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					2010
City of Alpharetta
Commercial Permitting
Procedures



REVISED January 1, 2010
NOTICE
The information within this document is prepared by the City of Alpharetta Georgia Community Development Department,
Inspections and Codes Enforcement Division, hereinafter referred to as “the City.” The intent of this document is to reasonably
inform our citizens, designers, developers, contractors, and the general public of the codes and laws related to commercial
building construction in effect within the city and also to communicate the policies and procedures developed by the city over
time to enforce these laws for safe and code compliant commercial construction.

This document is a building official interpreted “plain language” compilation of various sections of federal, state, county, and city
building construction laws and the rules and regulations related to improving commercial property in the City. The information
within is not all inclusive, nor is it designed to be, but rather presents a general overview of construction laws and processes
relative to planning, permitting, constructing, inspecting, and completing a commercial construction project in the city.

For the purpose of this document, the following shall apply to the use of words and phrases: Words used in present tense include
future tense. Words used in singular tense include plural tense. The word “he” also means “she.” The words “shall” or “must” are
always mandatory. The words “may” or “can” are permissive. The word “and” indicates all conditions, requirements, or factors so
connected must be met or fullfilled, whereas the word “or” indicates that at least one condition, requirement, or factor so
connected must be met. The word “structure” means anything that is built and includes the word “building.” The word “person”
means any individual, corporation, association, firm, partnership or other legal entity. The word “permit” means written
governmental permission issued by an authorized official, empowering the holder thereof to do some act not forbidden by law,
but not allowed without such authorization.

This document may be updated as codes, laws, rules, regulations, and policies change. This and other construction related
procedures may be accessed and downloaded at: www.alpharetta.ga.us.




                        COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITTING PROCEDURES – Revised January 1, 2010
                    City of Alpharetta Community Development Department, Inspections & Codes Enforcement Division
                            287 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Ga. 30009, Tel: 678-297-6080, Fax: 678-297-6081

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                                                                                     TABLE OF CONTENTS
NOTICE..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 2
TABLE OF CONTENTS ........................................................................................................................................................................................... 3
2010 COMMERCIAL BUILDING CODES................................................................................................................................................................ 4
FLOW CHART.......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 5
PLAN REVIEW ......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 6
DESIGN PROFESSIONAL....................................................................................................................................................................................... 7
USE GROUP CODES............................................................................................................................................................................................... 8
SITE PLAN REQUIRED ........................................................................................................................................................................................... 9
BUILDING PLAN REQUIRED.................................................................................................................................................................................. 9
MECHANICAL, ELECTRICAL, LOW VOLTAGE, & PLUMBING COMMENTARY ...................................................................................................... 13
REQUIREMENTS FOR BUILDING PERMITS....................................................................................................................................................... 18
GENERAL NOTES REGARDING BUILDING & SUBCONTRACTOR PERMITS ................................................................................................ 19
GEORGIA ENERGY CODE (IECC) COMPLIANCE .............................................................................................................................................. 20
WATER CONSERVATION…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….21
GREEN COMMUNITIES ORDINANCE………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………21
CITY CLIMATIC & GEOGRAPHICAL DESIGN CRITERIA................................................................................................................................... 22
GENERAL BUILDING VALUATIONS.................................................................................................................................................................... 23
NEW BUILDING PERMITS & FEES ...................................................................................................................................................................... 23
FOUNDATION PERMITS & FEES:........................................................................................................................................................................ 27
SHELL BUILDING PERMITS & FEES:.................................................................................................................................................................. 28
FIRST GENERATION TENANT INTERIOR FINISH PERMITS & FEES: ............................................................................................................. 29
SECOND GENERATION TENANT INTERIOR FINISH PERMITS & FEES: ........................................................................................................ 30
DEMOLITION PERMITS & FEES: ......................................................................................................................................................................... 31
SITE RETAINING WALL PERMITS & FEES: ....................................................................................................................................................... 32
TOWER PERMITS & FEES: .................................................................................................................................................................................. 33
EXTERIOR SIGNAGE PERMITS........................................................................................................................................................................... 33
ADDITIONAL CITY CONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS .................................................................................................................................... 34
CHANGES TO PLANS AFTER PERMITTING……………………………………………………………………………………………..35
PERMIT TIME LIMITS – EXPIRATION - RENEWALS .......................................................................................................................................... 36
PREPARING FOR INSPECTIONS......................................................................................................................................................................... 37
REQUESTING INSPECTIONS............................................................................................................................................................................... 38
REINSPECTION POLICY & FEES......................................................................................................................................................................... 39
MANDATORY BUILDING INSPECTIONS............................................................................................................................................................. 40
MANDATORY MECHANICAL INSPECTIONS...................................................................................................................................................... 42
MANDATORY ELECTRICAL INSPECTIONS ....................................................................................................................................................... 43
MANDATORY PLUMBING INSPECTIONS........................................................................................................................................................... 45
VIOLATIONS & MORE........................................................................................................................................................................................... 47
PENALTIES............................................................................................................................................................................................................ 49
APPEALS ............................................................................................................................................................................................................... 50
ADDITIONAL INSPECTIONS ................................................................................................................................................................................ 51
THIRD PARTY INSPECTIONS & REPORTS ........................................................................................................................................................ 51
WRITTEN RELEASE.............................................................................................................................................................................................. 52
STOP WORK ORDERS ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 53
CERTIFICATES OF OCCUPANCY & COMPLETION........................................................................................................................................... 53
TEMPORARY CERTIFICATES OF OCCUPANCY & COMPLETION................................................................................................................... 54
SWIMMING POOLS ............................................................................................................................................................................................... 56
CONSTRUCTION PERFORMANCE COMPLETION BOND FORM ..................................................................................................................... 57
BUILDING PLAN LOG IN CHECK-OFF FORM .................................................................................................................................................... 58
NEW CONSTRUCTION or ADDITION BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATION FORM ............................................................................................ 59
INTERIOR FINISH ONLY BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATION FORM................................................................................................................. 60
SHELL BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATION FORM .............................................................................................................................................. 61
DEMOLITION PERMIT APPLICATION FORM...................................................................................................................................................... 62
FOUNDATION ONLY PERMIT APPLICATION FORM ......................................................................................................................................... 63
SITE WALL PERMIT APPLICATION FORM ......................................................................................................................................................... 64
MECHANICAL PERMIT APPLICATION FORM .................................................................................................................................................... 65
ELECTRICAL PERMIT APPLICATION FORM ..................................................................................................................................................... 66
LOW VOLTAGE PERMIT APPLICATION FORM....................................................................................................................................................... 67
PLUMBING PERMIT APPLICATION FORM.............................................................................................................................................................. 68
GREASE TRAP PERMIT APPLICATION FORM .................................................................................................................................................. 69
AUTHORIZED PERMIT AGENT FORM……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..70



                                     COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITTING PROCEDURES – Revised January 1, 2010
                                 City of Alpharetta Community Development Department, Inspections & Codes Enforcement Division
                                         287 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Ga. 30009, Tel: 678-297-6080, Fax: 678-297-6081

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2010 COMMERCIAL BUILDING CODES

Applies to all commercial and industrial construction and accessory structures not meeting the International Residential
Code (IRC) definition of residential construction and to be permitted on or after 1/1/2009.


Administration: (in cases of conflict between codes / ordinances, the more restrictive shall apply)

                                              The Code of the City of Alpharetta, Georgia – latest revision.
                                              1994 Standard Building Code (SBC), Chapter 1 – Administration
                                              City of Alpharetta Unified Development Code – latest revision.

Building:                                     2006 International Building Code (IBC), with 2010 Ga. Amendments. Note1
Mechanical:                                   2006 International Mechanical Code (IMC), with 2010 Ga. Amendments
Gas Piping:                                   2006 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC), with 2010 Ga. Amendments
Plumbing:                                     2006 International Plumbing Code (IPC), with 2010 Ga. Amendments.
Electrical:                                   2008 National Electrical Code, with 2009 Ga. Amendments.
Energy:                                       2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), with 2009 Ga. Amendments;
                                              ASHRAE / IESNA Standard 90.1 – 2004, with Georgia Amendments.
Fire Safety:                                  2006 Standard Fire Prevention Code (IFC), with 2010 Ga. Amendments;
                                              2000 Life Safety Code, City Sprinkler Code – Ord. No. 220, latest revision.
Water Conservation:                           Alpharetta Water Conservation Requirements for New Construction
Pools:                                        See 2010 Swimming Pool Permitting Procedures
Soils Erosion:                                Alpharetta Soil Erosion & Sediment Control Ordinance - latest revision.
Accessibility:                                Georgia Accessibility Code – GSFC Rules & Regs. 120-3-20 – latest revision.
Industrialized Buildings:                     Industrialized Buildings Rules of the Georgia Commissioner of Community
                                              Affairs O.C.G.A. 110-2, latest edition.
Site Walls, Walks, Drives:                    City Standard Drawings or site specific design by Georgia Architect or P.E.

Georgia Amendments:.....................................................................................................................................
www.dca.state.ga.us/development/constructioncodes/programs/codeAmendments.asp
Note 1: Be sure to check Errata to Georgia Amendments while on the DCA Website.




                          COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITTING PROCEDURES – Revised January 1, 2010
                      City of Alpharetta Community Development Department, Inspections & Codes Enforcement Division
                              287 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Ga. 30009, Tel: 678-297-6080, Fax: 678-297-6081

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                           PERMITTING / INSPECTION FLOW CHART

Building Plan Review, Permitting, Construction Inspections, & Certificates of Occupancy


                                                    Plan Submittal
                                           See plan submittal & log-in requirements
                                                       Pages 6 - 22



                                                         Plan Review
                                           Plans are reviewed for codes compliance




        Building & Fire Review Comments                                    No Plan Review Comments
         Submitted plans do not show codes compliance.                   Submitted plans show codes compliance.
            Reviewers send comments to designers.




             Address Review Comments                                     Plans Available for Permitting
        Designers address/correct plan review comments                   Plan reviewers notify “Responsible Person”




                Submit Revised Plans                                     Acquire All Required Permits
                   Designers re-submit plans                                           Pages 23 - 33



                                                                    Undergo Required Inspections
                                                                                   Pages 37 - 56


                                      Pass All Required
                                   Inspections & Submit All                                Fail Inspection
                                   Required Documentation


                                 Certificate of Occupancy or                             Correct Violations
                                     Completion Issued


                                       Project is Complete                            Call for Re-inspection




                   COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITTING PROCEDURES – Revised January 1, 2010
               City of Alpharetta Community Development Department, Inspections & Codes Enforcement Division
                       287 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Ga. 30009, Tel: 678-297-6080, Fax: 678-297-6081

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PLAN REVIEW
ALL BUILDING PLANS MUST BE REVIEWED BY CITY BUILDING AND FIRE OFFICIALS PRIOR TO ISSUING ANY BUILDING PERMIT.

General:
Prior to submitting plans for building and fire officials codes compliance review, property owners, tenants, and their
design professionals must exercise “due diligence” to determine the land use and construction requirements at any
particular site.
All properties in the City are in Zoning Districts, identified on the Alpharetta Zoning Map, and subject to Use
regulations identified in Alpharetta’s Unified Development Code, known as the UDC.
There are also special areas of the city, such as the Central Business District and Historic District, plus
Corridors of Influence, where properties in these areas must undergo Architectural Review of design and
exterior finishes by the City Design Review Board, known as the DRB. This assures planned projects meet
the City Planning Commision’s architectural and development expectations.
In addition, many properties are subject to special ‘conditions of development’ imposed by the city Board of
Zoning Appeals and City Council. Also, owners of new buildings are usually required to pay “impact fees”
prior to permitting.
Collectively, these are development conditions. Depending upon development conditions, certain Uses,
such as food service, retail sales, medical offices and other Uses may be restricted or not allowed on a
property selected by a prospective owner or tenant. It is a primary responsibility of an owner or tenant and
their development design team to thoroughly investigate a property upon which a building project is
planned and to proceed accordingly.

Submitting (and Re-Submitting) Building Plans:
To get plans reviewed for building and fire codes compliance, plans must first be logged into the City’s plan
review system at Building Division offices, located at 287 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Ga. 30009. Submit
three (3) sets of plans, stapled or bound into individual sets.
Log In Hours: 8:00am – 11:00am; Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; First Come – First Serve Basis.
    Note: Sign-in sheet is available at Building Division service desk at 8:00am on log in days. Sign In.
No building plan submittals may be mailed or courier delivered to this office for log in or review, without
prior building official approval on a case-by-case basis.
Log in procedures apply to first time plan submission only. Plan re-submissions or changes to plans for projects
already permitted should be re-submitted to building plan reviewers on any work day.
    Note 1: Plan resubmittals or changes to plans already permitted must be accompanied by a letter from the
    designer(s) describing each revision made to plans, identifying which pages and details affected. Each plan
    page/detail changed must be ‘clouded’ and include the revision number on the plan to expedite plan re-review.
    Note 2: When responding to city plan reviewer comments, designers should address each reviewer comment
    in the numerical order received to expedite plan re-review.
    Note 3: All plan review correspondence must include the project name and street address, including
    suite/unit number, associated to the project. Correspondence concerning plans already permitted shall
    include the building permit number.
                     COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITTING PROCEDURES – Revised January 1, 2010
                 City of Alpharetta Community Development Department, Inspections & Codes Enforcement Division
                         287 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Ga. 30009, Tel: 678-297-6080, Fax: 678-297-6081

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In addition to three plan sets, initial plan submissions must include a completed and signed City Building
Permit Application Form for the type of work to be done and must include a Building Plan Log In
Check-Off Form, provided herein.
Once with a plan reviewer, the plan reviewer will review a plan submittal for “Content Only.”
    Note: This is not a “One Stop” plan review. This procedure assures plans being submitted do contain
    enough required project information to allow plan reviewers to proceed with a compliance review.
If a plan contains all log in information required, as outlined herein and applicable to work to be done, the
plan will be logged into the City’s building and fire plan review system.
If a plan does not contain all log in information required, as outlined herein and applicable to work to be
done, the plan will be rejected. All plans and submittals will be returned to the applicant, with a listing of
missing information and notes relative to re-submission. Plans may be resubmitted on the next regular
scheduled building plan submittal date.
When logged in, plan reviews will normally be completed with initial written comments, if any, issued to the
designated primary contact person within ten (10) working days of log in, subject to current work load.
When plan review is completed, plan reviewers will notify applicant regarding the status of the plans, by
either email or telephone.
One set of final reviewed plans will be retained by the building official, one by the fire marshal, and one set,
with original City “Reviewed for Codes Compliance” signatures affixed to each page, must be placed on the
jobsite in an accessible and weather protected location and shall remain there throughout the construction
for building and fire officials use during inspections. No Plans = No Inspections.

DESIGN PROFESSIONAL

The City requires all commercial building plans submitted for review to be prepared by a professional
designer. The design professional shall be a professional designer, architect, or professional engineer
registered under Georgia laws regulating the practice of building design, architecture, or engineering and
shall affix his official seal and signature to said drawings and specifications for the following:

All Occupancies -- All occupancies, except detached 1&2 Family Dwellings and townhouses and their
associated out-buildings, regardless to new construction, addition, alteration, or renovation to existing
buildings or structures or their mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fuel gas, or fire protection systems shall
bear the official seal and signature of a Georgia licensed design professional making the plan.
    Exception: Alteration, addition, or renovation to existing buildings or structures or their mechanical,
    electrical, plumbing, fuel gas, or fire protection systems; where the project cost is less than
    $100,000.00; and/or which do not involve a change in occupancy use classification or changes to such
    building or structure's structural system or fire resistive integrity or means of emergency egress, or
    addition of utility equipment or major built-in appliances or their supply or support systems shall not be
    required to bear the seal of a Georgia licensed design professional. (See pages 13 – 17 for information
    required.)
Building plans and specifications for work excepted above shall be prepared and submitted by any
competent building or space designer or other such responsible person approved by the property owner
and shall contain all information as required and listed above. Submitted plans for excepted work shall bear
the printed name, street address, and legible signature of the designer and any professional seals held.
                     COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITTING PROCEDURES – Revised January 1, 2010
                 City of Alpharetta Community Development Department, Inspections & Codes Enforcement Division
                         287 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Ga. 30009, Tel: 678-297-6080, Fax: 678-297-6081

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USE GROUP CODES

The following Use and Occupancy Classification types are from the Chapter 3 of the 2006 International
Building Code (IBC).

A1 & A1A        Assembly – fixed seating, theaters, concert halls.
A2 & A2A        Assembly – food & drink consumption,restaurants, night club, taverns & bars.
A3 & A3A        Assembly – general, worship, court rooms, community halls, libraries, art galleries
A4              Assembly – indoor sporting events, skating rinks, pools
A5              Assembly – outdoor sporting events, areans, stadiums, bleachers.

B               Business – general office, doctor/dentist offices, barber/beauty shops, colleges,
                          laboratories.

E               Education – K - 12th grade; academies, nursery schools, day care >24 hours.

F1              Factory & General Industrial - moderate hazard use, auto dealers/repair, dry cleaner,
                                              millwork.
F2              Factory & General Industrial - low/ordinary hazard use, ceramics, foundaries, metal
                                               fabrication.

H1              High Hazard – detonation hazard.
H2              High Hazard – deflagration hazard.
H3              HPM - hazardous production materials, semiconductors, HPM research & development.

I1              Institutional - supervised environment - assisted living, group homes.
I2              Institutional – incapacitated - hospitals, nursing homes, detoxification facilities
I3              Institutional – restrained - prisons, jails
I4              Institutional – day care <24 hours

M               Mercantile - retail sales, malls, shopping centers, grocery stores, drug stores.

R1              Residential – transient boarding houses, hotels/motels.
R2              Residential – multifamily, apartments, condominiums, dormatories, frat/sorority houses.
R3              Residential – one & two family dwellings.
R4              Residential – residential care, assisted living.

S1              Storage – moderate hazard – lumber/paper, builder supply warehouses.
S2              Storage – low hazard – public garages, fresh/frozen foods, metals, glass, appliances.

U               Utility – towers, barns, greenhouses, retaining walls, sheds, miscellaneous.




                   COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITTING PROCEDURES – Revised January 1, 2010
               City of Alpharetta Community Development Department, Inspections & Codes Enforcement Division
                       287 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Ga. 30009, Tel: 678-297-6080, Fax: 678-297-6081

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SITE PLAN REQUIRED for NEW BUILDINGS AND ADDITIONS
Where land disturbance is a part of the proposed construction, a Site Plan, approved by the City for Land
Disturbance Permit purposes, must be attached to each set of building construction drawings submitted for
plan review. All site plans submitted with building plans must include at least the following:

1. Project name and street address where work is to be performed.

2. Name, street address, and telephone numbers of all persons preparing the site plan.

3. City Land Disturbance Permit (LDP) number assigned to project.

4. Location of recorded property lines and all setbacks.

5. Location of all right-of-way lines for any public street abutting the site.

6. Location of any existing or proposed drives, walks, parking or service areas, curb cuts, etc..

7. Location of Accessible routes, parking spaces, ramps, etc. required by Georgia Accessibility Code.

8. Location of all easements, buffers, and public utility service connection points and facilities.

9. Location of flood plain areas and minimum lowest floor elevation, if applicable.

10. Location of any existing or proposed buildings or structures on the same site, including a dimensioned
    exterior wall footprint of each structure, and any buildings or structures to be demolished.
11. Finish grade elevation contours at all sides of buildings within ten feet (10') of building perimeter.

KEY PLAN REQUIRED for INTERIOR FINISH ONLY PROJECTS
Interior renovations, which are those that do not change the location of exterior walls or roof lines, do not
require a site plan but do require a Location or Key Plan of sufficient clarity to show the location of the
proposed work area in relation to the overall building, spaces, or floors and shall include sufficient detail to
ascertain compliance to fire egress requirements.

An example of this type of key plan would normally be a scaled footprint of the entire building or floor where
the workspace is located, with the workspace shaded to distinguish it from the remaining building or floor.
Include locations of all egress stairways to grade and exit ways to the building exterior. This is required to
complete building and fire plan review.

BUILDING PLANS REQUIRED
Three (3) complete sets of building construction drawings must be submitted to the Building Division for
building and fire department review. No construction project can be permitted without first undergoing
building and fire codes compliance reviews by City building and fire officials.

ALL BUILDING PLANS MUST INCLUDE AT LEAST THE FOLLOWING:

A. Required Pre-Approvals.

    Please see “General” heading under Plan Review section and item “L” in this section.

