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The Voting Rights Act prohibits denying the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color. This includes any procedure that diminishes the ability of a citizen to elect their preferred candidate on account of race, color or membership in a language minority.
The Voting Rights Act also prohibits vote dilution. In a nutshell, vote dilution means limiting the effectiveness of a particular group’s vote.
Georgia’s State Constitution requires state legislative districts to be contiguous. Contiguous means to share a common border or to touch. For purposes of redistricting, a district is contiguous if you can travel from any point in the district to any other point in the district without crossing the district’s boundary.
The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution granted citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the US, including former slaves, and guaranteed all citizens equal protection of the laws. In the context of voting rights, the US Supreme Court has interpreted “equal protection of the laws” to include the concept “one person, one vote.”
The meetings are scheduled on Wednesdays at 6:00 PM beginning Wednesday, 11/10/2021. Check back on the Calendar of Events for location information.
Redistricting is required in order to re-balance population following the release of new Census data.
To evaluate current districts to determine where there has been growth or decline in population and develop a districting plan that brings the districts back to a uniform size. Once a plan is decided upon by the Committee, it is forwarded to the Augusta Commission and Board of Education for adoption.
Currently, the district lines for both the Augusta Commission and the Board of Education mirror each other. There are 8 single member districts numbered 1 through 8 and 2 super districts numbered 9 and 10. Each super district is comprised of 4 single member districts. Super District 9 is a combination of single districts 1, 2, 4, and 5 and Super District 10 is a combination of single districts 3, 6, 7, and 8.
Each citizens is represented by 2 Commissioners and 2 members of the Board of Education – their single member representative and their super district representative.
Ideal District Size
Four Commissioners are appointed by the Augusta Commission, 4 members of the Board of Education are appointed by the Board of Education, and 4 members of the Legislative Delegation are appointed by the Legislative Delegation.
Until the next Census is taken in 2030.
By using the Citizens Input Portal at https://forms.augustaga.gov/Forms/Redistricting.
The members names and contact information can be located at https://www.augustaga.gov/2927/Committee-Members.
Call 911 when you need to report an incident that is:
If your utilities are out, such as cable, power, phone, etc., contact the company that provides you those services. If you have questions considering inclement weather, road conditions or school closings, listen to a local radio station, tune to local television channels or monitor apps or social media on your mobile device. For general information, dial 311. Never call 911 as a joke.
It is important to stay calm, speak clearly and stay on the line as long as you feel safe and/or until the call-taker tells you to hang up. It might seem that the dispatcher is asking too many questions. It is important for the call taker to get as much information as possible. The information you provide on 911 is relayed to the units that are responding to the incident location.
If you needed police, fire or medical attention, call 911. Call 311 to receive information or to request non-emergency city services.
Most calls for assistance from residential phones will come into the 911 center with a name, telephone number and address. However, the dispatcher will still verify this information to make sure it is correct and that the responding agencies are directed to the proper location.
Wireless or cell phone calls that come in will contain varying information. This information depends on the type of cell phone that you have and whether it is GPS-capable. GPS-capable phones will provide an estimated physical location. The caller name and location are not available to the 911 call taker and will have to be verified. Providing landmarks, mile markers and general location descriptors will help speed a response to your location.
There are other numbers to call in order to receive services:
The non-emergency phone number for the Augusta Richmond County Communications Center is 706-821-1080.
You can request paper copies of dispatch reports and/or 911 audio recordings. They can be requested and released, as long as they are not part of an active investigation. Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 50-18-71(c) and (d), Augusta-Richmond County is authorized to charge for the costs of producing documents requested. The cost of producing these documents is .10¢ per page and $10 per disc, as well as a charge for the “direct administrative costs for complying with a request under this code section.” This means you will be charged the hourly salary of the lowest paid full-time employee who has the necessary skill and training to perform the request, which is $22.83 per hour. However, you will not be charged for the first fifteen (15) minutes spent on your request. A CD copy will be provided for recording requests.
The 911 Public Information Request form can be found at this link: https://forms.augustaga.gov/Forms/PublicInformationRequest
The request form (if not submitted online) may be mailed or dropped off in person at 911 4th St. Augusta, Ga. 30901 or faxed to 706-821-1243. The 911 Communications Center has 3 business days (72 hours) to acknowledge receipt of the request and to inform you how long it will take to complete the request. (Open Records Act Request: O.C.G.A. 50-18-70.) The E911 Center will take payment in the form of cash only (please bring exact change). You will be provided a receipt for your records.
If a physically disabled voter or a voter 65 years of age or older makes a written request to receive an absentee ballot for the primary, primary runoff, general, or general runoff, he or she will receive ballots without having to ask again by specifically stating on the written request or absentee application the following phrase: ALL BALLOTS. The ALL BALLOTS request will be in effect for the remainder of the regular election cycle and will not apply to Presidential Preference Primaries or Special Elections.
Some ways in which an application for an absentee ballot may be returned include:
• Personal delivery by the voter• By mail• By fax• In a bundle over the counter, by mail, or by fax by a third party on behalf of the voter
Yes. Cases are referred to mediation by court order.
Any party/attorney may request their case be referred to mediation at any time after the case is filed and the defendant(s) is served. Requests are made by contacting the AJC ADR Program at [email protected].
Once your case is referred to mediation, any party to a dispute may petition the court and request it be removed from the mediation requirement if any of the following apply:
If your case is a Domestic Relations case (divorce, separate maintenance, legitimation, modification of custody (including visitation), child support, alimony, etc.), you are required to complete the domestic violence screening survey prior to selecting a mediator and scheduling a mediation session. Parties may complete/submit this form individually online at https://godr.org/adr-screening/. The ADR Office will notify parties once screening is complete, at which time you may proceed with selecting a mediator and scheduling mediation.
The ADR office is required to screen each case for domestic violence. Screening conducted by the ADR director and program staff is strictly confidential. If the ADR Office determines that allegations of domestic violence exist, the decision of whether to mediate or not is left up to the alleged victim. The ADR Office will determine whether mediation can be done safely and free from coercion, Additionally, the ADR Office shall take reasonable steps to make the mediation session safe, such as requiring that mediation be held at the courthouse or conducted virtually. Divorce cases wherein family violence petitions have been simultaneously filed may be mediated with the consent of the alleging party. For domestic violence support, please visit: https://godr.org/registered-neutral/additional-resources/domestic-violence-support/ or call the Statewide Domestic Hotline number at 1-800-334-2836.
