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About Soil & Erosion Control

The Erosion and Sediment Control Division was set up to improve and protect Cobb County's urban soil and water resources by reducing the amount of erosion from urban development sites.

This 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.

The Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission’s Urban Erosion and Sediment Control Program implements this through the use of best management practices (BMP's) as called for in the soil and water conservation law and delivered through soil and water conservation districts. The program educates erosion and sediment control professionals on urban BMPs and certifies professionals to meet Georgia's standards for land-disturbing activities.


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.

Erosion Inspections

To request an erosion inspection or re-inspection, please call 770-528-2190 and provide the following information:

  • building permit number
  • contact name
  • contact number
  • date of the request
  • lot number/address

For larger developments please provide:

  • SPR permit number
  • contact name
  • contact number
  • date of the request
  • site address

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:

Pursuant to Georgia law O.C.G.A. 43-41 Builders and General Contractors will be required to have a contractor’s 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