:39 AM
Subject: Wood Residential Truss

Is it normal for a building department to hold-up an issuance of a permit due to not having the design-build truss calcs in hand?I was under the impression, that the building permit would be issued with the deferred submittals required to be furnished prior to installation. I have a client who is very cost conscience and has only had preliminary pricing done from one or two truss places. She doesn?t want to get final bids until everything is approved by the bldg dept, and I would imagine that the truss places won?t release calcs until officially retained.

Anyway, if someone could educate me, I?d appreciate it.



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