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The Building Department is now located at the Administrative Complex, 601 North Laurel Street Springfield. If you have any questions, you may contact us at
 (912) 754-2128. 

 
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O.C.G.A. § 43-41-2



GEORGIA CODE



Copyright 2016 by The State of Georgia



All rights reserved.



*** Current Through the 2016 Regular Session ***


TITLE 43.  PROFESSIONS AND BUSINESSES  



CHAPTER 41.  RESIDENTIAL AND GENERAL CONTRACTORS


O.C.G.A. § 43-41-2  (2016)



§ 43-41-2.  Definitions



  (3) "Contracting" means performing or causing to be performed any of the activities set forth in paragraphs (4), (5), (9), (10), and (11) of this Code section which define the types of contractors. The offering of contracting services and the negotiation of or bid or proposal for engagement or a contract requiring performance of these services also constitutes contracting.



   (4) "Contractor," except as specifically exempted by this chapter, means a person who is qualified, or required to be qualified, under this chapter and who, for compensation, contracts to, offers to undertake or undertakes to, submits a bid or a proposal to, or personally or by others performs the construction or the management of the construction for an owner of any building, bridge, or other structure, including a person who installs industrialized buildings as defined in paragraphs (3) and (4) of Code Section 8-2-111, for the construction or improvement of, addition to, or the repair, alteration, or remodeling of any such building, bridge, or structure for use by the owner or by others or for resale to others. The term "contractor" for purposes of this chapter shall include a person who contracts to, undertakes to, or submits a bid or proposal to perform, or otherwise does himself or herself perform, for an owner:



      (A) Construction management services relative to the performance by others of such construction activities where the person performing such construction management services is at risk contractually to the owner for the performance and cost of the construction; and



      (B) Services of a contractor as part of performance of design-build services, whether as a prime contractor, joint venture partner, or as a subcontractor to a design professional acting as prime contractor as part of a design-build entity or combination.



Both residential and general contractors, in addition to contractors licensed under Chapter 14 of this title to perform such work or any component thereof, shall be permitted to construct storm-water management systems comprising any storm-water conveyance or storm-water detention facility that moves storm or surface water from a specific point on a wholly contained construction project site to another specific point on the same project site and which are wholly contained within the project site and are not part of or connected to any public or private water treatment system, waste-water treatment system, or storm-water system.



   (5) "General contractor" means a contractor whose services are unlimited as to the type of work which he or she may do, subject to the financial limitations as may be imposed by a subclassification created pursuant to paragraph (8) of subsection (b) of Code Section 43-41-5, and who may contract for, undertake to perform, submit a bid or a proposal or otherwise offer to perform, and perform any activity or work as a contractor requiring licensure under this chapter including within its scope any work requiring licensure under Chapter 14 of this title; provided, however, that any work contractually undertaken by a general contractor in the nature of electrical contracting, plumbing, conditioned air contracting, low voltage contracting, or utility contracting which falls within the licensing requirements of Chapter 14 of this title may not be performed by the general contractor but shall only be performed by a person who is duly licensed to perform such work under Chapter 14 of this title. The construction of all private, commercial, institutional, industrial, public, and other buildings and structures under contract with or engagement directly by an owner shall be undertaken by a general contractor, except as otherwise expressly set forth in or excluded from operation of this chapter.



   (6) An "owner" of real property means a person or entity that has a majority ownership interest in the real property to be improved and for whom an improvement is made or who contracts with or engages, directly or through an agent, the contractor to perform the construction work or services.



   (7) "Qualifying agent" means a person who possesses the requisite skill, knowledge, and experience and has the responsibility to supervise, direct, manage, and control all of the contracting activities within the State of Georgia of a contractor doing business in the form of a business organization, with which he or she is affiliated by employment or ownership; who has the responsibility to supervise, direct, manage, and control construction activities on any project for which he or she has obtained the building permit pursuant to Code Section 43-41-14; and whose technical and personal qualifications have been determined by investigation and examination as provided in this chapter, except as exempted under Code Section 43-41-8, as attested by the division.



