(a) Local school systems constructing new schools or additions to existing
schools or modifying existing schools that are to be used for instruction or for
housing students in connection with student activities shall meet minimum
requirements and standards as provided in Rule 160-5-4-.16 Design and
Construction Standards and Construction Costs.
(b) Local school systems shall obtain the services of architects and
engineers who hold current Georgia registration to design all school facility
construction and/or modification.
1. The local school system shall obtain approval for all plans and
specifications from the department, State Fire Marshal, and Georgia
Department of Human Resources or any other state or federal agency as may
(c) Facilities constructed prior to July 1, 1981, but after 1952, that do not
meet the requirements and standards in Rule 160-5-4-.16 Design and
Construction Standards and Construction Costs are exempt from the rule,
provided the plans and specifications have been previously approved by the
department and the appropriate occupancy permits have been issued by the
state fire marshal.
1. Local school systems having buildings or classrooms constructed after
July 1, 1981, without approved plans and specifications in accordance with
this rule, shall be in violation of state law, and the local school system shall be
responsible for bringing these facilities into compliance with the rules,
regulations, standards, and safety codes that were in effect at the time of