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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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From Left to Right: Noel Kessler,  Kayla Phillips, John Powell

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Electrical Seminar

Residential and Commercial Changes in the 2014 NEC and Electrical Safety

November 7, 2015

8 am – 12 noon

Hosted by: Georgia Chapter IAEI &                                           Effingham Co. Building Inspections Depart.

Instructor:   Ronald L. Purvis, P.E. (former member of CMP 2)


601 N. Laurel St., Springfield GA 31329

This course meets the Georgia Licensing Board Continuing Education requirements for Electrical Contractors, Residential Basic and Residential Light Commercial Contractors.

Certificates for 4 hours of Continuing Ed. Will be issued upon completion of this course.

NON REFUNDABLE $50.00 registration fee

Certificate will be available at the end of completion of the class.


MAIL TO:  Effingham County Bldg. Inspections Dept.

            601 N. Laurel St., Springfield GA 31329

For additional information call Kayla Phillips:   912-754-2128

Email: or

RSVP By: November 4, 2015


Subject: Requirements for all construction where plumbing pipes will be installed in fill dirt under slabs on grade;

Effective immediately on any site where the underslab plumbing has not been approved.

Due to recent revelations of problems with plumbing installed in fill dirt under slabs on grade, the following actions shall be enforced for all buildings constructed with slabs on any amount of fill dirt.

All form boards for slabs shall be in place, and all fill dirt shall be in place and compacted prior to the installation of any plumbing pipes.

No heavy equipment shall be driven onto the fill dirt after the plumbing pipes have been installed.

Codes supporting this enforcement include Section R506.2.1 of the 2012 Edition of the International Residential Code and Sections 306.1, 306.2.1, 306.2.2, and 306.3 of the 2012 Edition of the International Plumbing Code.

Noel B Kessler,

CBO Effingham County Developmental Services

Building Inspections  


The Building Department performs residential and commercial inspections throughout the county.  We inspect buildings while under construction to ensure building code compliance and completed buildings to ensure compliance with fire and building codes.


Effingham County Building Department

Effective January 1, 2014

Notice No.  1  of  3

Spray Foam Insulation:

     Effective January 1, 2014 the Effingham County Building Department shall require buildings with spray foam plastic insulation installed to meet the requirements of the International Residential Code 2012 edition, or the International Building Code 2012 edition when applicable.

     These requirements shall include placement and quantity of insulation, along with certain fire protection and life safety requirements.  Of primary concern initially will be residential attic spaces where the roof deck is insulated with spray foam insulation.

     When there is mechanical equipment installed in an attic with spray foam insulation, it shall also be required to install an ignition barrier.

     When there is any storage area within an attic with spray foam insulation, it shall also be required to install a thermal barrier.  A thermal barrier of gypsum board, or other approved material, may also serve as an ignition barrier.

     The code reference for residential one and two family dwellings construction is Section R316 of the 2012 International Residential Code.

     The code reference for commercial construction involves multiple sections of the 2012 International Building Code.

     In order to ensure compliance with the fire protection issues, the Building Department shall require a form to be filled out by the company installing the foam plastic insulation.  It shall be the Permit Holders responsibility to submit this form for approval.  The insulation form must be approved prior to permanent electric service approval.

     Initially, the Effingham County Building Department shall supply the required form but, after a reasonable time, it shall be the Permit Holders responsibility to provide the form.  The form will be available on the Effingham County web site at

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Effingham County Building Department

Effective January 1, 2014

Notice No.  2  of  3


Permit Number Required:

     Effective January 1, 2014 the Effingham County Building Department shall require the permit number to be included on all correspondence associated with an active building permit.  This will include all phone messages, email, fax, or any other form of communication.

     The permitting system was upgraded two years ago to an electronic system.  This system identifies permits with the permit number in lieu of permit holder name or business.  The permit number system in use now has improved efficiency within the Building Department and should be effective for permit holders.  The change to a numbering system was also necessary to operate the electronic permit system.

     The Building Department realizes builders employ the use of lot numbers with day-to-day operations.  The importance and necessity of lot number use is understood, and there is no intent to change that use.  The permit number must be included on all correspondence in order to retain all records as required by the State of Georgia.

     To explain, the Building Department cannot search for permits using lot numbers in the permitting system.  When correspondence is received from a third party via email (such as a soil density report from a testing laboratory) with no  job site identification but a lot number, there is no way to apply the correspondence to the correct permit.  Permit holders may a have third party email test results directly to the Building Department but if the report does not include the permit number, the report may not be approved.

     Again, as of January 1, 2014 the Building Department can no longer accept correspondence or requests concerning inspections, reports, or any other information required with an active building permit that does not include the permit number.  Omission of the permit number may result in delays with inspections, approvals, or Certificates of Occupancy.

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Effingham County Building Department

Effective January 1, 2014

Notice No3  of  3


License Numbers:

     Effective January 1, 2014 the Building Department will no longer require the “Request for Inspection” forms for the Electric, Plumbing, and HVAC trades when the permit is issued.  Instead, the individual license numbers will be required prior to issue of a Certificate of Occupancy.

     The Certificate of Occupancy form now employed has a section to list the license numbers of the trades and the primary contractor.  Obviously, the primary contractor has to be noted at the permit application stage, so that cannot be delayed.  However, due to the fact that a contractor/permit holder may not know who will do the trade installations at the time the permit is issued, this should make it simpler for all involved.

     The one requirement that must be remembered is that a Certificate of Occupancy shall not be issued until all the license numbers are submitted.  One suggestion for permit holders would be to have all the license numbers on file and send them in when a request for a CO (final) inspection is made.  This can be accomplished via email as long as the permit number is included on the correspondence.

     As of January 1, 2014  the old “Request for Inspection” forms in use now will no longer be used except for electric-only permits, and HVAC-only permits.

Effingham County Building Department

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Physical Location &
Mailing Address
601 N. Laurel Street

Springfield, Ga. 31329

Phone 912.754.2128

Fax 912.754.2151

Building Official

Noel Kessler

Building Inspector

John Powell

Building Inspector

James Parr

Executive Assistant

Kayla Phillips

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).

Inspections email:


We are located in downtown Springfield adjacent to the

Effingham County Judicial Complex (new Courthouse).

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