A building permit is required for any structure greater than 120 square feet in size. Building permit applications may now be submitted online. Visit our Digital Submission page to begin the online permit process.
Once an account is created and a permit application has been submitted, you will receive notifications via email, including notices of not approved and approval. Currently, this Department does not accept credit card payments, so permit fees must be made by cash or check. If by check, you may either pay in person or mail to Community Development, 66 Captain Matthew Freeman Drive, Suite 201, Richmond Hill, GA 31324 or 51 N. Courthouse Street, Pembroke, GA 31321.
2018 BUILDING CODES
Beginning January 1, 2020, Bryan County will implement the following building codes:
- International Building Code, 2018 with Georgia Amendments
- International Residential Code, 2018, with Georgia Amendments
- International Fire Code, 2018
- International Plumbing Code, 2018, with Georgia Amendments
- International Mechanical Code, 2018 Georgia Amendments
- International Fuel Gas Code, 2018 with Georgia Amendments
- National Electrical Code, 2017 Edition (currently the adopted code)
- International Energy Conservation Code, 2015 with Georgia Amendments
- International Swimming Pool and Spa Code, 2018 Edition with Georgia Amendments
Copies of the Georgia Amendments may be obtained from the Department of Community Affairs
Building permit applications submitted after December 31, 2019, will need to show compliance with these newly adopted codes. Permit applications will be rejected for failing to show compliance with the new code provisions.
To assist you with implementing the 2018 IRC, DCA has prepared a list of the Significant Changes from the 2012 to 2018 Codes. For Bryan County, a significant change is the wind design criteria. New residential construction in North Bryan County will need to meet the requirements for 130 mph and in South Bryan County, new residential construction will need to meet the requirements for 140 mph with special conditions.
The Residential Energy Code Compliance Certificate has been updated. This certificate will need to be posted on or near the electrical distribution panel or air handler and the building inspector will verify the posting prior to a CO being issued.
Once your online account is created, you may upload documents and schedule inspections through the portal. Please note, you must upload required documents for the applicable inspection, e.g., termite pre-treat, termite bond, compaction report, flood elevation certificate, etc. The building inspector will verify receipt of the document prior to performing the inspection. If the document is not the building inspector will cancel the scheduled inspections. Inspection requests may be submitted anytime through the portal, but any inspection request submitted after 4:00 p.m., will be scheduled for the day after the next. If you need assistance with scheduling, you may call a customer service representative at 912-653-5252 or 912-756-3177.