Building and Planning
Physical Address: 101 South Broad Street, Bainbridge, Georgia 39817
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 158, Bainbridge, Georgia 39818.
OFFICE HOURS 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
Telephone: (229) 248-2000, Fax: (229) 246-7311
The goal of the Bainbridge-Decatur County Marshal’s Office is to protect the heath and general welfare and to maintain quality of life in the community while preserving its lifestyle and values. The department ensures consistency of the planning activities taking place in Decatur County with policies included in Decatur County’s Comprehensive Plan pertinent to growth and development of the County. The department is divided into four divisions: Planning, Zoning, Building Permitting & Inspection.
The Bainbridge-Decatur County Planning Commission is a seven-member board that meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month in the Bainbridge City Hall Council Chambers at 101 South Broad St. when there is Planning Department matters to discuss. It reviews zoning cases, preliminary and final plats for subdivisions or other proposed developments and makes determinations on variance or hardship requests from citizens, among other things. The current board is comprised of: Chairperson Frank Flowers, Vice-Chair person Alan Davis, John Marshall, Lance Godwin, Billy Ward, Gene Dunlap, Zach McLendon with the Bainbridge-Decatur Planning Director acting as secretary for the monthly meetings.
Steve O’Neil /Community Development Director
Phone: 229-248-2000, ext. 125
The Planning Division is responsible for preparing the County’s Comprehensive plan, which includes policies and objectives for the growth and development of the community, as well as preparing the necessary County regulations for day to day operation and management of the County. The Marshal’s Office maintains and updates the Comprehensive Plan, to ensure its consistency with State and Federal laws. The adopted regulations include the Land Development and Construction Regulation Ordinance, Sign Ordinance, and all other applicable County ordinances. The Marshal’s Office staff intends to provide information to citizens, residents or members of the business community on interpretation and administration of the regulations adopted by the City/County.
The Decatur County Land Development and Construction Regulations can be purchased from the Marshal’s Office for $25.00. The Subdivision Procedures is available for download below.
Building Permitting & Inspection
Keith Pollock/City Marshall
Phone: 229-248-2000, ext. 126
The Building Permitting and Inspection Division is dedicated to helping protect the life, health and property of all the citizens of Decatur County from hazards of faulty design and construction.
This division is responsible for evaluating building plans, submitted for review and enforcing Building Code, as well as other County ordinances related to building such as Manufactured Home and Travel Trailer Regulations, Multi-Family Housing Regulations, Building and Construction Regulations, Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, and Standards for Telecommunication Antennae and Towers. Permits are issued for buildings, HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning), plumbing and electrical work. For land disturbance activities, please contact the Natural Resources Department, Environmental Protection Division at:
Rachel Trolinger, Permit Tech, may be reached at (229) 248-2000, ext. 111, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Planning Department Documents And Permits
All permits relating to construction are issued from this department (i.e. building permits, electrical permits, plumbing permits, mechanical permits, mobile home permits, low voltage electrical installation permits, sprinkler installation permits, etc.). We also process requests for matters relating to zoning issues, subdivision requests, special permission requests, variance requests, tree removal requests, nuisance abatement.
PULLING PERMITS: In order to pull a permit, all contractors must complete a Contractor’s Registration Application. In addition, contractors doing work that requires a state license must show proof of licensure before the permit will be issued.
See Forms and Applications section at www.bainbridgecity.com/city hall/departments/community development/building department for all building and zoning related permits. For questions or more information, contact the Building Inspector at 248-2000 ext. 126.
“The Bainbridge-Decatur County Building Department is now offering contractors and homeowners the opportunity to apply for permits through our new online portal. We hope this new option will make the permitting process more convenient for both contractors and homeowners. You can register and apply for a permit by clicking this link: https://tinyurl.com/vpdpems
For a quick tutorial on how to apply for permits using the online portal system, please click this link: https://tinyurl.com/wx7vfzn”