Rob Hosack, AICP
Community Development Agency
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Zoning Division personnel provides professional advice on land use regulations and other zoning matters to the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, the Board of Commissioners, and county management, so that their decisions assist with strategic decision making with the intention of serving the best interests of the citizens of Cobb County.
Important note about building permits:
Generally, anything built in Unincorporated Cobb County needs a building permit. The Zoning Division needs to approve all sheds, carports, shops, gazebos, arbors, pergolas, porches, decks (covered and uncovered), sunrooms, greenhouses, attached and detached garages, house additions, building additions, interior renovations, basement finishes, pools (inground and above ground), poolhouses, storage buildings, playhouses, barns, riding arenas, retaining walls, basketball courts, and tennis courts. The above list shall include any preassembled, pre constructed and/or movable items. Please call the Zoning Division for any questions relating to whether or not a building permit is required. To obtain a building permit in most cases, the building permit applicant needs to bring a scaled site plan drawn by a Georgia Registered Land Surveyor, Engineer, or Architect. There is nominal cost and delay when obtaining a building permit. Most building permits can be obtained during normal business hours the same day. There are many benefits to obtaining a building permit: 1) County building inspectors check the construction activity to make sure all applicable building codes are being followed; 2) in most cases, the contractor is required to post a $10,000 bond which gives the property owner recourse if something is not built to code; 3) creates a paper trail in case your insurance company, your financial institution or a potential buyer needs documentation of the construction activity; 4) ensures zoning requirements are met, so the construction activity is not delayed or halted, ordered to be moved, or even ordered to be demolished; and most importantly 5) gives the property owner “Peace-of-Mind” that everything is done correctly and safely.
Important note about impervious surface:
Each lot in Unincorporat ed Cobb County is limited as to the maximum amount of impervious surface the lot may have. Impervious surface means a permanent improvement affixed to the earth which does not allow water or liquid to pass through it or permeate into the earth. Impervious surface includes the house or primary structure, driveway, parking lot, walkways, sidewalks, patios, decks, decking around swimming pools and accessory structure(s), hardscape (which includes stepping stones), and the like. Compliance to the impervious surface maximum is the responsibility of the property owner. Please contact the Zoning Division office for any questions relating to this topic.