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When Do I Need a Building Permit?

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Building Permit Requirements 

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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 because 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.

River Corridor

  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.

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WORK REQUIRING BUILDING PERMITS
DESCRIPTION OF WORK PERMIT NEEDED
YES NO
Above-ground pools  
  Accessory structures exceeding 200 sf. for use as a storage building
 
Accessory structures 200 sf. or less for use as a storage building  
Appliance replacement using hardwired devices such as piping or wiring
 
Appliance replacement using plug in devices
 
Bathroom fixture repair and/or replacement
 
Bathroom fixture repair and/or replacement needing piping alterations
 
  Change in building use or classification
 
Door and window replacement without structural alterations
 
  Doors and windows requiring structural alterations
 
Duct work replacement
 
Electrical service repair
 
  Fences over 7 feet in height  
  Freestanding arbors, pergolas
 
Furnace/HVAC system replacement
 
Garage door repair and/or replacement
 
Gas piping
 
  Interior remodel including framing, drywall, and/or lighting
 
Interior remodel of painting, tiling, carpet and/or trim work
 
Minor deck repairs (non-structural)
 
Minor repairs to roof covering
 
Minor repairs to siding, brick, masonry or stucco
 
  New buildings/commercial or residential
 
  New decks, porches, porticoes, balconies or structural repairs
 
New electrical circuit
 
  New exterior siding, brick, masonry or stucco
 
  New fireplace or wood stove
 
New plumbing fixture requiring piping alterations
 
  Re-roof  
Retaining walls taller than 48”  
Retaining walls 48" or less  
  Screen porch  
Solar panel installations  
Swimming pools and spas  
Water heater replacement  

 

 

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