Site Plans and Floor Plans for New Businesses in Long Beach and Nearby
If you are interested in opening a business in a commercial location within the City of Long Beach or any of the surrounding cities, you will be required to present the city with a whole host of information and documents prior to receiving the required business license. Some of the things you may expect to provide the city with are your State and Federal Tax Identification Numbers, any licenses relevant to your industry, and the location of your business.
What most business owners (especially new business owners) aren’t aware of, is the fact that the city is also likely to require site plans and floor plans for your commercial location. This may seem like a simple request and something that a draftsperson could draw up fairly easily, but what prospective business owners in the City of Long Beach then find out, is that city officials are using these plans as a way to determine whether or not the commercial location is in compliance with current building codes.
Unfortunately, most are not.
This is because building codes change approximately every three years. So, a commercial space that was completely code compliant when it was built will likely not be so today. After submitting your site plans and floor plans to the city, they will likely come back with a (long) list of changes that need to be made to bring the space into compliance before they will issue you a business license.
Take a Proactive Approach
At Grisafe Architecture, we help our clients take a proactive approach to obtaining their business licenses. We will not only draw up the needed site plan and floor plan, but we will also provide an additional set of plans that will show the city the changes that will be made to the space to bring it into compliance with current building codes. Doing it this way can greatly shorten the approval process and allow you to receive your business license that much faster!
The code experts at Grisafe Architecture and our partners can help bring your commercial space into compliance in the following areas, as well as any others that may apply:
- ADA requirements
- Fire safety
- Egress requirements
- Structural revisions and upgrades
- Energy efficiency
Depending on the upgrades that your space needs, we can draw up new structural, electrical, mechanical, or plumbing plans for you to present to the city that outline the updates you will be making. We know what the city is likely looking for when it comes to these types of plans and can provide you with clear and detailed plans that you can present for approval. It is our goal to help you move through the approval process as quickly and painlessly as possible so you can obtain your business license and open your new business!
Other Tenant Improvements
While you’re doing updates to your commercial space anyway, you may want to make some additional changes that aren’t code related, but that will make the space more suitable for your business. We are happy to include those changes in the plans you will present to the city for approval. Making all the changes at one time can help you move through the approval process more quickly.