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. You can search the zoning of your property at http://www.stmarysga.gov/department/community_development/current_zoning_and_map/index.php.

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

If you like to request a building inspection electronically please submit address of project, contact person, project name, permit number, what type of inspection requested and a contact number to buildinginspections@stmarysga.gov. Someone needs to be onsite for the inspection.

Permits are required for the following: 

  • Rezoning
  • Annexations
  • Special Use
  • Signs
  • Subdivide property 
  • Land Disturbance over an acre
  • Demolition
  • Building Renovations at or over 50%
  • New Construction
  • Residential/ Commercial Accessory Structures
  • Storage sheds over 200 SF
  • Pools/ Hot Tubs/ Spas
  • Fences that are masonry or brick or wooden fences over 7 feet in height
  • Retaining walls over 4 feet in height
  • All bulk heads 
  • Docks
  • Roofs that require any structural improvements
  • HVAC 
  • Water heaters
  • Windows and Door
  • Plumbing that requires and repiping
  • Natural gas or propane lines 
  • Occupational license
  • Temporary sales or solicitor
  • Mobile Food and vending
  • Driveways on State highways