Code Enforcement

Our Goal is compliance before citation, by:

Encouraging our citizens to participate in keeping our community a safe and clean place to live, work and play by obeying codes and reporting possible violations.

Common Code Violations

No building or other structure shall be erected, moved, extended, enlarged, structural altered, changed from unfinished to finished space nor shall any existing or new areas within structures or buildings be covered or concealed by wall coverings, nor shall any grading, excavation or filling of a new lot for construction of any building or structure be commenced until a building permit has been issued.

No junk vehicles (defined: any wheeled contrivance or part thereof, propelled by power and used primarily for the transportation of persons or property on public streets and highways, or to serve some function such as grading, dredging, tilling located in public view and, inoperative, or where required by law, (bearing no current valid license plate.) shall be parked or stand on any property in the unincorporated portions of Forsyth County.

Outside construction shall be limited to the hours of 7:00am to 7:00pm Monday to Friday and 8:00am to 6:00pm on Saturday. No outside construction permitted on Sunday.

No person shall engage in solid waste handling, except in such a manner as to conform to and comply with this article and all applicable state and federal legislation, rules, regulations and orders.

It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to dump throw or leave litter on any public or private property in the county.

No person shall drive or move any vehicle within the county unless such vehicle is constructed or loaded so as to prevent any load, contents or litter contained in such vehicle from being blown or deposited upon any street, alley or other public place.

The owner, occupant, or person in charge of any dwelling unit, structure, or use, to which a structure number has been assigned, is responsible for the posting of structure numbering by affixing assigned number to the mailbox, structure or an above ground sign attached to a post.

Commercial properties located within Forsyth County are required to maintain the cleanliness of their entire site by removing trash or debris, and maintaining landscaping, buildings and parking lots.

Signs of any type posted in the right-of-way or attached to telephone poles, traffic control signs or trees are prohibited. Banner signs are allowed on a temporary basis with a permit obtained from the Planning and Development Department.

View the current Forsyth County outdoor water restrictions.

The Process:

The Code Enforcement process begins when a Code Enforcement officer observes a violation; a citizen calls in a complaint; a letter or online complaint is received; or other county departments or entities make a complaint, initiating the process. All complaints are investigated and verified by a Code Enforcement officer and if a violation exists, the officer will take further action toward obtaining voluntary compliance.

Warning Notices:

When code violations are verified to exist, a written warning may be left at the violation site, hand delivered or mailed to a violator or property owner. The warning explains the type of violation(s) that exist and specifies a certain number of days given for the violation to be corrected to comply with Forsyth County codes. Failure to correct violations within the specified time period may result in the violator(s) being issued a civil citation to appear in Magistrate Court for each violation.

Residents should call the Code Enforcement Office at 678.513.5854 with any questions.  A re-inspection of the property will take place to determine if the violation(s) have been corrected.

Enforcement Action:

If a violator or property owner does not meet compliance, a civil citation to appear in Forsyth County Magistrate Court will be issued. A Magistrate Court judge may impose a fine of up to $1,000 for failure to correct code violations. 

Contact Us

 Address: 875 Lanier 400 Parkway
Suite 102
Cumming, GA 30040
 Phone: 678-513-5893
 Fax: 770-781-4290
 Email: Contact Us

Our Mission

The mission of Forsyth County Code Enforcement is to develop partnerships with our citizens and those who conduct business in Forsyth County, to preserve and improve quality of life issues by providing Forsyth County with a safe, healthy and quality environment.