                     COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITTING PROCEDURES – Revised January 1, 2010
                 City of Alpharetta Community Development Department, Inspections & Codes Enforcement Division
                         287 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Ga. 30009, Tel: 678-297-6080, Fax: 678-297-6081

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B. A TITLE PAGE. -Information listed on this required page is mandatory for processing plan reviews.

   No plan will be reviewed without a Title Page being included with the plan submittal.
   This plan page does not require professional seal by a Georgia licensed designer. This plan page is
   where all designers summarize the project.

   Summary information on this page must include at least the following;
   1. Project Street Address & Suite Number. –Example – 123 East Street, Suite 100, Alpharetta, Ga. 30005

   2. Project Name. (List Building & Tenant name, as applicable) –Example – Best Office Supply Company.

   3. Project Size & Type. –Example – A new 300’ width x 100’ depth (60,000 sqft.) two story Mercantile
        building with 60 feet of open area on all sides.
   4. Brief Use Description: -Example - Retail office supplies sales with separated merchandise storage and
        general offices.
   5. Listing of Occupancy Use Groups: (IBC Chapter 3) –Example - Mixed, with Mercantile being principal.
        Occupancy Subclassifications present: Business, Storage, Educational, and Assembly.
   6. Room by Room Egress Occupant Load Calculations: (LSC Table 7.3.1.2) Note that Georgia Amendments to
        the 2006 International Building Code require that occupancy load be calculated from the Life Safety Code,
        not the International Building Code. The Life Safety Code considers the use of each individual space for load
        calculations. -Example - 965 Total Persons; 456 @ 1st Floor and 509 @ 2nd Floor; calculated as follows:
            Note: #100 Rooms = 1st (grade) Floor; #200 Rooms = 2nd Floor.
        Room No.                 Use              Use Class             Size SqFt.       SqFt./Person           No. Persons
           100               Retail Sales             M                   10,000             30g                    334
           110               Warehouse               S2                   14,000            300g                     47
           120               Open Office             B1                    3,500            100g                     35
         121-125            Private Office           B1                  200 ea.            100g                     10
        140 & 142           Locker Room              B1                  200 ea.            100g                      4
         143-146            Toilet Rooms             B1                  250 ea.            100g                     10
           150              Break Room               A2                     200              15n                     14
           160              Mech. Room               S2                     400             300g                      2
           200               Retail Sales             M                   27,500             60g                    459
         210-214           Comp. Training             E                  200 ea.             20n                     50

        No building plan will be reviewed by City building and fire plan reviewers without the above Room by
        Room Schedule of Ocupancy Use & Egress Occupant Load calculations being listed on the Title Page.
   7. Egress Width Calculations – (LSC Table 7.3.3.1) –Example – Total Occupants = 965

        2nd Floor = 509 persons x 0.3”/person = 153” + 3 exit ways required; 4 – 42” Stairwells = 168” provided.
        First Floor = 456 persons x 0.2”/person = 92” required, but LSC 7.4.1.2 prohibits reduction in number of
        means of egress from 2nd floor, therefore 4 – 48” wide exit ways are provided, each with a 36” wide exit door.
   8. Building Construction Type & Fire Protection: (IBC §602) –Example- Type III-A (3A) – Sprinkled

   9.   Building Height & Area Modifications: -Example – Height = No Modification; Area = Unlimited –
            Example Note: IBC §507.4, allows Mercantlie buildings of two stories or less to be unlimited in
            area when surrounded by a 60’ open area.


                    COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITTING PROCEDURES – Revised January 1, 2010
                City of Alpharetta Community Development Department, Inspections & Codes Enforcement Division
                        287 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Ga. 30009, Tel: 678-297-6080, Fax: 678-297-6081

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     10. Effective Codes for Construction: List all design codes on this page. Design codes must match those codes
         effective for construction in the City at the time of permit issue for the work. (See Page 4).
     11. Property Owner’s Name, Street Address, Contact Person, and Phone Numbers; -Example–

         Best Office Supply – 123 Main St., Americus, Ga. 30000, Tom Best – 706-213-6621, Fax: 706-213-6625
     12. All Designers Names, Addresses, Contact Persons, Phone & Email; -Example–

         Architectural = ABC Architects, 456 Della Street, Gray, Ga., 30000- Bill Good – (Phone, Fax, Email)
         Plumbing = D&E Engineering, 200 Any Place, Paris, Ga, 30000 – Joe Pipe – (Phone, Fax, Email)
         Electrical = EMC Engineering, 10 Wong Way, Tofu,Ga., 30000 – Ed Spike – (Phone, Fax, Email)
     13. Plan Page Index: List all plan pages, including mechqnical, electrical, and plumbing.

End of Title Page Requirements

B. Provide complete Architectural, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Low Voltage, Plumbing, and Fire
     Protection plans as applicable for the work to be done. Please see pages 13 – 17.

C.    Provide Structural Design Criteria for new structures and additions to existing structures, including
     assumed design wind loads, seismic information, etc., as required by IBC 1603.1.

D. Provide written list of Special Inspections, if required by IBC Chapter 17. Applies to new construction,
     additions, and structural changes to existing structures. This mandatory special inspections package,
     approved by the building official, may be downloaded at: http://seaog.org/Inspections.html.
                                                                http://seaog.org/Inspections.html

E. Provide Georgia Energy Code (IECC) Compliance Report for all new buildings and additions to existing
     buildings, per Georgia Energy Code requirements. See page 20.

F. Provide a water usage analysis and conservation plan. The plan shall be designed to establish a goal
     of not less than ten (10) percent reduction in the anticipated annual water usage for the project. Forms
     and information are available at http://www.alpharetta.ga.us/index.php?m=files&id=107. See page 21.

G. Drawings shall be drawn to scale and be of sufficient clarity to indicate the nature and extent of the
     work proposed and shall show in detail that it will conform to the listing of building and fire codes
     herein and related City, county, state, and federal laws, ordinances, or rules and regulations relating to
     building construction in effect at the time of permitting.

H. Drawings and specifications shall contain information in a form of notes, schedules or otherwise, as to
     specific materials or equipment, where such information is essential to determine code compliance.
     Such information shall be specific, and City adopted building and fire codes and other City ordinances,
     or Georgia law, shall not be cited as a whole or in part, nor shall the term "legal" or its equivalent be
     used as a substitute for specific information.

I.   All information, drawings, specifications and accompanying data submitted shall bear the name and
     signature of the professional responsible for the submittal. Each page of each drawing set shall be
     sealed by a professional designer licensed in Georgia.



                      COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITTING PROCEDURES – Revised January 1, 2010
                  City of Alpharetta Community Development Department, Inspections & Codes Enforcement Division
                          287 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Ga. 30009, Tel: 678-297-6080, Fax: 678-297-6081

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J.   Each complete set of plans shall be bound together and must include all drawings applicable to the
     work to be done. Loose sheets will not be accepted. City building and fire officials do not accept partial
     submittals nor start any plan review prior to receiving three (3) complete sets of drawings for the work
     to be done. For example, architectural plans will not be reviewed unless the set includes mechanical,
     electrical, and plumbing plans, as required.

K. All submittals shall be coordinated through and received from one designated plan review Primary
     Contact and all building and fire plan review comments will be addressed to the designated primary
     contact person to coordinate the resubmittal of revised plans. Unless otherwise designated, the
     Primary Contact shall be the Architect of Record.

L. Some plans require pre-approval by other authority or department prior to submitting for building and
     fire plan review. Typical examples include, but are not restricted to:
     1. Restaurants – Fulton County Health Department - 404-332-1801
     2. Grocerys, convenience stores, bakerys – Georgia Department of Agriculture – 404-656-3621
     3. Grease traps & oil separators - Fulton County Water / Sewer Div. – 770-640-3061-x116 In addition,
         underground grease trap locations must match the approved location(s) on the Land Disturbance
         Permit drawings.
     4. Industrial Waste Pre-treatment: - Fulton County Water / Sewer Div. – 770-640-3061-x111
     5. Water wells & Septic Systems - Fulton County Health Department - 404-332-1801
     6. Public Swimming Pools - Fulton Co. Health Department - 404-332-1801
     7. Ambulatory Surgical Treatment Centers – Georgia Dept. of Community Health – 404-656-0457
     8. Tenant construction inside North Point Mall - General Growth Properties – 312-960-5000
     9. Exterior changes in certain districts requiring Design Review Board approval. – Alpharetta Planning
         & Zoning – 678-297-6070
     10. Wireless antennae projects require prior approval and permitting from Alpharetta Planning &
         Zoning, whether it be new towers (land disturbance permit); co-locates on existing towers
         (equipment screening); or antanneas mounted to buildings (color & design approval). – 678-297-
         6070.
     11. Site lighting – Alpharetta Planning & Zoning – 678-297-6070. Outdoor fixture types and locations
         must reflect the approved locations of the Land Distrubance Permit. Electrical plans must match
         approved site lighting location plans. Lighting design must meet the Night Sky requirements of the
         Green Cities Ordinance.

     If your work includes any of the above items, have plans approved in writing by these authorities
     before submission to building and fire plan reviewers for codes compliance review. We cannot
     begin building and fire plan review prior to these other approvals.

     Please see Page 18 for additional informarion.




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MECHANICAL, ELECTRICAL, LOW VOLTAGE, & PLUMBING COMMENTARY

Georgia State Minimum Standard Construction and Fire Codes, local laws, and departmental policies charge us
with a responsibility of providing a comprehensive codes compliance review for each plan received. We take this
responsibility very serious and continually endeavor to provide you with high level plan review services.

Our overall review policy is to identify code compliance issues during the plan review phase of a planned project,
where oversights are relatively inexpensive and quickly corrected, rather than later in the field where corrections
or omissions have proven very expensive and time consuming, plus creates undue construction delays. This
review policy works hand-in-hand with a city field inspection policy of strict adherence to sealed drawings.

Ocassionally, personnel in the field will attempt to ‘do it a better way’, ignoring engineered plans. This usually
voids engineered designs and generates undue issues with other trades in the field.

For this reason; City staff, who are not design engineers, are prohibited from providing, inspecting or
approving any design deviations in the field. When field deviations occur, inspections stop and field
management is advised by city inspectors to contact the designer of record for resolution. Resolutions must
be written under seal and forwarded to building and fire officials for codes compliance review and approval
before implementation. Copy of the resolution will be placed in the permit records.

For current construction codes, please see page 4 herein.

After throughly reviewing these procedures, design teams may initiate a pre-design meeting in City offices with
both building and fire plan reviewers present. To schedule this meeting call the Fire Marshal at 678-297-6272
or Building Plan Review at 678-297-6080.

Plans received without a listing of design codes, or listing codes not effective for construction in the city at
the time of expected permit issue, will be immediately rejected without review. We do not review plans not
designed to effective codes..

Another primary reason for building plan rejection is incomplete or vague drawings submitted for review.
Plan reviewers can not read minds, nor can inspectors or installers. Plan reviewers also can not interpret if
plans meet codes compliance if designers do not provide reviewers with complete systems information.

If code compliance cannot be determined by information on plans, the project will not be approved for permitting.
Show on the plans:
       What and how many systems there are, both existing and new, affected by the construction?
       What specific equipment, appliances, devices, etc. are to be used?
       Where will everything be located?
       What materials are specified?
       How will system piping, wiring, ducting, controls, etc. be supported and installed? (schedules)
       What sizes of which components are required where; etc.?….




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Make maximum use of schedules:
       List equipment, loads, demands, outputs, safety devices, limits etc.
Include dimensioned plan views:
       Provide elevations that actually exhibit current code compliance, not something from archives
        referencing past codes.
       Show system isometric drawings displaying changes in purpose, use, materials, and size changing points.
       Incorporate notes that refer to specific effective code sections used to determine compliance.
As a mechanical system designer, you must use the room use classifications and occupant load
information listed on the title page, then apply IMC Table 403.3. and the Georgia Energy Code to determine
HVAC requirements, outside ventilation air, exhaust systems, and building envelope insulation needs.
Fuel gas system designers must also use the IFGC for gas piping calculations. ASHRAE 62-2001, NFPA
72 & NFPA 96, are widely used standards that are referenced in the codes, but do not replace the codes.




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                                     MECHANICAL SYSTEMS DRAWINGS

Alpharetta is located in North Fulton County Georgia. The Georgia Energy Code places us in the same
climatic design region as Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Use 220F Winter and 920F Summer design dry bulb temperatures; 740F as Mean Coincident wet bulb
temperature; HDD65 = 2990; and CDD65 = 1541 as a design basis.
List all climatic design parameters on the plans and any programmed compliance reports .
If design includes re-using existing HVAC systems, show these existing systems on the plans and include
their operating / sharing data in your equipment schedules and calculations as applicable to the work.
Many existing systems fail to meet ICC code requirements, especially outside ventilation and exhaust air.
You may use Ventilation Rate or IAQ Procedures allowed by ASHRAE 62.1-2004, Section 6.2 and 6.3. You
may use either the plan Title Page Occupant Load Table (based on LSC Table 7.3.1.2) or the IBC Table
1004.1.1 to establish the total number of people that might occupy a building or portion thereof at any one
time as a zone population basis (P z ) for using Table 6.1 through Table 6.4. Provide written design
guidelines and calculations. Make maximum use of tables and equipment schedules, as this has proven
very effective for expediting plan review approval.
If existing HVAC systems are to be modified/supplemented, show how and to what extent on the plans.
Do not assume any occupant load reductions. You must prove any reductions by calculation on the plans.
Show detailed equipment schedules on the plans, to include but not be limited to:
       List manufacturer’s data to include model numbers, input and output data.
       List CFM rating of all blowers/fans.
       Show smoke detector locations.
       List operating voltages of all equipment.
       Show required disconnects.
       Show equipment mounting details, clear workspaces, etc.


Show ventilation, make-up, circulation, and exhaust air duct system schedules and details. List type and
thickness of materials used. Provide a plan view to include duct size and airflow capacity for each different
size/run used. Show all inlet/outlet locations. Show air duct support, connection, termination, boot, and
other ancillary equipment details. Include fire/smoke damper locations. Provide details of all code required
insulation on the plans.
If design includes any commercial food heat-processing appliances, include details of all Type I & Type II
exhaust air hoods. Show all hood construction details, clearances, ducting, and termination information.
If design includes a fuel gas system, list types of materials used, operating pressure, pressure drop, total
system developed length from meter to most remote outlet. Show CFH demand at each outlet and total
system CFH demand. Provide both plan view and isometric drawings of the entire fuel gas system. Show
all piping size change points, riser heights, regulator and valve locations. List piping support details, and
include any other information pertinent to ascertain IFGC codes compliance.




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                                        PLUMBING SYSTEM DRAWINGS

Show detailed fixture / appliance / piping schedules on plans. List manufacturer’s data to include model
numbers, inlet/outlet data, flush/flow capacities, anti-scald protection, backflow prevention, regulators, trap
primers, and other system components necessary to provide complete codes compliant systems.
Show IPC Table 403.1 – Minimum Number of Plumbing Facilities compliance calculations on the plans.
    Note: Required plumbing fixtures may be based upon occupant loads stated on a plan Title Page, per
    LSC Table 7.3.1.2, or upon the IBC Table 1004.1.1, as stated in IPC § 403.1.
Show fixture, equipment, and piping connection, support, and required clearance details on the plans.
Provide dimensioned plan view and isometric drawings of all sanitary DWV, roof drainage, potable water,
steam, air, or other supply and distribution piping systems within the scope of work to be done. If work
includes tying into or using existing systems, show connection points, size, and type of existing systems.
If design includes commercial food service or processing, include Safe Waste System plan and isometric
drawings, per IPC 912. Include all pipe sizes, vent locations, floor sinks/drains, and branch waste line
length data to show codes compliance.
If plumbing design includes a fuel gas system, list types of materials used, operating pressure, pressure
drop, total system developed length from meter to most remote outlet. Show CFH demand at each outlet
and total system CFH demand. Provide both plan view and isometric drawings of the entire fuel gas
system. Show all piping size change points, riser heights, regulator and valve locations. List piping support
details, and include any other information pertinent to ascertain IFGC codes compliance.

All fixtures shown on the plumbing fixture schedules must be consistant with the fixtures shown on the
required Water Conservation Report (see page 21.)




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                           ELECTRICAL & LOW VOLTAGE SYSTEM DRAWINGS

Provide electrical service information on the plans in the form of riser diagrams and notes. If construction
includes utilization of existing electrical service systems, include information regarding existing systems,
plus all new electrical system information. Show size, location, ampacity, phase, and other pertinent details
of transformers, service equipment and wiring, switch gear, panels, disconnects, over current/ fault
protection, and grounding/bonding information so as to allow reviewers to determine codes compliance.

Include main and sub-panel schedules showing phased connected loads and spares. List circuit numbers;
breaker/fuse sizes and types. List wiring types, ratings, and sizes to be used. Show conduit types and sizes
for checking conduit fill calculations.

Include electrical schedules for equipment, appliances, motors, lighting, and other connected apparatus.

Provide power wiring diagrams showing connection points and each circuit’s terminal location at panels,
equipment, appliances, disconnects, devices, outlets, and show all other connected loads.

Provide lighting system wiring diagrams showing locations of all lighting fixtures, switches, and controls.

Provide low voltage system circuiting diagrams showing locations of all power wiring service connection
points, transformers, alarm, data, telephone, and CATV outlets and other control devices.

Outdoor lighting shall comply with the Night Sky requirements of the Green Communities Ordinance,
enacted January 20, 2009. Additional information on the Green Communities Ordinance and the Night Sky
requirements may be found on the city’s website at www.alpharetta.ga.us.




                    COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITTING PROCEDURES – Revised January 1, 2010
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OBTAINING BUILDING PERMITS

After Plan review is complete, a building permit may be obtained. The property owner or their authorized
agent (contractor, architect, etc.) must provide the following information to City building officials at 287
South Main Street, Alpharetta, Ga. 30009. Normal hours of permit issue; 8:00am – 4:00pm Monday -
Thursday, 8:00am – 3:00pm Friday.

Required Documentation For Obtaining Commercial Building Permits
    1. Approved Fulton County sewer permit (Tap) receipt. (New construction, Addition, & Change in Use only)
    2. City of Alpharetta impact fees receipt. (New construction or Addition only)
    3. City Tree Compliance & Soil Erosion Control permit signed by City Engineering Department. (Applies
       where an Engineering Permit has been issued.
    4. Copy of Georgia State Contractors License. (see page 19)
    5. Authorized Permit Agent Form (See page 70)
    6. Copy of a valid contractor business license.
    7. ‘Construction Cost Letter’ verifying total cost of construction. Originates at property owner & notarized.
       (Does not apply to new building construction and first generation tenant build outs.)
    8. Pay all City required building permit fees. (See Permit Fee Calculations included herein)

MECHANICAL, ELECTRICAL, LOW VOLTAGE, AND PLUMBING (MEP) PERMITS

Required prior to any MEP work or improvements being performed at the proposed work site.
Subcontractor permits may be obtained 8:00am – 4:00pm Monday – Thursday; 8:00am – 3:00pm Friday.

Required Documentation For Obtaining Subcontractor Permits
    1. Completed and signed City Subcontractor Permit Application form. (Provided herein)
    2. Submit proof of a valid Georgia contractor license for the proposed type work.
    3. Provide a Georgia valid picture I.D. including personal signature.
    4. Submit proof of valid Georgia contractor business registration.
    5. Pay all City required Subcontractor permit fees. (Fee schedules on application forms herein)




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CONTRACTOR LICENSE REQUIRED

Since July 1, 2008, a state-issued contractor’s license is required to perform commercial building in
Georgia. A copy of the license, qualifying agent’s license, and qualifying agent’s photo ID must be
presented when first applying for a permit after receiving the license. If a person other than the qualifying
agent appears in person to obtain a permit, they must present a fully executed “Authorized Permit Agent
Form,” a copy of which is enclosed in this document. (See Page 70.)

Some specific trades, when performing work limited to that trade, are exempt for licensing if they are
classified as “Limited Specialty Contractors” by the state. Check with the Building Inspection Division Office
if you are not sure if a license is required.

GENERAL NOTES REGARDING BUILDING & SUBCONTRACTOR PERMITS

A. Building and subcontractor permits are required prior to starting any construction work in the city,
   excepting work specifically exempt from requiring a permit in Exception No.1 & Exception No.2 to
   §4.4.5A of the City’s Unified Development Code.

