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Planning and Zoning

Telephone: 706-795-6345
Fax: 706-795-5176
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91 Albany Ave.

PO Box 1138 

Danielsville, GA. 30633

Zoning Administrator:  Linda Fortson





This site hopefully will help you with any zoning question that you may have.  If you still have questions please free to call or e-mail.


Public Notice!



For permiting questions, or building questions please check out the Building Inspection page.






I can help you with all of your zoning questions, your plans to subdivide your property, and help you reach your goal with your property.                                   

Please do not leave inspection request on my voice mail, or send a e-mail.  

For all building inspection questions please look at the building inspection web page.  Teresa has most of your question answered there.  If not call her at 706-795-6350.

Normal business hours are Monday- Friday 8:00 to 5:00.

 The Office is located in the Government Complex.  When you come in the front door we are next to the water fountain.   "Building & Zoning"




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For all properties located within a City Limits you will need to contact the City Hall.  We are County Only.                                                                      

Carlton:  706-797-3210 

 Colbert: 706-788-2311 

Comer: 706-783-4552

Danielsville: 706-795-2189

 Hull: 706-234-0430 

 Ila: 706-789-2244


For county water call the IDA at 706-795-9865

The IDA is located in the Old Court House in Danielsville.


For all rezone applications pleae call and make an appointment, this does take about 20 to 30 minutes.  The fee is $250 for residential, $300 for business, and $400 for industrial.  This is due at the time of application.  You will have two public hearings to attend.





Members of the Planning & Zoning Board 2021



        The purpose of the Madison County Planning and Zoning Department is to help the Board of Commissioners decide on land use with the best long term interests of the county. The Planning and Zoning Department achieves this through community-driven long range planning and through the application of the county's land use regulations. The county's Comprehensive Plan serves as an overall guide for development in the county, while the Madison County Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Regulations, and Storm water Ordinance provide specific details about how that development is to take place.

        Applications for the rezoning of property, for conditional uses, and for variances are accepted and reviewed by the Planning and Zoning Department, and are brought before the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Commissioners for review and approval. The Planning and Zoning Department also reviews  preliminary and final plats for approval by the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Commissioners.



Plat approval

  •  We now require 1 paper copy and 1 Cad file on disc of a plat for approval.  This helps cut the mapping fee.   Most plats can be approved when brought in.  To make sure you may want to call first.  There is a $15.00 approval fee for these plats.  We also request that all city plats be brought in to have the Map and Parcel placed on the plat before recording, there is no fee for these plats.   We also ask the plates of existing parcels be brought in so that we can make sure that our mapping records are correct, there is no fee on these plats. 
                                                                                                                                                                   Rezone Plats have 1 year to be recorded! 
  • If your property is located on a private drive or an easements please
  • check with our office to make sure it can be subdivided before you
  • have a survey done.  You can not make any changes to a final plat of
  • a subdivision that has been recorded, without approval from the
  • Zoning Administrator or the Board of Commissioners.  This means
  • the lots must stay as approved and recorded, without getting further approval.


Steps for plat recording 

 Plats with new splits must be stamped and signed by the Zoning Administrator.

As of Jan. 1, 2017 plats are recorded by e-file.

 Thank you to all the Surveyors that submit the plats for the approval, and to those that put the map and parcel that the parcels splits are coming from. 






Hey Look!      

Need the zone of a property?  

With a map and parcel number, the following zoning book can be used to check the zoning of a particular piece of property. This is for general reference only and does not reflect any changes after the date below. The current and official version is in the Madison County Planning & Zoning Department.

Zoning Book    




District Maps  

Madison County is divided into 5 Commission Districts.


District Map  


Future Land Use

  • The density parameters relate specifically to subdivision developments and do not apply to single parcel splits within rural residential areas.



The Future Land Use Element of the Comprehensive Plan 

The Future Land Use Map




Area, Yard, and Height Requirements

Building setbacks are15' from side property lines, 20' from the rear property line, and 60' from the road.

For commercial and poultry house call the office.

Additional Setbacks:

  • Wells and septic are regulated by the Madison County Health Department. 
  • Chicken houses - 300' from any property line ( 400' from any home other than the owner's).
  • Storage buildings - the same as the above table for Area, Yard, and Height Requirements.
  • Swimming pools - 10' from the property line.
  • Signs - 70' from centerline and 5' from ROW on Federal and State roads; 60' from centerline and 5' from ROW on County roads; If the sign is not on the subject's property, the ROW is determined by the property's zoning classification.
  • Fences, walls, shrubbery, or other obstructions to vision - anything 2.5' to 15' above the finished grade of streets cannot be within 20' of the intersection of the rights-of-way lines of streets or railroads (8.4.3).


