preliminary and final plan reviews are achieved through our electronic plan
submission system. Plans may be reviewed through an appointment with a
plan reviewer following prior electronic submission. Plans without an
appointment will be reviewed in order of receipt. To help us expedite the
process for your plan review, a Plan Review Check List must be completed for each
project submitted. Failure to supply this information may cause
unnecessary delays. Further, all letters
requesting a “No Plan Review Required” letter must be submitted in the same
manner, and be accompanied by the Plan Review Checklist.
CODES AND REGULATIONS
plans will be reviewed for compliance with the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code
and the Mandatory References listed in Chapter 2 of the Code. Hospitals
and Ambulatory Surgical Facilities licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of
Health will also be reviewed for compliance with the “Guidelines for
Design and Construction of Hospitals and Health Care Facilities,” the
Pennsylvania Department of Health’s "Rules and Regulations for
Hospitals" and/or "Rules and Regulations for Ambulatory Surgical
Facilities.” Nursing homes licensed by the Pennsylvania Department
of Health will also be reviewed for compliance with the "Long
Term Care Nursing Facilities Licensure
Regulations.” Please contact the Division of Safety
Inspection at 717-787-1911 to verify the latest editions of the applicable
codes and regulations.
reviews for Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with
Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID) are conducted only under NFPA 101
Life Safety Code. The ICF/IID program regulations, as required for
certification, are administered by the Division of Intermediate Care Facilities. Licensure
requirements are administered by the Department of Human Services. The
Division of Safety Inspection’s plan review is limited to the life safety
regulations and does not reflect program or licensure requirements.
must be submitted for all types of construction (new, alterations and/or
renovations); drawings must be architectural-type drawings on sheets, drawn to
a scale of not less than 1/8” equals 1’0”.
must be transmitted in original formatted colors, at a resolution of no less
than 1920 x 1080.
plan submissions must include site locations; all floor plans; exterior
elevations; typical wall, floor, and roof sections; structural drawings;
heating; electrical; ventilation; and riser diagrams for emergency lighting,
fire alarm, detectors and sprinklers.
must contain door, door hardware and room
finish schedules. Room names and numbers must be shown on all
floor plans (plumbing, mechanical, electrical, etc.)
mechanical ventilation rates, in cubic feet per minute (CFM), must be shown on
HVAC floor plans.
fire proofing and U.L. design numbers must be shown for all required fire rated
walls or portions of walls, columns, girders, beams, trusses, floor/ceiling and
roof/ceiling assemblies. These must appear at the appropriate wall
section or detail.
must clearly show all required smoke barrier walls and doors, fire barrier
walls and doors on all architectural, HVAC and electrical drawings.
sprinkler system is required and is not part of the final approved set of
drawings, then sprinkler shop drawings must be submitted and approved before
sprinkler construction is started. These drawings should be approved
by ISO Commercial Risk Services, Inc., or an equivalent agency. IN
ADDITION, PLEASE NOTE THAT ANY STAND-ALONE SPRINKLER
PROJECT SUBMITTED FOR APPROVAL MUST ALSO HAVE AN ACCOMPANYING NARRATIVE,
DETAILING THE SCOPE OF THE WORK BEING DONE.
for partial areas or small additions must have a complete floor plan of the
building showing all exits, smoke and/or fire walls. A key location
plan must be submitted to locate areas of construction.
MARKED ON APPROVED PLANS
corrections and/or notations made on the drawings during review by the plan
reviewer will be in red. Do not resubmit plans for all
the red marks on the drawings unless requested by the plan reviewer.
These notations are considered part of the legal
documents and must become part of the completed construction.
Revised floor plans shall indicate the changes circled in a "cloud."
inspections will not be conducted unless all required plans are submitted and
approved prior to occupancy. This includes plans required to
document all changes, revisions, sprinkler installations, electrical components
(fire alarm, detectors, emergency lighting, etc.) and/or partial occupancy
approvals to an approved set of drawings.
All projects will have 2 years to start construction, and 5 years to
finish construction. Please contact the Division of Safety
Inspection at 717-787-1911 to verify what changes must be submitted.
facilities must provide a narrative on facility letterhead of the project
signed by an administrative official for standalone projects.
and Ambulatory Surgical Facilities
A functional program
narrative as described under Chapter 1.2 , Guidelines for Design and
Construction of Health Care Facilities, 2014 Edition, is required for hospital
and ambulatory surgical facility construction projects and must be included in
triplicate sets with all final plan submissions.
The functional program
narrative must address provisions that will be implemented during
construction/renovation projects to ensure for infection control, life safety
and protection of occupants throughout the construction process, as specified
under Chapter 1.2 Planning, Design, and Construction.
program narrative must contain a statement a Safety Risk Assessment (SRA) has
been prepared, and is onsite upon request.
drawings must be sealed by a Pennsylvania Registered Architect
Pennsylvania Registered Architect or Engineer seal will not be required for
renovations not involving structural or egress changes.
UNIFORM CONSTRUCTION CODE (UCC); ACT # 45
buildings, additions or renovations to existing buildings, and changes in usage
from one occupancy classification to another occupancy classification, are
subject to the Uniform Construction Code and the regulations promulgated under
Act #45. The UCC regulations are enforced by the Department of Labor
and Industry, or by local municipalities that have opted to enforce these
regulations within their jurisdictions. Final plan approvals
and/or final occupancy inspections for health care facilities must be obtained
from the Department of Health prior to the UCC plan approvals or occupancy
inspections that are required by the Department of Labor and Industry or the
local municipality. Additional information regarding the UCC
regulations can be found at the Pennsylvania
Department of Labor and Industry's Uniform Construction Code page or by telephone at
ACCESSIBILITY, ENERGY CONSERVATION, AND FEES FOR APPROVAL OF PLANS/INSPECTIONS
or construction projects that are subject to the Uniform Construction Code are
required to conform to the applicable accessibility and energy conservation
requirements under the UCC. Fees are also charged for building plan
approvals, building permits, building inspections and/or occupancy permits by
the Department of Labor and Industry or the local municipality. The
Department of Health does not charge fees for the approval of building plans or
inspections. Please note: We do not issue Certificates of Occupancy
for health care facilities.
INSPECTIONS FOR HEALTH CARE FACILITIES
also “Plan Submissions")
appropriate field office of the Division of Safety Inspection must be notified
in writing at least four to six weeks prior to any occupancy
date requested. All projects must be 100 percent complete
or an occupancy inspection will not be scheduled. An occupancy
inspection cannot be requested to complete a punch list. Contact
the division’s field offices to obtain an occupancy checklist, which can be
used as a guide to insure that all required documentation and certifications
are available for the safety inspector on the scheduled inspection date.
will be conducted only for projects that have obtained all required plan
approvals from this division. This includes required sprinkler
plans, partial occupancy plans, and changes and/or revisions to an approved set
project is to be occupied in phases, each phase must be clearly identified on
the approved plans.
nonflammable medical gas systems can be accepted for use, documentation listing
all the tests that were conducted as required in NFPA-99 and signed and sealed
by a Pennsylvania Registered Architect or Engineer, or a notarized statement
must be presented to the field inspector for review at the time of the
note that the issuance of a final letter of approval by this division does not
authorize utilization or occupation for patient care. Approval for patient
care occupancy or utilization must be obtained from one of the following:
Division of Acute and Ambulatory Care Facilities, Division of Nursing Care
Facilities, Division of Intermediate Care Facilities, Division of Home Health
or the Department of Public Welfare.