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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)


Development Plan Review Section
The Development Review Section of the Department of Planning and Development is responsible for the review, permitting, and approval of all civil site plans, final plats, sign permits, and various other land development activity located in unincorporated Gwinnett County. This section is also responsible for the assignment of street and subdivision names, issuance of street addresses, approval of location plans for new houses and additions to existing homes, and Chattahoochee River Corridor Reviews.
Land Development Fees
Land Development Fees (PDF)

Architectural Elevation Submittals
All developments that have a rezoning or Special Use Permit condition with regard to architectural treatments must have department approval prior to the issuance of any building permits.

Architectural Elevations Submittal Procedures and Form (PDF)


Chattahoochee River Corridor Reviews
In response to growing concerns about the Chattahoochee River, in 1973 the Georgia General Assembly enacted the Metropolitan River Protection Act (Georgia Code 12-5-440 et seq.). It established a 2000-foot Corridor along both banks of the Chattahoochee River and its impoundments for the 48 miles between Buford Dam and Peachtree Creek. The Act was amended in 1998 to extend the Corridor an additional 36 miles to the downstream limits of Fulton and Douglas Counties (the limit of the Atlanta Region). The act requires the Atlanta Regional Commission to adopt a plan to protect the Chattahoochee River Corridor and to review development proposals for consistency with the plan.

The Act requires local governments along the corridor including Gwinnett County to implement the plan by issuing permits based on ARC findings, monitoring land-disturbing activity in the corridor and enforcing the act and the plan. Under the act, land-disturbing activity in the corridor must comply with the adopted plan to be legal. For more information, please see the Atlanta Regional Commission website.

Please call the Gwinnett County Department of Planning and Development, Development Plan Review Section at 678.518.6000 if your property is located within the Chattahoochee River Corridor. You may use Gwinnett County's GIS Data Browser to determine if your property is within the corridor.

Chattahoochee River Corridor As-built Survey Hold and Release Affidavit (PDF)
Chattahoochee River Corridor House Location Plan (PDF)


Location Plans

Modifications
The Development Plan Review section processes administrative modification applications to the Unified Development Ordinance.

Modification Application (PDF)


Specimen Tree Information
For preliminary site visits the Development Inspections Section has arborists on staff that will meet with the developer's professional (certified arborist, landscape architect or urban forester) on a proposed site to discuss and verify that a tree meets the specimen tree identification criteria that is listed in the Unified Development Ordinance. To schedule an appointment for a preliminary site visit call 678.518.6000.

Steps for Preliminary Site Visit for Specimen Tree Inspection (PDF)

For Specimen Tree Concept Plans, the Development Plan Review section reviews the plans that are required after the preliminary site visit and before a commercial development or residential development is permitted. A Specimen Tree Concept Plan is required when there are specimen tree(s) present on the site. Specimen Tree Concept Plans show the existing specimen trees, critical root zones of the specimen trees, proposed building footprint, parking, driveways, existing and proposed utilities and conceptual detention. For questions regarding the Specimen Tree Concept Plan call 678.518.6000 or visit our office.


Specimen Tree Removal Authorization Form (PDF)


Specimen Tree Forms

Street Names and Addressing
The Addressing Unit of the Development Plan Review Section is responsible for the issuance of street numbers, assignment of new subdivision and street names, and existing address verifications. In addition, the unit is responsible for the approval of house location plans (HLPs), building addition plan locations, accessory structure plan locations, swimming pool location plans, Chattahoochee River Corridor plan review, and in-law suites prior to the issuance of any building permits. Also this unit answers questions regarding setbacks, fences and swimming pools on residential property. For issuance of street numbers, please visit our office with a site plan. For the approval of new street or subdivision names, please call 678.518.6000 or visit our office.

Street Name Changes
The Development Plan Review Section of the Development Division processes Street Name Changes for existing, named streets located in unincorporated Gwinnett County. A completed application form must be submitted along with a petition signed by all affected property owners to the Gwinnett County Department of Planning and Development, Development Plan Review Section. (An affected property owner is one who owns an interest in property contiguous to the street).

The proposed name is submitted for review and approval to various county departments. If they approve the application, a notice is distributed and a public hearing held. If 100 percent of the affected property owners sign the petition, then no public hearing is required. If a street name change is approved, then the applicant is responsible for the cost of replacing the sign blades. Please call the Development Plan Review Section at 678.518.6000 for more information.

