Call City of Milton at 678.242.2500 and ask for a development inspector.
Any activity that disturbs more than 0.10 acres of land (5,000 square feet) or is within 200 feet of state waters or lake will require a Land Disturbance Permit.
Yes, if the Community Development Department has a plat or a reference to the plat. Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 678.242.2500 and ask for an Open Records Request.
The City's Community Development Department has copies of the construction specifications as well as a plan review checklist, details, buffer regulations and storm water regulations.
No. Detention pond maintenance is the responsibility of the property owner or homeowners association.
A stream buffer is a vegetated area, including trees, shrubs and herbaceous vegetation, which exists or is established to protect a stream system, lake, reservoir or coastal estuarine area. Stream buffers are 50 feet as measured from the bank of the stream with an additional 25-foot impervious set back.
Alteration of this natural area is strictly limited; however, some types of activities are permitted within the undisturbed portion of the stream buffers. Property owners may conduct some selective thinning or trimming provided a protective vegetative cover is left to preserve water quality and aquatic habitat. Additionally, a natural canopy must remain to shade the stream bed. Mechanized removal, i.e. bobcats, bulldozers, chain saws, etc., of vegetative cover is not permitted.
* Please check with the Community Development Department before disturbing any stream buffer.*
If the problem is on private property, contact a reputable plumbing company. If you suspect that the problem is in the main line, contact the Fulton County Public Works Department at 770.640.3061.
No, applications are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Walk-ins are welcome, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. One-stop meetings, however, with plan reviewers are by appointment only on Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m.
There are plan review fees for most submittals. These fees vary depending on the type of application. Fees may be paid by check, money order or credit card. All checks/money orders should be made payable to the City of Milton.
A tree protection ordinance will protect individual trees of exceptional value and will cultivate and encourage a high level of tree preservation for the benefit for the City of Milton and its citizens.
A specimen tree is any tree in fair or better condition which equals or exceeds the following diameter sizes.
|Large hardwoods||27' d.b.h.||Oak, hickory, yellow poplar, sweetgum, etc.|
|Large hardwoods||24' d.b.h.||Beech|
|Large softwoods||24' d.b.h.||Pine, Deodar cedar|
|Small native flowering||10' d.b.h.||Dogwood, redbud, sourwood|
Approval from the city arborist is required to remove a specimen tree or trees planted as a condition of zoning or permitting. The removal of trees other than those previously stated is allowed as long as it does not bring the tree density for the site below the required density and does not encroach into any buffers. For undeveloped property, no removal shall occur without the consent of the city arborist. For more information, contact the city arborist at 678.242.2500.
Tree removal from a commercial site will require a site visit from the city arborist to verify site conditions.
Illegal removal of a tree can lead to an on-the-spot fine of up to $1,000 for each tree and recompense tree plantings may be required.
There is a 50-foot stream buffer/state waters requirement that must be adhered to. No disturbance within the buffer is allowed. Violators could be subject to penalties from the City of Milton and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
ALWAYS USE A PROFESSIONAL AND REPUTABLE TREE SERVICE COMPANY WHICH HAS A CERTIFIED ARBORIST ON STAFF. MAKE SURE THEY ARE AWARE OF THE CITY OF MILTON TREE ORDINANCE SINCE YOU, THE PROPERTY OWNER, WILL BE ISSUED A CITATION SHOULD A VIOLATION OCCUR. BE WARY OF THE HIGH PRESSURE SALES PITCH.
For further information, contact the City of Milton arborist at 678.242.2500.
A permit is an agreement between the City and the applicant whereby the applicant agrees to follow the City codes and the Land Use code. The applicant must submit plans to show what he or she intends to do. For some projects, the plans may require preparation by a licensed architect or engineer registered by the state of Georgia. When the plans are approved, the construction must conform to the plan. Any deviations or changes from these plans cannot be approved in the field.
A permit ensures that the Community Development Department will inspect the work. The inspector may discover faulty materials, deviations from the approved plans or violations of the building codes and land use codes that may result in an unsafe or hazardous conditions. It is a violation of City ordinance not to have a permit when work is being done. Failure to obtain a permit may result in a "stop work order" and/or citation.
The City of Milton uses this fee schedule. For further information please contact the City at 678.242.2500 and ask for the Permit Counter.
An application for permit is submitted at the Community Development Department's permitting counter. We are located at 13000 Deerfield Parkway, Suite 107F. Hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The homeowner or contractor can submit the application for a permit but it is the responsibility of the homeowner/property owner to ensure a permit is secured and posted on the job site.
Once a permit has been obtained from the Community Development Department's building division there are certain responsibilities placed on the homeowner and/or contractor. The homeowner is responsible for obtaining the permit for the proposed project and for posting it on the site. The individual doing the work covered by the permit must call for inspection prior to covering or concealing work. When a permit is issued, a sheet will be given to you listing the common required inspections.
Forms are posted on our Website or obtained from our office (permit counter). Any other forms that are used will be rejected.
On October 1, 1991, the Uniform Codes Act became effective in Georgia.On July 1, 2004, this Act was revised to make the following eight construction codes mandatory as the Georgia State Minimum Standard Codes. Listed below are the code editions in effect as of January 1, 2015:
International Building Code: 2012 Edition
International Residential Code: 2012 Edition
International Plumbing Code: 2012 Edition
International Mechanical Code: 2012 Edition
International Fuel Gas Code: 2012 Edition
International Energy Conservation Code: 2009 Edition
International Fire Code: 2012 Edition
National Electrical Code: 2014 Edition
The Act requires local governments that elect to enforce these codes within their jurisdictions to adopt administrative procedures and penalties in order to locally enforce any of these mandatory codes. Also, any applicable appendices of these codes must be adopted locally in order to be enforceable within a specific local jurisdiction.
