Legal Question in Real Estate Law in Pennsylvania

Residential building plans

Are residential plans part of public record. After a home is completed, can anyone stop and ask for copies of the building plans or make copies.

Asked on 3/07/07, 10:22 am

1 Answer from Attorneys

Miriam Jacobson Law Offices of Miriam N. Jacobson

Re: Residential building plans

If you are referring to the plans for a specific home, usually architect's retain ownership of their plains. The plans may not be used by anyone other than the person for whom the plans were made, unless the architect and the original home owner consent to the use of the plans by anyone else.

Just because such plans have to be submitted to public agencies [like a township or city building department] in order to get permits, does not make them available to the public to use.

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Answered on 3/07/07, 4:00 pm

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