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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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Effingham County

Effingham County Development Services will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holidays

Thursday, November 24, 2016 and Friday, November 25, 2016.

We will reopen Monday, November 28, 2016 to regular hours 8:30am to 5:00pm.

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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Effingham County

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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


Building Inspector II

John Powell


Building Inspector I

Carl Holton


Building Inspector I

Ashley Kessler


Development Services Technician III

Kayla Phillips


Development Services Technician I

Amber Dixon


Hours of Operation

Monday- Friday (excluding observed holidays)

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



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).


We are located in downtown Springfield adjacent to the

Effingham County Judicial Complex (new Courthouse).

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