The City of Gainesville has operated an Inspection Services Division since 1957. Today, the Inspection Services Office operates under a unified code system that is applicable regardless of which jurisdiction construction occurs. The primary mission of Inspection Services is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the people by ensuring a safe building environment.
Inspection Services enforces the International Building Codes as prescribed by the International Code Council, mandated by and amended by the State of Georgia.
All work to any structure be it new construction, addition, or alteration to an existing structure shall be approved and permitted by the Inspection Services Division before construction begins. The required applications/forms can be found by clicking on this link.
Inspection Services also enforces erosion and sedimentation controls in the City. Any grading, clearing, grubbing or installation of driveways on any property shall be required to obtain a land disturbance permit. All work projects within the local historic districts shall require a permit.
For additional information please contact Joe Davidson, Building Official, via email or by calling 770-531-6570.
Construction Code Changes
Coming in 2015
As of January 1, 2015 the construction codes for the state of Georgia and the City of Gainesville will change. The National Electrical Code will change to the 2014 Edition. The International Property Maintenance Code will change to the 2012 Edition. Projects submitted for review or permitting after January 1, 2015 will be reviewed and inspected using the following codes:
The 2012 edition of the following codes will be used:
International Building code, International Residential code
International Plumbing code, International Mechanical code
International Fire code, International fuel Gas code
International Pool and Spa code, NFPA 101 Life Safety code
The International Energy Conservation code will remain the 2009 edition
National Electrical Code 2014 edition
**** The above codes have Georgia amendments which can be found at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs web site listed below****
Code books may be purchased from one of the following sources:
Georgia Plumber’s Trade Association
Post Office Box 555
Manchester, GA 31816
International Code Council
900 Montclair Road
Birmingham, AL 35213-1206
Mail orders or walk-in customers
American Institute of Architects, Georgia
113 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta GA 30303
748 Marietta Street
Atlanta, GA 30318
Telephone: 404-221-1669 or
Southern Polytechnic Bookstore
1100 S. Marietta Parkway
Marietta, GA 30060
Telephone: 678-915-7355 or