Planning Department

UPDATE 7/9/2020: All Planning Staff will be working remotely Friday, July 10th and Monday, July 13th due to potential COVID-19 exposure; customer walk-in service will be unavailable these two days. Any submittal deadlines during this time will be pushed back until Tuesday, July 14th. 

The Building Inspection Department and the Planning Department will only be open to the general public for customer walk-in traffic from 8 AM to noon, Monday through Friday, with limited interaction in the lobby. 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 or send through regular mail service for staff review.

• Plans Review functions will continue with submittals received on an as-needed basis, or by appointment, in a modified lobby area off the building in order to provide as much physical separation as possible.

• 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 with 4 PM for digital submission with paper copies required by noon on the following day in order to be placed on an ageanda. 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 The Planning Commission meeting to be held on July 2nd will be held via a WebEx online meeting platform, which will be broadcast on YouTube and ACTV Cable Channel 180. Members of the public may provide emailed comments at planning@accgov.com prior to 12:00 noon the day of 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 Fees Effective 7/1/2019

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
Preliminary Plat (plus $10 per lot) $100
Final Plat - Recombination $50
Final Plat - Minor Plat (plus $30 per lot) $75
Final Plat - Major Plat (plus $30 per lot) $150
Concept Reviews $50
Zoning Permit - New Single-family Residential or +50% Addition $75
Zoning Verification Letter - Simple $20
Zoning Verification Letter - Comprehensive $50
Zoning Permit - Other $20
Appeals $100
Signs (per sign reviewed, rather than per application) $20
Prescribed Grazing $20
Demolition Review - Exempt $20
Environmental Areas Review $20
Planning Department CO Re-Inspections (after first re-inspect) $50

Agendas
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.

Mission
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)