On February 1, 2004, a new ordinance became effective in Columbia County requiring certain types of contractors to become "registered" with the Department of Building and Commercial Services. This registration is in addition to maintaining your Occupation Tax (business license). Also, on July 1, 2008, the State of Georgia began licensing general contractors. Please check the table below to see if the "Registration of Building Contractors" ordinance and the State License requirements apply to you. This table also lists any other insurance and state license requirements.
X = Required
NOTE: A home owner can pull a permit to build and does not have to have workers compensation (unless they have 3 or more employees). Columbia County strongly recommends that they have workers compensation as well as general liability insurances.
Subcontractors - electricians, plumbers and heating & air contractors, you only need to maintain your Occupation Tax (business license) as usual. If working under a general contractor, the building permit number is required when applying for your permit. Otherwise complete the information highlighted on the permit application below.
For a copy of the building permit application please click here and complete the highlighted information before submitting to the Department of Building and Commercial Services. If you are unsure what to submit with the permit application, please click on the links below for the most common types of permits.
New Residential Construction Building Permit Requirements:
Manufactured Home Requirements:
Pool Installation Requirements:
Other - roofing, alterations, repairs etc., please complete the highlighted
After the permit application has been submitted you can expect a turn around time frame of approximately 5 days for new residential construction and additions. Pool installations and mobile home requests average 3 days. If an engineered grading plan is required, that time frame is dependant on the state and can take up to 3 weeks. The turn around time for new commercial construction and commercial additions varies depending on the size of the project.
As the County grows change is inevitable. We are committed to serving and protecting the public and providing efficient and friendly service to the citizens and builders of Columbia County.