Forsyth County Response to COVID-19

Information on County Departmental operations, online services and closures can be found here:  This page also contains links to state and national resources.

Due to the Resolution Declaring a Local Emergency, the April 2, 2020 Board of Commissioners meeting will held via streaming audio and video. Persons wishing to address the Board during the public hearing may do so via a call in number. Click here for more information.

Current Planning Division

Sharon O. Farrell | Planning Manager
Forsyth County Department of Planning & Community Development
110 E. Main Street, Suite 100 | Cumming, Georgia 30040
(678) 513-5946 direct | (770) 781-2115 main

The Current Planning Division ensures the implementation of the policies adopted by the Board of Commissioners while providing professional land planning services to facilitate sustainable growth through effective plan review and land development permitting.  

The following descriptions will assist you in navigating the Current Planning Division's Web pages.

Land Disturbance Permit & Plat Information

  • Land Disturbance Permit or Land Development Permit (LDP): A type of permitting for residential, commercial, and industrial zonings. We offer several different types of LDPs:  Site Development (SD), Road Construction (RC), Clearing, Grading and/or Grubbing (CG) and Sanitary Sewer (SW)
  • Within the LDP process we have two types of recorded document processes: As-Builts (AS) and Final Plats (FP)
  • Information about electronic submittals through ePlan Solutions

  • Submittal deadlines

  • Links to checklists and applications

  • Submittal deadlines

  • Forsyth County Tree Protection and Replacement Ordinance

  • Landscape Guide

  • Buffer Standards

  • Recommended Plant List

  • Tree/Landscape Plan Review Checklist

  • Tree Care Information

    Variances, Appeals & other Public Hearing Information

  • Forsyth County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA)

  • Sign Affidavit Submittal form (ZBA)
  • Public Hearing Calendar (ZBA)
  • Variance Application
  • Appeal of Administrative Decision Application
  • Medical Hardship – Supplemental Application
  • Stream Buffer Variance – Supplemental Application

Administrative Variance

  • A variance of up to 15% may be requested administratively

  • Maximum Building Height

  • Building Setbacks

  • Buffers


  • Some residential subdivisions within the county require specific exterior architectural material & details
  • These requirements are created during the rezoning of property and are a result to the conditions set forth by the Board of Commissioners

EStatus - Application | Permit | Plat Search

  • Information and documents for all active and archived Public Hearing applications and Land Development Permits and Plats   


Planning GIS Viewer  

  • Research Public Hearing applications or Land Development Permits and Plats spatially

  • Infrastructure layers for the development community

  • Streets, tax map & parcels, aerial images, etc.





Contact Us

 Address: 110 East Main Street
Suite 100
Cumming, GA 30040
 Phone: 770-781-2115
 Email: Contact Us

Our Mission

Our department's mission is to develop partnerships with all members of the community in an effort to provide valuable planning and development services that promote quality development and help create communities that will be enjoyed for generations to come.