Planning and Development

The City of Covington's Planning and Development Department works to improve and maintain the quality of life for all of Covington's residents by protecting our natural environment and promoting health, safety and welfare through land use regulation and comprehensive planning.

Planning & Development Department
2194 Emory Street NW | Covington, GA 30014



The 2023 - 2027 Comprehensive Plan is now available. Visit to review the plan.

Joe Minicozzi is an urban planner imagining new ways to think about and visualize land use, urban design and economics. Joe founded Urban3 to explain and visualize market dynamics created by tax and land use policies. Urban3 performed a revenue analysis of city parcels which is a component of the ongoing comprehensive plan update. This is an opportunity for citizens to hear how some of the inner workings and tough decisions of development lead to city growth and ongoing fiscal solvency.


Planning and Development is responsible for reviewing, permitting, licensing and inspecting all construction within the Covington city limits. In doing so, the Department enforces all relevant codes and ordinances, and provides technical assistance to the Mayor and Council as well as many of the City's Boards and Commissions.

The following services are offered by the Planning and Development Department:

  • Review and Issue Permits (Building, Fence, Signs, Yard Sale, Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC, etc.)
  • Inspections
  • Code Enforcement
  • Land Use and Zoning
  • Occupation Taxes
  • Business Licenses
  • Plan Review
  • Historic Preservation

You may view the Covington Municipal Code of Ordinances HERE‚Äč.