General Information

  • Pre-owned mobile homes have new guidelines so please check with the Building and Zoning Office for details. 
  • You do not have to have 5 ac. for a mobile home, it is treated the same as a site built home.  The lot size depends on the zone of the property.  If it is any existing lot, you will need to be able to meet  the property set backs.
  • Campers can only be used as a residence when you have a active permit for building a home.
  • It is required to have at least 1 ac. per horse or cow.
  • A private drive or easement can only serve four lots.
  • Only 1 single-family dwelling will be allowed on a lot, unless otherwise permitted by zoning, such as medical hardships, caretakers, and accessory dwelling units.
  • Property can only be split 3 times for a total of 4 lots within a 3 year period, without falling into major subdivision regulations.
  • Any structure that is that is 100 sq. ft. or larger must be permitted.
  • Any accessory building such as a storage building smaller than 288 sq. ft. do not have to permitted.  If you are adding electrical you must get an electrical permit.
  • Pole barns do not have to be permitted, but must meet set backs.
  • Commercial buildings under 5,000 sq. ft. are not required to have building planes but are required to have a site plan. 
  • All construction of 5,000 sf. must submit a storm water plan.  If you are adding to an existing site your plan must be amended.


Chicken House Requirements    



Political Sign!     


Section 10.9: Permitted in A-1, A-2, RR, R-1, R-2, R-3

Political signs, nonilluminated, not to exceed eight sq. ft. of area.


Maximum height for A-1, A-2, & RR is 20'.

Maximum height for R-1, R-2, & R-3, is 5'.

Political signs are not permitted in B & I zones.








Zoning Classifaction Summary

The following information is provided for reference only, and is not the official version of the Madison County Zoning Ordinance. The official version can be obtained in the Madison County Planning and Zoning Department.

Madison County Zoning Ordinance  Codified 3/4/2019       

Adoption page:3/4/2019





 For building question please check the Building Inspection page.      

 For inspections or the Building Inspector you can call 706-795-6350. 


Amendments 2013! 
Section 6.1.4 a Nonconforming lot for rezone 1/7/2013
Section Fencing in a B zone 1/7/2013
Section 7.7 B-Business District 1/7/2013
Article VII Use Chart 1/7/2013
B-1 and B-2 are to be deleted and replaced by B-Business District in the Zoning Ordinance  1/7/2013

Amending zoning map and deleting B-1 and B-2 to B  1/7/2013

Section 9.21 Manufactured Mobile Units  Amended  2/11/2013

Amendment to A1, A2, and RR for Respite Homes  3/4/2013

Section Parking Lots   3/4/2013

Section 11.1.1 Area Var.   3/4/2013

Article VIII Minimum side setback to 15' 4/1/2013

Section 12.3.3 GADOT letter May 6, 2013

Amendment to Article III Definitions  Aug. 5, 2013

Amendment to Article VII  Zoning chart   Aug. 5, 2013

Section 7.12 WP Watershed Protection District   Aug. 5, 2013

Article X  Signs and Billboards   Aug. 5, 2013


Amendments 2014 

Section 9.22 Solar Farms    May 5, 2014



Amendments 2015 

Section and amending the use chart Approved March 2, 2015

Section Cell towers in Industrial zones  Approved March 2, 2015

Section Nonconforming Structure  Approved May 4, 2015

Section 9.23 Urban Agriculture Approved June 1, 2015

Section 9.5.1 and 9.5.2 Home occupations  Approved June 1, 2015

Section Withdrawal of application  Approved June 1, 2015

Section Denial of a rezone   Approved July 6, 2015 

Section 11.2.3 Denial of a Use Variance  Approved August 3, 2015

Section 11.9.3 Sign Variance Approved August 3, 2015

Article VII Use Chart: Confined animal feeding  Approved Sept. 10, 2015


Amendments 2016 

Section accessory buildings   Approved March 7, 2016

 Section3.1 Amendment of definitions to include Event Halls. May 9, 2016


Amendments 2017   

Section 4.6 Interpretation of Uses  July 10, 2017

Section 14.2.4 The written analysis July 10, 2017

Section 7.7 Subdivision lots  July 10, 2017    (Also deletes conservation subdivisions)

