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Occupancy Limits

The Gwinnett County Property Maintenance Ordinance, effective January 1, 1999, established maximum occupancy limits on residential properties based upon the size and use of the structure. The ordinance was adopted to promote and protect the public health, safety, convenience, order and general welfare of the citizens of the county. The ordinance applies to all existing structures in the unincorporated areas of the county.
The ordinance established minimum room width and height requirements as well as minimum square footage requirements of dwelling units based on the number of occupants residing in the dwelling. Every bedroom occupied by one (1) occupant must contain at least 70 square feet and bedrooms occupied by more than one occupant must contain at least 50 square feet per person. Kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, and non-habitable spaces cannot be used for sleeping purposes. This regulation does not apply to guests whose occupancy is not to last longer than one (1) week.

Violations of the Gwinnett County Property Maintenance Ordinance are prosecuted in the Environmental Division of Recorder's Court and are subject to a penalty of up to $1000 and/or 60 days in jail per violation per day (minimum fine is $250). To report possible violations, please call the Police Services Quality of Life Unit Hotline at 770.513.5004 or click here to report online.