Building and Planning

Office 9

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.

Planning Division

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.

Zoning Division
Decatur County has not yet adopted a zoning ordinance but regulates usage of land through other ordinances, one of which is the County Subdivision Regulations Ordinance, which serves as a development guide to proper land divisions for residential or commercial and construction of permanent and temporary structures within Decatur County. This Ordinance, also, works as a framework for coordinating review of the development proposals with other local and state government entities including, but not limited to, Decatur County Environmental Health Department, Georgia Department of Transportation, and Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Flint River and Spring Creek Corridor Protection Ordinance is an ordinance that regulates land uses within 100 feet on both sides of the river, as measured from the river banks, in protection of the environmentally sensitive areas of Decatur County.

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:

(229) 430-4144.

Rachel Trolinger, Permit Tech, may be reached at (229) 248-2000, ext. 111, or by email at

Planning Department Documents And Permits

Decatur County Unified Development Ordinance 8-23-22

Ordinance for Enforcement of Decatur County Environmental Health Regulations

Nonprofit Food Sales & Food Services Ordinance adopt 6-9-09

Floodplain Ordinance Adopted June 23, 2009

Revised Aug 8, 2009 Food Service Temp. Application pdf

Decatur County Final Watershed Protection Plan 2010

Nuisance Ordinance

Cell Tower Ordinance Amended Feb. 2011


2010 Census Summary

Census Comparison Chart 2010

Road Highway Bridges Admin_Policies Part I

Road Highway Bridges Admin_Policies Part II

Road Highway Bridges Admin_Policies Part III




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 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:

For a quick tutorial on how to apply for permits using the online portal system, please click this link: