Christmas Holiday Closure Notice
The Gwinnett County Department of Planning and Development will be closed Wednesday, December 24 and Thursday, December 25, 2014 in observance of Christmas.
New Years Day Holiday Closure Notice
The Gwinnett County Department of Planning and Development will be closed Thursday, January 1, 2015 in observance of New Years Day.

UDO Amendment 2014-00002 Approved
The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners approved the second Amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) effective November 4, 2014.

Summary of Key Changes

  • Revision of definitions for Junk Vehicle; Major Thoroughfare; and Yard, Front. (Section II 0-40)
  • Modifications to the Open Space Conservation District (OSC) to allow open space credits, for an existing lake. (Section 21 0-50.7)
  • Modifications to Accessory Building, Structure and Use Standards: (Section 230-120)
    • Clarified allowances in the public right-of-way.
    • Allowed covered mail kiosks in front yards.
  • Clarifications of the following:
    • Setback requirements for donation collection bins. (Section 230- 130.4.C.5)
    • Requirements for interior driveway widths for loading/unloading zones. (Section 240- 70.1.0)
    • Development permit extension and renewal requirements. (Section 330-20.1.C)
    • Tree requirements for R-100 CSO, R-75 CSO and OSC by creating a new section. (Section 620-65)
    • Redevelopment Sections 630-90.3 and 630-90.4, to include Chapter 640.
    • Live plant material is required to fulfill landscape and tree regulations. (Section 640-1 0)
  • Addition of Section 630-90.5 to require that the replacement of a building be included in the project scope limits of disturbance.
  • Modifications to the Minimum Buffer Requirements. (Table 610.1)
  • Modifications to the Inactive Zoning District RL, for rear yard setback when adjacent to Army Corps of Engineer proper ty. (Appendix, Table for Minimum Yard and Height Requirements, add footnote number 3)

UDOA2014-00002 Summary of Key Changes Memorandum (PDF)

A detailed listing of all the changes in the amendment (UDOA2014-00002) and the UDO may be found on our website at: www.gwinnettcounty.com/Departments/PlanningandDevelopment/GwinnettUDO


Revisions to the Development Plan Approval and Permitting Process
Beginning December 1, 2014, the Department of Planning and Development will maintain one departmental project file containing a set of approved plans rather than a project file within each plan review section. To ensure the permitted development plans are in compliance with all applicable regulations and requirements, the approval stamp and/or signature of all plan review sections of the Department of Planning and Development must be on each of four (4) plan sets prior to the issuance of a development permit, please refer to deliverables to the department listed in the this memorandum. This change is being made in order to be compliant with Sections 340-20 and 340-30 of the Unified Development Ordinance. To make this new procedure as easy as possible for our customers, we are implementing a “One-Stop’ plan approval process. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we implement changes in an effort to continuously improve the service we provide our customers. Should you have any questions or concerns, please call 678-518-6004.

Revisions to the Development Plan Approval and Permitting Process Memorandum (PDF)


Department of Water Resources Amends Stormwater Pipe Material Standards
Questions regarding the changes to the Stormwater Systems and Facilities Installation Standards and Specifications can be emailed to SSFISS-Questions@gwinnettcounty.com. For more information please click here.
UDO Amendment 2014-00001 Approved
The Gwinnett County  Board of Commissioners approved the first amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance(UDO) effective July 22, 2014.  Below is a summary of the key changes: 

