How to Apply for Cobb County Building Permits

Cobb County Building Permits Application Process

The shelter is one of man's basic needs. But you do not build anyhow. Building permits are necessary to ensure conformity with formal town planning rules. If you find yourself in a place like Cobb County, be sure to stay updated about .

Such updates are to avoid the consequences of violating building laws. Knowledge of building laws is one challenge. Another is the often complex and tedious process of obtaining a building permit.

This is where DoNotPay can help via our new Planning Permissions product. It ensures that obtaining your building permit does not have to be an unending nightmare! Our automated systems will make it faster and more convenient. Moreover, allowing DoNotPay to take over frees your time for other matters. We cover Cobb County and a lot of other areas such as the ones below.

When Is a Building Permit Necessary in Cobb County?

Any construction meant for the "Unincorporated Cobb County" will need a building permit. This is according to the Cobb County Government. Here are some reasons you need a :

  • Enables building inspectors to ensure that all constructions adhere to approved building codes.
  • Provides appropriate documentation for the construction activity.
  • Ensures compliance with zoning rules and avoidance delays, suspension, or demolition.
  • Grant property owners "Peace of mind" via adherence to planning and safety rules.

What kinds of constructions need building permits in Cobb County? A helpful list follows below. It comes from the government of Cobb County.

  • Sheds
  • Carports
  • Shops
  • Gazebos
  • Arbors
  • Pergolas
  • Porches
  • Decks (covered and uncovered)
  • Sunrooms
  • Greenhouses
  • Attached and detached garages
  • House additions
  • Building additions
  • Interior renovations
  • Basement finishes
  • Pools (in-ground and above ground)
  • Pool houses
  • Storage buildings
  • Playhouses
  • Barns
  • Riding arenas
  • Retaining walls
  • Basketball courts
  • Tennis courts

Note that this list includes any pre-assembled, pre-constructed, and/or movable items.

How to Get a Building Permit in Cobb County

What Documents Do You Need to Get a Cobb County Building Permit?

In most cases, you'll need a scaled site plan. The plan must come from a Georgia registered land surveyor, engineer, or architect.

Who Do I Contact to Get a Building Permit?

For all questions about building permits, call the Zoning Division on (770) 528-2035.

Residential Permitting(770) 528-2060
Commercial Permitting(770) 528-2071

What Does the Process of Getting Cobb County Building Permits Entail?

The process varies a bit. It depends on whether you seek a residential or commercial building permit. The following steps are applicable to those seeking a "model home permit".

  • Get the Model Home Permit Request Form from the Cobb County Building Permits Office.
  • Provide as much information as possible on the Residential Building Permit.
  • Submit your site plan and grading plan. Both must be products of a registered surveyor, architect, or engineer. The plan should include impervious surface coverage. It should also show the architectural elevations of all four sides of the proposed house. The elevations can attract a waiver if there are no zoning or variance stipulations.
  • Email the form to or fax the completed form to 770-528-2126.
  • A review by the Zoning Division and Site Inspections Section follows.
  • After review, you'll get a message on the success or otherwise of your request.

Note that the review of your Model home permit request can take up to five working days. Also, applicants must adhere to zoning stipulations, including architecture style. Contact the Zoning Division at 770-528-2035 for more documentation requirements.

What Fees Come With Getting a Building Permit?

New buildings and additions to buildings will attract a $125.00 plan review fee. Alterations are subject to plan review fees based on the complexity of plans. Cobb County may request documentation to support applicant-provided construction costs. If the permitted work requires a C of O upon completion, a $50.00 certificate fee will apply. Assessment of revision fees will depend on the scope of submitted revisions. No permit fee will be less than $50.00.

Next Steps for Obtaining a Cobb County Building Permit if You Can't Do It Yourself

Applying for and obtaining a building permit sounds easy, doesn't it? In reality, it's not as easy as it sounds. Apart from filling forms, you may have to observe some other protocols. These can be tedious, time-consuming, and even confusing!

So as noted above, for model home permits, you'll have to prepare and submit a site plan and a grading plan. Development of such plans must be in conjunction with building professionals. In some other instances, you may need to interview neighbors and seek HOA approval. This is besides a thorough understanding of the laws of your zoning district. The bureaucracy can be quite overwhelming, even for the smallest of projects!

But you do not have to worry. There's a perfect alternative to the DIY option.

Get Your Building Permit via DoNotPay

It could be you neither have the time nor patience for administrative bottlenecks. Whatever the case, DoNotPay has all it takes to deliver your Cobb County building permits in no time. With us, your building permit application and approval won't drag on for five days. We'll deploy all our resources to ensure you get your permit in less than 24 hours.

Create your own cancellation letter in 6 easy steps:

  1. Go to the Planning Permissions product on DoNotPay.


  2. Choose one of the following options:
  • Check whether your project needs a building permit or if it's exempt
  • Generate a permission request letter to send to your HOA
  • Generate a guide on how to complete the building permit application
  1. Choose the focus of your project (new ADU, pool, shed, fence, etc.) and answer a few questions about your plans, including the size of the structure and estimated cost.


  2. Indicate whether you're hiring a contractor and include the estimated start date and timeline for the project.


  3. Indicate whether any public sidewalk/street space will be used during construction.


  4. And that's it! DoNotPay will help guide you through the building permit process by checking if your project needs a building permit, contacting any HOAs you're a part of to request building permission, or generating detailed instructions on how to start and complete your building permit application process.


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