DRA Guide to Decisions and Interpretations of the Council, Part 2 - Plan Review and Approval

Part II – Plan Review and Approval

Plan Review

Council Stamp of Approval

Red Lining Procedures

Disbursement of Approved Documents

DRA Records

Withdrawal of Approval


Part II – Plan Review and Approval

Plan Review

A design package [reference Department rule 70.10] is the aggregate of all plans, designs, specifications, and documentation required by the Department rules to be submitted by the manufacture to the DRA, or required by the DRA for compliance review, including the compliance control manual and the on-site construction documentation.  Construction documents [reference Department rule 70.10] are the aggregate of all plans, specifications, calculations, and other documentation required to be submitted to the DRA for compliance review to the mandatory building code.

Manufacturer’s Design Package

The minimum documentation required to be submitted by the manufacturer is outlined in Department rule 70.70(b), (c), and (d).  However, the DRA shall obtain from the manufacturer all information as necessary to assure that the manufacturer’s design package is in compliance with the mandatory building codes. 

An approved DRA shall review the manufacturer’s design package to assure compliance with the mandatory building codes in accordance with the interpretations, instructions, and determinations of the Council [reference Department rule 70.70(a)].  The reviews shall be performed or directly supervised by the DRA’s certified plan reviewers for the discipline as listed and approved in the agency’s organization chart.

The DRA shall complete the “Data Plate and Compliance Control Manual Checklist,” form #TDLR 016ihb, for each review of a new or revised data plate and for each review of a new compliance control manual or of a significant revision to a previously approved compliance control manual.  Significant revisions to a compliance control manual shall include, but not be limited to, changes in inspection procedures, changes in the inspection checklists, changes in testing procedures, or changes in the construction process and plant layout.

The DRA shall assure that all documents approved and forwarded to the Department comply with the following.

1. Each document bears the Council’s stamp of approval and the approval stamp is an inked stamp – no copies allowed

2. All table of content pages, index pages, and cover or first page of a set of plans, calculations, specifications, etc. bear the original Council stamp of approval [reference Department rule 70.70(a)(4)]

3. The signature on the original Council stamp of approval is the signature of the manager or chief executive officer of the DRA as indicated in the DRA’s application for approval [reference Department rule 70.70(a)(4)].  The manager or chief executive officer must be a Texas licensed engineer or architect [reference Department 70.22(2)(A)]

4. The signature on the original Council stamp of approval is an original signature [reference Department rule 70.70(a)(4)].  A signature stamp is accepted if approved by the signatory and applied in his/her presence

5. The DRA’s registration number, the code to which the documents have been reviewed and approved, and the date of approval are entered on every Council stamp of approval on each page of the documents

6. Each document is identified with the manufacturer’s name and address [reference Department rule 70.70(a)(3)].  If the documents have been approved for more than one facility, then the address of each facility must be identified on each document

7. The floor plan or cover or title sheet for each model or project contains the following information in a title block format:

  • Name and date of applicable codes
  • Identification of permissible type of gas for appliances
  • Maximum snow load (roof) in psf
  • Maximum wind speed in mph
  • Wind exposure group
  • Seismic design criteria
  • Occupancy/use group type
  • Construction type
  • Special conditions and/or limitations
  • The location of the data plate on the building or dwelling unit
  • The location of the decal or insignia on each module or modular component

Non-site Specific Buildings

On October 18, 1989, the Council adopted a rule, Department rule 70.70(f), concerning site specific details for non-site specific buildings, also known as “portable” buildings, “temporary” buildings, or “leased” buildings – buildings where the specific site may not be known at the time of construction.  The rule permits the manufacturer, in lieu of providing the site specific construction details or typical site construction details as required by Department rule 70.70(d), to provide special conditions and/or limitations on the placement of the building.  These special conditions and/or limitations will alert the building official of items not in the DRA approved construction documents that may need to be verified for conformance to the mandatory building codes by the local officials.  Certain site related details, such as module to module connections, must still be provided by the manufacturer – it is the responsibility of the DRA to verify that such site related details are included in the construction documents prior to approval of the document.

Alteration Construction Documents for Industrialized Housing and Permanent Industrialized Buildings

Reference Department rule 70.74 and the Council approved “Alteration Procedures” for complete requirements for the review and approval of construction documents for alterations to industrialized housing and permanent industrialized buildings – these procedures will not be duplicated in this document.  A copy of the alteration procedures may be found on the Department’s web site at http://www.tdlr.texas.gov/ihb/alteration.htm and are also included as an appendix to this document.

An approved DRA shall review and approve the construction documents for the alteration of industrialized housing and permanent industrialized buildings to assure compliance with the mandatory building codes in accordance with the interpretations, instructions, and determinations of the Council.  The reviews shall be performed or directly supervised by the DRA’s certified plan reviewers for the discipline as listed and approved in the agency’s organization chart.

