Atlanta Building News
February 19, 2013

Forsyth County: Zoning Conditions Relating to Architectural Treatments on Residential Structures

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To: All Builders, Developers, Designers, Consultants and Contractors

Re: Zoning Conditions relating to Architectural Treatments on Residential Structures

The percentage of residential developments containing complex architectural zoning conditions has steadily increased over the last decade. Many of these conditions can no longer be verified by simply visiting the construction site. The most common examples are conditions requiring a specific percentage of the siding to be brick or stone. Past efforts to enforce such conditions through notes on the final plat and building permit have provided mixed results. In some cases, deficiencies have been identified late in the construction process, which is an unattractive scenario for both the staff and our customers.

We realize our customers need clear and consistent information as early as possible. Agreement on the interpretation of architectural-based conditions is best achieved early in the development process, not when the home is nearing completion. To accomplish this, the following procedural change will be implemented in March 2013.

Newly submitted residential building permits will require a pre-approved elevation drawing if the proposed home is located in a development that includes architectural conditions that can’t be easily verified by a site visit. The required elevation drawing can be submitted for review at the time of building permit submittal. However, to streamline the building permit review process, elevation drawings can be approved in advance for all anticipated homes in the neighborhood. The Department of Planning and Community Development will keep pre-approved elevations on file with the final plat.

If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Farrell at 678-513-5946 ( or John Barlow at 770-886-2760 (

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