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2) Determine what water and sewer fees would need to be paid for the proposed location. Contact Water & Sewer Planning & Engineering at (912) 651-6573.
3) Contact the Revenue Department at (912) 651-6450 to understand the requirements for your type of business, which could include professional licenses, health department approval, background checks, certificate from the agricultural department, etc., depending on the type of business. Business Approval Process Brochure
Applications are also available from the Clerk of Council's office in City Hall, the City of Savannah Development Services Department located at 5515 Abercorn Street, and the Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) located at 110 East State Street. Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) application
While generally accurate, you should not rely on that information when entering into any contractual obligations. Please call the City of Savannah Zoning office at (912) 651-6530 and speak to a zoning inspector to verify the correct information before signing any agreements. SAGIS Help Document
Zoning Petitions filing fee of $170.00. All other petitions at no cost.
For more information about the Business Tax Certificate and Article Y, please contact the Revenue Department at 651-6451. Business & Alcohol Regulations
Business & Alcohol Regulations
The A, AH and AE Zones are the flood zones which are common in Savannah. These areas are in the “High Risk” area and are prone to flood with rising water in both the 100 year and the 500 year storms. Structures have a 1% annual chance of flooding and a 26% chance of flooding over the life of a 30-year mortgage. An unnumbered “A” zone means that no Base Flood Elevation (BFE) above Sea Level has yet been determined. “AE” means a base flood elevation has been determined. For example, “AE-15" means that the lowest finished floor elevation of the structure must be at or above 15 NAVD 1988 because that is where the predicted flood water will rise. Zone AH indicated shallow flooding, usually in the form of a pond, with an average depth ranging from 1 to 3 feet. All new construction must be constructed above the designed base flood elevation (DBFE). Also, in this zone the “50% rule” applies.
The VE Zones are the most dangerous flood zones. VE zones are in the “High Risk” area and will experience rising waters, severe winds and wave action greater than three feet. Homes in this area are on the south side of Savannah along the Forest and Vernon Rivers. To protect against wave scouring and frontal velocity, structures must be elevated so that the lowest horizontal structural member (floor joist) is above the designed base flood elevation (DBFE). Such construction usually means placing the structure on piles (pilings), and these pilings must also be anchored to resist flotation, collapse and lateral movement due to the combination effects of wind and water loading forces of the 100 year storm. A registered professional engineer or architect must develop, review and certify the structural design, specifications and plans. The 50% Rule also applies here too.
The Coastal A Zone: is a term that is used to draw a distinction between coastal V zones and inland A Zones, and to highlight similarities between V Zones and A Zones in coastal areas. A building in this area is subject to breaking wave heights between 2.9 feet and 1.5 feet. Building damage in Coastal A Zones is consistent with those observed in V Zones, not riverine A Zones. The City has not mapped the Coastal A zone at this time.
For a list of items to be completed before a CO can be issued, view the “Commercial Building Project Closeout Checklist”. Commercial Building Project Closeout Checklist
A permit fee is also charged for all permits. The all-inclusive building permit fee for building additions, renovations and new construction will be determined by the cost of construction. If a project only includes a single trade, you may pay a fee for a trade permit. If two or more trades are involved, an all-inclusive building permit may be requested. The cost for either is based on the cost of construction.
The Plan Review Fee is paid at the time of application, and the Permit Fee is paid at the time the permit is issued.
See the document “Building Permit & Plan Review Fees” for the actual fees. Building Permit & Plan Review Fees
Please note that if the electrical permit is part of an all-inclusive building permit, then the fees are paid at the time that the building permit is issued.
See the document “Building Permit & Plan Review Fees”. Building Permit & Plan Review Fees
Please note that if the mechanical permit is part of an all-inclusive building permit, then the fees are paid at the time that the building permit is issued.
Please note that if the plumbing permit is part of an all-inclusive building permit, then the fees are paid at the time that the building permit is issued.
Refer to www.savannahga.gov under Development, Site Development Permits for more information. See below process flow chart. Site Development Permit Process Flow Chart
Refer to www.savannahga.gov under Development, Site Development Permits for more information.
The city collects two development fees for a Site Development Permit: 1) The Site Plan Review Fee, and 2) the Erosion Control Fee. These fees can be paid either by check, or through the City’s online permit tracking system, eTRAC, once a permit application has been received and the fees have been invoiced through eTRAC. The Site Plan Review fee is payable at the beginning of the review process. The Erosion Control Fee is payable after the City Engineer’s approval of the plans and before the preconstruction meeting can be scheduled. Additional fees may be charged by certain departments (water and sewer, traffic engineering, park and tree, etc...) during the development process. Development Services Fees
Once the site plans for a project are approved by the City Engineer, a Preconstruction meeting (“Precon”) is scheduled by the consultant/engineer. The land disturbance permit is issued by the site inspector at the Precon.