Recertification Construction Documents for Industrialized Buildings Designed to be Moved

Reference Department rule 70.74 and the Council approved “Recertification Procedures” for complete requirements for the review and approval of construction documents for the alteration/recertification of industrialized buildings designed to be moved – these procedures will not be duplicated in this document.

An approved DRA shall review and approve the construction documents for the alteration/recertification of industrialized buildings designed to be moved to assure compliance with the mandatory building codes in accordance with the interpretations, instructions, and determinations of the Council.  The reviews shall be performed or directly supervised by the DRA’s certified plan reviewers for the discipline as listed and approved in the agency’s organization chart.  A copy of the recertification procedures may be found on the Department’s web site at http://www.tdlr.texas.gov/ihb/recertification.htm and are also included as an appendix to this document.

Council Stamp of Approval

The DRA will signify approval of an IHB document by applying the Council’s stamp of approval to each document in the manufacturer’s design package or the alteration/recertification construction documents [reference Department rule 70.70(a)(4) and 70.74].  The stamp shall not be placed on any documents that do not meet the requirements of the mandatory building codes, the IHB statute, or the Department rules governing industrialized housing and buildings.

Manufacturer’s Design Package

The original Council stamp of approval shall be placed on all table of contents pages, index pages, and cover or first page of a model or project in the manufacturer’s design package that are approved by the DRA.  Either the original Council stamp of approval or the alternate stamp of approval shall be placed on all other documents in the manufacturer’s design package that are approved by the DRA [reference Department rule 70.70(a)(4)].

The following information shall be completed on each Council stamp of approval.

1. DRA’s registration number

2. Code or codes to which the document has been reviewed and approved

3. The date of approval

In addition to the above, the original Council stamp of approval shall bear an oiginal signature of the manager or CEO of the DRA as indicated in the DRA’s application for approval.  The manager or CEO must be a Texas licensed engineer or architect.

Original Council Stamp of Approval

At their meeting of August 23, 2001, the Council approved changes to the design of the stamp.  The design was revised to eliminate reference to the article or chapter designation of the Texas Industrialized Housing and Buildings statute and to change the codes to which the documents have been reviewed and approved.  The codes were changed because of the adoption of the 2000 International Codes in place of the 1997 Uniform and Standard Codes.  The new design, pictured below, became effective February 20, 2002.

IBC = International Building Code

IRC = International Residential Code

Original Council Stamp of Approval

Effective February 20, 2002

Figure 702.2.1, new Council stamp of approval

The original Council stamp as it existed prior to February 20, 2002 is pictured below.

UBC = Uniform Building Code Group

SBC = Standard Building Code Group

Original Council Stamp of Approval

Prior to February 20, 2002

Figure 702.2.1, Original council stamp of approval

Alternate Council Stamp of Approval

At their meeting of August 23, 2001, the Council approved changes to the design of the stamp.  The design was revised to change the codes to which the documents have been reviewed and approved.  The codes were changed because of the adoption of the 2000 International Codes in place of the 1997 Uniform and Standard Codes.  The new design, pictured below, became effective February 20, 2002.

IBC = International Building Code

IRC = International Residential Code

Alternate Council Stamp of Approval

Effective February 20, 2002

The alternate Council stamp of approval as it existed prior to February 20, 2002 is pictured below.

SBC = Standard Building Code Group

UBC = Uniform Building Code Group

OTFDC = One and Two Family Dwelling Code

Alternate Council Stamp of Approval

Prior to February 20, 2002

Figure 702.3.1, Alternate council stamp of approval

Alteration Construction Documents for Industrialized Housing and Permanent Industrialized Buildings

The original Council stamp of approval and the alternate Council stamp of approval will be used to signify approval of alteration construction documents for industrialized housing and permanent industrialized buildings.  The construction documents shall be clearly marked to indicate that the documents are for an alteration and are not the original construction documents from the manufacturer’s design package.

Recertification Construction Documents for Industrialized Buildings Designed to be Moved

The DRA will signify approval of a document by the application of the council’s stamp of approval for altered or recertified buildings [reference Department rule 70.74(f)(6)].  At their meeting of March 31, 2005, the Council approved a design for this stamp.  The Council stamp of approval for altered or recertified buildings is pictured below.

Council Stamp of Approval for Altered or Recertified Buildings

Effective May 1, 2005

 

Red Lining Procedures

At their meeting of May 8, 1986, the Council approved the use of red line corrections by DRA’s to documents approved by the DRA [reference Department rule 70.70(a)(8).

Limitations

DRA’s may make red line corrections to documents when the corrections meet all of the following criteria.

