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COMPLETE PERMIT APPLICATION AND REQUIREMENTS

  • All plans must be released for construction, signed and sealed by a Georgia registered architect or engineer on all pages (as appropriate).

  • All buildings described in these plans shall be designed in compliance with the current applicable codes along with revisions and amendments.

  • Ten (10) separate sets of civil and landscape plans including:

  • a. Tree removal, protection and replacement information b. All parking, including parking decks.

  • Two (2) copies of hydrology study

  • Two (2) copies of any pertinent ordinances (rezoning), special use permits, special administrative permits, variances or other documents relating to zoning approval, if applicable.

  • Three (3) separate copies of plans showing water service with backflow prevention at meter

  • Three (3) separate copies of plans showing general site plan, grading plan and utilities plan showing fire hydrants

  • Five (5) separate sets of architectural and structural plans

  • Three (3) separate sets of mechanical/HVAC plans

  • Three (3) separate sets of electrical plans

  • Three (3) separate sets of plumbing plans

  • One (1) copy of specifications

Multifamily projects must include a completed Bureau of Buildings form listing the specific street address and/or other designation for each building.

For living units that will be for sale, the form must also include specific street address and/or other designation and accurate area for every unit. Building and unit identification must also be indicated on all civil and architectural plans.

SITE (partial) PERMIT SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • All civil plans must be released for construction, singed and sealed by a Georgia registered architect or engineer on all pages (as appropriate).

  • All buildings described in these plans shall be designed in compliance with the current applicable codes along with revisions and amendments.

  • Ten (10) separate sets of civil and landscape plans including:

  • Tree removal, protection and replacement information Visit Aborist Division

  • All parking, including parking decks.

  • Two (2) copies of hydrology study

  • Two (2) copies of any pertinent ordinances (rezoning), special use permits, special administrative permits, variances or other documents relating to zoning approval, if applicable.

  • Three (3) separate copies of plans showing water service with backflow prevention at meter.

  • Three (3) separate copies of plans showing general site plan, grading plan and a utilities plan indicating fire hydrants

  • Five (5) separate sets of either final architectural plans or preliminary architectural plans

Preliminary architectural plans are required for information to evaluate zoning conditions, impact fees and other matters and do not have to be sealed.

Preliminary architectural plans must include (at a minimum)

  • Complete floor plans with dimensions
  • Elevations
  • Building occupancy
  • Construction type
  • Height and appropriate means of egress

INTERIOR ALTERATIONS APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS Top

LARGE COMMERCIAL BUILDING SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • All plans must be released for construction, signed and sealed by a Georgia registered architect or engineer on all pages (as appropriate).

  • All buildings described in these plans shall be designed in compliance with the current applicable codes along with revisions and amendments.

  • Two (2) copies of any pertinent ordinances (rezoning), special use permits, special administrative permits, variances or other documents relating to zoning approval, if applicable.

If the plans submitted include mechanical/HVAC, electrical and/or plumbing plans, add the following:

    • Four (4) separate sets of architectural and structural plans
    • Three (3) separate sets of mechanical/HVAC plans
    • Four (4) separate sets of electrical plans
    • Three (3) separate sets of plumbing plans
    • Twp copies of seating layout (or floor plan if there is no seating)

If the project involves a change of use of occupancy, add three (3) copies of plans showing water service with backflow prevention at meter

SMALL COMMERCIAL BUILDING SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • All plans must be released for construction, signed and sealed by a Georgia registered architect or engineer on all Pages (as appropriate).

  • All buildings described in these plans shall be designed in compliance with the current applicable codes along with revisions and amendments.

  • Four (4) separate sets of architectural and structural plans (if appropriate).

DEMOLITION APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS Top

  • Rodent Letter - A letter from a licensed pest control company stating a proper inspection has been conducted on the property that will be demolished.

  • Two (2) site plans showing buildings, trees, roads and driveways for lots less than one (1) acre.
      1. Tree protection fence MUST be installed prior to any land disturbance activity.
      2. If trees will not be impacted (as defined by the City of Atlanta Tree Ordinance), applicant needs to submit a signed No Trees Impacted Statement and two photographs.
  • Detail sheets provided by the Bureau of Buildings to the applicant will illustrate installation of silt fencing at the perimeter of the land disturbance activity along with construction entrance/exit details and tree protection.

