Ensuring Safety and Satisfaction
At the White County Building Department, we strive to ensure building codes and safety are upheld to the highest quality. We strive to work with the citizens of White County to make the inspection process as smooth as possible and beneficial to all. To aid in our goal, we have created a FAQ. Below are resources and answers to our most frequently asked questions. If you answer is not found below, please contact the White County Building Department at 706-965-6496.
Q: What do I do when I’m ready for an inspection?
A: Call the White County Building Permit & Inspection Department 706-865-6496 the day before you want us to come do the inspection. You will need to know your 5 digit permit number and which inspection you need. The permit number is located on your yellow job card that was given to you at the time of purchasing the permit. The permit number is also located on the top right corner of the receipt you signed at the time of purchasing your permit. YourE-911 address must be posted at final inspection.
Q: What codes are currently being enforced in White County?
A: Please visit the Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ website link below to view the current State Minimum Standard Codes for construction as adopted by the Board of Community Affairs.
Q: When do I need an inspection?
A: An inspection is required at various stages of the construction process. It depends on what you are building.
For example, on a residential new home the first inspection would be a footing inspection before any concrete is poured. If a slab is involved, any plumbing and/or electric installed under a slab would also need inspecting before concrete is poured. A slab or basement wall inspection is needed before rough-in. The next inspection would be a rough-in which includes framing, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and gas systems before any drywall is installed. This inspection also includes fireplaces. An insulation inspection is needed before drywall.Between this inspection and the final, a Temporary to Permanent Power inspection is required to get permanent power on the structure. Lastly, a final inspection is needed where framing, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, driveway and culvert pipe, house number, landscaping, and soil erosion measures are to be completed. White County will issue a Certificate of Occupancy when approvals from all inspections and requirements have been met. Lists of inspections in the order that they are performed are available at our office.
Q: Who should I call if I have a complaint or dispute with my builder?
A: The Office of the Attorney General or the Georgia Secretary of State. See below.
Office of the Attorney General
40 Capitol Square, SW
Atlanta, Ga 30334
Phone :(404) 656-3300
Q: Who should I call if I have questions regarding licenses, tests, and investigation of contractors’ workmanship?
A: Georgia Secretary of State
214 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
1241 Helen Hwy
Cleveland, GA 30528
Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM