THE BUILDING DEPARTMENT HAS MOVED TO THE TOP FLOOR OF THE COUNTY BUILDING. IT IS THE FIRST DOOR ON YOUR LEFT AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS & THE FIRST DESK ON YOUR LEFT.
BEFORE HIRING A CONTRACTOR: IMPORTANT
About Building in Elbert County
Building permits and inspections are required for new construction, additions, and remodeling work to confirm that all structures meet applicable County, State and Federal building code requirements. This ensures that all buildings within Elbert County are built and maintained safely. Elbert County has adopted the IRC/IBC 2006.
A permit is required for projects such as new construction, additions, tenant improvements, pools, spas, signs, roofs, remodeling, and work on to electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems. Work started before a building permit is issued could be subject to higher than the original permit fee. It may be useful to print each of the below items out -- each is a single page.
How to calculate an estimated building permit fee
Adopted ICC Valuation Data
1997 UBC Building Permit Fees
Impact Fees: All new homes on 35 acres or more shall pay impact fees. Impact fees were paid on most parcels in subdivisions at the time of subdivision. Impact fees will be due on all commercial development.
Any building less than 120 square feet that has no utilities or water does not require a building permit. Please be aware that SOME home repairs (internal and external) do require a permit and some do not. Please contact our office prior to doing any repair, maintenance or remodeling work to discuss your project prior to doing any work.
DOES NOT NEED ELBERT COUNTY PERMIT:
- Structures 120 square feet or less that are not for occupancy (sheds, stock shelter, etc.)
- Floor covering
- Cabinet replacement
- Replacing kitchen appliances (may need plumbing or electrical from the State)
- Windows and doors if you are replacing with exact same size (like for like) and are altering NO headers
- Deck covering/Decking (the top ONLY) -- if you are replacing hand rails or any part of the support system you need a permit
- Any deck that is 30" or less from the ground
- Concrete pad (no structure tied into it)
Building Permit Application Forms
We NO LONGER have an inspection phone line -- all inspections are done through the website: Building Inspection Request
Click the link below for directory of forms and publications for both residential and commercial projects.
ALL BUILDING PERMIT FORMS (CLICK HERE)
Permitted work must be inspected before it is considered complete. Please complete the form below and SUBMIT -- All inspections must be requested online or in person. Inspection days are Monday through Thursday (Excluding Holidays). Cut off for collection of inspection requests is 3:00 PM.
INSPECTION REQUEST FORM (CLICK HERE)
Electrical permits are issued by the State and electrical inspections are done by the State.
Click Here for General Information
Click for HOMEOWNER AS APPLICANT
Click for CONTRACTOR AS APPLICANT
Elbert County has adopted the 2006 IBC. These are the building codes used to review and approve construction projects.
Construction Plan Review
Many projects require construction plans that must be approved prior to receiving a permit. In addition there are some requirements for construction in Elbert County. Included here is a list of downloadable forms and some of the construction criteria.
Elbert County Structural Design Criteria - Snow loads, wind speed, frost line, etc.
Rattlesnake Fire District Sign Off Sheet - For properties within the Rattlesnake Fire District Only
Maximum Monolithic Slab Size: 1200 square feet.
Snow Load: 30 lbs.
Wind Speed: 90 mph