Planning and Development Services

Paul Forgey, Planning Director

Contact Information:
P.O. Box 447
240 Pine Avenue/Suite 300
Albany, GA 31702
Phone: (229) 438-3901
Fax: (229) 438-3965


Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Planning & Development Services Calendar

The Planning and Development Services Department is comprised of three divisions: Planning & Zoning, Development Services (Inspection), and GIS. We are dedicated to promoting the improvement, conservation, and revitalization of Albany and Dougherty’s physical and social environment. 

Planning & Zoning is responsible for the governing of all uses of land and developments within the city limits of the City of Albany and the unincorporated limits of Dougherty County. This includes the administration of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, Zoning Ordinance,Site Plan and Subdivision Ordinances, Floodplain Management Plan and Ordinances, and Sign Ordinances.  The staff also provices support to several citizen commissions and boards, including Historic Preservation and Floodplain Management

Development Services strives to provide the highest quality of public service while ensuring compliance with the Georgia State Building Code and other applicable local codes and ordinances. We serve as a resource of information for our residents, design professionals, contractors, builders, and developers to ensure that the built environment is constructed and maintained in a safe, energy efficient, and accessible manner. We strive to set the standard for excellence in public service with relation to the construction and development needs of the citizens of Albany and Dougherty County. 

GIS, Geographic Information Systems, is a computer technology that combines geographic data (the locations of man-made and natural features on the earth’s surface) and other types of information (names, classifications, addresses, and much more) to generate visual maps and reports. The GIS division currently maintains more than fifty GIS layers including aerial photos, parcels, street centerlines, zoning, and flood information. City and county departments have access to these geofiles over the network and the public has access to the Albany-Dougherty Geographic Information Systems Web Browser.


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