Permits must be obtained prior to construction, demolition, change of use, or occupancy classification, tenant name change, or ownership change, in buildings, tenant spaces, or commercial sites and prior to addition, removal, or changes of any fire protection system(s).
A final inspection and Certificate of Occupancy, for each business establishment, must be obtained from the Gwinnett County Fire Marshal's Office prior to occupying or conducting business in any commercial building.
Where do you get a Certificate of Occupancy?
Go to Gwinnett County Planning and Development, located in the One Justice Square Building at 446 West Crogan Street in Lawrenceville. Sign in at Suite 150, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm. If your business is located within a city limit, you will only need to see a Fire Plan Reviewer. County projects will be routed appropriately. Gwinnett County Fire Plan Review can be contacted at 678.518.6000.
Note: Permits/CO's are not available at Fire Headquarters, located at 408 Hurricane Shoals Road in Lawrenceville.
How much will it cost?
The Fire Marshal's Office and Fire Plan Review, will collect fees as established in the Gwinnett County Land Development and Other Services Fee Schedule for construction permits, certificates of occupancy, and other fire related permits, plan reviews, revisions, variances, certificates, and re-inspections. Fees may be waived for projects that serve a governmental purpose in accordance with the county's Permit Fee Waiver Policy and the Gwinnett County Land Development and other Services Fee Schedule.
What information will you need to provide?
The minimum information needed will include the address, parcel, building number, suite number, city, and zip code of the business and basic tenant/owner information. The intended use of the space will need to be clearly described to the plan reviewer so the occupancy classification can be determined. Floor plans are always beneficial and often plans are required.
When the project involves construction or renovation, construction documents must be submitted in two or more sets with each permit application. Construction documents shall be dimensioned, and drawn upon suitable material. Electronic media documents are permitted to be submitted. Construction documents shall be of sufficient clarity to indicate location, nature, and extent of the work proposed and show detail that the work conforms to the provisions of the fire code.
Most plans will require the seal of an appropriate registered design professional, architect, or engineer in accordance with the County Ordinance.
For tenant name changes and ownership changes with no construction or renovation and no change of occupancy, plans may not be required at the discretion of Fire Plan Review.
Additional information may be required for some occupancies including, but not limited to, Storage and Industrial Commodity Affidavits and High Piled Storage Rack Permit Forms.