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Building & Development Permitting

Building Permitting 

‚ÄčThe Building Department within the Department of Planning and Development is responsible for the enforcement and the construction codes of Chapter 300, Buildings of the Snellville Unified Development Ordinance.   

Any owner, authorized agent, or contractor who desires to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by the construction codes, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the Building Department and obtain the required permit for the work. Exception: Permits shall not be required for the following mechanical work:

(1) Any portable heating appliance;
(2) Any portable ventilation equipment;
(3) Any portable cooling unit;
(4) Any steam, hot or chilled water piping within any heating or cooling equipment regulated by the construction codes;
(5) Replacements of any part which does not alter its approval or make it unsafe;
(6) Any portable evaporative cooler;
(7) Any self-contained refrigeration system containing ten pounds (4.54 kilograms) or less of refrigerant and actuated by motors of one horsepower (746 watts) or less.

Work Requiring Building Permits

The following table shows work that requires a building permit. It is not a comprehensive list. For questions please call the Department of Planning and Development at 770-985-3513 or 3514.

Scope of Work Permit Needed
Above-ground pool and hot-tubs Yes
Addition to home, detached garage or roofed accessory structure Yes
Appliance replacement using hard-wired devices such as wiring or piping  Yes
Appliance replacement using plug-in devices  No
Basement finish Yes
Bathroom fixture repair and/or replacement No
Bathroom fixture repair and/or replacement needed piping or wiring alterations Yes
Change in building use or classification Yes
Deck or porch repairs (non-structural) No
Deck or porch repair, replacement, or enlargement (structural)  Yes
Detached garage (new) Yes
Door and window replacement without structural alterations to openings No
Door and window replacement requiring structural alterations to openings Yes
Driveway concrete/asphalt minor repair No
Driveway replacement, enlargement or addition Yes
Heating and air ductwork replacement Yes
Electrical service repair or new electrical service Yes
Fencing of residential property (see fencing regulations) No
Fire damage repair Yes
Freestanding arbors, gazebos, and pergolas Yes
Furnace/HVAC system replacement Yes
Garage door repair and/or replacement No
Garage enclosure Yes
Gas piping Yes
Generator installation Yes
Interior remodel including framing, drywall, and/or lighting  Yes
Interior remodel of painting, tiling, flooring or trim work No
Kitchen cabinet remodel No
Minor repairs to siding, brick, masonry or stucco No
New building construction Yes
New deck, porch, portico, balcony, stoop or structural repairs Yes
New electrical circuit Yes
New exterior siding, brick, masonry or stucco Yes
New fireplace or wood stove Yes
New plumbing fixture requiring piping alterations Yes
Roof covering repair or replacement No
Roofed accessory structure greater than 20 sq. ft. in size Yes
Retaining wall less than 48" in height (footing to top of wall) No
Retaining walls greater than 48" in height (footing to top of wall) Yes
Screened porch addition Yes
Solar panel installations Yes
Sunroom addition Yes
Swimming pools and spas Yes
Water heater replacement Yes

Building Permits & Inspections


Development Permitting

The Department of Planning and Development is also responsible for the review, permitting, and approval of all civil site plans, final plats, and various other land development activity located in the City of Snellville.

Development Permitting Process