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Commercial Permitting

Commercial Permitting Process

The Application

  1. Applicant submits the following via email to
    1. Commercial Permit Application,
    2. Scope of Work Letter (1 page),
    3. Copy of General Contractor’s GEORGIA business & state license (If available),
    4. Authorized agent form,
    5. Copy of applicant’s Photo ID, and a
    6. Digital set of plans in PDF format
    • For files larger than 20MB, send everything listed above minus the plans, request a “shared folder” in the application email.
  2. Once our office receives and processes the application, you will receive a notification by email, an application number, and the contact information for the other departments involved.
  3. Our office sends the application, attached plans, and other pertinent information to all departments needed, specific per each application. Each of these departments signs off individually.
  4. Applicant can contact all departments as needed including Cobb County Fire Marshall’s office (FMO) to discuss and make changes as needed by the FMO.
  5. Review process must have Water Department, FMO, and Zoning approvals BEFORE reaching the Structural Plan Review’s “QUEUE” for reviews. Applications are reviewed as received in the QUEUE.

Structural Plan Review

  1. Applicant forwards FMO’s approved stamped plans to for further structural review. The link to “MOBILE EYES” is acceptable for larger files.
  2. Applicant will provide Cobb County a State of Georgia Licensed/ Certified General Contractor’s information, Business license (County within the State of Georgia), and valid ID of GC or Permit Agent, if not previously provided.
  3. Once the plans have been reviewed and all revisions completed, the County will email the applicant the permit fee based on the original applicant’s construction costs and or valuations found here. (ICC website)
  4. Once payment has been made, the application becomes a “PERMIT”. The applicant will be emailed the approved stamped set of drawings, the FMO paperwork, and the permit card.
    1. The permit card must be displayed and the approved plans must be maintained on the job site. 


  1. Inspections can be scheduled via Selectxt (Text to schedule) or via the Cobb County Citizens Access PortalDue to above average call volume, expect extended wait times if calling in to schedule your inspection.
  2. Once all applicable building and MEP (Mechanical/ Electrical/ Plumbing) inspections are completed, including Final Inspections, applicant contacts the FMO, separately, for their FMO Final Inspections.
  3. Once ALL applicable Final Inspections (including the Building, FMO, Arborist, Special Inspections)  has been completed AND passed, the “CO” (Certificate of Occupancy) can be obtained from the Community Development office via email from Allow 1-2 business days for a response to your request.

The Community Development office is located at 1150 Powder Springs Street, Suite 400. 770-528-2071

Two hard hats: one is Fire Marshal and one is Building dept
Need a C/O for your new of existing business?

Your Occupation Tax Certificate (Business License) is NOT a Certificate of Occupancy (C/O). Follow this step-by-step guide to obtain a C/O for your new or existing business in a commercial building within Unincorporated Cobb. 

Commercial Permitting Checklists

New Building

All items must be emailed to

New Tenant Move-In

Commercial Interior/Exterior Renovation

  • Commercial Permit Application
  • Scope of Work Letter - New for 2022
    • Please limit scope of work letters to one page whenever possible.
  • Copy of General Contractor’s Business & State License
  • Authorized Agent form
  • Copy of applicant's photo id
  • Digital set of plans in PDF format

All items must be emailed to

Power Use

Power Use Permit: Electrical provider requires permit and inspection prior to turning the power on at a location

Required Documents:

**Please be sure you have included all of the following required documents in your package. Incomplete packages will not be accepted or retained**

All items must be emailed to

Change of Use

  • Commercial Permit Application
  • Scope of Work Letter
    • Please limit scope of work letters to one page whenever possible
  • Copy of General Contactor's Business & State License
  • Authorized Agent form
  • Copy of applicant's photo id
  • Digital set of plans in PDF format
  • Old Certificate of Occupancy of statement or previous use group

All items must be emailed to

Commercial Demolition

Demolition permits are required for the complete tear down of commercial buildings. 

The following documents are required to open a demolition permit:

Please be sure you have listed accurate email & phone contact information for reviewers to contact you if necessary. 

Commercial Permitting Forms

Site Inspections Certifications

The following forms are available for contractors to download, stamp, and submit to the Site Inspections Section.

Dam Compaction Certification

Pond Certification

Wall Certification

Water Quality Certification

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Schedule an Inspection Online or by TEXT

The Inspections office is responsible for administering and enforcing all applicable building codes with regard to residential and commercial construction in the permitting jurisdiction of the unincorporated areas of Cobb County. The Inspections office provides assistance to our customers so that they may understand and meet the code requirements for their project.

HB493 Information


As of Monday, June 1st, 2020, Cobb County has resumed building inspections in residential occupied homes and occupied businesses utilizing new safety protocols for said inspections. As we continue to resume normal inspections operations we will also further adhere to Cobb County’s policy and procedures for third-party provider inspections.

Going forward, all those wishing to use third party providers will need to designate this choice when applying for the permit. Once a permit has been issued, all applicants are obligated to continue the building and inspections process using the House Bill 493 policy as outlined by Cobb County. Any permits obtained using the standard process will not be eligible for inspections by third-party providers. While the county did allow open projects to use third-party providers during the pandemic and state of emergency, beginning Monday, June 8, 2020, this option will no longer be available, for the county has resumed standard inspections procedures. If you have any questions or require further clarification, please feel free to email us at


2019 House Bill 493 (Private Permitting Review and Inspections) Overview and Policy

View the application packet for Private Permitting Review and Inspections (Pursuant to 2019 HB493)

Private Permitting Questions & Answers


Current Approved Third-Party Providers for Cobb County

Please note, the following list is for reference only. The Cobb County Development and Inspections Division makes no recommendations and provides no promotion for Third-Party Providers.

Aries Inc. 770-231-5742

Palmer Construction Consultants   770-886-5033

Macon E. Gooch III Building Consultants, Inc. 678-442-1198

CPL 770-831-9000