B. Building permits must be obtained before Subcontractor trade permits can be issued for construction.
        Exception; When no other work is planned or associated to the subcontractor work that will take
        place at your site, a Stand Alone subcontractor permit may be issued without first obtaining a
        building permit. Typical examples of Stand Alone subcontractor permits issued are; water heater
        repairs, AC compressor replacements, and electrical service change outs.
        For night or weekend emergency repairs, a subcontractor permit is still required, but the installer
        must obtain the permit within two business days during normal permit issue hours.
        Note: When Stand Alone subcontractor permits are issued, copies of the permit are given to city
        inspectors for follow-up inspections. The permit holder is responsible for promptly calling in code
        required inspections. Failure to request and pass Stand Alone permit required inspections may
        result to the permit holder losing city permitting rights.

C. If you are a property owner or tenant who has hired a general contractor, require all hired contractors
   and subcontractors to provide you with a City issued permit for their work, showing your work site
   address, prior to allowing them to proceed with any construction work. Fines, penalties, and other
   delays could be legally assessed to any property owner or tenant for working or allowing work to
   proceed on your site without first having City required permits in hand.

D. Georgia law, O.C.G.A. 43-14, requires all persons contracting or performing for hire any plumbing,
   electrical, low voltage, heating-air conditioning, or utility work in this state to be duly and currently
   licensed by the Georgia State Construction Industry Licensing Board for that work.

    The City will not issue subcontractor trade permits to any non-licensed person.




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GEORGIA ENERGY CODE (IECC) COMPLIANCE

The Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings, hereinafter referred to as the IECC, requires all new buildings and
additions to existing buildings to comply with energy conservation standards adopted by Georgia. The City
requires an IECC Compliance Report showing how planned construction meets IECC compliance.

IECC reports detail what energy conservation standards, such as exterior wall, roof, and floor insulation,
windows & skylights (building envelope), HVAC equipment, interior & exterior lighting, water heating
equipment, and other requirements to produce an IECC compliant energy efficient building.

General exemptions to IECC compliance include:
    Buildings that use no electricity or fossil fuels.
    Commercial and Industrial processing spaces.
    Historic buildings listed on the National or Alpharetta Register of Historic Buildings.

There are several ways to show IECC compliance for building projects;
COMcheck-EZ software, current Georgia Version.
Chapter 5 – 2006 IECC, with Georgia Amendments
Ashrae Standard 90.1-2004, with Georgia Amendments

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs, hereinafter referred to as DCA, has approved a U.S. Department of
Energy (DOE) software program called “COMcheck-EZ” for use in generating IECC compliance reports.
COMcheck-EZ can be downloaded free of charge at www.energycodes.gov/comcheck/ez_download.stm.
When using COMcheck-EZ software, you must download the “Georgia” version of this software. This will
automatically load compliance reports with IECC Georgia defaults.

When submitting COMcheck—EZ compliance reports; you must include compliance data for the building thermal
envelope, HVAC systems, power & lighting, and service water heating. All systems must comply. Two copies of the
compliance forms must be submitted.

Preprinted Compliance forms for this method are located in the appropriate sections of the ASHRAE/IESNA
Standard 90.1-2004 Users Manual. This Users Manual may be obtained through: www.ASHRAE.org or
may be available at Metro area technical bookstores.

As an alternate to the above, you may prove IECC compliance by showing written compliance to Section
11 – Energy Cost Budget Method - of ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004.

Chapter 11 compliance must be documented, per Section 11.1.5. Software simulation programs must be
used and meet DOE2, BLAST, or other requirements acceptable to building officials, per Section 11.2.
IECC Supplements & Amendments may be downloaded at: www.dca.state.ga.us/planning/codes2.html

Two (2) signed copies of the report for the work to be permitted must be submitted with each building plan
submittal. Whatever option listed above is chosen, the proposed construction must meet IECC compliance, prior to
a building permit being issurd for the construction. One copy will be stamped “Reviewed For Codes Compliance”
and will be given back to you at permit issue. This copy must be on the construction site and available to city
inspectors during inspections. The remaining copy will be retained in city permit record files.

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WATER CONSERVATION
In January 2008, the City of Alpharetta enacted an ordinance which requires a reduction of normal water
usage by 10% in new commercial construction. When submitting plans for new commercial construction
which includes new plumbing, submit a report to show how water savings is achieved. Refer to the “Water
Conservation Requirements for New Construction,” available as a document on the City’s website,
www.alpharetta.ga.us, or at the link www.alpharetta.ga.us/index.php?m=files&id+107. You will also find a
Microsoft Excel worksheet to assist you in preparing your report. The use of WaterSense certified fixtures
will assist in achieving the required water reduction.

Two copies of this report must accompany your initial plan submittal.

Under the City’s Green Communities Ordinance, high efficiency fixtures such as WaterSense certified
toilets, urinals, and faucets shall be used in all new public building installations.

GREEN COMMUNITIES ORDINANCE

On January 20, 2009, the City of Alpharetta enacted the Green Communities Ordinance, portions of which
are highlighted below:

Green Building
       a. LEED and EnergyStar certifications. The following policies shall apply to all public buildings
       that are either new construction or renovation projects:
                1. All new buildings constructed and owned by the City of Alpharetta which have 5000 SF
                or greater of occupied space shall be LEED certified (Leadership in Energy and
                Environmental Design for New Construction: LEED-NC). In the event that LEED
                certifications add costs exceeding $25,000, approval shall be required by City Council.

                2. All new buildings constructed and owned by the City of Alpharetta which are not LEED
                certified shall be certified for New EnergyStar or EarthCraft Light Commercial construction.
                If achieving those certification levels adds costs exceeding $25,000, approval shall be
                required by City Council.

                3. All new buildings renovated by the City of Alpharetta shall be EnergyStar certified or
                follow LEED guidelines.

        b. Green Building Incentives:
               1. The City of Alpharetta offers expedited plan review, plan processing and permitting
               for LEED, EarthCraft, WaterSense and Energy Star certified projects.

                2. The City of Alpharetta offers expedited building and site inspections for LEED,
                EarthCraft, WaterSense and EnergyStar certified projects.

In addition, the Green Communities Ordinance regulates outdoor lighting in its Night Sky requirements.
More information on the Night Sky requirements may be found at www.alpharetta.ga.us.



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CITY CLIMATIC & GEOGRAPHICAL DESIGN CRITERIA


All buildings and structures located in the city must be designed and constructed to meet the following
climatic & geographical criteria.

Ground Snow Load --------------------------- 8 psf

Wind Speed ------------------------------------ 90 mph (3 second gust) / 75 mph (fastest mile)

Seismic Design Category ------------------- “B,” sometimes “C” with site specific analysis

Weathering Probability For Concrete ---- Moderate

Frost Line Depth ------------------------------ 5” (12”minimum footing depth)

Termite Damage ------------------------------ Very Heavy

Decay Damage -------------------------------- Moderate to Severe

Design Temperature --------------------------220F Winter and 920F Summer design dry bulb temperatures;
                                             740F as Mean Coincident wet bulb temperature;
                                             HDD65 = 2990; and CDD65 = 1541

Flood Hazards -------------------------------- Per current FIRM map for Alpharetta.




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GENERAL BUILDING VALUATIONS
Per O.C.G.A. §48-13-9, the City of Alpharetta utilizes square foot costs for new construction buildings,
relying primarily on the International Code Council’s Building Valuation Data Table (BVD) as a basis for
determining the valuation of a new construction building or structure. Somertimes similar indices are used.
While the ICC/BVD table addresses building valuations of 27 types of fully constructed and finished new
buildings, it does not address valuations for partial construction of buildings through the various stages of
permitted construction, such as foundations, building shells and interior finishes, nor does it address
construction valuation of other construction, such as,demolition, site retaining walls, cell towers, data
centers, or certain other specialized buildings or structures.

Often retail and office buildings are built as “shells,” where most of the interior is left unfinished, to be built
out by future tenants. In this case, the City splits the new building value listed in the tables as follows: Shell
building 80%, Interior finish 20%. These percentages are consistant with the footnotes of the ICC table.

Certain building types, such as data centers, are not addressed by the ICC table. In this case the City may
use another national index, such as R S Means Square Foot Costs, current edition, to establish a valuation.

Other work, such as second generation interior finishes, demolition, retaining walls, and towers are not
addressed by the BVD tables. In these cases, the City requires a “construction cost letter.” Construction
Cost letters must cover all costs associated with tenant space improvement, including those improvements
provided and installed by the building owner, the tenant, and the contractor to make a completed, ready to
move in space for the tenant.
All improvements attached, fastened, or built-in to the building must be included in these costs; to include
but not be limited to, permanently installed casework, equipment, stages, etc..
All construction cost letters must originate from building or property owners and must be notarized.
Agents for the owner, including the property manager, are authorized to issue construction cost letters.


NEW BUILDING PERMITS & FEES
Applies to Construction of New Buildings and Additions to Existing Buildings

BVD building valuations vary by Occupancy Use Group, A (Assembly) to U (Utility), and Type of
Construction, 1A (Non-combustible) to 5B (Combustible). Building use groups and type of construction
information is required to be listed on the Title Page of your City of Alpharetta approved construction plans.
Below is the current ICC BVD Table, listing all applicable Occupancy Use Groups and Construction Types.
For most new buildings, we use this BVD Table to determine your cost per square foot Building Valuation for
new construction structures. This per square foot total valuation is then used to determine building permit cost.




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                                                                        ICC-BVD TABLE

               Use Group International Code Council                                       Type of Construction         N.P. = Not Permitted
Group (2006 International Building Code)                                  1A         1B        2A         2B          3A        3B      4       5A       5B

A-1 Assembly, theaters, with stage                                      207.99     201.27    196.59    188.35     177.31    172.08   182.33   161.78   155.82

A-1 Assembly, theaters, without stage                                   188.37     181.65    176.97    168.72     157.73    152.50   162.70   142.19   136.23

A-2 Assembly, nightclubs                                                160.35     155.84    151.87    146.10     137.40    133.56   140.99   124.59   120.41

A-2 Assembly, restaurants, bars, banquet halls                          159.35     154.84    149.87    145.10     135.40    132.56   139.99   122.59   119.41

A-3 Assembly, churches                                                  191.73     185.01    180.33    172.08     161.06    155.82   166.06   145.52   139.56

A-3 Assembly, general, community halls, libraries, museums              162.11     155.39    149.71    142.46     129.82    126.20   136.44   114.89   109.93

A-4 Assembly, arenas                                                    187.37     180.65    174.97    167.72     155.73    151.50   161.70   140.19   135.23

B Business                                                              161.10     155.30    150.33    143.24     130.34    125.39   137.63   114.22   109.47

E Educational                                                           176.25     170.31    165.47    158.26     148.32    140.74   153.03   130.54   125.61

F-1 Factory and industrial, moderate hazard                              97.68     93.20      87.88     84.96     76.10      72.71   81.54    62.67    59.24

F-2 Factory and industrial, low hazard                                   96.68     92.20      87.88     83.96      76.10     71.71   80.54    62.67    58.24

H-1 High Hazard, explosives                                              91.50     87.02      82.70     78.78     71.10      66.71   75.36    57.67     N.P.

H234 High Hazard                                                         91.50     87.02      82.70     78.78      71.10     66.71   75.36    57.67    53.24

H-5 HPM                                                                 161.10     155.30    150.33    143.24     130.34    125.39   137.63   114.22   109.47

I-1 Institutional, supervised environment                               161.32     155.78    151.61    145.46     135.81    132.09   146.81   122.94   118.11

I-2 Institutional, hospitals                                            271.13     265.33    260.35    253.27     239.63      N.P.   247.66   223.51    N.P.

I-2 Institutional, nursing homes                                        189.55     183.75    178.78    171.69     159.17      N.P.   166.08   143.05    N.P.

I-3 Institutional, restrained                                           185.16     179.37    174.39    167.30     155.66    149.72   161.69   139.55   132.80

I-4 Institutional, day care facilities                                  161.32     155.78    151.61    145.46     135.81    132.09   146.81   122.94   118.11

M Mercantile                                                            119.24     114.73    109.76    104.99      95.94     93.10   99.88    83.13    79.95

R-1 Residential, hotels                                                 163.43     157.90    153.72    147.58     137.69    133.97   148.68   124.81   119.99

R-2 Residential, multiple family                                        136.97     131.44    127.26    121.11     111.35    107.63   122.34   98.47    93.65

R-3 Residential, one- and two-family                                    129.98     126.37    123.27    120.01     115.61    112.61   118.02   108.33   101.95

R-4 Residential, care/assisted living facilities                        161.32     155.78    151.61    145.46     135.81    132.09   146.81   122.94   118.11

S-1 Storage, moderate hazard                                             90.50     86.02      80.70     77.78      69.10     65.71   74.36    55.67    52.24

S-2 Storage, low hazard                                                  89.50     85.02      80.70     76.78      69.10     64.71   73.36    55.67    51.24

U Utility, miscellaneous                                                 69.10     65.33      61.44     58.37     52.71      49.14   55.08    41.61    39.61




                                         COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITTING PROCEDURES – Revised January 1, 2010
                                     City of Alpharetta Community Development Department, Inspections & Codes Enforcement Division
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How To Use The ICC BVD Table and Determine Building Valuation

Three essential pieces of information must be known in order to determine a new building’s valuation.
    1. Principal Occupancy Use Group classification of the building.
    2. Type of Construction of the building.
    3. Total square footage of gross floor area of the building.

Principal Occupancy Use Group – This information is located on the Title page of the building plans and
is determined by the building designers. In the case of additions to existing buildings, existing building Type
of Construction shall prevail, unless the addition has a higher fire resistance rating or seismic design.
Typical examples of this information are: ‘Occupancy Classification is B ‘Business’ –Office-- etc..

Type of Construction – This information is located on the Title Page of the building plans and is determined
by the building designers. Typical examples of this information are: Building Construction Type is 2B. This
may also be expressed as a Roman Numeral = IIB. A building can have only one type of construction,
ascertained at the design stage of the building.

Total Square Footage – This information is located on the Title Page of the building plans and is determined
by the building designers. Typical example of determining gross square footage is to measure outside length
and width of a building and multiply the product by the number of building floors. (100’ wide x 50’ long = 5,000
x 3 floors = 15,000 sqft. )

When the three essential pieces of information are known; Use Group B-1 + Construction Type 2B + Building
Gross Square Feet 15,000, it is possible to determine the building valuation utilizing the BVD Table.
    1. Enter the BVD Table ‘Use Group’ Column and scroll down to “B” for Business, Office.
    2. Scroll to the right until intersecting the ‘Type 2B’ Column and note a cost per square foot of $143.24.
    3. Multiply square foot cost of $143.24 x 15,000 square feet and building valuation is $2,148,600.00
Building valuation of $2,148,600.00 is used to determine building permit fees for this new building, as follows.

Building permit fees are calculated by adding category fees to obtain a final permit fee, as follows;
Base Fee: City charges a Base Fee of $5.50 per $1,000.00 of calculated ‘Total Building Valuation’, with a
$50.00 minimum Base Fee.
    1. Divide the ‘Total Building Valuation’ figure by 1000 (a constant) and then multiply that result by
       $5.50, rounded to the closest whole cent. The result is the Base Permit Fee.
        Example: Building Valuation = $2,148,600.00  1000 x $5.50. = $11,817.30 = Base Permit Fee.
Plan Review Fees: Plan review fees are calculated at $2.75 per $1,000.00 of Total Building Valuation or
one half (50%) of the Base Permit Fee, with a $25.00 minimum Plan Review fee.
        Example: Base Fee = $11,817.30 x .5 (50%) = $5,908.65 = Plan Review Fee
Erosion Inspection Fee: A Flat Erosion Inspection Fee of $100.00 is assessed to all commercial building
permits, where land is disturbed.
Sewer Inspection Fee: A Flat Sewer Inspection Fee of $50.00 per ‘building sewer’ connection is assessed
to commercial building permits, where a new connection is made to an existing or new sewer system.
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Certificate of Occupancy (CO) or Certificate of Completion (CC) Fee: A CO or CC Fee is assessed to
all commercial building permits, except Towers, as follows.

CO’s are issued to buildings/structures designed for human habitation and CC’s are issued to structures
not designed for human habitation, such as Foundation Only, Demolition, and Site Retaining Wall permits.
CO Fees and CC Fees are calculated based upon the gross total square footage of a building, or area
thereof, improved and fee rated at $0.05 cents per gross square foot of the building.
    Example: The 15,000 sqft building = 15,000 x $0.05 = $750.00 CO Fee applies.
        Note: A minimum $200.00 CO Fee is assessed to any commercial permit, regardless to size.
        Example: A 3,000 sqft. building = 3,000 x $0.05 = $150.00, but $200.00 minimum CO fee applies.
Interior Finish Only building permits are assessed a flat rate CO fee of $200.00.
Structures not designed for human habitation are assessed a flat rate CC Fee of $200.00.

Total Fees: Add all applicable fees listed above for an accurate estimate of required building permit fees
for our example 3 story, 2B Type Construction, Office building, 15,000 square feet in size.

    Example: Base Fee = ($2,148,600.00 / 1000 x $5.50)                       = $11,817.30
             Plan Review = ($2,148,600.00 / 1000 x $2.75)                    = $ 5,980.65
             Erosion Fee = (Constant for new buildings)                      = $ 100.00
             Sewer Fee = ($50.00 per connection x1.)                         = $ 50.00
             CO Fee = (15,000 sqft. x $0.05)                                 = $ 750.00
             Total New Building Permit Fee                                  = $18,625.95

    Note 1: Do not make out checks for a final amount prior to permit issue. Minor differences in rounding
    of numbers could occur between applicant calculated fees and city permitting database calculated fees.
    Note 2: City building officials can normally advise applicants of exact building permit fees, calculated by
    the city’s permit data system, after building plans are logged into the city building permit data system.




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FOUNDATION PERMITS & FEES:

The City of Alpharetta may, at the descretion of the building official, issue “Foundation” permits for
commercial / industrial construction upon receiving written request from the property owner showing
justifiable cause for the permit. Justifiable causes are: Buildings with a footprint greater than 60,000 square
feet; buildings with piling or cassion foundations; or buildings whose foundation walls act as retaining walls
which must be erected in order for site work to be performed.
Such written request shall include a liability statement relieving the City of all liability incurred due to issueing
the Foundation permit and shall include property owner’s agreement to remove the foundation and return the
land to a natural state acceptable to the City in the event a full building permit is denied for cause or a project
is abandoned.
Foundation construction includes installing subsurface stabilization, such as piles and pile caps, footings and
below grade slabs and foundation walls and slabs on grade and may or may not include underground services.
Construction may not proceed beyond the top of slab until the City has issued a valid new or shell building
permit, except that first floor located columns only may be installed when integrated into the foundation. No
elevated floors can be included in a Foundation permit.

Building valuation for Foundation permits is assessed at ten percent (10%) of the valuation of a new
building, as determined in the New Buildings & Fees section herein. Using the same building described in
the New Building and Fees section herein as an example, it can be determined the valuation for the
building is $2,148,600.00, thus foundation valuation is $214,860.00, which is ten percent (10%) of the
total new building valuation.


Calculating Foundation Permit Fees

     Example: Base Fee = ($214,860.00 / 1000 x $5.50)       = $1,181.73
              Plan Review = ($214,860.00 / 1000 x $2.75)    = $ 590.87
              Erosion Fee = (Constant)                      = $ 100.00
              Sewer Fee = (N/A at Foundation Stage)         = $ 00.00
              CC Fee = (Flat Rate of $200.00 at Foundation) = $ 200.00
              Total Foundation Building Permit Fee          =$2,072.60

    Note: Do not make out checks for a final amount prior to permit issue. Minor differences in rounding of
    numbers could occur between applicant calculated fees and city database calculated fees.




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SHELL BUILDING PERMITS & FEES:

Shell buildings are new buildings constructed with only the essential structural elements, weather barriers,
and basic building mechanicals in place. Shell buildings do not have tenant build outs in place, therefore
this type of building is not habitable and may not be occupied or used.
Shell buildings include only structural floors and stairs, exterior walls and wall covers, load bearing interior
walls, roof structure and roof cover, the exterior thermal envelope, and basic building mechanicals, often
referred to as ‘core facilities’. In multi-tenant buildings, the shell may include common restrooms, lobby, etc.
Shell buildings can not contain any prospective tenant build outs, including ‘white box’ build outs.
Tenant build outs, including white box build outs, are Interior Finish permits and fees are addressed in
another section of these procedures.
Shell building valuation is calculated at eighty percent (80%) of the valuation of a new construction
building, if including foundation construction with the shell building construction. If a separate foundation
permit has been issued for the shell building, the shell building valuation is calculated at seventy percent
(70%) of the valuation of a new construction building.

