Land-Disturbing Activity: Any grading, scraping, excavating, or filling of land; clearing of vegetation; and any construction, rebuilding, or alteration of a structure. Land-disturbing activity shall not include activities such as ordinary maintenance and landscaping operations, individual home gardens, yard and grounds upkeep, repairs, additions or minor modifications to a single family dwelling, and the cutting of firewood for personal use.
Vertical construction of projects require three (3) permits before construction can commence: 1. A Land/Site Development Permit (for conformance with zoning codes) 2. Commercial Building Plan Review - with elevations (for conformance with building codes) 3. The issuance of a Building Permit for each building
The Site Development Permit and the Building Plan Review may be submitted for review concurrently. Keep in mind a Site Development will need to be approved prior to your Commercial Building Plans, and both approvals are required before a Building Permit may be issued. All Site Development Permits require the submittal and approval of a post-construction ‘As-Built’ survey.
This page provides information and/or links for everything associated with land development (i.e. land disturbance permits and recordable documents).
Types of Land Disturbance Permits: 1. Clearing & Grubbing and/or Grading (CG) Fee: $250 2. Road Construction (RC) Fee: $25/per lot + $250 3. Sanitary Sewer (SW) Fee: $30/per disturbed acres or min $250 4. Site Development (SD) Fee: $30/per disturbed acres or min $250
Recordable documents include: 1. Final Plats (FP) Fee: 1st submittal free / Revision $250 2. As-Builts (AS) Fee: 1st submittal free / Revision $250 3. Minor Plats (MP) Fee: $5 for review $8 per page for recording
Any land disturbance requires a plan review prior to receiving a permit.
Land/Site Development Permits: a Land Development Permit (LDP/SD) is different from Building Permits regulated under the International Code Council (ICC). Land Development Permits/Site Development includes Construction/Land Disturbance Permits, e.g. grading, road construction, sewer & water line development, site development, and re-development. All Land/Site Development Permits are reviewed by multiple county departments. After the plans are reviewed by all necessary departments, comments are provided to the plan designer. To obtain approval for a Land Development Permit, an applicant must address the reviewer’s comments then obtain final approval (stamp on plans) from each reviewing department. The routing requirements vary depending on which type of Land Development Permit. Please consult with staff regarding which reviewing departments you will receive comments and obtain final approval from.
Our weekly deadline for LDPs is Monday by 5:00pm for plan submittal.
We are proud to offer two options for plan review submittals. You may submit plans either in-person (with paper plans) or electronically. For your convenience, we encourage designers, engineers and surveyors to use ePlan Solutions to submit plans electronically. Please note: no other form type of electronic submittal will be accepted.
Please make sure when dropping off plans in-person for submittal deadline you have 11 sets of plans, LDP application, and the plan review fee for paper plans. If submitting electronic plans through ePlan the plan review fee is due at time of submittal. We offer a weekly Plan Review meeting which is automatically scheduled for the Wednesday of the week following submittal deadline at 9:00am in the Planning Conference Room, unless it falls on a holiday.
Checklists provide required information on completing each type of plan submittal. Links below include the portal for electronic plan review, permit fees, ordinances, and more.
Applications, Fees and Guides
In order to facilitate easier plan processing, it is highly recommended that developers review all the attached Department Checklists, as these are the checklists that each Reviewing Department will use to review your submittal.
LDP submittal process: Carroll Williams | Planner Technician Forsyth County Department of Planning & Community Development 110 E. Main Street, Suite 100 | Cumming, Georgia 30040 (678) 513-5872 direct | (770) 781-2115 main
LDP Plan Reviewers: Lori Kyle | Planner II Forsyth County Department of Planning & Community Development 110 E. Main Street, Suite 100 | Cumming, Georgia 30040 (770) 205-4524 direct | (770) 781-2115 main John Barlow | Planner II Forsyth County Department of Planning & Community Development 110 E. Main Street, Suite 100| Cumming, Georgia 30040 (770) 886-2760 direct | (770) 781-2115 main