Single Family Projects

Single Family Plan Requirements
Fast Track
Plan Samples
F.A.Q.
Forms
Fees

Dwellings (Single Family)

Dwellings (Single Family)

One (1) complete sets of the following:

  1. Foundation plan showing
    1. Overall size and dimensions
    2. Footing and foundation sizes
    3. Pier or column footing sizes and spacing
    4. Pilaster locations
    5. Foundation vents size and locations (if applicable)
    6. Crawlspace access size and location (if applicable)
    7. Size and location of girder (s) to be used (if applicable)
    8. Sill plate and anchoring
    9. Floor joist size and directions
    10. Typical cross section (may be combined with building cross section)
    11. Final exterior grade
    12. Delaware licensed engineer seal required on piling foundations
  2. Floor plan showing
    1. Overall size and dimensions
    2. Room sizes and labeled uses (including garages, porches, decks and fireplaces)
    3. Window sizes and locations
    4. Door sizes and locations
    5. Attic access size and location
    6. Type of HVAC equipment and locations
    7. Type of appliances (if gas or electric)
    8. All stair locations (if applicable)
    9. All header size, type, and locations
  3. Cross section of structure (including house, garages, porches, and decks) showing:
    1. All girder/beam, joist, wall, rafter (or truss) and post sizes and spacing
    2. Footing and foundation type, sizes and locations (crawlspace, basement, slab on grade…)
    3. Sub floor type and size
    4. Exterior wall coverings
    5. Roof pitches and covering
    6. Structures with upstairs to have full view cross sections
    7. Floor or roof truss, girder/beam and column specs with Delaware seals not required to be submitted at time of plan review.
  4. Elevations of structure showing:
    1. Front, rear and sides
  5. Specific Requirements:
    1. Plans must be drawn to a legible scale.
    2. Piling plans shall submit plans bearing a licensed Delaware engineer seal.
    3. * Energy compliance worksheet (Res-Check) designed to the 2012 IEEC must be provided for all new homes at time of plan submittal.
    4. * Manual J & S forms must be provided for all new homes at time of plan submittal.

* For more information see ADDITIONAL INFORMATION F.A.Q. under F.A.Q. tab.

Additions - Sunrooms - Garages (attached or detached) - Sheds (400 sf or larger)

Additions - Sunrooms - Garages (attached or detached) - Sheds (400 sf or larger)

One (1) COMPLETE SETS OF PLANS MUST be drawn to a legible scale with the following:

  1. FOOTER / FOUNDATION PLAN showing:
    1. Shape and overall size and dimensions.
    2. Size, depth & location of all post holes; dimensions between holes OR continuous footer size with number of masonry courses. (A continuous footer may require vents and access door. Show size & locations if applicable.)
    3. Pier or column footing sizes and locations and spacing. Include any pilasters.
    4. Size and location of girder(s) (if applicable).
    5. Sill plate & anchoring.
    6. Floor joist size and direction.
  2. FLOOR PLAN showing:
    1. Overall size and dimensions.
    2. Room sizes and label all uses (if applicable).
    3. Sizes and location of windows, doors and fireplaces.
    4. Attic access size and location (if applicable).
    5. Stair locations (if applicable).
    6. All header sizes, type and locations.
  3. CROSS SECTION OF STRUCTURE showing:
    1. Footing and foundation type.
    2. Size, depth & location of all post holes; dimensions between holes OR continuous footer size with number of masonry courses.
    3. Sub floor type and size
    4. Sizes and spacing of all girders / beams, floor / ceiling joists, walls, roof rafters (or trusses) and posts.
    5. All exterior wall coverings
    6. Roof pitches and all coverings.
    7. Structures with upstairs to have a full view cross section.
  4. ELEVATIONS OF STRUCTURE showing: front, rear and sides. (How your project will look after it is built.)
    1. Include location of all steps, windows and doors.

