Building Inspections

The Building Inspections Department’s mission is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people in Stephens County by ensuring a safe building environment and to promote responsible growth by assisting residents, builders, contractors and developers throughout the county with compliance to the current codes adopted by the Stephens County Commissioners. Although risk to residents can never be eliminated completely, it is this department's desire to have that risk reduced as much as possible.

Building code enforcement is an asset to the County for many reasons. Through code compliance and the issuance of Certificates of Occupancy for Residential and Commercial construction, consistent construction practices are ensured, property values are fairly assessed, instant slums are avoided, and insurance rates may be lowered by obtaining a better ISO rating. Also, it may qualify Stephens County for State and Federal Grants.

Any construction requiring a building permit is subject to adherence of the Georgia Minimum Standards for Building and Construction as mandated by the State of Georgia and will be appropriately inspected throughout all phases of construction. (Downloadable information and forms are available on the links below).

Those standards currently include The International Building Code, International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings, The International Plumbing Code, The International Mechanical Code, The International Fuel Gas Code, The International Fire Code, Georgia State Energy Code, (all currently 2006 editions), and The National Electric Code (2008 edition), as amended by the State of Georgia. These standards will be updated as the State mandates.

Erosion and Sediment Control Practices

Protection of our environment and natural resources is important to our County Government. It is the commitment of the Building Department to assist in this endeavor. Best management practices concerning land and disturbance activities should be implemented by anyone clearing, grading, etc. Land Disturbance of one acre or more will require a permit issued. Contact this department at 770-387-4932.

Contractor Licensing

To ensure fair and consistent building practices, Stephens County enforces Contractor Licensing as issued by the Georgia Secretary of State. A copy of a current license issued by the Secretary of State and a current certificate of insurance is required for contractors performing any work requiring a building permit in Stephens County.

Please feel free to contact the Building Department with any questions you may have as it is the privilege of this department to be of service in any and all ways possible.

Beth Rider
37 West Tugalo St., Toccoa GA 30577
Phone 706-886-9491 Ext. 302 Fax 706-886-2185

Hours: Monday-Friday: 8 a. m – 5 pm (for in-person visits, please call in advance to ensure proper service).

MunicodeWebsite for Building Regulations: Click here to Download

Downloadable Forms and Information:

Sign Fees

Sign Fee - $50.00 plus $1.50 square foot for face of sign
Billboard Fee - $1.50 square foot. for face of billboard, for 200 square foot billboard would be $350.00

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