The Chatham County - Savannah MPC maintains authoritative zoning ordinances for Chatham County, and working zoning ordinances for the City of Savannah. The City of Savannah maintains the authoritative zoning ordinances. Please follow the directions provided by their web site to access these ordinances.


Chatham County Zoning Regulations

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Table of Contents
Section 1: Enactment, Short Title, Jurisdiction, Purpose
Sec. 1-1 Enactment clause.
Sec. 1-2 Short title.
Sec. 1-3 Jurisdiction.
Sec. 1-4 Purpose.
Section 2: Definitions.
Section 3: General Provisions
Sec. 3-1 Interpretation and Application.
Sec. 3-2 Zoning affects all land and buildings.
Sec. 3-3 Only one principal building or use upon any lot.
Sec. 3-4 Reduction or change in lot size.
Sec. 3-5 Maintenance of open space.
Sec. 3-6 Accessory buildings.
Sec. 3-7 Vision clearance at intersections.
Sec. 3-8 Lots with multiple frontage.
Sec. 3-9 Corner lots, side yard setback from center of street.
Sec. 3-10 Street access.
Sec. 3-11 Encroachment of public right-of-way.
Sec. 3-12 Visual Buffers and Screening.
Section 4: Zoning Districts
Sec. 4-1 Establishment of districts.
Sec. 4-2 Zoning map.
Sec. 4-3 Interpretation of zoning district boundaries.
Sec. 4-4 Uses Prohibited.
Sec. 4-5 Provisions regarding use.
Sec. 4-5.1 Index for C and R Use Schedule.
Sec. 4-5.1 Provisions regarding use in C-Districts and R-Districts .
Sec. 4-5.1 C and R use table.
Sec. 4-5.2 Index for B and I Use Schedule.
Sec. 4-5.2 Provisions regarding use in districts A-T, B, B-1, B-2, B-C, B-N, B-N-1, I-H, I-L, PILT, I-P, M, P-S-C, RB-1, T-B, W-I, PD-M, P-N-T and PUD-C.
Sec. 4-5.2 B and I use table.
Sec. 4-5.3 Extention of specified use from an abutting zoning district into the C-M district.
Sec. 4-6 Development standards.
Sec. 4-6.1 Development standards for dwellings.
Sec. 4-6.2 Development standards for nonresidential uses.
Street classification map.
Sec. 4-6.3 Development standards within a planned shopping center district.
Sec. 4-6.4 Planned development rezoning for certain nonconforming uses.
Sec. 4-6.5 Planned development district.
Sec. 4-6.57A Reserved.
Sec. 4-6.6 Planned unit development ordinance (PUD).
Sec. 4-6.66 Planned unit development Residential (PUD-R)
Sec. 4-6.67 Planned unit development Industrial (PUD-M).
Sec. 4-6.68 Planned unit development Community (PUD-C).
Sec. 4-6.69 Planned unit development Business (PUD-B).
Sec. 4-6.610 Planned unit development Industrial (PUD-IN).
Sec. 4-6.611 Planned unit development Institutional (PUD-IS).
Sec. 4-6.612 Planned unit development Institutional (PUD-IS-B).
Sec. 4-6.613 Planned unit development Mixed Use (PUD-MXU).
Sec. 4-6.7 Reserved
Sec. 4-6.8 P-D-R (Planned Development-Reclamation) District
Sec. 4-6.9 P-D-M (Planned Development-Marina) District
Sec. 4-6.10 P-D-R-SL (Planned Development-Reclamation for Sanitary Landfill) District
Sec. 4-6.11 P-D-R-IL (Planned Development-Reclamation for Industrial Landfill) District
Sec. 4-7 P-R-1-S District
Sec. 4-8 PUD-CC District
Sec. 4-9 P-N-T District
Sec. 4-10 P-R-C District
Sec. 4-11 Reserved.
Sec. 4-12 Development standards in the Environmental Overlay (EO) district.
Sec. 4-13 Development standards for the Town Center Overlay (TC) district.
Section 5: Exceptions and Modifications
Sec. 5-1 Walls and fences.
Sec. 5-2 Structures excluded from height limitations.
Sec. 5-3 Reduction of front yard setback requirements.
Sec. 5-4 Substandard lots of record.
Sec. 5-5 Group development projects.
Sec. 5-6 When a site plan is required.
Section 6: Off-street parking and loading requirements
Sec. 6-1 Scope of provisions.
Sec. 6-2 General provisions.
Sec. 6-3 Off-street parking requirements.
Sec. 6-4 Off-street loading requirements.
Section 7: Signs.
Section 8: Non-Conforming Uses
Sec. 8-1 Nonconforming Use.
Sec. 8-2 Continuance of a nonconforming use.
Sec. 8-3 Limitations of use of nonconforming land uses.
Sec. 8-4 Change in nonconforming use.
Sec. 8-5 Alterations.
