The City is divided into zoning districts. Each district has permitted uses, as well as conditional uses, which may be approved under specific conditions. These uses are detailed for each district in Code of Ordinances Chapter 22 Land Use.
Free zoning verification can be obtained via email Planning and Zoning Office. Please have the street address and/or tax map and parcel numbers of the property. Zoning verification letters are available upon request.
The Building Division serves to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public and enhance the general quality of life in the City of Elberton through interpretation and enforcement of the Georgia State Building, Mechanical, Plumbing, and Electrical Codes, as well as other applicable regulations governing construction and land use.
The Building Inspector reviews building plans and inspects all residential and commercial structures built or remodeled within the City. They also issue the following permits:
Before any building permit may be issued, an application must be filed for the type of work being considered:
As of July 1, 2008, the State of Georgia requires that all building construction projects over $2,500.00 be performed by a Licensed General, Light-Commercial or Residential Basic contractor.
Each contractor is required to fill out and file a Regulatory License Application. A copy of any state-regulated license is required and must be submitted before permits will be issued.
A permit is required when one desires to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish any structure or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system, or add a driveway or portion thereof.
It is recommended that you call the Building Inspector at (706) 213-3100 prior to doing any work and ask if permits are required. An inspector will gladly meet with you to discuss if any of the work requires a permit.
All permits issued are valid for a period of six (6) months prior to the commencement of the construction. Continual progress must be made to keep the permit in active status.
An inspection is required before covering any work during the construction process. Examples include, but are not limited to:
Portable fire extinguishers must be sized and located in accordance with the International Fire Code and NFPA 10. Fire extinguishers must be tested annually and bear a ‘Verification of Service’ collar located around the neck of the extinguishers. Portable extinguishers that are purchased from a retail store will not meet the Verification of Service requirement.
Fire extinguishers are an important asset to any commercial office or business. Not only can extinguishers help prevent fire damage, but they can also save lives. One of the most basic requirements is that an occupant should have to walk no more than 75 feet to reach a fire extinguisher. The employer shall provide portable fire extinguishers and shall mount, locate, and identify them so that they are readily accessible to employees without subjecting the employees to possible injury.
For more information on sprinklers and extinguishers, please follow the link below or call your local Fire Inspector at (706) 213-3100.