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How to Apply for Commercial Building Permits

The following is required for a commercial 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 (payable to the City of Savannah) – click here for Building Permit & Plan Review Fees document
  5. Signed Water & Sewer Approval Form (click here for link). This form is required for all Commercial Building Renovation projects that have any impacts on the water & sewer systems or is a change of use of one or more areas in the building space. Note: In order to expedite the application review time, as of June 1, 2017, Development Services will not accept Commercial Building Renovation applications as noted above without the completed form.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to have this form completed by the Water & Sewer Planning & Engineering Department.  Once they have reviewed and signed this document, submit this document to Development Services with the Building Permit application.  Contact Water & Sewer Planning & Engineering at (912) 651-6573 for more information.  
  6. Water & Sewer Exhibit 7 – Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU) Calculation (water usage) – click here for link

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.  
 
Other information that may be helpful in preparing your Building Permit Submittal:

  • Commercial Building Permit Application Checklist – click here for link
  • Structural Tests and Special Inspections – click here for link
  • Additional Building Permit information – click here for link

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)

Once the permit is approved after plan review is complete, a Georgia licensed contractor responsible for the construction work must sign for and pick up the permit.