The Building staff review building plans and inspect all residential and commercial structures built or remodeled within the City. They also issue the following permits:
- building (residential and non-residential)
- interior finish
- remodeling and additions
- retaining wall
- siding and window replacement
- any additional permits required
Currently Enforced Codes
- 2012 International Building Code w/ Georgia Amendments
- 2014 National Electrical Code (Applications prior to 1/1/2018)
- 2017 National Electrical Code (Applications after 1/1/2018)
- 2012 International Fuel Gas Code w/ Georgia Amendments
- 2012 International Mechanical Code w/ Georgia Amendments
- 2012 International Plumbing Code w/ Georgia Amendments
- 2012 International Residential Code w/ Georgia Amendments
- 2009 International Energy Conservation Code w/ Georgia Amendments
- 2012 International Fire Code w/ Georgia Amendments
- 2012 NFPA 101: Life Safety Code w/ Georgia Amendments
- 2012 International Residential Code, Appendix G w/ Georgia Amendments (Swimming Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs)
- 2006 International Existing Building Code w/ Georgia Amendments
- 2006 International Property Maintenance Code w/ Georgia Amendments
- 2003 National Green Building Standards w/ Georgia Amendments
- 2010 Georgia Accessibility Code
- 2012 International Swimming Pool and Spa
Do I need a permit to move a house?
Yes, a house moving permit is required to move a house in, out, or through the City of Roswell. A map of the route is required with notification to Fire, Police, Transportation, and the utility companies.
What is necessary for a pool permit?The City of Roswell as a packet of information specifically for pools, there are different requirements for a private pools vs. public pools. Private pools require a permit and compliance with the Standard Swimming Pool Code while a public pool requires approval with Fulton County regulations as well an approval and permits with the City of Roswell. Approval stamps from Fulton County are required on the pool drawings prior to submission to the City of Roswell.
Do I need the insulation installed for my rough-in inspection?
No, the insulation cannot be installed for the rough-in inspection; it is considered a visual obstruction and is conducted after the rough-in.
Do you accept pictures in lieu of inspections?No.
What are the requirements for windows with the model energy code?For new construction, windows are required to display the NFRC label with a U-factor of 0.50 or less and a SHGC not to exceed 0.30.
What is required if I want to replace my deck?A permit is required for a new deck or replacement of an existing deck. Submit a building permit application with two copies of a site plan showing existing as well as the proposed structures. This is used to determine if the setbacks are met.
Do I need a permit to replace my water heater?Yes, water heaters are under the purview of the plumbing and gas codes requiring permits and inspections to ensure a safe installation. State licensing is also required if a tradesman is doing the job.
How do I know my contractor has done everything the City of Roswell requires?The City of Roswell always issues either a Certificate of Completion or a Certificate of Occupancy, depending on the scope of the work, when the job has passed final inspection. It may be in a homeowners best interest to require a contractor to produce the appropriate document prior to final payment.
Why can’t I get a scheduled inspection time?The inspection staff is limited and work as combination inspectors. The length of time an inspector might be on a job site is unpredictable therefore making it difficult to schedule set times for inspections.
How do I request an inspection?Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a next-day inspection prior to 4:00 PM. Inspection requests received after 4:00 PM will be scheduled two days out. All inspections called in on Friday will be scheduled for the following Monday.
When do I need a permit?Any owner, authorized agent, or contractor who desires to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by the construction codes, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the Building Division and obtain the required permit for the work. A permit shall not be issued to an owner, who is neither a licensed contractor nor the occupant of a residential structure being altered. Routine maintenance such a painting, floor coverings, and wall paper, do not require a permit.