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Building & Plan Review Department

Address: 140 Henry Parkway, McDonough, GA 30253
Tel: (770) 288-6051 / Fax: (770) 288-6187
Director: George Patterson
Adjusted Permit Fees

Welcome to the Henry County Building Department

The Building and Plan Review Department is tasked with the issuance of permits, building plan review and inspections for compliance to ordinances, technical codes and accepted industry practices. The department is also responsible for implementing the environmental compliance and plan review provision of the Henry County Unified Land Development Code, as well maintaining erosion control standards set forth by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission.

Presently, the Building and Plan Review Department’s area of jurisdiction includes all of unincorporated Henry County as well as the city of Stockbridge.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Building and Plan Review Department is to promote the general health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Henry County. We strive to ensure quality and excellence in all aspects of the building permitting, inspection and environmental compliance practices for our citizens by processing applications in a timely and efficient manner and by providing thorough building and zoning compliance inspections for all construction projects, while maintaining a high set of standards for environmental compliance. We seek to achieve these goals by placing a high-importance on customer service, knowledge of all facets of the Building Codes and state standards and the willingness to be fair and considerate in our enforcement of these codes. Additionally, the department will coordinate the inspecting, monitoring, and plan review in the development permitting process, to ensure that the County's natural resources and quality of life are protected and to provide efficient and courteous service to the citizens of Henry County.

Commercial: Permit Packets

Commercial Forms

 

Residential: Individual Forms

Residential: Permit Packets

Mechanical Trades

 

Notes

* For the Electrical, HVAC and Plumbing permits, you must bring in a copy of your valid business license, state card, and driver's license.

Helpful Links

Helpful Phone Numbers

Transit Permit Instructions For Move-In Structures

If the structure is to be located in Henry County, the following regulations apply:

  • Move-in structures (ref. Sec 2.03.05 ULDC)
  • $150 non refundable fee for preliminary inspection
  • In RA zoning, Building Department can approve placement with a recorded plat
  • All other zonings require conditional use hearing before Planning & Zoning and Board of Commissioners.
  • $10,000 performance bond or bank escrow letter of surety from a bank approved by HC made payable to HC B of C (or city) to ensure completed within 6 months of date of bldg. permit (may be extended 30 days by Bldg. Administrator)
  • Building permit fee of $150; however, if an addition to the original structure is requested there will be an additional fee.
  • The Building Permit must be obtained before the Transit Permit is issued

The following requirements apply to all structures being moved into or through Henry County:

  1. House mover must complete the Transit Permit application
  2. Take the application Code Enforcement to approve the route
  3. Return application to the Building Department for completion along with the $35 Transit permit fee.

Contact Building Department at (770) 288-6051 for an application packet.

FAQs: Residential

When does an accessory structure have to be permitted?
When it is over 120 square feet AND on a permanent foundation.
How long from the time that an inspection is requested until the inspection is made?
If called in before 4:00 p.m.the inspection usually will be made the next business day.
Who can pull permits?
The homeowner can pull permits if they are going to over see the work and construction is on property they occupy. Other wise a licensed general contractor must pull permits.