Using the same office building described in the New Building Permits and Fees section herein as an example,
and assuming a Foundation permit has already been issued; valuation for the shell building is determined as
$1,504,020.00 ($2,148,600.00. x 70%)

Calculating Shell Building Permit Fees, assuming a Foundation permit has been issued.
    Example: Base Fee = ($1,504,020.00 / 1000 x $5.50)                       = $8,272.11
             Plan Review = ($1,504,020.00 / 1000 x $2.75)                    = $4,136.06
             Erosion Fee = (Constant)                                        = $ 100.00
             Sewer Fee = ($50.00 per connection x 1)                         = $ 50.00
             CC Fee = (15,000 sqft. x $0.05)                                 = $ 750.00
             Total Shell Building Permit Fee                                 = $13,308.17

Calculating Shell Building Permit Fees, assuming No Foundation permit has been issued.
Using the same office building described in the New Building Permits & Fees section herein, as an example,
and assuming No Foundation permit has been issued; we have already determined the valuation for the
building is $2,148,600.00, therefore the shell building valuation is $1,718,880.00 ($2,148,600.00. x 80%).
    Example: Base Fee = ($1,718,880.00 / 1000 x $5.50)                       = $9,453.84
             Plan Review = ($1,718,880.00 / 1000 x $2.75)                    = $4,726.92
             Erosion Fee = (Constant)                                        = $ 100.00
             Sewer Fee = ($50.00 per connection x 1)                         = $ 50.00
             CC Fee = (15,000 sqft. x $0.05)                                 = $ 750.00
             Total Shell Building Permit Fee                                 =$15,080.76
    Note: Do not make out checks for a final amount prior to permit issue. Minor differences in rounding of
    numbers could occur between applicant calculated fees and city database calculated fees.




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FIRST GENERATION TENANT INTERIOR FINISH PERMITS & FEES:

First generation interior finishes are the first tenant build outs installed in an empty shell building.
These finishes include the initial construction and finishing of all first tenant interior non-load bearing walls and
wall covers, doors, finish ceilings and floor covers, trim, and all service systems specific to the tenant needs;
such as HVAC supply and exhaust ducting and grills specific to each room, base building fire sprinkler
adjustments, signaling and exit lighting specific to the tenant space, tenant electrical sub-panels, switches,
lighting and power outlets, data cabling and outlets, specialty equipment and appliances, plumbing for break
rooms and toilet rooms within the tenant space and all built-ins installed in the tenant space.
First generation tenant build out valuation is calculated at twenty percent (20%) of the valuation of a new
construction building.
Using the same office building described in the New Building & Fees section herein, as an example and
assuming the first tenant will occupy the entire shell building, the valuation of the first generation Interior
Finish work for the whole building can be established at $429,720.00. ($2,148,600.00 x 20%)
Calculating First Generation Tenant Permit Fees, when tenant occupies whole building.
     Example: Base Fee = ($429,720.00 / 1000 x $5.50)                         = $2,363.46
              Plan Review = ($429,720.00 / 1000 x $2.75)                      = $1,181.73
              Erosion Fee = (N/A to Interior Finish)                          = $ 00.00
              Sewer Fee = (N/A to Interior Finish)                            = $ 00.00
              CO Fee = (Flat Rated at $200.00)                                = $ 200.00
              Total Interior Finish Building Permit Fee                       = $3,745.03
Calculating First Generation Tenant Permit Fees, when tenant occupies partial building.
Calculating first generation tenant permit fees, when a first tenant only occupies a portion of the building, is
calculated using the same twenty percent (20%) calculation factor; however the 20% is applied directly to
the ‘cost per square foot’ valuation listed in the ICC/BVD Table for a new construction building.
Assuming using the same office building as an example, ICC/BVD lists the cost per square foot of a new
building as $143.24 and 20% of $143.24 = $28.65.
Assuming a tenant will only occupy the first floor of the shell building, which is 5,000 square feet, apply the
20% adjusted cost per square foot of $28.65 to the 5,000 sqft. tenant space to be occupied.
This produces a first tenant build out valuation of $143,250.00. ($28.65 x 5,000 = $143,250.00)
     Example: Base Fee = ($143,250.00 / 1000 x $5.50)                         = $ 787.88
              Plan Review = ($143,250.00 / 1000 x $2.75)                      = $ 393.94
              Erosion Fee = (N/A to Interior Finish)                          = $ 00.00
              Sewer Fee = (N/A to Interior Finish)                            = $ 00.00
              CC Fee = (Flat Rated at $200.00)                                = $ 200.00
              Total Interior Finish Building Permit Fee                       = $1,381.82
    As other first generation tenant spaces are built out, similar fees will be assessed to each build out.
    Note: Do not make out checks for a final amount prior to permit issue. Minor differences in rounding of
    numbers could occur between applicant calculated fees and city database calculated fees.


                     COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITTING PROCEDURES – Revised January 1, 2010
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SECOND GENERATION TENANT INTERIOR FINISH PERMITS & FEES:

As stated in the General Building Valuations section herein, second and subsequent generation tenant
buildouts are not addressed by either ICC or R.S. Means on a ‘comparable percentage valuation basis’ of
new building consruction. The primary reason for this lack of comparison for second generation work is the
‘scope of work’ often varies so widely as to be uncomparable to a set standard for comparison. One second
generation build out may only include moving a few walls and installing a few new doors, while another
second generation build out may include reconstructing the entire space.
For that reason, the city accepts validated ‘construction cost letters’ for these build outs.
Construction cost letters must cover all costs associated with tenant space improvement, including those
improvements provided and installed by the building owner, the tenant, and the contractor to make a
completed, ready to move in space for the tenant. All improvements attached, fastened, or built-in to the
building must be included in these costs; to include but not be limited to, specialty equipment and
appliances, shelving, cabinets, work stations, stages, etc..
Tenant space cost of construction letters must originate from the building owner and be notarized.
A typical example of a second generation buildout is: An existing first generation tenant moves out of a
building and a new tenant wants to move into the same tenant space, but the new tenant needs only to
make minor changes to the space to suit his/her tenant needs.
To accommodate the new tenant, the building owner agrees to perform required demolition of old tenant
finishes, the tenant agrees to supply and install his own built in specialty equipment and appliances, and
the contractor agrees to construct and finish the tenant space, excluding the tenant specialty items.
The owner values his work at $5,000.00. The tenant values his work at $10,000.00. and the contractor
values his work at $25,000.00.
Total value of all improvements to this tenant space build out is a combination of all parties values, added
together, or $40,000.00. (Owner = $5,000. + Tenant = $10,000. + Contractor = $25,000. = $40,000. Total.)
Building permit fees for this second generation tenant build out are calculated, based upon building owner
validated ‘cost of construction’ letter, which must be notarized and state owner, tenant, and contractor costs of
$40,000.00. Construction cost letters may be submitted to building officials at any time all costs are known.

Second generation tenant build out permit fees are calculated as follows.
    Example: Base Fee = ($40,000.00 / 1000 x $5.50)                           = $220.00
             Plan Review = ($40,000.00 / 1000 x $2.75)                        = $110.00
             Erosion Fee = (N/A to Interior Finish)                           = $ 00.00
             Sewer Fee = (N/A to Interior Finish)                             = $ 00.00
             CO Fee = (Flat Rated at $200.00)                                 = $200.00
             Total Interior Finish Building Permit Fee                        = $530.00
    Note: Do not make out checks for a final amount prior to permit issue. Minor differences in rounding of
    numbers could occur between applicant calculated fees and city database calculated fees.




                     COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITTING PROCEDURES – Revised January 1, 2010
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DEMOLITION PERMITS & FEES:

If construction involves removal of a building down to the foundation, or portion of a building for an interior
remodel, the City may, at its discretion, issue a demolition permit, upon application and request from the
property owner, to remove buildings or portions of buildings prior to beginning new construction. A
demolition permit must be issued prior to beginning demolition work. Minor demolition work required for an
interior remodel or renovation generally does not require a separate demolition permit; in this case
demolition work cannot begun until the building permit is issued.

For projects involving demolition of a building down to its foundation, the application shall include a letter
from the property owner, on letterhead, relieving the City of liability incurred due to demolition. In addition,
the letter shall include property owner’s written agreement to remove all debris from the site and dispose of
debris in an authorized landfill or other location approved by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
No on-site burial of debris is allowed. Stockpiling on site of demolished materials intended to be recycled is
not allowed unless the property is zoned and approved to allow use as a building material salvage yard.
Otherwise, materials to be recycled must be removed immediately from the site to a location either out of the
City or to a location with the proper industrial zoning.

Once begun, demolition should proceed continuously to minimize the hazards of a partially demolished building.
Demolition must be complete; portions of the building may not be left standing without approval from the City.

When demolition includes complete or partial removal of a building constructed prior to 1978, there is the
possibility that the building contains asbestos or lead paint materials. Prior to issuing a demolition permit for
these buildings, the City requires a report from an inspector licensed by the Georgia Environmental Protection
Division stating that no hazardous materials are present at the building to be demolished. If hazardous materials
are present, these materials must be removed by an abatement contractor, licensed by the state to handle the
materials in a safe manner. A abatement report from the contractor must be presented at the time of application
for the demolition permit..

When demolishing a complete or partial building down to the foundation, an Engineering Permit, referred to
as a ‘Pink Card’, must be obtained from the City Engineering Department at 1790 Hembree Road,
Alpharetta, GA 30009, 678-297-6200. After required tree save fence and silt fence are in place, engineering
inspectors will sign the permit card. This signed card, along with two scaled and dimensioned site plans
locating the structures to be demolished, must be submitted to the building department with the demolition
permit application, owner’s demolition request, and hazardous material abatement reports, if applicable.

If demolition is restricted to interior spaces only, two (2) copies of a demolition plan must be submitted to
building plan reviewers and approved prior to permit issue. Such plans shall show the entire area of the
work and clearly show the items to be demolished and the items to be left in place. When structural
components are to be disturbed during demolition, or removed and reused, a professionally sealed
structural bracing plan shall be included.

Construction may not proceed beyond the permitted demolition stage, until the City has issued a building
permit for proposed construction.

Demolition Permit Fees: - Commercial demolition permit fees are flat rate fees as follows.
Whole building. = $300.00
Partial building or interior demolition = $200.00
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RETAINING WALLS, GENERATORS, DETENTION STRUCTURES, MAILBOX
SHELTERS, BUS SHELTERS, LANDSCAPE STRUCTURES, etc. PERMITS & FEES:

Accessory structures to a commercial building, such as retaining walls, emergency generators and their
enclosures, stormwater detention structures, bus and mailbox shelters, and landscape structures such as
gazebos, pergolas, pavilions, etc. shall be permitted before commencing construction on these items.

On a commercial jobsite which has received a land disturbance permit, all proposed accessory structures
must be shown on the approved land disturbance plan. A copy of this site plan must be provided when
applying for the permit. If a land disturbance permit has not been issued, or the proposed structure is not
shown on an approved plan, additional approval must be obrtained prior to permit application.

In addition to a site plan, submit construction drawings, signed and sealed by a Georgia design
professional, with foundation and structural details. Structures other than walls should include plans,
elevations, and sufficient details to accertain codes compliance.

Permit fees are based on the actual cost of construction. This should include any design costs, all
excavation, footings, wall construction, backfill, and erosion protection associated.

Any retaining wall over four feet in height must be engineered and permitted. For multiple walls less than
four feet in height, whose horizontal separation is less than twice the height of the lower wall, the aggregate
total of the wall heights will be used when applying the four foot rule. In accordance with Chapter 17 of the
International Building Code, a Schedule of Special Inspections must be submitted as required.
Accessory structure permit fees are calculated as follows.
Example: An owner elects to build a concrete retaining wall behind his building. The permit applicant
provides a notorized letter from the property owner stating that the cost of the wall is $15,750.00.

    Example: Base Fee = ($15,750.00 / 1000 x $5.50)                          = $ 86.63
             Plan Review = ($15,750.00 / 1000 x $2.75)                       = $ 43.31
             CC Fee = (Flat Rated at $200.00)                                = $200.00
             Total Retaining Wall Permit Fee                                 = $329.94
    Note 1: Do not make out checks for a final amount prior to permit issue. Minor differences in rounding
    of numbers could occur between applicant calculated fees and city database calculated fees.




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TOWER PERMITS & FEES:

For cell tower construction, submit, with supporting documentation, a “Low Impact Telecommunications
Antenna and Tower Application” to the Community Development Department at 287 South Main Street,
Alpharetta, GA 30009, 678-297-6070. Forms are available at that office or on the City’s website. After this
application is approved, submit construction documents to the Building Division at the same address as
above. Tower building permit fees are flat rated at $750.00 per tower constructed, regardless of height.
        Note 1: Two (2) engineered sets of structural drawings, showing building codes compliance, must
        be submitted to building officials for review, at least ten (10) full working days prior to permit issue.
        Note 2: City building inspectors will inspect accessible support structures and accessible
        foundations for tower construction.
        Note 3: Tower erection contractors are required to hire IBC Chapter 17 Special Inspectors, approved
        by city building officials, for inaccessible foundation inspections and structure ‘aloft’ inspections.
        A written Final Inspection Report must be submitted to city building officials by approved special
        inspectors, prior to issue of city required Certificate of Completion of construction of the tower.

If you wish to co-locate an antenna on a building or existing tower, submit, with supporting documentation,
a “Low Impact Telecommunications Antenna and Tower Application” to the Community Development
Department at the address above. After this application is approved, submit construction documents to the
Building Division at the same address. Antenna Co-Locate building permit fees are flat rated at $250.00 per
co-locate.
        Note 1: Two (2) engineered sets of structural and electrical drawings, showing building codes
        compliance, must be submitted to building officials for review, at least ten (10) full working days
        prior to permit issue.
        Note 2: City building inspectors will inspect accessible support structures and electrical installation
        at foundation areas of the tower.
        Note 3: Antenna Co-Locate owners/contractors may hire IBC Chapter 17 Special Inspectors to verify
        inaccessible or ‘aloft’ structural and electrical installations to engineered plans. City inspectors do not
        climb towers and the city assumes no liability for items aloft. Installers / owners have sole liability.
        A written Final Inspection Report must be submitted to city building officials by approved special
        inspectors, prior to issue of city required Certificate of Completion of construction of the tower.

The city does not perform plan review or permit towers and co-locates on Fulton County School Board
property.


EXTERIOR SIGNAGE PERMITS

As exterior signage is not reviewed with, nor approved during, any City building and fire plan review for
commercial or industrial construction. Separate submission and fee schedules apply and are not included
with building permit fees.

For further information regarding signs, contact the City Codes Enforcement Officers at (678) 297-6088.
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ADDITIONAL CITY CONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS

TEMPORARY TOILET FACILITIES: Per UDC 4.4.5.G -All construction sites within the City shall be provided with
temporary sanitary nonsewered (portable) toilet facilities for worker use during construction and such toilets shall
remain in place until access to permanent sanitary toilets are provided on site.

For multifamily and commercial sites, the developer or general contractor must obtain a Non Sewered Toilet
System (NSTS) permit from Fulton County Health Department stipulating the minimum number of portable
toilets required on the project.
    Note: Contact Fulton County Health Department at 404-332-1801 for NSTS information.

Inspections will not be made without portable toilets or permanent toilets being in place and in a sanitary
condition, as required.

The developer or general contractor of a permitted construction site shall be responsible for providing and
maintaining required toilet facilities throughout the duration of construction.

STRUCTURAL FILL AND BACKFILL: Per UDC 4.4.5.H -Materials used for structural fill and backfill under
and directly adjacent to buildings, drives, and walks and for backfill behind foundation and retaining walls
shall be unfrozen, unsaturated natural soils, clean and free of organic matter, silt, large rocks or stones, or
foreign matter and debris.

Additional backfill materials used may be course gravel, crushed natural stone, or sand free of silt, loam or
soluble materials, or any combination of the above. Structural fills or backfill shall not be placed on
subgrades that contain frost, mud, or are frozen.

In lieu of specific written direction and supervision by a Georgia licensed professional architect or engineer,
fills shall be placed and compacted in loose layers of 6”-12” thickness and shall be compacted using
sheepsfoot rollers, vibrating tampers, or other compaction equipment suitable to obtain the required density
throughout the entire layer being compacted.

Fills and backfill shall be installed systematically and as early as is possible to allow for natural settlement
and shall not be placed over wet, spongy, or porous subgrade materials.


CUT OR FILL SLOPES: Per UDC 4.4.5.H – The top or bottom of any cut or fill slope in excess of one foot
vertical rise to three foot of horizontal run (1:3) shall not be located any closer than two feet (2’) horizontal
measure from the edge of drives, walks, paved areas, or retaining wall top or toe of wall.

The two foot (2’) area adjacent to drives, walks, paved areas, tops or toes of retaining walls shall be graded at a
plus or minus (+/-) 2% slope (1/4”/ft.) and where feasible shall slope away from the paved surfaces and walls.




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SITE WALL SAFETY BARRIERS: Any portions of site retaining walls over four feet (4’) in height, as
measured from the top of wall to the exposed lower toe of wall, must be provided with a continuous safety
barrier mounted at or immediately adjacent to the top of the wall at reasonably accessible areas.

Safety barriers shall be of substantial construction for the prevention of access, must be at least thirty six
inches (36”) in height, as measured from grade at the base of the barrier to the top of the barrier, and may
be man made or vegetative in nature.

When vegetative barriers are used, they shall be of substantial maturity and density, at the time of Final
building inspection, to prevent reasonable access to the top of the wall.


CONSTRUCTION WORKING HOURS.

The City Noise Ordinance limits construction and demolition activity in the city and is enforced by the city
police department, as follows.

Permitted Construction and Demolition activity is allowed during the following hours only:

        Monday through Friday                   7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
        Saturday                                9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
        Sunday & Holidays                       Construction Prohibited

        Exception: Emergencies and other construction activity pre-approved by the police chief on a case
        by case basis. Contact police headquarters at 678-297-6300 for more information.

CHANGES TO PLANS AFTER PERMITTING

Often, changes are made to building plans and systems after a permit has been obtained and work has
started. If these changes involve code issues, please submit three sets of plans, detailing the revisions, to
the Building Division so that the changes may be reviewed for code compliance before the changes are
actually constructed in the field. After the changes have passed plan review, the city-stamped job site plans
must be brought to the office, where a representative of the architect or contractor will insert the stamped,
revised sheets into the job site plans. If an inspector notices that changes have been made to the building
and the building does not match the city-stamped job site plan set, the inspection fails and reinspection
cannot be made until the correct reviewed, stamped plans are available to the inspector at the
jobsite. The fee for reviewing plan changes is $50.00. For extremely small or extremely large revisions, the
fee may be waived, or increased, at the discretion of the plan examiner or building official.

Submit all revisions which might have code implications, including, but not limited to, structural, electrical,
mechanical, plumbing, fire safety, egress, accessibility, occupancy, etc. Do not submit changes which do
not have code implications, such as change of interior colors, change of cabinet hardware, etc.

If the exterior of a new building has been approved by the Alpharetta Design Review Board, no changes
may be made to the exterior without first obtaining approval from the Planning & Zoning division of
Alpharetta Community Development at 678-297-6070.

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PERMIT TIME LIMITS – EXPIRATION - RENEWALS

Permits shall expire six (6) months from the date of issue if the permit holder fails to request and pass a
required first inspection of the permitted work, whether or not construction has been initiated.

Permits shall also expire if the permit holder fails to request and pass a required inspection during any six
(6) month period after any previous required inspection has been passed.

The building official is authorized to grant no more than two (2) permit extensions, not to exceed ninety (90)
days each, during which time the permit holder shall request and pass a required inspection.

After the extensions authorized expire; the permit becomes null and void and new permits must be
obtained if the planned work is to continue. New permits, fees, plans, and all work must comply to all
codes, laws, rules, regulations, and policies in effect at the time of new permit issue.

Requests for permit extension shall be made to the building official prior to permit expiration, must be in
writing, and shall show justifiable cause for the extension.

No inspections may be made on any site with an expired permit, nor will any Certificate of Occupancy or
Certificate of Completion be issued for an expired permit, until such time as the permit is renewed.

Building Permit renewal fees are payable at City Building Division offices and are assessed as follows:
    1. If permitted work is substantially complete, as evidenced by inspection records showing passed Framing
       and Meters inspections, as applicable to the scope of work permitted, the renewal fee is a set $100.00.
    2. If the permitted work is not substantially complete, as evidenced by inspection records, the renewal fee is
       one half (50%) of the fees assessed at original building permit issue, but not less than $200.00.

Renewal of expired building permits does not automatically renew expired associated subcontractor permits.

Subcontractors are required to renew their expired permits, subject to the general rules stated above for a
building permit renewal, except that subcontractor minimum fees shall not be less than $50.00 per permit.

