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How to Apply for Residential Building Permits

The following is required for a residential building permit submittal within the City of Savannah:

  1. Completed signed Building Permit Application – click here
  2. One (1) original plus one (1) copy of the sealed plans, stamped “For Construction” (1/4” = 1’ scale)
  3. One (1) copy of the most recently recorded plat with the courthouse stamp showing the date the plat was recorded
  4. Plan Review Fee – click here for Building Permit & Plan Review Fees document

Click here for a link to the Building Permit Process Flow Chart.  This flow chart contains contact names and numbers of each person at each step of the process.  

The Building Permit Application Checklist for residential projects (click here) is also helpful.  Additional resources for Building Permits can be found here.

A property owner may perform construction on his/her own residence if he/she submits a signed and notarized Owner-Occupant of Single Family Residence Permit Affidavit (also called a Homeowner's Affidavit - click here).  In order to do this, homeowner must: reside or intend to reside on the premises, accept inherent responsibilities for the work authorized by the approved permit, agree to hire properly licensed contractors (licensed in the state of Georgia) for any work that is not performed by the owner, and perform work in accordance with all applicable codes and strictly adhere to the inspection schedule.  

The City of Savannah uses a website called 
eTRAC for online permit tracking.   For information on how to use this site to track your projects as they go through the permitting process, click here. There are Quick Reference Guides available, as well as more detailed PowerPoint presentation slides from when we did a training class to the local design community on how to use the website.

If the project is located within the Landmark Historic District, the Victorian District, Mid-City of Cuyler-Brownsville Phase I, an additional application must be submitted for design review.  For information about requirements that apply within these special districts, contact the Historic Preservation Secretary at (912)651-1457.  

Submit Building Permit Package to City of Savannah Development Services, Attn: Tammi Anderson, at:

  • 5515 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31405 (by hand-delivery) OR
  • PO Box 1027, Savannah, GA 31402 (by mail)