Building Codes & Inspection Fees
James Goodwin, Building Inspector
Courthouse Annex
48 River Street, Suite I
Hiawassee, GA 30546
Office: 706-896-0894
Fax: 706-896-0513
E-mail:
townscbi@gmail.com

Commercial and Residential Schedule of Fees

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Guidelines and Schedule Of Fees
For Commercial Construction
in Towns County


These guidelines are intended to provide general guidance to builders and property owners. It is not a substitute for the ordinance and in the event of conflict the ordinance will govern.

Information Need For Commercial Building Permit in Towns County
 
For the purpose of this document commercial construction is defined as anything other than the construction of a single family residential structure, a duplex residential structure or an agricultural structure of the construction of any accessory building related to single family residential of agricultural uses.

Please remember that: 
. If the building is to be served by septic system a copy of the septic permit from the Health Department must be furnished 
. If the building is to be served by sewer a letter from the provider, indicating tap on is permitted
A. Certain types of occupancy will required plan approval of the Fire Marshal prior to issuance of a building permit (Department of Community Affairs) (www.dca.state.ga.us)
B. All plans for building of 5,000 square feet of more and for an A, E, or I occupancy must be prepared and sealed by an architect licensed to practice in Georgia 
. Private work on County Right-Of-Way must have approval form Towns County Commissioner
 
To purchase a building permit for Commercial Building as part of new development the following items are required: 

Two sets of site drawings containing at a minimum, 
    Complete site plan (Dimensions of Building, setback, etc.) 
    Soil and erosion protection plan (Silk fence, Check Dams, etc.) 

Two sets of building plans- If proposed building doesn’t fall under A or B above, self drawn plans are acceptable. 

Land Disturbing Activity Permit (LDA) if disturbing area more than 1 acre. (Permit to be obtained from State E.P.D. 1-770-387-4932) To obtain a building permit for Single Commercial Building to be constructed on an existing, approved lot the following items are required: 

Two sets of site drawings containing at a minimum, 

Complete site plan (Dimensions of Building, setback, etc.) 

Soil and erosion protection plan (Silk fence, Check Dams, etc.) 

Land Disturbing Activity Permit if more than 1 acre is to be disturbed (Permit to be obtained from State E.P.D. 1-770-387-4932) 

Two sets of building plans- If proposed building doesn’t fall under A or B above, self drawn plans are acceptable. 

The site and building plans will be inspected by the Building Department; if over 1 acre the soil and erosion plans will be inspected by the State E.P.D. To obtain a building permit for Commercial Tenant Finish to be finished on the inside or when an existing building is being remodeled or reworked because of a change of use or occupancy and on site work is needed; 

Two sets of building plans - If proposed building doesn’t fall under A or B above, self-drawn plans are acceptable. 

When the building plans are approved and information is furnished that the sewer or septic system is adequate for the proposed use the building permit may be issued.

PERMIT FEES
Land Disturbance (Grading);

All Commercial Construction Must Obtain a Land Disturbance (Grading) Permit from the (State E.P. D) 1-770-387-4932 Prior to the Issuance of a Building Permit if disturbing over 1acre.

Building New Development / Single Commercial;
Towns County utilizes a one-permit system for commercial construction. With this system the builder who purchase the permit is paying for all of the subcontractor permits at the same time. Each trade sub-contractor must submit an affidavit to the Building Department prior to scheduling any inspections for that trade

Commercial Building Permit =
. 1000 sq. ft. or less $350.00
. 1001 sq. ft. to 2000 $500.00
. 2001 sq. ft. to 3000 $600.00
. 3001 sq. ft. to 4000 $850.00
. 4001 sq. ft. to 5000 $1000.00
. 5000 sq. ft. an over $1000.00 plus $0.35 sq. .ft.

Building permit for Commercial Tenant Finish;
One time permit = $350.00

Re-inspection; These fees are associated with inspection caused by failure of the inspection requested or not being ready for inspection or inspections not completed because of erosion control problems.

