New Fee Schedule

DeKalb County Announces New Fee Schedule for Development Services

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On January 13, 2015 the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners approved a new fee schedule for Land Development and Building Permits and Inspections in the Development Services Division. The new fee schedule will be effective April 13, 2015. The recommendation to adjust the fee structure came from a comprehensive analysis of the permitting process by Matrix Consulting Group, with support from an external Stakeholders Group made up of members of the development community. Their overall goal was to overhaul county permitting and business license operations. This new fee schedule only affects Building Permit applications and Land Development applications. The new fee schedule will ensure that the Development Services Division can provide the highest level of customer service, while keeping DeKalb County competitive regionally and nationally. DeKalb County has initiated steps to upgrade its technology capabilities that will create efficiencies, expand online capabilities, and allow for digital plan submission and review. In order to support this new technology, DeKalb County is proposing a new Technology Fee. This fee is increasingly utilized regionally and nationally.

The Technology Fee, a $20.00 charge on each permit, will support the maintenance, upgrade, and implementation of hardware and software to support permitting operations.

The new fee schedule also includes a 25% resubmittal fee for plans resubmitted three or more times for review, which will allow the County to recover costs for projects that consistently fail to address building and life safety issue. The new fees schedule also reduces the “Move-in- As” application fee to a flat $175. This reduction in fees saves hundreds of DeKalb County small business owners between $25 and $225 when starting a business in DeKalb County. Finally, the building permit multiplier has changed from .005 to .0065, which is more closely aligned with other counties and cities in the region and nationally. Finally, the 2012 ICC Valuation table will also be implemented with the new fee schedule.   To review the complete new fee schedule, effective April 13, 2015, please visit our website

View the DeKalb Development Services Fee Schedule