Retaining Wall Permits

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Retaining Wall Permits

Retaining wall permits help to ensure that the Retaining Wall is designed and constructed in a way that will not be hazardous to human life, animal life, or property. Retaining Wall permits also ensure that Retaining Walls are built according to building codes, Retaining Walls are safe for people and animals alike. Retaining wall permits should be obtained from your city office before beginning construction on your Retaining Wall. Retaining Wall permits are also a great way to make sure you have everything you need before beginning construction on your Retaining Wall! Retaining wall permits is the perfect solution if you have erosion control problems or need help with landscaping!

Is A Permit Required?

If you are considering having a retaining wall built on your property, you’re probably wondering if you will need to file for a permit. A permit is typically necessary when modifications, additions, or new construction are carried out on your home or property as a general rule. Finally, if you’re erecting a retaining wall, make sure to get an engineering plan.


However, there are times when property owners may take action without first obtaining a permit. You should inquire about your local government’s regulations with your local authority. It’s always a good idea to have an engineer on board to assist with the wall’s design.


The sort of permit required for a retaining wall is determined by the size and scale of the structure, municipal zoning rules, regulations, and codes, as well as environmental consequences. The regulations and requirements established by your municipality will determine whether a construction permit is required and what kind will be necessary to file. The size and length of a home’s wall are regulated by local zoning rules, which are based on the size of the property and boundary lines. Before designing your retaining wall, verify with your local government’s building code requirements.

There are a few things to consider while constructing a retaining wall that is particular to the process:

  • If the total height of the wall measures more than four feet from the bottom of the footing to the top of the retaining wall, you’ll need a different type of foundation.
  • If there is a rear slope next to the retaining wall,
  • A surcharge load may be required (buildings, roads, vehicle loads, or sloping conditions), and
  • If solid fences are connected or adjacent to the proposed retaining wall, they must be evaluated for impact.

When Is A Retaining Wall Permit Required?

Retaining walls are masonry structures designed to keep soil in place. They are used to separate soils at different elevations. When building a new retaining wall or repairing an existing one on a residential or commercial property, a retaining wall permit is necessary

When Is The Permit Not Required?

A separate retaining wall permit is not necessary when the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall at a specific spot is four (4) feet or less, and it does not support a surcharge. An indemnification letter is required for all retaining walls.

Who Can Apply For A Permit?

A permit can be obtained by a contractor who is licensed and the property owner. To obtain a construction permit, the property must be owned by the current permanent residence of the homeowner. All retaining walls taller than six (6) feet require an engineer’s design signed/sealed by a professional.

Applying For Retaining Wall Permit

Please visit the Permits and Revenue Office on the south side of City Hall to obtain a retaining wall permit. Retaining walls permits are generally granted within 5-10 business days.

Licensed Contractors: Please bring your Georgia Business License and a valid form of identification (e.g. driver’s license).

Property Owners: Please bring your state-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license).

All Applicants: A completed owner’s indemnification form is required for walls that are four (4) feet tall but less than six (6) feet high before they can be authorized. Walls greater than 6 feet in height must be engineered and require a completed and stamped engineer’s indemnification form prior to authorization.

Required Application Documents: The following papers are necessary for the application procedure. You may complete these before coming to see us, or we can assist you when you arrive.

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