  • Notation to be placed on the plans by the Bureau of Buildings staff will state: “Silt fencing and construction entrance/exit shall prohibit soil from exiting the site. This permit is not valid if any existing stream is located on the property. A separate plan review and approval is required from Site Development and Arborist.”

  • Seven (7) site plans with erosion control must be submitted for any lot greater than one (1) acre.

  • In some cases an inspection prior to demolition may be necessary.

  • A Sewer Tap Permit is required from the Bureau of Buildings’ Plumbing Division.

CONVERSION (CHANGE OF OCCUPANCY) APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

LARGE COMMERICAL BUILDING SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • All plans must be released for construction, signed and sealed by a Georgia registered architect or engineer on all pages (as appropriate).

  • All buildings described in these plans shall be designed in compliance with the current applicable codes along with revisions and amendments.

  • Two (2) copies of any pertinent ordinances (rezoning), special use permits, special administrative permits, variances or other documents relating to zoning approval, if applicable.

If the plans submitted include mechanical/HVAC, electrical and/or plumbing plans, add the following:

  • Four (4) separate sets of architectural and structural plans
  • Three (3) separate sets of mechanical/HVAC plans
  • Four (4) separate sets of electrical plans
  • Three (3) separate sets of plumbing plans
  • Two (2) copies of seating layout (or floor plan if there is no seating)

If the project involves a change of use of occupancy, add three (3) copies of plans showing water service with backflow prevention at meter.

SMALL COMMERCIAL SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • All plans must be released for construction, signed and sealed by a Georgia registered architect or engineer on all pages (as appropriate).

  • All buildings described in these plans shall be designed in compliance with the current applicable codes along with revisions and amendments.

  • Four (4) separate sets of architectural and structural plans, If appropriate

INTAKE Top
The intake process is the stage in which the permit application is created. During this stage all drawings are submitted for review and approval.

The following link includes the checklist for new commercial construction Checklist for submission of plans for new commercial and multi-family development

PERMIT FEES
A permit fee of $5.00 per $1,000.00 of valuation, or $50.00 whichever is greater, shall be paid. No permit is valid until such fees have been paid to the City of Atlanta and validated by Bureau of Treasury.

  • A re-inspection fee of $50.00 shall be imposed for each re-inspection after the initial inspection when a written notice has been issued requiring the correction of inferior work.
  • A fee of $1.00 per square for signs or $50.00, whichever is greater, will be charged.

  • All building construction without a permit will be assessed a fee of double the usual permit fee will be charged for. However, in no case shall the penalty portion of said fee exceed $1,000.00.
  • Change of contractor fee shall be $50.00

CERTIFICATES OF OCCUPANCY FEES Top

    New Commercial Building $100.00
    New Commercial Building exceeding two stories in height $200.00
    New High-rise Building $300.00
    Tenant Building -out for Commercial $50.00
    All Temporary Certificates of Occupancy 100.00

ELECTRICAL FEES

    Temporary Pole $50.00
    Disconnect or Reconnect of Service $50.00
    Public Utility $50.00
    Change of Contractor $50.00

Service/Disconnects:

    1--200 amps , each

    $10.00

    201--800 amps , each

    $20.00

    801--1,200 amps , each

    $60.00

    1,201--2,000 amps , each

    $100.00

    2,001--4,000 amps , each

    $200.00

    Over 4,000 amps , each

    $300.00

Feeders:

    1--30 amps, each

    $3.00

    31--100 amps , each

    $5.00

    101--200 amps , each

    $10.00

    201--800 amps , each

    $20.00

    801--1,200 amps , each

    $60.00

    1,201--2,000 amps, each

    $100.00

    2,001--4,000 amps, each

    $200.00

    Over 4,000 amps , each

    $300.00

Branch Circuits:

    1--30 amps , each

    $3.00

    31--100 amps , each

    $5.00

    101--200 amps , each

    $10.00

    201--800 amps , each

    $20.00

    801--1,200 amps , each

    $60.00

    1,201--2,000 amps , each

    $100.00

    2,001--4,000 amps , each

    $200.00

    Over 4,000 amps , each

    $300.00

    Low Voltage , per 1,000 sq. ft

    $15.00

    • A re-inspection fee of $50.00 will be imposed for each re-inspection after the initial inspection when a written notice has been issued requiring a correction of inferior work.

