Planning Department

The Building Inspection Department and the Planning Department will NOT be open to the general public for customer walk-in traffic. 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 the June 17th Historic Preservation Commission hearing through Monday, May 18th at 4 PM for digital submission with paper copies required by noon on Tuesday, May 19th. The hearing will 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 May 7th 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 recorded comments for a maximum of three minutes on specific agenda items prior to 12:00 noon the day of the meeting by using the following phone login: 762-400-6545. Members of the public may also provide emailed comments at prior to 12:00 noon the day of the meeting. Finally, 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. 

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.

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)