FAQs: Commercial

What code edition does Henry County enforce?
The State of Georgia mandates the minimum codes applicable statewide. You can find the current minimum code at http://www.dca.state.ga.us
How are permit fees calculated?
Permit fees are calculated using the Valuation Data Tables compiled by the International Code Council. From this valuation, a fee of $3.70 is charged for each $1000.00 of Valuation. Further, a Plan Review fee is calculated by multiplying the Permit Fee by 25%. A minimum fee of $50.00 is charged for both the Permit and for Plan Review.
Who do I call for an inspection?
If your site has an open building permit, you should have been given your inspectors business card with their contact information. You may call your inspector directly, or you may call 770-288-6053 and request them by name.
How long will it take to get an inspection?
Our deadline for same day inspections is 9:00 AM. Any inspection called in after that time will be set up for the next business day. Any inspection not done on the day for which it was set up will be a priority the following business day.
Who can purchase a permit for work on a commercial site?
Any person applying for a permit must meet the requirements of the State of Georgia with regard to Licensure of General Contractors and Residential / Light Commercial Contractors.  The type, cost and amount of work must match the limits as set forth by the State of Georgia for these licenses, respectively.
How do I set up a meeting to go over concerns I have about the requirements surrounding my proposed business / contract work.
Contact Barbara Crittenden at (770) 288-6319. She will schedule a meeting for you.
How long does a plan review take?
By State law we have 10 days. However, we often complete them much more quickly.
Can there be more than one permit open on a job?
Yes, we often have multiple permits on one job.
Do you require separate plans and permits for fire sprinklers?
Yes. Please contact Barbara Crittenden at (770) 288-6319.
Do you require a permit and separate plans for fire alarms?
Yes. Please contact Barbara Crittenden at (770) 288-6319.

Call for the following mandatory inspections. All inspections are called in through the Automated Inspection Request System (AIRS) line at 678-583-3654. The Building Permit Number is required to initiate all inspections. Then follow prompts.

Building

  1. Foundation Inspection: To be made after trenches are excavated and forms erected.
  2. Frame Inspection: To be made after the roof, all framing, fire blocking and bracing are in place, all concealed wiring, all pipes, chimneys, ducts and vents are complete.
  3. Final Inspection: To be made after the building is completed and ready for occupancy.

Electrical

  1. Underground Inspection: To be made after trenches or ditches are excavated, conduit or cable installed, and before any backfill is put in place.
  2. Rough-In Inspection: To be made after the roof, framing, fire blocking and bracing is in place and prior to the installation of wall or ceiling membranes.
  3. Final Inspection: To be made after the building is complete, all required electrical fixtures are in place and properly connected or protected, and the structure is ready for occupancy.

Plumbing

  1. Underground Inspection: To be made after trenches or ditches are excavated, piping installed, and before any backfill is put in place.
  2. Rough – In Inspection: To be made after the roof, framing, fire blocking and bracing is in place and all soil, waste and vent piping is complete and prior to the installation of wall or ceiling membranes.
  3. Final Inspection: To be made after the building is complete, all plumbing fixtures are in place and properly connected, and the structure is ready for occupancy.

NOTE: See the Plumbing Code for required tests.

Mechanical

  1. Underground Inspection: To be made after trenches or ditches are excavated, underground duct and fuel piping installed, and before any backfill is put in place. When excavated soil contains rocks, broken concrete, frozen chunks and other rubble that would damage or break the piping or cause corrosive action, clean backfill shall be on the job site.
  2. Rough –In Inspection: To be made after the roof, framing, fire blocking and bracing are in place and all ducting, and other concealed components are complete, and prior to the installation of wall or ceiling membranes.
  3. Final Inspection: To be made after the building is complete, the mechanical system is in place and properly connected, and the structure is ready for occupancy.
    Exception: Ground – source heat pump loop systems tested in accordance with the Mechanical Code, shall be permitted to be backfilled prior to inspection.

Gas

  1. Underground Inspection: To be made after trenches or ditches are excavated, underground duct and fuel piping installed, and before any backfill is put in place. When excavated soil contains rocks, broken concrete, frozen chunks and other rubble that would damage or break the piping or cause corrosive action, clean backfill shall be on the job site.
  2. Rough Piping Inspection: To be made after all new piping authorized by the permit has been installed, and before any such piping has been covered or concealed or any fixtures or gas appliances have been connected.
  3. Final Piping Inspection: To be made after all piping authorized by the permit has been installed and after all portions which are to be concealed by plastering or otherwise have been so concealed, and before any fixtures or gas appliances have been connected. This inspection shall include a pressure test.
  4. Final Inspection: To be made on all new gas work authorized by the permit and such portions of existing systems as may be affected by new work or any changes, to insure compliance with all the requirements of this code and to assure that the installation and construction of the gas system is in accordance with reviewed plans.

