Building Permits & Inspections

The Department will be open with limited operations through April 13, 2020.   The building will not be open to the public.

Inspections will be conducted each day. There may be some delays due to reduced staff levels.  

We will accept permit applications and water & sewer applications  by email or fax only.  Please call  for instructions. 

You will be notified when your permit has been processed and how to make payment of permit fees.

Building, Demolition, Sign, Manufactured home Relocate/Replacement,  and Temporary structure permit applications may be applied for email (see permit applications tab at left).  

Electrical, Hvac, Plumbing, and Gas permits may be emailed to our office at, faxed to 706-613-3527 or sent by mail.

We will contact you concerning payment of permit fees. 

For general questions and information, please contact our office at 706-613-3520 or email us at 

These measures are being taken to ensure the safety of the public and our employees by following the State of Georgia and Athens-Clarke Co Shelter in  Place Orders and CDC "Social Distancing" guidelines.  

We apologize for any inconvenience.  

We will alert the public  in the event of changes to our operating hours, permitting and inspection scheduling as soon as information is available.



The Athens-Clarke County Building Permits and Inspections Department exists for the purpose of protecting the public’s health, safety, and general welfare. We accomplish this by ensuring compliance with adopted codes that regulate: 

  • Structural strength
  • Stability
  • Sanitation
  • Lighting
  • Ventilation
  • Fire safety and other hazards associated with construction, alteration, removal, demolition, use or occupancy of buildings, structures, or property

Licensing Requirements

As of July 1, 2008, a license from the state of Georgia is required to practice contracting in the state for work costing $2,500 or more. Licenses are available in Residential - Basic Contractor, Residential - Light Commercial Contractor, and General Contractor categories. For more information, visit the Georgia Secretary of State website or call