Timber Harvest Notification Ordinances
Georgia counties or municipal governing authorities may craft ordinances which require landowners or timber buyers to give notice prior to harvesting timber. This can ensure that counties can track ad valorem taxes as well as roadway access points to meet their regulations. Georgia Code 12-6-24 does not preclude counties, municipalities, and other political subdivisions from enacting and enforcing tree ordinances, landscape ordinances, or streamside buffer ordinances; provided, however, such ordinances shall not apply to timber harvesting that is not associated with development.
Pursuant to this law, the following form from the Georgia Forestry Commission - Notice of Timber Harvesting Activity Form - is provided as a reference to show the specific information that can be obtained by counties. Contact your local official for the county form.
Please convey any concerns about county ordinances by contacting GFC's Water Quality Staff.
This map shows counties known to have timber harvest notification ordinances as of November 2012. Every effort has been made to provide ordinance information below. The GFC urges landowners and timber buyers to check with local officials for the most accurate information.