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Building Elevation Drawing Requirements

A building elevation shows the exterior view of a building for each building face, indicating height relations and exterior finishes.

Use the following checklist to ensure your drawings are complete and provide enough information to verify Building Code requirements. A sample drawing is shown below.

Your building sections must show for each building face, as a minimum (other features not listed here should also be identified):

  • Project location
  • Designer’s name and Building Code Identification Number (BCIN), if applicable
  • Scale of drawings
  • Exterior building components (roof, walls, foundation, etc.)
  • Exterior finishes and materials
  • Height of building
  • Roof slope or pitch
  • Roof venting
  • Flashing
  • Window types
  • Exterior stairs, guardrails, and handrails
  • Top of top plate elevation
  • Top of floor sheathing elevation
  • Top of finish grade elevation
  • For additions, relationship or attachment to existing building

Sample drawing of Building Elevation for detached house