. 1st re-inspection = $25.00 (no charge during the 1st 6 months- July 1,2007)
. 2nd re-inspection = $25.00 (no charge during the 1st 6 months- July 1,2007)
. 3rd re-inspection = $50.00
. 4th or more = $100.00 per inspection

To obtain a Certificate of Occupancy the following is required: 
. Satisfactory completion of all required inspections. 
. Payment of any outstanding fees. 
. A copy of the approved septic permit from the Health Department (it is the responsibility of the builder to obtain the approved . copy and provide it to the Building Department)

All building permit fees must be paid in cash or check at time of issuance and any re-inspection fees for any reason must be paid before a Temp/Partial Certificate of Occupancy, Certificate of Occupancy or Certificate of Completion is issued. The fees listed above are the current fees and may be adjusted by the Commissioner or the Construction Board of Adjustment from year to year.


Guidelines and Schedule Of Fees
For Residential Construction
in Towns County

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These guidelines are intended to provide general guidance to builders and property owners. It is not a substitute for the ordinance and in the event of conflict the ordinance will govern. Information Need For Residential Building Permit To purchase a building permit for New Construction in Towns County the following items are required: 
. A copy of a recorded plat of the property on which you intend to build, or if in a recorded subdivision the street name and lot #. 
. A copy of the recorded easement if the property does not front a County Road.
. A sketch or drawing indicating the approximate location of the proposed structure including the distance from the property lines, creek, stream, branch or any body of water located on the property. 
. A Sketch or Drawing of the proposed structure showing the layout and square footage of each floor or level. 
. A copy of the approved septic tank permit, or if on sewer a copy of the paid receipt or a letter indicating approval to tap on. 
. A copy of the approval culvert permit if required by Road Department or Commissioner. To obtain a building permit for exterior appurtenances connected or attached to such building or structures the following items are required: 
. A sketch or drawing indicating the approximate square footage of the construction and the location of the proposed structure to the dwelling including the location from the property line.
. A copy of the approved septic tank permit, or if on sewer a copy of the paid receipt or a letter indicating approval to tap on. Outbuildings such as accessory buildings(which does not require an Occupancy permit) (i.e. garages, barns, hay sheds and etc) are exempt from building code inspection. However, they will require a $25.00 electrical inspection only if the electrical service enters these building from a building which requires an Occupancy permit. To obtain a Mobile home permit: 
. A sketch or drawing indicating the approximate location of the proposed structure including the setbacks from the property line. 
. A copy of the recorded easement if the property does not front a County Road. 
. A copy of the approved septic tank permit, or if on sewer a copy of the paid receipt or a letter indicating approval to tap on.

Note:
1. No permit shall be issued for a lot size less than 0.75 acre (unless grandfather in for smaller lot.) Temporally structure numbers will be assigned by E-911 / Mapping to each new lot, tract, or building site on the original drawing of a final subdivision plat, mobile home park plan, planned unit development.
2. A permanent address will not be assigned until the permanent driveway is cut into its location PERMIT FEES Building; Towns County uses a one-permit building permit system. This means the builder pays all of the fees associated with the residential construction at the time the building permit is purchased. (The fee for un-finished basements square footage is only ½ the fee of finished square footage.)

Residential Building Permit =
. 1,000 sq. ft. or less $300.00
. 1,001 sq. ft. to 2,000 $450.00
. 2,001 sq. ft. to 3,000 $550.00
. 3,001 sq. ft. to 4,000 $800.00
. 4,001 and over $900.00 plus $020 per SF

Permit & Inspection fee for Mobil Homes

One time permit Single Wide $25.00
Double Wide $25.00 Re-inspection;

These fees are associated with inspection caused by failure of the inspection requested or not being ready for inspection or inspections not completed because of erosion control problems.

. 1st re-inspection = $25.00 (no charge during the 1st 6 months- July 1,2007)
. 2nd re-inspection = $25.00 (no charge during the 1st 6 months- July 1,2007)
. 3rd re-inspection = $50.00 4th or more = $100.00 per inspection

Replacement Permits Renewal or Expired = $100.00 (over 12 months)

To obtain a Certificate of Occupancy the following is required:
. Satisfactory completion of all required inspections. 
. Payment of any outstanding fees. 
. A copy of the approved final septic permit from the Health Department (it is the responsibility of the builder to obtain the approved copy and provide it to the Building Department) 
. Permanent and proper address numbers have been displayed in accordance with E - 911 All building permit fees must be paid in cash or check at time of issuance and any re-inspection fees for any reason must be paid before a Temp/Partial Certificate of Occupancy, Certificate of Occupancy or Certificate of Completion is issued.

The fees listed above are the current fees and may be adjusted by the Commissioner or the Construction Board of Adjustment from year to year.

Temporary Guidelines for Subdivision Road Construction