Code Enforcement


The mission of the Code Enforcement Department is to preserve and promote public safety and welfare, protect property and assist the public. The department accomplishes its mission by regulating and controlling the design, construction, occupancy, use and location of facilities within Oconee County.


Assist the public with information concerning construction codes; review commercial building plans and soil erosion plans; issue building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, gas, logging, sign, driveway and soil erosion permits; assist with parade, road race, solicitation and canvassing permits; insure Oconee County's ordinances and guidelines are current with state and federal mandates; coordinate with engineering, planning, tax assessors, utility department, health department and other offices and departments on property and land uses; maintain permanent county records; assist the public with and issue Occupation Tax and Home Occupation licenses. 

Additional Information

GSWCC Certification Classes: For information regarding the Georgia Soil & Water Conservation Commission (GSWCC) certification please visit or call GSWCC at 706-542-9233.

Sign Permit Applications (All signs in Oconee County must comply with Oconee County Sign Regulations - please see Oconee County Unified Code Section 709.03(c) "Issuance of Sign Approval")


B.R. White, Director of Planning & Code Enforcement
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P.O. Box 145
22 North Main Street, Building A
Watkinsville, Georgia 30677

Phone: 706-769-3907
Fax: 706-769-2929

Hours: Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Permits Issued Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm 

Permit Jurisdiction

Mobile Home Location, Gas, Building, HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing, Business Licenses, Driveway, Hauling & Logging, Soliciting and Canvassing, Solid Waste, Soil Erosion.



1)  What are the requirements for Burn Permits?  

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1)  What are the requirements for Burn Permits?

Burn permits are required.   Before burning anything, contact the Georgia Forestry Service to obtain a permit by calling  1-877-652-2876 (1-877-OK2-BURN) or visiting the Georgia Forestry Commission website.   Burning is NOT permitted from May 1 through September 30 each year.


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