All construction activities in the city require a permit through the Community Development Department.
The permitting and subsequent inspection process ensures that all construction is done safely and in accordance with the adopted codes.
Most major projects require plan review such as new construction, additions, deck replacement, land disturbance, retaining walls, swimming pools, permanent signs, and fire sprinklers. The city strives to complete all plan reviews within 14 days. Many projects will require the review and approval by outside agencies, such as DeKalb County, which may add to the overall process time. These reviews should be accounted for in your development schedule.
The city also offers a number of over-the-counter permits for projects that do not require plan review such as single-family residential interior renovations, residential interior demolition, roof replacements, plumbing (such as water heater replacements), and temporary signs.
- Backyard Chickens
- Construction Noise Exception
- Land Disturbance
- Residential: Single-Family
- Residential: Multi-Family
- Sign Permits
- Sub-Contractor (for projects with a General Contractor and an issued building permit)
- Trade Components (for stand-alone project such as water heater, air conditioning, or furnace replacement)
- Final Plat Review Application
- Preliminary Plat Application
- Pre-Application Review Application
Permit fees are based on construction valuation. The city calculates the construction valuation based on the floor area of the project and a pre-determined cost per square foot based on the type of construction. Please call (678) 382-6800 to learn more about estimating your fees or check out the Fee Schedule page.
Home Improvement & Safety
Homeowners should also pay close attention to working with licensed contractors.
Without the help and guidance of a licensed professional, some homeowners take on added risks and liabilities, especially when the quality or design of the project does not meet with safety requirements within the allowable and adopted codes.
For more on this subject, please see a recent news article published in the April 20, 2016 edition of the Dunwoody Crier.
All construction activities in the city require a permit through the Community Development Department, which provides permitting and subsequent inspection measures designed to help the homeowner through the process.
Not sure if you need a permit or if your permit will require plan review? Please call us at (678) 382-6800.