Builder's Corner

Steve Holder


We’re often asked which types of home improvements require a permit from the City. This time of year, we often get that question about HVAC replacement.

So, do you need a permit? The answer is “yes” and here’s why:

  1. It’s the law. You are required by law to have a permit for the HVAC work done in your home. The HVAC contractor is required to be licensed by the state of Georgia.

  2. It helps ensure your HVAC system stays in good working order. A permit ensures that your new HVAC system will have inspections to ensure it was installed properly and that it meets all current legislation, including the State Energy Conservation Code and the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) requirements.

Did you know that about 50 percent of all the money we spend on heating and cooling is due to inefficiencies in the way these systems are installed? Have a licensed professional check your HVAC system for energy efficiency by verifying the original installation. Studies have found that items like the compressor, coil and capacitor will last much longer when compared to the exact HVAC systems that were installed by a lazy or incompetent HVAC contractor.

Here are some tips to follow before hiring anyone to work on your home or property:

  1. Hire only licensed contractors and ask to see their license and a photo ID to verify their identity.
  2. Get at least three bids.
  3. Get three references.
  4. Get it in writing, but before you sign the contract, make sure you understand it completely.
  5. Verify the contractor has applied for the required permits.

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