   (9) "Residential contractor" means any contractor who may contract for, undertake to perform, submit a bid or a proposal or otherwise offer to perform, and perform any activity or work as a contractor requiring licensure under this chapter for a fixed price, commission, fee, wage, or other compensation or who undertakes any activity or work on his or her own behalf or for any person or business organization that is not licensed as a licensed residential contractor pursuant to this chapter where such activity or work falls into the category of residential-basic contractor or residential-light commercial contractor as defined in this Code section and where the total value of the work or activity or of the compensation to be received by the contractor for such activity or work, whichever is the higher, exceeds $2,500.00. The term "residential contractor" shall include both a residential-basic contractor and a residential-light commercial contractor, except where otherwise expressly stated. The work or activity performed by a residential contractor may include within its scope any work requiring licensure under Chapter 14 of this title; provided, however, that any work contractually undertaken by a residential contractor in the nature of electrical contracting, plumbing, conditioned air contracting, low voltage contracting, or utility contracting which falls within the licensing requirements of Chapter 14 of this title may not be performed by the residential contractor but shall only be performed by a person who is duly licensed to perform such work under Chapter 14 of this title.



  (10) "Residential-basic contractor" means and encompasses a person who performs contractor work or activity relative to detached one-family and two-family residences and one-family townhouses not over three stories in height and their accessory buildings and structures;



   (11) "Residential-light commercial contractor" means and encompasses a person who performs any contractor work or activity performed by a residential-basic contractor and, additionally, shall include such contractor work or activity related to multifamily and multiuse light commercial buildings and structures, and their related accessory buildings and structures, which are less than four stories in height; less than 25,000 square feet in aggregate interior floor space, except as otherwise provided in this chapter; and are constructed of wood or light gauge metal frame, brick veneer, prefabricated, or manufactured type of construction; or are preengineered steel buildings not exceeding 50,000 square feet of interior floor space; provided that such buildings or structures are not of the type of building or structure that would constitute a special hazard to property or to life and safety of persons as defined in subparagraphs (A), (C), (D), (E), (F), (G), (G.1), (H), (I), and (J) and subparagraph (B), as it applies to a building of four or more stories, of paragraph (1) of subsection (b) of Code Section 25-2-13.



   (12) "Specialty contractor" means a contractor whose scope of work and responsibility is of limited scope dealing with only a specific trade and directly related and ancillary work and whose performance is limited to such specialty construction work requiring special skill and requiring specialized building trades or crafts, including, but not limited to, such activities, work, or services requiring licensure under Chapter 14 of this title.





HISTORY: Code 1981, § 43-41-2, enacted by Ga. L. 2004, p. 786, § 1; Ga. L. 2007, p. 569, § 1/SB 115; Ga. L. 2008, p. 324, § 43/SB 455.

 
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Effingham County



Effingham County

Development Services

Building Inspections Division

 

 

Mission Statement: To promote public safety, health and welfare through building and development.

Current Mandatory Codes:

  • International Building Code, 2012 Edition, with Georgia Amendments

  • International Residential Code, 2012 Edition, with Georgia Amendments

  • International Fire Code, 2012 Edition, with Georgia Amendments

  • International Plumbing Code, 2012 Edition, with Georgia Amendments

  • International Mechanical Code, 2012 Edition, with Georgia Amendments

  • International Fuel Gas Code, 2012 Edition, with Georgia Amendments

  • National Electrical Code, 2014 Edition (No Georgia Amendments)

  • International Energy Conservation Code, 2009 Edition, with Georgia Amendments

  • Copies of all the above mentioned code books are available at  www.iccsafe.org

Permit Requirements

A permit is required for any owner or authorized agent(contractor) who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, renovate,  move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system.

Accessory structures:   Accessory buildings or structures that do not exceed 200 square feet and fences less than 7 feet in height are exempt from requiring a permit but shall be required to meet all Effingham county ordinances regarding accessory structures including, but not limited to, property setback requirements.

 

 

 

Applications for permits shall require the following:

  • Application for permit must be completed in its entirety. The date on the application should be the date that it is submitted for review.

  • Application should include the map and parcel number.

  • Site or plot plans are required for all new structures containing the location of the new structure and all existing structures on the site, along with the distances from property lines.

  • All site plans must be approved by the Effingham county flood plain engineer.

  • One complete set of plans or drawings on suitable material, being of sufficient clarity to indicate the nature and extent of proposed work, shall be submitted in person at 601 N Laurel Street Springfield, GA. 31329 or by electronic media to buildinginspections@effinghamcounty.org.  When submitting plans electronically, attach each page of the plan as a separate pdf.

  • All plans or drawings must contain a foundation plan of type to be used along with floor plan, elevation plans, roof plan, wall sections and foundation/footing or monolithic slab sections. Commercial plans in addition require a cover sheet including design criteria, general notes and a schedule of drawings, plumbing plans including water and sanitary waste, electrical plans including emergency and exit lighting, Mechanical plans and a life safety plan including an egress door schedule and accessibility details.

