April 14, 2014 TAC Meeting Cancelled
Please be advised that the April 14, 2014 meeting of the Tree Advisory Committee (TAC) has been cancelled. The next TAC meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 12, 2014. The meeting will be held at 446 West Crogan St., One Justice Square, 2nd floor, in Conference Room B. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Patricia Huguenard of the Department of Planning and Development at 678.518.6000.
April 16, 2014 DAC Meeting Cancelled
Please be advised that the April 16, 2014 Development Advisory Committee (DAC) meeting has been cancelled. The next scheduled DAC meeting will be on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.  Should you have an agenda item for an upcoming DAC meeting, please e-mail your agenda item to Kathy Holland@gwinnettcounty.com. Thank you.
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

Gwinnett Begins Unified Development Ordinance Project
The Department of Planning and Development has initiated the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) Project. The UDO project includes preparing one Unified Development Ordinance that compiles many of the Department's existing regulations including the Zoning Resolution, Development Regulations, Sign Ordinance and others into one unified, streamlined document that is more accessible and understandable for the building and development community as well as the general public.

In addition to a new Ordinance, two Sector Plans or small area plans are being produced. Sector plans for various sections of the county were originally recommended in the 2030 Unified Plan. Two 2030 Unified Plan character areas have been selected for more in-depth analysis and policy recommendations - the more rural and undeveloped eastern portion of the county and the University Parkway Research and Development Corridor.

The entire project is scheduled to be completed by May, 2012. More specific information concerning this project can be found at Gwinnett UDO.


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.

Department News & Notices