Decks over 30" - Open/Screen Porches

Decks over 30" - Open/Screen Porches

  1. FOOTER / FOUNDATION PLAN showing:
    1. Shape and overall size and dimensions.
    2. Size, depth & location of all post holes; dimensions between holes OR continuous footer size with number of masonry courses. (Continuous footer may require vents and access door.)
  2. FLOOR / OVERHEAD VIEW PLAN showing:
    1. Overall size and dimensions.
    2. Room sizes and label all uses (if applicable).
    3. Sizes and location of windows, doors and fireplaces.
    4. Attic access size and location (if applicable).
    5. Stair locations (if applicable).
    6. All header sizes, type and locations.
  3. CROSS SECTION OF STRUCTURE showing:
    1. Footing and foundation type.
    2. Sizes and spacing of all girders / beams, floor / ceiling joists, walls, roof rafters (or trusses) and posts.
    3. Exterior wall covering (if applicable).
    4. Roof pitches and covering (if applicable).
    5. Steps.
  4. ELEVATIONS OF STRUCTURE showing: front, rear and sides. (How your project will look after it is built.)
    1. Include location of all steps, windows and doors (if applicable).

Pole Buildings

Pole Buildings

One (1) COMPLETE SETS OF PLANS MUST be drawn to a legible scale with the following:

  1. FOOTER / FOUNDATION PLAN showing:
    1. Shape and overall size and dimensions.
    2. Size, depth & location of all post holes; dimensions between holes.
    3. Location and size of all overhead garage doors, entry doors, and windows. Include all header sizes.
  2. FLOOR/OVERHEAD VIEW PLAN showing:
    1. Overall size and dimensions.
    2. Room sizes and label all uses (if applicable).
    3. Sizes and location of windows, doors and fireplaces.
    4. Attic access size and location (if applicable).
    5. Stair locations (if applicable).
    6. All header sizes, type and locations.
  3. CROSS SECTION OF STRUCTURE showing:
    1. Footing and foundation type.
    2. Size, depth & location of all post holes; dimensions between holes.
    3. Height of posts from floor to bottom chord of roof trusses.
    4. Size of all headers / carriers and anchoring to posts.
    5. Exterior side wall coverings including size and spacing of all girts.
    6. Size and spacing of engineered roof trusses to be installed. (Delaware sealed roof truss specifications to be on job site at time of framing inspection.) Include purlin size & spacing.
    7. Structures with upstairs to have a full view cross section with floor joist sizing. Cross section of stairs to second floor to be included.
  4. ELEVATIONS OF STRUCTURE showing: front, rear and sides. (How your project will look after it is built.)
    1. Include location of all steps, windows and doors.

Pole buildings with approved habitable living space shall be built to single family home requirements. See * Dwellings (Single Family).

Fast Track Information

Fast Track Submittals:

The Sussex County Building Code Office offers Builders/Developers the opportunity to place multiple model home types and options repeatedly built on our Fast-Track Program. Below are the steps and requirements that must be provided to our office to allow different home models to be waived from our "Standard" plan review process. Also, please refer to the different forms below.

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Architect/Engineer Plan Review Waiver-Statement

This form must be submitted with the initial master set of plans for each type of model home to our office in order to be placed on the Fast Track list. Signatures and stamps must be original and in color. This form acknowledges the designer accepts all responsibility for any code violation found during our inspection process.

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Contractor/Property Owner Plan Review Waiver-Statement

This form is to be provided to the Permit Office at time of submittal for a specific home after the home model has been placed on the Fast Track list, in order to obtain a county permit. This form acknowledges both the contractor and the property owner are aware the Building Code Office has waived the "Standard" plan review process.

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Decks and Stairways

Foundation

Single Family F.A.Q.

  • 1. When & where do I need a smoke detector/carbon monoxide alarm?

    Please refer to the "FORMS" tab for the requirements in the International Residential Code (IRC) Smoke Alarms R317.1 & Carbon Monoxide Alarms R315.4 effective 10/1/2013.
  • 2. Do I need a floor or landing at an exterior door?

    Yes, a minimum size is 3' x 3' landing or floor on each side of every exit door and the width should not be smaller than the door. A slope not exceeding 1/4 unit vertical in 12 units horizontal (2%)
    EXCEPTION:
    A landing is not required on the exterior side of a sliding door.
  • 3. Do I need a landing at my interior stairway?

    Yes, at both top and bottom of stairs.
    EXCEPTION:
    A floor or landing is not mandatory at the top of an interior staircase, including stairs in an enclosed garage as long, as the door does not swing outward over the stair.
  • 4. What is the minimum footer size in Sussex County?

    Continuous footer: 8"x 16" – no rebar required but recommended.
  • 5. What is the minimum depth of footers?

    The minimum depth is 24" to the bottom of the footer from final grade.
  • 6. What is the minimum size for a post hole?

