Permit Reform Introduced

Director Don Rosenthal of the Atlanta Office of Buildings along with Planning and Community Development Commissioner James Shelby presented a new plan to City Council on how to improve the permit process in Atlanta.  The plan was presented to both the Community Development/Human Resources Committee on August 30th and the Finance/Executive Committee on August 31st.  The legislation proposed is intended to improve business processes, focus on customer service and maximize efficiency within the Office of Buildings.  The proposal will:

  • Consolidate all permitting functions under one entity improving Atlanta’s Insurance Services Organization (ISO) rating.
  • Train staff in International Code Council standards where they will receive $2000 for each certification that is received and maintained. 
  • Establish an Enterprise Fund and permit fee structure to support the improved permitting process and maintain training within the division.

City Council plans to conduct a joint committee work session in mid-September to discuss and review the proposal.  The Council has worked tirelessly on this initiative and will continue to do so as it moves forward.  You can read the legislative overview and talking points for this legislation here.