Community Development & Improvement

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Building Department | click here for more information

Marc Hawkins Building & Code Manager

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Permits: A permit is required for any new construction, remodeling, additions, repairs, alterations, foundations, swimming pools, house moving, demolition, mobile/manufactured homes, curb cuts (site work/paving), fire alarm systems, fire sprinkler systems, underground fire line piping, towers and tents, whether residential or commercial. The builder is required to purchase the permit and request the appropriate inspections. Sub-contractors (electrical, mechanical & plumbing, sprinkler or utility) must purchase their permit and request their own inspections. Individuals acting as their own building contractor may purchase their own building permit, provided they are the owner, completing construction themselves, and are going to occupy the home themselves upon completion. Those individuals may also purchase the sub-permits (electrical, mechanical & plumbing) themselves with the same restrictions. Questions about permits can be made by calling 912.287.2944.

Construction Plans:

  • Construction plans are required on all projects.
  • Three complete sets of plans must be submitted to the inspections department.
  • One set of approved plans must be available on the job site during inspections.
  • During the plan review, our goal is to have plans reviewed within ten (10) working days from the date we log the plans in. Other departments within the City must also conduct their review. If issues with the plans arise during the review process, the contact person listed on the plans will be notified. Plans will remain on hold until all issues are resolved.
  • Payment of the plan review fee is required at the time of the permit issuance.
  • The length of time for review will depend on the completeness and accuracy of the plans submitted.

Plans Required For Permit:

The following shall be submitted in each of the three sets of drawings required:

  • Site plan shall (to include):
    • Grading Plan, Finished Floor Elevation
    • Elevation Certificate (if located in a flood plain)
    • Location of all Utilities and Easements
    • Building Locations, Property Lines and Setback Lines
    • Parking Layout, including Handicapped Parking
    • Entrances and Exits
    • Landscape Plan (new construction, additions, parking lots)
    • Streets, Sidewalks, Handicap Ramps, Etc.
    • Locations of ID Signs and Details (new or modifying)
    • Location of Dumpster
  • Building plan shall include:
    • Foundation Plan
    • Floor Plan with Dimensions and Total Square Footage
    • Exterior Elevations
    • Wall Sections and Details
    • Certificate of Appropriateness (buildings in the Historic District)
    • Metal Building (pre-engineered)
  • Mechanical plans shall include:
    • Heating & Air Conditioning Layout (w/applicable fire ratings)
    • Exhaust Hood & Duct Details (NFPA 96)
    • Plumbing Riser Diagrams and Details
    • Sprinkler System Plans and Details
    • Fixed Extinguishing System
    • Gas Lines and Piping
    • Petroleum Plans (along with state approval)
  • Electrical plans shall include:
    • Electrical Layout, Details, and Riser Diagrams, Overhead and Underground
    • Electrical Load Calculations
    • Fire Alarm System

Design Professional Requirements: The design professional shall be an architect or engineer legally registered under the laws of this state regulating the practice of architecture or engineering and shall affix his official seal to said drawings, specifications and accompanying data, for the following:

  • All Group A, E, and I occupies.
  • Buildings and structures three stories or more high.
  • Buildings and structures 5,000 sq. ft. (465 m^2) or more in area.
  • Buildings that have construction value of $100,000 or more.

For other buildings and structures, the submittal shall bear the certification of the applicant that some specific state law exception permits its preparation by a person not so registered. Exception: Single family dwellings, regardless of size shall require neither a registered architect nor engineer, nor a certification that an architect or engineer is not required.

Inspections: For questions regarding inspections call 912.287.2944. To schedule an inspection call 912.287.2944.

Covered Work: No work will be covered until all required building, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical inspections have been made.

Lot Lines: Lot lines shall be staked and strung, and, before the foundation or slab inspection is made, the Building Contractor shall certify that the lot lines are accurate and meets proper setbacks.

Certificate of Occupancy: No building will be occupied without a certificate of occupancy. A five-day final inspection period is required prior to issuance of a certificate of occupancy.

Flood Plain: If any portion of your property is located within the flood plain, you must have a flood elevation certificate filled out by a registered land surveyor.

911 Street Addressing: Waycross & Ware County operates under a 911 address system through an extensive computer system. All new addresses, new roads, and recorded subdivisions plats are entered into the system. This information is provided to the 911 emergency center for Ware County. Street numbers must be posted on each structure and be visible from the street.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What codes are currently being enforced in the City of Waycross?

