New Construction & Renovation Processes
Most people first learn about the NPU when they apply for a building permit and discover that they need a variance.
Do you need a building permit?
Have you been told you need a zoning variance?
If so you can find information including forms and checklists for the full city process here.
When you make your initial application for building permit with the city, if a variance is required they will provide you with a case number. V-19-204 would indicate the 204th variance application issued in 2019. The progress of your application through the system will be tracked by this number.
As a part of the zoning variance process you will need to meet with the relevant neighborhood association who may ask to conduct a site visit, as well as the Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU-F). Find information to help you through that sub-process here.
Note that many existing single-family residences within NPU-F are non-conforming for the zoning code – typically because the lot size is smaller than required and/or because the structure impinges on required front, side or rear yard setbacks from the property line. For this reason, variance requests for renovation projects and new construction are very common in this NPU.
Have you been told you need a zoning change, Special Use Permit or Special Administrative Permit?
If so, you can find information including forms and checklists for the full city process here.
As a part of the zoning change process you will need to meet with the relevant neighborhood association and also your Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU-F). Find information to help you through that sub-process here.
What do the various zoning classifications mean?
The zoning code for the city of Atlanta includes classifications for residential, commercial, industrial and mixed uses as well as historic and landmark districts.