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Zoning is a power granted to municipalities by the State in order to promote public health, safety, and general welfare, and to protect and preserve areas of historical, cultural, or architectural significance.

Zoning is the division of land within the City into separate districts within which uses are permitted, prohibited or permitted with conditions. Zoning Districts are established to promote compatible patterns of land use within the city limits. Zoning districts also establish site development standards in order to maintain a consistent and compatible development pattern specific to a each area of the City.

Additionally, the Zoning Ordinance contains requirements for off-street parking, signage, and visual compatibility within historic districts.

The Zoning Division is responsible for the administration, interpretation, and enforcement of the City of Savannah Zoning and Noise Control Ordinances.  Zoning staff members provide technical assistance to the public and various administrative Boards.

Zoning Information

Applications and Contacts

  • Metropolitan Planning Commission - For information related to Zoning Board of Appeals' petitions, Zoning Map and Text Amendments, Wireless Telecommunication Towers, Certificates of Appropriateness, Site Plans, and Subdivisions.

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