When Do I Need A Building Permit?
Building Permit Requirements
Applications for building permits are required to be submitted for installations regulated by the Georgia State Minimum Building Codes if any owner or authorized agent intends to:
- Construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure
- Erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system
Why Do I Need a Permit?
There are two major reasons why a homeowner needs a permit on projects: the first is that when a permit is filed, city officials will inspect the work completed at different stages to ensure the work complies with current safety and health building codes. The second, and most significant reason, is it protects the homeowner’s investment they are making to improve the property.
Building in the Chattahoochee River Corridor area requires different permitting procedures. Call the Planning and Development Manager at 470-395-7022 for more information.
Work Requiring Building Permits
The following table shows work that requires a building permit. It is not a comprehensive list. For questions please see our Building and Permitting page, or contact the Building Inspector at 470-395-7027.
Forms can be saved as a PDF to be uploaded and submitted into the ePlans portal. Contact building and permitting if you have any questions.
|Description of Work||Permit Needed? (Yes/No)|
|Accessory structures exceeding 200 square feet for use as a storage building (PDF)||Yes|
|Accessory structures 200 square feet or less for use as a storage building||No|
|Appliance replacement using hardwired devices such as piping or wiring||Yes|
|Appliance replacement using plug-in devices||No|
|Bathroom fixture repair and/or replacement||No|
|Bathroom fixture repair and/or replacement needing piping alterations||Yes|
|Change in building use or classification (PDF)||Yes|
|Door and window replacement without structural alterations||No|
|Doors and windows requiring structural alterations (PDF)||Yes|
|Electrical service repair||Yes|
|Fences over 7 feet in height (PDF)||Yes|
|Freestanding arbors, pergolas (PDF)||Yes|
|Furnace/HVAC system replacement||Yes|
|Garage door repair and/or replacement||No|
|Generators, commercial or residential||Yes|
|Interior remodel including framing, drywall, and/or lighting (PDF)||Yes|
|Interior remodel of painting, tiling, carpet and/or trim work||No|
|Minor deck repairs (non-structural)||No|
|Minor repairs to roof covering||No|
|Minor repairs to siding, brick masonry, or stucco||No|
|New buildings/commercial or residential (PDF)||Yes|
|New decks, porches, porticoes, balconies, or structural repairs (PDF)||Yes|
|New electrical circuit||Yes|
|New exterior siding, brick, masonry, or stucco (PDF)||Yes|
|New fireplace or wood stove (PDF)||Yes|
|New plumbing fixture requiring piping alterations||Yes|
|Retaining walls taller than 48"||Yes|
|Retaining walls 48" or less||No|
|Screen porch (PDF)||Yes|
|Solar panel installations||Yes|
|Swimming pools and spas||Yes|
|Water heater replacement||Yes|