Building Permits

Residential Construction

Residential building permits may by applied for at the Planning & Development office.

Residential Building Permit Application

Commercial Construction

Commercial plans must be submitted to the Planning & Development Office. Once submitted, please allow a minimum of fourteen (14) days for the review.  Other county departments and outside agencies as applicable will be notified that plans have been submitted and are available for review. You may wish to contact the Office of Environmental Health at 706.265.2930 regarding septic, food service and port-a-john permits, etc. and any additional permitting requirements and fees as well as Etowah Water and Sewer Authority at 706.216.8474 for information regarding sewer and water service and any additional permitting requirements and fees. Stamped plan sheets must be to scale and a minimum of 24x36 inches in size. Dawson County requires the following for submission of commercial plans:

Civil Plans:

First Submittal: 4 sets of stamped* plans, 2 hydrology studies, 1 recorded plat and 1 pdf set via                                  email 20 mb max or via drop box

Final Submittal: 4 sets of stamped* plans, 1 pdf set via email 20 mb max or via drop box

pdf only resubmittals prior to final submittal may be acceptable at the discretion of the requesting department or agency

*Stamps can be wet seal or electronic

Commercial Civil Permit Application

Building Plans:

First Submittal:  2 sets of stamped* plans, 1 pdf set via email 20 mb max or via drop box

Final Submittal:  2 sets of stamped* plans, 1 pdf set vial email 20 mb max or via drop box

pdf only resubmittals prior to final submittal may be acceptable at the discretion of the requesting department or agency

*Stamps can be wet seal or electronic

Commercial Building Permit Application

Change of Tenant/Tenant Improvement Plans:

Submit: 2 sets scaled drawings denoting existing conditions and proposed changes, an architect or engineers stamp is not required, must be a minimum of 11x17 inches in size

Change of Tenant/Tenant Improvement Permit Application

Changes exceeding the installation of nonstructural components such as partition walls and minor changes to electrical, plumbing and or HVAC systems will require a full building plan submittal

Forms, Fees and Additional Information:

Building Permit forms can be found on the Applications & Forms page.

Permit Fees can be found on the Fee Schedule page.

For information regarding septic permits please contact the Environmental Health Department.

Impact fees are not represented in the fee schedule and will be calculated by the Planning & Development office. Impact fees vary from structure to structure. 

     ***There is currently a moritorium on Impact Fees in Dawson County***

Adopted Codes

2012 International Building Code with Georgia Amendments
2012 International Residential Code with Georgia Amendments
2010 International Fire Code with Georgia Amendments
2012 International Plumbing Code with Georgia Amendments
2012 International Mechanical Code with Georgia Amendments
2012 International Fuel Gas Code with Georgia Amendments
2009 International Energy Conservation Code with Georgia Amendments
2014 National Electrical Code with Georgia Amendments
2010 Department of Justice ADA Requirements
Dawson County Adopted Ordinance

Please visit the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Website for more information regarding required construction codes

Building Inspections

Please contact the Building Inspector regarding required inspections for construction., 706-344-3608

Pending Inspections shall be loaded by 10:00 AM

Inspection Results shall be loaded by 5:00 PM

Monday Inspections

Tuesday Inspections

Wednesday Inspections

Thursday Inspections

Friday Inspections

Building Permit Information Brochure Click here for information regarding fee schedules, required documents and building setbacks.

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