Planning and Development

  1. Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)

    The Augusta Regional Transportation Study (ARTS) will be accepting applications for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) from October 10, 2014 through November 21, 2014. Read on...
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IMPORTANT:  All “Gross Revenue Request” forms should have been submitted to the Planning and Development by now.  If you have not already submitted your documents, be advised that you will be assessed an administrative fee.  Please contact our office at 706-312-5053 if you have questions.

SAVE and E-Verify documents must also accompany your forms and will be considered late if not received (fully completed) and with Verifiable documents along with your renewals.  If you have not submitted your 2013 SAVE and E-Verify documents, they are due in our office immediately to avoid your license from being  denied or revoked.

SAVE and E-verify can be submitted on-line at save-everify@augustaga.gov.  

IMPORTANT:  As of March 24, 2014, a new fee schedule will be implemented. Please see General Information for a fee schedule.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Planning and Development Department is to ensure that Augusta’s growth is orderly and in conformance with our Comprehensive Plan, planning principals and policies, and that implementing that plan and administering and enforcing building construction, property maintenance, and license codes is done in a professional and cost effective manner.

Primary Responsibilities of the Planning and Development Department:
  • Comprehensive Planning – Development, maintenance, and implementation of the Comprehensive Plan.
  • Transportation Planning - The Department is the Metropolitan Planning Organization, the designated recipient of all federal transportation funding for the Augusta Metropolitan Area. The Department maintains a comprehensive transportation planning program for the entire metropolitan area.
  • Zoning - The Department administers the local Zoning Ordinance to ensure that land uses are compatible with each other and as a tool in implementing the Comprehensive Plan.
  • Development Administration - The Department is the clearinghouse for review and approval of all land development projects.
  • Environmental Regulations - The Department administers various regulatory programs such as the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, the Soil Erosion Ordinance, Tree Ordinance, Service Delivery Strategy, Historic Preservation Ordinance, Air Quality as related to transportation conformity, and Title 5 of the Georgia Planning Act of 1989.
  • Building Inspections – The Department is responsible for commercial, residential, and rough and final building plan reviews and permits.
  • Code Enforcement – The Department administers property maintenance and housing codes, zoning violations, environmental issues, nuisances, and lot ordinance.
  • Business Licenses – The Department issues all types of business licenses and collects occupation taxes.
  • Alcohol Licenses – The Department issues permits for alcohol consumption on premises, retail packaging, and one day events.