Planning Department

Due to increased concerns with customer interactions, The Building Inspection Department and The Planning Department will NOT be open to the general public for customer walk-in traffic through Friday, April 3rd. 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.
​• Plan 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 only. We are unable to accept applications for projects requiring review at a public hearing at this time.
Planning Commission applications are not being accepted at this time. The next tentative submittal deadline is May 1st for the scheduled June 4th Planning Commission meeting; however, please note that further scheduling changes are possible.

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

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

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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)