Planning Department


The Planning Department receives, processes, reviews and makes recommendations on applications to rezone property in the County. Some re-zonings require amendments to the land use plan. These proposed land use plan amendments are processed in conjunction with their related rezoning requests, and must be approved prior to rezoning.


The Zoning Handbook is intended to provide an overview as to the processes involved in zoning and the characteristics associated with different zoning designations and requirements.

Zoning Handbook

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Application Process

Steps involved applying for a rezoning case. See Process Flowchart.

  • The applicant obtains an application from the Planning Department.
  • All necessary information is included on the application: site plan, legal description, picture(s) of the sign(s), and fees.
  • The GIS division prepares maps for the proposed rezoning case.
  • Notices are sent to property owners that live within 300 feet of the affected area, for a public hearing before the Planning Advisory Commission (PAC).
  • PAC holds a public hearing and recommends either approval, conditional approval, or denial.
  • The Planning Department completes its review and makes recommendation.
  • The recommendations, from PAC and the Planning Department, are sent to the Columbus City Council.
  • The application must be approved by the Planning Department to automatically be sent to Council. If the application is denied by the Planning Department, the applicant must send a letter to the Clerk of Council requesting to continue forward with the public hearing.
  • Ad is run for 15 days prior to Council meeting but no later than 45 days prior.
  • Notices are sent to property owners that live within 300 feet of the affected area, for a public hearing before Council.
  • The application is then taken before the City Council to be heard. This first meeting is the 1st Reading and is the public hearing.
  • The following meeting is called the 2nd Reading. There is no public hearing and the case is voted approved, approved with conditions, or denied.
  • If the application is approved, the applicant may move forward with the building permit process.

Fees and Applications

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

Interactive Maps

The Department of Engineering, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Division has a site that features interactive maps. The website has high-resolution color aerial photography and contains all new streets and subdivisions. People can search by address, owner name or parcel identification number using the Tax Assessor's Property Database on QPublic.

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Contact Information

For assistance with zoning information, please contact Kevin Herrit(706) 225-3934.

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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