The Planning & Community Development Department is your “one-stop” shop for information for the following processes: building permits, building inspections, planning and zoning administration and business license.

COVID-19 UPDATES

Effective immediately, the City of East Point Planning and Community Development Department will be conducting all public hearing and community participation meetings by telecommunication only until further notice. The meetings can be accessed through the web application Zoom (https://zoom.us/). Please use the Zoom Meeting link, meeting ID and password as shown below to join the virtual meeting during the scheduled date and time.

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The Planning & Community Development Department was created by City Charter to serve the public in the development, maintenance and redevelopment of properties located in the municipal limits of the City of East Point, Georgia.

The Planning & Community Development Department consists of four distinct, yet interrelated divisions: Permits, Building Inspections, Planning and Business License. The four divisions are managed by the Director of Planning & Community Development; Permits Manager (Permit Office); and Chief Building Official (Inspections). The Permits Manager and Chief Building Official report to the department’s Director.

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Organizational Chart

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Responsibilities
  • Review and approve plans for development for compliance with all applicable codes and ordinances.
  • Perform inspections on all structures to insure compliance with all International Building Codes and other City/State requirements.
  • Reviews completed applications for consideration of changes to ordinances, rezoning, variances and special uses by the Planning & Zoning Commission.
  • Maintains the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Land Use Map, Zoning Map, Zoning Ordinances and other official planning documents and ordinances.

BUSINESS LICENSE

Due to COVID-19 affecting normal operations of the Business License Division, the processing of 2020 Renewal Business Licenses has been delayed; however, they are still being processed. We appreciate your patience and cooperation. Below is an outline of the process:

  1. Mail the Business License Renewal application – completed, front and back to:

Using Standard Mail:
Business License Division
Planning and Community Development
2757 East Point Street
East Point, GA 30344

Using UPS or Fedex:
Business License Division
Planning and Community Development
3120 Bayard Street
East Point, GA 30344 

If you have submitted your application and awaiting your invoice, it is still “In Process.”
You can request a status by emailing bl@eastpointcity.org.

  1. After the application is processed, you will receive an invoice in the mail at the mailing address provided on application.  You can elect to also have the invoice emailed if you provide an email address.
  2. Mail the invoice with payment (only Business Checks, Money Orders, Cashier’s Checks accepted; no personal checks) back to the  Business License Division.
  3. After the payment has been processed, you will receive the Business License by mail at the mailing address provided on application.  You can elect to also have the Business License emailed if you provide an email address.

If you have further questions, please email bl@eastpointcity.org.

A business license is an occupation tax that is assessed and permits the permanent location of a business, trade or profession operating in the City of East Point. The occupation tax is also assessed for out-of-state businesses with no permanent location in Georgia. It is a tax levied by the City for revenue purposes and is not intended for regulatory purposes. Business License Brochure

The Business License & Occupational Tax is computed based on the number of employees (including business owner), annual gross receipts plus a minimum flat tax of $50.00 and an assessment of $75.00 administrative fee. Tax on gross receipts is based on the associated tax class for each $1,000.00 over $10,000.00 in annual gross receipts. Gross receipts calculation is capped at $3-million. There are six (6) tax classes that represent the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system for different types of professions. See the sample calculation below:

Parameters:

SIC Code = 81 (Legal Services)
Tax Class = 4
Gross Receipts = $500,000
Employees = 6 (2 Attorneys + 4 Support Staff)

Calculation:

Administrative Fee = $75.00
Flat Tax + Gross Receipts
$50.00 + $1.15 (490) = $613.50
Employees
$60.00 + $15.00 (4) = $120.00

Total = $808.50

Regulatory Fees

Regulatory fees are assessed for those businesses or professions of occupations which require the City to perform an investigation or inspection to ensure public health safety or welfare prior to opening. This fee is in addition to the administrative fee, flat tax plus gross receipts and number of employees. Types of businesses that may be subject to a regulatory fee include but are not limited to: Tattoo Artist, Pawnbrokers, Home Daycare, Locksmiths, etc.

