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*Please note: We are in the process of updating the documents and downloadable files on this page. The correct contact information for any business regarding Commercial Pretreatment or FOG is:

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(404) 612-9425
11575 Maxwell Road
Alpharetta, Ga   30009

Promoting a cleaner environment by controlling Fats, Oils, and Grease (F.O.G.)

Program Requirements
Monitor and inspect existing commercial waste generator pretreatment systems. Pretreatment systems are grease traps for restaurants, schools, churches, hotels, etc and oil separators for car maintenance and car/truck washes. Facilities that have these systems are called commercial waste generators.

Commercial Waste Transporters
Companies that pump and dispose of commercial grease/oil waste from grease traps or oil separators are commercial waste transporters. Transporters must have a state FOG registration number from DNR(EPD) and must have a vehicle permit issued by a local governing authority in Georgia. For additional information please visit the Georgia FOG Alliance website.

New Construction
All new commercial development with a pretreatment system must be approved by the commercial pretreatment program before discharging to Fulton County sewer. This includes plan review and inspection of a pretreatment system installation. This program does not approve septic systems. The grease traps and oil separators must discharge to sanitary sewer to be covered under this program.

Service Area
Unincorporated North Fulton inclusive of the following cities, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Roswell, Sandy Springs and Milton.
Unincorporated South Fulton only; no south cities serviced. Fulton County does not service the City of Atlanta.

Fulton County inspects existing and new construction pretreatment systems. Contact the designated location to discuss with an inspector any documentation left during an inspection. The inspection section also responds to complaints regarding grease trap overflows, odors and spills.

Commercial Wastewater Discharge Permits
All commercial waste generators with a grease trap, oil separator or sand trap that discharges to the county sanitary sewer system are required to have a permit for their pretreatment systems.

Most Frequently Asked Questions:

I have a coffee or ice cream shop, do I need a grease trap? Yes.

I am opening a large restaurant in a space that was previously a sandwich shop, can I use the existing grease trap on site? No, the grease trap may not be sized for your food operation.

I am going to open a commercial car wash with a reclaim system, will I need an oil separator? Yes, the car wash will still have some backwash to the sewer that is not caught by the reclaim system

How long does it take to review project plans for new pretreatment systems? It takes 5-10 business days to receive plan review comments.

Do you forward or receive project plans from other sections if plans are left at another location? No, follow the guidelines on the pretreatment plan review checklists for project submittal.

Do you accept credit cards for program fees? No, checks or money orders are the acceptable form of payment.


Fulton County Sewer Use Ordinance
        Section 82-251 relates to Commercial Pretreatment
DNR Transporter Regulations
DNR Transporter Revision

Plan Review Forms/Details:
Land Disturbance Checklist
Building Plan Checklist
Plan Submittal Form
Fulton County STD Details FC 111, FC 701, & FC 702
Interior Grease Trap Detail

Inspection Locations:
Water Resources Operations Center
11575 Maxwell Road
Alpharetta, GA   30009
(404) 612-9425

South Fulton Maintenance and Operations Center
7472 Cochran Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30349
(404) 612-9425

Inspection Forms:
Service Log Sheet
Facility Assessment

Commercial Wastewater Permit:
Permit Application
Permit Regulations/Fee Schedule

Program Fee Schedule

Educational Brochures:
Program Flyer
Residential Flyer
What is F.O.G.?

For more information about the Commercial Pretreatment/F.O.G. program, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (404) 612-9425.


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