Planning & ZONING


Our mission is to effectively manage community change with regard to land use and overall development in order to achieve a positive environment that is productive and beneficial to all citizens of Oglethorpe County.

Ashley Peterson
Planning Director

Contact Information

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 261
Lexington, Georgia 30648

Physical Address:

105 Union Point Road

Lexington, GA 30648


Office: (706) 743-5270

Cell: (706)-535-3660

Hours of Operation:

Monday thru Friday: 8 am - 12 pm, 1 pm - 5 pm



Frequently Asked Questions

How can I find out the zoning of my property?

You can click on the button above labeled "Zoning Map," and by using an address or Tax Parcel ID, you can look the property's zoning. This map will also allow you to see any Zoning Conditions, Conditional Uses, or Variances that have been applied for. You can also call our office and speak to a planner to verify a property's zoning.

What does zoning mean?

Zoning is the process of dividing land in a municipality into zones (e.g. residential, industrial) in which certain land uses are permitted or prohibited. The type of zone determines whether planning permission for a given development is granted. Zoning may specify a variety of outright and conditional uses of land. It may also indicate the size and dimensions of land area as well as the form and scale of buildings. These guidelines are set by the commission in order to guide growth and development.

I live in a subdivision and we have an HOA.  How do the rules of our HOA get enforced by the county?

County staff does not enforce HOA covenants. It is up to the Homeowner's Association to enforce covenants specific to their subdivision. We encourage applicants for building permits to check with their HOA before construction. (Sometimes there are conditions created by the Board of Commissioners that are specific to a subdivision. These conditions come up during the initial approval process and are recorded on the plat for the subdivision. Typically they are spatial restrictions like increased setbacks or larger minimum lot sizes. These conditions are enforced by the County since they were created by the Commissioners.)

When does the Zoning Board meet?

The Zoning Board meets two weeks in advance of the monthly Board of Commissioner's meeting. A schedule can be found on the Zoning Board page.

How do I record a survey of my property?

In order to combine lots, create a new lot or adjust lot lines for existing lots, you will need to engage the services of a Registered Land Surveyor. A surveyor will draw up a new plat that is then submitted to the Planning Official along with a completed application and required fees. A planner will review and provide comments or approval back to your surveyor. Once approved by Planning, the plat can then be recorded through the Clerk of Courts online.