Permits are issued by the Building Inspection Department located at 607 Broad Street. The Inspection Department is open Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm. You can contact the customer service team by calling 706-236-4481. On some simple jobs, a permit can be obtained during the first visit. However, in most circumstances, more time will be needed to review the plans in detail prior to issuing any permits.
A minimum of one complete set of plans are required to obtain permits for most residential projects. Two or more sets are needed for Commercial projects or projects which require other permits. Staff at the Customer Service Center can assist you with the requirements for your specific project. In general, however, a complete set includes but is not necessarily limited to:
- Cross Sections: Clearly indicating ceiling heights, wall construction, and R-value of any insulation to be used.
- Energy Calculations: Any time conditioned (heated or cooled) space is added to a building you are required to show compliance with the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code by submitting energy calculations.
- Exterior Elevations: Clearly showing how the exterior of the building will look upon completion. Doors, windows, exterior material, etc. should be shown.
- Floor Framing: Clearly indicating the size and methods of assembly of all floor framing members. Floor joists, girders and sub floor size along with foundation connections should be shown on this plan.
- Floor Plan: Detailing the location of walls, supports, size and location of doors, windows, electrical outlets, heaters, plumbing fixtures, smoke detectors, and the square footage of the project. Again, as with the plot plan, what is existing and what is proposed to be built should be clearly noted.
- Foundation Plan: indicating the type, size and location of new foundations or footings.
- Roof Framing: Clearly indicating the size and methods of assembly of roof rafters and ceiling joists, or truss layout. Typically, roof slope and roofing materials are called out on this plan.
- Site Plan: Showing the position of the proposed project in relation to existing buildings, property lines, right-of-way, and any easements.
- Statement of special inspections is needed for commercial plans.
- Structural Calculations: Structural calculations may be required if your project is of large size, unusual shape and/or more than two stories in height. These calculations allow the Building Division to verify that structural elements are adequately sized and connected. A lateral analysis is generally required on large projects to determine the capacity of the building to resist lateral motion caused by earthquakes or wind. This portion of the project must be prepared by a licensed engineer.