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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. 

Business License

Application may be mailed, after the fees have been assessed, to:

P.O. Box 649
Marietta, GA 30061-0649

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Or presented in person at:

1150 Powder Springs St, Suite 400 
Marietta, GA 30064 
No mail is accepted at this address.

 To obtain fee amount for new business establishments, please e-mail your completed application to [email protected]
(You will need 'Adobe Acrobat Reader' installed on your computer to view these files.)

All documents must be signed by the same person.

View our New Business Checklist

Development and Inspections

The Cobb County Building Permit Office accepts the following items by email at [email protected]. Please scan your documents and attach to the e-mail. All e-mails received by 4:30 pm will be processed the same day. Building Permit Office does not accept these documents by fax.

Cobb County Development Standards

Since the early 1970s, 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.

View the Cobb County Development Standards

Online Permit Applications

Our online permitting is open for New Tenant, Vacant Tenant, or Remodel permits only.

Click Here to be directed to the Citizen's Access Portal to submit a building permit online. The instructions are below.

  1. Across the top, click ‘Building Permits’ 
    1. You must log in or register for a new account if you are a new customer.
  2. Once you are logged in, please click ‘Create a Permit Application’
  3. Follow the steps to submit your online application for a New Tenant, Vacant Tenant, or Remodel.

Upon approval of your application, you will receive an email with directions on how to proceed.

All other permit types must be obtained by starting with our Commercial Permit Application and following the steps on the 2nd page of our application.

Permitting Checklists by Type

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)
  • 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**

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 Wall

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**

All Development and Inspections Forms

Commercial and Residential Building Permit Forms

Guidelines, Procedures, and Requirements:

Subcontractor Permit Applications:

Swimming Pools:

Temporary Pole/Power:

Sewer and Retaining Wall:

Demolition:

Model Home:

Site Plan Review

Land Disturbance Permit Applicants:

ELECTRONIC SUBMITTAL: Applicants submit plans for review by uploading them directly into the Cobb Electronic Plan Review (ePlan) system. Once the plans are accepted for review by Cobb County, applicants will receive comments and red-lined plans electronically within six business days. After all departmental review comments have been addressed, applicants will upload revised plans for final approval. Once all departments have stamped the plans, they will be available for download and printing.  View instructions for ACA and ePlan.

NOTICE:

ACA stands for Accela Citizens Access. This page is for registration purposes and to create or continue applications. The ePlan portal is for uploading documents, receiving feedback from reviewers, and editing projects after review cycles. ACA and ePlan are linked, and run parallel to one another. The username created for the ACA page MUST BE IDENTICAL to the username used for the ePlan portal. For example: "password" and "password1" will result in an error. Spaces and punctuation are included: "password" is NOT identical to "pass word".

For questions, please contact the Site Plan Review Section at (770) 528-2147.

Rental Housing Complaints

Procedure for filing a rental housing complaint in Cobb County:
The official complaint process begins with a letter written to Cobb County requesting an inspection of the property. The letter should be addressed to:

Community Development Agency
Attn: Rental Housing Complaints
PO Box 649
Marietta, GA 30061

The letter should contain:

  1. Full name and address of complainant include the name of apartment complex
  2. Name and address of Landlord
  3. List items within the rented unit that needs to be inspected
  4. Hand signature of complainant for Right of Entry clarification
  5. Daytime phone numbers to set up an appointment for inspection
  6. Copy of the letter should be provided to your landlord or leasing office

Please verify that you are in unincorporated Cobb County and not within annexed city limits in any of the municipalities in Cobb County. We only inspect housing complaints in unincorporated Cobb County. If you determine that you are within the City Limits please contact the appropriate agency below:

  • City of Acworth: (770) 974-2032
  • City of Austell: (770) 944-4300
  • City of Kennesaw: (770) 424-8274 x3128
  • City of Marietta: (770) 794-5439
  • City of Smyrna:  (770) 319-5387
  • City of Powder Springs: (770) 943-1666

Verification can be obtained from the Cobb County Tax Assessor website cobbassessor.org

If you feel you have an electrical or gas emergency please contact the appropriate agency below.

  • Atlanta Gas Light: (770) 480-7069
  • Cobb EMC: (678) 355-3401
  • Georgia Power: (770) 618-5106

Zoning Division

View Standard Zoning Cycle Calendar  |  View Variance Calendar

Each month the Cobb County Zoning Division prepares zoning analysis information, which provides analysis and staff recommendations for all rezoning, special land use permits, land use permit requests and variance requests.

These items are presented to the Planning Commission, Board of Commissioners and Board of Zoning Appeals for their, review, recommendation, and consideration. 

Commercial Property Rehabilitation Incentive Exhibits

View Active Zoning Cases

Updated Backyard Chickens Ordinance Information

Sec. 134-290. Backyard chickens for properties under 80,000 square feet (approved 02-11-20 by the Board of Commissioners) 

  1. There shall be a maximum ratio of one Backyard Chicken per 5,000 square feet of lot area on any lot less than 80,000 square feet;
  2. Only hens are kept on the property;
  3. The Backyard chickens shall be kept/maintained within a fenced area to the rear of the house;
  4. Coops, or other buildings used for the poultry shall be located at least 25 feet off any property line. Coops are considered an accessory structure and all conditions for accessory structures in that zoning district shall also apply for any coop over 144 square feet;
  5. The owner(s) of the poultry shall keep the property maintained in a fashion that eliminates the potential negative effects resulting from the poultry, including but not limited to, odors, pollution, noise, insects, rodents and other wild animals;
  6. The Backyard Chickens shall not cause a nuisance, as defined by state law;
  7. The slaughter of any hen on site is prohibited; and
  8. This section does not authorize persons to violate applicable restrictive covenants and/or homeowners' association rules and regulations. Property owners are solely responsible for compliance with all applicable restrictive covenants and homeowners' association rules and regulations.

Open the Backyard Chicken Registration Application

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