Where to find Zoning Information

There’s a lot involved when rezoning a property or planning for a large development. It requires oversight from several county departments, such as Public Works, Watershed Management, Board of Health and Georgia Department of Transportation just to name a few. You can also expect an assortment of specialized professionals, including surveyors, arborists and traffic engineers. With so many departments and people involved, it can difficult or overwhelming to collect all of this zoning information; especially for folks that are new to the process. Being able to find and interpret data is critical when determining how a new development could affect your neighborhood.

Let’s look at a few resources that may help you gather zoning information. Remember, every new development or zoning application is different and each requires its own set of oversight. You should talk directly to the developer or planning staff to find out what officials were involved in the planning process.

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Where to find Zoning Information in DeKalb County

DeKalb County, GA Planning & Sustainability website

This is your #1 source for gathering zoning information in DeKalb County, GA. Here, you’ll find current zoning applications, public hearing schedules, and zoning code. Read through each application and you’ll get a good idea about what departments or officials were involved in the planning process.

DeKalb County, GA Planning & Sustainability website

Public Hearing Agendas and Info – This page lists all the current applications along with planning staff reports. It’s updated regularly and is the official source of information for DeKalb County. Learn how the applications are labeled and assorted below…

[Found at: DeKalbCountyGA.gov > Departments > Planning & Sustainability > Agenda/News > Public Hearing Agendas and Info]

 

DeKalb County Zoning Ordinance – This page includes the full zoning code for DeKalb County. Recently updated in Sept 2015, it contains everything you need to know about DeKalb County zoning. You can choose to either read the full 536 page document or each article individually.

[Found at:DeKalbCountyGA.gov > Departments > Planning & Sustainability > Planning & Zoning > Zoning Code > Zoning Code Articles]

Zoning Application Reference:

When new applications are posted, each item is documented with a special set of numbers to identify its purpose. Use the guide to determine what these numbers mean:

zoningreference-01Item Status:
D – Deferred Application
N – New Application
(Deferred items always come first on the agenda. Following number reflects agenda item number)

Zoning Type:
Z – Zoning Amendment
LP – Land Use Map Plan Amendment
SLUP – Special Land Use Permit
CZ – Conditional Zoning
TA – Text Amendment
SN – Street Name Change

Application Year:
Denotes year of application

Application Number:
Each application is assigned a case number

District Number(s):
Denotes affected District & Super District

 

How to search the Zoning Code:

Use your computer’s search function to quickly find specific zoning code. View or download the full zoning code and follow the directions below:

  • Windows users –  Search by pressing Ctrl+F on your keyboard.
  • Mac users – Search by pressing Command+F on your keyboard.

Zoning Application Reference:

When new applications are posted, each item is documented with a special set of numbers to identify its purpose. Use the guide to determine what these numbers mean:

zoningreference-01Item Status:
D – Deferred Application
N – New Application
(Deferred items always come first on the agenda. Following number reflects agenda item number)

Zoning Type:
Z – Zoning Amendment
LP – Land Use Map Plan Amendment
SLUP – Special Land Use Permit
CZ – Conditional Zoning
TA – Text Amendment
SN – Street Name Change

Application Year:
Denotes year of application

Application Number:
Each application is assigned a case number

District Number(s):
Denotes affected District & Super District

 

How to search the Zoning Code:

Use your computer’s search function to quickly find specific zoning code. View or download the full zoning code and follow the directions below:

  • Windows users –  Search by pressing Ctrl+F on your keyboard.
  • Mac users – Search by pressing Command+F on your keyboard.

DeKalb County GIS Map

DeKalb County has a very intuitive GIS (Geographic Information System). This advanced mapping system is loaded with property information for the entire county which the Planning Department and other government officials use to search & determine zoning, land use, acreage, property values and other information. You can use the GIS system to search your home address and discover your zoning:

Learn how to use the GIS mapping system by clicking here!

DeKalb County GIS Map

DeKalb County GIS Map

DeKalb County has a very intuitive GIS (Geographic Information System). This advanced mapping system is loaded with property information for the entire county which the Planning Department and other government officials use to search & determine zoning, land use, acreage, property values and other information. You can use the GIS system to search your home address and discover your zoning:

Learn how to use the GIS mapping system by clicking here!

DeKalb County GIS Map

More Resources for Zoning Info

There are many state and local departments involved in the planning and zoning process. Here’s a short list of several agencies that are commonly involved in the zoning process. If you have a question about a specific topic, contact the appropriate agency or call the planning staff.

 

Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) – Develops regional impact plans including Livable Centers Initiative (LCI), Development of Regional Impact (DRIA Development of Regional Impact Review (DRI) is typically a development that is likely to produce an impact outside of the DeKalb County government's jurisdiction. A DRI review, which is assembled ...) & Area Plan Review (APRThe primary purpose of Area Plan Review (APR) is to identify conflicts between proposed development projects and future transportation projects identified in the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). Th...).
  • Search the Atlanta Regional Commission website: LCI SearchDRI & APR Search

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) – Works in partnership with the ARCThe Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the regional planning and intergovernmental coordination agency for the 10-county area including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwi... More to develop and promote Transit Oriented Development (TOD).
  • Search the MARTA website: Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Overview

Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) – Oversees major road construction, midification & improvement projects
  • Search the GDOT website: Search Transportation & Road projects

Real Estate Data Search – Search real estate data in DeKalb County.
  • Search the Tax Assessor’s website: Search Real Estate Data

 

DeKalb County Government Departments

Next Step!

Learn about the steps & meetings in the Zoning Process…