One Stop Shop
The Inspections Department provides a “one stop shop” concept for both plan submittal and plan review. We are here to meet your project needs Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Prior to plan submittal, we encourage you and your design professional to schedule a First Step or TRC meeting. For development in the City of Valdosta contact the Planning & Zoning office at 229-259-3563 to schedule a First Step meeting. For development in Lowndes County, a TRC meeting can be scheduled by contacting the Lowndes County Planning office at 229-671-2430.
At a First Step or TRC meeting, many of the departments responsible for plan review will attend and you will receive valuable information about plan review. Take the time to review the Plan Review Submittal Requirements prior to submitting plans. Depending on the type of commercial project being proposed, the project will be classified as one of the following:
Scope of Work
The Scope of Work process is designed for minor changes to the inside or outside of a building. Examples include, but not limited to: handicap ramp, removal or installation of non-load bearing wall, installation or removal of serving counters, etc. Before work can begin, a Scope of Work will need to be completed and submitted to the Inspections Department for review and approval. Depending on the project, a site plan may also be needed.
Basic Plan Review
The Basic Plan Review process is designed for commercial construction projects that are under 5,000 sq ft, less than 3 stories in height, as well as certain occupancy classifications. Before work can begin, six sets of plans, drawn to scale, and a Plan Review Application (New Construction) is required to be submitted to the Inspections Department for review and approval.
Plan Review Requiring Design Professional
The Plan Review process that requires a design professional is intended for in-depth commercial construction projects greater than 5,000 sq ft, more than three stories in height, or occupancy classifications such as Assembly, Daycare, Educational, and/or Institutional. Before work can begin, six sets of plans drawn by a registered Georgia design professional and a Plan Review Application must be submitted. Of the six sets of plans, one set is required to have an original wet seal and signature, while the other five sets may be copies of the original.
Plan Review Times
Your project is very important to us and the length of time for review will depend on the completeness and accuracy of the information provided. The Inspections Department will route each set of plans to the appropriate departments for review and/or approval. If additional information or changes are needed, comments will be collected from each department and emailed to the point of contact(s) provided during submittal. Once all comments have been addressed, a revised set of plans may be required to be submitted for approval before a permit can be issued for construction.