Cobb County Government

Any person who violates any provisions of articles I –V of Chapter 134, after conviction upon a citation issued to Magistrate Court of Cobb County, in accordance with O.C.G.A. 36-1-20, may be incarcerated for a period not to exceed 60 days and/or shall be fined up to $1000 for violations within any 12 month period.


County Code






Community Affairs Unit

Police shieldThe Cobb County Police Department now has a Community Affairs Unit. The Units goal is to foster the relationship between the police and the citizens of Cobb County in order to have a positive police-community relationship. The Unit is supervised by Sgt. Jeff Tatroe and staffed by the following officers: 

- Fernando Pharr – Pct. 1 area 
- Neil Penirelli and Stephen DeLoach – Pct. 2 area 
- Randall Foley – Pct. 3 area 
- Nathalie Jegg – Pct. 4 area 
- Jamaar Hicks – Pct. 5 area 

The Community Affairs Unit has many programs that help build a bridge which enables residents and law enforcement to communicate, collaborate, and work together to build safer, more caring communities. Contact Sgt. Jeff Tatroe at 770-499-3981 to see how the Community Affairs Unit can be involved with school, neighborhood, business, homeowners association, etc.

The Code Enforcement Division will continue to investigate and enforce zoning complaints from the public on a daily basis. 



Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement is responsible for enforcing common residential violations in the Cobb County Ordinance, reported through complaints and inquiries. Code Enforcement also assists the Planning and Zoning Divisions with zoning issues, as well as the Development and Inspections Division with enforcement. 


New Donation Drop Box ordinance

All Donation Drop Boxes located in unincorperated Cobb County must abide by the Official County ordinace. Failure to properly register or maintain a donation drop box may be in violation of the Official Code of Cobb County and may be subject to enforcement and fines pursuant to section 134-287 (5).

Register your Donation Drop Box.

View  the Official Code of Cobb County 134-287 (1)-(4) to view detailed registration information, maintenance requirements and more.

View/Download the Donation Drop Box Guideline Brochure.




Submit an Online Code Enforcement Inquiry

Common Violations Found in Residential Neighborhoods

We have provided the following information as a general reference. For complete details, please see the relevant section of the Official Code of Cobb County.

Building Violations

The major responsibility of the Building section is the regulation and inspection of building construction activity in unincorporated Cobb County which includes the enforcement of development regulations and building code. Development and Inspections has prepared a document to assist local residents and businesses in understanding common residential violations.

Some of the common building violations found in the community include:

  • Construction activity without a posted, County issued permit.
  • Swimming pool barrier and/or fence not in place either completely or partially and/or self-latching, self closing gate(s).
  • Occupying a structure or use of an accessory structure without a Certificate of Occupancy or a letter of completion.
  • Expiration of permit(s) associated with construction activities.
  • Construction activities beyond the approved scope allowed in the permit.
  • Drainage easements blocked by yard debris, grass clippings, or other materials not allowing water to flow freely through the easement.


Board of Adjustments and Appeals

Development & Inspections provides staff support to the Board of Adjustments and Appeals (BAA). The BAA reviews appeals concerning the interpretation and administration of the Building Code, Plumbing Code, Electrical Code, and Heating and Air Conditioning Code. The BAA is made up of 9 members appointed by the Board of Commissioners.



Housing Complaints

Tenant complaints in unincorperated Cobb County may be filed with the Housing Complaints & Nuisance Abatement Division in written form, including

  • Landlord's Contact Information
  • Tenant's Contact Information
  • List of Items of Concern
  • Letter must be signed by the Tenant

Once the letter is received and complaint(s) justified, the tenant may be contacted to schedule an inspection. 

Cosmetic complaints will be automatically dismissed. Rental homes must be in compliance with the code for the year in which the building was built. All rental homes must remain in compliance with the Property Maintenance Code and Georgia State Amendments. 

View the Georgia State Amendments to the International Property Maintenance Code

For any questions related to Housing and/or Nuisance Abatement, please call the division at 770-528-2044.



Nuisance Abatement

Abatement: a·bate·ment - the ending, reduction, or lessening of something

To open up a Nuisance case, the complainant must send in a complaint letter including:

  • Nuisance Location
  • A Brief Discription of the Complaint
  • 5 Signatures of Unincorperated Cobb County citizens

and must be mailed to:

Community Developement
Attn: Nuisance Abatement
P.O. Box 649 Marietta, GA 30061
The complaint should charge at least one of the following with regard to the property:
  • Property is unfit for human habitation or for commercial, industrial, or business use and not in compliance with applicable codes
  • Property is vacant and being used in connection with the commission of drug crimes
  • Property constitutes an endangerment to the public health or safety as a result of unsanitary or unsafe conditions

For any questions related to Housing and/or Nuisance Abatement, please call the division at 770-528-2044.



Erosion Control

The Erosion & Sediment Control Division is responsible for the enforcement of state law and the county ordinance for erosion & sediment control to preserve the natural resources in Cobb County.

Through inspections and training we assist residents and developers with:

  • Erosion issues related to a building or Land Disturbance Permit. Please call our office at 770-528-2190.
  • Trenching & Excavation Safety Course – A Short safety course designed to teach the Cobb County Rules and Regulations and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety standards.

In addition, we respond to resident's inquiries and complaints regarding:

  • Best Management Practices (BMP’s) Required – Reference to Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission Field Manual. Vegetative and Structural BMP’s.
  • Building Lot Eroding – When sediment or silted water is leaving site with no preventive measures installed.
  • Erosion Complaint (no drainage) – If soil is leaving residential building lot.
  • Mud in Streets – If erosion is occurring in a public road or right of way.
  • Silt Fence Down – Silt fence is down allowing erosion to leave site.

For commercial lots, please contact Development and Inspections at 770-528-2041.


Report Erosion Issues

This form is for residential sites only. Visit our Inspections Page for commercial construction sites.

To report an erosion control issue, use our general report form.


Reporting Erosion Issues to other Departments:

Effective July 1, 2008 pursuant to Georgia law O.C.G.A. 43-41 Builders and General Contractors will be required to have a contractors license as issued by the State of Georgia Licensing Board in order to obtain construction permits in the State of Georgia. Some limited service and traditional specialty contractors are exempt from the licensing requirements.

For more information concerning licensing categories, requirements and exceptions please contact the State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors at 478-207-2440 or visit