McDuffie County Departments

Building Codes & Inspections

Our building inspector is a member of the International Code Council. 

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License Contractors
Building Inspections
Adopted Codes
Emergency 911 Addressing
Plan Review

Licensed Contractors

Some homeowners may not know the difference between a state-licensed contractor and a contractor holding only a local business license. This is like comparing night to day. Just about anyone with a business checking account and $100 can get a local business license and call themselves a contractor. But this is not the case for the Georgia State General Contractor License.
Any remodeling work that costs over $2,500 requires a state license to contract and perform. If a homeowner chooses to work with a non-state licensed contractor for a higher-end job, the contract might be unenforceable if there are problems. That means lost time and money to the homeowner, as well as still having a project to complete.

Licensed contractors can be verified at the following web address: https://secure.sos.state.ga.us/myverification/Search.aspx

Plan Review:

    • Plans must include
    • Grade elevations all sides
    • Exterior covering
    • Foundation plan
    • Framing details
    • Roof plan
    • Plumbing plans
    • Plot plan

Building Inspections

Inspection Request:
Contact Melonie McLendon to schedule inspection. Inspections should be called in at least 24 hours in advance.

New House:

    • Footer/Slab inspection required before any concrete is poured
    • Rebar and grade stakes in place
    • Step Downs in place
    • Plumbing in Slab in place with test (if required)
    • Vapor Barrier installed

Rough-in inspection required before any insulation or sheet rock installed

    • Framing complete
    • Electrical rough in complete
    • Plumbing rough in complete
    • HVAC rough in complete

Electrical Release

    • Electrical 100% complete
    • Drain Lines connected to sewer/septic system
    • HVAC disconnects installed

Certificate of Occupancy Inspection:

    • All work 100% complete
    • Address displayed

Mobile Home

If available, the mobile home set up manual must be on site.

1st Inspection:

    • Inside must be accessible
    • Footers Piers and anchoring in place
    • Electrical installed
    • Plumbing installed
    • HVAC Duct installed

2nd Inspection:

    • Masonry Completed
    • Steps and Landings Completed
    • HVAC Completed
    • Address Displayed

After these steps are completed the power will be released.

Adopted Codes

Current Mandatory Codes as Adopted by DCA:

  • International Building Code, 2012 Edition, with Georgia Amendments (2014) (2015)
  • International Residential Code, 2012 Edition, with Georgia Amendments (2014) (2015)
  • International Fire Code, 2012 Edition, with Georgia Amendments (2014)
  • International Plumbing Code, 2012 Edition, with Georgia Amendments (2014) (2015)
  • International Mechanical Code, 2012 Edition, with Georgia Amendments (2014) (2015)
  • International Fuel Gas Code, 2012 Edition, with Georgia Amendments (2014) (2015)
  • National Electrical Code, 2014 Edition (No Georgia Amendments)
  • International Energy Conservation Code, 2009 Edition, with Georgia Supplements and Amendments (2011) (2012)
  • National Fire Protection Association “Life Safety Code” 2012 Edition, with 120-3-3 Georgia Amendments by Georgia Safety Fire Commissioner

Emergency 911 Addressing

A new 911 addresses will be provided after approval of building/mobile home permit.

Since the establishment of the Emergency 911 system, each structure was assigned a physical address in the rural portion of McDuffie County as well as within the City of Thomson and the Town of Dearing for purpose of locating the structure in the event of an emergency.


The process of assigning addresses to all McDuffie County properties began in the early 1990s. The McDuffie County Planning Commission is the sole addressing agent for the entire McDuffie, including the City of Thomson and the Town of Dearing, including select incorporated areas of Columbia County. This means all addresses in McDuffie County must be assigned or approved by this office. Physical addresses are attached to telephone records so that when 911 is dialed, a location is displayed for emergency services. Therefore, if the caller is unable to speak or give the dispatcher driving instructions, he or she can still be located. To keep people from having to remember two addresses -- a mailing address (route and box) and a physical address -- the Postal Service converted physical addressing for mail delivery as well.


Your address numbers should be posted and visible from the road so that emergency service agencies can easily find you in case of an emergency. Posted numbers should be a minimum of three inches (3") in height.

Please use the following instructions when posting your address number:

    • Numbers should be mounted on your mailbox.
    • Sign may be mounted on either side of driveway entrance.
    • Numbers must be visible from public roadway.
    • Make sure no weeds or any other items block the view of the address numbers.

James Crawley

Chief Building Official
Phone: 706-595-5355
Email: jhcrawley@thomson-mcduffie.net

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