Our office recently rejected a site plan submittal for a new project because the plans were not signed/sealed by a professional engineer (P.E.). The plans include civil engineering designs for grading, drainage, paving and new retaining walls. In speaking with the engineer he claimed he was uncomfortable stamping plans at this stage since they were only preliminary and not for construction, he was concerned about liability, etc. (I've never heard this before, it seems like 99% of the time a P.E. will stamp anything; frankly I'm now wondering if this guy has a license). Our engineering staff are reluctant to review these plans without a stamp, hence we're now scuffling with the applicant. The state regulations are unclear as to when stamped plans are required other than prior to construction/permitting.
Anyone deal with a similar situation? Is this typically something left to the discretion of the municipality or spelled out in state statutes? Thanks in advance.