1. Corrections are limited to corrections of minor deviations

2. The corrected items can be verified by reference to prescriptive code requirements

3. The change does not involve any change of design or require design

4. The red ink correction is valid for 10 working days and may not be extended

5. The corrections must be numbered and initialed by the DRA and the statement “As noted with ________ (number) corrections” shall appear near the Council stamp of approval with the number of corrections entered

Disbursement of Approved Documents

Manufacturer’s Design Package

The DRA shall forward one copy of all approved documents, including additions and revisions, to the manufacturer and shall forward one copy of all approved documents, including additions and revisions, with a copy of the “Transmittal Sheet for Texas Approved Documents,” form #TDLR 046ihb, to the Department within 5 days of approval [reference Department rule 70.70(a)(4)].  A completed “Data Plate and Compliance Control Manual Checklist,” form #TDLR 016ihb, shall be enclosed with the approved documents for each new or revised data plate, for each new compliance control manual, and for each significant revision to a previously approved compliance control manual.

Transmittal Sheet for Texas Approved Documents

All documents shall be accompanied by a transmittal sheet – documents will not be accepted without the transmittal sheet.  The DRA shall complete the following information on the transmittal sheet.

1. The DRA’s name and Texas registration number

2. The manufacturer’s name, plant location, and Texas registration number.  Include all plant locations and Texas registration numbers if the documents have been approved for more than one location for that manufacturer

3. A DRA contact name, phone number and/or email address

4. Indicate if the documents are new or a modification to a project, model, compliance control manual, or other previously approved document.  Do not check modification if submittal is due to the adoption of later editions of the mandatory building codes.  If a modification, enter the original approval date of the document being modified – the original approval date can not be prior to the adoption of the latest editions of the mandatory building codes.  

5. The approval date of the documents submitted – do not submit documents with different approval dates with the same transmittal sheet

6. The codes to which approved, either the International Building Code or the International Residential Code

7. Indicate if the submittal is in response to a DRA Monitoring Review [see Part III of this document] and provide the file number of the review as assigned by the Department

8. A description of the documents submitted.  The description should include all information necessary to fully identify the documents, such as model #, project name, project number, compliance control manual revisions, etc. 

9. The signature of each responsible plan reviewer and the area of review for which they are responsible [reference Department rule 70.70(a)(2)].  Approvals forwarded to the Department without the signature of the plan reviewers shall not be considered valid.

Alteration Construction Documents for Industrialized Housing and Permanent Industrialized Buildings

Reference Department rule 70.74 and the Council approved “Alteration Procedures” for the complete procedures for review and approval of alteration construction documents.

The DRA shall forward a completed copy of the “Alteration Transmittal Form,” form #TDLR 057ihb, to the Department upon approval of the alteration construction documents.  A copy of the alteration construction documents for a project will be supplied to the Department upon request.

The DRA shall forward a completed copy of the “Alteration Transmittal Form” and one approved copy of the alteration construction documents to the industrialized builder or installation permit holder.

Recertification Construction Documents for Industrialized Buildings Designed to be Moved

Reference Department rule 70.74 and the Council approved “Recertification Procedures” for the complete procedures for review and approval of recertification construction documents.

The DRA shall forward a completed copy of the “Recertification Transmittal Form,” form #TDLR 069ihb, to the Department upon approval of the recertification construction documents.  A copy of the recertification construction documents for a project will be supplied to the Department upon request.

The DRA shall forward a completed copy of the “Recertification Transmittal Form” and one approved copy of the recertification construction documents to the industrialized builder.

DRA Records

Manufacturer’s Design Package

The DRA shall keep a copy on file of all approved documents for a minimum of five years from the date that these documents are superseded by adoption of later editions of the mandatory building codes and make a copy of these documents available to the Department upon request [reference Department rule 70.70(a)(4)].

Alteration Construction Documents for Industrialized Housing and Permanent Industrialized Buildings

Reference Department rule 70.74 and the Council approved “Alteration Procedures” for the complete procedures for review and approval of alteration construction documents.

The DRA shall maintain a copy of the “Alteration Transmittal Form” and of all construction documents pertinent to the alteration review and approval for a minimum of five years from the date of approval of these documents.

Recertification Construction Documents for Industrialized Buildings Designed to be Moved

Reference Department rule 70.74 and the Council approved “Recertification Procedures” for the complete procedures for review and approval of recertification construction documents.

The DRA shall maintain a copy of the “Recertification Transmittal Form” and of all construction documents pertinent to the recertification review and approval for a minimum of five years from the date of approval of these documents.  These records shall include, where applicable, documents demonstrating compliance with the requirements of Chapter 12 of the International Existing Building Code.

Withdrawal of Approval

A DRA shall withdraw approval of any document whenever the approval is later found to be in violation of the mandatory building codes or the Department rules [reference Department rule 70.70(a)(6)].  Notice of withdrawal shall be made in writing to the Department and the manufacturer, industrialized builder, or installation permit holder.  The notice shall state the reasons for withdrawing approval.  Any withdrawal of approval will have prospective effect only, except for life safety items.