Building Permits

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Any construction or redevelopment project requires a permit from the City of Brookhaven. Building permitting is housed under the community development department.

All permits and applications can be found in the Forms Library.

Please direct any building permit inquiries related to permit status, issuance, and fees to the Permitting Team:

Phyllis Humrich
Permit Tech
Direct: 404-637-0545
Email: Phyllis.Humrich@brookhavenga.gov

Katie Byrd
Permit Tech
Direct: 404-637-0572
Email: Katie.Byrd@brookhavenga.gov

Jane Keegan
Permit Tech
Direct: 404-637-0560
Email: Jane.Keegan@brookhavenga.gov

Please direct building code questions to the Building Official:

Paul Ivey
Building Official
Direct: 404-637-0568
Email: Paul.Ivey@brookhavenga.gov

Please direct any building plan review questions to the Building plan reviewer:

Kevin Cousins
Building Plan Reviewer
Direct: 404-637-0584
Email: Kevin.Cousins@brookhavenga.gov

 

Frequently Asked Questions on Building Permits

 

When do I need a building permit?

Permits are needed to:

  • construct a building or structure
  • enlarge a building or structure
  • alter a building or structure
  • repair a building or structure
  • move a building or structure
  • remove a building or structure
  • convert a building or structure
  • demolish a building or structure
  • replace an electrical systems
  • replace a gas systems
  • replace a mechanical systems
  • replace a plumbing systems

What are some typical projects that require a building permit?

  • New building construction
  • Additions on a home
  • Residential work (installing or replacing decks, garages, fireplaces, pools, etc.)
  • Commercial renovation (moving walls, changing doors or exits)
  • Installing or altering a Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system
  • Changing occupancy of use of a business
  • Converting a garage or basement into living space
  • Replacing roofing materials
  • Kitchen expansions
  • Rewiring or replacing electrical systems
  • Replacing water heaters, drains or lines

What are the benefits of having a building permit?

  • Increased Value

    A home or business is an investment. If a construction project does not comply with the city’s codes, the value of that investment could be reduced. Property insurers may not cover work done without permits and inspections. It also could result in having to demolish additions that are completed with proper permits.

  • Protection

    A property owner who can show that code requirements were strictly and consistently met may rely on a city records for lawsuits or insurance claims. The code is a set of rules that meet minimum standards for safety, health and structural integrity.

  • Safety

    Permits also allows the code official to ensure the public health, safety and welfare by reducing potential hazards of unsafe construction

    Where can I get a permit?

    The Building Permit office is located at Brookhaven City Hall at 4362 Peachtree Road, Brookhaven.

    How long does it take to get a permit?

    The department’s goal for review times is 10 business days from the date of submittal (beginning the day after submittal; not including weekends or holidays). Then, a permit will be issued or further instruction will be provided to the applicant for resubmittal. The 10-day review cycle also applies to resubmittals; however, the turnaround time for resubmittals is normally faster than the original submittal.

    What are the different types of permits?

  • Residential Projects
    • Singular trade – These include projects like water heater, mechanical replacement, electrical work or roof replacement. These are usually issued the same day.
    • Multiple trades – These include larger projects like building a new house, adding an addition on a home or remodeling. Three sets of architectural plans should be submitted for review, including any engineering drawings. Plans must be to scale, legible and show both existing conditions and proposed conditions.
  • Commercial Projects
    • Singular trade – These include projects like water heater, mechanical replacement, electrical work or roof replacement. These are usually issued the same day.
  • Multiple trades –These include larger projects like constructing a new office building house, adding an addition on a business or remodeling. Three sets of architectural plans should be submitted for review, including MEPs and any engineering drawings. Plans must be to scale, legible and show both existing conditions and proposed conditions.

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