Permits & Inspections

The Development Department performs the permitting and inspections functions of the City. The Department's mission is to ensure quality construction and compliance with Building and Zoning Codes for the safety and protection of Chamblee's residents and businesses. The Department will accomplish this through comprehensive review of plans, processing of permits, inspections and professional interaction with residents, contractors, developers and property and business owners.

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Types of Permits Required


Permits are generally required for all residential and commercial new construction, additions, and renovations. Permits are required for demolition (interior and building), electrical work, low voltage wiring, heating and air conditioning, plumbing, permanent signs, temporary signs, fences, accessory buildings, and tree removal. Accessory structures such as sheds, decks, porches, patio rooms, detached garages, swimming pools and greenhouses must be permitted. Permits are required for installation, alteration, or replacement of any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system (i.e., hot water heater, furnace, air conditioning unit, electrical panel, or service), which is regulated by technical codes adopted by the City of Chamblee.

View or download the Permit Required Checklist.

Please note: All new construction, major redevelopment / renovation and expansion of existing structures must be approved for Land Development permit in conjunction with the building permit. See the Land Development Section for additional information.

Permitting Hours


Permits generally are issued between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm. Call in advance if you need to make other arrangements. We can be reached at (770) 986-5024. We are located adjacent to City Hall at 3506 Broad Street.

Plan Review


Clark Patterson Lee is currently under contract with the city to provide building plan review services by qualified and ICC certified plan reviewers. Plans for commercial projects must be reviewed and approved by both the City and the DeKalb County Fire Marshal. These plans will be submitted to the City, reviewed and approved by Clark Patterson Lee, and the plans will be delivered by builder to the DeKalb County Fire Marshal's Office. No Building Permit for a commercial building will be issued until both the City and DeKalb Fire Marshal have reviewed and approved the plans.
In general, the maximum amount of time required for plan review by the City is up to 10 business days per review.

Permit Application Forms & Fees


Permit applications may be accessed online or from the Development Department. Contractors must provide copies of current State certifications (general contractor, trade contractor, or specialty contractor) and company business license with the application form. Review the permit instructions for plan submittal requirements. We accept cash, check, or credit card for payment of fees.

Building Inspections


Building codes are established to provide minimum standards for safeguarding life or limb, health, property, and public welfare by regulating and controlling the design, construction, quality of materials, use and occupancy, location, and maintenance of all buildings and structures. Building inspection is the method by which the City ensures that construction work is conducted in compliance with the Georgia State Minimum Standard Codes as well as approved plans.

Building inspection requests called in by 4:00 pm are generally scheduled for the following work day. All requests for inspections are scheduled by contacting Clark Patterson Lee at (404) 450-0012 or online at inspections@chambleega.gov.

Building Inspectors


Pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) Section 8-2-26.1, the building inspectors employed by the City of Chamblee are deemed to be Qualified Inspectors, as defined by said code section, for the inspections they are assigned to perform.

The inspectors with Clark Patterson Lee are under contract to the City to provide inspection services. Inspections are scheduled daily except for weekends and holidays as observed by the city. In addition to providing daily inspections, the city makes every attempt to arrange meetings, consultations and courtesy inspections as needed within a convenient and reasonable time frame.

DeKalb County Fire Marshal Inspections


Plan review and inspections for Life Safety Codes and ADA requirements are provided by the DeKalb County Fire Marshal's Division, located at 330 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, 2nd Floor in Decatur, Georgia 30030. For information regarding processes and fees for plan review, call the Fire Marshal Division at (404) 371-9256.