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Call the Planning Department at 706-613-3515, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us at 120 W. Dougherty Street from 8 AM – 5 PM Monday through Friday.
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The Planning Department relies upon a variety of media to issue public notice. For public notices required by local ordinance and state statutes, a legal advertisement is placed in the Athens Banner Herald and a sign is posted on the subject property. Notification letters are mailed to all property owners within 400 feet of a proposed rezone, special use, or planned development, and within 400 feet of some demolitions (if the district commissioner requests a 90 day review of a proposed demolition, notices are mailed). Email notifications are sent out via the Neighborhood Notification Initiative.
Applications for rezoning, planned developments, special use permits, variances and certificates of appropriateness require public notification via legal advertisements and sign postings at the subject properties. By adopted policy of the Mayor and Commission, all of the above except variances and certificates of appropriateness also require mailed notices to surrounding property owners. Demolition proposals require a mailed notice and sign posting if the district commissioner requests a 90 day review. Preliminary plat applications also require public notification via legal advertisement.
The Hearings Board, Historic Preservation Commission and Planning Commission all have monthly public hearings for projects placed on their agendas. Meeting agendas are posted online and information about the projects is sent out through required legal notice procedures and through the Neighborhood Notification Initiative. Anyone may attend a board or commission meeting and comment on record about a proposed project, as follows:
Yes. Approval of a Zoning Permit from the Planning Department is required prior to construction of a fence. Section 9-15-1 of the Zoning & Development Standards lists the maximum height and other standards for fences and freestanding walls.
Yes. Approval of a Zoning Permit from the Planning Department is required prior to construction or installation of an accessory structure, including sheds, gazebos, swimming pools, detached garages, etc. Standards for maximum allowable lot coverage, building setbacks and maximum height depend on the zoning designation of the property, but the standards in Section 9-15-12 apply to most residential accessory structures. A Building Permit may be required from the Building Permits and Inspections Department, depending on the structure.
Some businesses may be approved as home occupations. Approval of a Home Occupation Application from the Planning Department is required prior to issuance of a Business Occupation Tax Certificate from the Finance Department to legally operate a business from your home. Section 9-15-16 of the Zoning & Development Standards lists the zoning provisions for home occupations.
A mobile food vendor unit may operate anywhere permitted by Section 6-6-8 of the Athens-Clarke County Code of Ordinances. To operate a mobile food vendor unit, you must apply for a permit with Central Services (for street merchant-assigned locations) or with the Finance Department (for itinerant merchants). Additional permits/approval/inspections may be needed from the Solid Waste Department, Health Department, and the Fire Department. Contact those departments for further assistance.
Click here for the mobile food vendor permit application.