Zoning verification for a specific property confirms the zoning classification assigned to a property and determines if a proposed use is permitted within the given zoning district.  Zoning verification generally is required to obtain a building permit, sign permit or business license. To obtain a zoning verification, a site address or tax parcel number is needed and must be brought with you to the Community Development Department.  You may also review the zoning classification of specific property using the Geographic Information System (GIS), and review a list of applicable design standards and permitted uses for the zoning classification in the Unified Land Development Code (ULDC).

Zoning certification letters confirms the current zoning classification and generally provides more detailed information regarding zoning history and compliance with the Unified Land Development Code.  A zoning certification letter may be obtained from the Department of Planning by written request via U.S. Mail, fax or email and submitted to Matt Tate, Planning Manager, (or the planner with whom you have been speaking).  When requesting a zoning certification letter, you will need to provide a site address or tax parcel number for the property in question.  An "as-built" boundary survey/plat will be required for any confirmations relative to existing and/or nonconforming conditions related to zoning. Staff requires a minimum of three (3) business days to fulfill the request. Please ensure that you allot additional processing time for more detailed requests. There is a fee of $25, made payable to City of Gainesville.


Another function of the Planning Division is to review and approve for recording boundary survey/plats for simple subdivision or combination of properties, in accordance with the Unified Land Development Code (ULDC). Large-scale subdivisions or those subdivisions involving the construction of a road require the review of a preliminary and final plat as part of the Civil Plan Review process.

To record a boundary survey/plat to either combine properties or to subdivide a tract of land located within the City, a minimum of four (4) copies with the land surveyor’s original signature must be reviewed and stamped by the Gainesville Public Utilities Department (PUD) confirming water and sewer availability, or by the Hall County Environmental Health Department for septic tank (and/or well water) properties. Approval by the Gainesville Public Works Department also may be required.  After PUD or Environmental Health Department stamp the plat, the copies shall be submitted to the planner for review. Once approved, the planner will contact you to pick up the stamped copies. You can then take one of the stamped copies to the Deed and Records Room for recording. Please note that the Planning Division will retain two of the stamped copies for permanent record-keeping.

Staff requires a minimum of three (3) business days to fulfill the request. Please ensure that you allot additional processing time for more detailed requests. There is a fee of $25, made payable to City of Gainesville.

Once you have properly recorded the plat, you can contact the Hall County Addressing Department to obtain any new site addresses if need be; or obtain any applicable permits.


Civil Plan Review & Land Disturbance Permits (LDP)

The civil plan review process helps ensure compliance with various codes, ordinances, and requirements; including the Unified Land Development Code, grading requirements, hillside requirements, subdivision regulations, overlay zone standards, water and wastewater design standards, soil erosion and sedimentation control provisions, etc. Civil plan review includes plans associated with the preparation of land for construction, on-site/off-site improvements, water and sewer line installation, and other similar improvements.

A land disturbance/development permit (LDP) must be obtained from the Planning Division prior to any land disturbance activity, whether clearing and grubbing; grading; and construction of such improvements as streets, parking lots, stormwater detention facilities, sidewalks, or other similar permanently affixed structures. The review process involves various city, county and state agencies; and generally takes two to three weeks for preliminary review. The number of departmental comments and the time it takes for the engineer, land surveyor or other professional to address the comments determines the timeframe in which a LDP is issued.

For more information about the LDP permitting process and guidelines for the preparation of civil plans (and preliminary and final plats for subdivisions), you can review Article 9-13 of the Unified Land Development Code. The Civil Plan Review Process Packet is a listing of the procedural requirements and fee schedule, and checklists the Planning Division uses to review development projects.