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Development Services Department
Development Services Department
5515 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31405
(912) 651-6510

Development Services Department Building

What is Development Services?
The primary function of the city of Savannah Development Services Department is to permit and provide inspection services for new construction within the city limits. We also offer assistance and advice to developers, consultants, and builders of commercial, industrial, subdivision and multi-family projects in the city.

How do you contact the Development Services Department?
To contact the Development Services Department, please call, fax, write or email to any of the following staff:

Development Services Liaison
Cristy Lawrence, PE, Development Services Administrator
Phone: (912) 644-7784
Fax: (912) 651-6519

Geoff Goins, Zoning Administrator
Phone: (912) 651-6530
Fax: (912) 651-6543

Building Inspections and Plan Review
Jason Carangelo, AIA, Development Services Administrator
Phone: (912) 651-6530
Fax: (912) 525-2417

Permitting and Flood Zone Information
Tom McDonald, CFM, Development Services Administrator
Phone: (912) 651-6530
Fax: (912) 651-6519

Special Projects
Alvin McGrath, Development Services Administrator
Phone: (912) 651-6510
Fax: (912) 651-6519

Liberto Chacon, PE, Assistant City Engineer
Phone: (912) 651-6510
Fax: (912) 651-6519

How does the Development Services Department help?
The Development Services Department works with owners and designers so that projects’ plans move quickly through the permitting process. Other services include being a point of contact for an owner, providing information to designers, and keeping all reviewing parties focused on the project.

The Development Services department provides "one-stop" service for all aspects of a construction project. This department coordinates all required plan reviews by city infrastructure departments (stormwater, water & sewer, park & tree, traffic, and streets), the zoning department, the Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC), and building specialties (structural, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, etc.). This department also coordinates the issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy for all new or renovated building construction, completion letters for site work and building shells and acceptance of new publicly maintained infrastructure (streets, drainage, water, sewer, etc...).

What is the Development Process in Savannah?

The owner and/or designer may meet in the Development Services Department with planning and development staff to review the project's site-related needs (zoning, access, infrastructure, etc). A general development plan may be submitted for the appropriate reviewing agencies review and approval. The specific development plan (also referred to as site development plans or construction plans) and design calculations are submitted for final review and approval. At this point, plans for the vertical construction (buildings or other structures) are typically submitted to the Development Services Department for a Building Permit. Once approval from each reviewing department is gained for the site plans, the accepted plans are sent to the Development Services Department for site construction approval. A Site Development Permit may be issued by the Development Services Department at the required preconstruction meeting. A Building Permit may be issued by the Development Services Department for the vertical construction following the issuance of the site development permit (if required). After both site and vertical construction elements have been completed, inspections have passed and the required close-out documents have been accepted, a Certificate of Occupancy is signed by the building official.

We encourage owners, designers and consultants to bring site development projects to a Site Plan Review (SPR) Meeting at the Development Services office, held on Mondays and Thursdays at 1:30 pm. These are informal meetings with City staff from all site plan reviewing departments (stormwater, water & sewer, park & tree, traffic, streets, and MPC) to discuss projects prior to site plan submittal or at any stage of design review. Please call (912.651-6510) or email Allene Prall at Development Services to be placed on an agenda for an SPR meeting.

Please contact our Development Services Liaison, Cristy Lawrence, for help navigating the permitting process. Cristy also serves as a liaison between the professional development community and the City.

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Julie McLean, PE
City Engineer
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5515 Abercorn St.
Savannah, GA 31405

Ph: (912) 651-6510
Fx: (912) 651-6519

Monday - Friday
8:15 a.m. - 5 p.m.