UDO Amendment 2015-00001 Approved
The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners approved the third Amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) effective April 28, 2015.

Summary of Key Changes

  • Revision of:
    • Definitions for:
      • Development Agreement, to remove the word "system";
      • Lot, Corner, to allow a continuous street to define a corner lot if the angle of that street is 135 degrees or less. (Section 110-40)
    • Category/Chapter definitions for Floodplain Management specifically:
      • Addition (to an existing structure); Building; Elevated Building; Flood Insurance Study; Future Conditions Flood Hazard; and Structure. (UDO 110-50.3)
    • Requirements for fence heights on corner lots. (UDO 230-80)
    • Table of Permitted and Special Uses (Table 230.4) adding or revising the following uses under:
      • Commercial and Retail Uses:
        • Ambulance or Medical Transport Company; Auction House; Automobile Auction; DUI School; Fireworks Sales, principal use; Fireworks Sales, ancillary use; Hookah/Vapor Bar or Lounge; Motorcycle, Scooter and ATV Sales and Related Service; Motorcycle, Scooter and ATV Service and Repair; Motorcycle Parts, Apparel and Accessories Store (without installation); and Stone Yard or Stone Cutting.
      • Industrial and Manufacturing Uses:
        • Septic Tank Pumping Company
      • Office. Institutional. and Cultural Uses:
        • Counseling Center
        • Meditation Center
        • Residential Rehab Center
    • Automobile Brokers in the Supplemental Use Standards. (UDO 230-130.3.E)
    • Supplemental Use Standards to add Firework Sales and a HookahNapor Bar or Lounge. (UDO 230-130.3)
    • Section titled Appeals to Decisions of the Zoning Board of Appeals. (UD0270-120)
    • Subsection 360-50.2.B.I to require double frontage and reverse frontage lots for both residential and nonresidential subdivisions along major thoroughfares where internal access can be provided.
    • Chapter 700, Floodplain Management per the updated MNGWPD "District Model Floodplain Management/ Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance" adopted 8/28/2013.
    • Obstructing Visibility at Intersections to facilitate measuring sight distance. (UD0 900-50.8)
  • Clarification of:
    • Open Space Conservation District to refer the reader to Chapter 900 for new street requirements. (UD0 210-50.14.C)
    • Traditional Neighborhood Development District to refer the reader to Table 610.1, Minimum Buffer Requirements. (UDO 21 0-80.7.D)
    • Title of Section 220-30.3.E to better reflect the paragraph content.
    • The creation of an unbuildable lot for the exclusive use of mail kiosks. (UDO 230-20.3)
    • And re-organization of requirements for Specimen Tree Survey and Specimen Tree Concept Plan. (UDO 320-20)
  • Addition of a:
    • Subsection to Conditional Approvals titled Violations of Conditions. (UDO 270-40.4)
    • Final Plat Approval Certificate when greenways are required on a property. (UD0 320- 120.7.C)
    • Reference in Section 630-70.1 to Section 320-20 for plan preparation guidelines and to clarify when a Specimen Tree Survey and a Specimen Tree Concept Plan is required. (UDO 630-70.1 and 630-70.2)
  • Relocation of dumpster requirements from Section 240-140 to subsection 230-120.14.
  • Reorganize subsections 630-30.1 and 630-30.2, Tree Density Standard and Zoning Buffer Exclusion to provide clarification of requirements.
  • Removed Highway 78 Activity Center/Corridor Overlay District requirement. (UDO 220- 30.2.A), (Table 220.2}, and (UDO 220-30.3.D.4.c)

UDOA2015-00001 Summary of Key Changes Memorandum (PDF)

A detailed listing of all the changes in the amendment (UDOA2015-00001) and the UDO may be found on our website at: www.gwinnettcounty.com/Departments/PlanningandDevelopment/GwinnettUDO


Adoption of the Gwinnett County Construction Code
The Gwinnett County Construction Code (GCCC) was adopted by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on December 16, 2014 with an effective date of January 1, 2015. The GCCC replaces the previous edition of the Construction Code adopted on November 5, 1991 by the Board of Commissioners in its entirety.

The GCCC establishes the minimum requirements to safeguard the public health, safety, and general welfare for new and existing buildings, structures, electrical systems, fuel gas piping systems, mechanical systems, and plumbing systems.

Summary of Key Changes:

  • Construction documents prepared by a registered design professional shall bear a current date of seal within 180 days of the date of permit issuance.
  • Construction documents prepared by a registered design professional are required for one- and two-family dwellings with total floor area of 7,500 square feet or greater.
  • Incorporated the provisions of the Georgia State Minimum Standard Existing Building Code.
  • Proof of contractor licenses required in coordination with state and local regulations.
  • Increased the maximum size of one-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, and other similar uses that are exempt from permitting to 120 square feet of floor area.
  • No more than one extension and one renewal may be granted for each building permit.
  • Additional conditions applicable to building permit expiration:
    • The required weather-resistant building envelope is not complete within 360 days pertinent to one- and two-family dwellings, townhouses, or multi-family or commercial buildings no greater than 4 stories in height.
    • Change in permit holder.
  • Incorporated the provisions of Appendix F (Radon Control Methods) of the Georgia State Minimum Standard One- and Two-Family Dwelling Code.

Adoption of the Gwinnett County Construction Code Memorandum (PDF)
Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Resolution to Adopt the Construction Code (PDF)
Gwinnett County Construction Code(PDF)


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 I 10-40)
  • Modifications to the Open Space Conservation District (OSC) to allow open space credits, for an existing lake. (Section 210-50.7)
  • 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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