Development Review Division

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About the Division

The Development Review Division assists with the review and permitting of large-scale development projects located in Hall County.  A Land Disturbance Permit (LDP) is required for all commercial and industrial activities which involve the construction of new buildings, grading, construction of infrastructure (new roads or utilities), and commercial additions.  A permit is also needed for all industrial and residential subdivision developments including the preliminary construction phase of roads, ponds, utilities, grading, clearing, etc.

It is recommend that prior to submitting plans, applicants attend a Development Review meeting. This meeting will give the applicant vital information on the review process, including the number of plans required for review, the timeline and any associated fees. This meeting also provides applicants an opportunity to discuss their project with all departments who will be reviewing their plans. The Development Review meeting is held each Wednesday at 9:00am and appointments can be scheduled up to 4:00 pm Monday if of the same week.
                                                                          -Lauren Brandao, Civil Engineer II-                                                                                                                                                                Development Review Coordinator


Development Review Process

Depending upon the extent of the project, the plans may include existing conditions, soil and erosion measures, grading plans, septic designs, hydrological plans, roadway profiles, storm drain profiles, landscape plans, fire access, traffic studies, water line profiles, etc. Before developing a property in Hall County, plans must be submitted to the Plans Review Coordinator (PRC) and then reviewed by the Development Review Committee for compliance with local, state, and federal laws. Plans are submitted to the Engineering Department and then routed to all other reviewing departments simultaneously so that comments can be made and compiled in a timely and effective manner. Once you submit your permit application, the associated civil plans are reviewed by technical experts to ensure compliance with development codes and regulations. The preliminary review takes two weeks. As each reviewer completes the review, he or she will either approve the plans or return marked-up plans with comments to the PRC. Once the review period is complete, the PRC will return comments to the customer for revisions. The number of departmental comments and the time it takes for the engineer, land surveyor or other professionals to address the comments determines the time frame in which a LDP is issued. When the necessary approvals are obtained, a LDP will be issued to begin the development. When the project is approximately 80% constructed, then an as-built can be submitted for review. No Certificate of Occupancy will be issued until the as-built is approved.

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Development Review Committee Meeting Schedule & Submittal Deadlines

The Development Review Committee (DRC) consists of members from the Hall County Planning Department, Hall County Traffic Engineering, Hall County Fire Services, Hall County Soil and Water Conservation District, City of Gainesville Water Resources, and Hall County Environmental Health.  

The DRC holds weekly meetings virtually every Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. During these meeting, customers meet with DRC staff and discuss potential development projects.  

Attendance at the DRC meeting is not mandatory; however, the meeting can be very informative and help you understand the review process as it relates to a particular development. Applicants must submit plans for distribution in advance of the meeting. Plans submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. each Monday will be distributed the following Wednesday at the DRC meeting.

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Development Review Committee Members

Contact Department Phone Email Address
Lauren Brandao
Development Review Coordinator/Engineering
770.533.7834 lbrandao@hallcounty.org
Frank Miller Public Works and Utilities 
770.531.6800 fmiller@hallcounty.org
Rebecca Evans
GIS/Addressing
770.531.6809 revans@hallcounty.org
Chad Harper
Environmental Health
770.531.3973 charper@hallcounty.org
Emily McGahee
Environmental Health
770.531.3973 emcgahee@hallcounty.org
John Hornick
Fire Services
770.531.6838 jhornick@hallcounty.org
Scott Puckett
Traffic Engineering
770.531.6800 spuckett@hallcounty.org
Nick Swafford
City of Gainesville Water Resources
770-538-2452
nswafford@gainesville.org
Greg Bell Soil & Water Conservation District, NRCS
770.531.6827 gregory.bell@ga.usda.gov

Development Review Fees - Paid at time of Submittal (No Exceptions)

Project Type
Fee
Commercial Land Disturbance Permit
$400 + $40/disturbed acre
3rd Review Fee $100
Preliminary Subdivision Plat
$400 + $40/disturbed acre + 40¢/linear foot of new streets
Final Subdivision Plat
$400 + $10/lot
Revision to Approved Plans
$200
As-built Review
$200
Access Only Plan Review $200
*NOTE: Virtual payments with a Visa, Mastercard, or Discover may be made calling (770) 531-6800.
     Payments made by check are mailed to: Hall County Engineering, Attn: Lauren Brandao, P.O. Box 1435, Gainesville, GA 30503

Development Review Steps

  1. The applicant submits the required number of plans, reports, and any other file submitted for review, along with the electronic version of these files (PDFs, CAD, Etc.), to the Plans Review Coordinator (PRC), who will distribute the plans to the appropriate departments.  Plans should be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. Monday for distribution at the Wednesday Development Review meeting. The first review period is two (2) weeks.
  2. On the Thursday following the two (2) week review period, the PRC coordinator will contact the applicant with comments from the reviewing departments.
  3. After the applicant has addressed all comments, plans may be resubmitted to the PRC for a second review.  The resubmitted plans will be distributed at the next development review meeting.  Each department then has two (2) week to review the plans to ensure all comments have been addressed.
  4. In certain situations, a 3rd review may be required to addressed any outstanding comments.  The 3rd review is a two (2) week review.
  5. After all reviews are complete, and signed-off by the individual departments, the coordinator will notify the applicant to provide the final plans for stamping and issuance of a permit.  Plans will be distributed to DRC members for final review on Wednesday at the Development Review meeting.  Committee members will have two (2) days to review the final plans and sign-off that requirements are met.  If approvals have been given by all committee members, the LDP will then be issued that Friday.