Residential Pools

Call for the following mandatory inspections:

  1. Pool Bonding Inspection
  2. Final Inspection

The fee schedule for the building permit is $3.70 per thousand dollars of the estimated cost of construction. The estimated cost of construction will be calculated by the Building Department based on the use of the structure, the type of construction, and the size of the building using the cost per square foot as shown in the Building Valuation Table published by the International Code Council.

Impact fees were approved by the Henry County Board of Commissioners on October 7, 2003, to be collected effective October 8, 2003. The Henry County Board of Commissioners amended the Impact Fee Ordinance on May 18, 2009 to allow impact fees to be collected any time a building permit is active, but shall be collected no later than the final building permit inspection phase of the development. Impact fees collected as part of the final building permit inspection shall be paid in the form of cash or certified check or other certified funds prior to the release of the Certificate of Occupancy or Certificate of Completion, as applicable.

Single-Family Detached Housing Land Use Category: 210

These fees are accessed per dwelling for:

  • Library $ 206.04
  • Parks & Recreation $ 838.13
  • Fire Protection $ 255.09
  • Sheriff's Office $ 169.49
  • Police Protection $ 110.55
  • Animal Control $ 0.00
  • Emergency 911 $ 17.88
  • Green space $ 15.39
  • Subtotal $1,612.58
  • Administration (3%) $ 48.38
  • CIE Prep (0.034%) $ 0.54
  • Total $1,661.50

If the subject property is served by a septic system, submit a plan showing your new structure in relation to your home and property lines, including measurements, to Henry County Environmental Health Department . An approval letter, indicating that the new structure will not in any way impact the septic system, is required to obtain the permit. With the approval letter, please submit the following completed documents:

  • Accessory Structure Application Packet
  • Contractor’s Current State License
  • Company and Qualifying Agent or Individual
  • Type of License MUST match the named individual’s relationship to Contracting Company
  • Legible and precise plans that include the following information:
    1. Elevations (include a detailed list of building materials)
    2. Foundation (i.e., basement, slab, or crawl space)
    3. Floor plan with labeled rooms

Plans shall have the square footage for the following items:

  • First floor
  • Second floor
  • Bonus room
  • Garage (whether attached or detached)
  • Covered porches and decks
  • Detached structures, including dwellings
  • Pools, including pool decking
  • If any portion of the property lies within the flood plain as shown on the plat, a site plan must be provided showing the foundation to be 3 feet above the numbers indicated on the Henry County Stormwater Flood Plain Maps. The forms listed below must be completed by a licensed surveyor or engineer (original signature and seal).
  • A FEMA Flood Plain Letter when any type of natural water exists on the property.   
  • Henry County Flood Plain Letter when any type of natural water exists on the property.  
  • Separate Plumbing, HVAC and Electrical permits are required. In order to avoid delays If you, as the home owner, wish to obtain all mechanical permits, we recommend that you send a separate check if they’re being submitted at the same time as the building permit.

Bring this completed information to The Henry County Building Department at 140 Henry Parkway, McDonough, GA, 30253. Once your permit has been approved, you will be contacted to come and pay for and sign the permit. Typical turn around time is less than two business days.

While the work is underway to lay the grade and foundation, the trade contractors can be contacted to obtain their respective mechanical permits. They will need their State Contractor’s card and a copy of their business license for the current year. You will also need a survey letter indicating the exact location of the foundation footprint (form boards) in relation to all property lines and easements. This letter will be required before the first inspection can be made.

Call the Automated Inspection Request (AIR) line at 678-583-3654 and follow prompts for all required inspections.

After all inspections are completed and approved, a Certificate of Occupancy can be issued. To obtain a Certificate of Occupancy you will need to bring the following information to the Henry County Building Department:

  • The signed building permit card
  • The termite treatment letter
  • If on a septic system, an approval letter from the Henry County Health Department is required.