Street Name Change Application Form (PDF)


Tall Structure Permits (TSP)
Tall Structure Permits (TSP) are processed by the Development Plan Review Section in the Development Division. There a five (5) different types of TSPs: Commercial Communication Towers, Permitted Use Towers, Co-Location Antennas, Amateur Radio Towers, and Other Tall Structures. TSPs for Commercial Communications Towers, Amateur Radio Towers, and the Other Tall Structures are heard by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on regularly scheduled public hearing agendas. TSPs for co-located antennas are handled administratively by Department of Planning and Development staff. The last type of TSP - Permitted Use Towers are processed administratively by the Department of Planning and Development staff and by the Zoning Board of Appeals if necessary.

Temporary Outdoor Activity Ordinance
A temporary outdoor activity is an activity not to exceed twenty (20) consecutive days. A second permit for a temporary outdoor activity on the same property may not be applied for or renewed within six (6) months from the date of any prior approval of a temporary outdoor activity. Please call 678.518.6000 or visit our office to determine whether you need to obtain a permit for a temporary outdoor activity.

Temporary Outdoor Activity Ordinance (PDF)
Temporary Outdoor Activity Permit Application Form and Checklist (PDF)


Variances
Applications are accepted for variances to the Unified Development Ordinance. There are two types of variance applications. The first, a Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) application, requires a public hearing and takes approximately 30 to 45 days. Please see the filing deadline and hearing date schedule. The ZBA meets on the second Tuesday of each month (unless otherwise published) at 6:30 PM, usually in the auditorium of the Gwinnett Justice & Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville.

The second type, an administrative application, is processed without a public hearing. Most administrative applications take from three (3) to five (5) business days to process. Administrative buffer width applications, however, take from five (5) to 10 business days. Processing time begins after receiving a complete application with all required information.


Variance Links

Waivers
Applications are accepted for waivers to the Unified Development Ordinance. There are two types of waiver applications: those decided by the Board of Commissioners (most requirements) and those decided by the Board of Construction Adjustments & Appeals (storm water management requirements). After a review by staff, waivers are scheduled for public hearing. The Board of Commissioners review & decide upon waiver applications monthly at their 3rd Tuesday 2:00 PM meeting. The Board of Construction Adjustments & Appeals review and decide upon waiver applications monthly at their 2nd Wednesday 3:00 PM meeting. Processing time typically takes 45 to 60 days for a decision. If approved, a waiver applies only to a specific project or property requirement that it is associated.

Waiver Links

Land Development Activity
Located below are several links to listings of development permits, projects submitted for review, and to annual reports summarizing land development activity in the county. In addition, you can customize your permit search by using the department's Search Permits Service. You can search for any of the department's permit or case types using your parameters. If you have any questions concerning this information, please contact the Gwinnett County Department of Planning and Development, Development Division at 678.518.6000.

Additional Links

Open Records Requests

For copies of Residential Plats (Surveys) and Final Subdivision Plats please call the Deeds and Records office at 770.822.8100. These documents are not available at the Department of Planning and Development. In addition, Gwinnett County does not maintain copies of Residential House Plans for homes that are less than 5,000 square feet of heated floor area in size. If your home is less than 5,000 square feet, please contact the home builder. Please call the Building Permits Section at 678.518.6020 for assistance.

The Online Open Records Request Form may be used to request access to documents maintained by the department to inspect or obtain copies under the Georgia Open Records Act. This form is not required to request routinely available records such as agendas, minutes, site plans, ordinances, and resolutions. Although Open Records Requests are not required to be submitted in writing, use of this form will aid considerably in ensuring that each request is fulfilled as accurately as possible.

Gwinnett County Department of Planning and Development
Attn: Open Records Coordinator
One Justice Square
446 West Crogan Street
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
678.518.6000
pnd@gwinnettcounty.com.

Online Open Records Request Form


Contact Information
Gwinnett County Department of Planning and Development
Development Plan Review Section
One Justice Square
446 West Crogan Street, Suite 150
Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046
678.518.6000 (office)
678.518.6240 (fax)

Hours of Operation:

Walk-in Customer Service Hours:

8:00am - 5:00pm Monday through Thursday
9:00am - 5:00pm Friday

Phone: 8:00am - 5:00pm Monday through Friday


Section Staff Contact Information
Staff and Email Title Phone Number
Development Plan Review Section   678.518.6000
Cyndi Sloan Plan Review 678.518.6011
Lauren Tidwell Plan Review 678.518.6014
Maria Serban Plan Review 678.518.6016
Sharon Cook Plan Review 678.518.6017
Vacant Plan Review 678.518.6012