Licensing Requirements

New Business/Occupation Application
License Grace Period Letter
License Renewal Application

Vacant/Foreclosed Property Registration

Adopted Ordinance
Foreclosed or Vacant Property Registration Form

INSPECTIONS

The Inspections Division is responsible for ensuring the built environment does not harm the public safety, health and welfare of East Point’s citizens. It ensures that all structures and systems are constructed in accordance with all applicable codes, standards and regulations. The City of East Point performs inspections in accordance with standards and codes established by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), International Code Council 2012 edition, 2009 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code with 2015 amendments and the National Electrical Code 2014 edition. Each of the inspectors in the City holds a State issued license for his respective discipline. Inspections Brochure

Any project that includes changes/additions to structural components requires a building inspection. This may include framing, decking, roofing, etc. A building inspection is also required for the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy (CO). Once a structure has received final trade inspections, the Chief Building Official and Fire Marshall perform one last inspection to ensure the structure is safe to occupy. If the inspection passes a CO is issued to the owner. Plumbing inspections are required when a private line is being hooked to the City’s water and sewer systems. An inspection is also required if plumbing systems are being altered and/or installed. Mechanical inspections ensure that heating, air and ventilation systems are operating properly. This type of inspection also ensures that the correct systems are installed and the ductwork is run properly. Electrical inspections are probably the most intricate of all the trade inspections performed by the Inspections Division. Inspections may be as small as checking a circuit breaker in a home or as large as the installation of transformers at industrial sites.

Inspection Requests

Inspection Request Form

You can set up an appointment Monday through Friday, between the hours of 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM.

  • Must be faxed to (404) 305-8220.
  • Requests received before 3:00 pm will receive an inspection the next business day.
  • Requests submitted after 3:00 pm will receive an inspection the 2nd business day.

Please click on this link for detailed Building Inspection Procedures
Please click on this link for the 2015 DCA Minimum Standards

Additional Procedures
  1. Permit cards must be posted at the site and approved plans must be available for the inspector to
    reference prior to inspection.
  2. Provisions for acceptance of owner/contractor “qualified” (as defined by State of Georgia) inspector
    written report, must have prior approval of the Chief Building Official or as provided by State law.
  3. Provisions for safety at the job site are required prior to inspection, to include, but not limited to
    guardrails at vertical openings, GFCI protection for temporary electrical service as required,
    approved installation of scaffolding structures and devices, and temporary supports.
  4. Provisions for compliance with Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission guidelines for
    erosion and sedimentation control are required at all areas of land disturbance activities.
  5. Construction permits are inspected first for rough inspection in all technical trades (electrical,
    plumbing, mechanical) prior to framing (building) rough inspection. Final approval of building permit also follows technical trade final approvals.
  6. Any imposed re-inspection fee must be received prior to re-inspection.

PERMITS

The Permits Division efficiently coordinates permit issuance and plan review processes regarding renovations, tenant build-outs and new construction development activities in the City of East Point.

Homeowners, licensed contractors and/or agents may apply for a permit.
All permits require a completed application, the applicant’s credentials and payment of fees.
Fees are due at the time of submittal; they are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Pre-Construction

Concept Review Application
Land Development Permit (LDP) Application Packet

Construction

Building Permit Application – Commercial or Residential
Decks, Porches, Ramps, Steps, Gables
Demolition Permit Application
Driveways, Walkways, Parking Pads, Carports
Electrical Permit Application
Fences and Walls
Fire Interior or Building Interior Demolition
HVAC/Mechanical Permit Application
Plumbing Permit Application
Roofs
Siding (Only) – with Residential Infill Compatibility Survey and Public Participation Forms
Sign Permit Application
Tree Removal Application

Certificates

Certificate for Garage Sale
Certificate of Completion
Certificate of Occupancy – Commercial
Certificate of Occupancy – Residential

Miscellaneous

Temporary Storage Units / PODS

Administrative Permits

Application ASpecial Event (Large – More than 2,000 attendees)

Application BAmateur Radio Antenna, Amateur Radio Support Structure, Amateur Radio Tower, Classroom (Temporary), Club, Golf Course, Parking (Off-Site, Shared), Recreational Court (Private or Public), Relocated Residence, Revival Tent, Roadside Business (Produce Stands or Vending Carts), Seasonal Business, Special Event (Small – Less than 2,000 attendees), Swimming Pool (Private or Public), Temporary Structure, Utility Substations, Veterinary Clinic/Hospital or Kennel

Film Production
Food Truck

Homeowners

Government Issued I.D.
Homeowner’s Affidavit
Homeowners Insurance
Authorized Permit Agent Form
(if applying on behalf of contractor)

Licensed Contractors*

Bond Form or Waiver

Code Compliance Bond Waiver and Indemnification
General Contractor Bond Form
Tradesmen Bond Form

GA Business License
Government Issued I.D.
Authorized Permit Agent Form
(if applying on behalf of contractor)
State License

*General Contractors, Electricians, HVAC/Mechanical, Plumbers, etc.