•  Revised definition for Dwelling, Accessory. (Section 110-40)
•  Modifications to the Open Space Conservation District (OSC) to clarify open space credits,  preferred  plantings, transition area requirements, and to lower the minimum parcel area  requirement. (Section 21 0-50)
•  Modifications to Dimensional Standard Tables for MU-R, MU-C, HRR and R-75 zoning districts. (Tables 21 0.9, 230.1 and 230.3)
•  Modifications to the Table of Permitted and Special Uses. (Table 230.4)
•  Modifications to the Supplemental Use Standards to add requirements for Dwelling, Accessory and Hotel or Motel. (Section 230-130)
•  Addition of screening requirements for loading areas. (Section 240-130)
•  Modifications to Landscape Strip planting requirements regulations to clarify tree and shrub counts  in five foot  Landscape Strips. (Section 620-20)
•  Clarifications to No-Access  Easement Screening Requirements. (Section 620-80)
•  Modification of the Street  Construction Standards and Specifications for the paving details for New Local and Minor Collector Streets. (Section 900-70)
•  Update of the Standard  Drawing details.
•  Clarifications to Section 5-95 of the Appendix for Duplex and Multifamily Residence Districts.

A detailed listing of all the changes in the amendment (UDOA2014-00001) and the UDO may be found on our website at: www.gwinnettcounty.com/Departments/PlanningandDevelopment/GwinnettUDO


Revised Plan Submittal Approval and Final Plat Process Memorandum
Revised Plan Submittal Approval and Final Plat Process Memorandum (PDF)
Temporary Accessory Structure Permit Information and Application Form (PDF)
Effective February 25, 2014, per the Unified Development Ordinance, Section 230-130.4.C, all donation collection bins located within unincorporated Gwinnett County require a permit, must be located within zoning districts C-1, C-2, C-3, M-1, and M-2, or on the premises of a public building, library, school, or church in any zoning district, and must meet additional requirements. A separate permit application must be filed for each donation bin with a fee of $100.00 per bin. Applications are received and reviewed by the Development Plan Review Section of the Department of Planning and Development located at One Justice Square 446 West Crogan St. Suite 150, Lawrenceville, GA 30046.  Should you have any questions please contact the Department at 678.518.6000.

Temporary Accessory Structure Permit Information and Application Form (PDF)
Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)

Short Term Work Program Submittals (DRAFT)
Below is the Gwinnett County Short Term Work Program Report of Accomplishments for the 2009-2014 short term projects identified in the 2030 Unified Plan.  Also included is the 2014-2019 Short Term Work Program.

Gwinnett County Short Term Work Program Report of Accomplishments (DRAFT) (PDF)


Inspection of Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
The Department of Planning and Development plans to make changes to the procedure for inspecting smoke and carbon monoxide alarms for one- and two-family dwellings effective 8/1/2013 (for smoke alarms) and 1/1/2014 (for carbon monoxide alarms). Click here for details.
2030 Water & Wastewater Master Plan

New Development Division Customer Service Hours
Beginning Friday August 10, 2012 Suite 150 and 125 Customer Service counters will open @ 9:00 am on Fridays. For more information, please see the memorandum below:

New Development Division Customer Service Hours (PDF)


Changes to the Special Inspection Process for New Commercial Buildings
Effective Monday, October 1, 2012, the Department of Planning and Development will implement several changes to the special inspections process for new commercial buildings in accordance with the Georgia State Minimum Standard Building Code (Chapter 17). Supplemental documentation prepared by design professionals, contractors, and special inspectors may be required during permitting and construction. Refer to the Special Inspections Program for details. Please contact the following persons for assistance:

  • Inspections - Joel Rodriguez (Inspections Manager) at 678.518.6035
  • Plan Review - Marcus Canada (Building Plan Review Manager) at 678.518.6043

State Licensing and Certification Information
Builder Licensing 

The State of Georgia requires a license from the State Licensing Board for residential builders and general contractors (Effective July 1, 2008). Please see the Georgia Secretary of State website for complete information. Additional information is available at the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association website.

State Contractor Licensing Information Package (PDF)

Erosion Certification

The State of Georiga has education and training certification requirements for persons involved with land disturbing activities. Anyone involved in land development, design, review, permitting, construction, monitoring, inspection, or any land-disturbing activity in Georgia must meet these new education requirements and be certified by the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission. Please see the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission website for complete information.

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