The City of Savannah uses the petition process to consider requests regarding City-owned real property. Examples of these types of requests include encroachment, easement, declaring City-owned property surplus and available for sale to the public, donation of property, and the use of City-owned property.
Two types of petition forms are generally used for these requests:
A completed original petition for encroachment is submitted to the Clerk of Council’s office. The application should include exhibits (photos, sketches, etc.) to support the request (specific submittal criteria is listed within the Petition for Encroachment form). The Clerk’s office will log the petition in, and send it to the department of Real Property Services for processing and initial review. Note: If the petitioner is not the legal property owner, a signed owner’s agreement is required.
Once the submittal is deemed complete, the request will be sent to various City departments for further review and recommendation.
Typical Bureau/Department review includes:
Once all staff responses are received, Real Property Services will compile the recommendations and forward them to the City Manager for scheduling before City Council. If the petition for encroachment is approved by the Mayor & Aldermen, then both parties (petitioner and City) execute a Revocable License Encroachment Agreement If staff recommends denial during the initial review, petitioners have the right to appeal to City Council for final approval. If the petition involves a minor encroachment, it can be decided at staff level (City Manager).
Please note the processing of petitions requires approximately eight (8) to ten (10) weeks for department reviews, scheduling for Council, Council consideration, and execution of agreements. Please be sure to plan accordingly so that your project is not adversely impacted by the time associated with the process.
The petition for encroachment includes a one-time application fee, meaning that once approved, there are no additional yearly charges for continuance of the encroachment. The fees are non-refundable, and are due at the time of application. The fees for processing and reviewing an encroachment petition application are as follows:
Note: Fees paid do not provide any guarantee of approval.
A Revocable License Encroachment Agreement is a written confirmation between the City and the owner of a property which allows a structure to extend onto City property and defines the responsibilities for installation, liability and maintenance. The Revocable License Encroachment Agreement is executed once the petition is approved by Council. It is signed and notarized by the Property Owner and then signed and notarized by the City Manager. The agreement will be recorded in the Chatham County Court Clerk's Office. This agreement will travel with the property and transfer to new owners if the property is ever deeded to another party.