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COVID-19 Agency Update

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Community Development COVID Notice
July 10, 2020

Our Lobbies are now open, public encouraged to continue using online services.

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, apply pay, and others.

Cobb is Getting Back to Work... Helping local businesses collaborate & grow once again.

The COVID19 Situation has impacted us all in some way. We know that Cobb is STILL an ideal place to attract top talent, build business and keep employees. Please visit our Economic Restoration page for Getting Cobb Back to Work.

All front-facing divisions are following UPDATED special procedures explained below.

Code Enforcement

Code enforcement officers will still be conducting premises inspections. All violations will be mailed via USPS to the mailing address of violation until further notice. Phone and email operations remain active for code enforcement inquiries. 

Zoning

The Zoning Lobby is open. Zoning applications are still being accepted via email at [email protected]

Business License

Business License staff are available to answer phone calls, process phone payments, and process mail-in renewals. Out lobby is open with limited occupancy. Business License Renewal Delinquency penalties effective April 1, 2020, have been postponed until June 1, 2020. Alcohol regulatory fees will be accepted by credit card until further notice. 

New Applications and Change of Ownership: Applications are accepted by email at [email protected]. Staff will review completed applications, obtain Zoning approval, and contact customers for credit card payment via phone.

License Renewals: If you are able to renew your business online, please do so. Customers without online renewal instructions may call us at 770-528-8010 or email [email protected].

Alcohol Licenses: Alcohol applications, including the application fee, should be mailed to P.O. Box 649, Marietta, GA 30061, ATTN: Business License C/O Regulated Section. Applications will be processed as quickly as possible.

Health Spa and Door-to-door: During this time, we will not be accepting health spa applications or door-to-door permit applications.

FedEx and UPS deliveries: We will continue to accept FedEx and UPS deliveries.

Erosion Control

For Erosion Control complaints please continue to use our online complaint form.

For in-office plan sign offs, please send a PDF to [email protected].

To schedule an erosion inspection please call 770-528-2190.

Development & Inspections

In Cobb County, the construction industry is considered an essential business and exempt from the shelter in place order under the Emergency Declaration issued by the Cobb Commission Chairman on 3/24/20.  We recognize the critical importance of continued permitting and inspections while implementing safety measures to follow new protocols. 

The Development and Inspections Division is open for business conducting inspections and plan review.

Notice: Effective June 1, 2020, Development and Inspections staff is resuming inspections inside occupied homes or businesses (for instance, basement remodels, etc.) with certain additional protocols in place in order to minimize the risk to our inspectors and the community. These include:

  • Homes must be vacant while inspectors are conducting the inspection\
  • Customers must maintain social distance, a minimum of 6’
  • Inspectors must wear masks while in all buildings that are being occupied

We are conducting plan reviews via phone and email in a timely manner without delays. 

Cobb County will conduct reviews of all submittals in accordance with regulatory requirements and determine whether complete and adequate.  We are directing submissions of plans and permit applications to our website and working electronically through email submissions where possible. 

We continue to partner with the building industry to work through these difficult times. 

 

How to do business with Development & Inspections

Residential and Subcontractor Permitting 

Customers must print out forms, complete, sign, notarize (if applicable), and scan the form back in and email them to [email protected]. Permit forms can be found on our website at cobbcounty.org/comdevforms. Please call the residential permitting office at 770-528-2060 with any questions or concerns.

Please note: Permit application review and approvals may take 10-14 business days to complete at this time for longer or complex projects. No walk-in appointments or document drop-offs are accepted at this time.

Inspections: You may schedule your inspection online or by phone.

If needing to speak to an inspector, please call 770-528-2051 and you will be transferred to your inspector’s voicemail. Inspectors will return all calls Mon – Fri from 2:30 – 4 pm.

Certificate of Occupancy: Customers must email [email protected] to request your C/O. A color copy will be emailed to you. No in-person or phone requests will be accepted.

