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Zoning Petitions filing fee of $170.00. All other petitions at no cost.
The cost of construction shall be calculated by multiplying the floor area in square feet by the construction cost multiplier below unless a detailed construction cost estimate or an actual contract amount is provided for review and approved by the Director of Development Services.
Construction costs for renovations may be approved on a staff level. Residential Construction: square feet (floor area) x $80.00 / square foot Commercial Construction: square feet (floor area) x $100 / square foot
The permit fee is calculated as follows: $8.00 per $1,000 of Cost of Construction up to $5,000,000, plus $4.00 per $1,000 of Cost of Construction between $5,000,000 and $10,000,000, plus $2.00 per $1,000 of Cost of Construction in excess of $10,000,000.
For buildings constructed by eleemosynary institutions valued in excess of $15,000,000, the total fee shall be based on $2.00 per $1,000 of building value.
The minimum All-inclusive fee shall be $30.00.
Residential AdditionTotal Construction Costs = $10,000$10,000 x $80/$1,000 = $80 Building Permit Fee
Cost of Construction Plan Review Fee $0 - $5,000 $25.00 $5,000 - $25,000 $50.00 $25,001 - $50,000 $100.00 $50,001 - $100,000 $150.00 $100,001 - $500,000 $200.00 $500,001 - $1,000,000 $300.00 $1,000,001 - $5,000,000 $500.00 $5,000,001 - $10,000,000 $1,000.00 Over $10,000,000 $2,000.00
Visit the Development Services Web site for more information.
A permit fee is also charged for all permits. If a project only includes a single trade, you may pay a fee for a trade permit. If two or more trades are involved, an all-inclusive permit may be requested. The cost for either is based on the cost of construction. The Revenue Ordinance establishes a fee of $100 per square foot for commercial construction and $80 per square foot for residential construction, unless you wish to document and provide evidence that your actual costs are lower. Some exceptions do exist. Please call the Permit Services office at 912-651-6530 for more specific information.
Refer to Development Services on the Web for more Business Policies and Procedures.
Please visit Development Services on the Web.
Please visit Development Services web site for more information.
1. Completion Bond – Needed to ensure completion of any punchlist items remaining from the site work final inspection as well as acceptance of as-built drawings. This bond has a 12 month, automatically renewing term. 2. Utility Warranty Bond – Needed to provide a 1 year warranty for all new publicly maintained infrastructure, as well as work within the public right-of-way. This bond has a 14 month, automatically renewing term. 3. Landscape Warranty Bond – Needed to ensure required landscaping and trees are maintained during the 2 year warranty period. This bond has a 26 month, automatically renewing term. 4. Construction Bond – Needed prior to the recording of a subdivision plat when the new subdivision requires additional infrastructure to serve new lots.
Visit the Development Services Web site for more information.
1. Cash/check 2. Surety Bond 3. Letter of Credit
1. Completion Bond – Will be returned upon acceptance of as-built documents and completion of any punchlist items. 2. Utility Warranty Bond – Will be returned upon successful completion of the 1 year Utility Warranty Inspection. 3. Landscape Warranty Bond – Will be returned upon successful completion of 2 year Landscape Warranty Inspection 4. Construction Bond – The bond is reduced to 50% of the total value of the infrastructure, upon provisional acceptance. The remaining 50% is released upon final acceptance of infrastructure.
The A, AH and AE Zones are the flood zones which are common in Savannah. These areas are in the “High Risk” area and are prone to flood with rising water in both the 100 year and the 500 year storms. Structures have a 1% annual chance of flooding and a 26% chance of flooding over the life of a 30-year mortgage. An unnumbered “A” zone means that no Base Flood Elevation (BFE) above Sea Level has yet been determined. “AE” means a base flood elevation has been determined. For example, “AE-15" means that the lowest finished floor elevation of the structure must be at or above 15 NAVD 1988 because that is where the predicted flood water will rise. Zone AH indicated shallow flooding, usually in the form of a pond, with an average depth ranging from 1 to 3 feet. All new construction must be constructed above the designed base flood elevation (DBFE). Also, in this zone the “50% rule” applies.
