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  Thomas County Inspections, Planning, Zoning

The mission of the Thomas County Building Inspection Department is to protect, provide service and education to Thomas County citizens, contractors and construction industry through quality code enforcement. Adoption of the major construction codes, and certification of staff provides consistent, effective regulations which leads to safer, higher quality construction.

Johnny L. Reichert, Director

2014 Meeting Schedule

The department is staffed by Mr. Johnny Reichert, Chief Building and Zoning official of Thomas County and his assistant and office manager, Donna Holbert.  Our office assistants are Kathy Brooks and Donna Schie, and three inspectors, Donald Lawhorne, Bill Eddings, and Ken Gay.

The focus in the Building Inspections Department is to provide information to the general public about all permitting and inspections in Thomas County, the requirements for such, and enforcement of the state codes for building in unincorporated Thomas County.

If you are building a new home, planning to make improvements or additions to your existing home, or plan to build any type of accessory building on your property, a permit will need to be issued for this construction.  The permit issued, and the inspections associated with them, are to assure the work being performed is done according to the Building Code in effect at the time of construction.  By complying with all codes in effect, you are assured that your construction is structurally sound and safe, and that all systems within your dwelling (electrical, plumbing, gas and mechanical) are performing adequately.

 By law, a State Licensed contractor must pull all construction permits, however,  a homeowner is allowed to pull a construction permit to build their personal home every 2 years.  All other permits (electrical, plumbing, gas and mechanical)  require State Licensed contractors.  A homeowner may NOT pull their own electrical, plumbing or gas permits, and are only allowed to pull mechanical permits if the unit being installed is a  packaged heating and air unit (also known as ‘self-contained’).

The following are required to pull a BUILDING PERMIT in Thomas County:

1.    Land Use Compliance Form.  This form is issued from the Building Inspection Department.  Our staff will determine the zoning on this property and issue this form to the contractor or homeowner  to take to the 911 Addressing Office for assignment of an address, and a copy to take to the Thomas County Health Department for their staff to begin the process of issuance of well and septic tank permits.  If the property has recently been surveyed, a copy of the survey will be required before issuing the Land Use Compliance Form. (If the construction is located within the City Limits of Boston, Coolidge, Meigs or Ochlocknee, a Compliance Form is issued by the City Clerk of that City Hall. This form issued by the City Hall Clerk is verification that your request for construction is suitable within their City Limits, and verifies that water and sewer connections are available to your job site. That form must be presented to the staff at Thomas County Building Inspections Department with the building plans to proceed.)

2.    When the address has been assigned, and the permits have been issued from the Thomas County Health Department, the contractor or homeowner will then bring in the building plans for review.  This review will take approximately 5-7 working days before a Building Permit can be issued.  During this time, the contractor or homeowner should be in contact with the Utility Department that serves the construction site to begin obtaining information about the placement of Temporary Utility Poles, and to allow the utility provider adequate time to schedule running additional service lines to the area of construction.

3.    All fees for the Building Permit and any applicable Impact Fee will be collected when the Building Permit is issued.  If no contact has been made to our office regarding this permit for a period of 12-months, the permit then becomes void, and the process must be re-started and all fees must be paid again.

4.    The required inspections and their purpose are listed on the CONSTRUCTION INSPECTIONS listing below.


 

CONSTRUCTION INSPECTIONS

 

The following inspections are required for all construction in Thomas County.  A 24-hour notice should be called in to the Building Inspection office by each contractor to schedule each inspection.  A permit number for reference is required from the caller requesting any inspection.

 

1.    TEMP POLE:  The contractor or homeowner should notify the utility company of the construction at this site so the utility engineers can ‘spot’ a location for a temporary service pole.  When the pole is set, an inspection by our department will ensure grounding is adequate and the pole height will be suitable for the utility company to make their connection for temporary power.

 

2.    FOOTER INSPECTION:  This inspection should be scheduled after trenches are dug and all reinforcing steel is in place.  The exterminator should put his seal on the permit in the box to be verified by the inspector.  This inspection will be performed before the concrete is poured.

 

3.    PLUMBING IN THE SLAB:  This inspection is scheduled when the plumber has put all piping in the designated areas.  The site will be inspected, and all pipes should hold water.  There should be NO leaks around any of the pipes.

 

4.    SLAB: This inspection is requested when a concrete slab or monolithic slab/footing is to be poured.  The inspection should be made after all form work, termite treatment, vapor barriers, reinforcing steel and rough plumbing inspections have been approved, and before the contractor schedules the concrete to be poured for the slab.

 

5.    FLOOR INSPECTION (if on crawl-space).  This inspection should be done before the flooring is put down so the inspector can verify floor framing, spans, girders, etc and attachments to the foundation.

 

6.   SHEATHING:  During the sheathing inspection, our inspectors are verifying the nail pattern on the outside walls and the roof to assure proper enforcement is in place, before the house wrap is installed.

 

7. PLUMBING, ELECTRICAL, GAS AND MECHANICAL ROUGH INSPECTIONS:  Each of the contractors involved in these categories should contact our department for their rough inspections.  These rough inspections are to be performed BEFORE insulation is put in place.  The current codes in effect for the State of Georgia will be checked for each of these areas.   For a listing of the codes which are being followed by Thomas County Inspectors, please refer to page 5, CODES IN USE.

