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Erosion Control

Community Development COVID-19 Limited Operations Notice
COVID-19 Agency Update

Community Development Lobbies are now open to the public with limited occupancy. Customers are encouraged to continue using all online services, saving time, lines, and gas.  

Please note: we are not accepting cash payments until further notice. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and contactless payments through android pay, apple pay, and others. Visitors are highly advised to wear masks and must maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet from other visitors and County employees.

All front-facing divisions are following special procedures explained in this article. 

Chattahoochee River
Protecting the Chattahoochee River

The Georgia General Assembly adopted the Metropolitan River Protection Act (MRPA)  in 1973, which protected a 48-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee River between Buford Dam and Peachtree Creek by creating a 2,000 foot buffer along both banks of the river and its impoundments. The Act was amended in 1998 to extend the Corridor an additional 36 miles to the downstream limits of Fulton and Douglas counties. Learn more about the MRPA.

About Erosion Control

Erosion Control from Braves Stadium

The Erosion and Sediment Control Division was set up to improve and protect Cobb County's urban soil and water resources by reducing the amount of erosion from urban development sites.

This division is responsible for the enforcement of state law and the county ordinance for erosion & sediment control to preserve the natural resources in Cobb County.

The Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission’s Urban Erosion and Sediment Control Program implements this through the use of best management practices (BMP's) as called for in the soil and water conservation law and delivered through soil and water conservation districts. The program educates erosion and sediment control professionals on urban BMPs and certifies professionals to meet Georgia's standards for land-disturbing activities.

Through inspections and training we assist residents and developers with:

Erosion issues related to a building or Land Disturbance Permit on an individual residential building lot. 
For these inquiries call our office at (770) 528-2190

For erosion issues pertaining to development or commercial sites, please call (770) 528-2041.

Trenching & Excavation Safety Course – A short safety course designed to teach the 
Cobb County Rules and Regulations and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety standards.

In addition, we respond to resident's inquiries and complaints regarding:

  • Best Management Practices (BMP’s) Required – Reference to Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission Field Manual. Vegetative and Structural BMP’s.
  • Building Lot Eroding – When sediment or silted water is leaving site with no preventive measures installed.
  • Erosion Complaint (no drainage) – If soil is leaving residential building lot.
  • Mud in Streets – If erosion is occurring in a public road or right of way.
  • Silt Fence Down – Silt fence is down allowing erosion to leave site.

For commercial lots, please contact Development and Inspections at (770) 528-2041.

Erosion Inspections

To request an erosion inspection or re-inspection on an individual residential building lot, please call (770) 528-2190 and provide the following information:

Erosion Control using Sod
  • Building permit number
  • Contact name
  • Contact number
  • Date of the request
  • Lot number/address

To request an erosion inspection or re-inspection on a large development site or commercial site, please call (770) 528-2142 and provide the following information:

  • SPR permit number
  • Contact name
  • Contact number
  • Date of the request
  • Site address

Report Erosion Issues

This form is for residential sites only. Visit our Inspections Page for commercial construction sites.

To report an erosion control issue, use our general report form.