Residential: Single-Family

A permit is required to build new structures, replace existing structures, and/or complete an addition to existing structures at a residential single family home. This includes new or replaced decks, storage sheds, and swimming pools.

Required Documents

  • If a new home is proposed, one hard copy of architectural drawings and one electronic copy
  • General contractor's license, business license, and government issued photo ID of contractor

If you are building a single-span, single-level residential deck, then please reference Georgia Department of Community Affairs' Prescriptive Deck Details and amendments based on the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) regulations. A copy of this deck detail must be on the job site and available to the inspector during each required inspection.

Required with Interior Remodeling or Additions: Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarms

When alterations, repairs, or additions requiring a permit occurs, or when one or more sleeping rooms are added or created in existing buildings, smoke/CO alarms shall be installed as follows:

  • Smoke alarms are not required in the crawlspace, attic or garage.
  • A smoke/carbon monoxide alarm outside sleeping rooms
  • A smoke alarm in each sleeping room (bedroom)
  • A minimum of one (1) smoke alarm per floor including an unfinished basement

The alarms must:

  • Be 120 volt powered with battery back-up
  • Must communicate with each other, hard wired or wirelessly


  • Work involving the exterior surfaces of dwellings (roofing, siding, addition or replacement of windows or doors or the addition of a porch or deck.
  • Installation, alteration or repairs of plumbing or mechanical systems.

If you are using subcontractors, they will also require permits. Subcontractors may submit their forms and fees once the construction permit has been issued.

Applicable Codes
Chapter 16: Land Development Ordinance
Chapter 27: Zoning Ordinance 

Review Process
All single-family residential projects require plan review by the city. The city’s review process may take up to 10 business days. If your project includes building a new home, it may also require review by DeKalb County (for elements such as water, sewer, health, or life safety). If you require review by DeKalb County, the city will provide you a routing sheet and directions to DeKalb County’s offices.

Fee Payment
We will email or call to let you know when the city’s plan review is finished. Once plans have been approved, you may pay your fees (by check, cash, Visa, or MasterCard) and pick up your plans and the city will issue you a permit for your project. To estimate your fees, you can review the Fee Schedule page.