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Building Permits

Structural Plan Review: Commercial Permitting Processes

Online Plan Review

  1. Applicant submits commercial permitting forms and plans to Structural Plan Review (SPR) via email to:
    1. If sending large files (over 20 MB), please use the above link to email a request for a file transfer link
  2. SPR staff sets up permit
  3. SPR distributes plans to the following County Departments: Zoning, Fire, and Water
    1. Health Department: Applicant may be required to complete a State-required Health Department application, if necessary
  4. Applicant will receive a confirmation email with further instructions
  5. Departments review plans and log comments and provide feedback to applicant
  6. Applicant revises plans and re-submits
    1. If additional comments and feedback are necessary, steps 3-5 repeat
    2. If no additional comments and feedback are required, proceed to step 7
  7. Departments approve plans
  8. Virtual permit finalization, all departments stamp plans
    1. The Development and Inspections’ Structural Plan Review Section receives payment and issues the permit

In-Office, In-Person Plan Review

  1. Applicant submits plans to Structural Plan Review (SPR)
  2. SPR sets up permit and informs applicant of next steps and additional requirements if needed
  3. Applicant routes plans to County Departments as directed by SPR
    1. Applicant must directly contact each required department
      1. Zoning
      2. Fire
      3. Water
      4. Health Department
  4. Applicant meets with each department for plan review and commentary
  5. Plans approved by each department in individual review
  6. Finalize permit with SPR with stamped plans from other departments


Updated Georgia State Minimum Standard Codes are effective January 1, 2020. 
The 2018 codes and GA amendments include: IBC, IRC, IMC, IPC, IFGC, and ISPSC. GA adopted the 2015 IECC with GA amendments.

Los códigos estándar mínimos actualizados del estado de Georgia entran en vigencia el 1 de Enero de 2020.
Los códigos de 2018 y las enmiendas de GA incluyen: IBC, IRC, IMC, IPC, IFGC e ISPSC. GA adoptó el IECC 2015 con enmiendas GA.

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Building Inspection Information

In order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens in the permitting jurisdiction of the unincorporated areas of Cobb County, all construction must meet a series of requirements set forth by specific building codes. This includes new construction, additions to existing structures and remodeling.


Visit our Inspection Information page to view more information about development standards, certificates of occupancy, and inspection codes.

What Needs a Zoning Review?

Generally, anything built in Unincorporated Cobb County needs a building permit. The Zoning Division needs to approve all sheds, carports, shops, gazebos, arbors, pergolas, porches, decks (covered and uncovered), sunrooms, greenhouses, attached and detached garages, house additions, building additions, interior renovations, basement finishes, pools (in-ground and above ground), pool houses, storage buildings, playhouses, barns, riding arenas, retaining walls, basketball courts, and tennis courts.

The above list shall include any pre-assembled, pre-constructed and/or movable items. Please call the Zoning Division at (770) 528-2035 for any questions relating to whether or not a building permit is required.

  • For residential permitting, call (770) 528-2060
  • For commercial permitting, call (770) 528-2071

To obtain a building permit in most cases, the building permit applicant needs to bring a scaled site plan drawn by a Georgia Registered Land Surveyor, Engineer, or Architect. There is nominal cost and delay when obtaining a building permit. Most building permits can be obtained during normal business hours the same day.

Impervious Surface Limitations

Each lot in Unincorporated Cobb County is limited as to the maximum amount of impervious surface the lot may have.

An impervious surface is a surface that is a permanent improvement affixed to the earth which does not allow water or liquid to pass through it or permeate into the earth. Impervious surfaces include the house or primary structure, driveway, parking lot, walkways, sidewalks, patios, decks, decking around swimming pools and accessory structure(s), hardscape (which includes stepping stones), and the like.

Compliance to the impervious surface maximum is the responsibility of the property owner. Please contact the Zoning Division office at (770) 528-2035 for any questions relating to this topic.

Benefits of Having a Building Permit

There are many benefits to obtaining a building permit:

  1. County building inspectors check the construction activity to make sure all applicable building codes are being followed;
  2. Creates a paper trail in case your insurance company, your financial institution or a potential buyer needs documentation of the construction activity;
  3. Ensures zoning requirements are met, so the construction activity is not delayed or halted, ordered to be moved, or even ordered to be demolished; and most importantly;
  4. Gives the property owner “Peace of Mind” that everything is done correctly and safely.

2019 House Bill 493 | 3rd Party Engineers and Architects

Private Permitting Review and Inspections


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