Permits & Inspections

For instructions on scheduling a building inspection, to check the status of an existing building inspection request, or to learn more about our new Remote Inspections program for some permit types please see the Building Inspections section on this page below.

Additionally, read about the Remote Inspections Program in the July/August 2021 edition of the Signal, here.

June/July 2021 Signal Article

Remote Inspections
The Planning and Development Department performs the permitting and inspections functions of the City. The Department's mission is to ensure quality construction and compliance with Building and Zoning Codes for the safety and protection of Chamblee's residents and businesses. The Department will accomplish this through comprehensive review of plans, processing of permits, inspections and professional interaction with residents, contractors, developers and property and business owners. The Building Code can be found in Chapter 18 of the UDO, and accessed through Municode.


Text amendments to some code sections which were adopted by City Council have not yet been codified in Municode. Text amendments become official upon adoption. The updated code sections, with changes redlined, can be downloaded in .pdf format by clicking on the links below.

Text amendments to Chapter 18 code sections adopted by City Council on September 21, 2021:
Section 18-33. - Use of third-party inspectors and reviewers

Types of Permits Required

Permits are generally required for all residential and commercial new construction, additions, and renovations. Permits are required for demolition (interior and building), electrical work, low voltage wiring, heating and air conditioning, plumbing, permanent signs, temporary signs, fences, accessory buildings, and tree removal. Accessory structures such as sheds, decks, porches, patio rooms, detached garages, swimming pools and greenhouses must be permitted. Permits are required for installation, alteration, or replacement of any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system (i.e., hot water heater, furnace, air conditioning unit, electrical panel, or service), which is regulated by technical codes adopted by the City of Chamblee. View or download the Permit Required Checklist.

Please note: All new construction, major redevelopment, renovation and expansion of existing structures must be approved for land development in conjunction with the building permit. See the Land Development page for additional information.

Permitting Hours

Permits generally are issued between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm, Monday through Thursday, and between 8:30 and 12:30 on Friday. Contact us in advance if you need to make other arrangements at or (770) 986-5010.

Plan Review

Plans for commercial projects must be reviewed and approved by both the City and the DeKalb County Fire Marshal. Plans are to be submitted to the City for review and approval. The applicant will be given a route sheet by the City. The applicant must submit the route sheets and plans electronically to DeKalb County Fire Marshal's Office. Procedures on how to submit these forms electronically can be found in the How to Submit a City Services Application guide.

No Building Permit for a commercial building will be issued until both the City and DeKalb County Fire Marshal have reviewed and approved the plans. In general, the maximum amount of time required for plan reviews by the City is up to 10 business days per review for an initial submittal of a commercial project, and up to 5 business days for each re-submittal; and up to 5 business days for an initial submittal of a residential project, and up to 3 business days for each re-submittal.

Permit Application Forms & Fees

Permit applications may be accessed online or from the Planning and Development Department. Contractors must provide copies of current State certifications (general contractor, trade contractor, or specialty contractor) and company business license with the application form. Review the permit instructions for plan submittal requirements. CLICK HERE TO TRACK A SUBMITTED PERMIT APPLICATION AND PAY PERMIT FEES.

Building Inspections

Building codes are established to provide minimum standards for safeguarding life or limb, health, property, and public welfare by regulating and controlling the design, construction, quality of materials, use and occupancy, location, and maintenance of all buildings and structures. Building inspection is the method by which the City ensures that construction work is conducted in compliance with the Georgia State Minimum Standard Codes as well as approved plans. Read more about inspections on the Inspection Information sheet.

Scheduling Inspections

All requests for inspections must be made through the City's online portal. You will need the permit number and contractor access code to schedule an inspection. For contractors, this will be your contractor license number. For requestors not required to have a license, this will be your business license number. For homeowners doing their own work, this will be the street number in your address. To access the online portal and schedule an inspection click here.

Building inspection requests submitted by 4:00 pm Monday through Thursday are generally scheduled for the following day.
Building inspection requests submitted by 11 am on Friday are generally scheduled for the following business day. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us at (770) 986-5010 or

Remote Inspections Program

In response to the COVID-19 Virus, the Planning & Development Department is launching expanded options for remote inspections beginning April 1, 2020.  To limit the spread of the Virus, all inspections eligible for remote inspection will be scheduled as such effective immediately. For details on the remote inspections program, please see the Remote Inspections Program Memo.

Building Inspectors

Pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) Section 8-2-26.1, the building inspectors employed by the City of Chamblee are deemed to be Qualified Inspectors, as defined by said code section, for the inspections they are assigned to perform.

The inspectors with Clark Patterson Lee (CPL) are under contract with the City to provide inspection services. Inspections are scheduled daily except for weekends and holidays as observed by the city. In addition to providing daily inspections, the City makes every attempt to arrange meetings, consultations and courtesy inspections as needed within a convenient and reasonable time frame.

DeKalb County Fire Marshal Inspections

Plan review and inspections for Life Safety Codes and ADA requirements are provided by the DeKalb County Fire Marshal's Division, located at 330 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, 2nd Floor in Decatur, Georgia 30030. For information regarding processes and fees for plan review, call the Fire Marshal Division at (404) 971-6208. All requests for fire inspections are scheduled by contacting the DeKalb Fire Marshal's office online at

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