ALL APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE THREE (3) SETS OF BUILDING PLANS. Plans/Plat must show footprint of all structures (including any overhangs, septic system location and driveway. All property line setbacks must also be shown on all plans/plats. A permit will not be issued until the plans have been approved by the Fire Marshall/Inspector.
FEES - All applicants must submit a set of approved plans before a Building Permit is obtained. All Building Permits are valid for one(1) year. Building Permits will be considered void if construction does not begin with the first six(6) months. All inspections must be scheduled at least 72 hours in advance. Notice to reschedule an inspection must be given at least 24 hours prior to the original appointment.
Single Family Residential
Administration Fee = $250.00
Heated Square Feet = $0.20 per sq ft
Non-heated Square Feet= $0.15 per sq ft
Minimum Permit fee $250.00
Heated Square Feet= $0.20 per sq ft
Non-heated Square Feet= $0.15 per sq ft
Minimum Permit Fee= $250.00
Utility or Storage Building = $0.15 per sq ft (non-heated)
Detached Garage= $0.15 per sq ft (non-heated)
Remodeling/Additions=$0.20 per sq ft (heated)
Remodeling/Additions=$0.15 per sq ft (non-heated)
Permit renewal= $50.00 (permits must renewed within 30 days of expiration)
Electrical Permit =$100.00 (License required)
Plumbing Permit=$100.00 (license required)
Mechanical permit=$100.00 (license required)
BUILDING PERMIT CHECKLIST
☐ Create an account on eplansolution.com, then fill out all applicable information
☐ Get HOA approval, if applicable
☐ Septic permit from Pickens County
☐ Full set of house plans, including floor plans and elevations
☐ Site plan, including placement of house, building lines and driveway
☐ Electrical Affidavit
☐ Plumbing Affidavit
☐ HVAC Affidavit
☐ Submit all fees to the Town of Talking Rock
• $250 administration fee
• $100 inspection fee for each (electric, plumbing and HVAC)
• $.20 square foot for heated square footage
• $.15 square foot for unheated square footage (unfinished basements, garages, porches and decks)
Certificate of Occupancy Fees
Certificate of Occupancy is included with the Building Permit Fee.
Final Inspection for the Certificate of Occupancy must be completed within seven (7) days of the Building Permit expiration.
If no one is available at the time of inspections, the following fees may be assessed for re-inspections: (Certificate of Occupancy will not be issued until all outstanding Re-inspections fees are paid in full)
First Re-inspection - $50.00
Second Re-inspection - $75.00
Third or more Re-inspections - $100.00
Owner will make sure no propane or natural gas is on or connected to the structure prior to demolition.
Owner will make sure there is no electric power supplied to the structure.
Owner will not burn on property without a burn permit from the Talking Rock Volunteer Fire Department and Georgia Forestry.
If structure is a mobile home, the owner will not transport another mobile home into town limits.
Owner will remove all debris left over from the demolition on property.
Land Disturbing Permit
Local Issuing Authority Fees:
The permit fee for an area of less than 1 acre is $125.00. The permit fee for an area of 1 acre or more is $140.00 per acre. Please make check payable to Town of Talking Rock.
Department of Natural Resources-EPD Fees:
In an area of 1 acre or more is disturbed, an additional $40.00 per acre is assessed by the Environmental Protection Division of Georgia. Please make Check payable to the Department of Natural Resources-EPD and submit with form CLDF to EPD-Construction Land Disturbance Fees P.O. Box 932858, Atlanta GA 31193-2858
THE TOWN MUST BE NOTIFIED ON THE STARTING DATE OF ANY LAND DISTURBANCE.
Applications must include one(1) original and three (3) copies of the Erosion and Sediment Control Plan. The application and plan will be sent to the Environmental Protection Division for processing. Applicant is responsible for submitting all forms and fees required by EPD in order to receive state permits.
Land Disturbing Permit for less than 1 acre=$125.00
Land Disturbing Permit for 1 acre or more=$140.00 per acre
EPD-Construction land Disturbance Fees-$40.00 per acre
Include a scale color diagram of sign including proposed wording and all measurements.
Show where the sign is located on the building indicating dimensions of the side of the building.
Show where the sign is being placed on the property (show all setbacks to property lines). Show a diagram indicating the mounting details. A photograph of the proposed site would be helpful, if available.
A $200 bond is required for all temporary or political signs. The money is refunded as long as the signs are removed with 7 days after the end of the event.
Storm Water Discharge
State of Georgia Environmental Protection Division for Coverage Under NPDAES General Permit to Discharge Storm Water Associated With Construction Activity
The Owner and Operator of an activity that has a discharge of storm water from a site where construction activities occur must apply for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit. The Permit is available for review at EPD’S offices and on EPD’s website. It is highly recommended that the permittee read and understand the terms and conditions of the Permit prior to submitting a NOI for coverage under this permit.
