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Additional Info for Specific Business Uses
To find out what uses are permitted within a Zoning District, review the Zoning District Information Sheet for the district.  Here is a link to the Street Classification Maps for land uses

Business Approval (BA) is required for all businesses that are located within City limits. The BA process is an opportunity to confirm that your proposed use is permitted in the property’s zoning district and that the existing structure meets applicable building and fire code requirements.  Once your BA is approved (or you have obtained a Certificate of Occupancy for construction if required), you can apply for a Business Tax Certificate (also known as a business licence), which is required for all businesses operating within the City of Savannah limits.


Follow the below links for additional information about permitted uses related to:

Follow this link for Chatham County Health Department Permits if your business is in one of the following categories:
  • Food Service Establishments
  • Body Art Facilities (i.e. tattoo parlors)
  • Tourist Accommodations (Hotels, Motels, Bed & Breakfast, etc.)
  • Public Swimming Pools/Spas
  • Recreational Water Parks

The following will also need to comply with the Georgia Department of Agriculture's regulations:

Follow these links for Stormwater Requirements if your business use is one of the following:

Follow these links for Life Safety Ventilation Requirements if your business use is one of the following:

Follow this link for information about Alcoholic Beverage Licenses.

The following will also need to comply with additional regulations:


NOTE: This web page does not include all requirements for any type of business.  Additional items may be required.