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 February 12, 2016  
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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. 

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

Building Permits

“Why are permits required to build on my own property?”

            Most importantly, for the safety and health of you and others; secondly, to protect your investment.  Financial institutions have become increasingly strict when a building, or even an addition, is built with no inspections.  If you build where a permit would be required but do not obtain a permit and inspections, you may experience problems when selling or refinancing your property.  You can find a permit for construction or repair is required in chapter one of the International Residential Code (IRC).  Current code editions may be found at www.dca.ga.gov or email our office at buildinginspections@effinghamcounty.org, an answer will be provided as quickly as possible.

 

Building Permit and Building Plan Procedures

 

            *Notes of Interest for all Permits

  1. All applications and plans for construction may be submitted via email in a PDF format to buildinginspections@effinghamcounty.org, (send each page in a separate PDF)

  2. After permit issue, requests for inspections should be sent to buildinginspections@effinghamcounty.org.

  3. Current building code and life safety code lists are available at www.dca.ga.gov

  4. Code books are available at www.iccsafe.org and other book outlets.

  5. Contractor licensing requirements are available at www.sos.ga.gov

  6. Owners may act as a contractor for the home they reside, or will reside in and associated structures on the property where they reside.  Rental property is commercial property.  All commercial construction requires an appropriately licensed contractor.  (see State of Georgia Licensing Requirements at www.sos.ga.gov)

  7. The permit holder shall be responsible for all stages of construction, health and safety.

 

Directions to apply for a Building Permit

 

  1. Submit a completed application for permit.  Forms are available at www.effinghamcounty.org/DepartmentsAF/DevelopmentServices/BuildingInspections or at 601 North Laurel Street, Springfield, GA 31329.  Applicant is responsible for providing 911 Street Address and Map and Parcel numbers.  If unknown, contact Effingham County G.I.S at www.effinghamcounty.org/DepartmentsGP/GIS/GISHome or 912-754-8050.  Incomplete applications will be returned.

  2. A site plan of the property as required by Effingham County Ordinance Section II 14-56 (K)

     

  3. All applications must be accompanied with completed forms including:

  • Contractor Licensing and contact information if not on application

  • Completed sub-contractor list including business and professional license numbers

  • If applicable, water and sewer forms

  • Temporary Power form

  • Unlicensed owner acting as contractor form

*forms are available at www.effinghamcounty.org/DepartmentsAF/DevelopmentServices/BuildingInspections*

4.   Submit the above completed applications and applicable forms along with plans for construction in a PDF format to buildinginspections@effinghamcounty.org, or submit paper copy to Building Inspection Department at 601 North Laurel Street, Springfield, GA 31329

 

Residential Plans

 

Plans for one or two family dwellings or associated structures shall include a minimum of the following unless otherwise approved:

  1. A site plan as required by Effingham County Ordinance Section II 14-56 (K)

  2. A cover sheet with contractor information, design professional contact information if applicable, site address or master file name/number, a schedule of drawings.  This information may be included with site plan if space is available.

  3. Building elevations

  4. Floor plan(s)

  5. Foundation plan

  6. Wall and foundation section drawings

 

*Notes

  • Plans must include eave height, ceiling height and finished flood height above grade in order to determine parameters of design requirements as set forth in Chapter One of the IRC.

  • Error or omission of any code requirement from the plans for construction shall not relieve the permit holder of the responsibility of meeting or exceeding all Local and State codes applicable to the permitted project.

  • See note 6 in “Notes of Interest for all Permits”

  • See note 7 in “Notes of Interest for all Permits”

 

 

Commercial Plans

 

All buildings other than one and two family dwellings and their associated structures are commercial buildings.  Rental property is considered commercial.  Commercial plans for construction shall include a minimum of the following:

  1. A site plan as required by Effingham County Ordinance Section II 14-56 (K)

  2. A cover sheet including a minimum of design criteria, general notes, a schedule of drawings, contractor information, site address

  3. Elevations

  4. Foundation plan

  5. Foundation details (may be included on Foundation plan)

  6. Floor plan(s)

  7. Framing details (may be included on Floor plan)

  8. Roof plan

  9. Plumbing plan, including sanitary and water

  10. Electrical plan, including emergency and exit lighting

  11. Mechanical plan

  12. Life safety plan with egress door schedule

  13. Accessibility details

 

*Notes

  • Occupancy Classifications:  A (Assembly), E (Educational), and I (Institutional) shall be professionally designed as required by Effingham County Ordinance Section II 14-56 (i)(1).  Occupancy classifications can be found in the International Building Code (IBC)

  • All commercial building requires an appropriately licensed contractor

  • Error or omission of any code requirement from the plans for construction shall not relieve the permit holder of the responsibility of meeting or exceeding all local and state codes applicable to the permitted project.

  • The above requirements are a minimum and may not provide all necessary information or drawings for a particular project. If additional information or drawing is required, the applicant will be notified after the initial, and subsequent necessary, plan review

Revised February 1, 2016

 
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NOTICE





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







nkessler@effinghamcounty.org  







912-754-2128


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

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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.

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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 Official
Noel Kessler
nkessler@effinghamcounty.org


Building Inspector
John Powell
jpowell@effinghamcounty.org


Executive Assistant
Kayla Phillips
kphillips@effinghamcounty.org


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


Inspections

IMPORTANT NOTICE!!!!!

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:
buildinginspections@effinghamcounty.org


Directions

We are located in downtown Springfield adjacent to the

Effingham County Judicial Complex (new Courthouse).













 
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