Pool and Pond Barriers
Pools and ponds intended for swimming, recreational bathing, or wading and decorative landscape ponds or holding ponds that contain water over 24 inches (610mm) in depth located in a residential zoning are declared to be attractive nuisances dangerous to children and others and shall be enclosed in fencing or barriers consistent with the city’s building code, but not less than the following minimum standards:
1. The top of the barrier shall be at least 48 inches (1,219 mm) above grade measured on the side of the side of the barrier that faces away from the decorative landscape pond.
2. The maximum vertical clearance between grade and the bottom of the barrier shall be two inches (51mm) measured on the side of the barrier that faces away from the decorative landscape pond.
3. Where the top of decorative landscape pond is above grade, the barrier may be at ground level or mounted on top of the decorative landscape pond. The maximum Vertical clearance between the top of the pond structure and the bottom of the barrier shall not allow passage of four inches.
4. Openings in the barrier shall not allow passage of a four inch (102mm) diameter sphere.
Georgia Residential Energy Code Compliance Certificate
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE TOWN CODE OF THE TOWN OF TALKING ROCK, GEORGIA, TO ADDRESS CERTAIN ZONING MATTERS.
WHEREAS, the duly elected governing authority of the Town of Talking Rock, Georgia is empowered to adopt clearly reasonable ordinances, resolutions, or regulations relating to its property, affairs, and local government pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 36-35-3, and is authorized by Section 1.12(b)(23) of its Charter to adopt ordinances providing comprehensive town planning for development by zoning; and
WHEREAS, the duly elected governing authority of the Town of Talking Rock, Georgia is the Mayor and Council thereof;
NOW THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDAINED BY THE GOVERNING AUTHORITY OF THE TOWN OF TALKING ROCK:
That Section 4-1-6 is amended to add the following:
“Animals, pets and personal use means the following:
(1) Pet means dogs, cats, rabbits, or small birds not owned for any commercial use;
(2) Personal use animal means any other animal, of which any owner of property of at least 2 acres may have up to two such animals per acre on his/her property without requiring a permit; a permit is required for any other personal use animal. Such permit may be denied or predicated upon such conditions as the Town Council deems appropriate.”
That Subparagraph (1) of Section 4-3-1 of the Code of the Town of Talking Rock, Georgia is hereby amended to state as follows:
“(1) R-A Residential Agriculture. The purpose of this district is to accommodate purely low density single-family residential development with minimum lot sizes of 2 acres, such areas being protected from the deprecating effects of small lot development, but permitting accompanying appropriate agricultural uses. There shall be an undisturbed buffer of 10 feet, in which no animals may be kept, from the property line of each parcel of property in this district.”
That Subparagraph (a) of Section 4-3-3 of the Code of the Town of Talking Rock, Georgia is hereby amended to state as follows:
“(a) The boundaries of each district are shown on a map entitled Comprehensive Zoning Map of the Town of Talking Rock, Georgia, dated August 20, 2018 and certified by the Mayor. The map, and all explanatory matter thereon, is hereby made a part of this chapter.”
That Section 4-3-4 of the Code of the Town of Talking Rock, Georgia is hereby amended to state as follows:
“Structures located within the historic district of the Town, demarcated on the Comprehensive Zoning Map of the Town as Districts H-C and H-R, are subject to the requirements of Chapter 3 of this Code.”
That Section 4-3-5 of the Code of the Town of Talking Rock, Georgia is hereby amended to state as follows:
“The boundaries of the Talking Rock Historic District are demarcated on the Comprehensive Zoning Map of the Town as Districts H-C and H-R.”
That Section 4-4-1 of the Code of the Town of Talking Rock, Georgia is hereby amended to add Table 4-4-1-A, the Permitted Uses Table, at the conclusion of this Section.
It is declared to be the intention of the City Council that the sections, paragraphs, sentences, clauses and phrases of this amendment are severable; and if any phrase, clause, sentence, paragraph or section hereof shall be declared unconstitutional by the valid judgment or decree of any court of competent jurisdiction, such unconstitutionality shall not affect any of the remaining phrases, clauses, sentences, paragraphs and sections of this amendment.
All other provisions of the Code of Ordinances in conflict with this amendment are hereby repealed.
The adoption date of this ordinance is the date set forth below, and the effective date of this ordinance shall be its date of adoption.
ORDAINED this _____ day of ____________________, 20___, the public health, safety and general welfare demanding it.
Business License Application
Affidavit Verifying Status For Talking Rock Benefit Application