Land Development Regulations

The City of Valdosta staff and policymakers utilize a series of land development regulations to ensure, in general, the wise development of land in harmony with the Greater Lowndes 2030 Comprehensive Plan.

Recognizing that many of the City’s Land Development Regulations were outdated and no longer promoted the type and form of growth our community desires, the City of Valdosta updated all of its regulations and ordinances related to the land development process.  The new regulations were adopted in December, 2008 and became effective January 1, 2009.

On a periodic basis, some provisions of the LDR may be revised.  We make every effort to have the most up to date version available on this webpage.  The latest amendments were approved by City Council on April 7, 2016, and these are included in the LDR items below:

The Land Development Regulations consists of the three Titles and the related Chapters listed below.  A complete Table of Contents for the LDR.

TITLE 1 - Administration

Chapter 102 - General Provisions
Chapter 106 - Definitions and Abbreviations 
Chapter 110 - Enforcement and Penalties 

TITLE 2 - Land Use and Zoning

Chapter 202 - General Provisions
Chapter 206 - Base Zoning Districts

Chapter 210 - Overlay Zoning Districts

 Chapter 210-1 Procedures Governing Overlay Zoning
 Chapter 210-2 Inner Perimeter Road Corridor Overlay District
 Chapter 210-3 Urban Commercial Corridor Overlay District
 Chapter 210-4 Baytree-University Corridor Overlay District
 Chapter 210-5 Valdosta Regional Airport Overlay District
 Chapter 210-6 Historical Overlay District 
 Chapter 212 - Planned Development Approval 
 Chapter 214 - Standards Applying to All Districts
 Chapter 218 - Use Regulations (including Accessory and Supplemental Use Standards)
 Chapter 222 - Off-Street Parking Standards  
 Chapter 226 - Off-Street Loading and Service Areas
 Chapter 230 - Sign Regulations
 Chapter 234 - Non-Conforming Situations
 Chapter 238 - Historic Preservation
 Chapter 242 - Zoning Procedures and Land Use

TITLE 3 - Development and Permitting

Chapter 302 - Subdivision and Site Development Standards 

 Chapter 302 - Article 1 - General Provisions
 Chapter 302 - Article 2 - Development Design Standards
 Chapter 302 - Article 3 - Subdivision and Site Development Plan Review Procedures
 Chapter 302 - Article 4 - Site Construction Plans and Inspections
 Chapter 302 - Article 5 - Development Permits
 Chapter 302 - Article 6 - Specifications of Standard Development Documents
 Chapter 306 - Soil Erosion, Sedimentation, and Pollution Control
 Chapter 310 - Stormwater Management
 Chapter 320 - Flood Damage Prevention
 Chapter 324 - Environmental Planning Criteria
 Chapter 328 - Landscape, Buffers and Screening

 Chapter 332 - Public Improvements

 Chapter 332 - Article 1 - Streets and Sidewalks
 Chapter 332 - Article 2 - Drainage Systems
 Chapter 332 - Article 3 - Public Utilities Installation
 Chapter 332 - Article 4 - Street Lights


The LDR also includes several Appendices as listed below:

APPENDIX A - City of Valdosta Permitted, Protected and Prohibited Tree and Plant Guide

APPENDIX B - Design Guidelines for the Inner Perimeter Overlay District

APPENDIX C - Design Guidelines for the Urban Commercial Corridor Overlay District

APPENDIX D - Design Guidelines for the Baytree-University Overlay District

APPENDIX E - Design Guidelines for the Residential – Infill (R-I) District

APPENDIX F - Design Guidelines for the TND Traditional Neighborhood District

APPENDIX G Section A- Design Guidelines for the Historic Preservation District

APPENDIX G Section B- Design Guidelines for the Historic Preservation District (Residential)

APPENDIX G Section C- Design Guidelines for the Historic Preservation District (Commercial)

APPENDIX H - Standard Design and Construction Details

APPENDIX I - City of Valdosta Traffic Study Standards

APPENDIX J - International Building Code Local Administration and Enforcement Provisions

Land Development Regulations

Please contact the Planning and Zoning Divisions with questions regarding the LDR.  229.259.3563

Planning & Zoning




Matt Martin


Valdosta City Hall Annex
300 N. Lee Street, Suite #111
Valdosta, GA 31601

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