Planning Department

The Planning Department will only be open to the general public, for dropping off plans within the lobby with limited interaction, from 8 AM to 4pm, Monday through Friday. Window service is limited to 8am to 12pm. During this time, Staff will be available during business hours to assist customers by email and phone. Customers wishing to submit permits for review will be encouraged to email, send hard copies through regular mail service, or submit to the Citizen Self Service Portal for staff review.  

• Inspections and servicing of existing permits will continue on a fairly regular schedule although some additional delays may be anticipated based on staffing levels moving forward.

• Certificate of Appropriateness applications will continue to be accepted and processed for staff level review compliant projects. Applications will be accepted for Historic Preservation Commission hearings under the regular submission deadlines. The hearings will continue to be held using a digital meeting platform and allow public comment via email or voice message submission ahead of the meeting, or video comment from the auditorium at 120 W. Dougherty Street on the day of the hearing and following safe distancing measures.

• Planning Commission meetings will be held via a WebEx online meeting platform, which will be broadcast on YouTube. Members of the public may provide emailed comments at prior to 12:00 noon the day before the meeting. Members of the public may also address the Planning Commission via electronic communication provided in the auditorium at 120 W. Dougherty Street, subject to safe distancing measures during the meeting. 

New Tree Management Plan Fee Effective 7/1/2020

As we go through the process of updating individual forms and applications, please be aware that many fees have changed. Please refer to this table for a quick guide.
Application Type New Fee Amount
Tree Management Plan $60

Click below for links to upcoming agendas and to calendar postings for upcoming meetings.

Submit a Question
Contact the Planning Department using our online form.

Our mission is to effectively manage community change in both the short and the long term with regard to land use, transportation, historic preservation, urban design and overall development in order to achieve a positive environment that is productive and beneficial to all citizens of Athens-Clarke County.
The tools used to achieve this mission include the:

  • Comprehensive Plan
  • Zoning Ordinance
  • Subdivision Regulations
  • Flood Protection Ordinance
  • Street Numbering Ordinance
  • Environmental Areas Ordinance
  • Tree Management Ordinance
  • Historic Preservation Ordinance
  • Sign Ordinance
  • Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) developed in conjunction with the Madison Athens-Clarke-Oconee Transportation Study (MACORTS)
  • Athens-Clarke County Geographical Information System (GIS)