If subcontractors different from the original permitting subcontractors are to complete the project, new
permits must be obtained subject to the general rules stated above for a building permit, except that
subcontractor minimum renewal fees shall not be less than $50.00 per permit.

In addition, the new subcontractor must provide the building official with a letter stating the new subcontractor
accepts installation responsibility for for the entire system installed.




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PREPARING FOR INSPECTIONS

GENERAL: The Building Official shall inspect, or cause to be inspected, at various intervals all construction
or work for which a permit is required. Final inspections shall be made of every building, structure,
mechanical, electrical, low voltage, plumbing, gas, energy conservation, or fire protection systems upon
completion by the permittee and prior to the issue of a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) or a Certificate of
Completion (CC) and any occupancy or use of the permitted work.

To expedite inspection approvals, the building official does recommend permit holders and contractors
provide responsible construction representatives at inspection sites during inspections. Representatives
should be prepared to answer inspector questions regarding the work to be inspected.
Permit holders and contractors should discuss inspection preparedness with inspectors at the start of work.
City inspectors are prohibited from entering and making any interior building inspections at occupied
buildings without the permit holder, or property owner, or an authorized adult being present to grant
premises entry and staying with the inspector at all times until the inspection has been completed.


POSTING OF BUILDING PERMIT: Work requiring a permit shall not be started until the permit holder
posts the City issued building permit yard card in a conspicuous place at the front of the premises where
the permitted work is to be done. No Permit Yard Card Posted = No Inspections

Permit yard cards must be accessible and readable from the public right-of-way and located in such a
position as to permit City or other Authorized Fulton County or State of Georgia officials to conveniently
view and make any required entries thereon.

Permit yard cards shall be maintained in position until all required final inspections have been approved
and signed off on the yard card and the building, structure or system is ready for occupancy and use.

The permit holder is responsible for maintaining the permit yard card. All damaged, lost or stolen permit
yard cards shall be replaced before further inspections can be made.

A $35.00 administrative fee is charged for all replacement cards.

EROSION INSPECTION: No inspections will be made by City building or fire inspectors on any
construction site not having "effective" soil erosion control measures in place, per UDC §3.1.

Site silt fences, rocked construction entrances, and other City Engineering Department required erosion
control measures shall be constantly maintained in a good state of repair that effectively contains all site
erosion within the site limits and out of State waterways and mud, silt, or other construction debris out of
public streets and paved walkways.

City inspectors will not do requested inspections when, in their opinion, the site is in need of erosion control
repair and violates UDC §3.1. Inspectors will simply leave a "Notice of Violation" on the permit yard card
and will immediately leave the site without making the requested inspection.


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It is the responsibility of the permit holder to notify City Engineering Department, 678-297-6200, to obtain
written erosion release on the site, regardless to whose fault erosion problems are attributed to.

No further building or fire inspections will be performed at a violation site until the permit holder notifies
inspectors that City Engineering has released site erosion control by dated signature on the permit yard
card or other means and that building and fire inspections may be resumed.

The permit holder may then request a desired building or fire reinspection, during normal inspection request
hours of 7:30am - 9:00am.

REQUESTED INSPECTIONS: It is the responsibility of the permit holder to prepare the work site for any
requested inspections or other site inspection that may occur during the construction process.

REQUESTING INSPECTIONS

The city makes every reasonable effort to provide permit holders “same day” inspection service.

In addition, City inspectors are “cross certified” to provide required multi-trade inspections by one inspector.

To effect this “same day” service policy, this Department requires the person “in charge” of all construction work on
a site, usually the general contractor or his superintendent, to call in all inspections.
    Exception: Where only one trade is involved in an inspection, such as an outside “Sewer” inspection, the hired
    plumber or utility contractor may call in this inspection.

It is the responsibility of the person “in charge”, normally the site superintendent, to coordinate all building
and subcontractor trade work, so that all required work for a particular requested inspection is ready to be
inspected when the inspector arrives on site.
    An example of this required coordination is a typical “Wall Cover” inspection; where wall framing is
    complete, plus all rough electrical wiring, plumbing piping, and HVAC ductwork located within the wall
    is complete, under required tests, and ready for inspection, prior to installing insulation and wall cover.

All inspection requests shall be called in to the City Inspections Division at 678-297-6080, between the hours of
7:30am – 9:00am, on the same day that the inspection is desired.

The City does not accept inspection requests at any other time.

Callers will talk directly to inspectors and dependent upon inspector work loads, AM or PM inspections may be
arranged, but never guaranteed.
    Note: Inspectors cannot ascertain in advance the kind of inspections or how many inspections will be called in
    during any given day. We make every reasonable effort to service as many customers as is possible every
    day, however our inspection service is only as good as your preparation for inspection.

When requesting inspection, a building permit number, site street address, and type of inspection requested must
be given to inspectors. Without this basic information, no inspection can be scheduled. No Exception.



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REINSPECTION POLICY & FEES

The city’s reinspection policy for any inspection is explained as follows:

Current city reinspection policy is to charge a customer a $25.00 reinspection fee, when inspectors have to
return to a site for a second inspection of the same kind. The first inspection fee is covered under the
original permit fee.

When inspectors must return to a site a third time for the same inspection kind, a reinspection fee of $50.00
is charged.

Subsequent reinspections, fourth try, fifth try, etc., are charged a fee of $100.00 per reinspection, until the
inspection passes. Reinspection fees must be paid before reinspections will be made.

Inspectors will normally cite up to six (6) code violations per inspection visit before deeming a site
“Not Ready” for inspection.

When sites are deemed “Not Ready” by the inspector, the inspection is stopped, the permit holder is
issued a Notice of Violation normally stating the violations noted thus far during the inspection, plus the
words “Not Ready” are affixed to the Notice.

If receiving a “Not Ready” Notice of Violation, contact the inspector, as advised in the Requesting
Inspections section herein, and discuss the inspection. Inspectors will normally tell you what to do to
prepare for inspection.

Warning: Inspectors are not construction “Punch List” preparers. If inspectors deem a permit holder is
negligent in preparing for inspections and using inspectors to prepare Punch Lists, inspections will be
suspended, the project will be placed in an “Inspections Hold” status, and permit holders are required to
schedule a meeting with the Building Official for instructions to resolve inspection issues.

If a scheduled inspection is Failed, permit holders must correct noted violations and recall the inspection
when ready, but not before the next workday, unless so directed by the inspector.




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MANDATORY BUILDING INSPECTIONS

GENERAL: The Building Official, upon notification from the permittee or his authorized agent, shall make
the following building inspections and such other inspections as necessary and shall either release that
portion of the construction by signature at the appropriate section on the permit yard, or shall notify the
permit holder, or his agent, of any violations which must be corrected in order to comply with the codes, by
issuing written "Notice of Violation" to the permittee and noting such on the yard card. Do not cover
anything without city inspection and written approval.
FOOTING: To be made after plan detailed footings and trenches are excavated and cleaned; forms erected
and supported; reinforcing is properly secured in place and supported; and before any concrete is placed.
BUILDING SLAB PREP: To be made after footings have been placed; underground Mechanical,
Electrical, and Plumbing systems have been City inspected, approved, and properly backfilled; under-pin
areas are excavated and clean; forms are erected and supported; plan required reinforcing steel is in place
and supported; a four inch (4") minimum thickness rock base is in place at below grade slabs; a vapor
barrier with joints lapped not less than six inches (6") is properly installed at heated areas, crack control
measures, if required, are in place; and before any concrete is placed.
MONO SLAB-PREP: To be made after applicable underground Mechanical, Electrical, Low Voltage, and
Plumbing (MELP) systems have been City inspected, approved, and properly backfilled; forms are erected
and supported; plan required reinforcing is properly secured in place and supported; a four inch (4")
minimum thickness rock base is in place at below grade slabs; a vapor barrier with joints lapped not less
than six inches (6") is properly installed at all heated areas, crack control measures, if required, are in
place; and before any concrete is placed.
FOUNDATION: -To be made after required wall reinforcement is in place and one side of concrete wall
forms are secured in place, wall cavities are cleaned, and second side wall forms are ready to be placed;
or all wall forms are in place and safe OSHA compliant scaffolding access is provided to all wall form tops
for inspections, weep holes and piping sleeves are in place, and before any concrete is placed.
WATER/DAMP-PROOFING & DRAINTILE -A second inspection of building foundation walls, by City
inspectors or other City authorized inspection agencies, shall be required to verify proper placement of wall
water proofing or damp proofing and drain tile and rock and approved filtration material cover placement, as
required by the engineered plans.
Where in new construction, a sub-grade foundation wall is installed, or where in renovation of an existing
building a sub-grade area is converted to habitable space; a water proofing (in the case of habitable space
use only) or damp proofing "Certificate of Compliance" to the manufacturer's recommended rate of sealing
material application and technique is required to be submitted to the City building department by the
authorized applicator, prior to the issue of a Certificate of Occupancy or Completion for the construction.
WALL / CEILING COVER: To be made after the roof is complete; all framing, bracing, fire and draft stops
and blocking are effectively in place; exterior walls and gabled ends are sheathed and doors and windows
are installed to effectively weather protect the structure interior; mechanical, electrical, and plumbing rough-
ins at the area to be inspected are complete and under required tests; fuel burning appliance roughs are
installed with flues and vents stubbed clear to the next level or area to be inspected or through the roof and
weather capped; and before any insulation or wall or ceiling cover has been placed, except that walls may
be one side covered so as to not restrict full wall cavity view for inspection.

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Lay-in type ceiling grid support systems and "hard framed" ceiling access panels shall be in place and
properly supported for this inspection.
    Note: Large or multiple floor buildings over 15,000 sqft. in total area may be inspected in stages and
    partially approved for the continuation of construction at the building inspector's discretion.

EXTERIOR SHEATHING: This inspection is made prior to the Framing inspection and verifies the fastening
of exterior sheathing, prior to covering sheathing with water resistant barriers.

FRAMING To be made after roof is complete; all framing, bracing, fire stops and blocking are effectively in
place; exterior walls and gabled ends are covered with weather protective barriers and doors and windows
are installed and sealed to effectively weather protect the structure interior; all mechanical, electrical, and
plumbing rough-ins are complete and under required tests; fuel burning appliance roughs are installed with
chimneys, flues and vents through exterior walls and roofs and weather capped to provide weather
protection to all interior spaces and before any insulation or wall or ceiling cover has been placed.

INSULATION: To be made at various intervals during construction before finish cover is installed, but not before
the area to be installed is weather protected and framing and roughs have been inspected and passed.

GYPSUM BOARD: To be made after gypsum board is fastened in place, but before joints are mudded,
taped, and finished.

FIRE RESISTANT ASSEMBLIES, PENETRATIONS, & FINALS: To be made at various intervals during
construction as determined by City fire officials. Fire inspectors perform these inspections and normally
refer to these inspections as 80% and 100% inspections.
Final Fire Inspection includes a detailed review and testing of all fire protection systems by fire officials and
may be performed prior to, with, or after Final building inspection.

BUILDING FINAL: To be made after a building or structure is complete and ready for safe occupancy and
use. Building, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing finals shall be made at the same time.
Prior to requesting a building final inspection a permit holder shall assure that all required subcontractor
permits are in place and all required inspections and written approvals required prior to final inspections are
signed off on the permit yard card.
All fire protection, egress, access, and other life safety final inspections must be complete and signed off by
City fire inspectors on the permit yard card. This may be done prior to or after building Final Inspection.
All site work, walks, drives, paved areas, striping, Accessible routes / signage, landscaping, and other
appurtenances or protectants listed on the approved plans for commercial work or as required by City
adopted codes or other laws, as applicable, are completed, final inspected, and signed off on the permit
yard card (left side) by the various Departments or Authorities listed and checked at building permit issue,
or as required by all governing authorities. It is a sole responsibility of the permit holder to obtain all agency
approvals prior to requesting any certificates of occupancy or use.




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MANDATORY MECHANICAL INSPECTIONS

GENERAL: The Building Official, upon notification from the permittee or his authorized agent, shall make
the following mechanical inspections and such other inspections as necessary and shall either release that
portion of the construction by signature at the appropriate section on the permit yard, or shall notify the
permit holder, or his agent, of any violations which must be corrected in order to comply with the codes, by
issuing written "Notice of Violation" to the permittee and noting such on the yard card. Do not cover
anything without city inspection and written approval.

UNDERSLAB MECHANICAL: To be made after trenches or ditches are excavated, underground ducting,
conduits and sleeves are installed and ready for test and before any backfill is put in place. After passing
this inspection, backfill may be placed, but an additional building inspection is required before concrete is
poured. See “Building Slab Prep” on Page 40.

WALL / CEILING COVER: To be made with the wall / ceiling cover building inspection and after all HVAC
equipment, ducting, duct insulation, piping, piping insulation, fire stops and fire dampers are installed,
control wiring, or other concealed mechanical system components in the area to be inspected are in place,
complete, supported properly, required pressure tests are applied, flues and vents are stubbed clear to the
next level or area to be inspected or through the roof and weather capped; and before any wall / ceiling
membranes are installed.

ROUGH: To be made with framing inspection and shall include items listed in Wall / Ceiling Cover above.
Large or multiple floor buildings over 15,000 sqft. in total area may be inspected in stages and partially
approved for the continuation of construction, at the inspector's discretion.

GAS LINE: To be made at various stages of construction, as follows:
To be made with wall / ceiling cover inspection and shall include all system piping from the point of delivery
(gas meter) to within six feet (6') of and in the same room as all outlets or appliances that may be connected
in the area to be inspected and shall include piping run stubouts to the next area to be inspected. The City
requires a gas pressure test for this inspection, per 2006 IGC 406. (see METERS below for additional
testing required)

METERS: To be made after rough piping inspection and before the final inspection; when all HVAC and
other gas fired appliances and equipment and controls are in place and ready for safe test operation;
venting, vent connectors, and flues are installed into final position and supported; piping runs are complete
to the final appliance connector or union connection at the appliance or equipment; all gas shut off valves
are in place and in the "off" or closed position, with appliances or equipment disconnected; and the gas
piping system is ready for public utility connection and testing.
The City requires a final gas pressure test at this inspection, per IFGC §406. The sole purpose of this
Meters inspection is to allow the installer to check out all installed mechanical systems and equipment for
proper and safe operation, per its listing, prior to the Final inspection.

FINAL: To be made with the building final inspection and after public utilities have been connected and all
conditioned air systems and gas fired appliances are in full operation; all controls, compressors,
condensate drains, insulation, ties and supports, and other system designed components are in place and
final connected, all final trim and required labeling is in place, filters or other air purifying components are
cleaned and in place, and all systems have been tested and balanced and the installation is ready for its
intended use.
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MANDATORY ELECTRICAL INSPECTIONS

GENERAL: The Building Official, upon notification from the permittee or his authorized agent, shall make
the following electrical inspections and such other inspections as necessary and shall either release that
portion of the construction by signature at the appropriate section on the permit yard, or shall notify the
permit holder, or his agent, of any violations which must be corrected in order to comply with the codes, by
issuing written "Notice of Violation" to the permittee and noting such on the yard card. Do not cover
anything without city inspection and written approval.

TEMPORARY POLE: (Use is restricted to active construction sites and permitted temporary uses)
To be made after a minimum 4x4 temporary electrical power pole has been set upright firmly into the
ground with a minimum two feet (2') buried. Check with your electrical provider, Georgia Power or Sawnee
EMC, for additional T-pole requirements, if applicable.
A grounding electrode system must be installed per 2008 NEC §250.50.
A weatherproof enclosure and meter base meeting the requirements of the local public utility power
provider and 2008 NEC §230.51 shall be connected and firmly attached to the pole.
The City requires at least one (1) 115V/20A weatherproof duplex service outlet and one (1) 230V/30A
service outlet to be installed at each temporary pole.
All outlets shall be GFCI protected per 2008 NEC §590.6.

UNDERSLAB ELECTRICAL: To be made after trenches or ditches are excavated, underground conduits,
sleeves, or other devices are installed and before any backfill is put in place. Do not bury anything without
inspection. After passing this inspection, backfill may be placed, but an additional inspection ir required
before placing concrete. See “Building Slab Prep” on Page 40.

WALL / CEILING COVER: To be made with the wall / ceiling cover building inspection of the area to be
inspected and after all services and branch circuit distribution wiring that service that area is in place, boxes
are secured, required conduit serving that area and conduit passing through that area to other areas to be
inspected at a later date is in place and fastened properly, wiring is protected from physical damage, panel
boards and switching gear servicing the area are set and secured to the structure with service and
distribution wiring stubbed into their approved enclosures, disconnects are in place and secured , bonding
and grounding rough wiring is stubbed out near its termination point, and before any wall or ceiling
membranes are installed.

ROUGH: To be made with framing inspection and shall include items listed in Wall / Ceiling Cover above.
    Note: Large or multiple floor buildings over 15,000 sqft. in total area may be inspected in stages and
    partially approved for the continuation of construction at the inspector's discretion.

METERS: To be made after framing and all wall coverings are in place and before final inspection; when
all electrical service and control equipment is set, wired, fused, bonded and grounded, required disconnects
are connected, all outlet devices and switch controls are connected, lighting fixtures, appliances, and
equipment are set or boxed out and ready for safe operation, and the electrical system is ready for
connection to public utilities.
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The sole purpose of a Meters inspection is to allow the installer to check out all installed electrical systems
and equipment for proper and safe operation prior to Final inspection.

LOW VOLTAGE: To be made with the wall / ceiling cover inspection, as applicable to the type of
construction, where low voltage wiring systems are to be concealed; or with the meters inspection, where
low voltage wiring systems are to be surface mounted.
Where concealed, inspection shall include review of distribution wiring / cable types, rating, boxes,
connections, wiring protection from physical damage, grounding, bonding, disconnects, control panel
enclosures, and other system components.
Where surface mounted, inspection shall include review of raceway types and mounting, wire fills to
manufacturer's specifications, connection points (must be open to view, except that plug-in types shall be
connected), grounding and bonding, disconnects, outlets and plugs, control panel cabinets or enclosures,
and other system components.

IRRIGATION: To be made when all irrigation system wiring and conduit is in place; control panels,
transformers, and their enclosures are mounted; junction boxes and splice points are open to view, high
voltage power wiring is in place and GFCI protected, and the system is ready for safe operation.
GFCI protection for irrigation system wiring and controls is mandatory and may be provided by direct plug
and cord connection from the transformer primary to a GFCI protected wall outlet or hard wired from the
primary to a disconnect that is protected by a GFCI breaker located at the electrical panel.

FINAL: To be made with the building Final inspection, after all public utilities have been connected and all
installed electrical systems are in full operation; all equipment, motors, appliances, fixtures, controls,
guards, and other related systems have been labeled, tested, and balanced and the completed electrical
installation is ready for its intended use.

Commercial outdoor lighting must meet the Night Sky requirements of Alpharetta’s Green Communities
Ordinance. See page 21.




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MANDATORY PLUMBING INSPECTIONS

GENERAL: The Building Official, upon notification from the permittee or his authorized agent, shall make
the following plumbing inspections and such other inspections as necessary and shall either release that
portion of the construction by signature at the appropriate section on the permit yard, or shall notify the
permit holder, or his agent, of any violations which must be corrected in order to comply with the codes, by
issuing written "Notice of Violation" to the permittee and noting such on the yard card. Do not cover
anything without city inspection and written approval.

UNDERSLAB PLUMBING: To be made after trenches or ditches are excavated and all under slab
drainage and water service and distribution piping and sleeves and protectants are installed and under
tests required by 2006 IPC §312 and before any backfill is placed. After passing this inspection, backfill
may be placed, but an additional inspection is required before placing concrete. See “Building Slab Prep”
on Page 40.

SEWER TAP: To be made any time during construction, but before METERS inspection.
This is an open trench inspection of gravity sewer piping for proper bedding, fall, materials, fittings,
cleanouts, and connection to the public or site approved sewer disposal system.
All piping shall be under test for this inspection as required by 2006 IPC §312.
For sites with public sewer systems, this inspection includes exterior sewer piping from foundation edge to
and including connection to the public sewer.
For sites with private sewerage systems, this inspection includes exterior sewer piping from foundation
edge to inlet connection at the septic tank or other holding vessel.
All private sewer systems must be inspected and approved by the permit issuing authority, prior to Final
plumbing inspection.
For sites with grease trap systems, this inspection includes exterior sewer piping from foundation edge to
inlet connection at grease trap and continues from the outlet connection of the test manhole to the public
sewer connection the septic tank or other holding vessel.
All private sewer systems must be inspected and approved by the permit issuing authority, prior to
Final plumbing inspection. The permit holder has sole responsibility for obtaining these approvals.

