*Updated information from City Council meeting of 5/4/20*
All meetings of the Douglasville Planning Commission are cancelled until the regular meeting of June 2, 2020, except that the Commission may hold a special meeting exclusively for purposes of training.
All UDO applications for permits and other approvals authorized to be approved by City staff shall be filed electronically only, until after July 8, 2020.
All UDO inspections shall be conducted by appointment only and the inspected premises shall have no more than one applicant representative present at the time of inspection, until after July 8, 2020.
City inspections staff are authorized to conduct all UDO inspections for mechanical and for repairs and corrections by visual teleconferencing until after July 8, 2020.
If you would like to speak about an agenda item during a planning commission meeting, please fill out this speaker sign up form by one hour prior to the meeting you wish to speak at.
The City of Douglasville, through Zoning effort, promotes orderly and quality development in the community by ensuring that all land use and development proposals conform to the City's Comprehensive Plan and Code of Ordinances. We've developed this infographic to help you navigate the zoning process here in Douglasville.
Services provided through the Zoning Department includes:
- Reviewing and processing applications for signs, special outdoor events, rezonings, special land use permits, and other related requests.
- Reviewing and reporting on zoning applications before the Zoning Board, Mayor, and City Council.
- Interpreting, updating, and maintaining ordinances and policies to reflect the Zoning Ordinance.
- City of Douglasville Zoning Map
- Investigating and resolving citizen concerns.
The Planning Department is responsible for long-range planning for the City of Douglasville.
Long-range planning is intended to promote livability, mobility, residential and development alternatives to create a live, work and play environment for Douglasville.
The City of Douglasville recognizes the business community’s need to promote their individual products and services. In order to promote safe, attractive and functional roadway vistas, the City adopted a uniform set of regulations related to signage.
Signs are regulated in Article 4, Section 3 of the Douglasville Unified Development Code, commonly referred to as the Douglasville Sign Ordinance.
Depending on their location, business owners are limited to specific types of signage. In general, signage can be broken down into three basic types:
- Permanent signs
- Temporary signs
- Prohibited signs
Sign Permit Applications
A Special Outdoor Event Permit is required for events conducted in the open air or within a tent or other temporary structure and is produced for a limited time, and could be considered:
- A festival, carnival or exhibition where:
- Unpackaged food is served, sold or transferred to members of the public, or
- Motorized amusement devices, a tent or an outdoor stage is used; or
- Any temporary commercial event conducted on residential property, other than a yard sale; or
- Any temporary event conducted on residential property where more than 200 guests or attendees are expected on any one day; or
- Any outdoor sales or commercial activity by a peddler or transient merchant on non- residential property, other than a licensed flea market.
Provided, however, that "special outdoor event" excludes the following:
- Any event conducted on property owned by any government entity if authorized by the property owner; and
- Any event conducted on the grounds of any developed lot whose principle use is one of public assembly, such as a church, school, library, park or membership organization.
For any special event request, please submit your outdoor event permit request to the Zoning Deparmtent at City Hall. Please allow up to two (2) weeks for application processing and approval.
Current planning involves the implementation of the City of Douglasville's Unified Development Ordinance that is used to review site plans for new developments and sign permits. Zoning provides expertise in the areas of current planning, land use decision making, and strategic decision making to elected officials, appointed boards, city management, and citizens to ensure the future quality of life in the City of Douglasville. Specific zoning regulations are in place to establish minimum parcel sizes, setbacks, and signage control. Many development application requests such as special land use permits, rezonings, and variances require approval by the Mayor and City Council. The City’s Unified Development Ordinance is available either online or at the Planning Department.
If you are interested in seeking a rezoning, Special Land Use Permit, or a variance from the zoning code, please visit our Applications and Documents section. Please note, starting February of 2020, Zoning applications are due the last business day of each month by 12 PM. This will take effect for the April 7th, 2020 Planning Commission meeting. Applications and Documents.