Building Permits

A building permit is needed to maintain regulations on public and private structures located in an area.

For the builder, it is used to learn, understand and follow county, city and/or state building codes.

A building permit outlines the rules and regulations that are expected to be followed by contractors, plumbers and electricians, all in an effort to build a structure that is safe to occupy.

A building permit is a document containing information concerning construction of a residential or commercial building. Building permits are designed and regulated by municipal authority, which means that your local city officials are in charge of regulating codes and issuing permits.

You can pick up an application for a building permit from the local Permitting Department at City Hall.

It is a common misconception to believe that a building permit is needed only when a building is constructed. Actually, some areas require a building permit when making repairs, improvements or additions to a structure. Doing work without a permit will result in a fine.

Since all areas differ in their rules and regulations of building permits, the following is a list of generalized possible situations that may require a building permit:

When building a detached building such as a storage shed or barn that is less than 70 square feet, you will not need a building permit as long as you can meet the required set-back requirements. However, most areas require a permit if that same building is placed on a concrete slab or is designed for running water.

A building permit is commonly required when tearing down or adding supporting walls.

Building permits are also required when building a porch, deck or in-ground pool.

The City of Cleveland has adopted the following codes:

International Building Code, 2012 Edition, with amendments,
including Chapter 1, Administration;

International Residential Code, 2012 Edition, with
amendments and including Chapter 1, Admin;

International Plumbing Code, 2012 Edition, with amendments
and including Chapter 1, Administration;

International Mechanical Code, 2012 Edition, with amendments
and including Chapter 1, Admin;

International Fuel Gas Code, 2012 Edition, with amendments
and including Chapter 1, Administration.

National Electrical Code, NFPA 70, 2011 Edition, with State
of Georgia amendments;

International Fire Code, 2012 Edition, with amendments,
including Chapter 1, Administration;

International Energy Conservation Code, 2000 Edition, with
Georgia Supplements and Amendments (2003), Georgia Supplements and Amendments
(2006), Georgia Supplements and Amendments (2007), Georgia Supplements and
Amendments (2009)

Standard Swimming Pool Code, 2012 Edition, with amendments,
including Chapter 1, Administration.

EPD - Soil and Erosion "Green" Book                   Cleveland Standard Development Specifications

To view City of Cleveland Building Code Ordinances view Chapter 10 with this link.

A Standard Development Specifications book is available for purchase - $25.00.  The specifications address the requirements of roads, water, sewer, etc.  If you wish to recieve a copy of the specifications, please contact

or call 706-865-2017.