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Pickens County Government
1266 E. Church Street
Jasper, Georgia 30143
Phone: 706-253-8809

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Building Permits

NOTICE: For properties in unincorporated Pickens County, a building permit is required for all structures 200 square feet or greater in size. The permit fee, as published on the Pickens County website, will be doubled if construction begins before a permit is issued.

There are several steps to getting a Building Permit in Pickens County. Each of the first three steps requires

  • a unique application (Residential or Mobile Home or Commercial) and
  • a plat showing existing structures and planned new construction,
  • and annotations specific to the permit being sought.

In addition, the Septic System Application requires a Level III Soil Analysis on file. There are initial and final inspections for the Septic and Access/Encroachment Permits. The Building Inspections are more complex and outlined here.

The appropriate application forms are included below with the description of each step. The steps are sequential, and you may not begin grading or building until all of the necessary steps have been completed:

Step 1

Septic System Permit

Septic System Permit is a requirement for all new construction or any renovation that adds a bedroom. For new construction using a new septic tank, temporary power cannot be authorized until the septic tank has been installed per State Environmental Health.

It is obtained from:

Pickens County Environmental Health
1266 East Church Street
Jasper, Georgia  30143

Phone: 706-253-0900
Office Hours: 8:00 am – 9:30 am and from 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

The application for the Septic Tank Permit will require the following:

  • An Original Level III Soil Evaluation
  • A plat of the lot for the proposed structure
  • A house and floor plan for the specific house being built (including porches, decks, garages, etc.)
  • The proposed house footprint (with porches, decks, garages, and driveway) must be staked out on the lot with clearly flagged property lines.
  • A completed and signed Septic System Application. You may pick up an application form at our office or download it here.
  • $150.00 (cash or check) payable to Pickens County Health Department

Please call our office at 706-253-0900 as the first step in the application process (checklist). We may already have a current soil test and/or the plat of your lot on file. This is likely to be true if you are building in an existing subdivision. If we do not have a Soil Evaluation, click here for a list of approved soil classifiers.

When all of the elements of the application process are completed, our Environmental Health Specialist will schedule an on-site Inspection to determine the suitability of your lot for a Septic System Permit.

If your site is approved, there is a second inspection of the Septic Tank after installation, before it is covered up, required for the release of the Septic System Permit.

Step 2

Access/Encroachment Permit

An Access/Encroachment Permit is required for any project that accesses a county road or revises an existing access. The application for a permit must be made at least 72 hours before any activity is conducted on the public road. No Building Permit will be released until the Access/Encroachment is approved. The permit is obtained from:

Pickens County Planning and Development Office
1266 East Church Street
Jasper, Georgia 30143

Phone: 706-253-8850

The application for the Access/Encroachment Permit will require the following:

  • A plat of the lot for the proposed structure that includes:
    • The street name, right-of-way, surface type of the road from which access is desired.
    • The desired point of access in relation to property lines, and any access points within five hundred [500] feet in both directions of the desired access point on both sides of the road.
    • The drainage system of the road from which access is desired within five hundred [500] feet in either direction of the point of access and how the proposed access will drain into the road drainage system.
    • The distance of sight in each direction from the point of access for a distance of five hundred [500] feet.
    • The design of the access point to include the width, alignment, and surface type.
  • A completed and signed Access/Encroachment Permit Application or Access Encroachment Modification Permit Application.
  • $50.00 residential fee  or $100.00 commercial fee (cash or check) payable to Pickens County.

The Access/Encroachment Permit is good for six [6] months. If the Access has not been completed in that time frame, you must reapply.

Once the application is completed:

  • Stake out the proposed driveway.
  • Call our office to setup the initial inspection.
  • After the Right of Way Specialist has checked the site, install the driveway according to his instructions.
  • Call our office for the final inspection after the driveway is installed.
  • The Building Permit will not be released until the Access/Encroachment has been approved.

Step 3

A permit must be obtained prior to any activity (grading, footers, etc.) on the site or the permit fees will be doubled.

Building Permit for Residential Construction

The Building Permit is obtained from:
Pickens County Planning and Development Office
1266 East Church St
Jasper, Georgia 30143
Phone: 706-253-8850

Minimum Lot Sizes and Setbacks
Lot Size:
Public Water and Private Septic Tank 1.0 acre
Private Well or Spring and Private Septic Tank 1.5 acre
Setback:
25 feet from front of property line & 15 feet from the rear and side lines

The application for the Building Permit will require the following:

1. The Boundry Line Survey.
2. All pre-existing buildings on the property.
3. The outline of the proposed building or other construction.
4. You must have plans available while the building is under construction for the building inspectors on request.

Building Permit for Mobile Home

The Building Permit is obtained from:
Pickens County Planning and Development Office
Suite #204
52 North Main Street
Jasper, Georgia 30143
Phone: 706-253-8850

Minimum Lot Sizes and Setbacks
Lot Size:
Public Water and Private Septic Tank 1.0 acre
Private Well or Spring and Private Septic Tank 1.5 acre

Setback:
25 feet from the front property line and 15 feet from the rear and side lines

The application for the Building Permit will require the following:

  • A Septic System Permitif required for the project
  • An Access/Encroachment Permitif required for the project
  • Purchase your mobile/manufactured home. You will need specific information about it for the next steps.
  • Register the mobile/manfactured home into the Tax Digest in the Tax Assessors Office. You will need:
  1. Make
  2. Model
  3. Serial Number
  4. Color
  5. Information on the Tract Property – Legal Description
  6. Address – for 911 Address
  • Purchase a Decal for the mobile/manfactured home in the Tax Commissioners Office. You will need:
  1. A PT-41 Form from the Dealership or proof that the previous year’s taxes have been paid.
  2. Mobile Home Property Digest Entry Form [faxed from the Tax Assessors Office]
  • A plat of the lot for the proposed structure that includes:
  1. The Boundry Line Survey.
  2. All pre-existing buildings on the property.
  3. The outline of the proposed mobile/manufactured home placement.

After the application process is completed, call our office for the site inspection which is required before relocating your mobile/manufactured home to the new location.

Step 4

911 Address – On approval of your Building Permit, our office will automatically assign your 911 address.

Step 5

Electrical Service – on approval of your Building Permit, you may apply for temporary electrical power for your Residential Construction which is Amicolola E.M.C. or Georgia Power Company depending on your location.  For new construction using a new septic tank, temporary power cannot be authorized until the septic tank has been installed per State Environmental Health.