The parties shall select and agree on a mediator from the Augusta Judicial Circuit ADR Program roster at www.augustaga.gov/ADR/Roster. If parties have no contact with each other, notify the ADR Office at [email protected] so that our staff may assist you in the selection process. Within ten (10) calendar days after the case is referred to mediation, parties are required to notify the ADR Office in writing of the name of the mediator selected and agreed to by all parties. Exception: In Magistrate Court cases, the mediator is selected by the program and compensated by the program.
The mediators’ hourly rates are listed on the AJC ADR Program roster at www.augustaga.gov/ADR/Roster. The cost of mediation is shared equally between the parties and parties are required to pay the mediator at the conclusion of the session. Exception: In Magistrate Court cases, the mediator’s fee is paid by the program and set by the program.
Parties determined indigent, whose income does not exceed over 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines for the State of Georgia in the applicable calendar year, and whose mediator is assigned by the ADR Office may apply for a fee waiver.
Rules for Applying:
Yes. The attendance of ALL parties is required unless the court determines otherwise. A party’s failure to appear at a court-ordered mediation may result in sanctions imposed by the court. The requirement that a party appear shall be satisfied if the following persons are present:
Although the presence of your attorney is not required, an attorney shall not be excluded by the court or the mediator from attending a mediation session. If a party’s attorney is not present, parties are encouraged to consult with their attorney throughout the session, if needed.
Virtual attendance is available upon written request to the ADR Office by one or more parties.
In Domestic Relations cases, parties are required to complete and file a current Financial Affidavit prior to attending mediation. Failure to do so will constitute a failure to appear and may result in sanctions imposed by the Court.
Children are not permitted at the mediation session under any circumstance.
The average mediation lasts 2-3 hours; however, the length of time may vary dependent upon the complexity of the issues involved, the cooperation of the parties, and their willingness to negotiate.
Mediation provides a safe, open, and confidential environment. It can be completed in less time than litigation and can save parties costly litigation expenses. It promotes communication and cooperation amongst parties and allows you to be the decision makers in your own case versus having outcomes determined by others.
Participants in mediation should gather any information that they foresee being relevant to the issues in their case. Bring relevant and organized financial documents. For a divorce case, bring a list of your assets, balances of your bank accounts, retirement funds, tax returns, income information, financial affidavits, a list of property values, etc. For your debts, include the balance for each debt and the monthly payments for each. Bring proof of all accounts and debts and consider making an organized spreadsheet. Come prepared to negotiate not argue. Try to maintain control of your emotions.
AAS responds to all animal related issues, citizens can make a report by phone. Reports may also be submitted online or to the 311 portal
IF IT IS INSIDE, don’t touch it, dead or alive; IF IT IS INSIDE contact AAS immediately; if after hours, contact 911 and inform the dispatcher, that this is an emergency.
Animal Services does not handle nuisance wildlife complaints such as foxes, coyotes, opossums, raccoons, or snakes. If you are having an issue with wildlife, please contact the Georgia Department of Natural Resources at 706-557-3333.
August 311 is a division of the Central Services Department that is dedicated to bridging the gap between citizens and the various departments that make up this government body. If you are looking for specific services or information provided by Augusta, GA you can connect with us by using our 311 Web Portal, mobile app or dialing 3-1-1 from any local cellular or landline. Contacting Augusta 311 gives you immediate access to answers and information. If the Customer Service Representative is unable to answer your question on the spot, they are equipped with several resources that can aid in providing an answer.
The web portal is a way for citizens to connect with Augusta 311 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. By visiting this page you are able to select the type of service you need assistance with. It is important that the request type and address are included because the system bypasses Augusta 311 and forwards the request directly to the department for resolution. Failure to provide this information may delay the request from being assigned to the appropriate department and may ultimately increase the time it takes to complete the request.
Anyone within Richmond County city limits can dial 311 directly, but cellular airtime charges may apply. If you are calling from outside of Richmond County you can reach us by dialing (706) 821-2300.
You can access 311’s web portal 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week
311 provides information and initiates request for non-emergency city services. If Police, Fire or Medical attention is needed ALWAYS dial 9-1-1.
311 provides information and initiates request for non-emergency city services. 211 provides information regarding available health services in the CSRA.
All citizens have the right to remain anonymous as they submit request for services or information, however doing so may limit our ability to respond to your request or ask additional questions if needed.
If you choose to submit a service request via our mobile app or web portal you will be given a service request number after filling out all pertinent information and selecting submit. If you provide an email address before submitting your request you will receive a confirmation email which includes the service request number.
This number is used to track the status of your request by revisiting either the mobile app, web portal or calling 3-1-1. From the mobile app, select “profile” to review all requests that you have submitted. From the web portal select “Track My Request”.
We encourage you to contact 3-1-1 directly to provide both positive and constructive feedback about any City service that was performed. 3-1-1 Customer Service Representatives will make note of your feedback to ensure it is reviewed by all appropriate parties.
Augusta 311 strives to be the central hub of Customer Service for all requests for non-emergency services and information in Richmond County. The office uses call tracking technology and provides these reports to departments on a monthly basis so they can analyze the volume of requests and response times in order to make improvements to information or processes for their area of responsibility. If the Customer Service Representative is unable to answer your question they will put you in contact with the right department or call you back with a resolution.
If you forget your service request number the Customer Service Representative can search for your entry by the address or type of service you requested.
There are three possible status types for service request.
Submitted – This status means that your service request has been created.
Acknowledged – This status means that your service request has been received and assigned to the appropriate department for further review and resolution.
Closed – This status means that your service request addressed by the appropriate department.
The MyAugusta 311 mobile app is a service available to all visitors and citizens of Richmond County. This app allows you to submit service request via your smartphone by simply installing the app, identifying the location of the incident, selecting the appropriate service request type and answering a few questions that pertain to the type of service request you selected.
MyAugusta 311 is a free service that benefits visitors, residents and businesses in Richmond County. There is no charge to request information or a service from Augusta, GA.