 

8.    FRAMING:  After all rough inspections have been approved, a FRAMING inspection will be scheduled.  During the framing inspection, if there are any areas of concern, our inspectors will have them noted and will leave the notation inside the permit box.  A notation will also be made in the office and attached to the original paperwork for this job site if the contractor or homeowner should have any questions.  There should be no further construction at this site until the FRAMING inspection and all ROUGH inspections have been approved.

 

9.  DRYWALL / SHEETROCK:  Before the contractor allows mudding and taping of the drywall, our inspectors will verify the nail/screw pattern in all areas of the home, and make sure green-board is located  in places which could contain any type of  moisture.  Until an approval is given by the inspector, there should be no continuation of the process to finish the drywall.

 

10. TEMPORARY TO PERMANENT POWER:  Once all fixtures are set inside the home, and the home has lockable doors, a TEMP to PERM inspection is  requested by the electrician.  Coordination of all contractors involved assures a safe and approved inspection.  Permanent power is often required for wood flooring ahead of other contractors finalizing their work, and is only allowed for a 30-day period.  After 30-days, if there have been no FINAL inspections performed for this site, the contractor or homeowner must provide a letter to the Building Official to extend the permanent power at this location.

 

11.  FINAL INSPECTIONS and CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY:  All contractors that have performed work at this job site (electrical, plumbing, gas and mechanical) must call to request their final inspections.  Our inspectors must have access to enter the home to do their final check that the home is completed and ready for occupancy.  An official Certificate of Occupancy will be prepared for the contractor or homeowner to pick up within 24 hours.

 

The following are required to place a MANUFACTURED HOME in Thomas County:

 

1.    Land Use Compliance Form.  This form is issued by the staff of the Building Inspection Department. Our staff will review the zoning on this property and issue this form to the homeowner  to take to the 911 Addressing Office for assignment of an address, and a copy to take to the Thomas County Health Department for their staff to begin the process of issuance of well and septic tank permits.   If the property has recently been surveyed, a copy of the survey will be required before issuing the Land Use Compliance Form.  (If the placement of this home will be located within the City Limits of Boston, Coolidge, Meigs, or Ochlocknee, a Compliance Form is issued by the City Clerk of that City Hall. This form issued by the City Hall Clerk is verification that your request for placement of this home within their City Limits is approved, and identifies that  water and sewer connections are available to your site. This form must be presented to the staff at Thomas County Building Inspections Department to proceed with permitting.)  If this manufactured home replaces an existing home not within city limits as stated above, there should be an existing sewage system and address for this property already established, however, all compliance forms must be signed by representatives from the Health Dept. and Addressing office for verification.

 

2.    Proper documentation must be presented on the manufactured home. This can be either  a copy of the TITLE for the home, a copy of the most recent TAX BILL for this home, or a copy of the paperwork from the dealer that will show the YEAR, MAKE, MODEL, SIZE and SERIAL NUMBER.  This information CAN NOT be handwritten, it must be presented by a valid form of identification of the home.

 

3. Every pre-owned manufactured home in this jurisdiction shall be in compliance with Federal Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act U.S.C.5401-5445 (the HUD code)

 

4. The inspections required, and their purpose are listed on the MANUFACTURED HOME INSPECTIONS listing on the next few pages.

 

MANUFACTURED HOME INSPECTIONS

 

If a manufactured home will be relocated within Thomas County, a pre-inspection will be performed at the current location of the home to assure compliance with all regulations as set forth in the Thomas County Manufactured Home Ordinance (revised June, 2009).  Once approved, the Manufactured Home Permit will be issued for re-location.


Every pre-owned manufactured home in this jurisdiction shall be in compliance with Federal Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act U.S.C.5401-5445 (the HUD code)

 

All permit fees, and any impact fees will be collected when the manufactured home permit is issued.

 

When the manufactured home has been set up on the property, and all connections have been made (electrical, sewerage, fresh water and gas), a call should be made to schedule inspections.   Our inspectors must enter the home to check the panel box and inspect the interior of the home.  Arrangements must be made for entry.   Also, steps must be located at the front and rear exits of the home, and skirting is required in Thomas County.  If stucco or brick enclosures, a 30-day time frame will be allowed.  If no enclosure is in place around the home after 30-days, a Code Enforcement officer will be notified to alert the homeowner that a violation of the Thomas County Ordinances has occurred and appropriate action will be taken against the homeowner.

 

All electricial work must be performed by a Georgia Licensed Electrician, homeowners are not allowed to perform any electrical work.  This is Georgia Law.

 

The Mobile Home Mover may be licensed to perform electrical connections, this will be verified in the beginning stages when the actual Mobile Home Permit is issued to the homeowner, and all fees are collected.

 

Our inspectors will make ONE visit for all final inspections, and a call will be made to the utility department to make the permanent power connection to the manufactured home.  Please be sure that your utility account is set up in your name for this location.

 

CODES IN EFFECT FOR THOMAS COUNTY CONSTRUCTION:

 

2012   International Building Code

2012   International Residential Code

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