Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – Washington County Ordinances

BUILDING, DEVELOPMENT, MOBILE HOMES & DRIVEWAYS:

  1. I am planning on building a new home in the County. Will I need a permit?

Yes. Starting January 1, 2014 all construction will require a permit: residential, commercial, subdivisions, mobile home parks, and RV parks. Development Permit applications may be obtained through the Tax Assessors’ Office at 121 Jones Street, Sandersville, GA. Full requirements may be viewed at http://www.municode.com/Library/GA/Washington_County. Please refer to Chapter Eight.

If the property does not have and E911 address, you must also obtain this at the Tax Assessor’s Office.

Well and septic tank permits are issued separately by the Washington County Health Department. The address must have an E911 address before this permit can be issued.

  1. What is the cost of the Development permit?

$50 for a home or commercial business, $20 for an out building greater than 400 square feet, $250 for a subdivision, RV park, or mobile home park; payable upon application for the Development permit. The fee for an E911 address is $20.

  1. What is the reason for the Development permit?

The County will inspect the land to see whether or not it is in a Flood Zone or if it is subject to flooding. It also will see if the construction is too close to rivers, streams, ponds or other bodies of water. The County may not have been eligible for Federal Assistance during natural disasters and citizens and businesses might not be able to obtain Federal Flood insurance without County participation in the Flood Plain program. A permit process is part of the requirements for participation in the program. The County will also inspect to ensure that any new or re-done driveway is installed properly.

  1. What if I plan to build and the property is located in a Flood Plain? Can I still build there?

Maybe. The building may still be built if it complies with construction requirements in Federal Flood Plain law. More details are available at the Washington County Public Works Department at 1862 Kaolin Road, Sandersville, GA.

  1. Will I need a permit for a new driveway?

Yes. A permit must be obtained before building a new driveway on any County maintained road. This also applies for any re-do of existing driveways. Applications for Driveway Permits are also available at the Tax Assessors’ Office at 121 Jones Street, Sandersville, GA. These driveway permits are at no charge.

  1. Will I need a permit for a barn or other outbuilding which is not livable space?

Yes, if the structure is detached from your home and is larger than 400 square feet you will need a permit.

  1. Will I need a permit if I am remodeling my house?

You will not need a Development permit unless you are adding square footage to your house that is more that 50% of its current size.

  1. What if I am building more than one structure (e.g. building a home and a workshop)? Will I need separate Development permits?

No. If the construction is part of a single project, you will only need one Development permit.

  1. If I am re-locating a mobile home into the County, which permits do I need?

Prior to the location or re-location of a mobile home into or within the unincorporated areas of Washington County, a Permit to Transport, and a Decal showing that property taxes have been paid must be obtained from the Tax Commissioner.

In order to obtain the Permit to Transport, certain requirements must be met. The Health Department must approve the well and septic system; and a certificate of inspection or proof that the mobile home is new must be given to the Tax Assessor’s office. There is no fee associated with the Permit to Transport. However, a Development Permit is also required. The applications for these two permits are available at the Tax Assessor’s Office at 121 Jones Street, Sandersville, GA.

Well and septic tank permits are issued separately by the Washington County Health Department. The address must have an E911 address before this permit can be issued.

  1. Has the County implemented a Zoning Ordinance?

No.

  1. Who may use the County Dumpsters?

Only citizens for whom a garbage fee has been paid my use the County Dumpsters. This includes homeowners and tenants of unincorporated Washington County. These citizens may also use the County Collection Center on Kaolin Road to dump recyclable and small quantities (under 1 pickup load or 1 small trailer load) of construction materials. The residents of Oconee, Deepstep and Riddleville may also use the County Dumpster system and Collection Center since these towns participate in the County Dumpster system.

No citizen of the Cities of Sandersville, Tennille, Harrison nor Davisboro may use the County Dumpster system unless a garbage fee has been paid, and a card obtained at the County Commissioners office at 119 Jones Street, Sandersville, GA.

  1. I am a citizen of a municipality that has garbage pickup, but my town does not recycle. May I use the County Collection Center on Kaolin Road for only Recycling?

Yes. Citizens of Washington County municipalities may use the Collection Center for recycling upon payment of a fee of $30/year. Citizens of any municipality may obtain a “Recycle Only” card at the County Commissioners office at 119 Jones Street, Sandersville, GA. No business may use the County Dumpsters.

  1. May I burn my household trash instead of paying a garbage fee?

No. It is against the law in Georgia to burn household trash. Limbs and yard debris may be burned between November 1 and May 1 if a burn permit has been obtained from the Georgia Forestry Commission.

  1. What changes have been made to requirement for posting E911 addresses?

Reflective letters/numbers are now required on the mailbox or on a post/object at the curbside. Letters/numbers should still be affixed the to structure (house, mobile home or business) itself.