The enactment and adoption of House Bill 493, also known as the "Private Permitting Review and Inspection Act", provides local procedures for the evaluation of permit applications and the completeness of submittals, along with other purposes. Through the implementation of a detailed checklist and affidavit, the legislation mandates the acknowledgement and communication of application completeness to the permit applicant. 

: Applications that do not provide adequate documentation and/or required materials will be noted as incomplete and may result in delays in the processing of the application. Incomplete submittals can no longer be accepted into the permitting process and will be returned to the applicant until all required submittals are received.
The Chatham County Board of Commissioners approved Senate Bill 17 (SB 17) and amend Alcoholic Beverage Code: Chapter 17, Article I, Section 113 to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises in eating establishments or inns between the hours of 11:00 am and 12:00 midnight on Sunday. However, this new code does not permit Georgia consumers to purchase alcohol before 12:30 p.m. from grocery, retail or liquor stores. Any questions, please contact Occupational Tax at 912.201.4302  

Mission Statement

"To safeguard the general welfare of the citizens of Chatham County through the timely issuance of permits, inspections and tax certificates; and the professional administration of state and county laws and ordinances.”

Department News

Georgia Flood Map Program is now available!

Effective July 1st – Dec. 31st, all new business and alcoholic beverage licenses fees are prorated half (1/2).

Regarding the recent memorandum released by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division (EPD) dated April 22, 2014 and titled ‘Buffer Determinations for Tidal Creeks and Saltwater Marshes Under the Erosion and Sedimentation Act’. 
More Information

Business Tax License Return must be filed and tax paid by March 1st to avoid penalty; add the greater of $25 or 10% if renewed after due date.

Alcoholic Beverage License must be filed on or before January 31 to avoid 50% late penalty.

Current Construction Codes:
International Building Code, 2018 Edition
International Residential Code, 2018 Edition
International Fire Code, 2018 Edition
International Plumbing Code, 2018 Edition
International Mechanical Code, 2018 Edition
International Fuel Gas Code, 2018 Edition
International Energy Conservation Code, 2015 Edition
National Electrical Code, 2020 Edition

International Swimming Pool and Spa Code, 2018 Edition

As of 

January 1, 2021.