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Old 07-08-2012, 08:03 PM   #1
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I been in my house over 30 yrs and after learning about DIY I wanted to know the structure even electrical and plumbing.. so I called the city to get copy of the plans and they told me they got rid of them after 15 yrs. I think.. at least in the state i'm in does it. They only hold the plans for a number of yrs. and then get rid of them, My house was built in the 60's I was really disappointed. word of caution for anyone that might want their own plane which I think is really good idea to have check with your city to see if they do the same. does anybody have any ideas on this
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Most cities around here have converted the paper plans to micro-fiche.
Then if you want a copy they can print it out if you have permission from the Architect or engineer.

That usually involves paying for permission.

For most of my plans I just remeasure the house and make new as-built plans.


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Most cities around here have converted the paper plans to micro-fiche.
Then if you want a copy they can print it out if you have permission from the Architect or engineer.

That usually involves paying for permission.
Good point Andy. Most people think because the plans were submitted to a governmental agency they are a part of the public record and anyone can request a copy. Federal copyright law does not allow that. They are allowed to view the plans in the office.
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Suppose if those builders are past...and what do you do then. They didn't even tell me they might have it on micro-fiche..hmmm...would there be really any benefit then of having them
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Suppose if those builders are past...and what do you do then. They didn't even tell me they might have it on micro-fiche..hmmm...would there be really any benefit then of having them
Yes, if you have them printed (and they will probably not look too good) then you have the original structural design with all that entails, and you or a designer can copy them (digitally or by hand) more easily to a fresh cad set of plans.
This could save some money from drawing an all new as-built set.

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