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Planning & Zoning

Zoning Ordinance
Commissioner Taylor on July 21 approved the readoption of the zoning ordinance, appendix A of the Bartow County Code of Ordinances, as well as the zoning map. The readopted zoning ordinance may be found here.

What can be used as a single-family residence on a vacant lot?
Only a conventional site/stick built house unless zoned for a manufactured home (R-4 allows for manufactured homes as well as standard size A-1 lots 2 acres or greater). Manufactured homes are Not allowed on substandard size A-1 vacant lots less than 2 acres. For all properties, minimum 1,200 sqft heated living area, minimum 5:12 roof pitch. Not allowed (prohibited) as a residence: tents, boats, RV campers, storage buildings, shipping containers, tiny homes. After main residence is on property, guest house is an option but there are code restrictions - discuss with staff. 

Plans Submittal
When submitting preliminary plats, civil plans & hydrology study, building plans, and/or as-builts & final plat, email a PDF or link to Submit 3 copies of civil plans; 2 copies of plats and/or building plans; and 1 copy of hydrology study and/or as-builts along with applicable fees and forms to the community development office, courthouse basement, 135 W. Cherokee Ave, suite 124, Cartersville.

Development Process Steps (see county code appendix B devt regs for full info)
1) Submit concept site plan electronically, request Thursday AM discussion meeting
2) During Thursday AM discussion meeting, preliminary plat info will be determined
3) Submit civil plans & hydrology study electronically, 3 hard copies, forms, fees
4) Submit applicable bond(s)/letter(s) of credit, preconstruction meeting, LDP issued
5) Submit building plans (if needed) electronically, 2 hard copies, forms, fees
6) Submit as-builts & final plat electronically, hard copies, forms, fees
7) Building permit(s) issued

Zoning of a property is found in the qPublic map view - click HERE.     
*** CLASS is Not zoning - that is the tax assessor's office info for appraisal/assessment.

Rezoning or conditional use for subdivision; multi-family devt; planned devt; and/or commercial or industrial devt

1) Discuss water/sewer issues with provider. Obtain concept site plan prepared by surveyor or engineer. 
2) Email concept plan to and and request a Thursday AM meeting with staff to discuss project. Confirm with Mr. Osborne the type of zoning case you will need (rezoning or rezoning with land use change) and download from Zoning Documents page.
3) Obtain water/sewer availability/capacity letter from provider. 
4) Review State DRI threshold info. Review Etowah Valley Overlay District and Allatoona Overlay District info. Complete related items if applicable. 
5) Email Richard Osborne the application, concept site plan, water/sewer letter, example architectural renderings, and letter of explanation to confirm minimum requirements. 
6) Staff will follow up with you to confirm legal requirements are met.
7) At least one project representative must attend the Planning Commission and Commissioner's hearings.

Click Upcoming Public Hearing for Planning Commission mtg info.

Click Zoning Documents for application fees.  

Basic Rezoning (example: A-1 to R-1 for proposed lot split)
1) Download a rezoning application from the Zoning Documents page. 
2) Email Richard Osborne to confirm requirements. 
3) At least one project representative must attend the Planning Commission and Commissioner's hearings. 

Variance application
1) Download a variance application from the Zoning Documents page.
2) Email Richard Osborne to confirm requirements.
3) At least one project representative must attend the Board of Zoning Appeals hearing.  

Need a zoning verification letter?
Email Richard Osborne

Make sure they are on private property, not in an easement, not in conflict with utilities or road site visibility. No county permit needed, no max height, OK for chain-link, wood, vinyl, metal. 

For inspection requests of permitted projects, email before 3:00 PM in order to get on the next business day schedule. 

Livestock animals
Only allowed on lots two (2) acres or greater - includes chickens, roosters, pigs, goats, horses, cattle, etc. Questions? Contact Animal Control 770-387-5153.

New wall, freestanding/ground signs for commercial and industrial uses require permitting. Email Richard Osborne to confirm requirements.  

Special event permit
If you want to have a significant size (100 persons or more) special event on residential/agricultural land that doesn't have zoning and business license approval as an event venue, email Richard Osborne a no-cost filled-out Special Event Permit application from the Zoning Documents page for public safety purposes. 

Short-term rentals (AirBnB, VRBO, etc.) require county short-term rental licenses
Permit application may be found under Zoning Documents

2021 PLANNING COMMISSION CALENDAR (rezonings, conditional use)


Accessory Building Fact Sheet

Allatoona Overlay District Summary

Allatoona Overlay District Map

Development of Regional Impact (DRI) Fact Sheet

Etowah Valley Historic District Summary

Etowah Valley Historic District Map

Manufactured Home (mobile home) Fact Sheet

Subdividing Land Fact Sheet

Zoning Districts Fact Sheet


The goals of the Planning and Zoning Division:
1) Ensure orderly county growth in conformance with the comprehensive plan, planning principals and policies.
2) Implement the comprehensive plan and administer and enforce zoning in a professional and effective manner. 

Areas of responsibility

  • Interact with citizens, businesses, developers to assist with the understanding and implementing of the zoning ordinance. 
  • Review applications, site plans, etc. for code compliance. 
  • Coordinate review of rezonings, conditional use permits, variances, and administrative variances with departments and other agencies.
  • Inspect the applicable sites to ensure complete review of applications.
  • Prepare reports, packages, presentations for the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Bartow County Commissioner, etc.
  • Communicate the process and review with interested parties.
  • Acknowledge decision of Boards and ensure records reflect accordingly.
  • Maintain and update the comprehensive plan and participate in the development of plan implementation strategies. 


Please have the following info when contacting our office

  • Tax Assessor's Parcel Identification Number (click HERE to visit Tax Assessor's on-line maps) plus address
  • Parcels beginning with a number "0" are unincorporated county (except some Euharlee and Taylorsville city parcels start with a number - description Euharlee or Taylorsville tax district); parcels beginning with "A"  - Adairsville city; "C" - Cartersville city; "E" - Emerson city; "W" - White city.