There are 60+ service requests available on the mobile app. Augusta 311 will continue to make more services available on the mobile app in the near future.
Yes, the Location Services or GPS needs to be enabled on your smartphone to allow our 311 mobile app to detect your location. The phone’s GPS will identify and auto-populate the location of your request. If you wish to report a concern at a different location other than your current one simply enter the address manually.
Most service requests will be dispatched directly to the responsible department. All request submitted via the mobile app are monitored to ensure they are received by the appropriate department.
If an individual or entity has sustained property damage and/or bodily injury, pursuant to Georgia law a claim must be filed with the county within 12 months of the accident or occurrence. O.C.G.A. § 36-11-1.
Citizens can dial 3-1-1 or visit https://311-at-your-service-myaugusta-augustagis.hub.arcgis.com/ to submit claim information online 24/7.
After receiving the claim, the Risk Management Office will contact the citizen to begin an impartial investigation to determine if the county is liable.
If it is determined there is liability on behalf of the county, the investigator will begin settlement negotiations to resolve the claim. If a settlement is reached, it must be approved by the appropriate authority prior to the release of a settlement check.
If it is determined that the county is not liable or the parties cannot agree on the amount of damages, the injured party may choose to file suit with the court having jurisdiction of the claim.
•Download, complete, and mail a voter registration application •Contact the Board of Elections office, public library, public assistance office, recruitment office, schools and other government offices for a mail-in registration form. •Registration is offered when you renew or apply for your driver's license at Department of Driver's Services driver’s license posts. •College students can obtain Georgia voter registration forms, or the necessary forms to register in any state in the U.S., from their school registrar's office or from the office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs. •Qualifications are: oYou must be a US Citizen and a resident of Georgia and the county. oMust be at least 17 1/2 to register and 18 years of age to vote. oNot serving a sentence for a felony involving moral turpitude. oNot have been judicially declared mentally incompetent. Once your application is received and approved you will received a voter precinct card. You may confirm your voter registration status through the Secretary of State's poll locator. If you have submitted a voter registration application within the prior three to four weeks and your name does not appear, please contact the Board of Elections Office or access Secretary of State's MVP to check the status of your application.
A FREE Voter ID Card can be issued by the Board of Elections office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services. More information on Georgia's Voter Identification Requirements and obtaining a free Voter Identification Card is available from the Georgia Secretary of State's Website
If you move outside the county in which you are registered to vote within 30 days of an election, you may vote in your old precinct for that election and any ensuing runoff only. If you move outside the county in which you are registered to vote more than 30 days prior to an election, you have lost your eligibility to vote in elections in the county of your old residence. You must register to vote in your new county of residence, and if you did not register to vote in the new county by the deadline, you cannot vote in that particular election.
Yes. Advance Voting will be available beginning 21 days prior to all elections and also on the second and third Saturdays. For times and locations, visit the Advance Voting tab under Voter Information.In busy elections, during the last week of Advance Voting the Board of Elections may choose to open additional sites for Advance Voting and has developed a policy pertaining to establishing any additional sites. You may contact the Board of Elections Office for additional information.
On Election Day, you are required to go to your assigned polling place in order to vote. The poll worker will direct you to your correct polling place if you do not know the location. Any provisional ballot cast in the wrong precinct will not be counted unless it is after 5:00 PM and unless the person executes a sworn statement stating they are unable to vote in their correct precinct before 7:00 PM and giving the reason why.
No, employees of this office of Civil and Magistrate Court can not provide legal advice.
An autopsy report may take as long as twenty six weeks, depending on the level and type of test being done.
The Augusta Cyber & Robotics Camp is a fun, innovative and hands-on way for a child to explore the fields of Cyber Security and Robotics. Students who attend should demonstrate skills in math and science, with an additional interest in STEM and computers.
The Augusta Cyber and Robotics Camp is broken down into two sessions. Each sessions runs for two weeks. The first week will be the Cyber portion and the second week will the Robotics portion. Students MUST attend each week of each session.
The camp is free to all accepted students and spaces are limited to 30 students per session. Students are selected by a random process.
Each camp will be held at the Augusta Municipal Building, located at 535 Telfair Street, Augusta, Georgia 30901.
Camp hours are 9am-4pm M-F with early drop-off beginning at 8:00am and late pickup by 5:30pm.
Selected applicants will be provided a tee shirt at no cost.
Each child MUST bring their own lunch. Two snacks will be provided daily.
The Augusta Cyber & Robotics Camp is open to rising 6th grade students through 8th grade students who are residents of Richmond County. In order to allow the Augusta Cyber & Robotics Camp to reach more Richmond County students, previous participants will not be accepted.
We are accepting applications for the Augusta Cyber and Robotics Camp in the summer of the camp.
Once you apply, you will receive an email confirmation.
Applicants who are chosen to participate in the Augusta Cyber & Robotics Camp will receive an email the week of May 18th with instructions on how to proceed.
Applicants with any additional questions may contact Ms. Shelly Good of the City of Augusta Information Technology Department at (706)-821-2522 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30am and 5pm.
For additional information, please contact the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Department
Although dealing with any disaster in the County will be paramount, the continuity of operations of the County Government must be maintained. Our emergency support functions, which include all County agencies, have established contingency plans to maintain operations to the entire County, even those who may not be affected by disaster.
All pre-designated shelters have auxiliary power provided by generators and are ADA accessible. When the determination is made as to which shelter(s) to open, the community will be informed via traditional media, the County’s website, if necessary the Emergency Notification System.
In addition, you should make sure you have an emergency response plan that you have prepared in advance with a friend, neighbor, or family member who can provide assistance to you, in the event of an emergency where you are unable to manage alone.
The goal of hazard mitigation is to decrease the need for response as opposed to simply increasing the response capability.
