Planning & Development
The Planning & Development department coordinates planning, zoning, and construction activities. We look forward to helping you achieve your goal – whether adding onto your house; obtaining/renewing your OTC business license; rezoning property; subdividing land; constructing a new building; or another project.
Richard Osborne, AICP
Planning & Development Director
- Advantage Pickens: for info on some of the advantages of developing in Pickens, click here.
- Building Permit: required for new structures 200 sqft or greater in size; additions; finish-out; and/or significant renovations. Maintenance and repair, such as improvements to roofing, siding, windows does not require a permit. For owner-occupied residential, the homeowner can get a permit in his/her name. For other permitting such as commercial and industrial projects, a State-licensed contractor must obtain the permit.
- Codes (County): Pickens County Code of Ordinances may be found at www.municode.com
- Codes (State): State Minimum Codes effective January 1, 2017 may be found here
- Comprehensive Plan: County and city leaders and residents are working on a new comprehensive plan. If you would like to be involved, call 706-253-8850. To view the current plan, adopted in 2008 and revised in 2013, click here.
- Fee Schedule: may be found here.
- Lot Split / Subdivisions: Newly split/subdivided lots must either have direct access to and from a county-maintained or state road; or have direct access to and from a private road meeting private road standards (Code of Ordinances 38-181 to 38-231).
- Signs: Maximum height and size for freestanding signs are 20 ft tall and 100 sqft on Hwy 515; 15 ft tall and 50 sqft on other State routes; and 10 ft tall and 32 sqft on local roads.
- Zoning: In Pickens County, zoning districts are known as land use intensity districts. Standards may be found in Chapter 67 of the Code of Ordinances, and the zoning of properties may be found at pickens.tscmaps.com.