1. Completion Bond – Needed to ensure completion of any punchlist items remaining from the site work final inspection as well as acceptance of as-built drawings. This bond is for commercial projects only and has a 12 month, automatically renewing term. 2. Utility Warranty Bond – Needed to provide a 14-month warranty for all new publicly maintained infrastructure, as well as work within the public right-of-way. Bond must be provided in the amount of 10% of the total cost of the publicly maintained improvements, and has a 14 month, automatically renewing term. 3. Landscape Warranty Bond – Needed to ensure required landscaping and trees are maintained during the 2 year warranty period. This bond has a 24 month, automatically renewing term (26 months is recommended to avoid potential renewal fees). 4. Construction Bond – Needed prior to the recording of a subdivision plat when the new subdivision requires additional infrastructure to serve new lots. Visit the Project Closeout Requirements web page, “Bonding Requirements” on www.savannahga.gov, for more information. Project Closeout- Bonding Requirements
1. Cash/check 2. Surety Bond 3. Letter of Credit
Visit the Project Closeout Requirements web page, “Bonding Requirements” on www.savannahga.gov, for guides for bonds and letters of credit to ensureproper language. Guides for Bonds and Letters of Credit
1. Completion Bond – Will be returned upon acceptance of as-built documents and completion of any punchlist items. 2. Utility Warranty Bond – Will be returned upon successful completion of the 1 year Utility Warranty Inspection. 3. Landscape Warranty Bond – Will be returned upon successful completion of 2 year Landscape Warranty Inspection 4. Construction Bond – The bond is reduced to 50% of the total value of the infrastructure, upon provisional acceptance. The remaining 50% is released upon final acceptance of infrastructure.
Contact Development Services at (912)651-6510 for more information.
A request to inspect or copy records may be made either orally or in writing. For purposes of documenting and clarifying the scope and timing of the request, it is a better practice to make the request in writing. Requests for public records from the City of Savannah can be made using the Public Records Request form. Public Records Request Form
For more information regarding the maintenance of City-owned buildings, please contact the Building and Electrical Maintenance Department at (912) 351-3847 or visit their website at www.savannahga.gov, search "building maintenance".
For more information regarding landscape maintenance of City-owned property, please contact the Parks Department at (912) 651-6610 or visit their website at www.savannahga.gov, search "park and tree".
For information regarding City demolition and/or new construction projects, please contact the Development Services Department at (912) 651-6510 or visit their website at www.savannahga.gov, search "development services".
The judge will review the proof of insurance on your court date. You do not have to appear in court; however, if the proof is not accepted by the judge, you will be notified of a new court date.
If the vehicle you were driving was not insured, you must appear in court on your court date.
If the vehicle you were driving is covered by a "fleet policy", you must appear in court and present the insurance card to the judge and to testify that the vehicle is covered by the policy referenced on the card.
See O.C.G.A. 40-5-57 for complete code.
Once you satisfy the sanctions imposed by the Court, you will be given the “Defendant’s Receipt” (pink receipt) of the suspension notice. If you are licensed by the State of Georgia, you must present this copy to the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety. You can do this by taking this receipt to your local Driver's License Office. If you are licensed by another state, contact the licensing authority of that state. As a result of this suspension, the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety requires that you pay a reinstatement fee before your driving privileges will be reinstated. The Court will notify the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety that you have satisfied all sanctions imposed. However, the reinstatement process will move faster if take your “Defendant’s Receipt” to the Department of Motor Vehicle Safety or local Driver's License Office. If you are licensed by another state, contact the licensing authority of that state. If you have any questions regarding your driving privileges you should contact:Savannah Office1117 Eisenhower Dr.Savannah, GA 31405(912) 691-7400 Main Office2206 East View ParkwayConyers, GA 30013-5755(404) 624-7576
Depending on the agency issuing the citation, the following information may appear on the back of the citation issued to you.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CALLTHE RECORDER’S COURT OF CHATHAM COUNTY(912) 652-7424
IMPORTANTIf you intend to enter a plea of “not guilty” to the charge(s) against you, contact the Clerk’s Office at the number listed above. You will be assigned a bench trial date different from the date indicated on the front of this citation.
If you wish to waive your right to a hearing and enter a plea of “guilty”, you may pay your fine, in full, by appearing at or mailing your payment to the address below. Be sure to include your citation with your payment. Call the Clerk’s Office or visit the court’s website (www.chathamcourts.org) to determine the amount of the fine.The Recorder's Court of Chatham CountyAttention: Cashier133 Montgomery StreetSavannah, GA 31401
You may pay your fine between the hours of 8:30 A.M. and 4:00 P.M., Monday-Friday.
