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The Oglethorpe County Building Official is responsible for ensuring the public safety through the enforcement of construction standards. The Building Official reviews building plans, issues building permits, and performs inspections to ensure compliance with codes related to aspects of life-safety, structural integrity, handicap accessibility, and electrical, plumbing, fuel gas, heating and air conditioning systems. Oglethorpe County enforces the International Building Codes as prescribed by the International Code Council, mandated by and amended by the State of Georgia.
In 2014, Oglethorpe County passed Resolution 2014-001 to allow owners of property to waive inspections under certain conditions. Owners may complete work on their own homes as permitted by O.C.G.A. § 43-14-13. Waiving inspections is permitted, but discouraged. Owners must complete a Waiver of Inspections form, available online and at the permit office, for every permit to waive and submit in-person, or provide a notarized copy, for processing. For a full text of the approved resolution and conditions, click here.
P.O. Box 261
Lexington, Georgia 3064
105 Union Point Road
Lexington, GA 30648
Hours of Operation:
Monday thru Friday: 8 am - 12 pm, 1 pm to 5 pm (closed from 12-1 pm daily)
BurningIn the case of an emergency, dial 9-1-1. For questions or reports related to brush burning and controlled fires, please call the Georgia Forestry Commission Agent for Oglethorpe County, at 706-743-5703.Or apply for a permit online. O.C.G.A. § 12-6-80 through 93
Trash/DumpingTo report violations which relate to trash or dumping, please contact the Oglethorpe County BOC at 706-743-5270 or to the Georgia EPD. This includes reports relating to litter, scrap tires, accumulation of household garbage, and illegal landfills. O.C.G.A. § 12-8-1 through 41
Dogs/Wild AnimalsIn the case of an emergency, dial 9-1-1 For questions or reports related to the spread of rabies and other infectious diseases, please call the Oglethorpe County Health Department at 706-743-8181. O.C.G.A. § 31-19-1 through 10 For reports related to dangerous dogs, please call 9-1-1. According to Georgia’s Responsible Dog Ownership Law, "Dangerous dog" means any dog that: 1. Causes a substantial puncture of a person's skin by teeth without causing serious injury; a. provided, however, that a nip, scratch, or abrasion shall not be sufficient to classify a dog as dangerous under this subparagraph; 2. Aggressively attacks in a manner that causes a person to reasonably believe that the dog posed an imminent threat of serious injury to such person or another person although no such injury occurs; a. provided, however, that the acts of barking, growling, or showing of teeth by a dog shall not be sufficient to classify a dog as dangerous under this subparagraph; or 3. While off the owner's property, kills a pet animal; a. provided, however, that this subparagraph shall not apply where the death of such pet animal is caused by a dog that is working or training as a hunting dog, herding dog, or predator control dog. "Vicious dog" means a dog that inflicts serious injury on a person or causes serious injury to a person resulting from reasonable attempts to escape from the dog's attack. "Serious injury" means any physical injury that: 1. creates a substantial risk of death; 2. results in death, broken or dislocated bones, lacerations requiring multiple sutures, or disfiguring avulsions; 3. requires plastic surgery or admission to a hospital; or 4. results in protracted impairment of health, including transmission of an infection or contagious disease, or impairment of the function of any bodily organ. O.C.G.A. § 4-8-20 through 33
Stormwater ManagementTo apply for a land disturbing activity (LDA) permit or a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, please call Georgia EPD Northeast District (Athens) at 706-369-6376. O.C.G.A. § 12-7-1 through 22
What happens I report my violation?Problems are addressed in a confidential, friendly and understanding way. Upon receiving a report, a code enforcement officer will evaluate the situation, possibly take pictures, and determine whether a violation has occurred. If a violation exists, the officer will notify the property owner to explain the problem and suggest possible solutions. The property owner is then given reasonable time to take care of the violation. Then, a follow up inspection is performed to verify that the violation has been corrected. While most property owners comply after the first notification, those who don't may face enforcement action via the issuance of a citation and the case is sent to the Magistrate Court of Oglethorpe County. The Magistrate Court will hear testimony from the property owner and the Code Enforcement Officer and the Judge will rule on the case.