Building Standards

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A Department of the Development Services Division

The Building Standards Department is committed to serving and protecting the public's health, safety, and general welfare and to providing the citizens and builders of Columbia County with competent, consistent, courteous and timely inspection services.  Our certified inspectors are continually updating their credentials to provide the citizens and contractors of Columbia County with quality daily inspections.

Employee Office Mobile Position
Fulmer, Byron  706-312-7264 706-533-4989 Building Standards Manager
Anderson, Skyler  706-447-6712  706-831-4377  Building Inspector 
Ashe, Mike 706-312-7263 706-533-9107 Building Inspector
Baldwin, CJ 706-312-1359 706-832-0778 Building Inspector
Bowling, Trent  706-312-1365  706-495-5370  Building Inspector 
Brown, Allen 706-312-7279 706-533-2738 Building Inspector
Burton, Tyler  706-447-6714  706-833-0031  Building Inspector 
Cooter, Ken 706-312-7276 706-533-2740 Building Inspector
Crews, Preston 706-312-7274 706-840-6293 Building Inspector
Guay, Vickie 706-312-7275 706-533-2745 Building Inspector
Guzman, Tara  706-312-7272  706-513-5354  Building Inspector 
Thompson, Megan  706-312-7266    Plan Review Specialist 
Testi, Preston 706-312-7129  706-755-1064  Building Inspector 
Waller, Blake  706-312-7295  706-832-5849  Residential Plans Examiner 

In order to maintain the state environmental requirements for land disturbance and erosion and sediment controls throughout a construction project and beyond, Columbia County also has a staff of residential erosion and sediment control inspectors.  They are under the supervision of the Environmental Compliance Department.  

To schedule inspections please call the inspection request telephone line at 706-447-7733 or email at by 4:30 p.m. the weekday day before you need the inspection.  You must provide the permit number, physical address, type of inspection needed and your contact information.  We monitor this phone line and email address through out the day.  You will receive an email confirmation for requests sent to the email account.  Messages left on the phone line will not receive a confirmation. 

A permit is required for:
New construction
Major renovations
Swimming pools
Sheds over 200 square feet.
Sprinkler installations
Major repairs
Siding and windows

Trade permits required for:
All new installations and certain repair work.
Service changes

A permit is not required for:
Sidewalks and driveways
Painting, wallpapering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work
Fences less than 7 feet
Retaining walls less than 3 feet

Who can obtain a permit?
Registered general contractors
Trade contractors
Homeowners for minor repairs and for new construction/additions with approval of the Development Services Division.  Please contact 706-312-7438 to request an appointment with Byron Fulmer.

We encourage you to call 706-868-3420 with any questions.








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