If you wish to appear in court to enter a plea of “guilty” or “no contest” to the charge(s) against you, appear in court on the date and time shown on the front of the citation. If you enter a plea of “not guilty” at this hearing, your case will be assigned to a trial calendar and you will be asked to return to court on the trial date.
If you were involved in an accident, you must pay your fine one week prior to the hearing date shown on the front of this citation.
PURSUANT TO GEORGIA CODE 17-6-11, IF YOU HAVE BEEN ISSUED A COURT SUMMONS AND FAIL TO APPEAR TO ANSWER TO THE CHARGE, A WARRANT WILL BE ISSUED FOR YOUR ARREST AND/OR YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE SHALL BE SUSPENDED BY THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY.THE FOLLOWING OFFENSES REQUIRE A MANDATORY COURT APPEARANCE
1. No Insurance (if unable to provide proof prior to court date).2. Driving under the influence of alcohol/ drugs.3. Driving on a suspended or revoked license.4. Failure to report an accident.5. Hit and run or leaving the scene of an accident.6. Using vehicle in fleeing or attempting to elude an officer.7. Racing.8. Reckless driving, aggressive driving or laying drag.9. Fraudulent or fictitious use of driver’s license or fraudulently obtaining a driver’s license.10. Homicide or feticide by vehicle.11. Homicide or serious injury by interfering with a traffic control device or railroad sign/signal.12. Serious injury by vehicle.13. Any felony in which a vehicle is used.
I, THE UNDERSIGNED, DO HEREBY ENTER MY WRITTEN, RATHER THAN PERSONAL APPEARANCE IN THE COURT CASE RESULTING FROM THE VIOLATION CHARGED ON THE REVERSE SIDE OF THE CITATION. I UNDERSTAND THAT BY PAYING MY FINE AND NOT PERSONALLY APPEARING BEFORE THE COURT I WAIVE ANY RIGHT THAT I MIGHT HAVE HAD TO A TRIAL BY JUDGE OR JURY AND TO BE REPRESENTED BY COUNSEL. I FURTHER UNDERSTAND THAT BY PAYING THE FINE, I HAVE PLEADED GUILTY TO THE OFFENSE AS CHARGED.
SIGNATURE OF ACCUSED ________________________________________________
CITATION NUMBER DATE OF VIOLATION TRIAL DATE DRIVER'S LICENSE NUMBER COURT CODE NUMBER OR NAME
TO OBTAIN THIS INFORMATION, YOU SHOULD CALL THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY. (678) 413-8400
#1 PET or PETE (polyethylene terephthalate) - Soft drink cans; mouthwash, water, and beer bottles; peanut butter containers. - Salad and vegetable oil containers; food jars.#2 HDPE (high density polyethylene) - Milk jugs; juice bottles; bleach, detergent, and household cleaner bottles. - Oil bottles; shampoo bottles; butter and yogurt tubs; toys. #3 Vinyl or PVC - Window cleaner and detergent bottles; cooking oil bottles; garbage cans.#4 LDPE (low density polythylene) - Food storage containers; squeezable bottles; dry cleaning and shopping bags.#5 PP (polypropylene) - Some yougurt containers; syrup bottles; ketchup bottles; caps; medicine bottles.#6 PS (polystyrene) - Meat trays; egg cartons; aspirin bottles; some food containers; CD cases; toys. - Clean food trays, plastic cups, throwaway utensils, plastic (NO STYROFOAM). #7 Miscellanious - Plastic containers, plates, and utensils; 3 and 5 gallon water bottles. - Aluminum, tin or steel cans; paper; newspaper; magazines; junk mail. - Glass; dry cardboard (boxes must be broken down).
Carton RecyclingShelf stable cartons - Juice; milk; soy and grain milk; soup and broth; wine.Refrigerated cartons - Milk; juice; cream; egg substitutes; soy and grain milk.
Bulk items at collection point, but NOT scheduled, will be subject to a special collection fee ($25 minimum) that will be added to your water bill.
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Having a working smoke detector in each level of your home will alert you of the dangers from fire and help to keep you safe and sound. Savannah Fire & Emergency Services wants to help protect you from fire by providing FREE home fire safety analyses and FREE installed smoke alarms.
As part of Operation Clean Sweep, firefighters are knocking on doors in Savannah to help educate citizens on the dangers of fire. If you or a loved one live in Savannah and need assistance with home fire safety, please contact our administrative office at 651-6756 for an appointment.
Virtually all U.S. insurers of homes and business property use ISO's Public Protection Classifications in calculating premiums. In general, the price of fire insurance in a community with a good PPC is substantially lower than in a community with a poor PPC, assuming all other factors are equal.
For information related to signs within a Historic District, please contact the Metropolitan Planning Commission at 912-651-1440. Sign Dimensional Standards