Henry County employs Combination Inspectors. This means you will only have one Commercial Inspector to schedule with on your job. As the central point of contact, we request that the General Contractor’s superintendant call in all inspection requests, since this individual will logically have all of the schedules on the job.

Inspections are called in to your inspector. If the inspector is not available, please leave a voice mail message.

Our deadline for same day inspection requests is 9:00 AM. Any inspection requested after this time will be routed out the following business day.

We typically conduct the inspection on the same day in which it was called. However, if for some reason an inspection was not done the day it was routed, it will be set as a priority the next business day.

In the effort to be good stewards in the efficient use of our time and money, we typically do not schedule an inspection for a given time. However, if for some reason time is a concern, we will do what we can to accommodate your scheduling need (i.e. - placing concrete, business hours of operation, etc.).

Permit Fees Worksheet
 

The fee schedule for the building permit is $3.70 per thousand dollars of the valuation calculated from the ICC Valuation Data Tables. If the estimated cost of construction exceeds this calculation, the estimated cost of construction will be used to calculate fees.

A plan review fee will be charged for the plan review of all buildings and structures except one and two family dwellings. The plan review fee shall be 25% of the building permit fee and is payable when the building plans are submitted for review.

Impact Fees for Commercial and Industrial construction are assessed individually based on their Land Use Category.

An Impact Fee calculation may be requested from the Lead Commercial Building Inspector. Contact Brian Gardiner at (770) 288-6102.

NOTICE:
Recent changes in state law now allow certain plats to be recorded without the prior approval of Henry County.  Pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated §15-6-67, no approval from Henry County is required to record a plat if no new streets or roads are created or no new utility improvements are required or no new sanitary sewer or approval of a septic tank is required.

A recorded plat is required for all building permit applications; however, no building permit can be issued on any lot that does not meet the minimum dimensional standards as required by zoning.  Zoning information may be reviewed in Chapter 2 of the Unified Land Development Code or by contacting the Planning and Zoning Department at 770.288.7526.

If you have questions about your plat or property, please contact our Plan Review and Environmental Compliance Department at 770.288.6190.

 
Resolution 09-161
A resolution to amend the effective date of adoption for the Unified Land Development Code as an ordinance, and the Henry County/Cities Joint Comprehensive Plan. Click here to download the resolution in PDF format.

Mission Statement

To implement the environmental compliance and plan review provision of the Henry County Unified Land Development Code, and to maintain erosion control standards set forth by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission.

The Department will coordinate the inspecting, monitoring, and plan review in the development permitting process, to ensure that the County's natural resources and quality of life are protected and to provide efficient and courteous service to the citizens of Henry County.

Construction Standards

Section #

Section Name

Standard #

Title

1.0

Erosion Control

1.1.1

1.2.1

1.2.2

1.2.3

1.2.4

1.3.1

1.4.1

1.5.1

1.6.1

1.7.1

1.7.2

1.8.1

1.9.1

1.10.1

1.11.1

1.12.1

1.12.2

1.12.3

1.12.4

1.12.5

1.12.6

1.13.1

1.13.2

1.13.3

1.14.1

1.14.2

1.15.1

1.16.1

1.17.1

1.17.2

Matting & Blankets

Silt Fence-Type “A”

Silt Fence-Type “C”

Mulch Sediment Barrier

Hay Bale Sediment Barrier

Check Dam

Construction Access Pad

Diversion Ditch

Temporary Downdrain Structure

Slotted Board Dam Retrofit

Perforated Half-Round Pipe Retrofit

Rock Dam

Level Spreader

Grade Stabilization Structure

Stone Filter Ring

Filter Fabric Inlet Protection

Baffle Box Inlet Protection

Curb Inlet Protection-“Pigs-In-A-Blanket”

Gravel Drop Inlet Protection

Sod Inlet Protection

Alternate Drop Inlet Protection

Temporary Sediment Basin Dam Details

Temporary Sediment Basin Components

Emergency Spillway

Baffles (I)

