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Zoning Division

About the Zoning Division

The Zoning Division provides professional advice on land use regulations and other zoning matters to the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Board of Commissioners, and county management to assist with strategic decision making with the intention of serving the best interests of Cobb County citizens.

The Cobb County Zoning Division has jurisdiction over properties located within unincorporated Cobb County. Each of the County’s Cities regulate zoning within their respective city limits.

Each month the Cobb County Zoning Division prepares zoning analysis information, which provides analysis and staff recommendations for all rezoning, special land use permits, land use permit requests and variance requests. These items are presented to the Planning Commission, Board of Commissioners and Board of Zoning Appeals for their, review, recommendation, and consideration.  

Building Permits

What Needs Zoning Review?

Generally, anything built in unincorporated Cobb County needs a building permit. The Zoning Division needs to approve all sheds, carports, shops, gazebos, arbors, pergolas, porches, decks (covered and uncovered), sunrooms, greenhouses, attached and detached garages, house additions, building additions, interior renovations, basement finishes, pools (inground and above ground), poolhouses, storage buildings, playhouses, barns, riding arenas, retaining walls, basketball courts, and tennis courts.

The above list shall include any pre-assembled, pre-constructed and/or movable items. Please call the Zoning Division at 770-528-2035 for any questions relating to whether or not a building permit is required.

Residential Permitting: 770-528-2060

Commercial Permitting: 770-528-2071

Benefits of Having a Building Permit

  1. County building inspectors check the construction activity to make sure all applicable building codes are being followed;
  2. Creates a paper trail in case your insurance company, your financial institution or a potential buyer needs documentation of the construction activity;
  3. Ensures zoning requirements are met, so the construction activity is not delayed or halted, ordered to be moved, or even ordered to be demolished; and most importantly;
  4. Gives the property owner “Peace of Mind” that everything is done correctly and safely.

Impervious Surfaces


Each lot in unincorporated Cobb County is limited as to the maximum amount of impervious surface the lot may have. Impervious surface means a permanent improvement affixed to the earth which does not allow water or liquid to pass through it or permeate into the earth. Impervious surface includes the house or primary structure, driveway, parking lot, walkways, sidewalks, patios, decks, decking around swimming pools and accessory structure(s), hardscape (which includes stepping stones), and the like. Compliance to the impervious surface maximum is the responsibility of the property owner. Please contact the Zoning Division office at 770-528-2035 for any questions relating to this topic.

County Code Books
Zoning Code

Access the Cobb County Zoning Code Ordinances.

View Zoning Cases
Use a GIS map to view zoning cases

Cobb County Community Development Agency, Zoning Division has jurisdiction over properties located within unincorporated Cobb County. Each of the County's Cities' regulates zoning within their respective city limits. 

To find information you can Search by Address at the top of the screen to zoom to an area, or use one of the options offered below for zoning codes. Descriptions for the zoning designations can be found in the  Official Code of Cobb County, in Part 1, Chapter 134.

Online Zoning Analysis Documents

In order to make information easily accessible, we are uploading all documents in zoning related cases to a public Google Drive. These documents will be posted as soon as they are available and may be updated several times during the process. The system is like a folder on your computer with subfolders for each month and subfolders for categories or cases. Individual documents will indicate the date that it was last modified.

Download Documents: (PDF format)

We suggest using the icon in the upper right corner to switch to a “list” view so it's easier to view longer file names as shown below:

Graphic showing location of the list view icon in the top right corner in Google Drive


Is this address located in Cobb County?

You may locate your address using the Cobb County website online mapping tool. Visit the Geographic Information Systems page.

What is the suite number of this address?

The customer will need to present a proposed suite numbering setup, and we validate the sequential order of the suite numbers.

This property is not showing an address, how would I go about getting an address for this location?

If a full site permit has been issued, we go ahead and address the property. If not, we send the customer to Site Plan Review.

Information required when receiving a residential address request:

  • Obtain property 11 digit parcel information
  • Current address used


How do I use the online mapping on the website?

This information is located on the Geographic Information Systems page.

How would I go about getting a map and how much will it cost?

We sell pre-made maps, and generally have copies on-hand for sale. Contact the GIS department for additional information (770) 528-2002.


How do I report a zoning code violation?

Code violations are handled by the Code Enforcement Division. You may report a potential zoning code violation on-line.


What is the zoning of my property?

Zoning designations can be obtained on the Cobb County website online mapping which is located on the Geographic Information Systems page.

How do I ask for a rezoning or a variance on my property?

Rezoning and variance applications can be downloaded from the Forms page, under Land Use.

What are the permitted uses on a property, what are the setbacks on a property, and where can I get information on the rules for accessory structures?

All of this information is contained within the zoning code which can be viewed from the Official Code of Cobb County under Chapter 134, Zoning and navigate to the appropriate district you are interested in. Additional information can be obtained by calling the Zoning Division at (770) 528-2035.

What are the rules for an in-home business?

Information on in-home businesses can be obtained by calling the Zoning Division at (770) 528-2035.