Commercial Building Permits

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When is a commercial building permit required?

A permit is required whenever  a property owner is constructing, altering, enlarging, repairing or demolishing a building, structure or tenant space.

When is a commercial building permit not required?

A commercial building permit is not required for general aesthetic improvements such as painting & carpeting.

Who can apply for a commercial building permit?

Anyone can apply for a commercial building permit, however a permit can only be issued to a state licensed general contractor.

How long will it take to get a commercial building permit?

Commercial projects that require major site improvements and projects that are within the Chattahoochee Corridor are reviewed with twenty business business days.

Applying for a Commercial Building Permit

To apply for a commercial building permit, please visit the construction permit desk located at the Permits and Revenue Office on the south side of City Hall. The plan review process varies based on the scope of work. Interior renovation permits are customarily reviewed within 3-10 business days depending on the size and scope of work. Building additions are customarily reviewed within 10 business days.

Licensed Contractors: Please bring your Trade Card, Business License and state issued ID (e.g. driver’s license).

Property Owners: Please bring your state issued ID (e.g. driver’s license). You will need to sign an affidavit certifying that you are responsible for the project.

Required Application Documents: The following documents are required for the permitting process. You can fill these out before you visit us, or we can assist you once you arrive.
Commercial Building Permit Application
Commercial Building Permit Checklist

Associated Documents: The following documents may also be required, depending on the nature of your permit request. You can complete these when you visit after speaking with one of our permit technicians.
Contractor Affidavit
Commercial and Multi-family Certificate of Occupancy
Authorized Permit Agent Form

Permit Fees

In Sandy Springs, the fee for a permit is based on a number of factors. To find out how much the permit will cost, please view our Permit Fee Schedule. Our Permit Technicians can also assist you in calculating your permit fee.

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.  

Inspection Process

Inspections will vary based on the construction scope of work. At bare minimum the permit should receive rough inspections for each trade (building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical if performed) and final inspections for each trade.

Fire Marshal's Office Plan Review and Inspections

For commercial construction, you will need to obtain additional plan review and inspections by the Fire Marshal's Office. This applies to new buildings and renovations to existing buildings.

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