Baffles (II)

Temporary Culvert Crossing

Storm Drain Outlet Protection

Waterway Cross-Section

Stone Center Waterway

2.0 Storm Drainage

2.1.1

2.2.1

2.3.1

2.4.1

2.4.2

2.4.3

2.4.4

2.4.5

2.5.1

2.5.2

2.6.1

2.7.1

2.8.1

2.9.1

Culvert Trench

Culvert Pipe Data

Pipe Anchorage

Catch Basin - Single Wing

Catch Basin – Double Wing

Catch Basin Tops

Catch Basin Weir Inlet

Catch Basin – Drop Inlet

Manhole

Manhole Casting

Headwall

Energy Dissipator

Open Channel

Paved Ditch

3.0

Roadways

3.1.1

3.1.2

3.2.1

3.3.1

3.3.2

3.3.3

3.4.1

3.4.2

3.5.1

3.5.2

3.5.3

3.6.1

3.7.1

3.8.1

3.9.1

3.10.1

Curbed Roadways

Uncurbed Roadways

Pavement Sections

Roadway Intersections

Roadway Vertical Alignment

Residential Boulevard Entrance

Cul-De-Sac (Residential)

Cul-De-Sac (Industrial & Commercial)

Residential Driveway

Driveway – Industrial & Commercial

Flared Driveway

Acceleration/Deceleration Lane

Curb & Gutter

Pavement Cut

Road Widening

Utility Location

4.0

Parking & Sidewalks

4.1.1

4.1.2

4.2.1

4.3.1

Parking - 90 ° & Parallel

Angled Parking

Sidewalk

Handicapped Ramp

Review Fees

Residential Plan Review Fee:

  • 0-10 Lots: $250.00
  • 11-50 Lots: $750.00
  • 51-150 Lots: $1,500.00
  • 150+ Lots: $2,000.00

Commerical Plan Review Fee:

  • 0-1 Acre: $250.00
  • 1-5 Acres: $500.00
  • 5-10 Acres: $750.00
  • 10+ Acres: $1,000.00

Re-submittal Fee: 50% of original Plan Review fee.

Upon first submittal, redline comments are made; there is no charge to resubmit the plans for review.  If redline comments are made a second time, a re-submittal fee (50% of original fee) will be charged at the next submittal and any subsequent submittals if applicable.

Revision Fee: 50% of original Plan Review fee.

A revision fee will be charged to submit post approval revisions.

Permit Renewal Fee: (Permits valid for 1 year from issuance) - $100.00

Survey Plat Review Fee: $25 per lot

Development Permit Fee:

  • 0-1 Acre: $100.00
  • 1-5 Acres: $200.00
  • 6-10 Acres: $300.00
  • 11-20 Acres: $400.00

If a project is over 21 acres, the permit will be $400.00 plus $6.00 per acre over 20 acres. (For example: if a project is 30 acres, the permit fee would be $400.00 plus 10 x $6.00 = $60.00 for a total of $460.00.)

*All Permits that are deemed expired per the ULDC shall forfeit all fees paid. 

Fees effective 9/16/09. HCBOC Resolution #09-113 dated May 19, 2009.
*Adoption of adjustments to fee schedule HCBOC Resolution #09-265 dated November 17, 2009.

Final Plat Review Procedures

On initial submittals, please submit six (6) copies for distribution and review by the appropriate departments. This initial review process will take approximately ten (10) days. Under normal circumstances, we will complete the review process before then and will notify the developers.

When redlines are returned to the developer, we will include a bill for street signs as well as a punch list for any field work that may need to be completed. In the meantime, be sure to turn in all required information to the Project Administrator of Henry County Water Authority so that we can get approval from them for the final plat. When redlines have been corrected, submit the mylar and five (5) copies, all with original signatures. 

