Community Development

The Community Development Department is dedicated to providing a full range of public safety services related to building, planning, and code compliance, including building permit review, building inspections, comprehensive planning, land development administration, floodplain management, code enforcement, historic preservation, urban forestry, GIS mapping and public outreach.


Permit and Application forms are available on the City's website located under Document Center or in hard copy at the Community Development Department at located at 418 Osborne Street St Marys GA or call 912-510-4032. Forms are updated periodically, so be sure to check the website for the latest version before you submit an application. City of St Marys operates under the 2012 IBC codes. All ordinances for the City can be found at
https://library.municode.com/ga/st._marys/codes/code_of_ordinances

Please do not rely on Camden County Tax Assessor's map or parcel search for zoning verification. The landuse classification is for tax purposes only and not the St Marys zoning. You can search the zoning of your property at
https://stmarysga.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=fb038b95f4f4413aaddc6ada5466b02a

If you have a question about Planning, please email the Planner of the Day at planneroftheday@stmarysga.gov.

Permits are required for the following: 

  • Rezoning requests
  • Annexations
  • Special Use Permits
  • Plats
  • Signs Permits
  • Subdivide Property 
  • Land Disturbance Over An Acre
  • Residential/ Commercial AccessoryStructures
  • Storage Sheds Over 200 SF
  • Occupational License
  • Temporary Sales or Solicitor
  • Mobile Food and Vending
  • Driveways on State highways
  • Addressing
  • Code Compliance
  • Floodplain Management
  • Historic Preservation