The VE Zones are the most dangerous flood zones. VE zones are in the “High Risk” area and will experience rising waters, severe winds and wave action greater than three feet. Homes in this area are on the south side of Savannah along the Forest and Vernon Rivers. To protect against wave scouring and frontal velocity, structures must be elevated so that the lowest horizontal structural member (floor joist) is above the designed base flood elevation (DBFE). Such construction usually means placing the structure on piles (pilings), and these pilings must also be anchored to resist flotation, collapse and lateral movement due to the combination effects of wind and water loading forces of the 100 year storm. A registered professional engineer or architect must develop, review and certify the structural design, specifications and plans. The 50% Rule also applies here too.
The Coastal A Zone: is a term that is used to draw a distinction between coastal V zones and inland A Zones, and to highlight similarities between V Zones and A Zones in coastal areas. A building in this area is subject to breaking wave heights between 2.9 feet and 1.5 feet. Building damage in Coastal A Zones is consistent with those observed in V Zones, not riverine A Zones. The City has not mapped the Coastal A zone at this time.
Besides flood insurance, you should protect your structure by ordinary means. For example, do not sweep or blow yard leaves, pine needles, grass clippings or soil into the storm system. This clogs up the pipes and prevents water from draining. If you see someone dumping trash or debris in the canals, please report it to City’s Customer Service desk at 651-6565.
For more information about the Business Tax Certificate and Article Y, please contact the Revenue Department at 651-6451. Business & Alcohol Regulations
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A request to inspect or copy records may be made either orally or in writing. For purposes of documenting and clarifying the scope and timing of the request, it is a better practice to make the request in writing. Requests for public records from the City of Savannah can be made using the Public Records Request form. Public Records Request Form
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If you try multiple times to log in and are not successful, the system will eventually prevent you from trying. Please try again later on. If you still cannot log in after waiting, please contact us.
If you thought you were registered but now find that you are not, it may be because:
When you originally provided a password, you typed it two different waysYou forgot to provide (or later deleted) commodity codes that were requiredYou forgot to provide (or later deleted) your answer to a question that was requiredIf you are still having problems, call us. We can offer assistance, register you over the phone, or accept a paper bid.
The next time after registration that you and other Supplier Contacts log in, you will be prompted to answer some questions. Your answers will be used to verify your identity later, if you ever forget your password.
Please note: If you get a "Duplicate Tax ID" message when you try to register, this may mean someone has already registered your company as a supplier on our site. In this situation, please contact the Purchasing Department at (912) 651-6422.
See General Questions for information about changing your password.
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When adding commodity codes, make sure to move each code you want to the Selected (upper) section of the page before continuing.
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An event or line may include required question(s) that you must answer as part of your response.
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If you want to submit a response by mail or phone instead of online, contact our purchasing staff.
For more information regarding the maintenance of City-owned buildings, please contact the Building and Electrical Maintenance Department at (912) 351-3847 or visit their website at www.savannahga.gov, search "building maintenance".
For more information regarding landscape maintenance of City-owned property, please contact the Parks Department at (912) 651-6610 or visit their website at www.savannahga.gov, search "park and tree".
For information regarding City demolition and/or new construction projects, please contact the Development Services Department at (912) 651-6510 or visit their website at www.savannahga.gov, search "development services".
The judge will review the proof of insurance on your court date. You do not have to appear in court; however, if the proof is not accepted by the judge, you will be notified of a new court date.
If the vehicle you were driving was not insured, you must appear in court on your court date.
If the vehicle you were driving is covered by a "fleet policy", you must appear in court and present the insurance card to the judge and to testify that the vehicle is covered by the policy referenced on the card.
See O.C.G.A. 40-5-57 for complete code.
Once you satisfy the sanctions imposed by the Court, you will be given the “Defendant’s Receipt” (pink receipt) of the suspension notice. If you are licensed by the State of Georgia, you must present this copy to the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety. You can do this by taking this receipt to your local Driver's License Office. If you are licensed by another state, contact the licensing authority of that state. As a result of this suspension, the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety requires that you pay a reinstatement fee before your driving privileges will be reinstated. The Court will notify the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety that you have satisfied all sanctions imposed. However, the reinstatement process will move faster if take your “Defendant’s Receipt” to the Department of Motor Vehicle Safety or local Driver's License Office. If you are licensed by another state, contact the licensing authority of that state. If you have any questions regarding your driving privileges you should contact:Savannah Office1117 Eisenhower Dr.Savannah, GA 31405(912) 691-7400 Main Office2206 East View ParkwayConyers, GA 30013-5755(404) 624-7576
Depending on the agency issuing the citation, the following information may appear on the back of the citation issued to you.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CALLTHE RECORDER’S COURT OF CHATHAM COUNTY(912) 652-7424
IMPORTANTIf you intend to enter a plea of “not guilty” to the charge(s) against you, contact the Clerk’s Office at the number listed above. You will be assigned a bench trial date different from the date indicated on the front of this citation.