Everyone should prepare an emergency response plan for themselves for both home and office. This plan should include who you will contact out of the area should an emergency occur, family emergency numbers, school contacts, an emergency meeting place for the family, and local contacts. Other pertinent information specific to you might include medical information, such as chronic conditions, medications that you use regularly and physician / pharmacy phone numbers. Make sure you discuss your plans with your loved ones and co-workers and give them copies of your plan. Individuals should prepare an Emergency Response Plan for both the home and office. Information is available on the Augusta-Richmond County website to assist you in formulating your plan. To further assist you, links are also available to Ready.gov and the American Red Cross. In an emergency, the County’s website and local TV / radio stations will provide emergency information. You also want to be prepared to shelter in place for three days (for example, a big snow storm). To shelter comfortably, you will want to have the basics:
Type in your address here. Remember that household trash, recycling, yard waste, and bulky waste all go to the curb on the same day
Is your trash can damaged, or the wheel has come off? Notify us here, or call 311 to make a request for replacement or repair. Please note, that we do not replace cans just because they are dirty or smell bad. We are glad to provide advice on cleaning your can and reducing any odors in the future. Once you make a request for repair, please leave the can at the curb and we will be there within 2 business days.
Please call 311 or submit a request online. This is usually because the material is “out of compliance” in some way. We would like to review your account so that we can provide you specific information to help you as much as possible. Also see: http://www.augustaga.gov/2579/Out-of-Compliance-Information
All recyclables are transported by Augusta staff members to a processor in Columbia, SC. The recyclables do not go into the landfill unless the material is contaminated (wet, mixed with garbage, mixed with food, etc.)
We suggest that you;
Mark street sweeping weeks on your central family calendar or set a reoccurring reminder in your electronic calendar.Organize reminders through your neighborhood association.
Always keep children and pets a safe distance from the sweepers. Do not ride, run or play near the trucks.
Inspections requests must be made at least 24 to 48 hours in advance. Construction inspections must be made at minimum 48 hours in advance. All inspection requests can be made via telephone by calling (706) 821-2929.
Once the plans are approved, a construction permit is issued. An 80% and 100% inspection is required. After the 100% inspection, a certificate of occupancy is issued for a fee of $150.
The Department witnesses sprinkler systems, alarm systems, fire pump, hood suppression system, and underground piping.
For sprinkler plans, submit three sets of plans and one set of hydraulic calculations to the Fire Department. After review and approval, one set will stay with the Fire Department, one set goes to the License and Inspections Department, and one set goes to the job site.
For alarm plans, submit three sets of plans to the Fire Department
1) Submit an informal, written appeal to the GIS Manager within 10 days of receipt of notification
2) If unsatisfied with the decision of the GIS Manager, submit a formal appeal within 15 days including the $150 appeal fee
3) Item will be presented before the Commission for a final decision based on the Ordinance
Please see the Change of Address List in the GIS Documents Center for a list of offices you need to notify. IT-GIS will notify most government offices on your behalf, but you will need to notify your financial institutions, utilities, service providers, etc.
Currently we cover all areas within Richmond County, but not Fort Gordon. This does include the incorporated areas of Hephzibah and Blythe.
No, numbers posted should be valid 9-1-1 addresses. These numbers are assigned to all structures used as residences or businesses. The address shown on your tax record serves only as a placeholder until IT-GIS approves an address number for emergency purposes.
Notify IT-GIS immediately so that staff can investigate and resolve. Please call (706) 821-2843 or email [email protected]
Yes. Emergency responders normally use structures and mailboxes to locate properties. If the house is more than 50 feet from the road or obstructed, the number must be displayed at the road as well as near an entry door. Mailboxes are suitable for this requirement – be sure the address number is posted on both sides.
Yes, International Building Code (IBC) requires that all structures be identified with an address number. In addition to that requirement, Augusta requires all homes and businesses more than 50 feet from the road to also post the number at the road/driveway. Any numbers posted at the road should be visible from both directions (for example, on both sides of the mailbox).
IT-GIS establishes a unique address for each structure based on the Addressing Ordinance. Unique addresses improve emergency response time and save lives. Your address may change if it does not comply with the Addressing Ordinance. Some reasons an address may change include:1) Inconsistent with the addressing scheme or out of sequence with neighboring properties2) Uses the same number as another structure3) Number was improperly assigned previously
Your address will become effective as of the date listed on the letter (usually 30 days from the date of notice). All posted numbers need to be physically changed by that date. Mail should be changed within the 30 days to ensure you continue to receive your mail properly. The Post Office will allow a period of time for change-over where they will continue to deliver to both your old and your new address, which should allow adequate time for you to update your address.
Unfortunately, Augusta cannot pay for personal address change costs. IT-GIS will notify you via mail when to begin using your new address. If you have any difficulty changing your address, the entity you are contacting may use the letter sent to you as proof of address change. If further assistance is required, please contact our office at (706) 821-2843 or [email protected].
No. The deed to your home is based on the actual property boundaries, not your 9-1-1 address. IT-GIS will notify the Tax Assessor's Office of your new 9-1-1 mailing address. To verify the address change, please contact the Tax Assessor's Office.
Please see the Change of Address List in the GIS Documents Center for a list of offices you need to notify. IT-GIS will notify most government offices on your behalf, but you will need to notify your financial institutions, utilities, service providers, etc
While we do understand the significant impact such a change could have, Augusta has adopted an addressing system to adhere to national emergency standards. If the decision of the Addressing official is not favorable, the following steps should be taken:
1) Submit an informal, written appeal to the GIS Manager within 10 days of receipt of notification.
2) If unsatisfied with the decision of the GIS Manager, submit a formal appeal within 15 days, including the $150 appeal fee.
3) Item will be presented before the Augusta Commission for a final decision based on the Addressing Ordinance.
a. Property may be purchased from a tax delinquent owner or developer;b. Property may be donated by a property owner;c. Property may be conveyed by Augusta-Richmond County in connection with a tax foreclosure; ord. The ALGBA may request a judicial foreclosure on the property and then bid on the property at the foreclosure.
All other business pay based on your gross revenue for the period of October 1st of previous year to September 30th of current year
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* Commercial Renovations: For commercial renovation projects: any contractor who desires to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system must obtain a permit.
* An application for a permit for any proposed work shall be deemed to have been abandoned unless the work authorized by such permit is commenced with 6 months after the date of filing for the permit.
* Temporary Structures: A special building permit for a limited time shall be obtained before the erection of temporary structures such as construction sheds, seats, canopies, tents and fences used in construction work or for temporary purposes such as reviewing stands. Tents and membrane structures having an area in excess of 200 sq ft and canopies in excess of 400 sq ft shall not be erected, operated or maintained for any purpose without first obtaining a permit and approval from the Fire Marshall’s office. The contact number is (706) 821-2513.
