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Official Georgia City and County Regulations for Retaining Wall Building Permits and Engineering Requirements

Below is an information table of Georgia counties and cities with the height of a retaining wall that requires permitting and engineering. We have also included the telephone number for each city or county, and in some cases, the building inspector. We make every effort to ensure this information is accurate, however, as codes and regulations change over time, always verify the information with the appropriate city or county personnel in which you plan to build a retaining wall.

N/A = Not Applicable
M = Mandatory

County
City
Requires Permitting Requires Engineering Contact Information
Appling N/A N/A (912) 367-8100
Atkinson 3 Ft. N/A (912) 422-3391
Bacon
Baker N/A N/A (229) 734-3000
Baldwin 4 Ft. 4 Ft. (478) 445-4791
Banks N/A N/A (706) 677-6200
Barrow N/A 4 Ft. (770) 307-3005
Bartow 3 Ft. 3 Ft. (770) 387-5030
Ben Hill N/A N/A (229) 426-5100
Berrien N/A N/A (229) 686-5421
Bibb
Bleckley
Brantley
Brooks
Bryan N/A N/A (912) 653-3837
Bulloch
Burke
Butts
Calhoun
Camden N/A N/A (912) 576-5651
Candler
Carroll
Catoosa
Charlton
Chatham
Chattahoochee
Chattooga N/A N/A (706) 857-0700
Cherokee

Canton

Woodstock
N/A

4 Ft.

4 Ft.
4 Ft. (including the footer)

4 Ft.

4 Ft.
(678) 493-6000

(770) 704-1500

(770) 592-6000
Clarke
Clay
Clayton
Clinch N/A N/A (912) 487-2667
Cobb

Acworth

Kennesaw

Marietta

Smyrna
3 Ft.

3 Ft.

M

4 Ft.

4 Ft.
3 Ft.

3 Ft.

2 Ft.

4 Ft.

4 Ft.
(770) 528-3307

(770) 974-3112

(770) 424-8274

(770) 794-5530

(770) 434-6600
Coffee
Colquitt
Columbia 4 Ft. 2-4 Ft. (706) 312-7388
Cook
Coweta
Crawford
Crisp N/A N/A (229) 276-2672
Dade
Dawson 4 Ft. 6 Ft. (706) 344-3501
Decatur 4 Ft. N/A (229) 248-3030
DeKalb

Dunwoody
M

4 Ft.
M

4 Ft.
(404) 371-2000

(678) 382-6700
Dodge N/A 5-6 Ft. (478) 374-4361
Dooly
Dougherty
Douglas
Early
Echols N/A N/A (229) 559-6538
Effingham M M (912) 754-2123
Elbert N/A N/A (706) 212-1000
Emanuel
Evans N/A N/A (912) 739-1141
Fannin N/A N/A (706) 632-2203
Fayette
Floyd 4 Ft. 4 Ft. (706) 291-5110
Forsyth

Cumming
6 Ft.

4 Ft.
6 Ft.

4 Ft.
(770) 781-2101

(770) 781-2010
Franklin N/A N/A (706) 384-2483
Fulton

Alpharetta

Atlanta

Johns Creek

Milton

Roswell

Sandy Springs
4 Ft.

4 Ft.

M

4 Ft.

4 Ft.

3 Ft.

4 Ft.
6 Ft.

4 Ft.

4 Ft.

4 Ft.

4 Ft.

8 Ft.

6 Ft.
(404) 612-4000

(678) 297-6000

(404) 330-6000

(678) 512-3200

(678) 242-2500

(770) 641-3727

(770) 730-5600
Gilmer
Glascock N/A N/A (706) 598-2863
Glynn N/A N/A (912) 554-7400
Gordon
Grady
Greene 4 Ft. N/A (706) 453-7716
Gwinnett

Buford

Duluth

Norcross

Sugar Hill

Suwanee
4 Ft.

M

3 Ft.

4 Ft.

M

4 Ft.
6 Ft.

4 Ft.

3 Ft.

4 Ft.

4 Ft.

4 Ft.
(678) 518-6000

(770) 945-6761

(770) 476-3434

(770) 448-2122

(770) 945-6716

(770) 945-8996
Habersham N/A 9 Ft. (706) 754-1739
Hall

Gainesville
4 Ft.

4 Ft.
4 Ft.

M
(770) 535-8288

(770) 535-6865
Hancock N/A N/A (706) 444-5746
Haralson N/A 10 Ft. (770) 646-2002
Harris
Hart
Heard 4 Ft. 4 Ft. (706) 675-3700
Henry
Houston N/A N/A (478) 542-2018
Irwin
Jackson 4 Ft. 8 Ft. (706) 367-6312
Jasper
Jeff Davis
Jefferson
Jenkins
Johnson
Jones
Lamar
Lanier
Laurens
Lee
Liberty
Lincoln
Long
Lowndes
Lumpkin

Dahlonega
5 Ft.

4 Ft.
10 Ft.

8 Ft.
(706) 864-3742

(706) 864-6133
Macon
Madison
Marion
McDuffie
McIntosh
Meriwether
Miller
Mitchell
Monroe
Montgomery
Morgan
Murray
Musogee
Newton
Oconee
Oglethorpe
Paulding
Peach
Pickens
Pierce
Pike
Polk
Pulaski
Putnam
Quitman
Rabun
Randolph
Richmond
Rockdale
Schley
Screven
Seminole
Spalding
Stephens
Stewart
Sumter
Talbot
Taliaferro
Tattnall
Taylor
Telfair
Terrell
Thomas
Tift
Toombs
Towns
Treutlen
Troup
Turner
Twiggs
Union
Upson
Walker
Walton
Ware
Warren
Washington
Wayne
Webster
Wheeler
White
Whitfield
Wilcox
Wilkes
Wilkinson
Worth