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About the electrical permit

 

The Office of Buildings authorizes electrical work to uphold standards that prevent fire hazards caused by electrical and heating systems, and electrical shock. They also help eliminate the need for costly repairs for shoddy work and save money in the long run. Permits are required for all new construction as well as for specific alterations to existing homes, including structural, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical changes.

 

An electrical permit is required when you:

  • Install or alter any permanent wiring or electrical device.
  • Running additional wiring in your home.
  • Installing a new electrical outlet or light fixture.
  • Installing a receptacle for a garage-door opener.
  • Converting from fuse box to circuit breakers.
  • Install coaxial cable for cable television (CATV); however, it must be listed as the proper type of insulated wire for the project.
  • Install or alter low-voltage systems, such as security alarms, stereos, or computer systems.

An electrical permit is not required when you:

  • Replace broken or damaged electrical outlets, light fixtures, and light switches with a like replacement.
  • Replace approved fuses and defective breakers.
  • Replace light bulbs and fluorescent tubes.
  • Replace an existing garbage disposal and dishwasher, or similar appliance of 30 amps or less.
  • Replace an existing door bell.

 

How do I obtain my electrical permit?

 

APPLY ONLINE
Go to the City of Atlanta's secure, web-based online permitting system for technical permits. Register for an Accela Citizen account and complete your application online.

 

APPLY IN PERSON

Go to Atlanta City Hall, Office of Buildings Permit Issuance Department, at 55 Trinity Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303, Suite 3800. Complete a permit application.

 

 

How do I pay for my electrical permit?

Acceptable forms of payment are cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, certified bank check or money order.

 

PAY ONLINE
Online after you have completed the online permitting process

 

PAY IN PERSON

You can make a payment on the first floor of City Hall at the Cashier’s window.

 

 

What are the required documents?

Electrical Permit Application

If you have a new business, print and fill out this form. Submit the completed form via mail, fax or an in-person visit.

 

Download Here

Contractor Agent Affidavit

You will fill out this form to complete a building permit application to certify that you are a certified/licensed general contractor for the State of Georgia. This form is not required upon submittal.

 

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Home Owner’s Affidavit

You will fill out this form to complete a mechanical, electrical and plumbing permit application. This form is not required upon submittal of a building permit.

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About the electrical inspection

 

When do I need an inspection?

 

Most electrical permits require three inspections:


Rough-in inspection
, done when: All of the new circuits are wired, grounding wires are in, the raceways and boxes are installed, and any necessary coverings are put on.  Do not cover any work with insulation, receptacles, or wall switches until the inspector has approved it.

Service inspection
, done when: The service electrical mast, the electric meter base, the service panels, and the grounding electrodes and terminals have been installed.  Wires must be visible without removing cover devices.

Final inspection
, done when:  The electrical work is complete. Be sure that panel boxes are covered and circuits are labeled in the correct spaces on the box.  All of the equipment, fixtures, switches, and appliances must be installed, grounded, and energized.

 

How do I schedule an inspection?

You can schedule an inspection using your touch-tone phone. This number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Make sure you have your site-specific permit number ready.

To schedule your inspection, call (404) 658-6800.

PRESS 1 – To request an inspection
   1. Press 2, to indicate the permit type: Electrical
   2. Enter your 9-digit permit number
   3. For the inspection code, press * and then press 2 for Electrical
   4. Choose the date you wish to have the inspection

PRESS 2 – To cancel or reschedule an inspection
   1. Press 2, to indicate the permit type: Electrical
   2. Enter your 9-digit permit number
   3. For the inspection code, press * and then press 2 for Electrical
   4. For Reschedules, choose the date you wish to have the inspection.

PRESS 3 – To get inspection results
   1. Press 2, to indicate the permit type: Electrical
   2. Enter your 9-digit permit number
   3. For the inspection code, press * and then press 2 for Electrical

Please Note: Receiving a confirmation number lets you know the request was accepted by the system. It does not guarantee a next day inspection.

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