GENERAL PHONE NUMBERS
The Bureau’s plan reviewers also coordinate the assemblage of all reviews and issuance of building permits. All plans must be accurate, legible, include dimensions, be drawn to a standard scale, and meet minimum industry-wide acceptable architectural and engineering standards.
Plans marked "Not Released for Construction,” "Preliminary” and “Permit Only” will not be accepted for review, except as noted for site and foundation permits. The City of Atlanta reserves the right to require additional information for plan review analysis.
The following methods of payment are acceptable: cash, credit card or certified checks and personal checks. Business checks are not allowed.
Each site that a building permit has been issued is required to indicate permit issuance within 24 hours in a viewable location and remain posted for 30 days. The posted sign must have a copy of the issued permit and must not be less than six square feet with the words “NOTICE OF ISSUANCE OF BUILDING PERMIT” with letters not less than four inches high.
A notarized affidavit must be filed with the Clerk of Council certifying under penalty of perjury the date the required sign was posted. (This posting is not required for repairs and alterations that do not increase square footage.)
Building Inspection Division - 404.331.8901 (fax)
Electrical Division – 404.658.7374 (fax)
Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Division 404.658.6982 (fax)
Plumbing Division –404.658.6881 (fax)
Zoning Division – 404.330.8902 (fax)
CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY
Click here for a complete copy of the Zoning Ordinance.
There are also additional requirements for Special Use Permits, Special Administrative Permits, Variances, Special Exceptions and Certificates of Appropriateness. Please contact the Bureau of Planning for information.
Special Use Permits are used in connection with land uses, identified within particular zoning classifications that are of substantial significance or of unusual operational characteristics. City Council approves Special Use Permits after public notifications, hearings and recommendations by the Zoning Review Board. The processing, review, and decision-making time for Special Use Permits is a minimum of 90 days.
Special Administrative Permits are used where complex or unusual technical determinations are involved and/or in conjunction with temporary uses and structures when the matter does not require public notifications and hearings. Special Administrative Permits are approved by the Bureau of Planning. The processing, review, and decision-making time for Special Administrative Permits is a maximum of 30 days.
Variances or Special Exceptions are used in conjunction with construction proposals where consideration of effects on the surrounding property is of principal importance, and include but are not limited t building additions that involve yard set-back reductions, construction of fences and walls, and reductions in required parking. Variances or Special Exceptions are decided by the Board of Zoning Adjustment after public notification and hearing. The processing time for Variances and Special Exceptions is a minimum of approximately eight (8) weeks.
Historic Preservation issues are subject to approval by the Urban Design Commission which approves issuance of Certificates of Appropriateness.
SITE DEVELOPMENT 404.330.6081 Top
Note: Standard plan review fees apply.
Additional Site Development Information
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ARBORIST DIVISION 404.330.6836 Top
This ordinance is administered by the Bureau of Buildings -Arborist Division, requires specific time restraints that limit the timely issuance of a building permit. For example, where trees are scheduled to be removed, a fifteen (15) day posting period is a prerequisite to permit issuance.Should any appeal of the proposed tree removal be submitted, a permit cannot be issued until the appeal has been resolved by the City of Atlanta Tree Commission.
Additional Arborist Information
City of Atlanta Bureau of Buildings 404.330.6150
• Approval of compliance with zoning regulations
City of Atlanta Bureau of Planning 404.330.6145
• Processes and reviews applications for rezoning, variances, special exceptions,
City of Atlanta Bureau of Housing 404.330.6390
• Housing impact fee exemptions
City of Atlanta Urban Design Commission 404.330.6200
• Plan approval / Historic Districts
City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management 404.330.6081
• Site Development approval
City of Atlanta Department of Public Works 404.330.6240
• Traffic issues
City of Atlanta Department of Fire and Rescue 404.853.7000
• Fire Department access
City of Atlanta Department of Aviation 404.530.6600
• Airport projects only
City of Atlanta Department of Finance 404.330.6430
City of Atlanta Board of Zoning Adjustment 404.330.6145
• Special exceptions
City Council 404.330.6030
• Approval of rezoning, Special Use Permits and major site plan amendments
DeKalb County Health Department 404.294.3700
• Food service permits
Fulton County Health & Wellness Department 404.730.1211
• Food service permits
Georgia Department of Agriculture 404.656.3645
• Grocery stores, food processing/food service in covered facilities
Georgia Department of Transportation 404.818.6600
• Curb cuts along state roads
Georgia Department of Labor404.232.3001
• Boiler permits and inspections
Georgia Soil and Water Conservation 1.866.351.0001
• Erosion and sediment control approval
Georgia Environmental Protection Division 1.866.351.0001
• Stream buffer variances / state waters buffer encroachments
Georgia State Fire Marshal 1-866.351.0001
Georgia Department of Human Resources 1.866.351.0001
• Childcare Licensing
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1.800.621.3362
• Flood plain studies for areas not mapped
Corps of Engineers / Savannah District
• Wetlands impacts
Rules and Regulations of the Safety Fire Commissioner for the State Minimum Fire Safety Standards, August 21, 2003. (Georgia Safety Fire Law)
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101 Life Safety Code, 2000 Edition with Georgia Amendments.
International Fuel Gas Code, 2006 Edition with Georgia Amendments.
International Mechanical Code, 2006 Edition with Georgia Amendments.
Georgia Handicapped Accessibility Law 120-3-20.
International Plumbing Code, 2006 Edition with Georgia Amendments.
National Electrical Code (NEC), 2005 Edition with Georgia Amendments.
ANSI A17.1 Elevator Code, 1996 Edition with 1999 State Amendments.
International Energy Conservation Code, 2000 Edition with Georgia Amendments.
International Fire Code, 2006 Edition with Georgia Amendments.