3/20/2020 Municipality updates

Good morning everyone,

See below for our rolling list of Metro Atlanta Municipality updates regarding the construction industry…

City of Atlanta:

ALL CITY OPERATIONS ARE COMPLETELY CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. We have been told by a few sources that tentatively 03/25 is a target date to potentially have their online services expanded for plan review. Additionally, we have sent request on City approval to move forward with projects utilizing third party private inspection services. We are currently waiting on a reply to this inquiry.

City of Alpharetta:

The building is closed to the Public they are still processing items they have and will only take new projects online through the e-plans system.
Inspections are still being schedules as of 03/19/2020

City of Brookhaven:

Office Closed the Staff will begin working remotely middle to end of this week including Inspections. (Staff from the Department of Community Development will be working remotely during the City Hall closure and will ensure continuity of operations. We anticipate that there will be some initial delays early this week as we coordinate within our team. However, we will continue our focus on customer service as directed by the Brookhaven Mayor.

Clayton County:

Building Office Closed until 3/31 No Building Reviews are being done at this time – Inspections still being scheduled for now
Fire Review still working on Plan Review and Inspections for right now.

Cobb County:

Cobb County Building – Open for Business Limited Staff – Only 2 people in the Building at a time.
Inspections still being scheduled for now

Cobb County Fire – Open for Business – The Building is closed to the Public will come to your Car to pick up Plans –
Inspections still being scheduled for now

College Park

Inspections are by Appointment Only

City of Douglasville:

The Building is Closed to the Public – Will need to make an appointment to drop off or pick up Plans and Permits with Jennifer Owen
Inspections still being scheduled for now

City of Dunwoody:

Staff is working remotely – Permits are filed on the Online Portal
Inspections are still being scheduled as of 3/19/2020

Forsyth County:

Building closed to the Public – Can submit projects only on the e-Plans
Inspections still being scheduled as of 3/19/2020

Dekalb County:

Building Closed to the Public – We can drop off and pick up drawings at the Lobby Area but need to make arrangements with Planning Department
Inspections still being scheduled as of 03/19/2020

Gwinnett County:

Building closed to the Public Staff working remotely – All Permitting is done on the Online Portal
Inspections are still being scheduled as of 03/19/2020

City of Johns Creek:

The Department will not be accepting any new permits (building, land disturbance, fence, trade, special event, etc.) or applications (rezoning and variance) of any kind until further notice. The Department will attempt to continue review and processing of existing permits and applications and conduct building and land inspections within 48 hours upon receiving an inspection request. Please note that daily inspection load may impact response times due to limitation of personnel. We ask for your patience and cooperation during this unprecedented time.

City of Peachtree Corners:

Due to the potential presence of COVID-19 the city offices are closed Monday’s, Wednesday’s, and Friday’s for the foreseeable future, we encourage all of our contractors and expediters to submit plans electronically through e-plan solutions. The two days we are open will be dedicated to issuing certificates, people picking up approved plans, permits and our residential customers. Thank you for your cooperation while we all navigate through these uneasy times.

City of Roswell:

Application and Plan Reviews Effective March 17, 2020, the City of Roswell Community Development Department will have limited staff available to complete plan reviews; therefore, applicants should expect longer than usual plan review turnaround times. In addition, plan reviews required to be completed by other City Departments will be done on a limited basis, which will also impact plan review turnaround times. As soon as required plan reviews are complete, applicants will receive comments and instructions for next steps via email from City staff. Once plans have received approval from all required plan reviewers, the applicant will be required to mail the necessary hard copies of the approved plans to City Hall. Specific instructions will be included in the email from City staff.Building Inspections To submit building inspection requests: Either email requests to buildnginspection@roswellgov.com or call 770-641-3784 to submit by phone Provide the following information with your inspection request:

1. Permit number
2. Address
3. Field contact
4. Contact phone number
5. Inspection type requested

Any special instructions or information needed by inspector Those inspection requests that cannot be completed within 48 hours will be notified by return email of such. In the event the City is unable to provide inspection services within 48 business hours of the request, you may employ a private professional provider with the following limitations:

You must first request to schedule the inspection as detailed in (1) above. Once you have received notification from the City that it cannot provide inspection services within the 48 hour time frame, you must notify the City that you are using the services of a private professional provider by either email at buildnginspection@roswellgov.com or call 770-641-3784. The City will respond using the contact information provided to give notice of approval or denial with justification. Approval must be granted by the City prior to the private professional provider performing the requested inspection. Private Professional Provider Inspectors cannot issue a Certificate of Occupancy or a Certificate of Completion. Private Professional Provider Inspector shall be currently licensed by the State of Georgia as a Professional Engineer or Registered Architect. Employees of the Professional Engineer or Registered Architect are not permitted to perform any inspection. The Private Professional Provider Inspector must submit to the City documentation confirming compliance with O.C.G.A 8-2-26 (g)(11) prior to granting of approval for such inspection by the City. The Private Professional Provider must submit the inspection report to the City within 48 hours of conducting the inspection. All reports, approvals or failures, must be submitted to the City by email at buildnginspection@roswellgov.com with the subject line: PPP Inspection Report. The City will review each report and provide notification of acceptance or rejection of the Private Professional Provider’s inspection report within 48 hours of receipt. If rejected, the City will provide a written description of the deficiencies and specific code requirements that have not been adequately addressed. You may not proceed with any construction or schedule additional inspections until approval has been granted by the city for each inspection. If the inspection report is rejected, the private professional provider must submit a written report addressing each item of the City’s rejection notice. Upon submission of the response to the rejection notice, the City will review and provide notification of acceptance or rejection of the response within 48 hours of receipt. If the report is rejected for a second time, the City will provide a description of the deficiencies and specific code requirements than have not been adequately addressed with a requirement that a meeting be scheduled with the Chief Building Official on site to resolve the deficiencies and/or code requirements. Private professional providers are not permitted to perform fire standard or erosion control standard inspections, these are reserved for inspection by the City of Roswell Fire Marshal’s Office or State Fire Marshal’s Office and the City of Roswell Engineering Division. Certificates of Occupancy or Certificates of Completion cannot be issued without a final inspection by the City’s inspection staff. A request for such inspection must be made following the instructions above. Such inspections will be performed when the City resumes normal operations on a first in/first out basis, no exceptions.

