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Department of Planning and Economic Development

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construction plan roolsThe Department of Planning and Economic Development is responsible for all areas and divisions of Planning, Zoning, Development Review, Permitting, Inspections, Floodplain Management, and Economic Development within Garden City.

For more information on planning and permitting contact the Office of Planning, Zoning & Building at 912-963-2756 or email

The Department of Planning and Economic Development is committed to providing Garden City’s elected and appointed officials, citizens, business owners, and development community with professional expertise in data assessment used to support decision making, enhance the understanding of the development process, and ensuring continuous enhancements in residential, commercial, and industrial properties now and in the future.

Garden City’s long-term economic and physical expansion is primary to the goals established in our Comprehensive Plan, which serves as a mechanism for our City to plan its future growth and development in a way that is most beneficial and considerate to our City's wants and needs. The Comprehensive Plan allows Garden City to effectively implement smart growth strategies through zoning, development review, policy, code enforcement, and community involvement.

Consolidated Planning Commission & Board of Zoning Appeals

The Department of Planning and Economic Development also works closely with the Consolidated Planning Commission & Board of Zoning Appeals to review, approve, or recommend actions for rezoning requests, text amendments, subdivision plats, site plan reviews, variances, and appeals.  Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM in Garden City - City Hall.  

Tree Protection and Landscape Requirements

The City of Garden City’s Tree Protection and Landscape Ordinance helps to ensure that as our community continues to develop, it will remain an aesthetically pleasing and comfortable place for people to live and work. All new development must conform to these regulations. A copy of the ordinance, example required site plan, and departmental compliance checklist are available online and in the office of the Department of Planning and Economic Development for review by citizens and developers. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (912) 963-2756.

Film Location Permit

Thank you for choosing the Garden City for your film location needs! Garden City is a bedroom community to the City of Savannah located northwest of the center of Chatham County. It is bordered to the southeast by the City of Savannah, to the west by the city of Pooler, and to the north by the city of Port Wentworth. Garden City has a total area of 14.3 square miles of which 13.7 square miles is land and .62 square miles, or 4.35 percent, is water. Established in, Garden City has both a residential, industrial, and commercial presence attributed to the Georgia Ports Authority – Garden City Terminal bordering the City to the east while also boasting beautiful scenic marshes to its south.

Film Permit Application


Department of Planning and Economic Development
Garden City - City Hall
912-963-2735 (fax)

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