Alpharetta Retaining Wall & Driveway Replacement
Is a permit required to build a new or replacement retaining wall in Alpharetta, Georgia?
New and replacement retaining walls over four feet in height require a building permit within the city of Alpharetta. Although some cities include the footing in their calculations to ascertain the precise retaining wall height, as of March 30, 2023 the City of Alpharetta does not.
Other supporting documents required with a building permit application within Alpharetta city limits include an engineering plan with independent sets of drawings for the appropriate departments, a topographical survey and a site plan. Most Alpharetta HOA’s require approval on retaining wall replacement projects, especially those visible from the street.
The good news is that the Retaining Walls and Concrete compliance officer will assist you in the completion of all supplemental paperwork needed to obtain approval from your HOA, as well as for your city or county.
|City/County||Requires Engineering||Requires Permitting|
|City of Alpharetta||4 Ft. Or Taller||4 Ft.|
|Fulton County||6 Ft. Or Taller||4 Ft.|
The Bluffs of Windward
Within the resort-like community of Windward in Alpharetta, this property is located on Stonehaven Lane within an enclave named The Bluffs. A twenty-three year old crosstie retaining wall, which once supported the property owner’s concrete driveway was collapsing.
The decay rate of the crosstie retaining wall was so advanced that it caused the concrete to sink and extreme cracking to occur.
The concrete slabs on the driveway began shifting and sloping at angles which made the driveway unsafe to drive upon.
Hamptons Chase of Windward
Hamptons Chase is another enclave within the Windward community which had the same type of rotten crosstie retaining wall supporting their driveway.
The Hamptons Chase property owners wanted something more attractive and longer lasting than a standard modular block retaining wall.
So, because their house is made with brick, a stucco wall with brick caps and steps was chosen.
Hampton Hall of Alpharetta
This property in the Hampton Hall subdivision was experiencing excessive soil erosion which was washing away what remained of their totally rotten and collapsed crosstie retaining walls.
The property of these Alpharetta homeowners had eight independent retaining walls that required immediate replacement.
Additionally, their driveway was cracking which made the property appear older than it is.
Retaining Walls and Concrete
For thirty years Alpharetta has relied upon our expertise for new and replacement retaining walls and driveways. Get a free estimate on a professionally designed and engineered earth retention wall and concrete work on residential and commercial projects.
Architectural retaining walls increase the functional space of your property for outdoor living spaces including swimming pools, play areas for children, concrete or paver patios and outdoor fireplaces. Every retaining wall we build includes the appropriate footing, backfill, soil reinforcement and a drainage system.
Retaining Walls with a Driveway
As both a retaining wall and concrete contractor, we can replace your retaining wall and driveway at the same time. This saves money and avoids the hassles of hiring and timing the work of multiple contractors for the same project.
Retaining Wall Certification
A growing number of Georgia cities and counties are making an engineer’s certification stamp mandatory on all new and replacement retaining walls. In such areas, the appropriate personnel from our company will conduct the requisite site visits to certify your retaining wall.
These regulations are a protective response to the spike in failed retaining walls without a building permit which left consumers with property damage, a financial loss and no legal recourse. Should a contractor tell you that an engineer’s plan and a building permit are unnecessary, get the facts and a second opinion!
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