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Rezoning and Special Use Permit Application Process

  • All rezoning and Special Use Permit applications are reviewed by the Gwinnett County Planning Division staff, the Municipal-Gwinnett County Planning Commission, and the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners.
  • An application is submitted to the Gwinnett County Planning Division. Please see the public hearing schedule for filing deadlines and public hearing dates.
  • The county reserves the right to limit the number of cases accepted to 14 rezoning applications (and related Special Use Permit cases), six (6) Change in Conditions cases,and eight (8) Special Use Permits (unrelated to a rezoning case). There is no limit to the number of Buffer Reduction (BRD) cases or Moved-in-House (MIH) cases per month. Mixed-Use Overlay (MUO) projects may be placed on any available agenda subject to BOC approval.
  • The Gwinnett County Planning Division reviews the application and makes both an oral and a written recommendation. The written recommendation is mailed to the applicant one week before the Municipal-Gwinnett County Planning Commission public hearing. Additional copies of the report may be obtained by calling the Gwinnett County Planning Division.
  • Legal notice is required to be printed in a newspaper of general circulation in Gwinnett County. This notice appears in the Gwinnett Daily Post at least 15 days before public hearings.
  • A public hearing sign is erected on the property at least 15 days before the public hearing. This sign will be erected by the applicant. The applicant is also required to notify property owners within 1,000 feet of the application by mail. For SUPs accessory to, or operating out of a dwelling, letters will be sent to immediately abutting property owners.
  • The Municipal-Gwinnett County Planning Commission reviews the facts in the case at its scheduled meeting. Generally, a recommendation is decided upon following the public hearing. This recommendation is forwarded to the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners. Generally the Municipal-Gwinnett County Planning Commission meets on a monthly basis for rezonings and Special Use Permit applications and the meetings are usually held at 7:00 p.m. in the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center Auditorium, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, GA. Please see the public hearing schedule for specific hearing dates.
  • The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners generally meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month to consider applications. This meeting is usually held at 7:00 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center Auditorium, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, GA.
  • Once an application is made, the applicant may withdraw the application without prejudice only before legal advertisement of a public hearing appears in the newspaper. No application may be withdrawn by an applicant or property owner under any circumstances after the legal advertisement of a public hearing has been placed. Please see public hearing schedule for withdrawal deadlines. Written notification of withdrawal is required.
  • If an application is withdrawn before placement of the legal advertisement, a refund of the application fee will be made.
  • No application or reapplication affecting the same land shall be acted upon with 12 months from the date of last action by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners unless waived by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners. A request to consider such a waiver is submitted to the Gwinnett County Planning Division. In no case shall an application or reapplication be acted upon in less than six months from the date of last action by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners.
  • A change in the conditions of an approved rezoning or Special Use Permit will be subject to the required waiting period. All application filing deadlines, requirements and fees will apply to a request for a change in conditions.
  • All applicants, their attorneys, or representatives, must submit information as required by the Official Code of Georgia Section 36-67A-1, et. seq, Conflict of Interest in Zoning Actions.