  • International Building Code (2012 edition)
  • International Residential Code (2012 edition)
  • International Fire Code (2012 edition)
  • International Fuel Gas Code (2012 edition)
  • International Mechanical Code (2012 edition)
  • International Plumbing Code (2012 edition)
  • International Energy Conservation Code (2009 edition)
  • National Electrical Code (2011 edition)
  • www.dca.state.ga.us FOR GEORGIA AMENDMENTS TO EACH CODE

2. When do I need a permit?

A permit is required when one desires to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish any structure or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system or portion thereof. It is recommended that you call the Building Official at 912.287.2944 prior to doing any work and ask if permits are required. An inspector will gladly meet with you to discuss if any of the work requires a permit.

3. When do I need an inspection?

  • An inspection is required before covering any work during construction process. Examples would be as follows:
    • A footing inspection before any concrete is poured
    • Any plumbing and/or electric installed under that slab would also need inspecting before concrete is poured.
    • Rough-in inspections, which includes the framing, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and gas systems, before any drywall is installed.
    • An 80% inspection is required to get permanent power on the structure.
    • Then the final inspection where framing, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, driveway, house number, landscaping and soil erosion measures are to be completed.

A Certificate of Occupancy when approvals from all departments have been received.

4. What do I do when I’m ready for an inspection?

Call the City of Waycross Community Improvement Department at 912.287.2944. Please reference the job address and the type of inspection being requested. Also note that inspections will be done the next business day.

Residential and General Contractors Must Be Licensed

Pursuant to Georgia law O.C.G.A. 43-41, the following contractor types must obtain a license from the Georgia State Board of Residential and General Contractors by July 1, 2008:

  • Residential-Basic Contractor: Those who perform contract work relative to detached one-family and two-family residences and one-family townhouses not over three stories in height.
  • Residential-Light Commercial Contractor: Those who perform contract work or activity related to multifamily and multiuse light commercial buildings and structures.
  • General Contractor: Those who perform unlimited contractor services in commercial construction, including private, public, institutional and industrial contracting.
  • All applicants for licensure must pass a two-part examination: 1) A practical section related to the license they are trying to obtain and a business and 2) a law section. Applications for examination may be found on the Board’s website at www.sos.ga.gov/plb/contractors. Once approved by the Board to sit for the examination, applicants will receive a letter with instructions to schedule the examination. Examinations are offered Monday through Friday in Atlanta, Macon, and Tifton. Please submit your application for examination well in advance of July 1, 2008 to allow sufficient time to process your application and to take the exam.

The educational and experience requirements for each license type are as follows:

  • Residential-Basic Contractor: Applicants must have 2 years of experience working as or in the employment of a residential contractor, or other experience deemed substantially similar by the Board: and applicants must have significant responsibility for the successful performance and completion of at least two projects falling with the residential-basic category within the two years preceding application.
  • Residential-Light Commercial Contractor: Applicants must have obtained a 4 year degree from an accredited college or university in the field of engineering, architecture, construction management, building construction, or related field and 1 year of experience working as or in the employment of a residential or general contractor; or, applicants must provide a combination of academic credits from any accredited college level courses and experience working as or in the employment of a residential or general contractor, or other experience equaling four years in the aggregate; or, applicants must have obtained 4 years of proven active experience working in a construction related field, at two least 2 years of which must have been working as or in the employment of a residential contractor; and applicants must have had significant responsibility for the successful performance and completion of at least 2 projects falling within the residential-light commercial category within the four years preceding application.
  • General Contractor: Applicants must have obtained a 4 year degree from an accredited college or university in engineering, architecture, construction management, building construction, or other field acceptable to the division; and one year of work experience as or in the employment of a general contractor; or, applicants must have a combination of college level academic accredited courses and proven experience working as or in the employment of a general contractor equaling at least four years in the aggregate; or, applicants must have a total of at least 4 years of proven active experience in a construction industry related field, at least two of which shall have been as or in the employment of a general contractor and at least one of which shall have been in or relating to administration, marketing, accounting, estimating, drafting, engineering, supervision, or project management.

For a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions, state laws, a side-by-side comparison of the contractor categories and board rules, please visit www.sos.ga.gov/plb/contractors.

