Building Inspections Division
Residential Building Permits:
What kind of work requires a building permit?
A variety of jobs require building permits. If you aren't sure if you need a permit or not, refer to this list to see the kind of work that requires a permit.
In order to obtain a Building permit several department approvals are required before issuance. In order to get proper authorizations all application requests are submitted through our Accela Software, where Building Inspections will route them for review through Planning and Zoning. Once Planning and Zoning have approved your request it will be routed to either Environmental Health or Building Inspections.
Please note, approval from Hall County Planning does not mean you have obtained a building permit. Your request must be reviewed and approved, if necessary, by Environmental Health before a building permit can be obtained. Once all appropriate departments have approved the request, issuance will be finalized with Building Inspections.
Online submission - Accela Software
Hall County now utilizes the Accela software for Planning & Development applications, allowing citizens to submit all applications online from anywhere in the world and keep track of their approval process. Need assistance? Check out these tutorial videos (via Vimeo):
- Create an Account
- Download Approved Plans
- Issues and Conditions
- Finalize and Submit Review Package
- Residential New Construction
- Revisions After Approval
- Submit Revised Plans
- Upload Plans
Ready to go? Visit the Accela Citizen Access Portal to get started.
In person submission
Unable to access our Online Portal? No problem! We still accept in person applications through the Building Inspections window on the third floor of our building located at 2875 Browns Bridge Road. In order to process your request for a building permit we will need you to provide the following information:
- A completed copy of the Residential Permit Application - see below for a complete Residential Building Permit Packet.
- To–Scale Site Plan of your property that reflects the overall dimensions of the proposed structure and distances to all surrounding property lines at their closest points. The site plan is the most important component of your request and needs to be drawn to an engineering scale
- Copy of water meter receipt
- A copy of your Recorded Plat and Deed. Recorded plats are kept on file with the Deeds and Records Room at 116 Spring St, Gainesville, Ga. Telephone number 770-531-7058.
- A completed copy the owner authorization form. Please have this filled out, have it notarized, and include a copy of your photo ID and business license, if necessary.
- This form is only necessary if you are not the property owner.
- Contractor’s State License, photo ID of State License Holder and Business License.
- Sub-Contractor Affidavits for all trades with State License and Business License.
- If property is on Septic, additional documents may be required by the Environmental Health Department.
Residential Building Permit Packet:
Residential Building Permit Application Packet
For general questions or for urgent matters regarding existing permits and building inspections please email Daisy Leyva, email@example.com
For specific questions relating to your project, or questions regarding new projects, please contact Lauren Brandao, Development Review Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, please feel free to contact email@example.com with any additional questions.
About the Division
Hall County Government has operated a Building Inspections Division since 1972. Today the Inspection Office operates under a unified code system that is applicable regardless of which jurisdiction construction occurs.
The primary mission of the Building Inspection Divisions is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people by ensuring a safe building environment.
Duties & Responsibilities
Hall County Building Inspections enforces the International Building Codes as prescribed by the International Code Council, mandated by and amended by the State of Georgia.
All work to any structure, be it new construction, addition or alteration to an existing structure, shall be approved and permitted by the Building Official before construction begins.
Building Inspections also enforces Erosion and Sediment Controls in the County and any grading, clearing, grubbing or installation of driveways on any property shall first be required to obtain a Land Disturbance Permit from the Hall County Engineering Department.
- Do I need to get a permit to put up a fence in my backyard?
- Do I need a permit to re-roof my house?
- Do I need a permit for a retaining wall?
- Is it okay to put a storage building on my property without a permit?
- Where is the Building Inspections Department?
- How do I know where to apply for a building permit?
- How can I get a copy of the building permit or Certificate of Occupancy for my house?
2875 Browns Bridge Road
Gainesville, GA 30504
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Inspector Office Hours
Monday through Friday
8 - 9 a.m.
3 - 5 p.m.
Permit Application Hours
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Gainesville, GA 30503
Email Planning for contact information for the Development Services Open Records custodian.