Plan Check

The City of Oceanside has established minimum standards for new submittal Applications, Plans and Documents, including a minimum plan size. Currently the minimum size for additions, renovations and new construction is 24" x 36".  For certain minor alterations, an 11" X 17" sheet may be used.

Commercial Projects

Tenant Improvement and new commercial projects both require 5 complete sets of plans to be submitted. In general, a licensed design professional is required for all commercial projects. The plans are required to be stamped and wet signed. Two copies of soils reports, structural calculations, truss calculations and energy calculations are required as applicable. Please see the Commercial TI Requirements.

Residential Projects

New residential buildings require 5 complete sets of plans to be submitted. If prepared by a licensed design professional the plans are required to be stamped and wet signed. Unlicensed design professionals may only submit plans for up to 4 dwellings on one lot, of wood framed construction and of not more than two stories and basement in height. Two copies of soils reports, structural calculations, truss calculations and energy calculations are required as applicable. Please see the New Single Family Requirements.

Residential additions and remodeling projects require 3 sets of plans to be submitted. The plans must be well prepared and provide enough detail for the builder to build and the inspector to inspect the work in accordance to the approved plans. Projects that involve the removal of walls must adequately show on a framing plan if they are bearing walls or not. Please see the Residential Remodel Checklist or the Residential Addition Checklist

Plans are not required for repairs/replacement of residential plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems and re-roofing permits. Permits for these items can be obtained on the Web Permits page or by walk in counter service.

Submittal Requirements

Prior to submitting plans to the Building Division for review, plans will be routed, by the applicant, to other departments depending on the scope of work. Therefore, it is important to check with the Building Division as to which departments you will be routed to, and checking with those departments regarding their submittal requirements.

Please see the following handouts for submittal requirements:

Checklists are provided below as a quick reference for convenience. Checklists may not be inclusive of every item.

Standard Plans

Plan Review Process

Once the plans are accepted for review, they are placed in line for the initial review based on a first-come, first-served basis. When the plans are reviewed an itemized correction list is prepared by the plan checker.

The Building Division notifies the applicant to pick up the corrections. Once the applicant has addressed the corrections, the plans will need to be resubmitted. Again, the plans are put in line on a first-come, first-served basis.

At the second review, if the plans are in compliance with the corrections identified, they will be approved. However, if there are still outstanding corrections, a second, itemized correction list will be generated by the plan checker, and the process will repeat until all corrections have been addressed.

Plan Review Target Dates

A “Target Date” is an estimation of the approximate time for the initial plan review to be completed. Target dates may fluctuate based on the volume of plans.

New Commercial Buildings: 21 calendar days
Commercial Tenant Improvements: 14 calendar days
New Residential Buildings: 21 calendar days
Residential Additions: 14 calendar days
Residential Interior Remodels: 14 calendar days
Accessory Dwelling Units: 14 calendar days
Photovoltaic (Residential) Systems: 1 business day
Photovoltaic (Commercial) Systems: 14 calendar days 
Re-submittals: 7 calendar days
Revisions: 7 calendar days

Plan Review Expiration

Plan review expires two calendar years from the date of submittal.  To request an extension, the applicant must submit a written request, prior to expiration. One six-month extension may be granted.

If the plans have expired beyond the extension, the plans may be renewed by written request. Renewal procedures may vary depending on Building Code adoptions. Plan check fees may need to be collected, and new plans may need to be submitted.

Please see the City of Oceanside Municipal Code for a more detailed version of the Plan Review expiration code.

Revising Approved Plans

Once plans are approved and the Building Permit has been issued, changes and/or clarifications may need to be made to the approved plans. The best way to avoid delays is to submit these changes as soon as possible.

To submit a revision, the Building Division requires two copies of the plan sheets that have been affected by the change(s). Full sheets are required in most cases. “Application for plan revision (43 KB) form will need to be filled out as well. It is important to be as detailed as possible when describing the change(s) that are being submitted for review.

Plan Review Status

The applicant will be notified when plans have been reviewed. However, to check the status of plans, please contact the Building Division at: (760) 435-3950 or e-mail at:

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