Third-Party Plan Review Fees: Code Source

This page describes the plan review fee schedule for a third-party plan reviewer engaged by SMBA for certain reviews.  SMBA may or may not utilize this reviewer on a per-project basis, and this information is provided for reference only.  In all cases, SMBA will bill no less than the actual cost incurred for plan reviews.  For more information, please contact us.

In General:

  • Second reviews are included at no additional charge.
  • Third and later reviews are charged at an hourly rate of $110 per hour, except for engineering reviews which are $140 per hour.
  • Building Plan Review (Non-Structural):
    • New Construction: See table below.
    • Shell Building: 20% discount on standard fee.
    • Tenant Space Alterations: If building was previously reviewed as a shell building, 50% discount on standard fee.  If not, see Remodeling.
    • Remodeling: Standard fee calculated based on reported BVD instead of calculated BVD.
    • High Hazard Occupancies (Group H): Add 25% to standard fee.
    • Mixed Use Occupancies: BVD calculation is based on the primary function of the building.
  • Engineering Plan Review Fees:
    • Structural, Mechanical, Plumbing, Electrical, Energy Conservation:
      • 25% of standard fee per discipline.
      • Minimum fee of $350 per discipline. 
      • $140 / hour for third and later reviews.

Code Source - Building (Non-Structural) Plan Review Fees

Building Valuation Data (BVD)Plan Review Cost
Minimum Fee$425.00
$1 to $3,000,000BVD * 0.0012
$3,000,001 to $6,000,000$3,600 + ( ( BVD - 3,000,000 ) * 0.0005 ) )
$6,000,001+$5,100 + ( ( BVD - 6,000,000 ) * 0.00035 ) )

Code Source - Automatic Sprinkler System Review Fees

Sprinkler HeadsPlan Review Cost
1 to 15$247.25
16 to 45$414.00
46 to 100$529.00
101 to 200$644.00
201 to 300$764.75
301 to 400$879.75
401 to 500$1,006.25
501+$875 + $0.80 / head over 500 plus 15%

Code Source - Special Hazard Fire Suppression Systems - Wet Chemical Kitchen Hood

Number of SystemsPlan Review Cost
1$264.50
2$373.75
2+$325 + $100 / system over 2 plus 15%

Code Source - Special Hazard Fire Suppression Systems - Clean Agent / Carbon Dioxide / Similar

Pounds or Gallons of Suppression AgentPlan Review Cost
1 to 50$264.50
51 to 100$402.50
101 to 200$460.00
201 to 300$517.50
301 to 400$575.00
401 to 500$632.50
501 to 750$690.00
751 to 1,000$747.50
1,001+$650 + $0.30 / pound over 1,000 plus 15%

Code Source - Fire Alarm System Review Fees

Number of Alarm DevicesPlan Review Cost
1 to 11$235.75
12 to 45$362.25
46 to 75$500.25
76 to 100$626.75
101 to 125$735.25
126 to 150$879.75
151+$765 + $1.30 / device over 150 plus 15%
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