As you might imagine, submittals are something that are submitted for review. But who submits them and why are they submitting them” This construction management term describes items presented by the contractor to the interior designer, architect, and/or engineer for evaluation to determine if the intended specifications, materials and design details are indeed being installed and built on the job. Submittals can include actual material samples, shop drawings, product data, material mock-ups, test results, warranties, maintenance manuals, etc. Although they can take up quite a bit of time because of the required procedures and paperwork, submittals are extremely important and can be used as legal proof in a court of law if a project goes awry.
See also: specifications and specify