Building Permit Requirements

Applications for building permits are required to be submitted for installations regulated by the Georgia State Minimum Building Codes if any owner or authorized agents intends to:

  • Construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure;
  • Erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system.

Most construction work done within the City limits requires a permit and the corresponding required inspections. All work should be permitted through the Planning and Development Department. All commercial projects must have approval from the Gwinnett County Fire Marshal prior to submitting for approval from the City of Duluth. The stamped/approved plans must be submitted to the City. Plans must also be submitted on disc. 

Trade permits (electrical, plumbing, roofing, HVAC) are required as stand alone permits when they are the only work being performed.  An affidavit is required when a building permit has already been issued and this work is being performed as a subcontractor.

 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.

If you have any questions please contact the City's Building Official, Joe Stapleton.

Why Do I Need a Permit?
There are two major reasons why a homeowner needs a permit on projects: the first is because when a permit is filed, city officials will inspect the work completed at different stages to ensure the work complies with current safety and health building codes. The second, and most significant reason, is it protects the homeowner's investment they are making to improve the property.

Work Requiring Building Permits
The following table shows work that requires a building permit. It is not a comprehensive list. For questions please contact the Building Official at 770.476.1790