Permitting in-person services are available at City Hall Monday-Thursday by appointment only.
You can use Build Sandy Springs to apply for a building or utility permit online, submit construction drawings for City review, pay invoices, schedule inspections and search development records.
To schedule please email: MFields@sandyspringsga.gov. Meetings are scheduled on a first come basis.
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:
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.
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.
Certain projects require special permits instead of or in addition to building permits:
Utility Permits and Construction Road Closure Requests - Required for construction work in the right-of-way which generally coincides with installation of fiber cable, water or sewer line.
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.
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.
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.
Technology Surcharge 2018
For fees related to zoning actions, visit the Planning & Zoning page of the City's website.
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