Specialty Contractors*

GA Business License
Government Issued I.D.
Authorized Permit Agent Form
(if applying on behalf of contractor)

*Roofing, Concrete, Fencing, etc.

For Commercial

Building Permit Application
Submittal Form
Plans drawn and stamped by a design professional, architect or engineer
*Restaurants, hotels or places selling food will need approval from the Fulton County Health Department

For Residential

Building Permit Application
Submittal Form
Survey or Site Plan (for exterior work)
Plans drawn to scale for interior work:
Refer to Residential Construction Submittal Guide with Electrical Load Calculator
*If proposing new siding or addition to structure, see Residential Infill and Compatibility Survey

Residential Construction Submittal Guide with Electrical Load Calculator

For Residential *New Construction

Building Permit Application
Submittal Form
Site Plan (for exterior work)
Plans drawn and stamped by a design professional, architect or engineer for interior and exterior work
Residential Infill Survey Checklist with Public Participation

PLANNING

The Planning Division is a progressive division of the Department of Planning & Community Development which promotes balanced policies and regulations that create sustainable development and communities within the City of East Point for current and future citizens.

The purpose of the Planning Division is to recommend policies that support existing communities while promoting future development and growth via the Comprehensive Plan and Future Land Use Map which serve as guides for the decision-making body of the City of East Point.

Planning is a comprehensive discipline which assesses current and future needs of a community to create balance between people and the environment; built and social.

Land Use is the planning method by which future development patterns, resources, facilities and services are distributed throughout a local jurisdiction.

Zoning prescribes the legal and current use of a piece of property. In accordance with district standards, zoning regulations specify permitted uses, required lot dimensions, setbacks and building square footage. Zoning implements the goals of the Comprehensive Plan. Zoning designations remain intact until a re-zoning to change the use of the property is approved by the local governing body.

ZONING APPLICATION BY TYPE

To apply for any of the following applications, an applicant must schedule a pre-application meeting with a City Planner. To schedule a meeting, call the Planning Division office at (404) 270-7029. Download and fill out the Pre-Application Meeting Information Request Form and e-mail the form to pcd@eastpointcity.org.

Rezone is the action of changing the zone or zoning classification assigned to property for the purpose of land use.

Variance is an appeal to standards in the Zoning Ordinance. They may be considered as a stand-alone action or concurrently with applications for re-zoning or special use permits.

Special Use Permits allow a specific use that may be omitted as permitted under specific zoning district classifications. A use permit is legally valid as long as ownership of the property is maintained. Once the ownership changes, the special use is voided.

Subdivide legally reshape the configuration of a parcel of land; typically dividing a large parcel in to a number of smaller parcels that are consistent with the land use and zoning district regulations. A lot combination is the same process except it combines several contiguous lots to form one large parcel.

Zoning Modification is a modification of a condition or conditions to a rezoning or use permit where public interest has been determined. This requires a public hearing by City Council.

East Point “Geo-Portal” contains an interactive map of the current zoning and future development map.
All other maps can be found via PDF below:

City Streets Map
City Ward Map
Cleveland Avenue Overlay District
Downtown Architectural Overlay District
Future Development Map
Headland DeLowe Overlay District
Neighborhood Association Map
Official Zoning Map

Official Zoning & Development Regulations
Zoning Ordinance
Development Regulations

DOWNTOWN ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD (DARB)

East Point established a nine member Downtown Architectural Review Board (DARB) to meet on an as needed basis. The DARB reviews plans for development in the Downtown Architectural Overlay District for compliance with standards detailed in the overlay guidelines. The board, which is coordinated by the Department of Planning and Community Development, reviews zoning applications and plans (concept plans, land disturbance permits and building permits) and makes recommendations to the Planning and Zoning Commission, City Council and the Department of Planning and Community Development prior to the approval and issuance of permits. Chapter 14. Article B – Downtown Overlay District