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Required Plans

Initial Submittal
2nd Submittal
Final Approval
- 2 full size plans
- 1 hydrology report (digital and hard copy)*
- 1 PDF file
- 1 AutoCAD file
- Digital & Hard Copy (USB, CD, File Share Site)
- 2 full size plans
- 1 hydrology report (digital and hard copy)*
- 1 PDF file
- 1 AutoCAD file
- Digital & Hard Copy (USB, CD, File Share Site)
- 4 full size plans
- 1 hydrology report (digital and hard copy)*
- 1 half-size plans
- 1 PDF file
- 1 AutoCAD file (Version 2015 or previous)
- Digital & Hard Copy (USB, CD, File Share Site)

Reviewing Departments


  • Hall County Planning & Development
  • Hall County Environmental Health
  • Hall County Fire Services
  • Hall County Tax Assessors
  • Hall County Traffic Engineering 
  • Hall County Public Works & Utilities/Engineering
  • Gainesville Water Resources
  • Soil & Water Conservation District, NRCS
As-Built Submittal:
  • 3 full size plan
  • 1 half size plan
  • 1 PDF
  • 1 AutoCAD file
  • 1 Stormwater Management Certification or 1 As-Built Hydrology Report - Digital & Hard Copy (USB, CD, File Share Site)
*A hydrology report with water quality spreadsheet will be required if adding over 5,000 sq. ft. of impervious area
**Soil & Water Conservation only needs to review projects within 200 feet of state waters or with over an acre of disturbed area.
*** If your project requires a building permit, please submit four (4) additional full size copies of the cover sheet and site plan sheet(s) for stamping and submittal to Building Inspections. 

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Checklists

The following checklists provide detailed instructions on completing your application. If you have any questions, call the Plans Review Coordinator or the committee member responsible for the area in which you have a question.

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Plan Formatting: Cover Sheet

A cover sheet shall be included with each application and include the following information:

  • Project name
  • Tax parcel identification
  • Zoning
  • Vicinity map
  • Existing site conditions. Provide a description of existing topography, vegetation and drainage areas. Cut and fill calculations, including the area and volume.
  • Adjacent area information. Provide a description of the features on the surrounding properties.  This should adequately describe the properties and environments potentially affected by the planned activities including State waters, current land use, residential areas, roads, etc.
  • For final plats, leave box for recording stamp. For all other projects, proof of recorded parcel(s). 
  • Construction schedule. A graphical description of how the construction phases will be timed.
  • A copy of the Hall County Board of Commissioners zoning letter. (If Applicable)
  • Pre-Construction note: See Development Review Forms.
  • Project description: Description of the nature and purpose of the land disturbing activity including the zoning classification, total size of the project with disturbed area sizes in acres and volume of earth work (include cut and fill calculations).

Additional Information to include in the plans

The following information shall be included in the submitted plans:

  • Graphic scale, engineers scale. (1 inch = 10 feet, 1 inch = 20 feet, etc.) 
  • Applicant information consisting of name, developer’s phone number including 24-hour contact information of person responsible for the development and erosion control.
  • Civil engineer and surveyor information, name, address, phone number of the engineer and surveyor responsible for the site plans.
  • Certification.  The plans shall carry the signed stamp of a registered or certified professional in engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, land surveying or erosion control.
  • State waters, stream buffer, wetlands, Corps of Engineers Permit, Environmental Protection Division (EPD) or Hall County buffer variance, etc.  Include the statements: “This site (does/does not) contain State Waters requiring an undisturbed 50’ or 100’ buffer.  This site (does/does not) contain wetlands requiring a 25’ or 50’ undisturbed buffer.”  If a permit or variance is required by the Corps of Engineers and/or the EPD a copy of the approved permit must be attached to the drawings.
  • Flood plain information.  Include the statement: “This property is/is not located within a 100 year flood plain as per FIRM Panel No. ____________________________." and "This property is/is not located within the Hall County Future Flood Zone per Hall County GIS."
  • Boundary survey including all easements and names of adjacent property owners.
  • All existing structures and Improvements.
  • Additional items that may be appropriate. Please request individual Review Department Checklist as well for additional plan requirements for all specific projects.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does “Development Review” work?

Plans are submitted to the Engineering Department and then routed to all other reviewing departments simultaneously so that comments can be made and compiled in a timely and effective manner.  Once you submit your permit application, the associated civil plans are reviewed by technical experts to ensure compliance with development codes and regulations.

The preliminary review takes two weeks. As each reviewer completes the review, he or she will either approve the plans or return marked-up plans with comments to the Plans Review Coordinator (PRC).  Once the review period is complete, the PRC will return comments to the customer for revisions.

  • How do I know if my project requires Development Review?

The review process is required for commercial projects, multi-family developments, industrial projects, major subdivisions, and institutional projects.   If you are unsure if your project will require a review, contact Lauren Brandao, Plans Review Coordinator, at 770.533-7834 or email Lauren.

  • Do I have to attend the Development Review meeting?

Attendance at the Development Review meeting is not mandatory; however, the meeting can be very informative and help you understand the review process as it relates to a particular development.

  • I submitted for Development Review, but my plans weren’t approved. Now what?

Many projects require resubmittals. Revise your plans to satisfy the comments from the reviewers and then resubmit to the Plans Review Coordinator who will redistribute them to the Development Review Committee.

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