Planning & Community Development

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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. 

 Building inspections may be scheduled using the new Customer Self Service portal. 

 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
  • Request building permit inspections Need to learn how to use CSS? Find out more here.


 Building Permit Division
The Building Permit Division is responsible for processing all building permits.

***Some departments are now offering in-person appointments. Please click HERE for a link to the web page to schedule various appointments. If you are needing to setup an appointment in regards to a building permit, please schedule the appointment under Forsyth County Building and Economic Development Department.***

Building permits must be submitted electronically through the Customer Self Service portal.   Below are the links to the permit applications.  You will need to complete the documents in the permit application packet ,  and upload in the portal.   Please contact our department with any questions or concerns about permits.   You can submit at:  

Countywide Residential Lot Standards Checklist and Southeast Forsyth ResidentialLot Standards Checklist - Refer to Adopted Design Requirements to view new standards effective December 6, 2019, in an effort to enhance community character, which is an identified goal of the Forsyth County Comprehensive Plan. Any request for a lap siding exposure variance will need to submit an application. Lap Siding Administrative Variance Application

 Inspection Division
The Inspection Division is responsible for conducting inspections and enforcement of building codes.

Current Planning Division
The Current Planning Division is 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.


Long Range Planning Division 
The Long Range Planning Division is 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.