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Subdivision Regulations

Article IX of The Constitution of the State of Georgia, 1976, grants authority to the governing body of each county and municipality to regulate subdivisions and land development.

The Columbus Minimum Subdivision Regulations as set by the Unified Development Ordinance (Chapter 10 - Article 6) establish legal minimum standards for subdivision development. It is the job of the Planning Department to ensure that proposed subdivisions conform to these adopted standards.

Subdivision regulations set standards for streets, drainage ways, sewage disposal, water systems, and other aspects of public welfare.

Subdivision regulations are needed to protect communities and ensure building lots provide a wholesome living environment for future residents. These regulations ensure adequate lot size, public access, and the availability of public services to each lot created. They also help to conserve natural, scenic, historic and recreational areas.

Subdivision regulations eliminate the need for excessive public expenditures by making the developer responsible for the installation of basic public facilities before the recording and sale of lots.

According to Georgia State Law, any time a property owner converts a tract of land into a subdivision – whether dividing it into two or 200 lots – a subdivision plat must be recorded. Recording of a subdivision plat is necessary before property transfers can begin in the subdivision.

Fees and Applications

For a complete listing of all zoning fees, please visit the Zoning Fees and Applications web page. The Subdivision Preliminary Plat and Final Plat Applications can also be found on the Zoning Fees and Applications web page.

Contact Information

For assistance with Columbus' subdivision regulations, please contact Will Johnson at (706) 225-3930.

Columbus, Georgia Consolidated Government Annex Building

Government Annex Building
2nd Floor
420 10th Street
Columbus, Georgia 31902

Phone: (706) 653-4421
Fax: (706) 653-4534

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