    • In the event that any work is started without a permit first, the permit fee will be doubled. In no instance will the penalty portion of the fee exceed $1,000.00.

    • If any work is found to have been performed which is not listed on an existing permit, the cost of adding that work to the permit will be double the usual fee. In no instance will the penalty portion of the fee exceed $1,000.00.

PLUMBING PERMIT FEES Top

    Minimum Permit Fee

    $50.00

    Plumbing Fixture, Each Plugged or Future Opening, Roof Drain or Area Drain

    $10.00

    Water Heater

    $20.00

    Any Repairs, Alterations or Replacement of Fixture

    $20.00

    Residential Disposal Unit

    $10.00

    Commercial Disposal Unit
    (not to exceed 1 1/2 H.P.) . . .

    $20.00

    Commercial, Industrial and Multi-family Sewers, per foot or Commercial Industrial and Multi-family Water Service Mains, per ft

    .50

    Lawn Sprinkler System--Each

    $30.00

    Repair or Alteration of Drainage or Vent Piping

    $10.00

    Vacuum Breakers or Backflow Preventers or Protection Devices

    $10.00

    Fire Protection Sprinkler Systems--Per head

    .40

    Oil or Grease Interceptors

    $10.00

    Manhole under Jurisdiction of Plumbing Division or Inspection of Sewer Plug, Standpipes, per Outlet

    $10.00

    Change of Contractor/Company

    $50.00

    Miscellaneous Plumbing Fixture

    $10.00

In the event additional trips are required to inspect inferior work or installations that have been rejected by the Plumbing Division, a re-inspection fee of $50.00 will be imposed for each re-inspection after the initial inspection when a written notice has been issued requiring the correction of inferior work.

At the discretion of the Director of the Bureau of Buildings, a fee of double the usual permit shall be charged for any installation to which work has begun without a permit in lieu of serving citations to Municipal Court.

Such permit fee penalty shall not exceed $1,000.00.

 

HEATING, VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING (HVAC) FEES

    Heating Systems

    Cooling Systems

    Ventilation

    Gas Pipes

    Change of Contractor

    Other

    Up to 500,000 per system (each) $ 40.00

    Up to 5 tons (each) $ 40.00

    Bath Fans, Dryer Vent (Combined Total) $30.00

    Up to 1000 cfh $40.00

    $50.00

    $50.00

    Over 500,000 per system (each) $100.00

    Over 5 tons (each) $100.00

    Duct Alterations $50.00

    Over 1000 cfh $100.00

     

    Decorative Fireplace $25.00

    Cooking Appliances $20.00

     

DEVELOPMENTAL IMPACT FEES Top
Pursuant to the City of Atlanta Developmental Impact Fee Ordinance of 1993, the Bureau of Buildings is responsible for the calculation of all Development Impact fees. All new construction and occupancy changes to existing buildings are assessed the following impact fees:

Office

  • Transportation less than 50,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $2,416.00
    Parks North less than 50,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $267.00
    Fire/EMS less than 50,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $74.00
    Police less than 50,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $21.00

    Example: Office square footage 40,000 would have an impact fee of $111,120.00

    Parks South/West less than 50,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $161.00
    Transportation less than 100,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $1,977.00
    Parks North less than 100,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $254.00
    Fire/EMS less than 100,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $71.00
    Police less than 100,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $20.00

    Example: Office square footage 70,000 would have an impact fee of $162,540.00 Top

    Parks South/West less than 100,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $153.00
    Transportation less than 200,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $1,608.00
    Parks North less than 200,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $241.00
    Fire/EMS less than 200,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $67.00
    Police less than 200,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $19.00

    Example: Office square footage 170,000 sf would have an impact fee of $328,950.00

    Parks South/West less than 200,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $145.00

