Intown Housing Boom Adds To Permit Delays In Atlanta

Long the bane of developers and individual homebuilders alike, the Atlanta Bureau of Buildings now averages 40 to 80 days to provide building permits. Meanwhile, in suburban Gwinnett and Cobb Counties, the turnaround time is under one hour.

The recent boom in construction in the City of Atlanta has "overwhelmed the city's planning bureaucracy," causing delays both for big and small builders, and everyone in between. Critics say the permit-issuing Bureau of Buildings is a "plodding and disorganized obstacle that retards economic growth and drives up the cost of houses, condos and other buildings."

That sentiment was confirmed in a recent study by the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government in which "47 percent of respondents rated the city average to failing when it comes to issuing permits. Respondents complained that their documents were lost in the government bureaucracy and that they couldn't get their questions answered."

Mayor Shirley Franklin is counting on a new planning director to improve the situation.

Full Story: Building in the city? Be prepared to wait

Comments

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $199
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $14.95 a month
Book cover of Where Things Are from Near to Far

Where Things Are From Near to Far

This engaging children's book about planning illustrates that "every building has its place."
$19.95
poster

A Short History of America

From comic book artist Robert Crumb, poster shows how the built environment has changed throughout the decades.
$14.95