Georgia State Board Residential and General Contractors P.O. Box 13446 Macon, Georgia 31208 t: 478.207.2440


Planning & Zoning Administration | click here for more information

Marc Hawkins Building & Code Manager

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The Zoning Division is responsible for the governing of all uses of land and developments within the incorporated limits of the City of Waycross. Complaints of zoning violations are handled in conjunction with building inspection personnel. The Zoning Division works closely with the Waycross-Ware County Planning Commission to ensure that present and future uses of land for development are in compliance with the Comprehensive Plan and Future Land Use Plan.

Application Process: The Zoning Division receives all applications for rezoning of property, applications for text amendments, and applications for special exceptions and variances to the zoning regulations. Applications are heard by the appropriate government agency on a monthly basis. Different time frames allow for proper advertisement of the cases in the legal organ of the city, and proper posting of the public notice signs on the property to be rezoned. When an application is received, it is checked for completeness. Legal descriptions are typed and carried to the legal organ of the city for publication.

Types of Applications:

Rezoning Requests The applicant must complete the application, which includes the following information:

    • Applicant’s name
    • Name of property owner
    • Location of property to be rezoned (address, block, lot)
    • Current zoning classification and the requested zoning classification
    • Tax map and parcel number of property to be rezoned
    • Legal survey of the plat prepared by a registered surveyor in the State of Georgia
    • Reasons for Request
    • If the applicant is not the owner of the property, certification authorizing the applicant to apply for the rezoning must be signed by the property owner and duly notarized.

Text Amendment Request shall reference zoning ordinance section and proposed addition or deletion of text.

Appeals Requests Applications for appeals include:

    • Applicant’s name
    • Name of property owner
    • Location of property where appeal (special exception/variance) is requested (address, block, lot)
    • Current zoning classification
    • Tax map and parcel number of property
    • Legal survey of the plat prepared by a registered surveyor in the State of Georgia showing:
      • Size and location of the lot
      • Dimensions and location of any existing structures
      • Dimensions and location of proposed structures or additions
    • Nature of Request
    • If the applicant is not the owner of the property, certification authorizing the applicant to apply for the rezoning must be signed by the property owner and duly notarized.

Frequently Asked Questions?

1. How do I find out what my property is Zoned?

You need to call the Planning office at 912.287.2944 for the most accurate information. It helps if you know the address or the Map and Parcel number that you are inquiring about. Due to frequent changes, the City of Waycross does not post the official zoning map online. Note also that the zoning designation on the Ware County Tax Assessor website is not the actual Zoning district.

2. Is there a fence ordinance in the City of Waycross? And where can I put my fence?

The City of Waycross does have a fence ordinance. Permits are required before installing, changing, or enlarging any fence. To review the Fence Ordinance, click on this link.

3. Where on my property can I put a pool or storage building?

Pools, storage buildings, shops, sheds, etc. are called accessory use structures. These uses must meet setbacks according to Zoning Section 607.

4. Am I allowed to operate a business out of my home?

You may operate certain businesses out of your home. You will need to apply for a Home Occupation License and meet the following criteria:

  • No persons other than those living in the residence are employed
  • The floor are for conducting such business cannot exceed 20% of the total floor area of the residence
  • Such activity will not change the outside appearance of the residence
  • Merchandise cannot be sold in connection with such business in any form
  • Such business does not generate such street traffic or parking as to create a nuisance to the neighborhood
  • Except that customary for a normal household, no equipment used nor any activity permitted which is obnoxious or offensive by reason of noise, odor, dust, smoke, fumes, vibration or interference with normal radio and television reception to other residents in the neighborhood
  • No sign shall be displayed and there is nothing visible from the street that indicates a business is being ran from the residence

5. What are the rules for Recreational Vehicles (RV’s)?

RV’s are considered vehicles and therefore are not allowed to be used as a residence. They must meet the regulations in the City of Waycross Code of Ordinances Section 20-54.

6. Who do I contact about a possible zoning violation?

You may call with your complaint to the Community Improvement Department, Monday–Friday, 8am–5pm, at 912.287.2944.

7. Who can rezone my property?

Only the property owner, or his/her agent, and the City of Waycross City Commission can request a zoning change. If the City seeks the request then the property owner has to be notified and given an opportunity to speak at public hearings in favor or in opposition of the request.

