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Why don’t you just go there and scratch the old expiration date on the plans and write in the new expiration?


Ben Yousefi, SE, CBO

Assistant Building Official

Santa Monica, CA


310-458-2201 x 5025


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From: Gerard Madden, SE [mailto:gmse4603(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, January 08, 2008 3:26 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Out of Line Building Official?


Tried all to no avail just now.

They are saying that because a plan check response was required by the Title 24 energy person, that everyone involved on the project had to resubmit wet stamped and signed drawings. They resubmitted those sometime in december, without me re-stamping or signing ( i.e., they submitted the title 24 stuff alone).

Still seems like bullshit and a total waste of paper in our supposedly "BUILDING GREEN" construction trends.


On Jan 8, 2008 3:16 PM, Donald Bruckman <bruckmandesign(--nospam--at)> wrote:

Section 107.4 of the CBC states that a plan check is good for 180 days.  I don't know where you are or your jurisdiction, but there is probably a similar code section.  So even if the BO went by the August submittal, you'd still have time.  I'd say you need to either explain that code section to him/her and/or go over his/her head to the head honcho.


From: Marlou Rodriguez [mailto:mbrodrig(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, January 08, 2008 2:14 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: Out of Line Building Official?


What city is your project in?  Once I got into a similar situation I had to go through the plan checker's manager and worked it out.


Good luck.


From: Gerard Madden, SE [mailto:gmse4603(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, January 08, 2008 1:54 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Out of Line Building Official?


I designed a building early last year. Submitted for permit in March 2007. l approved for permit with no plan check comments.

Owner priced it out, decided to scale back the project. Project was resubmitted in August 2007.

Plan checker, by telephone call, stated to the architect that all of the callouts on the structural foundation plan were incorrect. Architect informed me, I checked it, told him, no they are all correct.

Building official loses the structural sets and doesn't remember the comment, so we resubmit the exact same set in October 2007.
, wet stamped and signed (like all the previous submittals)

Client calls me today and says the building official has approved everythng in the plans (i.e. there was no mistake in the call outs of the foundation plan) but now since my stamp on the drawings expired 12/31/2007, he wants a new wet stamped and signed document by tomorrow or he will reject the project and make us start all over ( i.e., CBC 2007)

This seems completely out of line. The drawings, each time, were submitted with wet stamp and signature with the stamp that was valid. My renewal has occured, but I have not received my new stamp.

My understanding is that as long as the stamp was valid at the time of submittal, and no changes were made, there is no issue. Obviously, If I change something, I need to resubmit with my latest stamp.... but this seems like a guy overstepping his authority?