Retaining Wall Permits

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When is a retaining wall permit required?

Retaining walls are structures designed to restrain soil. They are used to bound soils between two different elevations. A retaining wall permit is required when installing a new retaining wall or replacing an existing retaining wall on residential and commercial properties.

When is the permit NOT required?

A separate retaining wall permit is not required when it is four (4) feet or less from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall at the same section, and does not support a surcharge. All retaining walls require an indemnification letter.

Who can apply for a permit?

A permit can be obtained by licensed contractor or the property owner. In order for the property owner to obtain a permit, the property must be their current permanent residence. A professional engineer signed/sealed design is required for all retaining walls six (6) feet or taller.

Applying for Retaining Wall Permit

To apply for a retaining wall permit, please visit the construction permit desk located at the Permits and Revenue Office on the south side of City Hall. Retaining walls permit are generally issued within 5-10 business days.

Licensed Contractors: Please bring your State of Georgia 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).

All Applicants: Walls that are four (4) feet, but less than six (6) feet in height require a completed owner’s indemnification form prior to issuance. Walls 6 feet in height or greater must be engineered and require a completed and stamped engineer’s indemnification form prior to issuance.

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.

Retaining Wall Permit Application
Retaining Wall Checklist
Owner's Indemnification
Engineer's Indemnification
Soil Erosion Agreement

Permit Fees

In Sandy Springs, the fee for a permit is based on the linear footage calculation of the installment. To find out how much the permit will cost, please view our permit fee schedule. Our Permit Technicians will assist you in calculating your permit fee.

Inspection Process

To complete your permit requirements, you will need to schedule two inspections using the online inspection request form. For additional questions please call 770-730-5600.

1.  Pre-Construction Meeting and Site Inspection: The pre-construction meeting site inspection is conducted prior to any and all land disturbing activities. Please schedule prior to installing silt fencing and tree save fencing.

2.  Final Inspection: The final inspection is conducted when the project is completed.

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