The City of Clarkesville Planning and Zoning Department provides assistance to policy makers, residents, business owners, and developers in regard to community change and growth.
The City of Clarkesville requires building permits prior to construction or remodeling activity in order to help protect and maintain the health, welfare, and safety of our citizens and business patrons. Building permits ensure that proper inspections are performed; the inspections, in turn, verify that construction or remodeling of a residence or business complies with code requirements. (See list of codes below.)
Permits are required for any work undertaken to construct, enlarge, alter, or repair any structure as well as for changes to electrical, plumbing, HVAC, or other mechanical systems. These activities include all new construction as well as room additions; basement, attic, or garage finishes; moving walls; water heater replacement; electric service replacement; construction of decks over 30 inches in height; and accessory buildings larger than 120 square feet, to name a few. Building permits are not required for minor repair, cabinetry, painting, etc.
Prior to starting a project, it's a good idea to call the inspections department at 706-754-4216; our staff can help determine whether or not a project requires a building permit.
|City of Clarkesville Building & Planning Fees
|Approved by Council January 5, 2004 • Effective January 6, 2004
Amended August 6, 2004)
|Plan Review (enclosed structures only)|
|Building Permit (any structural or prefabricated work)|
|Min. Fee (includes demo.)||$40.00|
|Enclosed areas||$0.14 per sq. ft.|
|Unenclosed areas||$0.07 per sq. ft.|
|Size of Service||$75.00 per 200 amp panel|
|Size of Service||$25.00 per ton or equivalent|
|Fixtures sites or app. locations||$7.50 per fixture site or app. loc.|
|Sign area||$3.00 per sq. ft. per sign face|
|Lighting & Electric||$25.00 additional|
|Certificate of Completion and/or Occupancy|
|(Applies to all permits)||No Cost|
|Reinspection (for all permits)|
|1st time for inspection failure||$50.00|
|2nd & succeeding times for inspection failure||$100.00|
|Commencing work without a permit||Double regular permit fee|
|Planning & Zoning Applications|
|Rezoning - Map amend.||$625.00|
|Conditional Use||$625.00 plus $50 per additional condition|
|Variance||$625.00 filing plus $150 per additional variance|
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