Design professionals are encouraged to work closely with municipal building officials and/or fire chiefs throughout the planning stages of State funded capital improvements. It is recommended that such municipal authorities be given the opportunity to review such plans to coordinate zoning, parking, and street utility and fire department requirements (specific fire protection, building access, fire lane, and the like requirements). Special requirements may be needed according to available equipment and fire-fighting/emergency procedures. Coordination with and review by the local fire official is a mandatory requirement.
The Design Professional shall be responsible for coordinating a project directly with these regulatory agencies, allowing adequate time for plan reviews and approval.
The following is a partial list of the regulatory agencies mentioned above which have adopted design and/or construction standards and may require pre-construction plan review and approval. Design professionals should request copies of all acts, laws, and adopted standards from these individual agencies. This listing is not exclusive of any other agency, which may under special circumstances exercise design authority.
- Department of Health
- Division of Plumbing and Natural Gas (plumbing systems, domestic water, septic design, swimming pools, and the like);
- Division of Radiation Control & Emergency Management (X-ray, nuclear medicine, installation or safety evaluations);
- Division of Sanitarian Services (kitchens, restaurants, and the like);
- Division of Engineering (waste water systems, water systems and districts, cemeteries, swimming pools, and the like);
- Division of Health Facility Services (hospitals, health units, and the like).
- State Police
- State Fire Marshall (fire code review, life safety, and the like)
- Department of Labor
- Elevator safety, including inclined stairway chairlifts and vertical wheelchair lifts, boiler inspection, industrial hygiene, OSHA reviews
- Department of Environmental Quality
- Resources Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 when Federal funding exceeds $10,000; Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan for disturbed sites in excess of 1 acre, asbestos issues and other required environmental reviews
- Division of Services for the Blind of the Department of Human Services
- Vending facilities in state owned or leased properties
- Highway and Transportation Department
- Highway access, right-of-way design (contact local district headquarters’ engineer)
- Arkansas LP Gas Board
- Review/inspect rural installation of LP storage tanks and gas meters
- Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Energy Office
- Arkansas Energy Efficient Standards for New Building Construction
Based upon cost and complexity of project, outside plan review services may be utilized. The University’s property insurance carrier offers plan reviews by licensed engineers addressing design, construction and risk mitigation factors at no additional cost to the institution. Institutions are encouraged to use this service, but any plan changes recommended by the property insurance carrier are not mandated; the resulting recommendations should be evaluated in light of the cost benefit analysis. Please contact the System Office for instruction regarding outside plan reviews.