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About Construction Projects in Georgia

Browse our Georgia heavy equipment rental locations by city. BigRentz offers a wide variety of heavy equipment for rent, including earth moving machines, aerial equipment, lift trucks, compaction equipment, and job site services.

What You Need to Know

Are you getting ready to break ground in Georgia? Before you start on your exciting new project, there are a few key points about building in this state that you need to keep in mind.

Licensing and Permit Requirements in Georgia

Georgia law requires that anyone who is working on a project that costs $2,500 or more must have a general contractor’s license. To get your license, you must pass a general contractor exam as well as a Georgia Business and Law exam. Applicants need to have a net worth of at least $50,000. The application fee is $200, and there is a separate exam fee.

It’s also vital that you obtain the proper building permits. If you’re building in an unincorporated area, you’ll have to apply through the county. Otherwise, you’ll apply through the city. You’ll need to apply in person, usually at the local city hall. If zoning changes or other special circumstances apply, you may have to provide extra documentation in order to get the required permits.

Zoning Regulations in Georgia

The state of Georgia leaves it up to individual cities and counties to determine zoning regulations. However, all zoning guidelines have to follow Georgia’s Zoning Procedure Law, which gives instructions on how counties and cities are to make decisions regarding zoning.

Landowners are allowed to contest zoning. If you can show that your property’s zoning classification is a serious hindrance to you and that your intentions for the property would not pose a threat to public safety, health, morality, or general welfare, you may be able to bring about a zoning change.

Soil Types in Georgia

The type of soil that you’re building on can have a significant impact on how you build. If you’re not well-informed about the type of soil you’re building on, you could encounter costly obstacles during construction. You may even end up with a finished product that is not structurally sound.

Consider that some clay soils have significant swelling potential, which means that their volume will change significantly when they are saturated with water. This change in volume can damage building foundations. Most of northern Georgia and some regions in the southern part of the state have very low concentrations of expansive soil. However, there are some areas in the middle of the state that have enough soil with swelling potential that you may need to take this into account when you build.

The type of soil you have on your property will also affect what kinds of equipment you need to rent. For example, if you have sandy soil, you may need to dig a little deeper than usual and mix gravel or another substance with the soil to give it more solidity. Having the right size of an excavator that has the proper attachments can make digging easier. Even your rented aerial equipment needs to pair well with your soil type. The different sizes of scissor lifts, boom lifts, manlifts, and forklifts are suited for different types of work.

Whether you’re building a new shop, a warehouse, or an office, your Georgia construction project will go smoothly if you do your research beforehand. Get the proper license and permits, pay attention to zoning regulations, and know what kind of soil you’re dealing with.

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