(a) Each application shall include the following information
(b) Each application shall be accompanied by plans and specifications as required by The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited Building & Sanitary Code, 1983
In the event of a change in any material fact given in the application, which served as a basis for issuing the permit, the permit holder shall immediately file an amended application detailing such changed conditions.
Plans and Specifications:
Each application for a permit shall be accompanied by two sets of plans and specifications, except the Development Agent may issue a permit without plans and/or specifications for small or unimportant work of a non-structural nature.
(1) Plans shall be drawn to a scale which indicates with sufficient c1arity the nature and extent of the work proposed.
(2) Plans and specifications together shall contain sufficient in¬formation to indicate that the work proposed will conform to the provisions of this Code. Such information shall be specific and this Code shall not be cited in whole or part as a substitute for specific information.
(3) The Development Agent may require computations, stress diagrams, shop drawings, test results, additional details, or other data necessary to show compliance with this Code, or verify the sufficiency of plans and specifications.
(4) Plans and specifications shall be identified with the address of the work, the name and address of the owner, and the name and address of the person or persons who prepared them.
(5) Plans shall include a site plan prepared by a qualified land surveyor on which shall be clearly indicated the property boundaries and, dimensions, critical elevations, existing structures, right of way, easements, street and property zoning, general block or area plans, and legal description of property, except that the Development Agent may not require such site plan if property stakes are existing and the work involved is minor and/or is clearly within the building lines.
(6) Architectural drawings shall include:
i) Architectural floor plans for each floor and building roof plan including a tabulation breakdown of areas of each floor.
ii) Exterior elevations of all walls.
iii) Typical sections through entire building.
iv) Typical wall sections to large scale.
v) Foundation plan.
vi) Structural framing plan each floor and roof.
vii) Column, beam, and footing schedule and typical details.
viii) Electrical plan showing lighting and electrical distribution.
ix) Tabulation of electrical load and riser diagram.
x) Plumbing plan.
xi) Plumbing isometric.
xii) Septic tank or sewage disposal unit and location.
xiii) Mechanical plans as required if building is air conditioned refrigerated, etc.
xiv) Telephone layout on projects of over 8 units or large com¬
xv) Commercial buildings.
xvi) Landscaping proposals and site layout plan.
xvii) Parking layout.
xviii) Details of all special conditions, e.g. connections to existing structures.
Preparation of Plans:
(1) All applications for Building Permits whether for new or existing buildings if costing over $5,000 shall be signed or bear the impress of the seal of a registered qualified architect. Where such work is preponderantly a specialist field then the plans shall bear the seal or signature of a registered qualified specialist in that field.
(2) Where the plans contain work of an architectural nature combined with either structural, electrical, or mechanical designs other than those of a minor nature, the Development Agent may require that they be prepared by both a qualified architect and engineer.
Changes in Plans & Specifications:
Two copies of amendments and/or changes to approved plans and specifications shall be submitted to the Development Agent for approval.
Procedure for larger projects:
The following additional information must be obtained and submitted for buildings with more than 8 dwelling units of 5,000 square feet in area.
i) Structures: Check for service locations and show in site plan.
ii) Subdivisions: Check for availability of power and show source on site plan.
i) Structures: Check for service locations and provide information as to estimated water requirements.
ii) Subdivisions: Check for availability of water and provide reproducible copy of Master Plan for Utility Company use.
i) Structures: Check for service locations and provide reproducible copies of both the plot plan and electric plan for Telephone Company use.
ii) Subdivisions: Check for availability of telephone service and provide reproducible copy of Master Plan for Telephone Company use.
(a) The Development Agent shall examine each application for permit along with the plans, specifications and computations filed therewith, and shall ascertain by such examination whether the construction indicated and described is in accordance with the requirements of this Code.
(b) The Development Agent will accept preliminary plans and specifications for examination, prior to application for permits, for the convenience of owners, designers, and contractors. A service charge between $5.00 and $50.00 shall be paid, based upon the scope of the project. However, such plans shall not be officially approved or disapproved. Such service charge may be credited against the Permit Fee.
(c) Applications shall be examined in the order received, except that rejected plans and specifications which have been corrected and resubmitted shall be examined first.
(d) All applications for single family dwelling houses of over 1,200 sq. ft. or for buildings consisting of more than 8 dwelling units of 5,000 sq. ft: in area shall be reviewed by a Building Appearance Committee who may refuse acceptance of a building if, in their opinion, it is not appropriate for the location for which it is proposed. The Committee shall be comprised of 5 members namely, two professionally qualified architects and three other persons all appointed by the Port Authority or its designated Agent. A majority shall constitute a quorum.
(a) Approval: When the Development Agent is satisfied that the work described in the application for permit, and the plans and specifications filed therewith ate in accordance with the requirements of this Code, a building permit shall be issued and the plans and specifications shall be marked "APPROVED", and signed by the Development Agent.
(b) Disapproval: If the application or plans or specifications do not conform to the requirements of this Code, the Development Agent shall reject such applications in writing, stating the reasons for such action.
(c) Partial Approval: Pending the completion of checking plans and specifications, the Development Agent, at his discretions, and upon payment of the total required fee, may authorize the issuance of a temporary permit for site preparation, excavation, and below grade construction, but the holder of such temporary permit shall proceed at his own risk without assurance that a permit for the superstructure will be granted.
(d) Disposition of Approved Plans: One set of approved plans and specifications shall be returned to the permit holder and the other set shall be retained by the Development Agent for their permanent records.