If you are familiar with the City's permitting process go to Build Sandy Springs to start a new permit application.
The Permitting Process
Before work on a project begins, a permit must be obtained by the property owner or licensed trade professional responsible for the project.
Also note that Georgia Code requires all dwellings to have smoke detectors installed. When alterations, repairs or additions requiring a permit occurs, smoke/CO alarms are required to be installed. Please contact our Inspections department regarding questions on those requirements.
For a list of building codes currently being enforced in the State of Georgia (and the City of Sandy Springs), please visit the Construction Codes page on the Georgia Department of Community Affairs website.
*Projects That DO NOT Require a Permit!*
Projects that don’t require permitting are those that don’t involve a licensed trade or change the footprint of the property, and are mostly cosmetic upgrades such as:
- Flooring (carpet, tile, hardwood installations)
- Trim and baseboards
- Wall mounting (decorative and entertainment such as flat screen televisions)
- Doors and windows (when replaced within the original framework and not enlarged or altered)
- External siding
- Roof replacement (if only replacing shingles)
If you are in doubt as to whether your project requires a permit, call 770-730-5600 and ask to speak with a Permit Technician.
Applying for a Permit
Build Sandy Springs is an online permit management system which enables builders to manage permit and inspection requests, including those working on multiple projects within the city. Builders are able request inspections, track the status of inspections, view permit fees and approved permits online. Registration is required for contractors to utilize the system to request and manage inspection requests.
The system also provides the general public the opportunity to view and check the status of permits, research building permit history, and view status of open code enforcement cases. The public can query projects by permit type, date, address, permit number or project name.
The permitting and inspection process protects property owners and the public by verifying new construction and improvements to property are in compliance with State building codes. For specific questions about permits and the process, please call our 24/7 Call Center at 770.730.5600.
If the project involves a single licensed trade, such as electrical, plumbing, or HVAC (mechanical) work , a single permit can be obtained.
If the project involves multiple licensed trades, then a Building Permit can be obtained which will cover all the licensed trades involved in the project. A building permit is also required for projects that involve structural work.
Land Development and Specialty Permits
Certain projects require special permits instead of or in addition to building permits:
- Demolition – Required for the demolition of free-standing buildings.
- Fence – Required for the installation of new fences
- Plat Reviews – Required to build on previously undeveloped land or to split a single property into multiple lots.
- Land Disturbance – Required for commercial projects that have an impact on surrounding properties.
- Retaining Wall – Required for the addition or removal of a wall that prevents the earth behind it from eroding.
- Signs - Required for the installation and display of signs.
- Swimming Pool – Required to construct a below ground swimming pool.
- Temporary Structure Permits – Required to build a temporary structure, such as construction offices at a construction site.
- Tree Removal – Required to remove a tree.
- Antenna – Required to erect a cell-network antenna or similar. For more information, contact the City's permit desk.
The City’s building inspectors verify the contractor’s or property owner’s work at each milestone of the project. These inspections ensure the state adopted building codes are being followed correctly. Once the project is complete, a final inspection is conducted.
Permit Desk Hours and Location
The construction permit desk is open for business from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. Payments for permitting services will be accepted until 4 p.m. The construction permit desk is located at the “Zoning and Permitting” entrance on the south side of City Hall.
Impact Fee Schedule
The City Council approved revision of the impact fee section of its Code of Ordinances during its Oct. 18, 2016 meeting of the City Council. The amended code and new fee schedule are effective immediately with all permits filed as of Oct 19, 2016 under the approved and revised Code.
In Sandy Springs, the fees for construction permits are based on a number of factors. To find out how much the permit will cost, please view our Building and Development Fee Schedule. Our Permit Technicians can also assist you in calculating your permit fee.
During its January 17, 2017 meeting, the City Council approved a technology surcharge to defray the cost of technology and software necessary to provide online permitting activities. Below is the fee schedule. Click here to refer to the Council agenda item.
For fees related to zoning actions, visit the Planning & Zoning page of the City's website.
Call Before You Dig
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Call 811 a few days prior to digging, tell the operator where you're planning to dig, what type of work you will be doing, and your affected local utilities companies will be notified about your intent to dig. In a few days, they'll send a locator to mark the approximate location of your underground lines, pipes and cables, so you'll know what's below - and be able to dig safely.
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