Once the plats have been returned and all submittals approved they will be transmitted to the final plat committee. This committee normally meets once a week. After approval by the committee, the plats are then signed by the appropriate people. Please allow at least two (2) days after the committee signs off on plats to obtain these additional signatures.

After the plats are signed, the developer will then be notified to pick up the mylar and to provide additional copies (22 sets for County or 27 sets for City of Stockbridge*). When these copies are returned, the developer will be provided with three (3) copies with original signature for recording.

* Effective 1/1/06, any projects in the City of Stockbridge will be required to adhere to the city’s new bond and platting requirements.

Below is a “checklist” of items that must be submitted and approved prior to final plat approval:

  1. Completed application
  2. Final Plat fee
  3. Maintenance bond (if applicable)
  4. Right of Way Deed
  5. Right of Way Recording fee
  6. Street sign payment
  7. Water Authority approval
  8. Core Test approval
  9. As built approval – drainage and storm water
  10. As built approval – hydro detention pond
  11. Copy of Protective Covenants
  12. Correction of all field work punch list
  13. Electronic submittal

The above items are all addressed in the application packet which you may pick up in the Development Plan Review Department.

If questions should arise before your final plat is ready for recording, please feel free to call either George Patterson or Karen Atkinson at 770-288-6064, otherwise you will be notified promptly each time your plats are ready to be picked up.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation in the final plat process.

Final Plat Review Package

A Development Permit is required to perform land-disturbing activity (clearing, grading, erosion control, etc.) in Henry County.  To obtain a permit, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Submit eleven (11) copies of Construction/Site/Development Plans with two (2) copies of the Hydrologic Study, if applicable, prepared and signed by a registered engineer, to the Development Plan Review Department at the address above.
  2. At time of submittal, a plan review fee (see fee schedule) must be received and a permit application form completed.
  3. All plans submitted will be reviewed in the Development Plan Review Department by:
    • Engineering – 1 set
    • Erosion & Sediment Control – 1 set w/hydrology
    • Planning – 1 set
    • Fire Department – 1 set
    • and will be distributed for review to the following departments:
    • Henry County Stormwater Management – 1 set w/hydrology/water quality
    • Henry County DOT – 1 set
    • Henry County Environmental Health (see #5. below) – 1 set
    • A separate review by the Henry County Department of Transportation Planning (see #6 below) is required – 1 set w/Traffic Impact Study
    • Copy may be given to City Manager and/or SPLOST if applicable. – 1 set
    • A separate plan review process is necessary in gaining approval through the Henry County Water & Sewerage Authority. For approval, plans must be submitted directly to:
    • Henry County Water & Sewer Authority (1695 Hwy 20, McDonough, GA 30253) (678) 583-3820 – 1 set
  4. Review comments will be compiled by the Development Plan Review Department and returned to developer/engineer for any necessary revisions.
  5. A release from Henry County Environmental Health is required prior to issuance of a Development Permit, if site is on septic.  Henry County Environmental Health will require the submission of the Level 3 Soil Report for all subdivisions utilizing Onsite Sewage Management Systems at the predevelopment/preconstruction phase.  The Level 3 Soil Report must meet the requirements set forth in the State Manual for Onsite Sewage Management Systems and must show the lot layouts.
  6. Please see Traffic Impact Study Threshold and Requirements in Development Info Packet.
  7. Irevocable Letters of Credit, Escrow Letter of Surety or Maintenance Bonds for Land Disturbance and Accel/Decel Lanes (if applicable) must be submitted prior to permit issuance.
  8. Upon approval from the above departments, a Development Permit will be issued by the Development Plan Review Department in a scheduled pre-construction conference between the various representatives from departments performing the plan review process and the developer/grader who will be performing the work.  Fee for Development Permit is based on fee schedule.
  9. Developer must possess valid Business License at the time of permit issuance.  Business Licenses are issued in Henry County by the Tax Commissioner’s Office (770) 288-8150.
  10. The Development Permit must be obtained prior to issuance of Building Permit (which would be applied for under a separate application).
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