8. How do I request rezoning my property and what is the process?

The first thing to do is to submit an Application to Amend the Zoning Map to the Community Improvement Department. Staff will then prepare a Staff Report to present at the Waycross/Ware County Planning Commission. You will be sent a letter notifying you of the meeting time, date, and location for this meeting. This will be the only notification you receive during the process. The Planning Commission will make a recommendation to the City Commission. The City Commission will set a public hearing for your request. Your property will be posted with a sign notifying the public of your specific request and the date, time, and location of the public hearing. At the public hearing staff will present your request and the recommendation to the City Commission. The Commission will then allow those who signed up to speak in favor or in opposition to the request. The City Commission will then vote on the request. If the request is approved it has to be read at two subsequent Commission meetings before it takes effect.

9. What are the rules for signs within the City of Waycross?

The City of Waycross has adopted a Sign Ordinance that can be found in the City of Waycross Zoning Ordinance Section VIII. You will need to know the properties zoning designation to know what signs and the size of signs that are allowed on your property.

10. Are there any ordinances on vehicles parked at my home?

Yes, the City requires all vehicles to have current tags and insurance or they will be considered abandoned vehicles and will be regulated by City of Waycross Code of Ordinances Section 20-66 through 20-70.



Code Enforcement | click here for more information

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email Robert Forsyth

email Maria Mata

email Terrell Murphy

email Darryl White

The concept of Code Enforcement is relatively new. Obviously, education of the public can be the most effective tool that Code Enforcement officials have at their disposal. The biggest problems for citizens, as well as the code officers, are that code infractions often exist because people often do not realize what they are doing is against the law. For instance, a citizen may be unaware that parking a vehicle without a valid tag outside their garage violates an ordinance. Most citizens are willing to play by the rules once they know the rules.

Obviously, the best method of enforcement is to inform the public, about the standards that govern our communities and neighborhoods. It is easy for most citizens to understand the need for safety and health regulations. More difficult to understand are declines in property values, reducing visual clutter and preserving quality of life. So, the intent of this guide is to help educate the wonderful citizens of Waycross about the Code Enforcement process.

Most Common Neighborhood Code Violations:

  1. Open storage of junk, garbage, trash and other debris.
  2. Major auto and/or boat repair in residential area

Abandoned/ Improperly Tagged Vehicles: Storage of any wrecked, dismantled, partially dismantled, inoperable motor vehicle, recreational vehicle, trailer, boat, or special purpose vehicle is prohibited. A vehicle is considered inoperable if it is being stored or parked with any wheels missing, any tires flat, or if it does not have a current license tag. Motor vehicles or trailers of any type without current license plates must be in a completely enclosed building.

Keep Your Yards Cut and Maintained: To many people’s surprise, it is against the law to allow weeds, grass or other undergrowth to grow a height of twelve inches or more. Please keep all grass and other vegetation mowed and trimmed to help make a more beautiful Waycross.

Minimum Standard for Dwellings: All structures shall be maintained in good condition such as no broken windows or doors, and roof weather tight. Dwellings must also meet minimum standards for space, light and ventilation, basic sanitary facilities and equipment.

A Guide to the Complaint Process: The City receives numerous complaints each year asking for assistance in dealing with such issues as abandoned vehicles, weeds, businesses in residential areas, and a variety of other various civil complaints. In dealing with these complaints, one of the major issues that the City must address is the rights of the property owner vs. city code. This is the role of the Code Enforcement agent. The Code Enforcement agent is responsible for reviewing the complaints received and taking the appropriate action.

The following is a guide through this process: A. Filing a Complaint

There are different avenues in which to file a complaint: phone, letter, web site submittal, and in person. In all cases, it will be required that you provide your name and phone number/address.

Phone Complaints: The main number to call for filing a complaint with our Code Enforcement officers is 912.287.2944. Since they are generally out in the field, you will probably receive one of their voice messages. If you choose to leave a message, please remember to leave your name and phone number and a brief description of the complaint. It is imperative to leave your name and phone number so that one of the officers can contact you for follow up questions or for gathering additional details of the complaint.

Letter: Another option for filing a complaint with the city is by letter. Please include your name, address, phone number or other contact information for follow-up purposes. Please provide the following information: location/address of subject property, name of occupant (if known), description of the complaint. You may mail the letter or drop the letter off at Waycross City Hall or mail it to PO Drawer 99 Waycross, Georgia 31502.

City Commission Meetings: This is generally not the place that citizens like to take their initial complaints, but on occasion, the Council has received complaints from citizens during Public Comments. The Commission most likely will refer you a Code Enforcement Officer designated to that part of the city for follow up.