Section Transmission towers July 10, 2017

Article III: Definition of terms  July 10, 2017

Section 7.15 Deletes conservation subdivisions July 10,2017

Article III Definition of Terms; Vegetative Barrier  July 31, 2017

Article III Definitions  July 31, 2017

 Section Agricultural uses (Poultry Houses) July 31, 2017

Section  Event Hall  November 6, 2017

Section 6.6.3 Recreational Vehicle  November 6, 2017

Article III Definitions:  Stack House  November 6, 2017

Section Wholesale and retail of ag. products  November 6, 2017

Section 7.9.2 Conditional Use in Industrial zone  November 6, 2017

Section Considerations for a rezone November 6, 2017


Amendments 2018

Article III: Definition of commercial vehicle.   January 8, 2018

Intermittent Stream        February 5, 2018

Subdivision Regs;  Section 5.5 Private Access Drives June 25, 2018

Subdivision Regs;  Section 5.1.1.b  For Zones RR & R1 & Section 5.3 Major Streets June 23, 2018

Storm Water Section 5.3; Fencing  June 25, 2018

Recorded plat   August 6, 2018

Dog Kennels, animal hospital or veterinarian clinics and animal shelter  December 3, 2018

Animal Hospitals and Veterinarian Clinics    December 3, 2018

Medium Density and High Density Residential   December 3, 2018

Single Family Residential   December 3, 2018

Individual meat processing facility  December 3, 2018

Individual meat processing facility A-2   December 3, 2018

Article VII    December 3, 2018

Amendments 2019

 Article VIII:  R-1 zoning

Approved Oct. 7, 2019

Section 3.1 ( The words in red are new)

ACCRESSORY BUILDING OR USE:  A subordinate building or use customarily incidental to the principal; use of the land and located on the same lot with the principal incidental to the principal use of the land and located on the same lot with the principal use.  This would include but not be restricted to personal garage, storage buildings, sheds, prefab buildings or like structures after the residence has been built.  An accessory building cannot be lived in.

Section (The words in red are new)

Accessory buildings are allowed, with a residence as the principle structure.  Accessory buildings including garages, sheds, or other structures required for or customarily incidental to the limited agricultural activity permitted in this district.  Automobiles not in operating condition shall not be parked between the residence and the street or the streets in adjoins.  All cars not in operation condition shall be parked in the rear yard, carport, or garage.  All automobile parts shall be stored within a garage or enclosed storage building.

Section  (The words in red are new)

Accessory buildings Agricultural Structures and uses customarily incidental to the operation of ta farm, including, private garages, sheds, barns, silos, water towers, grain bins, greenhouses and or other storage structures, provided said structures are located on the same lot or farm and are not used for conducting a business or service inconsistent with A-1 allowed practices. A minimum of 5 acres is required.

Section (The words in red are new)

 Agricultural Structures Agricultural Structures and uses customarily incidental to the operation of ta farm, including, private garages, sheds, barns, silos, water towers, grain bins, greenhouses and or other storage structures, provided said structures are located on the same lot or farm and are not used for conducting a business or service inconsistent with A-2 allowed practices. A minimum of 5 acres is required.



 Amendments 2021

Section 6.6.4 Campers/RV's and Tents

Section 9.16 is deleted in it entirety.

Section A-1 Comditional Use 

Section A-2 Conditional Use

Section 11.1 Sspecial Exception Variances

 Section 6.6.6 Campers and RV's taggged and titled

Section 6.6.7 Campers / Rv's / and Tents as dwellings





The following information is provided for reference only, and is not the official version of the Madison County Subdivision Regulations. The official version can be obtained in the Madison County Planning and Zoning Department.

  • There is a 1000 feet pipeline buffer for wells in subdivisions.
  • Subdivision road requirements are under Section V not Section VIII.  You can contact Alan at the Road Department for county specs. (706-795-6260)

Madison County Subdivision Regulations Codified 3/4/2019

Enactment page for new Subdivision Regs.

Section 5.1  Through Streets  June 25, 2018

Section 5.3 Major Streets, Limited Access Highways or Railroad Right of Way   June 25, 2018

Section 5.5 Private Drives   June 25, 2018


Subdivision Checklist  1/25/2018


Madison County Development Standards Program (Section 5.3 of the Subdivision Regulations)

Required Utility Layout for Major Subdivisions with lots of 3 acres or less (Appendix 2)

Preliminary Plat Questionnaire

Preliminary Plat Review

Final Plat Questionnaire





The following information is provided for reference only, and is not the official version of the Madison County Mobile Home Park Regulations. The official version can be obtained in the Madison County Planning & Zoning Department.

Stormwater Ordinance  Adopted 3/4/2019

Section 5.3 Fencing   June 25, 2018


Manufactured Home Park Regulations   Codified 3/4/2019 


         The County clerk is designated as the Open Records Officer to act    for Madison County and all of its related and subsidiary entities as defined in the Act,

       All requests for records made under the Act directed to the County shall be made in writing to the Open Records Officer.



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