Planning & Zoning

Berrien County Planning and Zoning
1st floor of Administration Building
Dennis Adams - Building Inspector
Amanda W. Thacker - Zoning Administrator
201 North Davis Street
Nashville, Georgia 31639
Phone 229-686-2149 Option 2
FAX - 229-686-2243
Office Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8 AM to 5:00 PM
The Berrien County Code Enforcement Office serves the unincorporated areas of Berrien County as well as Alapaha and Ray City. Our goal is to help preserve and promote public safety and welfare, protect property and assist the public through enforcing the Land Development Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance, Nuisance Abatement Ordinance, and Building Codes as well as other Ordinances and policies. We assist the public with information concerning zoning and land use, construction codes, soil and erosion plans. We also issue building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, logging, sign, right of way encroachment and driveway permits.
Follow this link for more Berrien County Land Development Ordinance/Zoning Information
External Links to Land Use Development Ordinances:
Berrien County Ordinance

Ray City Ordinance



This Ordinance includes the zoning regulations such as property use, building size and setbacks. Applications for the following can be obtained at the Code Enforcement Office:
REZONING: $150.00
SPECIAL EXCEPTION: $125.00
VARIANCES: $125.00
SPECIAL CARE GIVER:NA
External Links to Building Codes:
Berrien County

Ray City

Includes permitting & inspections of new construction, electrical, plumbing and heating and air. Applications for the following can be obtained at the Code Enforcement Office:
Building Inspections on new construction or additions (see fee schedule)
Electrical (New construction, Remodel work, Accessory buildings, Agricultural Uses
Heating and Air (New construction, replacement)
Plumbing (New construction, Additions, replacement)
Mobile Home Installation Inspections - $198.00
Driveway Permits (based on size)


Building permit and inspection fees:
Total ValuationFees
$1,000.00 and lessNo fee, unless inspection required, in which case a $15.00 fee for each for each inspection shall be charged.
$1,000.00 to $50,000.00$15.00 for the first $1,000.00 plus $5.00 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $50,000.00
$50,000.00 to $100,000.00$260.00 for the first $50,000.00 plus $4.00 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $500,000.00.
$100,000.00 to $500,000.00$460.00 for the first $100,000.00 plus $3.00 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof, to and including $500,000.00
$500,000.00 and up

$1,660.00 for the first $500,000.00 plus $2.00 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof
Moving fee. For the moving of any building or structure, except a manufactured home, the fee shall be $100.00. The fee for moving of a manufactured home and the set-up with foundation and anchors shall be $65.00 plus the required electrical fee.
Plan-checking review fees. When the valuation of the proposed construction exceeds $1,000.00 and a plan is required to be submitted by section 104.2 of the Standard Building Code, a plan-checking review fee shall be paid to the building official at the time of submitting plans and specifications for checking. The plan-checking review fee shall be equal to one-fourth of the building permit fee as set forth in section 103.7.4 of the Standard Building Code. Such plan-checking fee is in addition to the building permit fee.
Re-inspection fee. For all fees, including building, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical, there shall be a re-inspection fee of $25.00. The re-inspection fee shall not be charged until the third re-inspection of the same work is required. The first two inspections of the same work shall be done without cost. Upon the re-inspection for the third time, a fee of $25.00 shall be paid.
Electrical permit fees
New (Residential and Commercial) Work or ItemsExisting Services (updated/remodeled)
0—100 amps$ 50.00$ 25.00
Over 100—200 amps80.0040.00
Over 200—400 amps100.0050.00
Over 400—600 amps150.0075.00
Over 600—1,000 amps200.00100.00
Over 1,000—2,000 amps300.00150.00
Over 2,000 and up400.00200.00
Plumbing permit fees.
New residential and commercial work or items: $10.00 per fixture.
Mechanical permit fees
Air conditioners:Up through 3 tons .....$30.00
Over 3 to 10 tons .....40.00
Over 10 tons .....50.00
Boiler or incinerator .....60.00
Heating—electricalUp through 10 kw .....20.00
Over 10 through 20 kw .....30.00
Over 20 kw .....40.00
Heating—gasUp to 75,000 Btu's .....20.00
Over 75,000—125,000 Btu's .....30.00
Over 125,000—200,000 Btu's .....40.00
Timber Harvesting Ordinance
Timber Harvesting
There is no charge for a Timber Harvesting Permit. This permit can be found at the following site: Timber Harvesting Permit


You may fill out the permit and submit via email to amandathacker@windstream.net or bring them to the office located at 201 N. Davis Street Nashville GA 31639
Nuisance Ordanance:
Click Here for Nuisance Ordanance Information

Roads and Bridges:
Click Here for Roads and Bridges Ordinances

Subdivision Ordinance:
Click Here for Subdivisions

Erosion and Sedimentation Control:
Click Here for Soil and Erosion

Water Resource Protection:
Click Here for information on Water Resources

River Corridor Protection:
Click Here for information on River Corridor Protection