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Permits are the way the City of Rome regulates construction. There are several different types of permits, based on the type of construction:
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Local codes require a permit be issued when work is to be performed on a structure. The inspections that follow the issuance of the permit may uncover unsatisfactory work, faulty materials or violations of the code that could result in unsafe and hazardous conditions for you, your family, your employees or the general public.
Most projects will require permits of some kind, building permits and/or other development permits. This is necessary to ensure that all buildings meet minimum standards which protect its occupants and neighbors in everyday living and in the case of emergencies or natural disasters. Some minor projects are allowed without obtaining building permits. However, depending upon the project, other permits (development permits, encroachment permits, special activities permits, etc.) may be required. In either case, the construction of such projects should be in conformance with all applicable codes. Some of the projects which do not require a building permit are:
Permits are issued by the Building Inspection Department located at 607 Broad Street. The Inspection Department is open Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm. You can contact the customer service team by calling 706-236-4481. On some simple jobs, a permit can be obtained during the first visit. However, in most circumstances, more time will be needed to review the plans in detail prior to issuing any permits.
A minimum of one complete set of plans are required to obtain permits for most residential projects. Two or more sets are needed for Commercial projects or projects which require other permits. Staff at the Customer Service Center can assist you with the requirements for your specific project. In general, however, a complete set includes but is not necessarily limited to: