Plan Review is required to verify the designer has prepared the permit documents in compliance with the current Building Code and Folsom Municipal Code Requirements.
Starting March 14th, 2022, Building Permit Applications can be completed online through our new permitting system, eTRAKiT.
Once the permit application is deemed complete and plan check fees are collected via eTRAKiT, a portal for submitting plans and documents is created in our Plan Review System, ProjectDox. The applicant will receive an email invitation to ProjectDox where they can upload the plans and supplemental documents.
Once submitted, City Staff will review the plans and documents for Building Code compliance. Any corrections required will be issued via ProjectDox and the applicant can respond through ProjectDox and upload revised plans or documents. The status of the plan review can be checked at any time by logging in to ProjectDox. The Building Division also has estimated plan review timelines to help track submittals.
To check the status of a permit in plan review, please log in to ProjectDox and click on All Projects on the right hand side of the home screen. The statuses are noted below:
UPLOAD: Plans and documents need to be uploaded and submitted for review. Click on Tasks in the upper left to see any outstanding Upload and Submit Tasks
PRESCREEN: Plans and documents are submitted and a completeness check by the Coordinator is being conducted. This includes a check that the plans meet the City Standards for electronic submittals. To learn more about the City Standards, please visit the ePermit Center.
PRESCREEN CORRECTIONS: Plans and documents do not meet the City Standards to be submitted for plan review. Click on Tasks in the upper left to see any outstanding Prescreen Corrections tasks to view why the submittal was deemed incomplete.
IN REVIEW: The permit is currently in review with City Staff. See our estimated plan review timelines based on permit type for standard days for review. Note, these are estimated timelines that may vary based on staff workload.
PAYMENT VERIFICATION: The permit has been approved by the City Plan Reviewers and has moved to processing. Processing includes calculating fees, payment of issuance fees and submittal of any additional documents required prior to issuance. To see if the Coordinator is waiting for any additional information from the applicant, click on Tasks on the left and look for the Outstanding Items Task.
PRE-APPROVED: All documents and payments have been provided and the permit is getting stamped and processed by the Coordinator. The approved plans and documents will soon be available.
APPROVED: The permit has been issued and the approved plans and documents are available for download. Click on the Down Arrow next to the Approved status to download the files.
Once the permit is approved, the applicant will be notified via email any Outstanding Items and how to pay the permit issuance fees. Once the fees are paid and the Outstanding Items are provided, the Coordinator will process the documents. Once issued, the approved documents will be available for download in ProjectDox. Please note, full-sized plans and documents are required to be on site prior to the first inspection. Failure to have the plans available on site may result in a FAILED inspection.
Construction shall not commence on any permit until the Building Permit is issued.
Building Plan Review Process
- Applicant Submits Permit Application via eTRAKiT
- Application Completeness Check completed by Coordinator
- Applicant Pays Plan Check Fees via eTRAKiT
- Applicant Uploads and Submits Plans and Documents via ProjectDox
- Plans Completeness Check completed by Coordinator
- Code Compliance Review by Plan Review Staff
- Fees calculated and Approval completed by Coordinator
- Applicant Uploads additional documents via ProjectDox
- Applicant Pays Issuance Fees via eTRAKiT
- Processing of documents for Issuance completed by Coordinator
- Issuance of Permit Card via eTRAKiT, Stamped Plans and Documents via ProjectDox
- Start Construction
Some projects require approval from agencies not within the Community Development Department. When an approval is required, the applicant will be notified by the plan review comments. Please see the links below to the agencies to obtain their approval.
Projects may require completed forms or approval from other agencies. All documents must be uploaded to the Documents Folder or dropped off at the Building Permit Counter permit issuance. Questions about other agencies should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Folsom Cordova Unified School District (FCUSD) Fees
All new construction and additions require to report the additional square footage to the local school district for assessment of development impact fees. Please use form CD-B103 located on the Building Resources page. The applicant must complete the top portion of the form and provide it the City of Folsom Building Division staff for permit issuance. Once the plans are approved, Building Division staff will complete the second portion of the form and email (or print for pick up) to the applicant who must take it to the school district to determine what fees are due. To learn more about the Development Impact Fees and the process, please visit the FCUSD website. The form will need to be completed by the applicant, building division, and school district prior to permit issuance.
Construction and Demolition Debris (Waste Management)
All residential new construction, additions or permitted demolition require a completed and approved Waste Management Plan (WMP). All commercial new construction, addition greater than 1,000 square feet, alteration greater than $200,000, or permitted demolition also required a completed and approved WMP. Please visit the Solid Waste Division webpage and click on “Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling for information and forms to complete. The applicant must either choose a permitted company to haul the waste (option 1) or they must choose to self-haul. The form must be completed by the applicant, approved by Waste Management and uploaded to ProjectDox prior to permit issuance.
Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD)
Any commercial project where a minimum 160 square feet of surface area is being removed, a completed Asbestos Removal or Demolition Form is required by SMAQMD. The form and additional information can be located on the SMAQMD website. The form must be completed by the applicant, approved by SMAQMD, and uploaded to ProjectDox prior to building permit issuance.
Sacramento County Environmental Management (County Health)
Many commercial projects may require review and approval by the County Health Department. Some examples of projects requiring approval by County Health include commercial swimming pools, restaurants or establishments with commercial kitchens, or any establishment with food storage or food retail. Please visit their website to review types of projects requiring submittal to County Health. If your project requires approval, please provide a copy of the receipt noting the address and scope of work from the Health Department. The receipt will be required to be uploaded to ProjectDox or dropped off at the Building Counter prior to building permit issuance.
Commercial pool permits and food service/sales requires Approval by County Health prior to Building permit approval. Please visit the County Health website to determine the submittal requirements. The County Health approval letter must be uploaded to ProjectDox prior to permit issuance.
All commercial alterations (including tenant improvements), additions, and new construction are required to be submitted to Regional Sanitation for review and approval. Please visit the Regional Sanitation website for additional information regarding the submittal and plan check process. Once the project is reviewed and approved by Regional Sanitation, upload the receipt of payment or receipt stating no fees are due to the documents folder or drop it off at the Building Permit Counter. The receipt will need to be provided prior to building permit issuance.
Upon payment, the city will issue a building permit and construction can begin. The flow chart below shows the CDD's plan review process. The City of Folsom also provides estimated review timelines based on the project size. The timelines are estimates and based on workload. View the City of Folsom Estimated Project Review Timelines.
The City of Folsom offers a new Electronic Plan Review process using a program called ProjectDox. ProjectDox allows applicants to submit plans, drawings, and supporting documents to the city for review. This eliminates the need to provide printed copies of plans. Instead, applicants can submit plans without leaving their home or office. In addition, the program streamlines the plan review cycle, reduces costs associated with obtaining building permits and development entitlements, and supports Folsom’s sustainability efforts.
How ProjectDox Works
ProjectDox automates the plan review process:
- When an applicant applies for a building, engineering, or land use permit requiring plans and other documents, ProjectDox uses the applicant’s email to send a link that invites them to upload their digital plans into a project file.
- Community Development Department staff then have access to the plans.
Required changes are noted on the files and then communicated to the applicant. The applicant then makes the noted revisions to the original files, and then resubmits revised files back to the city using ProjectDox. This review cycle continues until all code and regulatory requirements are satisfied and the applicant receives a notification that the plan review is complete. Once payment has been received, the approved plans and permits will be available for download.