Permitting & Inspections
The division oversees plan review, permitting and enforcement of City building and development codes and ordinances and coordinates building inspection services, which are outsourced to a third party provider. The City applies the Georgia State Building, Mechanical, Plumbing and Electrical Codes and other applicable regulations governing construction and land use.
Any owner, authorized agent or contractor who desires to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure; to install erect, install, enlarge, alter repair, remove convert or replace any electrical gas, mechanical or plumbing system or cause any such work to be done must first make application to the department to obtain the required permit.
A permit will not be issued to an owner who is neither a licensed contractor nor the occupant of a residential structure being altered. Routine maintenance such as painting, floor covering and wall paper do not require a permit.
Inspections & Compliance
Staff reviews, approves and issues all construction permits required by the City’s Codes, as well as inspects construction activities to protect the public health, safety and welfare. Inspections are done to ensure compliance with the State Mandated Construction Code as well as City codes and ordinances. The division also inspects existing tenant spaces prior to occupancy by new businesses. After a permit is issued, an inspection can be scheduling by calling 770-914-2377 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . You must provide the permit number, the address of the property, the type of inspection, and any special requests, such as requesting a phone call with the inspectors estimated time of arrival, or the code to a lock box, etc.
Types of Permits Issued
The department issues various permits, including the following:
- Building (residential and commercial), including repairs, additions and remodeling
- Cell towers
- Garage Sales
- Interior finish
- Land Disturbance & Grading
- Remodeling and additions
- Retaining walls
- Temporary Events
- Trades (electrical, plumbing, HVAC)
- Accessory Structures and fences (exceeding certain heights or dimensions)
Contact Community Development before starting any work to ensure proper permits are issued.
Home owners can sign an affidavit and be issued permits in their name, so long as they are acting as the general contractor, or are actually doing the work themselves. In all other circumstances, permits are only issued to Georgia licensed contractors.
For more information on the requirements for contractor licensing contact the Georgia State Licensing Board at (478) 207-2440, or the Greater Atlanta Home Builder Association Contractor Licensing Help Line at (678) 775-1498. You may also visit the Georgia Secretary of State's website.