  • All plans or drawings must contain bracing methods including lengths of braced wall panel’s, foundation and roof attachments for shear wall and uplift.

  • The building official may request more information from the applicant upon review of the submitted documents.

  • Work must commence within 180 day after issuance of permit. The permit will be voided for more than 180 consecutive days without an inspection.

  • No work requiring a permit shall start prior to the issuance of the permit.

  • All dwellings that require septic systems will require approval from the Effingham County Health Department. (912)754-6850

  • All required forms can be found online at www.effinghamcounty.org or 601 N Laurel Street Springfield, GA. 31329

     

     

 

 

Required Inspections

 

  • Property Corners                            

  • Mobile home Pad

  • Saw pole

  • Footing

  • Plumbing(under slab)

  • Stem wall

  • Slab floor system

  • Subfloor

  • Nailing

  • House wrap/window seal

  • Electrical rough-in

  • Plumbing rough-in

  • Mechanical rough-in

  • Framing dry-in

  • Insulation

  • Temporary power

  • Final (Certificate of occupancy)

  • There may be fewer or more inspections required at the discretion of the building official

 

All Inspections

 

  • It is the responsibility of the permit holder to ensure that the project is ready for inspection and safely accessible for the inspector.  If there are locked gates on the property, the permit holder is to have the gates unlocked and open for the inspector to have access to property

  • Proper address must be clearly visible from the street

  • Approved drawings must be on site

  • Permit must be on site

  • Portable toilet (located within 200 feet of work site)

  • An approved waste receptacle must be located on each site

  • Site should be clean of debris and all tripping hazards

  • All temporary safety rails and devices should be in place prior to inspectors arrival

  • Inspectors may refuse to perform inspections on sites that are deemed unsafe (These sites will be documented as to safety issues)

  • Any missed or failed inspections that result in insufficient evidence of code compliance could result in required testing by an approved person or agency at the discretion of the building official.

  • A correction notice of all deficiencies will be left on site

  • The permit holder may request code sections of deficiencies on correction notices

  • Failed inspection fees are as follows: $50.00 1st inspection $75.00 2nd inspection and $100.00 each for  3rd inspection or more

  • No one may occupy and dwelling prior to obtaining a certificate of occupancy (No exceptions)

     

    Inspection Request

     

Inspection request can be made by using one of the following methods:

  1. Email: buildinginspections@effinghamcounty.org (preferred)

  2. Phone: (912)754-2128

  3. In person: 601 N Laurel street Springfield, GA.31329

    ***Inspections must be called or emailed and received before 3:00pm to be added to the next day’s inspection route.  Any inspection request submitted past the 3:00pm cut off will be scheduled for the next available day***

All Inspection requests must contain the following information:

  1. Permit number

  2. Address

  3. Lot/Subdivision

  4. Permit holders name

  5. Type of inspection being requested

Inspection Times

Inspections take place between 8:00am and 5:00pm the permit holder may request an a.m. or p.m. inspection and we will do our best to accommodate the request. However, we cannot guarantee any inspection times due to routing and length of times for prior inspections. 

 
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Physical Location &
Mailing Address
601 N. Laurel Street



Springfield, Ga. 31329



Phone 912.754.2128



Fax 912.754.2151



Building Inspections Coordinator

James Parr

jparr@effinghamcounty.org





Building Inspector II

John Powell

jpowell@effinghamcounty.org





Building Inspector I

Carl Holton

cholton@effinghamcounty.org


Building Inspector I

Ashley Kessler

akessler@effinghamcounty.org





Development Services Technician III



Kayla Phillips



kphillips@effinghamcounty.org



Hours of Operation



Monday- Friday (excluding observed holidays)



8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.


Inspections


IMPORTANT NOTICE!!!!!

A reminder

Inspection scheduling cut-off time change:

Beginning July 1st, 2014 request for next-day inspections will be cut-off at 3:00pm.

Request for inspections received after 3:00pm will be forwarded to the following day.   This includes all phone calls, phone messages, and emails.  All are time-stamped when they were sent.

All cancelations MUST be called or emailed in by 5:00 p.m. the day before the inspection.  Cancelations on the day of the inspection will result in a failed inspection.







Example:  Inspection requests sent at 4:00pm on Tuesday will automatically be scheduled for the following day (Thursday) instead of the next day (Wednesday).  Requests sent at 2:30pm Tuesday will be scheduled for the next day (Wednesday).










Directions



We are located in downtown Springfield adjacent to the



Effingham County Judicial Complex (new Courthouse).

 
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