WALL / CEILING COVER: To be made with the building wall / ceiling cover inspection and after all
drainage, waste, vent, and water service and distribution piping is in place at the area to be inspected and
stubouts are installed to the next area to be inspected, all piping and fixture roughs are properly fastened
into place and protected from physical damage.
All concealed fixture connections shall be made, rated assemblies installed and fire safed, concealed piping
insulation installed, rough trim boxes, enclosures, access panels or vaults are secured in place, boots and
flashings are installed, pressure tests per 2006 IPC §312 are applied, and before any wall or ceiling
membranes are installed.

ROUGH: To be made with framing inspection and shall include items listed in Wall / Ceiling Cover above.



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GAS LINE: To be made at various stages of construction, as follows:
To be made with wall / ceiling cover inspection and shall include all system piping from the point of delivery
(gas meter) to within six feet (6') of and in the same room as all outlets or appliances that may be
connected in the area to be inspected and shall include piping run stubouts to the next area to be
inspected. The City requires a gas pressure test for this inspection, per 2006 IGC 406. (see METERS
below for additional testing required)
    Note 1: Gas piping to be buried must first undergo an “open trench” inspection. Pipe joints, couplings,
    transition fittings, legs, drips, or any other appurtenances must be inspected before being covered.
    Note 2: Large or multiple floor buildings over 15,000 sqft. in total area may be inspected in stages and
    partially approved for the continuation of construction at the inspector's discretion.

BACK FLOW: To be made prior to or with the final plumbing inspection and shall include inspection of all
water system required backflow prevention measures per IPC 312.9 and other state, county, and local laws.
    Note: Building inspectors do not make this inspection. Only Georgia Certified Backflow Testers perform
    these tests. For information regarding this testing and to obtain a list of certified testers, Call Georgia
    Water and Pollution Control Association (GW&PCA) at 770-618-8690 or e-mail info@gwpca.org. Their
    website is: www.gwpca.org.
Written certification of successful Back Flow Testing must be presented to building officials prior to the
issue of a Certificate of Occupancy.

IRRIGATION: To be made with the final inspection and shall include inspection of the irrigation system
backflow prevention devices, system shutoff valves, and approved ground vaults in place to protect both
the public and private structure's domestic water system.
Written certification of successful irrigation system Back Flow Testing must be presented to building
officials prior to the issue of a Certificate of Completion for the irrigation system.

FINAL: To be made with the building final inspection, after all public utilities have been connected and all
plumbing fixtures are properly secured in place, properly trapped and connected to the drainage system;
properly valved, protected against back siphon and connected to the potable water system; all water piping
and other plumbing devices and appliances are connected, valved, vented, pressure & back flow protected,
secured in place, insulated and sealed as applicable; and the completed plumbing system installation is
cleaned, tested, and working properly and is ready for its intended safe use.

At the final inspection, the installed fixtures must be the same as shown on the approved Water
Conservation Report (see page 21).




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VIOLATIONS & MORE

Violations of building codes, construction regulations, and City laws are misdemeanors and violators may,
in certain cases, be prosecuted to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Most violations occuring during permitted construction are usually processed by City inspectors issuing a
builder a simple notice of violation (Red-Tag) and posting it on the permit yard card. The builder corrects the
noted violations, recalls the inspection, the inspection passes, and construction continues undelayed.

There are some violations related to construction that are more serious in nature and that can cause
expensive repairs, temporary or permanent termination of construction, or severe consequences to a
violator’s construction rights within the city.

The three most common violations of this more serious nature are:

    1. Starting construction without required permits. (Violation SBC §104.1.)
    2. Covering work without required inspections. (Violation SBC §105.7.)
    3. Not calling and passing Final Inspection and obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy for the work, prior
       to occupancy or use of the permitted construction. (Violation SBC §106.1)

The City does not process these three violations with a typical Red-Tag violation issued by a building inspector,
but rather processes these violations by issuing Stop Work Orders. (See Stop Work Orders, Page 53)


Starting Construction Without Permits:

    1. Construction found being built without first having city permits will be issued Stop Work Orders.
    2. Stop Work Orders will be posted on site and state “Violation SBC §104.1 – Work Without Permit”
       or “Violation UDC 4.4.5.A – Work Without Permit”, as it is also a violation of the City Unified
       Development Code (UDC) to start any construction without a city required building permit, and will
       advise the property owner and contractor to contact the building official.
    3. If workmen are on the violation site, they will be ordered to stop all work and leave immediately.
       If resisting this order, police assistance will be called immediately and violators may be arrested.
    4. Continuing construction on a site posted with a Stop Work Order will result to City officers issuing the
       contractor and/or the homeowner a “Summons to Appear” before the city Municipal Court to answer
       violation charges.
    5. The Stop Work Order will remain in effect at the violation site until released by the Building Official.




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Covering Work Without Required Inspections:

   1. Sites found covering work without required inspections will be issued Stop Work Orders.
       Examples: Covering work without required inspections are; concreting footings without first passing a
       Footing inspection, or installing drywall without first passing a Rough & Framing inspection.
   2. Stop Work Orders will be posted on site and will state “Violation SBC §105.7 – Work Covered
      Without Required Inspection” and will advise the property owner and contractor to contact the
      building official.
   3. If workmen are on the violation site, they will be ordered to stop all work and leave immediately.
      If resisting this order, police assistance will be called and violators may be arrested.
   4. Continuing construction on a site posted with a Stop Work Order will result to City officers issuing
      the contractor and/or the property owner a “Summons to Appear” before the city Municipal Court
      to answer violation charges.
   5. The Stop Work Order will remain in effect at the violation site until released by the building official.


Failure To Request & Pass Final Inspection & Obtain A Certificate of Occupancy (CO) For Work.

   1. Building sites found occupied and being used by occupants, without having first passed a city Final
      inspection and being issued a Certificate of Occupancy, will be issued Stop Work Orders.
            Note: It is a responsibility of the contractor and the property owner to assure a Final inspection
            is passed and a Certificate of Occupancy is issued by the City, prior to using any structure.
   2. Stop Work Orders will be posted on site and will state “Violation SBC §106.1 - Occupied – No CO
      Issued” and will advise the contractor and property owner to contact the building official.
            Note: The building official will order immediate cessation of use in the interest of life safety,
            until the structure undergoes and passes a Final inspection to codes compliance.
   3. Continued use of a structure on a site posted with a Stop Work Order will result to City officers
      issuing the contractor and the property owner a “Summons to Appear” before the city Municipal
      Court to answer violation charges.
   4. The Stop Work Order will remain in effect at the violation site until released by the building official.




                    COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITTING PROCEDURES – Revised January 1, 2010
                City of Alpharetta Community Development Department, Inspections & Codes Enforcement Division
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PENALTIES

Because of the life safety and property liability issues presented when structures are built without permits,
work is covered without inspections, and structures are used without final inspections and certificates of
occupancy being issued, which are all building code and city law violations; the City enforces strong penalties
to discourage these actions and protect the health and welfare of the public.

For any violation regarding “performing work without first having a permit”; normal permit fees are
assessed a 100% penalty fee, in addition to normal permit fees, per SBC §104.1.

In addition, violation sites shall remain in a Stop Work status, until released by the building official.


First Violation:

    1. Violation sites shall remain in a Stop Work status until the cited violation is corrected, inspected, and
       approved by city inspectors.
             Exception: Violation trade repairmen and P.E. testing forces only may make required repairs and
             tests as required and prior approved by the building official.
    2. Violators’ permitting rights, which are normally unrestricted, are placed into a city imposed
       “Permitting Probationary Status” for a period of one year from the date of violation discovery.

If at any time during the probationary period, violators are found violating the same previous cited code section,
the violators’ city permitting rights may immediately be revoked for cause, by the building official.

The building official will notify violators in writing of the above violation charges and conditions.

Second Violation: (Same offense within one year probationary period.)

    1. Violators’ permitting rights may be immediately revoked, effective the date of violation discovery.
    2. Violators may be issued a Summons to Appear before the Municipal Court to answer violation
       charges.
    3. The violation site may remain in a Stop Work Order status until the Municipal Court holds a public
       hearing and renders decisions regarding violation charges.
    4. Violators’ permitting rights may not be restored until so ordered by the building official.
    5. The Stop Work Order shall not be released until so ordered by the building official.

In addition to the above, violators may be subject to severe fines, imprisonment, both, or other penalties as
ordered by the court.




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Third Violation: (Same offense within one year probationary period.)

    1. Violators’ permitting rights may be immediately revoked by the building official for a period of time not
       less than one year, effective the date of violation discovery.
    2. Violators may be issued a Summons to Appear before the Municipal Court to answer violation charges.
    3. The violation site may remain in a Stop Work Order status until the Municipal Court holds a public
       hearing and renders decisions regarding the violation charges.
    4. Violators’ city permitting rights may not be restored until so ordered by the building official.
    5. The Stop Work Order shall not be released until so ordered by the building official.

In addition to the above, violators may be punished by fines of up to $1,000.00 per day or by imprisonment of
up to 120 days, or both, or to labor on the streets, sidewalks, squares, or other public works for a period not
exceeding 120 days, or by fine, imprisonment, or alternative sentencing as provided by law.




APPEALS

Any owner, contractor, subcontractor, or their authorized agent receiving notice from the building official may
appeal a decision of the building official. Appeals must be in writing and must be received in this department
within 15 days of receipt of notice. Appeals must be addressed to the Director, Department of Community
Development, 287 South Main Street, Alpharetta, GA. 30004.

The appeal notice must state the location of the property in violation, the date of the Notice or Order
received, and the number of the Notice or Order received. The appeal must state the relief requested, the
reason therefore, the hardship or conditions upon which the appeal is made, and must be signed by the appellant.




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ADDITIONAL INSPECTIONS

GENERAL: Additional site, building, mechanical, electrical, low voltage, plumbing, or fire inspections may
be required as determined by building and fire officials to insure compliance to building and fire codes and
other related City, county, and state rules and regulations or laws.

Site inspections are required for all construction projects where land has been disturbed prior to issuing a
Certificate of Occupancy or Completion for the permitted work.

Site conditions are normally inspected by City Engineering Department personnel at or near the end of
construction. Engineering inspectors will check the site for proper drainage, erosion control measures,
landscaping and tree save requirements, and final condition of curb cuts, driveways, and side walks.

Items found to be incomplete, inadequate, damaged, broken, or otherwise not in compliance to City requirements
must be completed and repaired to the satisfaction of all governing authorities.

In addition, inspections may be required by other governing authorities, who either at the planning, permitting, or
during the course of construction have imposed regulatory issues to be resolved prior to Final approval.

Typical examples of these regulatory issues are Development, Zoning, Variance Compliance, City Boards, Health
and Welfare, Property or Personal Liability, Financial, Arbitration or Court Order issues, etc..

No Certificate of Occupancy or Completion for permitted construction can be issued until all regulatory issues are
resolved to the satisfaction of the building official.


                             THIRD PARTY INSPECTIONS & REPORTS

Some jurisdictions allow permit holders to hire private inspectors or engineers to perform code mandated
inspections that their inspectors may not be qualified to do or cannot do in a timely manner, per Georgia law.

All City inspectors are codes certified and inspections are normally performed on the same day requested.

The City does not accept any written or verbal third party inspection certifications or approval reports for
required inspections in lieu of City inspections without prior approval of the Building Official.

Sometimes construction conditions warrant opinions and guidance counsel of professional engineers or
architects on how to proceed with codes compliant construction.

Typical examples of these needs are when poor soils conditions are encountered that prohibit installing
foundations in a normal fashion; or when tall walls or complex load bearing framing problems arise, etc..

When these or similar conditions are encountered, builders, owners, and City inspectors will normally
briefly discuss conditions and inspectors will require a builder or owner to hire an engineer for guidance.




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When this occurs, the City expects the hired engineer to visit the site, evaluate problems, offer options, and
provide written professionally sealed repair orders to bring the construction into codes compliance.

The City also requires the reporting engineer to provide the building official with copy of the repair orders for codes
compliance review and signature. The City reserves the right to reject reports for reasonable cause.
When the building official releases the repair order by signature, the builder or owner is required to follow the repair
order in strict detail and City inspection is required prior to covering any repair or pouring any concrete.

The reporting engineer or architect is required to make such repair inspections as he/she deems necessary, but
may not approve covering repairs or approve construction to move beyond a point of written City approval.


WRITTEN RELEASE

Construction normally proceeds in steps or stages, usually predetermined by the various mandated inspections
sections included in this document. Steps may vary dependent upon the scope of work to be done and at the
discretion of the building official.

The important thing to remenber when doing permitted construction in the City is to not cover anything up
that has not been visually inspected and approved in writing by City inspectors.

If you cover work without written City approval, the City will make you uncover the work for inspection, as
determined by the inspector, Building Official, or a court of law. No Exceptions.

City inspectors and building officials will not approve any construction steps deemed necessary by the
scope of work or the building official without first visually inspecting the work for codes compliance.

Work shall not be done on any part of a building or structure, or any mechanical, electrical, low voltage,
plumbing, fuel gas, energy conservation, fire prevention, or other system beyond the point indicated in each
successive inspection step without first obtaining a written release from building, fire, or other officials noted
on the permit yard card or approved plans for that inspected work, as applicable.

Such written release shall be entered by inspectors on the permit yard card or approved plans and release
shall be given only after visual inspection has been made of each successive step in the construction or
installation as indicated by each of the foregoing inspections.

If you want to know if you passed an inspection; - Visually Check your permit yard card for sign-offs.

Work proceeding beyond the City written release point, regardless to reason or fault, shall be removed or
uncovered or tested to the acceptance of building or fire officials or both.

No further inspections or written releases of construction shall be made, nor shall any Certificate of
Occupancy or Certificate of Completion be issued for any construction, until the permit holder or property owner
demonstrates codes compliance to the satisfaction of the building official.



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STOP WORK ORDERS

Stop Work Orders are legal notices to immediately cease and desist all ongoing construction work on a
property and to immediately and safely secure all hazardous perils to life and property on the site and to
safely evacuate all work forces in an immediate orderly fashion.

Stop Work Orders are issued by City officials or other regulatory agencies and respected by all City departments.

Stop Work Orders are legally binding at issue and contractors and owners failing to immediately comply to
a Stop Work Order and conditions stated thereon, will be issued a Summons to Appear for a public
hearing in front of the City’s Code Enforcement Board or Municipal Court to answer violation charges.

Stop Work Orders are the property of the City and shall not be removed from their posted location without written
permission from the issuing official, under penalty of law.

           The City will prosecute Stop Work Order violators to the fullest extent allowed by law.


CERTIFICATES OF OCCUPANCY & COMPLETION

Certificates of Occupancy and Certificates of Completion, hereinafter referred to as CO’s and CC’s, are
building code required official documents issued by the building official to permit holders or property owners
at the completion of construction that has been validly permitted through the Building Division.

CO’s and CC’s officially attest that the permitted construction has undergone all required inspections for
compliance to building and technical codes and other applicable city, county, or state laws in effect at the
time of permit issue and has been released for its intended safe use by the building official.
    Note: CO’s and CC’s are normally required by lending institutions and insurance carriers, prior to
    committing to permanent financing or providing insurance policies for completed construction.

CO’s are issued for construction that is intended for human habitation, such as dwelling units or buildings.

CC’s are issued for construction that is not intended for human habitation, such as pools, garages, or site walls.

CO’s and CC’s will not be issued for any construction not permitted through the City’s Building Division.

Fire Department officials cannot issue CO’s or CC’s for work permitted through the City’s Building Division.

There is no additional fee for CO’s or CC’s, as fees for these documents were included at permit issue.




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Obtaining CO’s & CC’s
To obtain a CO or CC at the end of construction, the permit holder or property owner must;

    1. Pass all Final building and subcontractor inspections. (Inspectors will sign yard cards when done)
    2. Obtain other City Department Final inspection signatures, as noted on the permit yard card at permit
       issue or during the course of construction. – i.e. – Erosion, Civil, Arborist, Planning, Zoning, etc..
    3. Obtain other governing authority Final inspection signatures or provide release documents, as
       noted on the permit yard card at permit issue or during the course of construction. – i.e. – Fulton
       County Sewer,Backflow, Grease Trap, Health Dept., Ga. Dept. of Labor Elevator & Boiler, etc..
    4. Proceed in person to the City Building Division offices during normal permit issue hours and
       present the building official with a completed and signed building permit yard card.
            Note: At this point, building officials will verify all signatures and copy the yard card and all
            documentation presented; check permit records to assure all subcontractor permits are in
            order; check for any liens, holds, or notices of record; and check for any unpaid fees or other
            issues to be resolved prior to CO or CC issue.
            It is the responsibility of the permit holder or property owner to resolve any issues presented
            during final review of all construction documentation.

            When all construction documentation is in order, all fees have been paid, and all issues resolved
            to the satisfaction of the building official, a CO or CC will be printed for required final signatures.

    5. Sign required owner or contractor construction liability statements on the CO or CC.

    6. Obtain the building official’s signature releasing the construction identified upon the CO or CC.

         The issue of a CO or CC officially ends a permitted construction project in the City.


TEMPORARY CERTIFICATES OF OCCUPANCY & COMPLETION

The codes recognize that unexpected delays can occur near the end of construction that will affect it to
such a degree that it is impossible or impractical to have everything completed on a specific date that the
construction has been promised or scheduled for a loan closing or other similar occasion.

When such delays occur, the codes allow the building official discretionary authority to issue Temporary
Certificates of Occupancy or Completion, hereinafter referred to as TCO’s and TCC’s, under certain
circumstances and agreements and only if the site, building, structure, or area thereof is substantially
complete (95%) and reasonably safe for the occupants to use in the opinion of the building official.

TCO’s and TCC’s, when approved by the building official, may be issued for a maximum time period of
ninety (90) calendar days from the date of issue, but no longer than is reasonably necessary.



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It shall be the sole responsibility of the permit holder or property owner to complete all unfinished work and
request and pass Final Inspection of all construction and obtain a CO or CC prior to expiration of the TCO
or TCC. Failure to obtain a CO or CC within the time allowed will result to prosecution by the City.

To obtain a TCO or TCC, the permit holder or property owner is required to:

    1. Make written request to the building official for a TCO or TCC. If the request is not from the
       property owner, include the notarized counter-signature of the property owner on the request.
    2. Identify the construction by permit number and include the site street address, project name, etc..
    3. State the time limits requested for the TCO or TCC.
    4. State the basis on which the TCO or TCC should be issued and identify all uncompleted construction.
    5. Identify limits of areas to be used and include a summary of occupant safety measures to be employed.
    6. Include an executed Construction Performance Completion Bond made payable to the City of Alpharetta
       for each TCO or TCC requested. (Sample Bond Form included in this documentation)
    7. Include a standard $200.00 fee for each TCO or TCC requested.

Construction Performance Completion Bonds must be issued by a Surety licensed under current Georgia
law. A separate bond shall be required for each building permit issued. Each bond issued shall be in the
amount of at least 1.5 times (150%) of the reasonably estimated dollar amount required to complete all
construction to codes compliance and City approved construction documents. In no case shall any bond be
less than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00) U.S. Currency for each TCO or TCC requested. Terms of
execution shall be bound directly to each requested TCO or TCC as provided by Georgia law.

No TCO shall be issued to any site not having a Fulton County approved sanitary sewerage system or
approved potable water backflow prevention system in place. In addition, No TCO or TCC will be issued to
any site having unresolved life safety issues or property liability damage issues.

Regardless of reasons for requesting TCO’s or TCC’s, all permit holders and property owners are advised
that the building official will not consider, nor issue, any TCO or TCC to any site, building, structure, or
construction, or area thereof that is deemed “Unsafe” or that presents any “Life Safety Hazard” to the
occupants or users thereof in the opinion of building inspectors, fire inspectors, or the Building Official.

   The issue of a TCO or TCC does not officially end a permitted construction project in the City.




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SWIMMING POOLS

Swimming pools are addressed under separate cover and not addressed elswewhere in these procedures.


See 2010 POOL PERMITTING PROCEDURES handout available in our public lobby at 287 South Main
Street, Alpharetta, GA. 30009, or you may obtain a free download at:


                                         www.alpharetta.ga.us




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         This form to be used to apply for Temporary Certificates of Occupancy & Completion Only.