If you wish to waive your right to a hearing and enter a plea of “guilty”, you may pay your fine, in full, by appearing at or mailing your payment to the address below. Be sure to include your citation with your payment. Call the Clerk’s Office or visit the court’s website (www.chathamcourts.org) to determine the amount of the fine.The Recorder's Court of Chatham CountyAttention: Cashier133 Montgomery StreetSavannah, GA 31401
You may pay your fine between the hours of 8:30 A.M. and 4:00 P.M., Monday-Friday.
If you wish to appear in court to enter a plea of “guilty” or “no contest” to the charge(s) against you, appear in court on the date and time shown on the front of the citation. If you enter a plea of “not guilty” at this hearing, your case will be assigned to a trial calendar and you will be asked to return to court on the trial date.
If you were involved in an accident, you must pay your fine one week prior to the hearing date shown on the front of this citation.
PURSUANT TO GEORGIA CODE 17-6-11, IF YOU HAVE BEEN ISSUED A COURT SUMMONS AND FAIL TO APPEAR TO ANSWER TO THE CHARGE, A WARRANT WILL BE ISSUED FOR YOUR ARREST AND/OR YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE SHALL BE SUSPENDED BY THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY.THE FOLLOWING OFFENSES REQUIRE A MANDATORY COURT APPEARANCE
1. No Insurance (if unable to provide proof prior to court date).2. Driving under the influence of alcohol/ drugs.3. Driving on a suspended or revoked license.4. Failure to report an accident.5. Hit and run or leaving the scene of an accident.6. Using vehicle in fleeing or attempting to elude an officer.7. Racing.8. Reckless driving, aggressive driving or laying drag.9. Fraudulent or fictitious use of driver’s license or fraudulently obtaining a driver’s license.10. Homicide or feticide by vehicle.11. Homicide or serious injury by interfering with a traffic control device or railroad sign/signal.12. Serious injury by vehicle.13. Any felony in which a vehicle is used.
I, THE UNDERSIGNED, DO HEREBY ENTER MY WRITTEN, RATHER THAN PERSONAL APPEARANCE IN THE COURT CASE RESULTING FROM THE VIOLATION CHARGED ON THE REVERSE SIDE OF THE CITATION. I UNDERSTAND THAT BY PAYING MY FINE AND NOT PERSONALLY APPEARING BEFORE THE COURT I WAIVE ANY RIGHT THAT I MIGHT HAVE HAD TO A TRIAL BY JUDGE OR JURY AND TO BE REPRESENTED BY COUNSEL. I FURTHER UNDERSTAND THAT BY PAYING THE FINE, I HAVE PLEADED GUILTY TO THE OFFENSE AS CHARGED.
SIGNATURE OF ACCUSED ________________________________________________
CITATION NUMBER DATE OF VIOLATION TRIAL DATE DRIVER'S LICENSE NUMBER COURT CODE NUMBER OR NAME
TO OBTAIN THIS INFORMATION, YOU SHOULD CALL THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY. (678) 413-8400
- Aluminum, tin or steel cans- Paper, newspaper, magazines, junk mail- Glass, Dry Cardboard (boxes must be broken down)
Having a working smoke detector in each level of your home will alert you of the dangers from fire and help to keep you safe and sound. Savannah Fire & Emergency Services wants to help protect you from fire by providing FREE home fire safety analyses and FREE installed smoke alarms.
As part of Operation Clean Sweep, firefighters are knocking on doors in Savannah to help educate citizens on the dangers of fire. If you or a loved one live in Savannah and need assistance with home fire safety, please contact our administrative office at 651-6756 for an appointment.
Virtually all U.S. insurers of homes and business property use ISO's Public Protection Classifications in calculating premiums. In general, the price of fire insurance in a community with a good PPC is substantially lower than in a community with a poor PPC, assuming all other factors are equal.