Cobb County Government

1. Permit Request

A. FORM. 

Permit Request forms for standard utility installations shall be obtained from the Cobb County Department of Transportation at 1890 County Services Parkway. Utilities submitting numerous permit requests may be allowed to create an electronic form with their company name on the form subject to the Departments approval. The general format of the Permit Request form shall be followed.

 

 
 B. SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS. 

The Applicant shall provide the Department with concept plans showing the above, including proposed routing, means and methods of construction, and other issues unique to the proposed facility. The Department shall review the permit application and all supporting documents and determine whether the installation is routine or complex and shall notify Applicant of that determination, as well as whether a pre-permit conference will be required. Final engineered drawings will be required as directed by the Department to the standards as required in the State's policy. Applicant submits at its own risk final engineered drawings prior to a pre-permit conference. 

 

 
C. COMPLEX INSTALLATIONS. 

Applicants must complete the following steps before proceeding to the final permitting procedure as outlined under the Routine Installations. The following factors will be considered by the Department in determining whether installations are routine or complex:

ROUTINE COMPLEX
short route long route
minimal existing utilities in right of way number of existing utilities in right of way
no congestion of utilities congestion of utilities (narrow space within workable area of right-of way)
no manholes or vaults existing manholes or vaults
no significant effect on traffic or traffic signals significant effect on traffic or traffic signals
not a heavily traveled corridor significantly traveled corridor
industry standard installation means and methods atypical installation means and methods
favorable topographical, geological, and environmental conditions topographical, geological or environmental challenges
  other factors impacting the right of way, roadway or other interests of the county and its citizens

 

PRE-PERMIT CONFERENCE. For complex utility installation permits, the Applicant and the Applicant's inspector shall meet with the Department to discuss:

  • the scope of the installation (duration of construction, capacity, etc.)
  • efforts to co-locate with similar utilities 
  • the origin and destination of the proposed and alternative routes 
  • connections to possible points of presence or other points of interface 
  • as-builts of other utilities currently in right of way 
  • unique topography or concerns in and about roadway 
  • lane closures 
  • safety issues 
  • bonding and insurance 
  • and any other factors which may affect the installation, routing, or interests of the County 
  • requirements for photos or video of right of way and adjacent properties 

Any directions given by the Department at this meeting shall be non-binding pending submittal and review of the final plans.

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS. The Applicant shall provide the Department with concept plans showing the above, including proposed routing, means and methods of construction, and other issues unique to the proposed facility.

FAILURE TO COMPLETE PRE-PERMIT REVIEW. Applicant shall take notice that failure to complete the pre-permit review may require extensive changes to engineering designs or ultimately a denial of a permit.

 

 
D. ROUTINE INSTALLATIONS.

FORMS AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS. At a minimum, the Applicant shall provide: 

  1. Permit Request Form
  2. The completed checklist calledATTACHMENT 1 
  3. All supporting documents and information required in ATTACHMENT 1. All information requested shall be provided, or if not applicable, shall be noted as N/A on ATTACHMENT 1. 
  4. Special Assurances Form 
  5. Fee Worksheet: Applicant must submit a completed fee worksheet called ATTACHMENT 2, FEE WORKSHEET stating the length of facilities to be installed as measured in feet. Applicant shall calculate fees according to the most recently Board of Commissioners approved fee schedule. 

Any applicant claiming an exemption to the fee schedule shall be referred to the Cobb County Attorney's Office for determination. Checks for fees shall be made to Cobb County Department of Transportation. Requests for electronic drafts should be referred to Accounting. 

BONDS. When requested in writing by the Department, Applicant shall provide a bond in an amount to be determined by the Department to be adequate to protect the public interest and pursuant to the Utility Accommodations Policy and Standards manual. The Department may use its discretion when setting the amount of the bond and should consider potential damage to public property or facilities and the relationship to the cost of installation, as well as the factors used in determining whether a project is complex; at a minimum, the Surety must be a company duly qualified and licensed by the State of Georgia. No work shall be commenced unless the bond is acceptable to the County.

INSURANCE. The Applicant shall obtain and carry insurance for the period of time of the installation, including repair and future periods of maintenance or upgrades/installations pursuant to Section 3.5(A) of the Utility Accommodations Policy and Standards manual, as amended from time to time. At a minimum, the insurance company must be a company duly qualified and licensed by the State of Georgia. Applicant shall furnish the department proof of current insurance. No work shall be commenced unless and until such a requirement is met. 

EFFORTS TO CO-LOCATE. The Applicant shall demonstrate its efforts to locate existing utilities and to advise the owners of the existing utilities of the proposed work. The Applicant shall try to co-locate its installations with similar utilities to the maximum extent possible. The Department, in turn, may share the general information contained in the permit application to the extent that co-location would benefit all parties concerned.