The Development and Inspections Division's Online Inspections Portal is a convenient way to schedule your next inspection.
Online Renewal Instructions
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.
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.
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.
Cobb County Development Standards
Since the early 1970's, the original and amended Standards for Residential and Commercial Development have undergone revisions by individual agencies/departments/divisions. At this time, these standards are revised to comply with federal, state, regional, and local criteria.
Georgia State Minimum Standard Codes - EFFECTIVE JAN 1, 2020
MINIMUM STANDARD CODES
January 1, 2021
On October 1, 1991, the Uniform Codes Act became effective in Georgia. On July 1, 2004, this Act was revised to make the following construction codes mandatory as the Georgia State Minimum Standard Codes. Listed below are the code editions in effect as of January 1, 2021:
- International Building Code, 2018 Edition, with Georgia Amendments (2020)
- International Residential Code, 2018 Edition, with Georgia Amendments (2020)
- International Fire Code, 2018 Edition (Contact State Fire Marshal Below)
- International Plumbing Code, 2018 Edition, with Georgia Amendments (2020)
- International Mechanical Code, 2018 Edition, with Georgia Amendments (2020)
- International Fuel Gas Code, 2018 Edition, with Georgia Amendments (2020)
- National Electrical Code, 2020 Edition (No Georgia Amendments)
- International Energy Conservation Code, 2015 Edition, with Georgia Supplements and Amendments (2020)
- International Swimming Pool and Spa Code, 2018 Edition, with Georgia Amendments (2020)
- For information and questions regarding the Life Safety Code (NFPA 101), IFC Georgia Amendments or the Georgia Accessibility Code please contact the State Fire Marshal's Office.
The Act requires local governments that elect to enforce these codes within their jurisdictions to adopt administrative procedures and penalties in order to locally enforce any of these mandatory codes. Also, any applicable appendices of these codes must be adopted locally in order to be enforceable within a specific local jurisdiction.
The Act also made the following optional codes available for local government adoption and enforcement. Local governments choosing to enforce any of the below optional codes must adopt the code(s) they wish to enforce, as well as administrative procedures and penalties.
- International Property Maintenance Code, 2018 Edition, with Georgia Amendments 2021
The Georgia Amendments are available at the below web link: dca.ga.gov/local-government-assistance
The DCA Board specifically omitted the plumbing, electrical, and energy requirements of the International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings. Therefore, the plumbing requirements of the International Plumbing Code, the electrical requirements of the National Electrical Code, and the energy requirements of the International Energy Conservation Code must be used for one- and two-family dwelling construction.
If you need assistance in establishing or updating construction codes enforcement program in your area, please contact DCA’s Construction Codes Program at (404) 679-3118 or [email protected]
Certificates of Occupancy
Residential certificates of occupancy are typically issued at the location of the structure under construction after the final inspection has passed. For a commercial certificate of occupancy please call (770) 528-2051, after all inspections have passed and two days prior to your need to pick up the Certificate of Occupancy.
Cobb County IVR Inspection Codes - down for maintenance until further notice
- Building Footing/Foundation: 111
- Building Rough Framing (Residential Only): 112
- Building Final: 113
- Building Slab: 115
- Building Wall Cover (Commercial Only): 116
- Building Ceiling Cover (Commercial Only): 117
- Building insulation (Eff. for permits issued 7/1/2011): 120
- Electrical Rough (Residential only): 220
- Electrical Under Ground: 221
- Electrical Wall Cover (Commercial only): 222
- Electrical Ceiling Cover (Commercial only): 223
- Electrical Final: 224
- Temporary Power Poles: 225
- Temporary Power Release: 226
- Electrical In Slab: 227
- Electrical Low Voltage: 228
- Electrical Sign: 229
- Electrical Mobile Homes: 230
- Plumbing In Slab: 331
- Sewer: 332
- Plumbing Rough: 333
- Plumbing Final: 334
- Plumbing Gas Line: 335
- Water Line: 336
- Plumbing Wall Cover: 337
- Plumbing Ceiling Cover: 338
- HVAC Gas Line: 441
- HVAC Duct Work: 442
- HVAC Rough: 443
- HVAC Final: 444
- HVAC Wall Cover: 445
- HVAC Ceiling Cover: 446
- Zoning Compliance: 551
- Erosion Violation Inspection: 561
- Pool Location Inspection: 571
- Arborist Inspection: 581
This document illustrates the continued commitment on behalf of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners to encourage quality growth and development in Cobb County. All operating agencies/department/divisions involved in the development plan review process work together to produce this document. These agencies/departments/divisions are:
- Community Development Agency
- Department of Transportation
- Water System
- Public Safety Department
- Office of Environmental Health
These Development Standards and Specifications have been created, revised, and otherwise set forth as a tool for communication between the County and professional contractors, engineers, architects, developers, planners, builders, and other agents for development. These Standards are a compilation of the accepted procedures, plan requirements, and approval criteria in the area of land use and site development.