Section 9: Administration and Enforcement
Sec. 9-1 Zoning Administrator.
Sec. 9-2 Demolition permit.
Sec. 9-3 Building permits.
Sec. 9-4 Wetlands protection.
Sec. 9-5 Groundwater recharge area protection.
Sec. 9-6 Sign permits.
Sec. 9-7 Occupancy permits.
Sec. 9-8 Reserved.
Sec. 9-9 Appeals.
Section 10: Board of Appeals
Sec. 10-1 Authority.
Sec. 10-2 Rules and procedures.
Sec. 10-3 Administrative assistance.
Sec. 10-4 Appeals.
Sec. 10-5 Public hearing.
Sec. 10-6 Powers and duties.
Sec. 10-7 Forms.
Sec. 10-8 Calendar of Appeals.
Section 11: Amendment
Sec. 11-1 General conditions.
Sec. 11-2 Application for Amendment.
Section 12: Remedies and Penalties
Sec. 12-1 Remedies.
Sec. 12-2 Penalties.
Section 13: Conflict with other laws.
Section 14: Separability.
Section 15: Effective date.
Section 16: Wireless Telecommunications Facilities.
City of Savannah Zoning Regulations

Please note that each section is listed here for clarity, but are combined into several sections in the pdf documents. You may need to scroll to find a particular section.


Table of Contents
Article A: Generally
Sec. 8-3001 Enactment clause and Definitions.
Sec. 8-3002 Enactment clause and Definitions.
Sec. 8-3003 Short title.
Sec. 8-3004 Applicability of chapter.
Sec. 8-3005 Purpose of chapter.
Sec. 8-3006 Interpretation and application of chapter.
Sec. 8-3007 Compliance with chapter.
Sec. 8-3008 Only one principal building upon lot.
Sec. 8-3009 Reduction or change in lot size.
Sec. 8-3010 Maintenance of open spaces.
Sec. 8-3011 Location of accessory uses or buildings.
Sec. 8-3012 Determination of building coverage.
Sec. 8-3013 Vision clearance at intersections.
Sec. 8-3014 Location of buildings on lots with multiple frontage.
Sec. 8-3015 Street access.
Sec. 8-3016 Remedies when buildings, etc., erected, etc., in violation of chapter.
Sec. 8-3017 Penalties.
Sec. 8-3018 to 8-3020 Reserved.
Article B: Zoning Districts
Sec. 8-3021 Established.
Sec. 8-3022 Zoning map.
Sec. 8-3023 Interpretation of zoning district boundaries.
Sec. 8-3024 Prohibited uses.
Sec. 8-3025 Regulation as to uses.
Sec. 8-3025(a) Index for C and R .
Sec. 8-3025(a) C and R Use Schedule.
Sec. 8-3025(b) Index for B and I Use Schedule.
Sec. 8-3025(b) B and I Use Schedule.
Sec. 8-3025(c)(d)(e)(f)(g) Development standards.
Sec. 8-3025(g) Street Classification Map.
Sec. 8-3026 Planned office center district.
Sec. 8-3027 Planned neighborhood conservation district.
Sec. 8-3028 Victorian planned neighborhood conservation district.
Sec. 8-3029 Cuyler-Brownsville planned neighborhood conservation district.
Sec. 8-3030 Historic district.
Sec. 8-3031 Planned district.
Sec. 8-3032 Planned development for certain nonconforming uses.
Sec. 8-3033 Planned unit development.
Sec. 8-3034 Planned unit development residential (PUD-R).
Sec. 8-3035 Planned unit development multifamily (PUD-M).
Sec. 8-3036 Planned unit development community (PUD-C).
Sec. 8-3037 Planned unit development business (PUD-B).
Sec. 8-3038 Planned unit development industrial (PUD-IN).
Sec. 8-3039 Planned unit development institutional (PUD-IS).
Sec. 8-3040 Planned unit development institutional (PUD-IS-B).
Sec. 8-3041 Development standards in P-R-T districts.
Sec. 8-3042 Development standards in P-D-R districts.
Sec. 8-3043 Development standards in P-D-M districts.
Sec. 8-3044 Development standards in B-B districts.
Sec. 8-3045 Development standards in P-R-6-S districts.
Sec. 8-3046 Planned unit development mixed use (PUD mixed use-MXU).
Sec. 8-3047 Development standards in PUD-LU zoning districts.
Sec. 8-3048 Street classification map.
Sec. 8-3049 Fred Wessels / Hitch Village PUD.
Sec. 8-3050 The Cove at Dundee PUD.
Article C: Exceptions and Modifications
Sec. 8-3051 Walls and fences.
Sec. 8-3052 Structures excluded from height limitations.
Sec. 8-3053 Reserved.
Sec. 8-3054 Reduction of front yard setback requirements.
Sec. 8-3055 Substandard lots of record.
Sec. 8-3056 Group development standards.
Sec. 8-3057 Width of side yards abutting street.