Permit Renewals: Call 770-528-2060 for permit renewal instructions.

Swimming Pool/Barrier: (Residential) Fill out the  Swimming Pool Application. Scan and email the completed application along with a site plan showing the lot/pool location, Swimming Pool Affidavit, and Health Department Approval (if on a septic tank) to Structural Plan Review at  [email protected]

Demolition Permit (Full Tear Down): Fill out the Residential Building and Demolition Application. Scan and email the completed application along with a copy of the recorded warranty deed, photos of 3 sides of the structure to be removed, signed and notarized letter from the property owner giving permission to demolish the property, and a completed Demolition Erosion Compliance  form to Structural Plan Review at [email protected]

Form Requirements: Forms available here.

Accessory Structures (Unattached structures)

Additions (new living space, decks, porches, patios, sunrooms, garages)

Interior Only Renovations (no additional sq footage or change to footprint)

Basement Finish

Retaining Wall

New Single Family Home (does not include townhomes, condos or duplexes)

**This checklist of required documents applies to Contractor/Builder permit applications ONLY-Homeowner applicants have additional requirements**

Commercial Permitting

Please Note: Permit application review and approvals may take 10-14 business days to complete at this time for longer or complex projects. No walk-in appointments or document drop-offs are accepted at this time.

New Tenant, Remodel or Vacant Tenant: Access our online portal to submit your permit request electronically.

Commercial Retaining Wall Permit: Fill out the Retaining Wall Application. Scan and email the completed application along with a site plan showing the lot, building location, and wall location, and cross-section detail of the wall stamped by Engineer to Structural Plan Review at [email protected]

Swimming Pool/Barrier: (Commercial) Fill out the Swimming Pool Application. Scan and email the completed application along with a site plan showing the lot/pool location, building plan, Swimming Pool Affidavit, and Health Department Approval to Structural Plan Review at [email protected]

Demolition Permit (Full Tear Down): Fill out the Residential Building and Demolition Application. Scan and email the completed application along with a copy of the recorded warranty deed, photos of 3 sides of the structure to be removed, signed and notarized letter from the property owner giving permission to demolish the property, and a completed Demolition Erosion Compliance  form to Structural Plan Review at [email protected]

Townhomes/Condominiums: Customers must print out the following forms, complete, sign, notarize (if applicable), and scan the form back in and email them to Structural Plan Review at [email protected] . Forms available here.

For all other permit types, download the Commercial Permit Application and fill out only the applicable fields. Follow the steps on the 2nd page of this application to obtain Water Department, Health Department (if applicable), and Fire Marshal approval. Once all approvals are received, scan the application form (front and back) and approved plans, along with any additional forms that may be needed and email them to [email protected]. Forms available here. Please call the commercial permitting office at 770-528-2071 with any questions or concerns.

 

Canceled or postponed meetings: 

  • On-site One-Stop and Site Plan Review meetings: canceled until further notice
    • Interdepartmental correspondence and staff-customer communication will still occur by email and phone. Please email David Griffin at [email protected] for any questions.
  • On-site zoning applicant meetings: canceled until further notice
    • Interdepartmental correspondence and staff-customer communication will still occur by email and phone. Please email [email protected] or call (770) 528-2027 for any questions, comments, or concerns.
  • March and April Zoning Hearings 
    • March 17 Zoning Hearing: canceled
    • April 21 BOC Zoning Hearing: rescheduled for May 19, 2020
  • April Planning Commission Hearing
    • April 7 PC hearing: rescheduled to May 5, 2020
  • April Board of Zoning Appeals Hearing
    • April 15 BZA hearing: rescheduled for May 13, 2020
  • March Business License Review Board Meeting: canceled
  • April Historic Preservation Commission Meeting: canceled

 

Click Here to view up-to-date information in regards to County-wide COVID-19 preventative measures.

Press Contact Info

Brittany Hughes
Senior Communications Specialist
Cobb County Community Development Agency
[email protected]