Building & Plan Review Department
Residential Permit Requirements
A Residential Land Disturbance (RLD) permit issued and approved by the Henry County Environmental Compliance & Plan Review Department is required before a building permit is issued; however, both permits can be applied for at the same time. A recorded plat will also have to be provided if the proposed structure is not located in a platted subdivision.
For the RLD permit, you will have to provide on an eight and one half (8-1/2) inch by eleven (11) inch document a proposed Site Plan with the following information: property lines, right-of-ways, easements and buffers, building size, setback lines and the location of the building on the lot, the location of all other structures on the lot, all preserved areas of trees, direction of surface drainage, proposed placement of the septic system, if any, and proposed locations of all erosion control devices (silt fence, construction entrance pad, etc.). You do not have to show each type of saved tree, just the area of trees being saved. Tree Islands will show the orange fencing as a circle around the tree(s) following the Drip Line of the trees. All items listed can be provided by the Applicant on the proposed Site Plan by drawing the plan and the items themselves if they choose to do so or they can use a surveyor, engineer or landscape architect to draw the Site Plan.
For the building permit you are required to provide the following:
- Two sets of legible building plans (minimum size 11 X 17) which consist of the Elevation design (all sides), a Foundation plan and the Basic Floor plan of each level showing all rooms, doors and door openings, windows, closets, stairs, hallways, etc. and also showing the garage with door locations, porches/patios/decks. The Plans are to be drawn to scale with sufficient clarity and details to indicate the nature and character of the work and conformity to the technical codes and are to include the square footages of all areas. All plans shall bear the name and signature of the person responsible for the design.
- Site Plan (will use same Site Plan submitted for a RLD permit).
- Follow the current residential permit process
All applications must be on an original Building Permit Application Form from the Henry County Building Department. This form along with the plumbing, electrical and HVAC application forms are available on the county’s website here.
When the building permit is ready to be picked up and signed for, the Building Department will contact the applicant and the applicant will bring back to the Building Department the signed RLD permit card which will be included as one of the documents in the Building permit file. A Building permit will not be issued without a RLD permit card being returned to the Building Department.
Structures are to be built by a licensed contractor who holds either a Residential Basic, Residential-Light Commercial or General Contractors License issued by the State of Georgia, however, permits for the building, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC work can be issued to the property owner only if the owner intends to occupy the home upon completion as the homeowner and is acting as the contractor or doing the work. If the work is being done by others, they must hold a valid Georgia State license and they must permit the work themselves.
If you are submitting for an accessory structure, plans must be submitted if the structure is larger than 120 square feet. A site plan is required showing the location on the lot.
House additions and accessory structures are to be built by a licensed contractor who holds either a Residential Basic, Residential-Light Commercial or General Contractors License issued by the State of Georgia; however, permits for the building, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC work can be issued to the property owner only if the owner intends to occupy the home upon completion as the homeowner and is acting as the contractor or doing the work. If the work is being done by others, they must hold a valid Georgia State license and they must permit the work themselves.
Download the accessory permit application.
Pools must have septic letters/permits and a layout on property showing distance from the house and property lines. If water is on the property, you will need to show us where it is located. You must have approval from the Environmental Health Department.
Download the pool permit application.