Building Permits

***NOTICE - Impact Resistant/Protected Glazing Interpretation***

As of January 2, 2019 the City of Savannah Development Services Department changed its interpretation regarding the definition of ‘Wind-Borne Debris Region’ as referenced in Chapter 2 of the currently adopted 2012 International Building Code (IBC) to no longer be considered within 1 mile of the coastal mean high water line potentially exempting projects from the impact glazing requirement of IBC 1609.1.2. Permit applications received after this date requiring a structural review will no longer be asked to submit an engineering judgment specifically on this subject. It still remains possible for projects to be in the wind borne debris region per part 2 of the definition so it is important for the structural engineer and architect of record to implement this change accordingly in the overall structural design and in the plan review data on the construction documents. This change also applies to one and two story buildings classified as Group R-3 or R-4 occupancies, particularly one and two family dwellings and townhomes. Permits currently under review or previously issued permits under construction may be revised to implement this change by submitting a formal written request to the Building Official.

***NOTICE - New Residential Plan Review Checklist***

Beginning January 2nd 2019, the Development Services Department will be utilizing a standardized Residential Plan Review Checklist for all residential building permit submissions that are accompanied by or require construction plans. It will be reviewed for compliance prior to a permit being issued and will be recorded as part of the permanent record at the project address. The checklist is intended to provide a more consistent plan review process as well as make our process more transparent to our customers. This list should be considered general in nature and may not address all possible conditions

***NOTICE - NEW FEES IN 2019***

Effective January 1, 2019, some Development Services fees have been increased or added due to the adoption of the 2019 City of Savannah Revenue Ordinance. 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 2019 changes. For a list of all fees charged by Development Services, click here.

New Building, Demo, Sign and Fence Permit Applications 

Effective March 8, 2017, the City of Savannah has updated the following new applications:

Contact the Permit Services Technician at Development Services at 912-651-6510, ext. 1817 or email with any questions.

New Water and Sewer Approval Form

The City of Savannah has a new Water and Sewer Approval Form (to replace the Water and Sewer Questionnaire). New applicants need to have this form completed prior to issuance of the Building Permit.

Note: In order to expedite the application review time, as of June 1, 2017, Development Services will not accept Commercial Building Renovation applications without the completed form. It is the applicant’s responsibility to have this form completed by the Water and Sewer Planning and Engineering Department. Once they have approved and signed this document, submit this signed document to Development Services. Contact Water and Sewer Planning and Engineering at 912-651-6573 for more information.

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