* Free-Standing, Building Mounted, Directional or Off-Premise Signs require a permit. The Off-Premise signs require approval of the Zoning Administrator (Planning Commission-525 Telfair Street) and Building Official. All signs must comply with the International Building Code and the National Electrical Code. Inspection of signs is required. If sign is illuminated, an electrical permit is required.
2.Electrical. Plumbing, Gas and Mechanical Permits:
A permit is required for all Electrical, Plumbing, Gas and Mechanical projects. All new installation and repair work requires a permit. Minor repairs can be made to these systems without a permit - as determined by the Building Official. All permits must be obtained prior to commencement of work to avoid penalties.
New construction permits require three sets of drawings and an approved site plan. All plans for new construction and alterations shall be sealed by an architect or engineer legally registered under the laws of this state for the following:
Contractors need to complete all the forms stapled within the New Residential Package.
The contractor is responsible for the obtaining the permit. CAUTION should be exercised if the person or company you are contracting with urges or requests you to obtain the permit.
All inspections can be faxed by 3:00 the day before the inspection is needed.
Fax number is 706-312-4277 or email [email protected]
Make sure to list the permit number, address of project, and the type of inspections you are seeking in the email.
Commercial requirements: back flow prevention, landscape approval, Fire Marshall’s approval, and all permits & inspections must be purchased and approved.
Residential requirements: all permits must be purchased, all inspections must be approved, a termite letter and blower door test & certificate must be received.
Once the building is approved, it will be issued the new DCA Re-Manufacture Insignia to be placed on the building. Please call (706) 312-5050 to request a plan examiner e-mail you the DCA approved list of third party inspectors and explain the process in more detail.
Yes. Chapter 17 requires Special Inspections on certain commercial projects. Page C1 must be completed and signed before the permit can be issued. Click here for the Special Instructions guideline.
Yes. Click here for memorandum containing code references.
Under the Act, a "public record" includes all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, tapes, photographs, computer based or generated information, or similar material prepared and maintained or received in the course of the operation of a public office or agency. A "public record" also can include items received or maintained by a private person or entity on behalf of a public office or agency where the records are received or maintained by a private person, firm, corporation or other private entity in the performance of a service or function for or on behalf of a public agency. It does not include any computer program or computer software used or maintained in the course of operation of a public office or agency.
Augusta is pleased to provide a new service for the submission of open records requests. The Open Records Center portal provides access to all Augusta departments, except for the various Courts and judiciary officers and agencies of Augusta and Richmond County, and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. Departments include:
Pursuant to O.C.G.A. §50-18-71(b)(1)(B), Augusta has designated an Open Records Officer who is responsible for the legal and systematic response and completion to open records requests. Any questions or concerns regarding the open records request process may be directed to the Open Records Officer at [email protected] or (706) 821-4899.
Pursuant to O.C.G.A. §50-18-71(h), Augusta has already made a variety of public records available to the public. Any formal open records requests for these records may be closed without providing separate printouts or copies of the records or data.
The following records are available through Augusta’s publicly accessible website. This list is not all-inclusive.
County Commission or Committee meetings, agendas, or minutes: https://www.augustaga.gov/647/Agendas-Minutes-Video
Procurement Bid Listings: https://www.augustaga.gov/Archive.aspx?AMID=183
County Budget: https://www.augustaga.gov/164/Budgets
Check Register: https://appweb2.augustaga.gov/Budget/Watch/checkregister.html
Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) projects or expenditures: https://www.augustaga.gov/2731/SPLOST-8
Open GIS Data: https://geohub-augustagis.opendata.arcgis.com/
For court case documents, divorce records, deeds, or property liens, please call 706-821-2460 or visit https://www.augustaga.gov/296/Clerk-of-Superior-State-Juvenile-Court.
For Probate Court vital records, please call 706-821-2434.
Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 50-18-71(c), Augusta may impose a reasonable charge for the search, retrieval, redaction, and copying of records. Such costs cannot exceed the prorated hourly salary of the lowest paid full-time employee who has the necessary skill and training to perform the request, provided that no charges shall be made for the first quarter hour. In addition, Augusta may charge a fee for the copying of records or data, not to exceed $0.10 per page for letter or legal-size documents, or in the case of other documents, the actual cost of producing the copy.
If a request cost estimate exceeds $25.00 for search, retrieval, redaction, or copying, Augusta must provide the requestor with a detailed description of the estimated costs, including: (1) the total estimated charge; (2) the estimated number of hours required to search, retrieve, redact, or copy the records; (3) the hourly rate to be charged; (4) in the case of paper records, the estimated number of pages to be copied and the charge per page for copying; and (6) in the case of electronic records, the actual cost of the media on which the records are produced, within three business days of receiving the request. Augusta may defer search and retrieval of the records until the requestor agrees to pay the estimated costs unless the requestor has stated in the request a willingness to pay an amount that equals or exceeds the search and retrieval costs.
Any request cost estimate that exceeds $500.00 must be reviewed and approved by the Open Records Officer. Augusta may insist on prepayment of the costs prior to beginning search, retrieval, review, or production of the records.
An invoice describing the actual cost incurred in producing responsive records, which may be higher or lower than the cost estimates provided in accordance with the paragraphs above, must be provided at the time of delivery of records.
Whenever any person who has requested to inspect or copy public records has not paid the cost for search, retrieval, redaction, or copying of such records when such charges have been lawfully incurred, Augusta may require prepayment for compliance with all future requests for production of records from that person until the costs for the prior production of records have been paid or any dispute regarding payment is resolved.
Augusta has a Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance which regulates what uses you can conduct on your property. You should check with this office if you want to initiate a new use of your property (i.e. residential, professional, commercial, multi-family residential or industrial). If rezoning is required you will have to consult the staff to see whether what you want to do is consistent with the Comprehensive Land Use Plan and legal standards for zoning.
If you decide to move forward you will have to provide information, pay a non-refundable fee that varies with the proposed zoning change, and present your request at a public hearing. The process takes between 30 and 60 days depending on when the application is made. For more information see Zoning/Rezoning on this web site and/or contact this office at (706) 821-1796.
