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.
**Building Code Changes in 2020**
The State of Georgia’s adopted codes will change on January 1, 2020.
The City of Gainesville will be under the following codes as of January 1, 2020:
2018 International Building Code
2018 International Residential Code
2018 International Plumbing Code
2018 International Mechanical Code
2018 International Fuel Gas Code
2018 International Fire Code
2018 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code
2018 International Property Maintenance Code
2018 Life Safety Code (NFPA 101)
2017 National Electric Code
2015 International Energy Conservation Code
Plans submitted or permits purchased after December 31, 2019 must comply with the requirements of the new codes in effect on January 1, 2020.
The Energy Code Compliance Certificate submitted after January 1st must be the new certificate listed on our web site.
**** 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