Building FAQs

Permits are the way the City of St. Marys regulates construction and protects the public by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe construction.  They are designed to ensure that all construction in the city is safe and meets construction codes.  The department conducts inspections of construction projects in compliance with the International Code Council codes and local codes and ordinances.  By obtaining permits and following code guidelines, your completed project will meet set standards of safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you, your family, your friends and future owners.

A permit is required for any new construction, remodeling, additions, swimming pools, house moving, demolition and manufactured homes.  The builder is required to purchase the permit and request the appropriate inspections.  Inspections can be called in at (912) 510-4032.

Do I need a building permit to put a storage shed in my back yard?

Does painting, roofing (replacing shingles), tiling, carpeting, installing cabinets, counter tops and other finish work require a building permit?

Do I need a building permit to replace my hot water heater or water softener?

Do I need a building permit to construct a fence?

Do I need a building permit to construct a deck?

How can I verify if a contractor is licensed in the state of Georgia?

What is a Certificate of Occupancy (CO)?