You must live at the address used for the home business and be the homeowner or have notarized written permission from the owner. There is a one-time fee of $150.00, and the staff will assist you in filling out the necessary paperwork.
You must provide the following information:
• A brief detailed description of the business and/or service to be provided• A picture of the interior space to be used as the home office• A picture of any equipment used in the operation of the home based business if a service is provided away from the home office. i.e. landscape or construction trailer• A picture of any on-site vehicle parking or enclosed storage area used for the home based business
Should you not meet the above standards, a home based business might be approved by the Board of Zoning Appeals. We accept all forms of payment including electronic transactions. Board of Zoning Appeals
Manufactured Home Permits/Requirements Additional information.
ii. Home has public sewerage or applicant has a letter of approval from the Richmond County Board of Health
iii. Home is not in the floodplain iv. Applicant must provide proof of application for registration from the Georgia Department of Human Resources Day Care Licensing Unit
v. The lot on which the family day care home would be located is 10,000 square feet in area or greater vi. Hours of operation would not be greater than 6:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.
vii. No persons listed with Richmond County Sex Offenders Registry reside within 1,000 feet of the property
For additional information and to have the 1200 foot search conducted please contact Planning and Development at 706-821-1796. Please note if you do not meet the above listed criteria you may petition for a Special Exception, please see Zoning-Rezoning on the Planning and Development website for more information.
MAXIMUM APPROVED RATES
(Effective March 29, 2012)
(Sales Tax Update April 18, 2013)
$2.65 Drop First 1/6th Mile
.40 Each 1/6th Mile
ALL FARES ARE SUBJECT TO 8 % SALES TAX
(GA. SALES TAX, SPLOST, T-SPLOST)
TO AND FROM AUGUSTA REGIONAL AIRPORT BUSH FIELD
TO AND FROM AUGUSTA NATIONAL / WASHINGTON RD / DANIEL FIELD
OUT OF TOWN TRIPS TO AIRPORTS
You may view the actual specifications for bids and proposals (excluding construction projects) on-line via the ARCBid link on the Procurement webpage. The information contained within the application is for information purposes only. You may also obtain copies of the bids and proposals (excluding construction projects) from Augusta, GA on-line by registering at www.demandstar.com/supplier/. There is a nominal fee for this service, which includes automatic notification of bids via email or fax. You may also click on Bid Listing Reports or Online Bids on to see an updated list of our current bids. For an official copy of the specifications, you will need to either request a copy by fax at (706) 821-2811, email at [email protected]v, you may come by the Procurement office to pick up a copy of the bid documents or visit Demandstar.com.
Construction projects are available at the plan room holding the project plans and may be viewed from their website at no charge. To identify the plan room visit ARCbid to view the invitation to bid which will list the plan room to contact.
A copy of the tabulation sheet is available via ARCbid ARCbid, fax your request to (706) 821-2811, or by email at [email protected]. Also, please allow us up to five (5) business days to complete the bid tabulation sheet after the bid opening. When faxing or emailing your request, please include bid number and project name if available.
A written proposal for a qualifying project that is received by a local government and is not in response to any request for proposal for a qualifying project issued by a local government.
A “qualifying project” as defined broadly under the PPFIA. Specifically, the PPFIA defines a “qualifying project” as any project selected in response to a request for a local government or submitted by a private entity as an unsolicited proposal in accordance with the PPFIA and subsequently reviewed and approved by a local government, within its sole discretion, as meeting a public purpose or public need.
Projects involving generation of electric energy or sale, communications services, cable and video services and water reservoir projects.
A valid unsolicited proposal must-
Please visit http://www.augustaga.gov/679/Procurement for more information.
Only proposals complying with the requirements of these guidelines and the PPFIA that contain sufficient information for a meaningful evaluation and that are provided in an appropriate format shall be considered by Augusta, Georgia for further review. If any information necessary to make a meaningful evaluation is missing, Augusta, Georgia may request such information from the proposer. Unsolicited proposals may be subject to the Open Records Act.
Yes, there is a cost (fee)
The initial proposal-processing fee is $100.00 and a cashier's check in this amount must accompany all Unsolicited Proposals. This fee is charged to offset the cost of the initial proposal-processing review, and is non-refundable regardless of whether or not the proposal is determined to merit further consideration. This amount is subject to annual adjustment to reflect inflation or in response to market conditions. The current fee will be updated as necessary and available on Augusta, Georgia's website.
The detailed evaluation fee applies only to proposals that are determined to merit further consideration. At such time, that Augusta, Georgia reaches such a determination, the proposer will be notified, and the amount of the detailed evaluation fee identified. In response to this notification, the proposer may pay the detailed evaluation fee to proceed with the procurement process, or withdraw its proposal from further consideration without incurring any additional cost or obligation.
The amount of the detailed evaluation fee will vary with the estimated cost of the proposed project, product, or service, as described in the table below, to reflect the degree of complexity of the proposed project and the corresponding level of effort associated with the detailed evaluation.
DETAILED EVALUATION FEE
$1 Million -
$500 Million - $1 Billion
Proponents are expected to meet their own costs as proposals progress through the various stages of the process.
Time Period. Unsolicited proposals for qualifying projects will be received by the Augusta, Georgia. Proposals will be received by 3:00 PM Monday thru Friday beginning on the first business day of JANUARY and ending on the last business day of MARCH of each year. Such unsolicited proposals shall be in writing and shall be delivered to:
The Director of Procurement
Augusta Procurement Department
535 Telfair Street - Room 605
Augusta, Georgia 30901
Format for Submissions. Unsolicited proposals shall contain, at a minimum, the following information: (a) a project description, (b) a project feasibility statement, (c) a proposed project schedule, (d) a project financing plan, (e) a business case statement that shall include a basic description of any direct and indirect benefits that the private entity can provide in delivering the project, including relevant cost, quality, methodology, and process for identifying the project and time frame data, (f) a description of any anticipated public support or opposition, (g) qualifications and experience (h) names and addresses of persons who may be contact and (i) any additional information as the local government may reasonably request to comply with the requirements of the PPFIA. Proposals should be prepared simply and economically, providing a concise description of the proposer’s capabilities to complete the proposed qualifying project and the benefits to be derived from the project by the local government. Such proposals may also include any additional pertinent information as determined by the proposer.
