Forsyth County Response to COVID-19

Information on County Departmental operations, online services and other resources can be found here:

Various Forsyth County Boards and Commissions will be meeting via teleconference, pursuant to O.C.G.A. 50-14-1(g).  Please click here for information on how to view, access and participate in these meetings.


This information is provided as a guide to assist homeowners and contractors. The chart below is not all inclusive of every type of permit required. If you do not see a description of the work you are proposing, please contact the Department of Planning and Community Development to verify whether or not a permit is required. All building permits expire twelve (12) months from the date of issuance.


Type of Work Permit
Painting, tiling, carpeting and/or trim work No
Retaining walls that are less than six feet measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall No
Retaining walls six foot or taller measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall Yes
Roofing, re-roof or shingle replacement No
Siding replacement No
Single family Dwelling with monolithic slab foundation Yes
Single family Dwelling with a basement foundation Yes
Swimming pools Yes


Type of work Permit needed?
Fixture addition or replacement with piping alterations
Fixture repair or replacement with no piping alterations
Irrigation (lawn sprinklers)
Water heater replacement


Type of work Permit needed?
Addition of electrical circuit Yes
Appliance replacement using plug-in devices. No
Electrical service repair or upgrade Yes


Type of work Permit needed?
Ductwork replacement Yes
Furnace or A/C systems replacement Yes


Contact Us

 Address: 110 East Main Street
Suite 100
Cumming, GA 30040
 Phone: 770-781-2115
 Email: Contact Us

Our Mission

Our department's mission is to develop partnerships with all members of the community in an effort to provide valuable planning and development services that promote quality development and help create communities that will be enjoyed for generations to come.