The Act also made the following optional codes available for local government adoption and enforcement. Local governments choosing to enforce any of the below optional codes must adopt the code(s) they wish to enforce, as well as administrative procedures and penalties.
International Property Maintenance Code: 2012 Edition
International Existing Building Code: 2012 Edition
International Swimming Pool and Spa Code: 2012 Edition
National Green Building Standard: 2008 Edition
The Georgia Amendments are available here.
The DCA Board specifically omitted the plumbing, electrical, and energy requirements of the International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings. Therefore, the plumbing requirements of the International Plumbing Code, the electrical requirements of the National Electrical Code, and the energy requirements of the International Energy Conservation Code must be used for one- and two-family dwelling construction.
If you need assistance in establishing or updating construction codes enforcement program in your area, please contact DCA’s Construction Codes Program at 404.679.3118 or by e-mail.
Yes, in many cases. Contact the Community Development Department for zoning information or the Finance Department for property tax information at 678.242.2500.
You can locate the City of Milton Zoning Ordinance from the Community Development page under Zoning Ordinance.
A variance applicant requests relief from the standards of the zoning ordinance except relief from use, minimum lot area, or minimum lot frontage. Any person may submit an application to the Board of Zoning Appeals for a variance from the provision of the Milton Zoning Ordinance.
Zoning Certification Letters are issued for $30. The requester must provide two forms of property identification including legal description of property, property address, tax parcel ID, survey or zoning case.
You may download City of Milton maps from our Web site under the Maps link, or you may purchase a color 16 x 24 map for $15. Council District, Zoning and Street maps are available. Contact Nick O'Day, Milton's GIS manager, at 678.242.2500 for maps.
You can locate the City of Milton Sign Ordinance here.
When permitting a freestanding sign it is necessary for staff to verify that the proposed location for the sign is on the subject property and that the sign meets the required setback. For wall signs, a site plan is necessary to determine the location of the particular building or tenant space.
As long as no variances are being requested, permanent signs are permitted administratively. After you have submitted all the required information, staff has 30 days to approve or deny your sign. Depending on workload, staff can typically approve a permanent sign permit within 10 business days.
You should place the sign permit sticker in the lower right hand area so that it will be easily viewed when the sign is inspected. You should keep the copy of the approved permit application, provided by staff, in your records.
Once the Permanent Sign Permit has been issued, you will have six months to install the sign. After six months, if the proposed sign has not been installed, you will be required to apply for a new sign permit. Under special circumstances one 90-day extension may be granted. Once a permanent sign has been permitted and installed, the sign permit is good for as long as the sign is maintained in good, safe working order and meets the requirements of the code.
Permanent Sign Permits are specific to a location. If you have a permit for your current sign and you want to move it from one location to another, you will need a new permit. Staff will review the dimensional and technical aspects of your existing sign to ensure that it complies with the Sign Ordinance requirements specific in the new location.
The Board of Zoning Appeals can only grant a sign variance where existing foliage or structures bring about a hardship whereby a sign meeting minimum letter size, square footage and height requirements cannot be read from an adjoining public road.
One maximum 32-square-foot, freestanding sign per business or institutional lot shall be permitted for each street on which the lot has frontage.
Each residence may display up to 12 square feet of signage with no single sign greater than 4 square feet. There are no restrictions on the content of these signs.
One sign shall be allowed during construction. The sign may be externally illuminated, shall not exceed 12 square feet in area and five feet in height, and shall be allowed beginning with the commencement of construction and ending with the issuance of the last Certificate of Occupancy or two years, whichever one shall first occur. Thereafter, the permitee may reply for a renewal permit.
Banners shall be allowed for a period not exceeding 10 consecutive days with no more than four such 10 consecutive day periods being permitted per calendar year. Banner shall not be more than 24 square feet. Banner shall be mounted so as to extend above the horizontal plane of the roof where the building wall and roof meet or shall not extend more than five feet above grade when on the ground. The maximum size allowed is 24 square feet.
The City accepts a check or a credit card (VISA, Mastercard, American Express.)
Signage permits are required for most external signage within the City of Milton. If you have specific questions about what types of signs are allowed, size restrictions, placement, etc., please contact the City’s Community Development Department at 678-242-2500.
No permanent signage identifying the business is allowed.
Businesses are allowed to have banners, however, they must comply with the following:
*Please Note: Inflatable rooftop balloons and inflatable nylon characters and objects are not considered banners. [City Code Sec. 64- 2295 (2)]
Permanent and temporary window signs shall not exceed 5 percent of the aggregate window area and shall not block visibility from the outside. Window signs with neon, florescent, LED lighting or tube lights are prohibited.
Flashing, animated, rotating and changeable copy signs are prohibited.
You may apply for a variance to increase the number or size of allowable signs.
Sandwich board signs are prohibited.
Each residential lot is allowed three square feet of signage, not to exceed a total of 12 square feet. Signs must be 10 feet from the right of way/20 feet from the edge of pavement.
Disclaimer – This document is to serve as a general guide to the sign ordinance and does not encompass all requirements and restrictions of that ordinance. Please contact the department of Community Development for clarification and additional information on signs and sign permits.