City of Sandy Springs:

Building closed to the Public they are still accepting Projects on the online Portal and working on Remote Reviews and Payment online.
Inspections are still being Scheduled as of 03/19/2020

City of Smyrna:

Commercial Architectural plan review process:

Submit your plans electronically to Caitlin Crowe

> A plan submittal application will need to be submitted with the plans.

> In lieu of a wet seal, each electronic submittal will need to be accompanied by a letter from your architect of record (on his or her letterhead) with the following information:

1. Project name
2. Property address
3. List each page in the set on the letter
4. Signed and sealed by the architect of record

> Once submitted, staff will get a credit card payment over the phone (the City accepts all major cards except American Express). Staff will not accept electronic plans for review without the plan review fee.

> Upon completion of the plan review, comments will be sent back to the applicant. Resubmittals will follow the same format listed above.

> Once the plans are approved, staff will send out an email with the remaining documents required for permitting along with the cost of the permit fees.

> Payment for the building permit will be taken over the phone in the form of a credit card payment.

> Staff will then email the building permit packet and the stamped cover page. These must be printed and kept on site for the duration of the building permit.

***It is the architect or engineer’s responsibility to ensure that the stamped cover page is attached to the correct, approved set of plans. Any discrepancy between the City’s approved plans and the contractor’s approved plan is the responsibility of the contractor. ***

Permits & Forms: All forms can be found here.

Fire Sprinkler, Fire Alarm, & Hood/Suppression System Plan Review Process:

Submit your plans electronically to Caitlin Crowe

> A plan submittal application will need to be submitted with the plans.

> In lieu of a wet seal, each electronic submittal will need to be accompanied by a letter from the person of record (on his or her letterhead) with the following information:

1. Project name
2. Property address
3. Signed and sealed by the:
         (a) Fire protection engineer or certificate of competency holder (Fire Sprinkler)
         (b) Architect, electrical engineer or NICET Level III or above (Fire Alarm)
         (c) Architect or engineer of record (Hood/Suppression System)

> Once submitted, staff will get a credit card payment over the phone (the City accepts all major cards except American Express). Staff will not accept electronic plans for review without the plan review fee.

> Upon completion of the plan review, comments will be sent back to the applicant. Resubmittals will follow the same format listed above.

> Once the plans are approved, staff will then email back the stamped plans. These must be printed and kept on site for the duration of the building permit.

***Any discrepancy between the City’s approved plans and the contractor’s approved plan is the responsibility of the contractor. ***

Permits & Forms: All forms can be found here.

Building Inspections:

The Community Development Department and the Fire Marshal’s office will continue to do next-day inspections. The Chief Building Official and Fire Marshal may implement safety precautions to mitigate any potential exposure to COVID-19 for staff. This includes the following:

The inspector assigned to your job site will call you 15 minutes prior to their arrival for the inspection. At this time, all workers must leave the building with the exception of the general contractor. If the building is not cleared when they arrive, the inspection will not be performed. 

For inspections from the City’s Building Division, please call 678-631-5010 by 4 p.m. the day before the date of the requested inspection.
For inspections or questions for the City’s Fire Marshal Office, please call 770-431-3555 by 3 p.m. the day before the date of the requested inspection.

If you have any questions regarding the Building Division inspections or the inspection process, please contact: Anthony Carter

Please be aware that the issues surrounding COVID-19 are very fluid and these processes could change at any point. Community Development will do its best to accommodate the public’s need for service, but it will not sacrifice the health and well-being of the City’s residents and employees in the process of providing inspection services. Should you have any issues, concerns or recommendations regarding any processes outlined above, please feel free to contact Rusty Martin, Community Development Director

City of Suwanee

Building has been closed to the Public – Still able to drop off your Fire Approved Drawings and Application Paperwork to a bin at the back door. (need to call or email Kelley Tanner prior to arriving – 770-904-2792 -)
Inspections still being scheduled as of 03/19/2020

City of Tucker

Offices closed to the Public can email Projects to Janice Law – along with Application Paperwork she will then send you the Route Sheet for Dekalb County Fire / Water.
Inspections still being scheduled as of 03/19/2020

Union City

Closed for business as of now Joyce Lynn will update as soon as she gets information
Safe Built is still scheduling inspections – 770-914-2377

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