Private Plan Review and Third Party Inspection

Pursuant to HB 493 (2019), O.C.G.A. 8-2-26(g) allows for private plan review and inspections for residential building permits. Local permitting authorities have 30 calendar days to complete plan reviews and 2 business days for inspections. If the local permitting authority can complete the plan review or inspection within the state-mandated deadline and the applicant still wants to use a qualified third party, he or she may do so, provided they pay a convenience fee to the local government equal to what would have been normally required. If the local permitting authority cannot complete the plan review or inspection within the

Homebuilder Robert Watkins Has Been Named a Hometown Hero by the Greater Columbus Homebuilders Association

COLUMBUS – Robert Watkins, Georgia Power manager and CEO of Columbus-based R.J. Watkins Homes, has been named a “Hometown Hero” by the Greater Columbus Homebuilders Association (GCHBA), according to Dusty Worsley, executive officer of the association. The designation recognizes Home Builders Association of Georgia chapter members who devote time and resources to local nonprofits and other organizations, as well as to their local HBAG chapter. Read Full Article Here

Builders Insurance Group Declares 23rd Consecutive Dividend Dividends paid since 1997 total more than $52.5 million

ATLANTA - Builders Insurance Group today announced that member company Builders Insurance (A Mutual Captive Company) will distribute its 23 nd consecutive annual dividend payment to its qualifying Georgia policyholders in the second quarter of 2019. This year’s dividend of approximately $1,000,000 brings the total dividends paid to more than $52.5 million. “We are pleased to once again share the financial returns of our Company with our loyal policyholders who operate safe work environments,” said Allen Richardson, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Builders Insurance Group. “This strong history of dividend payouts is a testament to our enduring commitment

Brock Built Homes Provides Additional Housing for Homeless

Atlanta’s Brock Built Homes joined HomeAid Atlanta and Making A Way Housing Inc. Thursday to cut the ribbon on the renovation of an eight-unit apartment building that adds 16 new beds for homeless Atlanta residents. As the HomeAid Atlanta builder captain on the project, Brock Built also painted the exterior, installed new doors and windows, and added interior finishes including low-maintenance laminate flooring; updated kitchen appliances, plumbing and light fixtures; and a new roof and HVAC system. Read Full Article Here

HBAG Vice President/Secretary Jim Chapman Named NAHB 55+ Builder of the Year

ATLANTA – The 55+ Housing Industry Council of the National Association of Home Builders ( has named Atlanta-based homebuilder Jim Chapman “55+ Builder of the Year” and honored his company, Jim Chapman Communities, with three Gold and Silver Awards at its annual 55+ Housing Awards Ceremony Jan. 9, 2018. The Best of 55+ Housing Awards are the industry’s only national awards program honoring excellence in building design, marketing and lifestyles in housing for the mature adult. The awards serve as a showcase for quality housing, innovation and emerging trends that appeal to the 55 and above demographic. The awards were presented