Sec. 8-3058 Reduction in rear yard size for certain lots fronting on lanes.
Sec. 8-3059 Off-street parking, etc., facilitites in I-H districts.
Sec. 8-3060 When development plans required for sites in B-N and B-C districts.
Sec. 8-3061 When a site development plan is required.
Sec. 8-3062 Duplex and accessory dwelling standards in R-6-A districts.
Sec. 8-3063 Limited fraternal order or lodge meeting hall standards.
Sec. 8-3064 Visual controls for new development within established one and two family neighborhoods.
Sec. 8-3065 R-6-C neighborhood revitalization overlay district map.
Sec. 8-3066 Visual buffers and screening.
Sec. 8-3067 Maximum lot area coverage for existing single family substandard lots.
Sec. 8-3068 to 8-3080 Reserved.
Article D: Off-Street Parking and Service Requirements
Sec. 8-3081 Generally.
Sec. 8-3082 Plan and design standards.
Sec. 8-3083 Nonconforming off-street loading and parking facilities.
Sec. 8-3084 Continuation of nonconforming parking and loading facilities.
Sec. 8-3085 Notice of nonconformance to be given.
Sec. 8-3086 Discontinuance of nonconforming parking and loading facilities.
Sec. 8-3087 Increases in lot size.
Sec. 8-3088 Remote parking facility.
Sec. 8-3089 Minimum space requirements for off-street parking areas.
Sec. 8-3090 Exempted uses and special off-street parking requirements for specified zoning districts.
Sec. 8-3091 Minimum requirements for off-street parking areas.
Sec. 8-3092 Minimum space requirements for uses not specifically covered by sections 8-3089, 8-3090 and 8-3091.
Sec. 8-3093 Additional off-street parking regulations for commercial establishments.
Sec. 8-3094 Continuing character of obligation.
Sec. 8-3095 Variations by Board of Appeals.
Sec. 8-3096 Storage and disposal facility.
Sec. 8-3097 to 8-3110 Reserved.
Article E: Signs
Sec. 8-3111 Generally.
Sec. 8-3112 Sign permits - Required.
Sec. 8-3113 Same - Issuance; appeals by aggrieved persons.
Sec. 8-3114 Same - Appliction; plans to be submitted.
Sec. 8-3115 Same - Additional information may be required.
Sec. 8-3116 Same - When not required.
Sec. 8-3117 Special sign districts - Created.
Sec. 8-3118 Same - General requirements.
Sec. 8-3119 Broughton Street sign district created.
Sec. 8-3120 River Street - Factors Walk sign district created.
Sec. 8-3121 Historic sign district created.
Sec. 8-3122 to 8-3130 Reserved.
Article F: Nonconforming Uses
Sec. 8-3131 Generally.
Sec. 8-3132 Limitations on continuance.
Sec. 8-3133 Limitations on use of land or building by nonconforming uses.
Sec. 8-3134 Changes in nonconforming uses.
Sec. 8-3135 Alterations.
Sec. 8-3136 to 8-3140 Reserved.
Article G: Administration and Enforcement
Sec. 8-3141 Powers and duties of zoning administrator generally.
Sec. 8-3142 Demolition permits required.
Sec. 8-3143 Building permits.
Sec. 8-3144 Occupancy permit required.
Sec. 8-3145 When occupancy permit required.
Sec. 8-3146 Wetlands protection.
Sec. 8-3147 Groundwater recharge area protection.
Sec. 8-3148 Sign permits.
Sec. 8-3149 Final inspections.
Sec. 8-3150 Duties of commissioner of health generally.
Sec. 8-3151 Filing of applications for permits.
Sec. 8-3152 Duration of validity of building permits.
Sec. 8-3153 Zoning administrator to provide reasons for denial of permits.
Sec. 8-3154 Appeals from decisions of zoning administrator.
Sec. 8-3155 Authorization of zoning administrator to issue permit.
Sec. 8-3156 to 8-3160 Reserved.
Article H: Board of Appeals
Sec. 8-3161 Generally.
Sec. 8-3162 Officers, meetings; quorum; minutes; proceedures generally.
Sec. 8-3163 Powers and duties generally.
Sec. 8-3164 Assistance by zoning administrator; occupancy permit required.
Sec. 8-3165 Appeals.
Sec. 8-3166 Calendar of appeals.
Sec. 8-3167 Public hearings.
Sec. 8-3168 Forms.
Sec. 8-3169 to 8-3180 Reserved.
Article I: Amendments
Sec. 8-3181 Initiation of amendments.
Sec. 8-3182 Procedure for amendment.
Sec. 8-3183 Standards and criteria for making zoning map amendments.
Sec. 8-3184 to 8-3190 Reserved.
Article J: Wireless Telecommunications Facilities
Article K: Mid-City (Thomas Square) District Zoning Ordinance
Article L: New Hampstead PUD
Article M: Public Notice
Article N: Savannah River Landing Planning Unit Development