B. Complaint Process

Initial Review: Once a complaint is received, the Code Enforcement officer will first review the complaint to see if it is in violation of a city code. A contact phone call may be made to the complainant verifying the information and the proposed plan of action which could include possibly either no code violation and therefore no action or a possible code violation warranting investigation and a site visit.

Initial Contact with Violator: If a violation does exist the Code Enforcement officer will also notify the alleged violator in writing notifying them of the violation.

Follow Up: The Code Enforcement officer will then complete a follow up visit on the deadline date (depending on workload and weekends/holidays), If the violation is abated, then the case is closed.

If the violation has not been resolved and if it is not resolved by a date certain, the person will be given a citation and further legal action could take place depending upon the situation. NOTE: The goal of the City is to help citizens come into compliance with the City Code.

Court Process: In spite of the efforts of the Code Enforcement officer to help a citizen resolve a City Code violation, if the citizen does not comply with the required actions needed to resolve the violation, legal action may then be initiated. In this case, the Code Enforcement officer works with the City’s Legal Department in preparing the case for legal action. This may include, but not be limited to a warning letter from the Legal Department or prosecution in court.

SUMMARY: In summary, the City strives to help residents comply with the existing City codes. Usually this happens with an initial contact and providing the resident with the requirements needed to come into compliance.

What Does This Mean?

  1. Most violations are reported as complaints by concerned citizens.
  2. Many violations exist because the responsible person does not know what the ordinances are.
  3. Code Enforcement is primarily educating the responsible person about ordinances with prompt voluntary citizen correction.
  4. Enforcement actions may include but are not limited to fines and liens in order to handle the code violations.

Feel free to call the Community Improvement Department at 912.287.2944 or stop by City Hall, were located on the 3rd floor.


Department of Community Affairs | click here for more information

On October 1, 1991, the Uniform Codes Act became effective in Georgia. The Act made the following eight (8) construction codes mandatory as the Georgia State Minimum Standard Codes. Listed below are the code editions in effect as of January 1, 2004:

  • International Residential Code 2012 Edition
  • National Electric Code / NFPA 70 2011 Edition
  • International Building Code 2012 Edition
  • International Gas Code 2012 Edition
  • International Mechanical Code 2012 Edition
  • International Plumbing Code 2012 Edition
  • International Fire Prevention Code 2012 Edition
  • International Energy Conservation Code 2009 Edition
  • International Swimming Pool & Spa Code 2012 Edition

All of the above codes have Georgia amendments. The Act requires local governments that elect to enforce codes within their jurisdictions to adopt administrative procedures and penalties to locally enforce any of these mandatory codes. Also, any applicable appendices of these codes must be adopted locally in order to be enforceable within a specific local jurisdiction. The Act also made the following optional codes available for local government adoption and enforcement. Local governments choosing to enforce any of these optional codes must adopt the code(s) they wish to enforce, as well as administrative procedures and penalties. Only the Swimming Pool Code and Housing Code have Georgia Amendments.

International Property Maintenance Code 2006 Edition


State Fire Marshal | click here for more information

The following codes became effective on July 29, 1998:

  • Life Safety Code/ NFPA 101 1997 Edition
  • 1997 Volume of the NFPA National Fire Codes
  • 120-3-3 Rules and Regulations of the Office of the Safety Fire Commissioner amendments to all of the NFPA Codes as amended January 1, 2000.
  • 120-3-20 Georgia Accessibility Code had an effective date of June 25, 1997. The Georgia Accessibility Code is the combination of the Americans with Disabilities Act – Accessibility Guidelines – ADAAG with American National Standards Institute, ANSI A117.1, 1986 edition as well as the State Fire Marshal’s amendments.


FAQ's | click here for more information

Building: 

1. What codes are currently being enforced in the City of Waycross?

  • International Building Code (2012 edition)
  • International Residential Code (2012 edition)
  • International Fire Code (2012 edition)
  • International Fuel Gas Code (2012 edition)
  • International Mechanical Code (2012 edition)
  • International Plumbing Code (2012 edition)
  • International Energy Conservation Code (2009 edition)
  • National Electrical Code (2011 edition)
  • www.dca.state.ga.us FOR GEORGIA AMENDMENTS TO EACH CODE

2. When do I need a permit?

A permit is required when one desires to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish any structure or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system or portion thereof. It is recommended that you call the Building Official at 912.287.2944 prior to doing any work and ask if permits are required. An inspector will gladly meet with you to discuss if any of the work requires a permit.

