Planning & Community Development

 Forsyth County Response to COVID-19

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Welcome to the Forsyth County Planning & Community Development Page.

The Planning & Community Development department is made up of multiple divisions. Each division within the department handles a different aspect of planning for the county. Whether you are looking to rezone your property, build a house, or apply for a land disturbance permit we are able to assist you with any of these requests.

The following descriptions will assist you in navigating the Department of Planning & Community Development's web pages. 

Effective Immediately 

 All permits and plans must be submitted electronically. 

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

 Access the online Customer Self Service (CSS) portal. 

 Use the online CSS portal to: 

  • Apply for certain Planning & Community Development plans or permits
  • Check the status of an application
  • Pay select fees



Development Review Division & Development Inspections Division
The Development Review & Inspections Divisions are responsible for subdivision and land development review and permitting.

All applications are now uploaded to the Customer Self Service Portal:
Please contact for general information or questions on using the Customer Self Service portal.


Zoning Division & Policy Division 
The Zoning & Policy Divisions are responsible for managing the rezoning, sketch plat, conditional use and home occupation permit processes. In addition, it oversees policy and code changes as reflected in the Forsyth County Comprehensive Plan and the Unified Development Code.

Effective Immediately

All Rezoning, Conditional Use Permit, Sketch Plat and Home Occupation Permit applications must be submitted via email to  Please include the tax map/parcel(s) or address of the property in the subject line of the email.  All Zoning Condition Amendment applications must be submitted via email to

Please contact Planning and Community Development at 770-886-2780 with questions.

Zoning and Other Public Hearing Information



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.