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ATTENTION:

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. 

 


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

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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.

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PERMIT HOLDERS

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 effinghamcounty.org

Effingham County Building Department

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PERMIT HOLDER

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.

Effingham County Building Department

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PERMIT HOLDERS

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 Inspector
Noel Kessler
nkessler@effinghamcounty.org

Building Inspector
John Powell
jpowell@effinghamcounty.org

Building Inspector
James Parr
jparr@effinghamcounty.org

Executive Assistant
Kayla Cauley
kcauley@effinghamcounty.org




Hours of Operation
Monday- Friday (excluding observed holidays)
8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.


Inspections
All inspections will be scheduled for the following working day.  All inspections must be called in before 5:00 p.m. for the inspection to go on the following working days route.  To cancel an inspection, you must email or leave a voice mail before 8:30 a.m. on the day of inspection.

Inspections email:
buildinginspections@effinghamcounty.org


Directions
We are located in downtown Springfield adjacent to the
Effingham County Judicial Complex (new Courthouse).




  
 
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