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RULE §510.127Preparation, Submittal, Review and Approval of Plans

      (i) electrical service entrance with service switches, service feeders to the public service feeders, and characteristics of the light and power current including transformers and their connections;

      (ii) location of all normal electrical system and essential electrical system conduits, wiring, receptacles, light fixtures, switches and equipment which require permanent electrical connections, on plans of each building level:

        (I) light fixtures marked distinctly to indicate connection to critical or life safety branch circuits or to normal lighting circuits; and

        (II) outlets marked distinctly to indicate connection to critical, life safety or normal power circuits.

      (iii) telephone and communication, fixed computers, terminals, connections, outlets, and equipment;

      (iv) nurses calling system showing all stations, signals, and annunciators on the plans;

      (v) in addition to electrical plans, single line diagrams prepared for:

        (I) complete electrical system consisting of the normal electrical system and the essential electrical system including the on-site generator(s), transfer switch(es), emergency system (life safety branch and critical branch), equipment system, panels, subpanels, transformers, conduit, wire sizes, main switchboard, power panels, light panels, and equipment for additions to existing buildings, proposed new facilities, and remodeled portions of existing facilities. Feeder and conduit sizes shall be shown with schedule of feeder breakers or switches;

        (II) complete nurses calling system with all stations, signals, annunciators, etc. with room number noted by each device and indicating the type of system (nurses regular calling system, nurses emergency calling system, or staff emergency assistance calling system); and

        (III) a single line diagram of the complete fire alarm system showing all control panels, signaling and detection devices and the room number where each device is located; and

      (vi) schedules of all panels indicating connection to life safety branch, critical branch, equipment system or normal system, and connected load at each panel.

  (2) Final plan review. All deficiencies noted in the final plan review shall be satisfactorily resolved before approval of project for construction will be granted.

  (3) Construction approval. Construction shall not begin until written approval by the department is received by the owner of the facility.

  (4) Construction document changes. Any changes to construction documents which affect or change the function, design, or designated use of an area shall be submitted to the department for approval prior to authorization of the modifications.

(d) Special submittals.

  (1) Designer certified construction documents. In an effort to shorten the plan review and approval process, design professionals may submit, at the discretion of the department, a set of final construction documents, the department's completed checklist of licensing requirements and a certification letter which states that the plans and specifications, based on the department's checklist comply with the requirements of this chapter. Project certification forms shall be signed by the licensee or applicant and the architect(s) and engineer(s) of record.

  (2) Fast-track projects. Submittal of fast-track projects shall be at the discretion of the department and shall be submitted in not more than three separate packages.

    (A) First package. The first package shall include:

      (i) a map showing the location of the proposed facility site and adjacent surrounding area at least two miles in radius identifying any hazardous and undesirable location noted in §134.122(a) of this title;

      (ii) preliminary architectural plans and a detailed building site plan showing all adjacent streets, site work, underslab mechanical, electrical, and plumbing work, and related specifications; and

      (iii) foundation and structural plans.

    (B) Second package. The second package shall include complete architectural plans and details with specifications and fire safety plans as described in subsection (c) of this section.

    (C) Third package. The third package shall include complete mechanical, electrical, equipment and furnishings, and plumbing plans and specifications, as described in subsection (c) of this section.

  (3) Fire sprinkler systems. Fire sprinkler systems shall comply with the requirements of National Fire Protection Association 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler systems, 1999 edition (NFPA 13). Fire sprinkler systems shall be designed or reviewed by an engineer who is registered by the Texas State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers in fire protection specialty or is experienced in hydraulic design and fire sprinkler system installation. A short resume shall be submitted if registration is not in fire protection specialty.

    (A) Fire sprinkler working plans, complete hydraulic calculations and water supply information shall be prepared in accordance with NFPA 13, §§8-1, 8-2 and 8-3, for new fire sprinkler systems, alterations of and additions to existing ones.

    (B) Certification of changes in an existing system is not required when relocation of not more than twenty sprinkler heads is involved.

    (C) One set of fire sprinkler working plans (sealed by the engineer), calculations and water supply information shall be forwarded to the department together with the engineer's certification letter stating that the sprinkler system design complies with the requirements of NFPA 13. Certification of the fire sprinkler system shall be submitted prior to system installation.

    (D) Upon completion of the fire sprinkler system installation and any required corrections, written certification by the engineer, stating that the fire sprinkler system is installed in accordance with NFPA 13 requirements, shall be submitted prior to or with the written request for the final construction inspection of the project.

(e) Resubmittal of construction documents. When construction is delayed for longer than one year from the plan approval date, construction documents shall be resubmitted to the department for review and approval. The plans shall be accompanied by a new Application for Plan Review and a plan review fee.

(f) Project delay or cancellation. The licensee or owner shall provide written notification to the department when a project has been placed on hold, canceled or abandoned.

(g) On-hold projects. The department may close a project file after one year of its receipt of an Application for Plan Review for projects that have been placed on hold.

Source Note: The provisions of this §510.127 adopted to be effective January 1, 2004, 28 TexReg 5154; transferred effective June 1, 2019, as published in the Texas Register May 17, 2019, 44 TexReg 2469

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