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Community Development COVID-19 Limited Operations Notice
COVID-19 Agency Update

Community Development Lobbies are now open to the public with limited occupancy. Customers are encouraged to continue using all online services, saving time, lines, and gas.  

Please note: we are not accepting cash payments until further notice. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and contactless payments through android pay, apple pay, and others. Visitors are highly advised to wear masks and must maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet from other visitors and County employees.

All front-facing divisions are following special procedures explained in this article. 

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Accella Citizen Access: Submit an Online Code Enforcement Inquiry
Submit an Online Code Enforcement Inquiry

Registration is not required for Code Enforcement Complaints. Select "Code Enforcement" on the top menu and read the disclaimer. Continue to search for an address and submit your inquiry. Anonymous inquiries may be submitted by calling 770-528-2180 or emailing [email protected] 

Peddlers in Cobb

What is a Peddler?

Any person who sells or solicits any new or used goods, wares, merchandise, produce, service or other things of value in unincorporated Cobb County from any location that does not possess a certificate of occupancy. (examples: vehicle, trailer, tent)

Permit Required
No peddlers shall operate in unincorporated Cobb without first obtaining a permit from the Cobb County Business License Division.

Location
Peddlers must park the business vehicle on asphalt or concrete out of the right-of-way. 
Business may only be conducted in locations zoned general commercial and in accordance with section 134-267 of the Cobb County Code of Ordinances.
Peddlers shall not be located at one location for more than 30 days.

Merchandise, Business License & Permission
Peddlers must maintain all merchandise on a vehicle.
Peddlers must have possession of their business license at time of operation. Proper property owner authorization must also be in possession during operation.

Tents & Tables
No tents, tables, boxes, chairs, or any accessory to the business is allowed.
Anything associated with the business, with exception of personnel, that is not on the vehicle is in violation.

Signage
Only one sign permitted by the Code Enforcement Division is allowed and shall meet the limits provided in the zoning ordinance and sign ordinance.
The sign must be on the vehicle.

Vehicles
All vehicles must be presented to and approved by the Cobb County Business License Division prior to obtaining a permit.
Substitute vehicles must all be approved.
Only one vehicle is allowed for each location.

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Did you know that Peddlers (businesses selling items of value from a vehicle, trailer or tent) must have a Business License and Permit to operate in unincorporated Cobb County?

Updated Backyard Chickens Ordinance Information

Sec. 134-290. Backyard chickens for properties under 80,000 square feet (approved 02-11-20 by the Board of Commissioners) 

  1. There shall be a maximum ratio of one Backyard Chicken per 5,000 square feet of lot area on any lot less than 80,000 square feet;
  2. Only hens are kept on the property;
  3. The Backyard chickens shall be kept/maintained within a fenced area to the rear of the house;
  4. Coops, or other buildings used for the poultry shall be located at least 25 feet off any property line. Coops are considered an accessory structure and all conditions for accessory structures in that zoning district shall also apply for any coop over 144 square feet;
  5. The owner(s) of the poultry shall keep the property maintained in a fashion that eliminates the potential negative effects resulting from the poultry, including but not limited to, odors, pollution, noise, insects, rodents and other wild animals;
  6. The Backyard Chickens shall not cause a nuisance, as defined by state law;
  7. The slaughter of any hen on site is prohibited; and
  8. This section does not authorize persons to violate applicable restrictive covenants and/or homeowners' association rules and regulations. Property owners are solely responsible for compliance with all applicable restrictive covenants and homeowners' association rules and regulations.

Open the Backyard Chicken Registration Application

Community Affairs Unit

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Cobb County Police Department

The Cobb County Police Department now has a Community Affairs Unit. The Unit's goal is to foster the relationship between the police and the citizens of Cobb County in order to have a positive police-community relationship.

The Community Affairs Unit has many programs that help build a bridge which enables residents and law enforcement to communicate, collaborate, and work together to build safer, more caring communities. Contact Sgt. Jeff Tatroe at (770) 499-3981 to see how the Community Affairs Unit can be involved with schools, neighborhoods, businesses, homeowners associations, etc.

The Code Enforcement Division will continue to investigate and enforce zoning complaints from the public on a daily basis. 

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Secured load on truck
Uncovered Load Ordinance

Complaints have increased about trucks with uncovered loads dumping trash in Cobb County. Watch this video to learn how you can avoid being issued a Code Enforcement Violation.

Donation Drop Box Ordinance

All Donation Drop Boxes located in unincorporated Cobb County must abide by the Official County ordinance. Failure to properly register or maintain a donation drop box may be in violation of the Official Code of Cobb County and be subject to enforcement and fines pursuant to section 134-287 (5).

Register your Donation Drop Box

View  the Official Code of Cobb County 134-287 (1)-(4) to view detailed registration information, maintenance requirements, and more.

View/Download the Donation Drop Box Guideline Brochure

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Donation Dropbox Guideline Graphic

Did Code Enforcement Remove my Sign?

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Did Code Enforcement remove my sign?

Code Enforcement officers remove approximately 17,000 signs from the public right of way yearly.  

The Temporary Sign code allows placement of signage on private property for events such as elections, church or community gatherings, yard sales, and rental or sale of individual homes. Signage should not be placed in medians, trees, utility poles, or traffic control signs or devices. All temporary signage must be located on private property with the property owner’s permission.

Group and Personal Care Homes

All persons providing personal care assistance on residential-zoned property must have a Cobb County Occupation Tax Certificate. Persons caring for two or more unrelated people must also obtain a license through the Georgia Department of Community Health,

Applicants must meet the group home ordinance requirements with Code Enforcement prior to zoning approval. View the group home codes and checklist.

Group homes and personal care homes must also be approved by the Zoning Division prior to the issuance of an Occupation Tax Certificate. Personal care homes and group home providers must contact the Cobb County Fire Marshal to file an application for inspection and to receive a Certificate of Occupancy (CO). The CO must be obtained prior to the business opening.