    Office

    Transportation less than 500,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $1,239.00
    Parks North less than 500,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $232.00
    Fire/EMS less than 500,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $64.00
    Police less than 500,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $18.00

    Example: Office square footage 470,000 sf would have an impact fee of $729,910.00 Top

    Parks South/West less than 500,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $139.00
    Transportation 500,000 sf plus per 1,000 square feet $1,008.00
    Parks North 500,000 sf plus per 1,000 square feet $223.00
    Fire/EMS 500,000 sf plus per 1,000 square feet $62.00
    Police 500,000 sf plus per 1,000 square feet $18.00

    Example: Office square footage 670,000 sf would have an impact fee of $878,370.00

    Parks South/West 500,000 sf plus per 1,000 square feet $134.00

    Commercial

    Transportation less than 100,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $1,304.00
    Parks North less than 100,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $713.00
    Fire/EMS less than 100,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $199.00
    Police less than 100,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $57.00

    Example: Office square footage 70,000 would have an impact fee of $159,110.00 Top

    Parks South/West less than 100,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $428.00
    Transportation less than 200,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $1,189.00
    Parks North less than 200,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $ 584.00
    Fire/EMS less than 200,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $163.00
    Police less than 200,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $47.00

    Example: Office square footage 170,000 would have an impact fee of $337,110.00

    Commercial

    Transportation less than 300,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $1,246.00
    Parks North less than 300,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $535.00
    Fire/EMS less than 300,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $146.00
    Police less than 300,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $42.00

    Example: Office square footage 270,000 sf would have an impact fee of $531,630.00

    Parks South/West less than 300,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $321.00
    Transportation less than 400,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $1,327.00
    Parks North less than 400,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $486.00
    Fire/EMS less than 400,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $136.00
    Police less than 400,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $39.00

    Example: Office square footage 370,000 sf would have an impact fee of $735,560.00

    Parks South/West less than 400,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $292.00
    Transportation less than 500,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $1,408.00
    Parks North less than 500,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $463.00
    Fire/EMS less than 500,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $129.00
    Police less than 500,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $37.00

    Example: Office square footage 470,000 sf would have an impact fee of $957,390.00

    Parks South/West less than 500,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $278.00

    Commercial

    Transportation less than 600,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $1,350.00
    Parks North less than 600,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $441.00
    Fire/EMS less than 600,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $124.00
    Police less than 600,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $35.00

    Example: Office square footage 570,000 sf would have an impact fee of $1,111,500.00 Top

    Parks South/West less than 600,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $265.00
    Transportation less than 1,000,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $1,466.00
    Parks North less than 1,000,000 sf per per 1,000 square feet $401.00
    Fire/EMS less than 1,000,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $112.00
    Police less than 1,000,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $32.00

    Example: Office square footage 970,000 sf would have an impact fee of $1,950,670.00

    Parks South/West less than 1,000,000 sf per 1,000 square feet $241.00

Contact Info
Bureau of Buildings
55 Trinity Avenue
Suite 3900
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Tel: 404.330.6150
Fax: 404.658.6979

Don Rosenthal
Director
Tel: 404.330.6152
Fax: 404.546-9707
dlrosenthal@atlantaga.gov

Anthony Carter
Assistant Director
Tel: 404.330.6199
Fax: 404.739-9296
acarter@atlantaga.gov

Arborist Division
Arboricultural Manager
Contact: Ernestine Neal
eneal@atlantaga.gov
404.330.6836

Building Inspection Division
Gordon Cabanaw
Tel: 404.546.1037
Fax: 404.546.2000
gcabanaw@atlantaga.gov

Electrical Division
James Scerenscko
Tel: 404.546.1025
Fax: 404.546.2000
jscerenscko@atlantaga.gov

HVAC Division
Scott Banks
Tel: 404.546.1048
Fax: 404.546.2000
sdbanks@atlantaga.gov

Plumbing Division
Byron Painter
Tel: 404.546.1052
Fax: 404.546.2000
bpainter@atlantaga.gov

Zoning Division
Ann Heard, Chief Zoning Inspector
Contact: Harriet Haynes
404.330.6175
hhaynes@atlantaga.gov

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