3. When do I need an inspection?

  • An inspection is required before covering any work during construction process. Examples would be as follows:
    • A footing inspection before any concrete is poured
    • Any plumbing and/or electric installed under that slab would also need inspecting before concrete is poured.
    • Rough-in inspections, which includes the framing, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and gas systems, before any drywall is installed.
    • An 80% inspection is required to get permanent power on the structure.
    • Then the final inspection where framing, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, driveway, house number, landscaping and soil erosion measures are to be completed.

A Certificate of Occupancy when approvals from all departments have been received.

4. What do I do when I’m ready for an inspection?

Call the City of Waycross Community Improvement Department at 912.287.2944. Please reference the job address and the type of inspection being requested. Also note that inspections will be done the next business day.

Planning & Zoning

1. How do I find out what my property is Zoned?

You need to call the Planning office at 912.287.2944 for the most accurate information. It helps if you know the address or the Map and Parcel number that you are inquiring about. Due to frequent changes, the City of Waycross does not post the official zoning map online. Note also that the zoning designation on the Ware County Tax Assessor website is not the actual Zoning district.

2. Is there a fence ordinance in the City of Waycross?

And where can I put my fence? The City of Waycross does have a fence ordinance. Permits are required before installing, changing, or enlarging any fence. To review the Fence Ordinance, click on this link.

3. Where on my property can I put a pool or storage building?

Pools, storage buildings, shops, sheds, etc. are called accessory use structures. These uses must meet setbacks according to Zoning Section 607.

4. Am I allowed to operate a business out of my home?

You may operate certain businesses out of your home. You will need to apply for a Home Occupation License and meet the following criteria:

  • No persons other than those living in the residence are employed
  • The floor are for conducting such business cannot exceed 20% of the total floor area of the residence
  • Such activity will not change the outside appearance of the residence
  • Merchandise cannot be sold in connection with such business in any form
  • Such business does not generate such street traffic or parking as to create a nuisance to the neighborhood
  • Except that customary for a normal household, no equipment used nor any activity permitted which is obnoxious or offensive by reason of noise, odor, dust, smoke, fumes, vibration or interference with normal radio and television reception to other residents in the neighborhood
  • No sign shall be displayed and there is nothing visible from the street that indicates a business is being ran from the residence

5. What are the rules for Recreational Vehicles (RV’s)?

RV’s are considered vehicles and therefore are not allowed to be used as a residence. They must meet the regulations in the City of Waycross Code of Ordinances Section 20-54.

6. Who do I contact about a possible zoning violation?

You may call with your complaint to the Community Improvement Department, Monday–Friday, 8am–5pm, at 912.287.2944.

7. Who can rezone my property?

Only the property owner, or his/her agent, and the City of Waycross City Commission can request a zoning change. If the City seeks the request then the property owner has to be notified and given an opportunity to speak at public hearings in favor or in opposition of the request.

8. How do I request rezoning my property and what is the process?

The first thing to do is to submit an Application to Amend the Zoning Map to the Community Improvement Department. Staff will then prepare a Staff Report to present at the Waycross/Ware County Planning Commission. You will be sent a letter notifying you of the meeting time, date, and location for this meeting. This will be the only notification you receive during the process. The Planning Commission will make a recommendation to the City Commission. The City Commission will set a public hearing for your request. Your property will be posted with a sign notifying the public of your specific request and the date, time, and location of the public hearing. At the public hearing staff will present your request and the recommendation to the City Commission. The Commission will then allow those who signed up to speak in favor or in opposition to the request. The City Commission will then vote on the request. If the request is approved it has to be read at two subsequent Commission meetings before it takes effect.

9. What are the rules for signs within the City of Waycross?

The City of Waycross has adopted a Sign Ordinance that can be found in the City of Waycross Zoning Ordinance Section VIII. You will need to know the properties zoning designation to know what signs and the size of signs that are allowed on your property.

10. Are there any ordinances on vehicles parked at my home?

Yes, the City requires all vehicles to have current tags and insurance or they will be considered abandoned vehicles and will be regulated by City of Waycross Code of Ordinances Section 20-66 through 20-70.

For more Community Development & Improvement Forms, click on the City Depts.
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