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.


Appling - No Atkinson - No Bacon - No Baker - No Baldwin - Yes
Banks - Yes Barrow - Yes Bartow - Yes Ben Hill - No Berrien - Yes
Bibb - Yes Bleckley - Yes Brantley - Yes Brooks - No Bryan - No
Bulloch - Yes Burke - Yes Butts - Yes Calhoun - No Camden - No
Candler - Yes Carroll - Yes Catoosa - Yes Charlton - Yes Chatham - Yes
Chattahoochee - Yes Chattooga - No Cherokee - Yes Clarke - Yes Clay - Yes
Clayton - Yes Clinch - No Cobb - Yes Coffee - No Colquitt - No
Columbia - Yes Cook - No Coweta - Yes Crawford - Yes Crisp - No
Dade - Yes Dawson - Yes De Kalb - Yes Decatur - No Dodge - Yes
Dooly - Yes Dougherty - No Douglas - Yes Early - No Echols - Yes
Effingham - Yes Elbert - Yes Emanuel - Yes Evans - No Fannin - Yes
Fayette - Yes Floyd - No Forsyth - No Franklin - No Fulton - Yes
Gilmer - No Glascock - Yes Glynn - No Gordon - Yes Grady - No
Greene - Yes Gwinnett - Yes Habersham - Yes Hall - No Hancock - Yes
Haralson - Yes Harris - Yes Hart - Yes Heard - Yes Henry - Yes
Houston - No Irwin - No Jackson - Yes Jasper - Yes Jeff Davis - No
Jefferson - Yes Jenkins - Yes Johnson - Yes Jones - Yes Lamar - Yes
Lanier - No Laurens - Yes Lee - No Liberty - Yes Lincoln - Yes
Long - Yes Lowndes - Yes Lumpkin - No Macon - Yes Madison - Yes
Marion - Yes McDuffie - Yes McIntosh - Yes Meriwether - Yes Miller - No
Mitchell - Yes Monroe - Yes Montgomery - Yes Morgan - Yes Murray - No
Muscogee - No Newton - Yes Oconee - Yes Oglethorpe - Yes Paulding - Yes
Peach - No Pickens - Yes Pierce - Yes Pike - Yes Polk - Yes
Pulaski - Yes Putnam - Yes Quitman - Yes Rabun - No Randolph - No
Richmond - No Rockdale - Yes Schley - No Screven - Yes Seminole - Yes
Spalding - Yes Stephens - Yes Stewart - Yes Sumter - Yes Talbot - No
Taliaferro - Yes Tattnall - No Taylor - Yes Telfair - Yes Terrell - No
Thomas - No Tift - No Toombs - Yes Towns - No Treutlen - Yes
Troup - Yes Turner - Yes Twiggs - Yes Union - Yes Upson - Yes
Walker - Yes Walton - Yes Ware - Yes Warren - Yes Washington - Yes
Wayne - Yes Webster - Yes Wheeler - Yes White - No Whitfield - No
Wilcox - Yes Wilkes - Yes Wilkinson - Yes Worth - Yes