Frequently Asked Questions
Subdivisions and Recorded DocumentsWhat is a Homeowner’s Association (HOA)? What are subdivision covenants?Can the county enforce covenants in my subdivision?Where can I get a copy of my subdivision plat, covenants, deeds, or other recorded documents?The Forsyth County Unified Development Code (UDC)What is the Unified Development Code (UDC)?How can I obtain or view a copy of the Unified Development Code (UDC)?Report ViolationsHow do I report unsightly debris, neglected property, or other potential UDC violations?Which department can I report erosion control issues?Flood InformationWhat is a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA)?What does floodplain have to do with my mortgage?I have located my property on NFIP maps and believe it is outside the SFHA zone; what do I do to resolve this issue?I received a letter from my mortgage company stating that am a flood area and must purchase flood insurance, why has this happened for the first time?I do not believe that my property is subject to flooding based on its elevation; what do I do to resolve this issue?What is a Base Flood Elevation?How can I get an Elevation Certificate?Business LicensesDoes my business require a license?How do I apply for a business license?Do I need a business license to work from home?How much does a business license cost? How long is a license valid? What is a state license? Do I need a license for each of the locations I conduct business? How do I register a business name? Public ParticipationWhere is the office of Planning and Community Development, and what are office hours?What information can be found on the county's eStatus Web site?How do I know when a public hearing will take place for an issue that I am interested in?How do I learn the results of a public hearing?What are those orange signs?What are those yellow signs?How do I learn more about development taking place in my area?I met with the Planner of the Day to look at a project I am interested in but have more questions; can I make an appointment to meet with the planner assigned to the project?Is Forsyth County involved in development issues within City of Cumming limits?Long Range PlanningWhat is a "Comprehensive Plan"?How can I view or purchase a copy of the Comprehensive Plan 2012-2032?What is a “Future Development Map”?What is the relationship between the Future Development Map and Design Overlay Districts? What is a Conditional Use?Can I check the status of rezoning and other applications?Land UseWhat is "zoning"?How do I determine the zoning of my property? How do I determine what uses are allowed in a particular zoning district?What are zoning conditions?How do I get a copy of zoning conditions?What is a Variance?What is a Design Overlay District?Land DivisionShould I schedule an appointment to discuss an application for a permit or plat?How do I record a document?When is it necessary to submit and record a plat?What requirements pertain to plats?What is the process to submit a minor plat for review?What is the process for submitting a final plat for review and approval?What is the process to revise an approved final plat?Land DevelopmentCan I make an appointment to discuss applying for a permit or plat?What is a Land Development Permit (LDP)?What is the process for submitting construction plans for review and approval for a Land Development Permit?How do I submit an NOI or NPDES fees?How do i amend the responsible party as listed on an NOI?What is the process to renew a Land Development Permit?What is the process to revise a Land Development Permit?What is a State Water?What is a riparian buffer?I am not in a major subdivision but need to do minimal land disturbance, do I need a permit?What are Best Management Practices (BMP’s)?I need to bring in a dump truck load of dirt; is a land disturbance permit required?Can I check the status of rezoning and other applications? Landscaping and Tree OrdinancesWhat is a buffer?What maintenance does a “landscaped area” require?What does a “landscaped area” require?What is landscaped open space?Do I need a permit to remove a tree in my yard?Can I clear all the trees from my property?There is a dead tree on my neighbor’s property; can the county require the owner to remove it?Building PermitsWhat fees will I have to pay for a building permit?What documents do I need to obtain a residential building permit in Forsyth County?What is a setback?What structures must meet setbacks?How can I determine the required setback for a property?Do I need an active LDP to apply for a commercial building permit?When will my permit expire? How do I renew a permit?Is pool equipment required to meet setbacks?Do I need a permit for low voltage lighting? Do I need a permit to install a fence?Do I need a permit to install a sign or erect a banner?Can I install a driveway or patio in the setback area of my property? What documents do I need to obtain a residential building permit in Forsyth County?What documents do I need to obtain a commercial building permit in Forsyth County?What is the process to revise approved commercial building plans?Building InspectionsMust all sub-contractors register to do business in Forsyth County? What fees will I have to pay for building inspections?What inspections may be required for my project?How do I schedule an inspection?Can I request to schedule a specific time for an inspection?What if I need to cancel an inspection?Building Codes and PlansDoes the building department review fire alarm and sprinkler plans?What are the applicable building codes and amendments?Do any local building ordinances differ from the adopted state construction codes? Must plans be stamped by an Architect or Engineer? Who can submit building plans for review and permitting? Does the building department accept applications via mail or courier service? Are plan review and permits required to add non-load bearing walls in a commercial building? Is a permit required to take down a wall in an existing space? Is a permit required to install low voltage wiring? How many commercial building plans are required for review submittal? What are the fees associated with building plan review? Will plan reviewers provide a preliminary review of drawings? Can drawings be “walked through” to expedite reviews on smaller jobs? How long does the plan review process take? What happens after the 15 business day review cycle? Where is the plan review meeting located? Is there a time limit to address comments for plan approval? Can plans for new commercial buildings and structures be submitted prior to application for a Land Disturbance Permit (LDP)?Can building plan review be concurrent with LDP review? Will a tenant finish permit be issued if previous white box or speculative space permits are incomplete?Do Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing drawings require an engineer’s stamp? When are Special Inspections Required? Are structural building plans required for my single family home? Is a building permit required to open a new business in an existing space without making any changes to the space other than cosmetic?What is the process to revise approved commercial plans?
Subdivisions and Recorded Documents
The Forsyth County Unified Development Code (UDC)
Long Range Planning
Landscaping and Tree Ordinances
Building Codes and Plans