    The minimum size is a 10" hole for a 4"x 4" post.
  • 7. Are Gutters and Down Spouts required on a new home, addition or detached building?

    Yes, new homes, additions, and detached buildings are required to have gutters and down- spouts to collect and convey roof water away from the buildings foundation. Exception: homes on structural pilings or pole style buildings do not need gutters. Also, a certification from a Delaware Engineer based on soil analysis may waive gutter requirements.
  • 8. Is there a list of code requirements?

    Yes, please refer to our “Additional Code Requirements” sheet under the Forms tab.

General Related Offices F.A.Q.

General Related Offices F.A.Q.

 

Assessment – 855-7824

               How is my tax bill assessed?

               I’m over 65/disabled, may I be Exempt?

               How can I make my M.H. a class “C”?  

Building Permit Office – 855-7720

               How much is my Building Permit?

        What documents do I need to submit for a building permit?

Planning & Zoning – 855-7878

               What are my setbacks?

               Can I get my c/o?

               What’s my property zoned as?

               Where do I get a sign permit?

Building Code Plan Review – 855-7860

               I have code question about my Commercial Project / Single Family Project?

               What is required for Single Family Plan Review?

               What is required for Commercial Plan Review?

Building Code Inspections – 858-5500

               Can I set up an inspection?

Recorder of Deeds – 855-7785

               Where can I get a copy of my plot plan?

Mapping & Addressing – 855-1176

       How can I get my 911 address?

Additional Information F.A.Q.

What is Manual J, and Manual S

Manual J is the protocol used for determining the amount of heating and cooling that a home requires to keep its occupants warm in the heating months and cool and dry in the cooling months.

Manual S is used to size and select the heating and cooling equipment. The goal for equipment selection is to install heating and cooling systems with the same heating and cooling capacities as the heating and cooling loads of your home.

Below are the accepted approved software programs. For more information, visit ACCA.

Powered by ACCA Manual J - Full Residential Load Calculation

Wrightsoft Right-J8 Windows
Elite RHVAC Windows
Adtek Acculoads Windows
Florida Solar Energy Center's EnergyGauge Windows
Carmelsoft HVAC ResLoad-J iPad
Avenir MJ8 Editions of HeatCAD and LoopCAD Windows
Cool Calc Manual J Browser

Manual J Block Load Compliant - Block Load Only

Wrightsoft Right-J Mobile Browser
CalcuNow MJ8-Calc Browser

Powered by ACCA Manual D - Residential Duct Design

Wrightsoft Right-D Windows
Elite Ductsize Windows
Adtek Accuduct Windows

What is Rescheck

A REScheck report is an energy code compliance analysis which documents that your residential building will meet or exceed the energy conservation standards developed by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Building. The REScheck report includes Certificates of Compliance and Compliance Checklists consistent with the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

For more information on Rescheck visit energycodes.gov

Single Family Inspection Requirements

Smoke & CO Alarm Requirements

Winter Bad Weather Letter

IRC Code Exceptions

Additional Code Requirements

Single Family Plan Review and Inspection Fees

A FEE SHALL BE CHARGED FOR PLAN REVIEW AND INSPECTIONS FOR ALL SINGLE-FAMILY PROJECTS, INCLUDING: DWELLINGS, ADDITIONS, ACCESSORY BUILDINGS & RELOCATIONS, ACCORDING TO THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULE:

SQUARE FOOTAGE FEE
0-599 $120.00
600-2,349 $205.00
2,350-2,999 $230.00
3,000-3,499 $255.00
3,500-3,999 $280.00
4,000-4,499 $305.00
4,500-4,999 $330.00
5,000-5,999 $450.00
6,000 AND ABOVE $550.00

Square footage is based on the total area to be constructed and/or to be renovated, including storage areas, deck, porches, balconies and basements. The above fee schedule provides plan review and up to five on-site inspections. Any additional inspections after the fifth shall be charged $40.00 per trip.

Modular homes will be charged a flat rate fee of $150.00. Any site-built additions (garages, porches, decks, finished upstairs in cape cods, etc.) will be charged a total flat rate fee of $190.00.

Any unattached buildings less than 400 total square feet or deck additions that are 30 inches or less above finished grade do not require a plan review or inspections by Building Code.

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A single-family dwelling is defined by Sussex County Building Code as being a home for one family or household to occupy for residential living with only one kitchen and can inculde additions such as bump outs, sunrooms, garages, decks and porches.