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Residential Permitting

Residential Permitting Process

Collect Documents

Collect the following required documents and bring them to the permitting counter located at 1150 Powder Springs Street, Marietta, GA. Required forms may be completed in office or can be pulled from the website and filled out in advance and brought into the office with the required documents. All permit application forms and checklists can be found by clicking here.

  • Driver’s License or other government issued picture identification)
  • Copy of Warranty Deed (For homeowner applicants only)
  • Copy of recorded survey/plat of property
  • Site Plan (new homes, additions)
  • Drawing -to include elevations and square footage of structure/addition * (Drawings not required on interior only remodels/renovations or basement finishes of existing space)
  • EHD Approval (if property is on septic)
  • Be sure to know square footage (both heated and unheated) for any new structures or additions and be sure to know total estimated job/construction cost for all interior renovation projects

Contractors will need to have a copy of their current valid Business license (from anywhere within the state of Georgia) and their current valid state Builder’s License.

 

Are You a Homeowner?

Homeowners that wish to act as the General Contractor/Builder of their project will fill out both the Residential Building Permit Application and the Homeowner Permit Request form. 

Please note: Homeowners cannot pull permits for jobs in which they have hired a contractor to perform the work. The contractor MUST apply for the permit. Homeowners can only act as general contractor on the property they reside in, they can not act as a general contractor over second homes, or investment properties or properties that are in company names.

Submit the Application Packet

There are 2 ways to submit your permit application packet:

  1. Email: residentialpermitreview@cobbcounty.org. Please note: emailed applications must be complete including all required documents and forms.
    1. Processing Time: 10-14 Business Days
  2. Walk-in or Drop-off:  1150 Powder Springs Street, Marietta, GA.
    1. Processing Time: 0-3 business days, most permits ready same-day. 

Application Review

The documents provided will be reviewed and entered into our permit application database by one of the permit techs. Once entered, the permit tech will direct you to the Zoning Department (located within Community Development office) the Zoning department will determine if your property is eligible for the structure/addition you are attempting to build, look up and determine setbacks and/or if you will need a variance for the project.

 If approved by zoning you will next go to the Site Plan Review desk to have your site plan and drawings approved. Once the plan reviewers have OK’d your drawings you will then return the Residential Permit desk with all of your paperwork. Techs will collect all documents, finalize permit approval collect payment and issue you a permit number and permit card to post at your job site.

Permit Approval and Required Inspections

You will now be approved to begin construction of your project. Inspections will need to be scheduled at various stages of your project and according to project type. A list of all Cobb County Inspections and their descriptions can be found by clicking here.

Inspections can be scheduled via Selectxt (Text to schedule) or via the Cobb County Citizens Access Portal.

 

Important Note:  You must have a passing inspection every 60 days to keep your permit in active status. If you do not have a passing inspection within this time frame-the permit will expire and a renewal fee and possible review will be required to begin work again.  Permits also have an ultimate expiration date of 180 days. Permits that are not completed within the 180 days will expire and a renewal fee will need to be paid to extend the project another 180 days.

Residential Permitting Information

Are you a homeowner?

Homeowners that wish to act as the General Contractor/Builder of their project must fill out both the Residential Building Permit Application and the Homeowner Permit Request form. Contractors are only required to fill out the Residential Building Permit Application.

Please note: Homeowners cannot pull permits for jobs in which they have hired a contractor to perform the work. The contractor MUST apply for the permit. Homeowners can only act as general contractor on the property they reside in, they can not act as a general contractor over second homes, or investment properties or properties that are in company names.

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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.

Residential Permitting Checklists

Homeowner Permits

Homeowner Permits: Must be performing the work yourself on the property that you reside in. The home must be in your name according to tax assessor records and not listed in a company name. The property must be your primary residence; it cannot be a property you rent or lease to tenants.

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**

Accessory Structures

Accessory Structures: Detached structures: sheds, pole barns, gazebos, pool houses, storage buildings etc.

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**

  • Residential Permit Application Page 1 and 2 (Please make sure you have signed the application at the bottom)
  • Scope of Work Letter - New for 2022 
    • Please limit scope of work letters to one page whenever possible.
  • Recorded survey/plat of property (must draw a box to indicate where you are placing structure) or site plan showing proposed building
  • *Septic properties only: Environmental Health red stamped project approval form
  • Basic drawing of structure with what you are proposing to build listed
  • Copy of Photo ID of cardholder or authorized agent
  • Copy of State license
  • Copy of Business license
  • Notarized Authorized Agent form if you are not the cardholder
  • Signed required documents checklist

Home Additions

Addition Permit: Required for all attached structures that add to the footprint of home: decks, patios, porches, sunrooms, rooms, garages, carports, etc.

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**

  • Residential Permit Application Page 1 and 2 (Please make sure you have signed the application at the bottom)
  • Recorded survey/plat of property (must draw a box to indicate where you are placing addition) or site plan showing proposed build
  • *Septic properties only: Environmental Health red stamped project approval form
  • Basic drawing of structure with what you are proposing to build listed
  • Copy of Photo ID of cardholder or authorized agent
  • Copy of State license
  • Copy of Business license
  • Notarized Authorized Agent form if you are not the cardholder
  • Signed required documents checklist

Basement Finish

Basement Finish Permit: Required when converting unheated/unfinished basement space to heated/livable space

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**

Mobile Homes

Mobile Homes, Power-Use: We do not issue permits for anything besides power use on mobile homes.

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**

New Single Family Homes

New Single Family Home Permit Application: New residential single-family home - does include attached townhomes or condos

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**

Demolition

Demolition permits are required for the complete tear down of single family homes. A demolition permit is not required to tear down a deck, patio or porch or retaining wall structure.

The following documents are required to open a demolition permit:

  • Residential Permit Application
  • 3 Photos: front, back, and side of property to be demolished
  • Signed Erosion form IF THIS WILL INCLUDE FOUNDATION
  • Signed permission letter for demolition from property owner
  • Warranty Deed (must be recorded in the right top corner by Cobb County)
  • Copy of State License
  • Copy of Business License
  • Photo ID

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

Power Use Permit

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**

Home Renovations

Renovation Permit: For interior renovation work only. No square footage being added to home: includes remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, tearing down walls, etc.

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**

Retaining Walls

Retaining Wall Permit: Retaining walls 30 inches and taller must be permitted.

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**

Solar Panels

Solar Panel Installation Permits

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**

Residential Permitting Forms

Sire 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

Residential Permit Application & Online Inspections

Residential Building Permit Application

Homeowner Permit Request

Online Inspections:

  • Click Here to schedule your inspection online.
  • View instructions on how to schedule an inspection on the Online Inspections Portal.
  • View step-by-step instructions on how to register for a new account on our Online Inspections Portal.
  • Ver instrucciones sobre cómo registrar una cuenta y programar una inspección utilizando el portal de inspecciones en línea.
  • Commercial Permit Description

HB493 Information

NOTICE:

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 thirdpartysubmit@cobbcounty.org

 

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