Please visit: http://www.augustaga.gov/unsolicitedproposal
Under Senate Bill 59 of the Guide states that proposals for projects where a tender process has formally commenced, whether published or not, are unlikely to be considered.
No, Augusta’s Procurement Department will receive all proposals.
An unsolicited proposal can be a valuable means for communicating innovative ideas to Augusta, Georgia. If a proposal does not satisfy the assessment criteria set out in the Guide but Augusta sees merit in the proposal (or similar), the government may consider offering delivery of the proposal to the market.
In the event that a competitive tender process is considered appropriate, the government will respect any intellectual property of the proponent. The proponent may participate in any procurement process.
Please review the following sections in the Augusta, Code for more details:
SEC. 1-10-72 Request for Proposals
SEC. 1-10-73 Procedures for Posting and Publishing Notice of the Opportunity to offer competing proposals
The timeframe for each stage of the unsolicited proposals process is subject to the complexity of the proposal and the number of stakeholders involved.
For the purposes of evaluating a proposal, proponents should complete the required information as listed in stages one and two of the Guidelines and review the Augusta, Georgia Code.
Please visit: http://www.augustaga.gov/unsolicitedproposal
No, there is no minimum monetary threshold for proposals that can be assessed. All innovative proposals that address the assessment criteria under the Guide will be considered.
All unsolicited proposals submitted are confidential unless they reach Stage III of the process where brief details of the proposal will be published on Augusta, Georgia website. However, please note “Georgia Open Records Act” may apply.
See Augusta Code: Sec. 1-10-71 Procedures for Determining Release of Information in Unsolicited Proposal Georgia Open Record Act
Augusta will respect any intellectual property of proponents throughout all stages of the unsolicited proposals process.
Proponents are able to submit any additional documentation or material with their unsolicited proposal application, provided that such material is relevant to addressing the questions raised in the Schedule of Information Requirements.
Proponents that are unsuccessful in Phase 2 of the unsolicited proposals process will be given reasons on why Augusta, Georgia has decided not to proceed with their proposal. Feedback will be in accordance with the assessment criteria outlined in the Guidelines.
Proponents are forbidden to contact personnel within the government during the assessment of their proposal, other than the Procurement Director as stated in Question number 14.
From Savannah: I-16 North to Statesboro then Hwy 25 North to Augusta; Turn left on to Tobacco Rd.; RCCI on left.
Visitors are not permitted to wear shorts or revealing clothing to the visitation area. Visitors who arrive and are not in the proper attire will be denied admittance. Kissing / hugging are permitted when entering and exiting the visitation area only. All visitors over the age of 16 years old are required to present identification before admission.
No personal item may be given to an inmate during visitation. You may bring change (money) to the visitation area to use the vending machines.
We cannot release this information. Please contact the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Parole for release information at (404) 656-5651.
Inmates at other institutions must go through their assigned Counselors to obtain a transfer.
Cash money and personal checks are not allowed and will be returned to the sender!
Georgia’s new law (effective July 1st, 2013), now refers to expungement as “record restriction.” Record restriction increased the type of cases that were available for restriction. Record restriction means that eligible records on your criminal history report are restricted from public view. Yet the records are available to law enforcement for criminal justice and employment purposes.
Most cases that are closed without conviction are eligible for restriction. This includes charges that are closed by the arresting agency, dismissed, Nolle prossed or placed on the “dead docket.” Verdicts of not guilty may also be restricted.
There are some exceptions to the above rules. If those exceptions apply to your application we will explain why your application was not eligible for restriction.
A very narrow class of convictions may be restricted. We call these offenses Youthful Offender convictions. For arrests occurring after July 1st2013 certain misdemeanor convictions that occurred before turning twenty-one (21) may be eligible for restriction. One requirement is that after your conviction you have not been charged with any other crime, (excluding minor traffic offenses) for five (5) years before the record may be restricted.The following convictions do not qualify as a Youth Offender conviction:
You must apply separately for each arrest.
Please submit the application to the best of your ability. If we need further information we will contact you. You may also go to the Augusta Richmond County Clerk’s Office for assistance in determining your case disposition.
The Conditional Discharge Act (O.C.G.A. § 16-13-2) allows for drug offenders to plead guilty and if they successfully complete the sentence, the case is discharged without a conviction. These cases are eligible for record restriction.
Yes, cases that are discharged after successful completion of a drug court, mental health court or veterans court program are eligible for record restriction. To qualify for restriction, you must have no arrests, other than minor traffic offenses, within the last five (5) years.
Yes, charges dismissed after successfully completing a pretrial intervention or pretrial diversion program qualify for restriction.
Dead Dockets which have sat dormant for at least twelve (12) months may be eligible for record restriction. If you are not sure of the Dead Docket status please submit the application and we will inform you if you qualify for record restriction.
No, you do not need an attorney to obtain a restriction.
The application and Record Restriction Summit are free.
Please contact the program coordinator at the facility of your choice for further instructions.
Please see the following link.
If an individual or entity has sustained property damage and/or bodily injury, pursuant to Georgia law a claim must be filed with the county within 12 months of the accident or occurrence. O.C.G.A. § 36-11-1.
Citizens can dial 3-1-1 or visit https://311-at-your-service-myaugusta-augustagis.hub.arcgis.com/ to submit claim information online 24/7.
After receiving the claim, the Risk Management Office will contact the citizen to begin an impartial investigation to determine if the county is liable.
Three (3) conditions must all be met in order for Augusta to be liable for property damage caused by the condition of a sidewalk, roadway, parking lot, or other such space:
• An individual employee’s failure to perform a ministerial act willfully or wantonly must have caused the condition, and
• The condition must have been hidden or concealed; and
• The condition must have been known to Augusta, Georgia.
In all other circumstances, liability does not exist against Augusta, Georgia, its officers, employees, and agents.
Employees who operate city owned vehicles must register for the DDC within six (6) months of hire. All other employees may volunteer to complete the DDC with approval from their department management.
The DDC is regularly scheduled once per month, however, additional classes may be scheduled by departments with a minimum of 10 attendees. The DDC is a one (1) day course with each attendee receiving a Certificate of Completion from the National Safety Council. Many private automobile insurance companies offer discounted insurance rates for those who complete the DDC.