State of Georgia, Fulton County, City of Alpharetta                                       BOND NO. ______________________

                    CONSTRUCTION PERFORMANCE COMPLETION BOND FORM
KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS that we,
                                                                         (Obligor Name)

             (Obligor Street Address)                                           (City)                 (State)      (Zip Code)
as Principal, hereinafter called Obligor, and
                                                                                              (Surety Name)

            (Surety Street Address)                                                  (City)               (State)     (Zip Code)
a corporation duly authorized to engage in the surety business in the State of Georgia, as Surety, hereinafter called Surety, are
jointly and severally held and firmly bound unto the City of Alpharetta, Georgia, as Obligee, hereinafter called Obligee, in the
sum of
dollars      ($                                      ) for the payment whereof the Obligor and Surety bind themselves,
their heirs, executors, administrators, successors, and assigns, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents.
WHEREAS, this bond is required pursuant to the regulations of the Obligee; and
WHEREAS, this bond shall be in an amount established by the Obligee, equal to at least one hundred fifty percent (150%) of
reasonably estimated dollar costs of all remaining improvements described in the construction documents approved by the
Obligee, but not less than fifty thousand dollars ($50.000.00) minimum; and

WHEREAS, the Obligee has approved the construction documents for the project known as

             (Project Name)                                              (City LDP No.)                (City Building Permit No.)

             (Project Street Address)                                       (City)                     (State)       (Zip Code)
WHEREAS, this bond shall secure the cost of labor and materials and successful construction, completion, and acceptance of all
improvements as set forth in the Obligee approved construction documents; and
NOW THEREFORE, the condition of this obligation is such that if the Obligor shall pay for all labor, materials, and
subcontractors and well and truly keep, do perform and maintain each and every portion of the construction documents and shall
warrant all improvements until written approval of said improvements by the Obligee, then this obligation shall be null and void;
otherwise it shall remain in full force and effect.
Whenever Obligor shall be and declared by Obligee to be in default under the contract, Surety shall promptly;
         (1) Complete the improvements as set forth in the construction documents, or
         (2) Obtain a bid or bids for completing the improvements and upon a determination by Surety of the lowest responsible
         bidder, or if the Obligee elects, upon determination by the Obligee and the Surety jointly of the lowest responsible bidder,
         arrange for a contract between the bidder and Obligee and make available as work progresses, even though there shall be
         default or a succession of defaults under the contract or contracts of completion arranged under this paragraph sufficient
         funds to pay the costs of completing the improvements, but not exceeding, including other costs and damages for which
         Surety may be liable hereunder, the amount set forth in the first paragraph hereof.
The Surety shall be further liable, to the extent of the dollar amount set forth herein, to the Obligee for all loss, damage, and
expense, including but not limited to attorneys fees, which the Obligee may sustain or incur by reason of the failure to perform or
default on the part of the Obligor.
SIGNED AND SEALED, this the                                                     day of                                              20___

                                 (Principal)                                                              (Surety)

By:                                                             (Seal)   By:                                                           (Seal)
Title:                                                                          Attorney-in-Fact




                            COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITTING PROCEDURES – Revised January 1, 2010
                        City of Alpharetta Community Development Department, Inspections & Codes Enforcement Division
                                287 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Ga. 30009, Tel: 678-297-6080, Fax: 678-297-6081

                                                                Page 57 of 70
                              BUILDING PLAN LOG IN CHECK-OFF FORM
To help save time when submitting plans for building and fire plan review, city officials have developed
this form for your use. This is where you must summarily tell us about the planned construction.
Please fill in all blanks and check all appropriate boxes for each planned construction project.
Plans cannot be logged in or processed without this form first being completed.
Project Type?  New Const.  Addition  Interior Finish  Demolition  Site Wall
Project Name: ________________________________________________________________________
Project Street Address: _________________________________________________________________
Contact Person to receive review comments, if other than Project Architect contact person:
Name: ___________________________________________________________ Tel: ______________
Contact Person Street Address: __________________________________________________________
Contact person E-mail to expedite review comments: _________________________________________
Applicant Name: ____________________________________________________ Tel: ______________
Y   N   N/A
           Pre-approval by other authority, if required? – City Planning & Zoning? County Sewer/Health, etc.?
           Completed and signed City building permit application form included?
           One page Site Plan or Key / Location Plan included?
           Title Page included showing at least the following information applicable for work to be done?
           Site street address to include suite / building number?
           Project size, type & brief use description?
           Schedule of occupancy use?
           Room by room egress occupant load calculations? - NFPA 101 Table 7.3.1.2.
           Egress width calculations? - NFPA 101 Section 7.3.3.1.
           Building construction type and fire protection information?
           Building height and area modification calculations? Applicable only to new building or addition.
           Listing of effective codes for design and construction?
           Property owner’s name, street address, contact person, telephone number and e-mail address?
           All designers’ names, street address, contact person, telephone number and e-mail address?
           Plan page index listing all plan pages included in the submittal?
           Complete architectural plans included and match plan page index? Missing pages; _____________
           Complete structural plans included and match plan page index? Missing pages; ________________
           Complete mechanical plans included and match plan page index? Missing pages; ______________
           Complete electrical plans included and match plan page index? Missing pages; ________________
           Complete low voltage plans included and match plan page index? Missing pages; ______________
           Complete plumbing plans included and match plan page index? Missing pages; ________________
           Complete fire protection plans included and match plan page index? Missing pages; ____________
           Structural Design Summary included for all new structures and additions to existing structures?
           Georgia Energy Code Compliance Report included for all new buildings and adds to existing buildings?
Comments: _________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________
Building Official Signature: ___________________________________ Date: _____________________



                      COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITTING PROCEDURES – Revised January 1, 2010
                  City of Alpharetta Community Development Department, Inspections & Codes Enforcement Division
                          287 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Ga. 30009, Tel: 678-297-6080, Fax: 678-297-6081

                                                          Page 58 of 70
    NEW CONSTRUCTION or ADDITION BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATION FORM
Application is hereby made according to the laws and ordinances of the City of Alpharetta, Georgia for a permit to construct and use a building
or structure as described herein and shown on City codes compliance reviewed plans and specifications and to be located as shown on the
accompanying City reviewed plat plan and, if same is granted by the City, I/we agree to conform to all laws and ordinances regulating same.
       ALL APPLICABLE BLANKS MUST BE FILLED IN – NO P.O. BOX ADDRESSES - PLEASE PRINT LEGIBLY
Application Date:________________________________ Applicant is:                                   Owner / Agent          Contractor / Agent
Work is:  New Building / Structure  Addition
City LDP No.:__________________ Sewer Permit No:__________________ City Impact Fee Rcpt No:______________
                                                        PROPERTY INFORMATION
Project Street Address:___________________________________________________________________________
City Zoning District:____________________ Land Lot:_____________________ District:_______ Section:________
Front Setback:_______ft. Left Side Setback:________ft. Right Side Setback:________ft. Rear Setback:_______ft.
 Flood Plain Lot - Low Floor Elev.:____________MSL - Note: FEMA Elevation Letter Required Prior To CO.
                                                          PEOPLE INFORMATION
Property Owner:_______________________________________________ Tel No. (                                               ) __________________
Street Address: ____________________________________________________________ Suite No.____________
City: _______________________________________________________ State: ________ Zip: ________________

Contractor:____________________________________________________ Tel No. (                                              ) __________________
Street Address:_____________________________________________________________ Suite No.____________
City: _______________________________________________________ State: ________ Zip: ________________
Business Reg. No.____________________ Where Issued:_______________________ Expires:________________
                                                            WORK INFORMATION
Project Name:_________________________________________________________________________________
Briefly Describe Work: ___________________________________________________________________________
Building Height:_________ ft.              No. Stories:_________                Fire Sprinkled             Max Live Load / FL:_______psf.
Foundation is:  Slab-on-Grade                  Crawlspace            Basement            Other _______________________________
Associated Work?  Electrical                 Plumbing            HVAC           Low Voltage            Grease Trap
Primary Use Group (See Plans – Title Page): ________ Use:___________________________________________
Type of Const: (See Plans - Title Page)                     1A        1B       2A        2B       3A        3B   4    5A     5B

            Construction Valuation Calculations for Calculating Permit Fees Only
  Use Group                      Square Feet                      x        ICC-BVD Value / sqft.              =             Valuation
                                                                  x                                           =
                                                                  x                                           =
                                                                  x                                           =
Total Sqft. =                                                            Total Valuation = $
Note 1: If more than three Use Groups are used in this construction, please attach separate calculation sheet.
Note 2: See included pages for ICC-BVD Values, instructions for calculating Valuations, and calculating permit fees.

Applicant Printed Name: ___________________________________ Applicant Signature____________________________




                           COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITTING PROCEDURES – Revised January 1, 2010
                       City of Alpharetta Community Development Department, Inspections & Codes Enforcement Division
                               287 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Ga. 30009, Tel: 678-297-6080, Fax: 678-297-6081

                                                                      Page 59 of 70
                INTERIOR FINISH ONLY BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATION FORM
Application is hereby made according to the laws and ordinances of the City of Alpharetta, Georgia for a permit to construct and use a building
or structure as described herein and shown on City codes compliance reviewed plans and specifications and to be located as shown on the
accompanying City reviewed plat plan and, if same is granted by the City, I/we agree to conform to all laws and ordinances regulating same.
        ALL APPLICABLE BLANKS MUST BE FILLED IN – NO P.O. BOX ADDRESSES - PLEASE PRINT LEGIBLY
Application Date:________________________________ Applicant is:                                    Owner / Agent                Contractor / Agent
                                                        PROPERTY INFORMATION
Project Street Address:_______________________________________________________ Suite No.____________
                                                           PEOPLE INFORMATION
Property Owner:_______________________________________________ Tel No. (                                                   ) __________________
Street Address: ____________________________________________________________ Suite No.____________
City: _______________________________________________________ State: ________ Zip: ________________
Contractor:____________________________________________________ Tel No. (                                                   ) __________________
Street Address:_____________________________________________________________ Suite No.____________
City: _______________________________________________________ State: ________ Zip: ________________
Business Reg. No.____________________ Where Issued:_______________________ Expires:________________
                                                            WORK INFORMATION
Project Name:__________________________________________________________________________________
Briefly Describe Work: ___________________________________________________________________________
Work Space Height:________ ft.                  No. Stories:_______                Fire Sprinkled              Max Live Load / FL: _______psf.
Associated Work?                Electrical            Plumbing              HVAC               Low Voltage               Grease Trap
Primary Use Group (See Plans – Title Page): ________ Use:___________________________________________
Type of Const: (See Plans - Title Page)                      1A       1B        2A        2B        3A       3B       4        5A       5B
Second Generation Interior Finish Construction Cost: $______________________

Second Generation Interior Finish Square Footage__________________________

                          First Generation Interior Finish Construction Valuation
Use Group (1)                Square Feet (2)               x       ICC-BVD Value / sqft. x 20% (3)               =                 Valuation
                                                           x                                                     =
                                                           x                                                     =
                                                           x                                                     =
Total Sqft. =                                                    Total Valuation (4) =
Note 1: If more than three Use Groups are used in this construction, please attach separate calculation sheet.
Note 2: See included pages for ICC-BVD Values, instructions for calculating Valuations, and calculating Permit Fees.
Note 3: The only difference between calculating ICC-BVD Values for Interior Finish work and New Construction work is the method used to calculate ICC-
BVD Value per square foot for First Generation Interior Finish work. COA establishes average cost of Interior Finish work is 20% of the average cost of New
Construction work. Therefore, you must use 20% of ICC-BVD New Building Valuation per square foot to calculate Interior Finish Value per square foot.
Example: If ICC-BVD lists a Value of $130.65 / sqft. for New construction, your ICC-BVD Valuation for Interior Finish work must be 20% of $130.65 / sqft., or
$26.13 /sqft. (130.65 x .2 = 23.13)
Construction Total Value Calculation Example: If the only Use Group = B1, Type Cpnstruction = 2A, & Building Total sqft. = 12,000 sqft.
ICC-BVD lists valuation for Use Group ‘B’ & Type 2A construction as: $130.65 / sqft..
$130.65 x .2 (20%) = $23.13 / sqft x 12,000 sqft. = $277,560.00. Total Valuation. = $277,560.00. (Permit Fee Valuation Base)
Note 4: For Mixed Use occupancies under IBC Section 508.3, you must calculate each occupancy group separately and then add them together to produce
Total Square Feet of Construction and a Total Building Valuation.

Applicant Printed Name: ______________________________ Applicant Signature___________________________


                           COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITTING PROCEDURES – Revised January 1, 2010
                       City of Alpharetta Community Development Department, Inspections & Codes Enforcement Division
                               287 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Ga. 30009, Tel: 678-297-6080, Fax: 678-297-6081

                                                                       Page 60 of 70
                                SHELL BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATION FORM
Application is hereby made according to the laws and ordinances of the City of Alpharetta, Georgia for a permit to construct and use a building
or structure as described herein and shown on City codes compliance reviewed plans and specifications and to be located as shown on the
accompanying City reviewed plat plan and, if same is granted by the City, I/we agree to conform to all laws and ordinances regulating same.
       ALL APPLICABLE BLANKS MUST BE FILLED IN – NO P.O. BOX ADDRESSES - PLEASE PRINT LEGIBLY
Application Date:________________________________ Applicant is:                                   Owner / Agent               Contractor / Agent
City LDP No.:__________________ Sewer Permit No:__________________ City Impact Fee Rcpt No:______________
                                                        PROPERTY INFORMATION
Project Street Address:_______________________________________________________ Suite No.____________
City Zoning District:____________________ Land Lot:_____________________ District:_______ Section:________
Front Setback:_______ft. Left Side Setback:________ft. Right Side Setback:________ft. Rear Setback:_______ft.
 Flood Plain Lot - Low Floor Elev.:____________MSL - Note: FEMA Elevation Letter Required Prior To CO.
                                                          PEOPLE INFORMATION
Property Owner:_______________________________________________ Tel No. (                                                  ) __________________
Street Address: ____________________________________________________________ Suite No.____________
City: _______________________________________________________ State: ________ Zip: ________________
Contractor:____________________________________________________ Tel No. (                                                 ) __________________
Street Address:_____________________________________________________________ Suite No.____________
City: _______________________________________________________ State: ________ Zip: ________________
Business Reg. No.____________________ Where Issued:_______________________ Expires:________________
                                                            WORK INFORMATION
Project Name:_________________________________________________________________________________
Briefly Describe Work: ___________________________________________________________________________
Building Height:_________ ft.              No. Stories:_________                Fire Sprinkled             Max Live Load / FL:_________psf.
Foundation is:  Slab-on-Grade                   Crawlspace           Basement            Other _______________________________
Associated Work?  Electrical                 Plumbing            HVAC           Low Voltage            Grease Trap
Primary Use Group (See Plans – Title Page):________ Use:___________________________________________
Type of Const (See Plans – Title Page):                    1A        1B       2A        2B       3A        3B       4       5A        5B
                                Construction Valuation Calculations for Permit Fees Only
 Use Group (1)                Square Feet (2)             x         ICC-BVD Value / sqft. x 60% (3)             =                 Valuation
                                                          x                                                     =
Total Sqft. =                                                   Total Valuation (4) =
Note 1: Please insert the building Primary Use Group here.
Note 2: See included pages for ICC-BVD Values, instructions for calculating Valuations, and calculating Permit Fees.
Note 3: The only difference between calculating ICC-BVD Values for Shell Building work and New Construction work is the method used to calculate ICC-
BVD Value per square foot for Shell Building work. COA establishes the average cost of Shell Building work is 80% of the average cost of New Construction
work. Therefore, you must use 80% of ICC-BVD New Building Valuation per square foot to calculate Shell Building Value per square foot. Example: If ICC-
BVD lists a Value of $130.65 / sqft. for New construction, your ICC-BVD Valuation for Shell Building work must be 80% of $130.65 / sqft., or $104.52 /sqft.
Construction Total Value Calculation Example: If the only Use Group = B1, Type Construction = 2A, & Building Total sqft. = 12,000 sqft.
ICC-BVD lists valuation for Use Group ‘B’ & Type 2A construction as: $130.65 / sqft..
$130.65 x .8 (80%) = $104.52 / sqft x 12,000 sqft. = $1,254,240.00. Total Valuation. = $1,254,240.00 (Permit Fee Valuation Base)
Note 4: Shell Buildings will not have more than one Use Group to produce Total Square Feet of Construction and Total Building Valuation.

Applicant Printed Name: ___________________________________ Applicant Signature____________________________




                           COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITTING PROCEDURES – Revised January 1, 2010
                       City of Alpharetta Community Development Department, Inspections & Codes Enforcement Division
                               287 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Ga. 30009, Tel: 678-297-6080, Fax: 678-297-6081

                                                                      Page 61 of 70
                                 DEMOLITION PERMIT APPLICATION FORM
Application is hereby made according to the laws and ordinances of the City of Alpharetta, Georgia for a permit to construct and use a building
or structure as described herein and shown on City codes compliance reviewed plans and specifications and to be located as shown on the
accompanying City reviewed plat plan and, if same is granted by the City, I/we agree to conform to all laws and ordinances regulating same.
       ALL APPLICABLE BLANKS MUST BE FILLED IN – NO P.O. BOX ADDRESSES - PLEASE PRINT LEGIBLY
Application Date:________________________________ Applicant is:                            Owner / Agent             Contractor / Agent
 Interior Demolition Only           Exterior Demolition         Ga. DNR Abatement Contractor No. _________________
                                                                                                   (DNR Contact No. – 404-363-7026)
Note: If demolition includes clearing buildings / structures from site, DNR/EPD clearance is required prior to permit issue. All existing septic
tanks must be pumped & broken to permit drainage or removed & hauled off site. All wells/cisterns must be filled & safely capped.



                                                    PROPERTY INFORMATION
Project Street Address:_______________________________________________________ Suite No.____________
City Zoning District:____________________ Land Lot:_____________________ District:_______ Section:________



                                                      PEOPLE INFORMATION
Property Owner:_______________________________________________ Tel No. (                                         ) __________________
Street Address: ____________________________________________________________ Suite No.____________
City: _______________________________________________________ State: ________ Zip: ________________



Contractor:____________________________________________________ Tel No. (                                         ) __________________
Street Address:_____________________________________________________________ Suite No.____________
City: _______________________________________________________ State: ________ Zip: ________________
Business Reg. No.____________________ Where Issued:_______________________ Expires:________________



                                                       WORK INFORMATION
Project Name:_________________________________________________________________________________
Briefly Describe Work: ___________________________________________________________________________
Associated Work?  Electrical             Plumbing           Gas       Other: ______________________________________
Primary Use of Building / Structure Demolished:__________________________________________________
Demolished Building Type of Const):                 1A       1B       2A       2B       3A      3B      4       5A       5B

Whole Building Demolition Fee = $300.00

Partial Building or structure Fee = $200.00


Applicant Printed Name: ___________________________________ Applicant Signature____________________________




                         COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITTING PROCEDURES – Revised January 1, 2010
                     City of Alpharetta Community Development Department, Inspections & Codes Enforcement Division
                             287 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Ga. 30009, Tel: 678-297-6080, Fax: 678-297-6081

                                                                 Page 62 of 70
                               FOUNDATION ONLY PERMIT APPLICATION FORM
Application is hereby made according to the laws and ordinances of the City of Alpharetta, Georgia for a permit to construct and use a building
or structure as described herein and shown on City codes compliance reviewed plans and specifications and to be located as shown on the
accompanying City reviewed plat plan and, if same is granted by the City, I/we agree to conform to all laws and ordinances regulating same.
        ALL APPLICABLE BLANKS MUST BE FILLED IN – NO P.O. BOX ADDRESSES - PLEASE PRINT LEGIBLY
Application Date:________________________________ Applicant is:                                          Owner / Agent                 Contractor / Agent
City LDP No.:__________________ Sewer Permit No:__________________ City Impact Fee Rcpt No:______________
                                                            PROPERTY INFORMATION
Project Street Address:_______________________________________________________ Suite No.____________
City Zoning District:____________________ Land Lot:_____________________ District:_______ Section:________
Front Setback:_______ft. Left Side Setback:________ft. Right Side Setback:________ft. Rear Setback:_______ft.

