Building & Inspection Division
Building and Inspections staff provide plan review and issue permits for construction activities to ensure that all municipal code requirements are met for construction projects and related activities in the City.
Inspectors also monitor these activities to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens and enforce State and local standards for assuring the quality of design, construction, materials, use and occupancy, location, and maintenance of sites, buildings and structures.
To schedule a next day inspection please call the Inspection Request Line at 678-782-6217 prior to 4 pm Inspection requests received after 4 pm will be scheduled two days out. All inspections called in on Friday or a holiday before 4 pm will be scheduled for the next working day.
NPDES Documents available online.
Building & Development Permit Applications
Land Development Permits (LDP)
Commercial Building Permits
Residential Building Permits
Currently Enforced Codes
The City of McDonough enforces the current Georgia State Minimum Standard Codes and amendments as published by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
- International Building Code
- National Electrical Code
- International Fuel Gas Code
- International Mechanical Code
- International Plumbing Code
- International Residential Code
- International Energy Conservation Code
- International Fire Code
- International Existing Building Code
- International Property Maintenance Code
Additional information on the international code series can be found through the International Code Council (ICC) website.
- What happens if a person does work without a permit?
The owner of a property is responsible for what transpires on his/her property, but licensed contractors know that permits are required before work begins as the rule is a part of the test for licensing. Any permits pulled without proper permits will be penalized.
- Who is responsible for obtaining a permit?
The owner of a property is responsible for what transpires on his/her property, but licensed contractors know that permits are required before work begins as the rule is a part of the test for licensing.
- How do I check on the status of my permit?
You may contact a staff person within the Building Division at 770-898-3506.
- How long will it take to get a building permit?
Depending upon the complexity of the project, a building permit could be issued the same day for a simple residential deck or up to four weeks for a complicated commercial structure.
- Can you expedite my permit?
All permits are reviewed for compliance with the codes and processed as quickly as possible. There is not an additional expediting process.
- Are separate permits required? If so, why?
Yes. Georgia law, O.C.G.A. 43-14, requires all persons contracting or performing for hire any plumbing, electrical, low voltage, heating-air conditioning, or utility work in Georgia to be duly and currently licensed by the Georgia State Construction Industry Licensing Board for that work.
The purpose of this is to regulate building and construction in the City of McDonough, to provide for the administration and enforcement of the Georgia State Minimum Standard Codes, and to establish procedures for the permitting and inspection of buildings within the City of McDonough. This requirement is also required of homeowners attempting the work themselves.
- Why is a building permit required?
The purpose of permitting is to ensure that the minimum code standards are being met to preserve the public's safety, health, and welfare.
- What permits are required?
A permit is required when any owner, authorized agent, or contractor wants to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, or demolish a building or structure. Also a permit is required to install, enlarge, alter, or replace, any electrical, gas, mechanical, plumbing, or sprinkler systems. The installation is regulated by the City’s technical codes, and a permit is required prior to the work beginning.
- What are the fees associated with obtaining a permit?
Download a current schedule of Permit Fees (PDF).