Am I located within the City-limits of Duluth?
You can check our street listings and maps on our Maps & GIS page.
When are plans accepted by the City? Site plans are only accepted between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. Building and other architectural plans are accepted during regular business hours (8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday). Please check here for additional information.
How long does it take to get a building permit? Residential permits including additions, accessory buildings, basement finishes and the like are relatively simple and take about 15 minutes to one day to process. Non-residential and multi-family permits, however, take 1 to 2 days to review and process. Building permits will not be issued (other than single family residential) without an approved site plan, LDP and site inspection for stabilization. More information.
How do I find out about rezonings, variances, special use exemptions or annexations in progress within the city? In the past or in the present? You may contact the Planning Department at 770-476-1790 or contact Bill Aiken. Look here for current Planning Commission & Zoning Board of Appeal cases.
When do I need to obtain a sign permit, whether temporary or permanent? Anytime a new sign is being installed outside the building.
How much signage am I allowed? Please see here and (Article 6) for more information
Are portable signs allowed? No, they are prohibited.
Are pole and/or pylon signs allowed? Monument signs are required, consisting of the same or similar material as the building facade (e.g. brick, stone, wood, or stucco or any combination thereof). Sign information can be found in Article 6 of the UDC here.
How many temporary sign permits are allowed in one year? Once per calendar quarter that is valid for 30 consecutive days.
What are the special sign requirements for “Grand Openings” or new businesses? Within six months of opening a new business, one 30-day temporary sign permit may be requested. This is a one time only permit for new businesses that are just getting established in our City. New business sign in lieu of wall sign is good for 3 months or until wall sign is installed.
Can apartments advertise vacancies? Yes, provided only one sign per entrance is used and the sign shall not exceed 4 square feet. No permit required.
Are employment signs, lottery signs and emission signs allowed? These types of signs are considered temporary, and follow the requirements of temporary signs.
Are weekend directional signs, garage sale, yard sale or house for sale signs allowed? Temporary signs are permitted, one per parcel of land, no larger than 6 square feet and 3 feet in height. No permit is required.
Who inspects water, sewer, and fire codes? Gwinnett County, 770-822-8000 (main information line).
Who do I call for a water or sewer emergency? Gwinnett County Dept. of Water Resources, 678-376-7000.
Who should I contact to set up new water service or transfer water service within Gwinnett County? Gwinnett County Dept. of Water Resources, 678-376-7000.
Who should I contact about septic tank issues? It is the responsibility of an individual home or business owner to maintain, repair, or replace all components of a septic system. Contact the Gwinnett County Environment Health Dept. (770-963-5132).
Where do I pay property and occupational taxes? If your address is within the City Limits of Duluth, pay those fees at Duluth City Hall, 3167 Main Street, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tax Office is located on the Main Street entrance on the first floor.
When is a building permit required?
Many citizens contact our Department inquiring about when a RESIDENTIAL building permit is required. The “rule of thumb” is that a building permit is required if you are modifying or adding to an existing structure.
- Shingle replacement, or other roof covering materials
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Can't find what you are looking for? Contact the City of Duluth Planning Department at 770-476-1790 or contact Carol Hill.