When are signed and sealed drawings required?

Signed and sealed drawings are required in the codes and statutes for various levels of work. Please refer to the FBC or Florida Statute for additional information.

1. FBC 105.3.1.2 indicates the following six (6) conditions where documents shall be prepared under the direction of an engineer registered under Chapter 471 Florida Statutes:

1.1 Plumbing documents for any new building or addition which requires a plumbing system with more than 250 fixture units or which costs more than $125,000.

1.2 Fire Sprinkler documents for any new building or addition which includes a fire sprinkler system which contains 50 or more sprinkler heads.

1.3 HVAC documents for any new building or addition which requires more than a 15-ton-per-system capacity which is designed to accommodate 100 or more persons or for which the system costs more than $125,000.

1.4 Any specialized mechanical, electrical, or plumbing document for any new building or addition which includes medical gas, oxygen, steam, vacuum, toxic air filtration, halo, or fire detection and alarm system which costs more than $5000.

1.5 Electrical documents. See Florida Statutes, Section 471.003(2)(h).

1.6 All public swimming pools and public bathing places defined by and regulated under Chapter 514, Florida Statutes.

2. Florida Statute 481.229 indicates that a registered architect is required for work in schools, auditoriums, or other building intended for public use, except for work on minor school projects less than $50,000 pursuant to Florida Statute 1013.45.