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Land Disturbance Permit / Subdivision Plat Information

In an effort to minimize person to person contact due to COVID-19, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners has officially declared that all new land use submissions and sign submissions shall be via electronic submittal. All pertinent fees for applications shall be made via Visa/Mastercard payment; no checks or cash will be accepted - contact to arrange payment for Planning Department review fees.

 Please visit the Digital Plan Submission page for more information and details.  

Our weekly deadline for LDPs is Monday by 5:00pm for plan submittal.

Resubmittals which were originally submitted via paper are still being approved by wet stamp. Contact Heather McKeldin at for details.

Please be aware that there is currently a moratorium on the acceptance of Land Disturbance Permit applications for Res4, Res6, and R3 zoned properties.

Please visit the Departmental Checklists page for County Wide and Southeast Design Standards. Contact staff to verify applicability.

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.

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.

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

Department Checklists

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. 


Forsyth County requires the submission, review and approval of an as-built plan prior to issuance of the Certification of Occupancy or Certificate of Completion for all commercial, industrial, condominium, and residential amenities projects.

An As-Built plan is a civil drawing depicting completed site development and building construction or as-built profile of utilities as it exists in the field. As-Built plans and sewer profiles must be prepared by a licensed land surveyor and may involve a licensed engineer. They must show all infrastructure improvements and building footprints as they were actually constructed in the field. After all departments have approved the plan, it is recorded with the Clerk of Court.

As-builts are reviewed by several Departments, including Planning and Community Development, Engineering, Water & Sewer, Tax Assessor and GIS. Many of these Departments conduct field inspections and some may require additional reports such as those for Backflow Prevention and Hydrology. Field inspectors from several departments visit the site and also provide comments to the applicant.

For more information on as-built requirements, please visit the Departmental Checklists page. Please email us at or call us at (770) 781-2115 should you have any questions. 

Staff Contacts:

LDP submittal process:
Heather McKeldin | Planning Technician
Forsyth County Department of Planning & Community Development
110 E. Main Street, Suite 100 | Cumming, Georgia 30040
(678) 455-8472 direct | (770) 781-2115 main

LDP Plan Review Contacts:
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

Lori Kyle | Planning Manager
Forsyth County Department of Planning & Community Development
110 E. Main Street, Suite 100 
| Cumming, Georgia 30040
(770) 205-4524 direct 
| (770) 781-2115 main

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.