Have You Got a Permit for That? When You Need a Building Permit in Georgia.

Real Estate Law

Changing things up or starting renovation projects in the new year can be exciting. But before you jump in and build a fence or knock down any walls, it’s essential to think about building codes and permits.


Because, depending on your zoning and the scope of your project, you may need to get a building permit before you start any work.

And if you don’t?

Failing to get a permit when you need one, can expose you to some severe consequences.

Like what?

Well, among other things, unpermitted work can expose you to consequences ranging from incurring fines, to stopping work orders, to voiding your homeowner’s insurance coverage.

So it is necessary to know before you start a project whether or not you need a permit.

Since the zoning regulations vary from state to state and whether or not you need a permit depends on the city and county you live in, in today’s post we will be discussing only the permitting rules that apply in the City of Atlanta, Georgia.

If you have a project in any other part of the state of Georgia and have questions or concerns, it is advisable to speak with knowledgeable real estate counsel for assistance.

When Do You Need a Permit in Atlanta, Georgia?

Generally speaking, whether or not you need a building permit depends on the scope of work you intend to do.

There are, of course, projects that do not require a permit —for example, general repairs made to a single-family home where the total cost is less than $10,000.

On the other hand, in the City of Atlanta, permits are required for more complex projects including:

  • New construction
  • Additions
  • Demolition
  • Fences
  • Decks

The list above is merely an example of some of the projects that require a permit. It is not comprehensive. So if you are planning a home project, please be sure to check and see if it will require a permit.

Also, it is important to realize that different rules may apply to homes that are in historic districts or are designated landmarks.

Staying on top of all the rules and regulations that apply to real estate can be a daunting task. That is why it is indispensable to consult with an experienced real estate attorney.


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At the Law Offices of Mark Weinstein, P.C., our clients benefit from our experience. We have extensive experience in real estate law. We have offices in Cumming, and we serve clients in Atlanta, Gainesville, Gwinnett County, Bartow County, Hall County, Henry County, Cherokee County, Clayton County, Cobb County, and other counties throughout Georgia. To find out what we can do for you, contact us here, or call today: 770-888-7707. Or you can e-mail us with inquiries at: lawofficesofmarkweinstein@gmail.com





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