For emergencies, dial 9-1-1. All other work related injuries must be reported to Worker’s Compensation Nurse and Telehealth Line by dialing (855)443-5795 and select option
Employees who are classified as “safety sensitive” employees are subject to random substance abuse testing. Safety sensitive employees are numbered on a spreadsheet maintained by Risk Management. Numbers are generated randomly by a third party who DOES NOT have access to employee’s identifying information such as: name, SSN, birth date, employee ID numbers, etc. The random numbers are provided to Risk Management who then determines the employees for random testing. Random testing is completed monthly. Safety sensitive employees are subject to random testing every month, however, due to the random selection process, employees may be selected two or more months consecutively or not selected for several months. To simplify the answer, an employee can be selected as little as once or as many as 12 times per year due to the random selection process.
The hepatitis B vaccine (HBV) is offered (not required) to employees whose job description places them at risk of coming in contact with bodily fluids. The HBV is free of charge and scheduled during the business day. The vaccine is a series of three (3) shots over a six (6) month time frame. Any employee who received the full vaccine at any time in their life is considered vaccinated.
Motor Vehicle Records (MVR) are gathered annually for all employees who drive city vehicles.
Risk Management uses MVRs to determine the degree of liability employees represent on the roadway. Employees who acquire numerous traffic citations pose a great risk to themselves, other citizens and property. Annual MVRs is the primary tool Risk Management utilizes to ensure department directors are aware of employees potentially losing their city vehicle driving privileges.
No. The DDC and MVR are not related. The DDC is a course to enhance employee’s safe operation of motor vehicles, while the MVR is a record of traffic violations an employee has acquired. MVR points are reduced over time. Risk Management considers traffic violations for he past three (3) years only (for current employees) (4 years for new hire candidates), as time passes, points will be removed automatically.
Risk Management cannot impose disciplinary actions, such as: letters of reprimand, suspension, termination, etc. Risk Management has the authority to investigate claims of wrong doing in accordance with established policies and inform management personnel of the specific policy violations and related available disciplinary actions, however, department directors are responsible for imposing disciplinary actions. Risk Management may suspend city vehicle driving privileges, which is a safety precaution, not a disciplinary action.
*Flooding in downtown and inundation of sections of neighborhoods adversely impacts residents and businesses, and threatens public health.*Degraded infrastructure failings such as Patterson Bridge, Colony Park and Mims Road are evidence that the system is aging and rehabilitation is needed.*The City receives more than 3,000 stormwater drainage system calls each year, most requesting additional routine maintenance. At stake is the preservation of property values, among other concerns.
There is an appeal form available on the Stormwater web site for citizens to fill out and submit to request a review of their property.
These credits are:1. A fully functioning and cleaned detention pond with maintenance records : 40% deduction.2. Fully functioning water quality devices, with appropriate maintenance records: 15% deduction.3. A current state industrial permit, with all required paperwork: 5% deduction.4. Design of detention facilities to reduce the peak flow 10% below required post-development (required in Rock, Raes, and Rocky Creek Basins): 5% deduction.
To apply for a credit, please visit the Stormwater website and download the credit application manual. A registered Professional Engineer must submit the documents on your behalf. Stormwater credits applied for an received in 2016 will be applied retroactively to 2016 bills.
To download the Stormwater credit manual, go to http://www.augustaga.gov/stormwater and click on the "Stormwater Credit Manual" link on the left-hand side. Stormwater Credit Manual
If it is a Misdemeanor / Traffic case, please call the Richmond County Solicitor’s Office at (706) 821-1220.
If it is a Civil / Domestic Case, please call your attorney or call the office of the judge assigned to your case.
No. However, if you believe your property valuation is incorrect, you have the right to file an appeal within 45-days of the notice date. During the appeal filing period, appeals can be filed in person, by email, or online. To initiate an appeal online, find your property using our Property Search.
Generally yes, with the exceptions of a change in value or change in exemptions New parcels may not include street lights and solid waste fees in the estimated tax amount that will be on the actual tax bill.
All appeals must be filed in writing within 45 days after the date of the assessment notice. You do have the right to file an appeal. More information on property tax appeals can be found at https://dor.georgia.gov/property-tax-appeals.
The millage, or tax rate, is the rate used to calculate taxes on property. Prior year rates are listed at the bottom of your Assessment Notice in the column labeled ‘Millage’. Current year rates are unknown at the time assessment notices are mailed; levying authorities establish millage rates prior to mailing of tax bills.
Traffic Engineering sets the rates for street lights. Depending upon where you live, rates can be assessed through a mill rate, as a fee set by the County Commission, or fee for a specific street light district. For more information, please contact Traffic Engineering at (706) 821-1829.
The County Commission voted in 2001 to add solid waste fees to the property tax bill. If you believe that you should not be charged this fee please contact the Solid Waste Department at (706) 821-2300, or Dial 311.
Yes. All prior years and current year approved exemptions are included in the estimated tax amount. However, newly filed homestead exemptions filed closer to the April 1 deadline may not be on the notice; contact our office to check on your application status.
You may contact the Board of Assessors at (706) 821-2310 or search our online property records – Property Search
After hours or on weekends call the Sheriff's Dept. Dispatch at (706) 821-1080.
If it is on a metal pole call us (706) 821-1829.
No. Certain, more serious violations require a court appearance. Serious violations are charges that do not appear on the Traffic Violations Bureau Bond Order. Click here to see the
You may demand a trial. If you do, your case will be forwarded to the Solicitor General's Office to be handled as a misdemeanor prosecution. You must appear on the court date set out in the citation you were given to enter a not guilty jury or bench trial demand. You will receive a notice thereafter from the Solicitor General's Office notifying you of a formal arraignment date and time. You will then be sent a notice of your trial date. The Solicitor General's Office contact number is (706) 821-1220.
You must come into our office to establish a new account. Our hours of operation are from 8:30 AM- 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
The Augusta Utilities Department offers same day service if service is requested by 2pm.
Applicants must provide the following:
We offer electronic check or credit card payments by phone and online including re-occurring online montly payments payments at Pay Your Water Sewer Bill Online. Other branch also at 3463 Peach Orchard Rd STE B, Augusta, GA 30906 and 452 Walker St, Suite 101, Augusta, GA, 30901.