Unified Development Code

The adopted Unified Development Code serves as a development guide to proper installation of permanent and temporary structures and associated uses within the County. This Ordinance works in unison with the other adopted codes of Douglas County including but not limited to the Standard Building Codes and housing code. The Tree Protection Ordinance and parking standards are also incorporated into the adopted Zoning Ordinance. 

Development Standards are basically regulations that meet the specified values of how things are to be developed in Douglas County. They are also an Ordinance for the people, to help the people and make Douglas County a more valued and respected community.

The roles and responsibilities of the Board of Commissioners, Planning Commission and the Zoning Administrator are clearly defined as they relate to the zoning and development process.

Proposed Unified Development Code Amendments

The Douglas County Planning and Zoning Board and Board of Commissioners adopted a series of text amendments to the Unified Development Code  on December 1, 2020.  Additional amendments were approved on May 4, 2021 and November 30, 2021. Below are the final amendments for Articles 1,2, 4 and 5 and 7. The draft text of the proposed amendments to Articles 3, 11, and 15 is included below and final amendments will be prepared shortly.  There are no amendments proposed to Articles 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13 and 14 at this time. Questions can be addressed to Zoning Administrator, Phil Shafer.  His contact information can be found here

FINAL Article 1 Adoption, Purpose and Applicability

FINAL Article 2 Use of Land and Structures

FINAL Article 3 Restrictions on Particular Uses

FINAL Article 4 Division I Districts

FINAL Article 4 Division II Districts

FINAL Article 4 Division III Districts

FINAL Article 4 Division IV Overlay Districts

FINAL Article 4 Division V Districts

FINAL Article 5 Subdivisions and Planned Developments

FINAL Article 7 Sign Regulations

FINAL Article 11 Section 1105 Floodplain Management Regulations

FINAL Article 15 Definitions

Douglas County UDC Code Audit by the Atlanta Regional Commission