Atlanta is in the middle of a construction boom. New projects are popping up across Georgia’s capital, especially in Midtown and Buckhead. Consider local guidelines before planning your next project.
The Atlanta Municipal Code states that building permits are required for all building and repair jobs in the city. The Office of Building issues Atlanta’s building permits.
If your building requires any of the following, first visit the Office of Planning:
Apply for a building permit in person at the Atlanta City Hall. The Office of Buildings is at 55 Trinity Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303, Suite 3800. Arrive by 3 p.m. for a same-day appointment.
Bring the following to Atlanta City Hall:
The final three forms are downloadable from the City of Atlanta website.
Pay half the building permit fee and the technology fee when you submit your application. You’ll be invoiced for the rest of the building permit fee and any impact fees when your permit is issued.
Pay your invoice at the cashier’s window. This is on the first floor of City Hall. The cashier accepts:
The state of Georgia offers three different licenses:
You can only get a builder’s license if you:
The Georgia Secretary of State handles all building licenses. Call this department at 478-207-2440 to apply. All license applications require a nonrefundable $200 fee.
Builders must complete three hours of education annually to maintain their building licenses.
Atlanta lies at the edge of the Georgia Piedmont. That means many parts of the city have the rocky soil this region’s known for. Inspect your site thoroughly to see whether it has metamorphic or igneous rocks.
Rocky terrain requires special equipment. Rough terrain scissor lifts and rough terrain manlifts can negotiate rocky ground. Boom lifts with high ground clearance can move over rocky sites without damage. If you want to rent a forklift, remember they don’t like rocky surfaces. You’ll need to clear any loose rocks from your site before using this equipment.
Don’t let the Atlanta building boom pass you buy. Do your research and take advantage of all the construction opportunities this city provides.