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Building Plan Review Section
The Building Plan Review Section of the Department of Planning and Development is responsible for the review and authorization to permit the construction of commercial buildings, commercial structures, and commercial interior projects located in unincorporated Gwinnett County. Please refer to the How to determine if a building or lot is located in unincorporated Gwinnett County Guide. Commercial buildings include all buildings or structures other than one and two family dwellings or townhomes. Commercial structures include site retaining walls, cell tower installations, racking systems, and signage foundations.
Building Permit Fees
Building Permit Fees - Commercial and Multifamily (PDF)
Building Permit Fees - Residential (PDF)

Building Plan Review Guidelines and Checklists

Special Inspections Program
The International Building Code with Georgia amendments currently in effect for the state of Georgia requires special inspections during construction of buildings, structures, and building/structure additions, and renovation of existing structural systems and components. Special inspections are typically required for projects that require the practice of professional engineering or architecture as defined by the applicable state law governing the professional registration and certification of engineers or architects except for construction of minor scope or pertinent to one- and two-family residences. This Special Inspections Program establishes the provisions for inspecting components of construction in which strength, safety, and construction practices have a critical impact on the integrity of a building or structure as determined by the Building Code, engineer- and/or architect-of-record, and/or the Building Official or his/her designees including building inspectors and plan review staff.

Building Permit Forms and Documents

Building Permit Regulations and Requirements

Gwinnett County Construction Code

Zoning Overlay District Regulations and Maps

Additional Links

Open Records Requests

For copies of Residential Plats (Surveys) and Final Subdivision Plats please call the Deeds and Records office at 770.822.8100. These documents are not available at the Department of Planning and Development. In addition, Gwinnett County does not maintain copies of Residential House Plans for homes that are less than 5,000 square feet of heated floor area in size. If your home is less than 5,000 square feet, please contact the home builder. Please call the Building Permits Section at 678.518.6020 for assistance.

The Online Open Records Request Form may be used to request access to documents maintained by the department to inspect or obtain copies under the Georgia Open Records Act. This form is not required to request routinely available records such as agendas, minutes, site plans, ordinances, and resolutions. Although Open Records Requests are not required to be submitted in writing, use of this form will aid considerably in ensuring that each request is fulfilled as accurately as possible.

Gwinnett County Department of Planning and Development
Attn: Open Records Coordinator
One Justice Square
446 West Crogan Street
Lawrenceville, GA 30046

Online Open Records Request Form

Contact Information
Gwinnett County Department of Planning and Development Building Plan Review Section
One Justice Square
446 West Crogan Street, Suite 150
Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046
678.518.6000 (office)
678.518.6240 (fax)

Hours of Operation:

Walk-in Customer Service Hours:

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Friday

Phone: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

Section Staff Contact Information
Staff and Email Title Phone Number
Building Plan Review Section   678.518.6000
Marcus Canada RA Building Plan Review Manager 678.518.6043
John Brown Electrical Review 678.518.6046
Garry Gerard RA Architectural, Mechanical and Plumbing Review 678.518.6047
Shelley Heslep PE Structural Review 678.518.6049
Claudia Reit Structural Review 678.518.6048