Licensing Information

How to Obtain License
Click here for types of Residential & General Contractors requiring a license and how to obtain a license.
Click here for exam information.
Click here for financial and insurance requirements.

License Renewal
THE 2020 DEADLINE WILL BE JUNE 30th, 2020. STAY TUNED FOR INFORMATION REGARDING THE 2020 DEADLINE.
When it is time to renew your Georgia Professional Residential or General Contractor’s License, here are some guidelines.

Visit http://www.sos.ga.gov/plb before the deadline to renew. Click on the License Renewal link to begin the renewal process. The online renewal process takes only a few minutes. After updating both your physical and your mailing addresses, and your email address, and answering the renewal questions, you may pay using your American Express, Mastercard, or Visa using the secure server.

Please submit Continuing Education documents if you are selected for audit.  Please do not submit continuing education documents unless you are selected for audit.
Submit your renewal online in minutes – just follow these quick and easy steps:

  • Visit the Georgia Online Licensing site at www.sos.ga.gov/plb (Free internet access is available at every Georgia Public Library)
  • Click on the License Renewal link to begin the renewal process.
  • Step-by-step instructions may be found here: www.sos.ga.gov/plb/renewal_process.htm
  • NOTE: Facilities may not submit an address change during renewal. Address changes require submission of a new application.
  • Individual license holders please update your mailing and physical location addresses, phone number, e-mail address and answer the renewal questions.
  • Pay your renewal fee(s) using your American Express, Mastercard, or Visa on the secure server.
  • Print your receipt of payment.
  • Verify your renewal online.
  • Print your license online.

AVOID ADDITIONAL DELAY & LATE FEES BY RENEWING ON TIME!

Burning Ban Began May 1, 2019

On May 1, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) open burning ban took effect for 54 Georgia counties.  The open burning ban has been in place during the summer ozone season since 2005.

The EPD open burning ban prohibits citizens and businesses from burning yard and land-clearing debris from May 1 through September 30. This is in addition to the rule that prohibits the burning of household garbage. Burning household garbage is never allowed anywhere in Georgia.

Click here for more information and a list of counties.

Mandatory Residential Pool Code

As many of you are aware, the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code became Mandatory effective January 1, 2017.

The International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC) is the first comprehensive pool code coordinated with the current requirements in the International Codes and APSP standards. Benefits of the ISPSC include seamless integration with the widely-adopted family of International Codes, meets or exceeds the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act requirements, covers fencing, decks, lighting, heaters, circulation systems, pumps, accessibility, diving, sanitizing equipment, filters, and suction fittings, and includes provisions for diving barriers, general design, and water quality safety. The ISPSC is important to all segments of the industry because it creates one all-inclusive uniform pool and spa code that will be used statewide. The 2012 edition was approved unanimously by the Georgia Dept. of Community Affairs (DCA) in 2016. Please see attachment for more information.

Span Tables for Southern Pine

REMINDER: New span tables for Southern Pine went into effect in January of 2016. HBAG successfully lobbied for a 1 year delay in implementation to allow all truss manufacturers and other suppliers to have inventory updated and available. This is the only code change for 2016. Please see the Georgia State Amendments to the International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings document from the Department of Community Affairs. Refer to pages 5-18 – there are charts for everything – framing, rafters, walls, headers, etc.
Visit the American Wood Council website here for more helpful resources regarding deck construction.
The DCA 6 – Prescriptive Residential Deck Construction Guide – 2009 IRC Version with May 2013 Addendum highlights areas of the document (pages 1-4) that have been changed for your convenience.

Construction Codes in Georgia 2020

Construction Codes effective January 1, 2020 (mandatory)
·         International Building Code, 2018 Edition, with Georgia Amendments
·         International Residential Code, 2018 Edition, with Georgia Amendments
·         International Fire Code, 2012 Edition, with Georgia Amendments *(still working to update)
·         International Plumbing Code, 2018 Edition, with Georgia Amendments
·         International Mechanical Code, 2018 Edition, with Georgia Amendments
·         International Fuel Gas Code, 2018 Edition, with Georgia Amendments
·         National Electrical Code, 2017 Edition (No Georgia Amendments)
·         International Energy Conservation Code, 2015 Edition, with Georgia Amendments
·         International Swimming Pool and Spa Code, 2018 Edition with Georgia Amendments

Construction Codes effective January 1, 2020 (permissive; must be adopted locally)
Note: Permissive codes are not enforceable unless adopted by local jurisdiction
·         Disaster Resilient Building Code IBC Appendix
·         Disaster Resilient Building Code IRC Appendix
·         International Property Maintenance Code, 2012 Edition, with Georgia Amendments
·         International Existing Building Code, 2012 Edition, with Georgia Amendments
·         National Green Building Standard, 2008 Edition, with Georgia Amendments

​Contact the Construction Codes and Industrialized Buildings Section at 404-679-3118 for more information concerning these amendments.
Contact Bettie Sleeth, HBAG Regulatory Affairs Consultant, at bsleeth@hbag.org

​Note: Permissive codes are not enforceable unless adopted by local jurisdiction
​Contact the Construction Codes and Industrialized Buildings Section at 404-679-3118 for more information concerning these amendments.
Contact Bettie Sleeth, HBAG Regulatory Affairs Consultant, at bsleeth@hbag.org

Construction Codes Adoption Process

​Energy Code Workshops Around State

The Georgia DCA Building Codes Department and Southface were awarded grant through GEFA, Georgia Environmental Finance Authority, to provide training on the updates and changes of the new Energy Code and Amendments for the State of Georgia. The code becomes effective January 1, 2020. These workshops will cover the changes in commercial and residential energy codes, best practices for implementation and compliance of new rules, as well as a Q&A session.
The Energy Code Workshops have been approved by Southface as qualifying for AIA, ICC, BPI, and HERS Continuing Education Credits. They have also been approved by the Home Builders Assn of Georgia (HBAG) as qualifying under the Rules of the State Licensing of Residential and General Contractors for Licensing Continuing Education Units.

Click here for the current list of classes.

Environmental Issues

Georgia’s State Water Plan
The 2004 Comprehensive State-wide Water Management Planning Act authorized the development of the State Water Plan. The State Water Plan in turn, calls for state-wide regional water planning to provide the necessary local and regional perspectives to ensure each of Georgia’s ten water planning region’s water resources are sustainably managed through at least 2050.
Water Planning Regions:  (see map)
www.georgiawaterplannning.org

NPDES Construction Storm General Permits 
http://epd.georgia.gov/npdes-constuction-storm-water-general-permts
General Permit  – GAR 100003 – Common Development
Erosion Control Education and Certification “blue cards”  – http://gaswcc.georgia.gov/education-and-certification
Verification of lawful presence in US needed, also needed for builder licensing – https://gaswcc.georgia.gov/
Septic Tanks, also known as On-Site Waste Management Systems under Dept. of Public Health http://dph.georgia.gov/wastewater-rules-and-regulations


Lead-Based Paint Information
Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s Lead-Based Paint website – http://epd.georgia.gov/lead-based-paint
Application to become a Georgia Certified Renovation Firm can be found here.
Application to become a Georgia Certified Renovator can be found here.
A list of Georgia Accredited Renovation Training Providers can be found here.
A Summary of the Georgia Lead-Based Paint RRP Rules can be found here.
Water Planning Regions