How to Apply for Residential Building Permits

A signed Application and a Complete Application Checklist must be submitted for all permit types. Click here for our Application & Checklists page. The Complete Application Checklists will show all the required supporting documentation and outside approvals needed for each permit type. If an applicant does not have all required supporting documentation and outside approvals, Development Services may accept incomplete applications but the applicants will need to acknowledge that permits cannot be issued until all required information is submitted, reviewed and approved by the City. This acknowledgement is at the end of the Complete Application Checklist.

For a schedule of Plan Review and Permit Fees (payable to the City of Savannah) - click here for the Building Permit and Plan Review Fees document.

Click here for a link to the Building Permit Process Flow Chart. This flow chart contains contact names and numbers of each person at each step of the process.

Additional resources for Building Permits can also be found here.

A property owner may perform construction on his/her own residence if he/she submits a signed and notarized Owner-Occupant of Single Family Residence Permit Affidavit  (This form may be obtained at our office from the Senior Plans Examiner). In order to do this, homeowner must: reside or intend to reside on the premises, accept inherent responsibilities for the work authorized by the approved permit, agree to hire properly licensed contractors (licensed in the state of Georgia) for any work that is not performed by the owner, and perform work in accordance with all applicable codes and strictly adhere to the inspection schedule.

The City of Savannah uses a website called eTRAC for online permit tracking. For information on how to use this site to track your projects as they go through the permitting process, click here. There are Quick Reference Guides available, as well as more detailed PowerPoint presentation slides from when we did a training class to the local design community on how to use the website.

If the project is located within the Landmark Historic District, the Victorian District, Mid-City of Cuyler-Brownsville Phase I, an additional application must be submitted for design review. For information about requirements that apply within these special districts, contact the Historic Preservation Secretary at 912-651-1457.

Submit Building Permit Package to City of Savannah Development Services, Attn: Brenda Price, at:

  • 5515 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31405 (by hand-delivery) OR
  • P.O. Box 1027, Savannah, GA 31402 (by mail)