                                                              PEOPLE INFORMATION
Property Owner:_______________________________________________ Tel No. (                                                           ) __________________
Street Address: ____________________________________________________________ Suite No.____________
City: _______________________________________________________ State: ________ Zip: ________________
Contractor:____________________________________________________ Tel No. (                                                          ) __________________
Street Address:_____________________________________________________________ Suite No.____________
City: _______________________________________________________ State: ________ Zip: ________________
Business Reg. No.____________________ Where Issued:_______________________ Expires:________________
                                                                WORK INFORMATION
Project Name:_________________________________________________________________________________
Briefly Describe Work: ___________________________________________________________________________
Building Height:_________ ft.                 No. Stories:_________                   Fire Sprinkled               Max Live Load / FL:_________psf.
Foundation is:  Slab-on-Grade                     Crawlspace              Basement              Other _______________________________
Associated Work?  Electrical                    Plumbing             HVAC              Low Voltage             Grease Trap
Primary Use Group (See Plans – Title Page):________ Use:___________________________________________
Type of Const (See Plans – Title Page):                        1A        1B         2A        2B        3A         3B       4        5A         5B
                             Construction Valuation Calculations for Permit Fees Only
 Use Group (1)                 Square Feet (2)                x        ICC-BVD Value / sqft. x 10% (3)                  =                  Valuation
                                                              x                                                         =
Total Sqft. =                                                       Total Valuation (4) =
Note 1: Please insert the building Primary Use Group here.
Note 2: Only enter the building / structure floor on-grade square footage here. Example: If your building is two stories, with 6,000 sqft. / floor, for a total square
footage of 12,000 sqft., only enter the first floor 6,000 sqft. (foot print) as the square footage of the foundation.
Note 3: The only difference between calculating ICC-BVD Values for Foundation Only work and New Construction work is the method used to calculate
ICC-BVD Value per square foot for Foundation Only work. COA permit records establish the average cost of Foundation Only work is 10% of the average
cost of New Construction work. Therefore, you must use 10% of ICC-BVD New Building Valuation per square foot to calculate Foundation Only Value per
square foot. Example: If ICC-BVD lists a Value of $130.65 / sqft. for New construction, your ICC-BVD Valuation for Foundation Only work must be 10% of
$130.65 / sqft., or $13.07 /sqft. (130.65 x .1 = 13.07)
Construction Total Value Calculation Example: If Primary Use Group = B1, Type Construction = 2A, & Floor on-grade sqft. = 6,000 sqft.
ICC-BVD lists valuation for Use Group ‘B’ & Type 2A construction as: $130.65 / sqft..
$130.65 x .1 (10%) = $13.07 / sqft x 6,000 sqft. = $78,420.00. Total Valuation. = $78,420.00. (Permit Fee Valuation Base)
Note 4: Foundation Only will not have more than one Use Group to produce Total Square Feet of Construction and Total Building Valuation.

Applicant Printed Name: ___________________________________ Applicant Signature____________________________




                             COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITTING PROCEDURES – Revised January 1, 2010
                         City of Alpharetta Community Development Department, Inspections & Codes Enforcement Division
                                 287 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Ga. 30009, Tel: 678-297-6080, Fax: 678-297-6081

                                                                           Page 63 of 70
                                   SITE WALL PERMIT APPLICATION FORM
Application is hereby made according to the laws and ordinances of the City of Alpharetta, Georgia for a permit to construct and use a building
or structure as described herein and shown on City codes compliance reviewed plans and specifications and to be located as shown on the
accompanying City reviewed plat plan and, if same is granted by the City, I/we agree to conform to all laws and ordinances regulating same.

       ALL APPLICABLE BLANKS MUST BE FILLED IN – NO P.O. BOX ADDRESSES - PLEASE PRINT LEGIBLY
Application Date:________________________________ Applicant is:                           Owner / Agent             Contractor / Agent
City LDP No.:__________________ City Impact Fee Rcpt No:______________
                                                   PROPERTY INFORMATION
Project Street Address:___________________________________________________________________________
City Zoning District:____________________ Land Lot:_____________________ District:_______ Section:________
Front Setback:_______ft. Left Side Setback:________ft. Right Side Setback:________ft. Rear Setback:_______ft.

                                                      PEOPLE INFORMATION
Property Owner:_______________________________________________ Tel No. (                                        ) __________________
Street Address: ____________________________________________________________ Suite No.____________
City: _______________________________________________________ State: ________ Zip: ________________

Contractor:____________________________________________________ Tel No. (                                        ) __________________
Street Address:_____________________________________________________________ Suite No.____________
City: _______________________________________________________ State: ________ Zip: ________________
Business Reg. No.____________________ Where Issued:_______________________ Expires:________________
                                                       WORK INFORMATION
Project Name:_________________________________________________________________________________
Briefly Describe Work: ___________________________________________________________________________

Associated Work?  Electrical              Plumbing  Other: ______________________________________________
Construction Valuation for Calculating Permit Fees ________________________________

Note: Block & Wood wall construction, where using dead-man, geo-grid, or similar stabilization methods, are sublect to IBC Chapter 17 – Special
Inspections provisions. Submit Inspector Credentials for Building Official review at plan review submission.


Applicant Printed Name: ___________________________________ Applicant Signature____________________________




                         COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITTING PROCEDURES – Revised January 1, 2010
                     City of Alpharetta Community Development Department, Inspections & Codes Enforcement Division
                             287 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Ga. 30009, Tel: 678-297-6080, Fax: 678-297-6081

                                                                Page 64 of 70
                                     MECHANICAL PERMIT APPLICATION FORM
Application is hereby made according to the laws and ordinances of the City of Alpharetta, Georgia for a permit to install and use a conditioned air & fuel gas
service system for a building or structure as described herein and shown on City approved plans and specifications and, if same is granted by the City, I/we agree
to conform to all laws and ordinances regulating same.
           ALL APPLICABLE BLANKS MUST BE FILLED IN – NO P.O. BOX ADDRESSES - PLEASE PRINT LEGIBLY

                                                           GENERAL INFORMATION

Project Name / Subdivision: ______________________________________________________________________
General Contractor: ____________________________________ Building Permit No.: _____________________

                                                          PROPERTY INFORMATION

Work Site Street Address:_________ ____________________________________________ Lot/Suite No.: _______
Property Owner:____________________________________________ Contact No.: (                                                      ) ________________
Street Address:_________________________________________________________________________________
City: _______________________________________________________ State: ________ Zip:_________________

                                                       CONTRACTOR INFORMATION
Company: ________________________________________________ Contact No.: (                                                       )_________________
Street Address: _____________________________________________________________ Suite No.: _________
City: ___________________________________________________________ State: ________ Zip:_____________
Business Registration No. _________________ Where Issued: _____________________ Expires: ______________
Ga. Card No.: ______________ Class: __ Expires: ___________ Card Holder:______________________________
Applicant is: Contractor/Agent  Homeowner Applicant Printed Name: _______________________________

                                 WORK INFORMATION & FEES -Minimum Permit Fee = $50.00

                                                         Commercial HVAC
                                       ITEM               NO.         FEE                                        TOTAL
                         Apt. / Condo Whole House1                  $100.00 ea
                         Heat Sys. 0-150M Btu.                       $75.00 ea.
                         Additional Heat System                   $0.50 /M btu.
                         AC System 0-5 Ton                           $50.00 ea.
                         Additional AC System                       $2.00 /Ton
                         Space Heater                             $0.20 /M btu.
                         Inlet / Exhaust Air Sys.                    $0.02 /cfm
                         Misc. Ductwork System                       $50.00 ea.
                         Grease Hood                                $2.00 /sqft.
                         Chiller / Refrig. Unit                      $50.00 ea.
                         Fire/Smoke Dampers                           $4.00 ea.
                         Fuel Gas Outlet                              $5.00 ea.
                         PIU & VAV                                    $5.00 ea.
                         Split System / PTAC Unit                    $50.00 ea.
                         Other:
                                                  Total HVAC Fees $
Note 1: Apartment & Condominium Units must be Whole House permit per unit only. Includes Everything.

Application Date: ______________ Ga. Card Holder Signature: __________________________________________



                            COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITTING PROCEDURES – Revised January 1, 2010
                        City of Alpharetta Community Development Department, Inspections & Codes Enforcement Division
                                287 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Ga. 30009, Tel: 678-297-6080, Fax: 678-297-6081

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                                     ELECTRICAL PERMIT APPLICATION FORM
Application is hereby made according to the laws and ordinances of the City of Alpharetta, Georgia for a permit to install and use an electrical service system
for a building or structure as described herein and shown on City approved plans and specifications and, if same is granted by the City, I/we agree to conform
to all laws and ordinances regulating same.

         ALL APPLICABLE BLANKS MUST BE FILLED IN – NO P.O. BOX ADDRESSES - PLEASE PRINT LEGIBLY

                                                          GENERAL INFORMATION

Project Name / Subdivision:_______________________________________________________________________
General Contractor: ________________________________________ Building Permit No.: ____________________

                                                         PROPERTY INFORMATION
Work Site Street Address: __________________________________________________ Lot/Suite No.: __________
Property Owner: ___________________________________________ Contact No. (                                                  ) ___________________
Street Address: ________________________________________________________________________________
City: ________________________________________________________ State: ________ Zip: _______________

                                                      CONTRACTOR INFORMATION
Company: ___________________________________________________ Contact No. (                                                      ) ________________
Street Address: _____________________________________________________________ Suite No. ___________
City: __________________________________________________________ State: ________ Zip: _____________
Business Registration No. ___________________ Where Issued: _____________________ Expires: ____________
Ga. Card No.: _______________ Class: ___ Expires: __________ Card Holder: _____________________________

Applicant is:  Contractor/Agent                Applicant Printed Name: ____________________________________________

                                  WORK INFORMATION & FEES -Minimum Permit Fee = $50.00
                                                        Commercial Electrical
                                      ITEM                 NO.         FEE                                     TOTAL
                         Apt. / Condo Whole House1                  $100.00 ea
                         Temporary Power Pole                        $50.00 ea.
                         0-400A Service System                        $75.00 ea
                         401-1000A Service System                   $100.00 ea.
                         1001A+ Service System                      $125.00 ea.
                         Transformers                                  $5.00 ea
                         Motors                                        $5.00 ea
                         Equipment Disconnects                         $4.00 ea.
                         Wall Outlets                                  $1.00 ea.
                         Switches                                      $1.00 ea.
                         Light Fixtures                                $1.00 ea.
                         PIU & VAV                                     $5.00 ea.
                         Exhaust Fans                                  $5.00 ea.
                         Swimming Pool                               $50.00 ea.
                         Sign Electrical                             $50.00 ea.
                         Other
                                              Total Electrical Fees  $
Note 1: Apartment & Condominium Units must be Whole House permit per unit only. Includes everything.

Application Date:__________________                          Ga. Card Holder Signature: ___________________________________



                           COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITTING PROCEDURES – Revised January 1, 2010
                       City of Alpharetta Community Development Department, Inspections & Codes Enforcement Division
                               287 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Ga. 30009, Tel: 678-297-6080, Fax: 678-297-6081

                                                                       Page 66 of 70
                                      LOW VOLTAGE PERMIT APPLICATION FORM

Application is hereby made according to the laws and ordinances of the City of Alpharetta, Georgia for a permit to install and use a low voltage service system for a
building or structure as described herein and shown on City approved plans and specifications and, if same is granted by the City, I/we agree to conform to all laws and
ordinances regulating same.
           ALL APPLICABLE BLANKS MUST BE FILLED IN – NO P.O. BOX ADDRESSES - PLEASE PRINT LEGIBLY

                                                               GENERAL INFORMATION

Project Name / Subdivision: _________________________________________________________________________________
General Contractor: ___________________________________________ Building Permit No.:_____________________________

                                                              PROPERTY INFORMATION
Work Site Street Address: ____________________________________________________________ Lot/Suite No.: ___________
Property Owner: ______________________________________________________ Contact No.: (                                                ) ___________________
Street Address: ___________________________________________________________________________________________

City: __________________________________________________________________ State: ________ Zip: ________________

                                                           CONTRACTOR INFORMATION
Company: ___________________________________________________________ Contact No. (                                                   ) ___________________
Street Address: ___________________________________________________________________________________________
City: __________________________________________________________________ State: ________ Zip: ________________
Business Registration No. ________________________ Where Issued: __________________________ Expires: _____________
Ga. Card No.: __________________ Class: ____ Expires: ____________ Card Holder:___________________________________
Applicant is:  Contractor / Ageny               Homeowner            Applicant Printed Name:________________________________________

                                      WORK INFORMATION & FEES -Minimum Permit Fee = $50.00
                                                         Commercial Low Voltage
                                          ITEM                NO.       FEE                                         TOTAL
                             Apt. / Condo Whole House1                $100.00 ea
                             Telephone System
                                                                       $50.00 ea.
                             Includes 1 - 20 Outlets
                             Additional Phone Outlets                   $1.00 ea.
                             Data System
                                                                       $50.00 ea.
                             Includes 1 – 20 Outlets
                             Additional Data Outlets                    $1.00 ea.
                             Security System
                                                                       $50.00 ea.
                             Includes 1 - 20 Outlets
                             Additional Security Outlets                $1.00 ea.
                             Fire Alarm System
                                                                       $50.00 ea.
                             Includes 1 - 20 Outlets
                             Additional Alarm Outlets                   $1.00 ea.
                             CATV System
                                                                       $50.00 ea.
                             Includes 1 – 20 Outlets
                             Additional CATV Outlets                    $1.00 ea.
                             Other
                                               Total Low Voltage Fees $
Note 1: Apartment & Condominium Units must be Whole House permit per unit only. Includes everything.

Application Date:_______________________ Ga. Card Holder Signature: _____________________________________________



                             COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITTING PROCEDURES – Revised January 1, 2010
                         City of Alpharetta Community Development Department, Inspections & Codes Enforcement Division
                                 287 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Ga. 30009, Tel: 678-297-6080, Fax: 678-297-6081

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                                   PLUMBING PERMIT APPLICATION FORM
Application is hereby made according to the laws and ordinances of the City of Alpharetta, Georgia for a permit to install and use a
plumbing & fuel gas service system for a building or structure as described herein and shown on City approved plans and
specifications and, if same is granted by the City, I/we agree to conform to all laws and ordinances regulating same.
         ALL APPLICABLE BLANKS MUST BE FILLED IN – NO P.O. BOX ADDRESSES - PLEASE PRINT LEGIBLY
                                                  GENERAL INFORMATION
Project Name: ___________________________________________________________________________________________

General Contractor: ________________________________________________ Building Permit No.:_______________________
                                                 PROPERTY INFORMATION
Work Site Street Address: _______________________________________________________________ Lot/Suite No.: ________
Property Owner: ______________________________________________________ Contact No.: (                    ) ___________________
Street Address: ___________________________________________________________________________________________
City: __________________________________________________________________ State: ________ Zip: ________________
                                               CONTRACTOR INFORMATION
Company: ___________________________________________________________ Contact No. (                       ) ___________________
Street Address: _________________________________________________________________________ Suite No.: _________
City: ___________________________________________________________________ State: _______ Zip: ________________
Business Registration No. _______________________ Where Issued: ___________________________ Expires: _____________
Ga. Card No.: __________________ Class: ___ Expires: ______________ Card Holder:__________________________________
Applicant is: Contractor /Agent    Applicant Printed Name: _______________________________________________________
                              WORK INFORMATION & FEES -Minimum Permit Fee = $50.00
                                                   Commercial Plumbing
                               ITEM                 NO.          FEE                        TOTAL
                 Apt. / Condo Whole House1                       $100.00 ea
                 Toilet/Urinal                                     $5.00 ea.
                 Tub / Shower                                      $5.00 ea.
                 Lavatory Sink                                     $5.00 ea.
                 Kitchen/Break Rm. Sink                            $5.00 ea.
                 Bar / Medical Sink                                $5.00 ea.
                 Laundry / Mop Sinks                               $5.00 ea.
                 Hose Bibb w/ VB                                   $5.00 ea.
                 Drinking Fountain                                 $5.00 ea.
                 Floor / Hub Drain                                 $5.00 ea.
                 Roof Drain                                        $5.00 ea.
                 Water Heater / Boiler                            $25.00 ea.
                 Ejector / Sump Pump                              $25.00 ea.
                 Sewer Install / Repair                           $50.00 ea.
                 Water Install / /Repair                          $50.00 ea.
                 Fuel Gas Outlet                                   $5.00 ea.
                 Medical Gas Outlet                                $5.00 ea.
                 Water Wells                                      $50.00 ea.
                 Gray Water System                                $50.00 ea.
                 Other 2
                                         Total Plumbing Fees $
Note 1: Apartment & Condominium Units must be Whole House permit per unit only. Includes everything.
Note 2: Grease traps can not be permitted on this form. See Grease Trap Permit application form.

Application Date:____________________                  Ga. Card Holder Signature:_________________________



                       COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITTING PROCEDURES – Revised January 1, 2010
                   City of Alpharetta Community Development Department, Inspections & Codes Enforcement Division
                           287 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Ga. 30009, Tel: 678-297-6080, Fax: 678-297-6081

                                                           Page 68 of 70
                                   GREASE TRAP PERMIT APPLICATION FORM

Application is hereby made according to the laws and ordinances of the City of Alpharetta, Georgia for a permit to install and/or
connect to and use a grease trap system for a building or structure as described herein and shown on City approved plans and
specifications and, if same is granted by the City, I/we agree to conform to all laws and ordinances regulating same.
         ALL APPLICABLE BLANKS MUST BE FILLED IN – NO P.O. BOX ADDRESSES - PLEASE PRINT LEGIBLY

                                                 GENERAL INFORMATION

Food service sites are subject to zoning/development conditions and/or restrictions of use. For this reason, permits for
grease trap installation may only be issued to applicants, in person, by building officials in our offices at 287 South Main
Street, Alpharetta, GA 30004.

This department does not accept grease trap application forms/fees applied for on-line, by fax, by courier, or by mail.

Grease trap installations must be pre-approved by Fulton County Pre-Treatment at 770-640-3061, Extension 116.

Fultan County Health requires restaurants to be approved by their department.
Other food handling/service sites may be approved by Department of Agriculture. All approvals must be in writing.

                                                 PROJECT INFORMATION
Project Name: ____________________________________________________________________________________________
Project Type:  Restaurant  Sandwich Shop/Bakery/Grocery  Convenience Store  Other: _______________________
General Contractor: ________________________________________________ Building Permit No.:________________________
                                                PROPERTY INFORMATION
Work Site Street Address: __________________________________________________________________ Suite No.: ________
Property Owner: ______________________________________________________ Contact No.: (                    ) ___________________
Street Address: ___________________________________________________________________________________________
City: __________________________________________________________________ State: ________ Zip: ________________
                                              CONTRACTOR INFORMATION
Company: ___________________________________________________________ Contact No. (                       ) ___________________
Street Address: _________________________________________________________________________ Suite No.: _________
City: ___________________________________________________________________ State: _______ Zip: ________________
Business Registration No. _______________________ Where Issued: ___________________________ Expires: _____________
Ga. Card No.: __________________ Class: ___ Expires: ______________ Card Holder:__________________________________
Applicant is: Contractor /Agent   Applicant Printed Name: _______________________________________________________
                             WORK INFORMATION & FEES - Minimum Permit Fee = $25.00
Grease Trap Location:         Above Grade  Below Grade                        Number of Grease Traps: _______________

Size of Grease Traps: _______________________________________________________________________ gal/#

 If grease traps are for a future tenant in a shell building, provide LDP number ________________________.

Fees are $25.00 per grease trap installed.

Application Date:____________________                  Ga. Card Holder Signature:_________________________




                       COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITTING PROCEDURES – Revised January 1, 2010
                   City of Alpharetta Community Development Department, Inspections & Codes Enforcement Division
                           287 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Ga. 30009, Tel: 678-297-6080, Fax: 678-297-6081

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                                   State Licensing Board for
                              Residential and General Contractors
                                Authorized Permit Agent Form
      License verification by permitting office will be completed by visiting sos.ga.gov/plb/

Licensed Contractor: _____Individual _____Qualifying Agent

Name of licensed person ________________________________________________________
*Please attach a copy of Individual license or Company License (Reflects company and qualifying agent license
number)
License number of individual or qualifying agent: ______________________________

Name of licensed company(if applicable)__________________________

License number of company(if applicable):________________________________________
I, ______________________________________________, hereby designate
Licensed Individual or Qualifying Agent
________________________________________________ to apply for and obtain the permit(s)
for the
*Please attach a copy of the authorized permit agent’s driver’s license.
project at:
________________________________________________
Street address
________________________________________________
Apartment or Suite Number
________________________________________________
City Zip Code

I, the undersigned, being the contractor as either an individual or a qualifying agent, do hereby
affirm and
swear, under oath, that all information on this form and on accompanying documents are true
and correct.
Signature of individual or qualifying agent

_________________________________________________

State of ______________________________ County of ____________________

Subscribed and sworn to before me this _______ day of ________________20__

Signature of Notary Public______________________________ (Seal)




                     COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITTING PROCEDURES – Revised January 1, 2010
                 City of Alpharetta Community Development Department, Inspections & Codes Enforcement Division
                         287 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Ga. 30009, Tel: 678-297-6080, Fax: 678-297-6081

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