The Development Review 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 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. Please click on the links below to access more information on each permit type and it's application requirements.
Within the LDP process there are three types of recorded document processes. Please click on the links below to access more information on each process and it's application requirements.
VARIANCES, APPEALS & OTHER PUBLIC HEARING INFORMATION
Variances allow for development to deviate from the standards set forth by the Forsyth County Unified Development Code. The code also permits the appeal of administrative decisions, and decisions made by the Zoning Board of Appeals. Information regarding each of the following application types can be found here, including application requirements, document downloads, and overall process information.
- Administrative Variances
- Variances requiring approval by the Board of Commissioners
- Variances requiring approval by the Zoning Board of Appeals
- Appeals of administrative decisions
- Appeals of Zoning Board of Appeals decisions
- Medical Hardships
TREE INFORMATION & ORDINANCES
Forsyth County through it's Tree Ordinance provides standards that guide development and incorporate trees into land use planning. Establishing a healthy and sustainable urban and community forest seeks to preserve and enhance the quality of life within the county, while at the same time enhancing economic growth and development.
- Forsyth County Tree Protection and Replacement Ordinance
- Buffer Standards
- Recommended Plant List
- Tree/Landscape Plan Review Checklist
- Tree Care Information