Construction Permits & Inspections

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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 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.

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.

Single Permits

If the project involves a single licensed trade, such as electrical, plumbing, or HVAC (mechanical) work , a single permit can be obtained.

Building Permits

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.
  • Swimming Pool – Required to construct a below ground swimming pool. 
  • 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.

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:

  • Painting
  • 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)
  • Gutters

If you are in doubt as to whether your project requires a permit, call 770-730-5600 and ask to speak with a Construction Permit Technician.

Inspections

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 7:30 a.m.-4:30 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

View the current 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.  

Fees

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 Permit 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.   

technology fee schedule 2017

Call Before You Dig

Want to avoid spending a day in the dark? It's as simple as 8-1-1.       811 logo

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.

Rememberalways call 811 before you start any digging project! You'll avoid injury, expense, embarrassment - and a very inconvenient day in the dark.    www.georgia811.com

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