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I was recently contracted to take a design and put it into construction documents. My question is if it is necessary to include the building code in the documents? Or is it a matter of knowing the code and complying to it. For example should I have codes applicable to the electricity plan included on the electrical page?
You're in over your head.
Exactly what do they teach in architecture school?
You need to know the code and comply with it. I also outline critical code requirements on my code sheet to assist the plan reviewer with their review. I do a code plan to show it graphically as well. Since it does sound like you are a bit of a fish out of water, I'll just throw out that I do code consulting and am available at punkmotorcycles (at) gmail
You just have to comply with the codes. Like stair hand rails have to be at 36" so on all your drawings you have to have it dimensioned at 3'-0" to show that it's complying. You don't have to write that you can find it in the IBC 2012 1012.2.
Ask them if you can have a CD set of another similar project from their office so that you know their style of doing drawings. If it's not an architecture firm, find a CD set from somewhere else (a friend?) and use that as your template.
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