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.



There are different applications required by the County for various types of permits. These forms are available for download in PDF format for your convenience. To complete the application, click on the first field and type in your information. Use the tab key to move to the next field. Use mouse clicks to select or deselect the check boxes. Please see our PDF guide for information to help you save forms.


________________________ Building Permits________________________ 

Countywide Residential Lot Standards Checklist and Southeast Forsyth Residential Lot Standards Checklist - Refer to Adopted Design Requirements to view new standards effective December 6, 2019, in an effort to enhance community character, which is an identified goal of the Forsyth County Comprehensive Plan.  Any request for a lap siding exposure variance will need to submit an application.  Lap Siding Administrative Variance Application.  


  • Residential Additions - to request a building permit for an addition to an existing house.
  • Residential Renovations - to request a building permit for an interior renovation to an existing house. 
  • Basement Finish - to request a building permit to finish out an unfinished basement. If you have permitting and/or inspection questions or concerns about a previously completed basement project, please contact the Chief Building Official, Steve Holder, directly for guidance: (678) 513-5929 or


  • Accessory Buildings - to request a building permit for an accessory structure detached from the residents garages, pool houses, etc.
  • Deck/Porch- to request a building permit for the installation or structural repair regardless of height of a deck. This permit is also used for outdoor fireplace.
  • Swimming Pool - to request a building permit for in-ground, above-ground or on-ground swimming pool, hot tub or spa for residential use.


________________________Specialty Permits________________________

  • Electrical - to request an electrical only permit; power reconnects, addition of electrical circuits, etc.
  • Mechanical -  to request a mechanical only permit; Furnace replacement, A/C replacement, etc.
  • Plumbing - to request a plumbing only permit; water heater replacement, addition of fixtures with piping alterations, etc.

  • Irrigation Permit - This is used to obtain a permit for an irrigation system.



_______________________ Septic Tank Systems _______________________


Existing Systems, New Systems, Replacement Systems 

All applications, reviews, and approvals are handled independently by the

Georgia Department of Health (Forsyth County Environmental Health) 

 Note:  A site plan will be required showing the location of proposed structures (patios, decks, detached garages, storage buildings,  porches etc.),    the existing home, and all other existing structures.  

 Note:  Complete floor plans documenting the total number of bedrooms will be required for all home remodel and addition projects.

For more information please contact: 

Gary D. Helmuth, M.P.H., Environmental Health Specialist
309 Pirkle Ferry Rd, Building D, Suite 500, Cumming, Ga. 30040
770-781-6909 |



____________Affidavits and other misc documents____________


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.