Planning & Community Development

Your “one-stop” shop for information for building permits, building inspections, planning and zoning administration and business license.

East Point City Hall

2757 East Point Street
East Point, GA 30344

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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.

Our 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.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation. Below is an outline of the process:

  • You may Upload your Renewal application through the BS&A Online Portal with the link provided below
  • Email the renewal application to
  • Mail your application – completed, front and back to:

Business License Division
Planning and Community Development
2757 East Point 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

  • After the application is processed, you will receive an invoice with instructions on “How to Make your Payment Online” via the email address provided on the application.
  • Once your payment has been processed, you will receive the Business License via email.

If you have further questions, please email

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:

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.


SIC Code
81 (Legal Services)
Tax Class
Gross Receipts
6 (2 Attorneys + 4 Support Staff)


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


Licensing Requirements

Inspections are conducted: Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Inspectors are available from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM.

The inspection division is responsible for the life, health, safety and welfare of east point citizens, contractors, and developers during construction. Our division ensures that construction is in accordance with all the adopted codes by the international code council (ICC), the Georgia department of community affairs (DCA), The National Electrical Code (NEC), and the Georgia Accessibility Codes.

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Inspections Request: It shall be the duty of the permit holder or their agent to notify the building official that such work is ready for inspection by submitting an inspection request online. It shall be the duty of the person requesting any inspections required by the code to provide access to and means for inspection of such work. We do not inspection occupied homes without the owner or authorized agent been present. Lock box codes are acceptable for unoccupied sites. However, inspector will not make inspections with activated alarm systems.

Inspection Status: To check the status of inspections online, click the following link and follow the prompts: Inspection Status Check Link

Approval Required: Work shall not be done beyond the point indicated in each successive inspection without first obtaining the approval of the building official. The building official upon notification, shall make the requested inspections and shall either indicate the portion of the construction that is satisfactory as completed, or shall notify the permit holder or an agent of the permit holder wherein the same fails to comply with this code. Any portions that do not comply shall be corrected and such portion shall not be covered or concealed until authorized by the building official. The Building Official reserves the right to deny third party engineer reports for any work covered and concealed prior to inspection approvals. Any work covered with drywall shall be removed to permit inspection of said work.

Certificate of Occupancy

Change of Occupancy. A building or structure shall not be used or occupied, and a change of occupancy of a building or structure or portion thereof shall not be made, until the building official has issued a certificate of occupancy therefor as provided herein. Issuance of a certificate of occupancy shall not be construed as an approval of a violation of the provisions of this code or of other ordinances of
the jurisdiction.

Exception: Certificates of occupancy are not required for work exempt from permits in accordance with Section 105.2. of the 2018 IBC

Certificate issued. After the building official inspects the building or structure and does not find violations of the provisions of this code or other laws that are enforced by the department of building safety, the building official shall issue a certificate of occupancy that contains the following:

  • The building permit number.
  • The address of the structure.
  • The name and address of the owner or the owner’s authorized agent.
  • A description of that portion of the structure for which the certificate is issued.
  • A statement that the described portion of the structure has been inspected for compliance with the requirements of this code for the occupancy and division of occupancy and the use for which the proposed occupancy is classified.
  • The name of the building official.
  • The edition of the code under which the permit was issued.
  • The use and occupancy, in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 3 of 2018 IBC.
  • The type of construction as defined in Chapter 6 of the 2018 IBC.
  • The design occupant load.
  • If an automatic sprinkler system is provided, whether the sprinkler system is required.
  • Any special stipulations and conditions of the building permit.
  • Certificate of Occupancy Application includes items to consider before a Certificate of Occupancy Inspection takes place.

Walk in Hours for application intake and processing are: Monday – Friday from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. PCD Directory and Contact Information.

The Permits Division processes the application intake, coordinates the plan review cycle for drawings submitted, and ultimately issues the permit and Certificate of Occupancy or Completion for new construction or renovations in the City.

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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.

Pre-Application Meeting - City of East Point, Georgia


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

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.

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.

City Agriculture Plan
Comprehensive Plan Update
Downtown Architecture Overlay District Rewrite
Willingham Corridor Study Update
Willingham LCI Study
Zoning Ordinance Update/Rewrite

Willingham Corridor - City of East Point, Georgia

The Willingham Corridor Improvement Study will help develop a future vision for this unique corridor that connects the cities of College Park, East Point and Hapeville, provides access to and from these cities as well as Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and provides access to the headwaters of the Flint River. The study will explore ideas and solutions related to redevelopment, economic development, placemaking, public art, bicycle and pedestrian amenities and green infrastructure.

Sign-Up for Project Updates

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During the public meeting held on November 17th, attendees received an update on the project and preliminary draft plan recommendations. During the presentation, attendees participated in open dialogue and several polling questions to determine if they liked or disliked several design concepts. The overview presentation is provided below. We look forward to your continued engagement! Click Here to Download the November 17th Public Meeting Presentation


During this public meeting held on October 13th, attendees received an update on the project and analysis completed to date. Following the presentation, attendees participated in three virtual breakout rooms where they explored possibilities for future development, transportation improvements, and greenspace. The overview presentation is provided below. We will post a recording of the meeting here at a later date. Check back often for updates and information on upcoming meetings! We look forward to your continued engagement! Click Here to Download the October 13th Public Meeting Presentation

Willingham Corridor Study Area - City of East Point, Georgia
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:

  • Shean Atkins, Chair: Appointed by Councilmember Karen Renee
  • William Miller, Vice-Chair: Appointed by Councilmember Carrie Ziegler
  • Mark Fields: Appointed by Mayor Deana Holiday-Ingraham
  • Joel Pressley: Appointed by Councilmember T. Starr Cummings
  • Melanie Styles: Appointed by Councilmember Eric Friedly
  • Keisha Chapman: Appointed by Councilmember Dr. Latonya Martin Rogers
  • Patricia Lovett: Appointed by Councilmember Sharon Shropshire
  • Eleanor Anderson: Appointed by Councilmember Tremaine Mitchell
  • Joseph Fields: Appointed by Councilmember Joshua Butler
Public Hearing Meeting Information

Commission Work Sessions are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM.
Commission Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7 PM.
All meetings are held Virtually until further notice.
2024 Zoning Case Application Cycles (CZIM, Planning and Zoning, City Council) 

Short-Term Rentals in the City of East Point

If you plan to offer your property in the City of East Point as a short-term rental, you must apply for a permit before you list the rental on websites such as Airbnb or VRBO. This is just one of the short-term rental rules required by local law.
For more information on short-term rentals: click here.

Downtown Architectural Review Board

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
Tayla Solomon, Associate Planner
Office: (404) 669-4340 | Email:

  • Tal Stanfield, Chairman
    Appointed by: Mayor Holiday Ingraham
    Term: January 2018 – December 2021
  • Vacant (Vice Chairman)
  • Vacant (Secretary)
  • Jwanna King Gray, Treasurer
    Appointed by: Councilmember Saucier
    Term: February 2018 – December 2021
  • Paul Simpson
    Appointed by: Councilmember Butler
    Term: January 2018 – December 2021
  • 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


2019: October

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:

  • Allow applicants an opportunity to present their applications;
  • Allow the citizens of East Point opportunities to review all applications submitted and ask questions of the applicant and express any preliminary concerns;
  • Provide for a standard meeting location, day and time; and
  • 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.


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Contact Us

Kimberly Smith


(404) 669-4399
(404) 270-7028