General Information

Why is a Permit Necessary?
Permits are necessary for your personal safety and that of your family and guests invited to your home. They are also necessary to ensure the economic well-being of the community by reducing potential spread of fire and wind damage and to protect future home purchasers.

Who Needs a Permit?
Permits are required for any owner, authorized agent or contractor who desires to:
  • Construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure
  • Erect, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system
  • Install any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system which is regulated by the technical codes
However, if you are in doubt, contact us at (912) 876-4147.

How Much Will My Permit Cost?
The cost varies according to the scope of work being performed. Our minimum building permit fee is $20. View the Fee Schedule for more information.

How Long Do I Have to Complete the Work?
All permits issued are valid for a period of six months. Continued progress must be made to keep the permit in the active status. Zoning, special use, land clearing, and other similar permits are issued by the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission (LCPC). Please call (912) 408-2030 for more information.

Backflow Prevention Program
The Backflow Prevention Program is an ongoing endeavor which protects the City’s water supply from cross-contamination. Annual certification and testing is required for all commercial buildings.

Contractor State License Requirements
Effective July 1, 2008 pursuant to Georgia law, the following types of contractors must possess a license from the State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors:
  • Residential-Basic Contractor - Contractor work relative to detached one-family and two-family residences and one-family townhouses not over three stories in height
  • Residential-Light Commercial Contractor - Contractor work or activity related to multi-family and multi-use light commercial buildings and structures
  • General Contractor - Contractor work or activity that is unlimited in scope regarding any residential or commercial projects
More information is available through the Georgia Secretary of State website.