Variance Requests, Special Use Permits & Rezonings

COVID-19 Response

Hall County understands and recognizes the importance of permitting and inspections to our whole community, but the primary responsibility we have at this time is to help fight the spread of COVID-19. The safety of our citizens and staff is of the utmost importance to us.

The Hall County Government Building is now closed to the public and nonessential employees through Thursday, April 30, 2020.  Therefore permitting and plan review is delayed at this time. We are working to establish a system for online submittals for development plans, plats, and building permits. We will provide updates as new policies are implemented.

Our office is currently working remotely and is doing our best to continue permitting procedures. Please see the below information on how to proceed with you request. 

Building Permits:

In order to process your request for a building permit we will need you to provide the following information: 

  • A completed copy of the online submission form, which can be found here.
  • If you are proposing a new structure or addition to the property we will need a detailed site plan.  The site plan is the most important component of your request.  The site plan needs to be drawn to an engineering scale that shows the dimensions of the proposed structure and how far this structure is away from all existing structures and property lines. We currently do not have the ability to print the site plans out and so everything must be accurately labeled for us to approve. 
  • A copy of your recorded plat. If you do not have a copy please contact the Deeds and Records room (770-531-7058).
  • A completed copy the owner authorization form. Please have this filled out, have it notarized, and include a copy of your photo ID and business license, if necessary. This form is only necessary if you are not the property owner. A copy of the form can be found here.

Please submit the completed packet to planning@hallcounty.org for review and processing to ensure compliance with Hall County regulations. A representative from Hall County Planning will let you know we have received the permit request and any additional information that may be needed.  If your request can be approved we will email either Hall County Environmental Health or Building Inspections letting them know of our approval. You will be copied on the email so that a representative from their department may contact you to proceed with your request. Please note, approval from Hall County Planning does not mean you have obtained a building permit. Your request must be reviewed and approved, if necessary, by Environmental Health before a building permit can be obtained.

Building Inspections:

Building Inspection offices are closed to the public until further notice. Our employees are continuing to support critical public services, including certain inspections, and responding to emails. For general questions or for urgent matters regarding existing permits and building inspections please email, Lamar Carver, lcarver@hallcounty.org or Peggy Pierce, ppierce@hallcounty.org.

Development Review:

Reviews for plans previously submitted are temporarily delayed as we establish new procedures in order to move these projects forward. Development Review Committee members are currently reviewing existing projects from home and will be communicating with applicants directly. For specific questions relating to your project, or questions regarding new projects, please contact Beth Garmon, Development Review Coordinator, at egarmon@hallcounty.org.

Special Use, Variance, and Rezoning Requests:

New applications for special use permits, variances, and rezoning requests are still be accepted digitally. Please contact Beth Garmon, egarmon@hallcounty.org or Katie Greenway, kgreenway@hallcounty.org to schedule a preapplication phone call. Due to the nature of these requests incomplete applications will not be processed. Information for special use, variance, and rezoning request may be found here

Finally, please feel free to contact planning@hallcounty.org with any additional questions.

Applications

Variance Requests

A variance is the modification of the strict terms of zoning regulations granted by the Planning Commission where such modification will not be contrary to the public interest, and where, owing to conditions unique to the individual property on which the variance is sought and not as a result of any action on the part of the property owner, a literal enforcement of this regulation would result in unnecessary and undue hardship. Planning staff are available to assist with variance requests, which are made by application to the Planning Commission in order to allow for a modification of the zoning regulations. Staff will help an applicant understand the application process as well as the various factors that will be considered.

If you wish to discuss a possible variance, you can contact a staff planner by phone, email, or visit our office. When meeting with planning staff, please bring any deeds or surveys you may have for the property. A planner will explain the application process and provide you with all necessary forms, schedules, and fees.

Special Use Permits

Planning staff is available to assist with special use permits. An application is made to the Planning Commission and/or Board of Commissioners to request permission for a use that is subject to approval within the property’s specific zoning. Staff will help an applicant understand the application process as well as the various factors that will be considered. These factors include overlay zoning districts, business types allowed, non-conforming uses, re-establishing discontinued uses, and proximity to similar uses.

If you wish to discuss a possible special use permit, you can contact a staff planner by phone, email, or visit our office. When meeting with planning staff in person, please bring any deeds or surveys you may have for the property. A planner will explain the application process and provide you with all necessary forms, schedules, and fees. 

Rezonings

Planning staff is available to assist with requests to rezone property. This process requires submitting an application to the Board of Commissioners in order to allow for certain uses that may otherwise be prohibited due to a property’s current zoning. Staff will help an applicant understand the application process as well as the various factors that will be considered. These factors include lot size, intended use, current site conditions and surrounding land uses, and future development of an area.

If you wish to discuss a possible rezoning, you can contact a staff planner by phone, email, or visit our office. When meeting with planning staff in person, please bring any deeds or surveys you may have for the property. A planner will explain the application process and provide you with all necessary forms, schedules, and fees.