About Planning and Development Services

Provided as a Shared Service between the City of Albany and Dougherty County, the Planning and Development Services Department is comprised of two divisions: Planning and Zoning, and Development Services (Inspection). This department is dedicated to promoting the improvement, conservation and revitalization of the City of Albany and Dougherty County’s physical and social environment.

Planning and Zoning is responsible for the administration of local ordinances that govern all uses and development of land within the City of Albany and unincorporated Dougherty County. This includes the development and administration of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, Zoning Ordinance, Site Plan and Subdivision Ordinances, Floodplain Management Plan and Floodplain Ordinances, and Sign Ordinances. The staff also provides support to several citizen commissions and boards, including Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, Albany Dougherty Land Bank and Floodplain Management Review Board.

Development Services strives to provide the highest quality of public service, while ensuring compliance with the Georgia State Building Code and other applicable local codes and ordinances. They serve as a resource of information for residents, design professionals, contractors, builders, and developers to ensure that the built environment is constructed and maintained in a safe, energy efficient, and accessible manner. They also strive to set the standard for excellence in public service with relation to the construction and development needs of the citizens of Albany and Dougherty County.

For more information, visit https://www.albanyga.gov/about-us/city-departments/planning-development

Commissioners standing next to new zoning signage