Building Codes

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State and Local Building Codes

Construction codes establish the minimum requirements for the built environment to safeguard the public health, safety and general welfare. These standards for “structural strength, means of egress facilities, stability, sanitation, adequate light and ventilation, energy conservation” have an intended goal of “safety to life and property from fire and other hazards”. An often unrecognized result of these standards is higher quality buildings that hold their value longer with less maintenance which normally helps to maintain stable property values. The related permit inspections provide a means of compliance verification for these standards.

In Georgia construction codes are established by state law and do not have to be adopted by local jurisdictions. Local ordinances provide for the administration of the code which includes permitting, inspections and enforcement. Our ordinance pertaining to construction codes is structured such that as the codes or code amendments adopted by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs become state law simultaneously they become city ordinance.

State Codes

For Georgia Construction Codes, go to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs website:

For information on the Georgia Accessibility Code, go to the Georgia Insurance Commissioner website at For more information on the Americans with Disabilities Act standards, go to

Additional information on the international code series can be found through the International Code Council (ICC) at

City of Decatur, Georgia, Notice of Local Amendments

Pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) Section 8-2-25 (c) (7), effective July 1, 2000, the following local amendments are in force and effect in the City of Decatur and have been properly filed with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs:

 Name Of Code  Section Amended
 International Building Code  Section 202 - Definitions
   Section D105[9] (formerly SBC 1994 Section F105[10] & SBC 1991 Section 3005)
   Section 903.6 (formerly SBC 1994 Section 903.9 & SBC 1991 Section 901.9)
 International Residential Code  Section R317.2 (formerly SBC 1994 Section 704.4 & SBC 1991 Section 403.5)
 International Fire Code  Section 903.7 (formerly SFPC 1994 & 1991 Section 604)

For a copy of these local amendments, contact:

City of Decatur
Inspections Department
Leveritt Public Works Building, first floor
2635 Talley St.
Decatur, GA 30030

Or, contact:

Georgia Department of Community Affairs
60 Executive Park South NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30329

Individual Georgia construction codes may be amended annually by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs

Noncompliance with the City's Building Code
City of Decatur Codes Enforcement is housed within the Public Works Department. The codes enforcement officer is vested by the City to uphold the code of ordinances and issue citations that require violators to appear in the City's municipal court.