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Rob Hosack, AICP

P.O. Box 649
Marietta, GA

Office hours:
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday

Community Development Agency

John Pederson
Zoning Division Manager

P.O. Box 649

Marietta, GA 30061


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  • Zoning Agenda
  • Meeting Minutes
  • Cobb County Official Code

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Online Mapping Instructions to find Zoning information from MUNICODE

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To find the Variance Application click the link

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

The Cobb County Zoning Division has jurisdiction over properties located within unincorporated Cobb County. Each of the County’s Cities’ regulates zoning within their respective city limits. Please refer to the Cobb County Main Web page for links to all six of the County’s Cities. A link showing Cobb County and its six cities is available for download.

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

In what zoning district is a subject property located?
To inquire about a property address, land lot and district, or other search function located within unincorporated Cobb County, please conduct a search using On-line GIS link above. With this search tool, you can view a property's zoning district, future land use, owner, tax information, and more.

Now that I know what zoning my property is in, what does it mean?
You can research information on the regulations contained in each zoning districts through the Cobb County Official Code link above to Municode. Once in the program open Chapter 134 Zoning and select Article IV District Regulations to search for the zoning category you are interested in.

Chapter 134 of the Cobb County Code contains the Zoning Code. The Zoning Code specifically regulates the use of land on a by-parcel basis. Every parcel of land in Cobb has one (1) of forty four (44) zoning districts which regulate the types of land uses, height of structures, etc. Each of these districts has a purpose and intent section which specifies that the district is established to provide locations for uses which are located within one (1) of the thirteen (13) Future Land Use categories.

Are the agendas or minutes available on-line for Board of Zoning Appeals, Planning Commission, and/or Board of Commissioner meetings?
The County Clerk is the official keeper of documents and minutes relating to the Board of Commissioners, Board of Zoning Appeals, and Planning Commission. The link above provides access to their website where you can obtain information on meeting minutes and meeting agendas. You can upload and watch each of these Board meetings on-line from recordings that were made by TV 23.

Where do I find information on the Comprehensive Plan and Future Land Use Map?
You can visit the Cobb County Planning page to obtain information on the Cobb County Comprehensive Plan and Future Land Use Map.

How do I get a Zoning Certification Letter?
Zoning Certification Letters are available from Cobb County. It is required you provide the County with a site plan or survey drawn to scale by a registered surveyor, architect or engineer, a legal description of the property, and a $40 fee. The site plan or survey should tie into Land Lots, Districts or Rights of Way wherever possible. Please call 770-528-2016 to obtain information regarding time frames and mailing address.

Zoning Certificate Information

Important note about building permits:

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 preassembled, pre constructed and/or movable items. Please call the Zoning Division for any questions relating to whether or not a building permit is required. To obtain a building permit in most cases, the building permit applicant needs to bring a scaled site plan drawn by a Georgia Registered Land Surveyor, Engineer, or Architect. There is nominal cost and delay when obtaining a building permit. Most building permits can be obtained during normal business hours the same day. There are many benefits to obtaining a building permit: 1) County building inspectors check the construction activity to make sure all applicable building codes are being followed; 2) in most cases, the contractor is required to post a $10,000 bond which gives the property owner recourse if something is not built to code; 3) creates a paper trail in case your insurance company, your financial institution or a potential buyer needs documentation of the construction activity; 4) 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 5) gives the property owner “Peace-of-Mind” that everything is done correctly and safely.

Important note about impervious surface:

Each lot in Unincorporat ed 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 for any questions relating to this topic.