Development Services


The Plans and Site Review Process is the permitting procedure for building and site construction projects within Athens-Clarke County. Commercial projects, multi-family developments, industrial projects, major subdivisions, and institutional projects are reviewed through Plans Review.

Review the Plans Review Page for more information about the Plans Review process.


The Plat Review Process is the reviewing procedure for the modification and creation of parcels of land within Athens-Clarke County. Proposed plats for subdivisions and recombinations of land are submitted to the Planning Department and forwarded to all appropriate Athens-Clarke County Departments and to the Clarke County Health Department for review.

The purpose of the Subdivision Regulations is to allow for subdivision design that has a high level of amenity, that respects the natural environment and that allows for a variety of choices in housing types and designs.

Review the Subdivision Page for more information about the Subdivision Review process. 


Other applications reviewed by the Planning Department include: Demolition & Relocation Applications, Environmental Areas Applications, Home Occupation Applications, Sign Permit Applications, Temporary Telecommunication Tower Permits, Zoning Permit Applications.

Review the Home & Business Permit Page for more information about these applications.


Anyone may sign up to receive periodic e-mail or text messages regarding potential changes to policies and procedures affecting development-related services. Notices contain information about paper and electronic plan submittal requirements, proposed text amendments, application fees, and other updates affecting ACC's Development Review Process.

Visit the Notify Me Sign Up Page and follow the sign up instructions to start receiving Development Services updates (look for the "Development Services Information" list within the Notify Me category).

If you would like to receive project information for items on the Hearings Board, Historic Preservation Commission, Planning Commission and Plans Review agendas, consider signing up for our Neighborhood Notification Initiative.