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Building Permits

building-permit3Generally, a building permit is required for new construction, temporary buildings and alterations to existing construction (interior and exterior). The following table provides general descriptions of common construction work and indicates whether or not a building permit is required:

Description of Work Permit? Yes Permit? No
   New Residential Y  
   Decks construction of structural repairs    
          New Construction/structural repairs Y  
          Non-structural repairs    N
    Doors and Windows    
          With structural alterations  Y  
          Without structural alternations    N
    New Fireplace or Stove  Y  
    Interior remodeling    
          Drywall; Framing (structural and non-structural)  Y  
          Painting; Tilling, Carpeting, Trim Work    N
    Children's Playhouse (max. size:120 sq ft)    N
    Garage Door repair/replacement    N
    Roof Covering repair/replacement    N
    Retaining Walls (4ft. or greater in height)  Y  
    Swimming Pools/Spas/Jacuzzis  Y  
    New exterior siding, masonry (i.e. brick, Hardi plank) or stucco finish  Y  
    Bathroom Fixture repair/replacement    
         with piping alterations Y  
         without piping alterations   N
    New Construction Y  
    New Fixture requiring piping alterations Y  
    Water Heater replacement  Y  
    Driveway repairs   N
    Driveway Footprint (enlargement)  Y  
    (Note: Grading and other land disturbing activities require a Land Disturbance Permit)    
    Appliance replacement using permanent hardwired devices (piping or wiring)  Y  
    Appliance replacement using plug-in devices   N
    Service change out  Y  
    HVAC System (new installation or replacement)  Y  
          New installation or replacement  Y  
          Cleaning    N
Natural Gas    
    Piping (new installation, replacement or maintenance)  Y  

NOTE REGARDING PERMITS FOR UTILITY CONNECTIONS: Depending on your gas or electricity service provider, you may be required to have a safety inspection of your property (electricity) or a line pressure test (gas) before service can be established at your address.  Check with your provider for details regarding specific requirements.  If either of these tests/inspections is required by the provider, you will need to obtain a building permit from the City.   

Plan Submittal
Plans are required for all commercial and residential construction. Please submit five (5) sets of building/structural plans designed under the International Building Code, Georgia Fire Code and City of Clarkston building and construction code. These plans will be required for review and retained by the following:

  • One set - reviewed by SAFEbuilt (City’s contracted building inspector)
  • Two sets - reviewed by the DeKalb County Fire Department
  • Two sets - to be retained in City files

DeKalb County Fire Marshal Inspections
Effective February 11, 2013, The DeKalb County Fire Marshal will begin charging fees for plan review and inspections pertaining to both new construction and renovation of existing structures.  All fees are payable directly to DeKalb County and will be collected at the time of plan submittal at 330 W. Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030 (2nd floor).
Click here for Fire Marshal announcement and fee schedule
Click here for Fire Marshal Review application 

Forms and Additional Information
formBuilding Permit Application Form
Building Permit Submital Requirements
            Building Permit Fees 
            Authorized Permit Agent Form



Pay Fees On-Line
Building Permit or Inspection Applications that have a final invoice for fees may be paid online. Follow the link and complete the form to submit payment by credit card.  Contact Gabrielle Hartley for any questions or verification of payment 404-296-6489.

For more information, call (404) 296-6489 ext. 410

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