Review Board Members

Staff Liaisons
Tony Alston, Senior Planner
Office: (404) 669-4333| Email: aalston@eastpointcity.org

Albert Trevino, Associate Planner
Office: (404) 270-7211 | Email: atrevino@eastpointcity.org

  1. Tal Stanfield, Chairman
    Appointed by: Mayor Holiday Ingraham
    Term: January 2018 – December 2021
  2. Vacant (Vice Chairman)
  3. Vacant (Secretary)
  4. Jwanna King Gray, Treasurer
    Appointed by: Councilmember Saucier
    Term: February 2018 – December 2021
  5. Paul Simpson
    Appointed by: Councilmember Butler
    Term: January 2018 – December 2021
  6. Cassandra Sims
    Appointed By: Councilmember Gordon
    Term: October 2018 – December 2019

Vacant Seat – To Be Appointed by Councilmember Gothard
Vacant Seat – To Be Appointed by Councilmember Calloway

2019: January | March | October

2018: April | May | September | October | December

2017: May | June | August

2019: October

2018: April | May | September | October | December

2017: May | June | August

PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION

The Planning and Zoning Commission is an appointed body who reviews planning and development projects and hold meetings open to the public. The Planning and Zoning Commission is tasked with deciding variance cases and making recommendations on rezoning, special use permit and text amendments which are forwarded to City Council who ultimately grants final approval.

Planning & Zoning Commission Board Members

The Planning and Zoning Commission board is comprised of nine members:

  1. Shean Atkins, Chair
    (Appointed by Councilmember Karen Renee)
  2. William Miller, Vice-Chair
    (Appointed by Councilmember Thomas Calloway)
  3. Joel Tucker
    (Appointed by Mayor Deana Holiday-Ingraham)
  4. Jarrett Bell
    (Appointed by Councilmember Nanette Saucier)
  5. Gregory Fann
    (Appointed by Councilmember Alexander Gothard)
  6. LaJeanna McKnight
    (Appointed by Councilmember Stephanie Gordon)
  7. Patricia Lovett
    (Appointed by Councilmember Sharon Shropshire)
  8. Willard Maxwell
    (Appointed by Councilmember Myron Cook)
  9. Clyde Mitchell
    (Appointed by Councilmember Joshua Butler)
Commission Meeting and Commission Work Session Information

All meetings are held at: 2757 East Point Street, East Point, GA 30344
2020 Public Hearing Meeting Calendar (CZIM, Planning and Zoning, City Council)

Commission Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month 7 PM.
City Council Chambers, First Floor
2757 East Point Street, East Point, GA 30344

Commission Work Sessions are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month 6:30 PM.
Conference Room, Ground Floor
2757 East Point Street, East Point, GA 30344

2020 – January | March

2019 – January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September |

October | November | December

2018 – January | February | March | April | May

2017 – February | March | May | June | July | August | September | October | November

2019 – January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September |
October | November | December

2018 – January | February | March | April | May

2017 – February | March | April | May | June | August | September

2016 – February | March | April | May | June | July | September |
October | November | December

Community Zoning Information Meeting (CZIM)

The CZIM is an informal meeting that allows an applicant who is requesting a rezone, special use permit, variance and/or zoning modification to present their project to all citizens and stakeholders who may have interest in their project. The filing deadline to have an application placed on the CZIM agenda is the first Friday of each month.

The CZIM is established for the following:

  1. Allow applicants an opportunity to present their applications;
  2. Allow the citizens of East Point opportunities to review all applications submitted and ask questions of the applicant and express any preliminary concerns;
  3. Provide for a standard meeting location, day and time; and
  4. Allow issues and concerns to be addressed in a public forum in the presence of citizens, staff and any other City staff in attendance.

CZIM is held on the 2nd Tuesday immediately following the filing deadline from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM.
Conference Room, Ground Floor*
2757 East Point Street, East Point, GA 30344

*If the number of citizens attending CZIM exceeds the number of seats available in the ground floor conference room then the meeting is held in the City Council Chambers, First Floor.

2020 – January

2019 – January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September |
October | November | December

2017 – February | March | May | June | July | August | October | November

2016 – January | February | March | April | May | June | September |
October | November

2015 – April | May | June | July | October | November

CONTACT US
Kimberly Smith

Director

Planning & Community Development

2757 E Point Street
East Point, GA 30344

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

(404) 270-7029