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New Master Home Plan Approval Program

Effective August 5, 2014, City of Savannah Development Services has a new program for Master Home Plan Approval for residential builders and developers.  This program is intended to help expedite the permitting and plan review process for developers, contractors and/or homebuilders who construct significant numbers of single family residential homes within a subdivision in the City of Savannah. The program will utilize pre-approved building plans specific to particular house designs/models that will be retained on file with Development Services as a “Master Home Plan.” When a home is to be built, the applicant will submit for a building permit with a copy of the pre-approved plan contained in the Master Home Plan. City plan review staff will then review the submittal for completeness, compare the Master Home Plan and building permit plan for discrepancies, conduct the necessary correspondence and then approve the building permit.  For more detailed information on the new program, click here.

Building Plan Review (BPR) Meetings

Building Plan Review (BPR) Meetings are held on Thursdays at 10:00 am at Development Services (5515 Abercorn Street).  We encourage owners, architects, designers, consultants and contractors to bring building projects to a BPR Meeting at any stage in the pre-design or design process.  These are informal meetings with City staff including plan reviewers, trade principals, historic preservation officer, and the fire marshal. 

To request to be placed on a BPR Meeting agenda, please email or call Allene Prall (email, 912-651-6510 #1926) or Robert Brannen (email912-651-6510 #1937) at Development Services and provide the following information: 

  • Name & Contact Information
  • Company Name
  • Address of Project
  • Detailed Description & Scope of Project
  • Specific Questions to be asked (if applicable)

*****NOTICE - NEW FEES IN 2014*****

Effective January 1, 2014, some Development Services fees have been increased or added due to the adoption of the new City of Savannah Revenue Ordinance.  Development applications on this website have been updated to reflect the new fees.  Please call Development Services at (912) 651-6510 if you have any questions about the new fees.  Click here for a summary of the typical fees associated with a building or site permit, which reflects the 2014 changes.  For a list of all fees charged by Development Services, click here.