Return to the main page | Previous document | Next document


Program C: Plan Review

Program Authorization: R.S. 40, Chapter 7, Part 3, Section 1574(A) and (B)

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Plan Review Program is to protect life and property from the hazards of fire or explosion; to ensure the safety of the state's citizens within the constructed environment; provide equal access to disabled individuals; and promote the efficient use of energy in buildings.

The goal of the Plan Review Program is to protect life and property from fire minimizing life loss and property loss in commercial buildings while at the same time encouraging economic development, the efficient use of energy and the handicap accessibility of new and existing buildings through the effective and efficient code enforcement.

Louisiana law, R.S. 40:1574 (A) and (B), requires that the plans and specifications for every structure, watercraft, or movable constructed or remodeled in the state be reviewed by the Fire Marshal and must be determined to appear to satisfactorily comply with the adopted fire, life safety, and handicapped accessibility laws, rules, regulations, and codes of the state prior to construction. The Plan Review Program reviews the plans and specifications for every building constructed or remodeled in the state except one and two family dwellings.

The Plan Review Program includes the following activities: Architectural Review, Fire Protection and Systems Reviews, and Flammable and Combustible Liquids Storage and Distribution Facilities.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

1. In FY 1998-99, the Plan Review Program will encourage and assist economic development in the state by limiting the review time for construction projects to an average no higher than 3.09 actual review man-hours per project, thereby allowing architects, engineers, contractors, builders and owners to promptly proceed with their construction projects with the knowledge and confidence that any deficiencies were identified prior to construction.

1 The State Fire Marshal has detected some irregularities in how this information was reported by to the Plan Review Program by the design and construction community. Cost of construction is a field which is captured on the office's Plan Review Application form. The applicant is required to document the cost of construction. The Office of the State Fire Marshal has noticed that on some application sub-contractors were filling out the form including total cost of the entire project rather than limited to their scope of work. This has caused an inflation of construction cost figures. Through some education efforts, the Office of the State Fire Marshal is correcting this situation. Comparisons to past reported construction costs are not feasible.

2. In FY 1998-99, the Plan Review Program will increase the number of projects submitted by the design community for preliminary review by 5% in order to improve the quality of final project submittals and reduce the number of projects found not to be in compliance upon submission of final review documents.

1 New indicator for which values are not available.

3. In FY 1998-99, the Plan Review program will make available a minimum of 12 contact hours of continuing education and training per year for each member of the review staff to improve the knowledge, quality and efficiency of the review staff.

 

1 New indicator for which values are not available.

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with Self-Generated Revenues and a Statutory Dedication. The Self-Generated Revenues are derived from fees charged for private building plan reviews. The Statutory Dedication is derived from the Louisiana Fire Marshal Fund. (Per R.S. 39:32B.(8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund.)

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$1,317,053

29

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$0

0

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$1,317,053

29

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$22,705

0

 

Equipment/Major Repairs Adjustment(s)

$0

$17,408

0

 

Annualization of 1997 -'98 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$0

$15,754

0

 

1998 -'99 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$0

($99,434)

0

 

Attrition Adjustment(s)

$0

($5,007)

0

 

Retirement Rate Adjustment(s)

$0

$261,078

5

 

Implementates the mandates of Act 1120 of 1997 which establishes an energy code for commercial buildings

$0

$183,296

0

 

Overtime funding

$0

$83,191

0

 

Annualization of partial year funding for 3 positions added to review compliance for building electrical systems, commercial cooking hood and duct systems reviews

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$1,796,044

34

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$478,991

5

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 136.3% of the existing operating budget. It represents 58.0% of the total request ($3,095,447) for this program. The increase in this program is due to the implementation of energy codes for commercial buildings and the annualization of the positions added to review electrical and duct systems.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

This program does not have funding for Professional Services for Fiscal Year 1998-1999.

OTHER CHARGES

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$77,244

 

Transferred to Management and Finance for utilities and telephones

$2,207

 

Civil Service/CPTP charge for pro rata share of expenses

 

 

 

$79,451

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$66,000

 

Replacement computer equipment

 

 

 

$66,000

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


Return to the main page | Previous document | Next document