Planning, Zoning and Urban Design

The City of Savannah and the Chatham County – Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission will be taking the following steps to protect public safety in response to the Coronavirus Disease. 

All City of Savannah meetings with the Planning Commission and other review bodies will be postponed through April 20, 2020.  This includes:

  • Rezonings
  • All Local Historic and Conservation District Certificates of Appropriateness for Board Review (staff level reviews will continue to be accepted and processed, electronically, during this time)
  • Historic Site and Monument Commission (Markers, Monuments, and Public Art)
  • Zoning Ordinance Text Amendments
  • Special Use Approvals

Additionally, no meetings for the following review bodies will occur during this time:

  • The Planning Commission
  • City of Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Historic Site and Monument Commission
  • Savannah Historic District Board of Review
  • Historic Preservation Commission


All applications will be continued in the order received until the next available meeting agenda. Applications for future meetings will only be accepted digitally in PDF format based on the instructions below.  If your email is larger than 15MB, please send an email to the appropriate contact to secure alternative submission arrangements. 

For Planning Commission and City of Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals submit applications, plans and questions by email. 

For the Historic District Board of Review, Historic Preservation Commission, and Historic Site and Monument Commission, submit applications, plans and questions to this email

Thank you for your patience during this emergency situation and please stay well.

The Planning, Zoning and Urban Design Department provides a range of planning-related services to enhance the livability, sustainability and vitality of Savannah. It handles business location approvals, issues zoning confirmation letters, reviews development site plans and issues short-term vacation rental permits. 

City Council approved a new zoning code and zoning map, "NewZO," on July 18th, 2019 to replace a code dating to the 1960s. It went into effect on September 1st, 2019. To learn more about NewZO, we have produced an informative video. We also have an executive summary available. 

Please consult the following for additional information: 

Planning and Urban Design Staff

Bridget Lidy
912-525-3100, ext. 1480
Candra Teshome
Planning and Zoning Liaison912-525-3100, ext. 1839
Tom Bolton
Zoning Plans Reviewer912-525-3100, ext. 1869
Aislee Jackson
Zoning Use Coordinator
Beth Barnes
Administrative Assistant
912-525-3100, ext. 1859
Cornelia Reed
Program Coordinator
912-525-3100 ext. 1161