Permits and Fees

City of Toccoa Building Permits

The City of Toccoa's building permit costs are based on value of the property to be constructed and start at $50. The city also requires permits for electrical, plumbing and HVAC projects and those fees start at $25.

All Permit Costs

The following fees also appply:

Manufactured Homes: $150
Signs, Per Sign: $75
Cellular Tower Permits: $250
Demolition Permits: $75
Grading Permits, per acre: $105
Moving Permits: $250
Rezoning Requests: $100
Residential Zoning Variance: $50
Commercial and other Use Zoning Variance: $100

County Building Permits (Residential)

Stephens County uses a one-permit building system. This means the builder/owner pays all of the fees associated with the residential construction at the time the building permit is purchased.


Residential Building Permit
1,000 sq. ft. or less $300.00
1,001 sq.ft. to 2,000 $450.00
2,001 sq.ft. to 3,000 $550.00
3,001 sq.ft. to 4,000 $800.00
4,001 and over $900.00 plus $0.20 per sq. ft.

1,000 sq. ft. or less $50.00
1,001 and over $100.00

Exterior appurtenances, Mobile Home and Upgrades:
600 sq. ft. or less $75.00
601 sq. ft. and over $150.00

Mobile Home Single Wide $75.00, Double Wide $150.00

Upgrades including: Electrical, mechanical, gas, plumbing. One Time Only $35.00

County Commercial Construction Permits

Stephens County uses a one-permit building system. This means the contractor/owner pays all of the fees associated with the construction at the time the permit is issued.


1,000 sq. ft. or less $350.00
1,001 sq. ft. to 2,000 $500.00
2,001 sq. ft. to 3,000 $600.00
3,001 sq. ft. to 4,000 $850.00
4,001 and over $1000.00 plus $0.035 per sq. ft.

Re-inspection Fees:

These fees are associated with re-inspections influenced by non-compliance of the requested inspection, not being ready for called in inspection, or other reasons for re-inspection:
First re-inspection $25.00 (no charge if items on first inspection report are corrected at time of first re-inspect)
Second re-inspection $25.00
Third re-inspection $50.00
Fourth or more re-inspection $100.00

Replacement Permit Fees
Renewal or Expired $100.00

All building permit fees must be paid in cash or check at time of issuance and any re-inspection fees for any reason must be paid before any Certificate of Occupancy, Certificate of Completion, or Temporary Certificate is issued. The fees listed above are the current fees and may be adjusted by the Board of Commissioners or the Construction Board of adjustments from year to year.
Agricultural/Farm Structure Permit


Buildings 200 to 1000 $25.00
Buildings 1001 to 5000 $25.00 plus $.015 per square foot over 1000
Buildings Over 5000 $85.00 plus $.02 per square foot over 5000



The SCDA is responsible for the recruitment of new businesses including industrial, manufacturing, distribution, corporate and regional headquarters and customer service centers. It also provides support and assistance with all other types of economic development projects.

The SCDA also works with existing businesses and industries to ensure their continued success. While recruitment of new industry is a significant function, aiding in existing industry expansion and retention is just as significant. About 80 percent of all new jobs in Georgia come as a result of existing industry expansion.

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A couple of years ago, the Stephens County Development Authority informed us that we were located in an Opportunity Zone which qualified us for tax credits that were applied to our GA payroll taxes for adding new employees. We were able to realize these savings. We are thankful to our local development authority for making sure that we were taking advantage of all the tax credits available to us. -
From the beginning of our interest in moving to Toccoa-Stephens County, the Stephens County Development Authority made regular trips to our office to make sure we are adjusting to our new home and acclimated to the community resources in Stephens County. They provided a wealth of information on Georgia Business Incentives and tax incentives specific to Stephens County. They introduced us to many connections in Stephens County. We now are well connected with the Department of Labor and attend their monthly meeting and after SCDA's help with some paperwork we have taken advantage of GDOL's Incumbent Worker Program. The Development Authority also shared their long list of local vendors with us and we were able to find our utilities provider, an insurance agent, a computer technician and research local CPAs. Basically, the SCDA is our go to. If we can't figure it out or just need some guidance on an issue we don't hesitate to pick up the phone and call. We definitely appreciate the Stephens County Development Authority's efforts to make Toccoa a great place to do business. They truly make us feel welcome and appreciated in Stephens County! -
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