Marshal, Code Enforcement, Planning, & Zoning

City Marshal/Code Enforcement duties include enforcement of nuisance violations such as inoperable vehicles, overgrown lots, dilapidated structures, animal control issues, and all local and state laws. Duties also include processing of applications for occupational licenses, alcoholic beverage licenses, motorized cart registrations, and assists the City of Douglas Building Inspectors office and Douglas Fire Department with enforcement of building codes and life safety codes. 

Duties also include assistance with the administration and enforcement of city development regulations and zoning ordinance.

Resources

Animal Control

Business License Application (PDF)

Codes and Ordinances 

Motorized Cart Brochure (PDF)

Sign Permit Application (PDF)

ULDC Zoning Map (PDF)

REGISTRATION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS OF MOTORIZED CARTS FOR OPERATION ON APPROVED GDOT STREETS IN THE CITY OF DOUGLAS

Motorized carts are only allowed on Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) approved areas throughout Douglas.  Motorized carts must be registered through the City of Douglas Marshal’s Office. Motorized carts must weigh less than 1,300 pounds and cannot exceed 20 miles per hour. If the vehicle does not comply, it cannot be legally registered or used on approved roadways/paths in the City of Douglas.  Drivers of permitted motorized carts must have a valid state issued driver’s license as well as adhere to all traffic laws.  

When registering for a motorized cart permit, owners must provide VIN number, cart year model, make, color, and proof of minimum insurance coverage on motorized cart/auto insurance or homeowners policy/recreational vehicle policy that meets or exceed the minimum requirements of: Bodily Injury Liability: $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident; Property damage liability $25,000 per person; Uninsured motorist bodily injury $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident. To legally and safely operate a motorized cart on a GDOT approved city street, the cart must have the following safety features: safety restraints and/or child restraints, a flashing amber light that may be seen from 500 feet, a horn that can be audible from 200 feet, proper exhaust, headlights, tail lights, brake lights, turn signals, rear view mirrors, and reflex reflectors.  Once registered, owners will receive a decal that must be affixed to the cart for its use on a city street.  

Four wheelers, side-by-sides (Can-Am, Rangers, etc.) and other motorized carts that can exceed 20 miles per hour and/or weigh more than 1,300 pounds are not approved for use on city streets.  Motorized carts may only be operated on City approved 2-lane roads where there is one lane of traffic for the direction of travel and have a speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less.  State Route 206/Bowens Mill Rd.at Touchton Dr. crossing is not an approved area since it was determined this intersection failed to meet connectivity and the speed limit is 55 MPH.  Motorized carts may not be operated on any road that has been designated a part of the state or federal highway system unless it is an approved crossing/intersection which are listed above.  

For a full copy of the motorized cart ordinance and a map of the approved streets for motorized cart crossings, please stop by the Douglas Marshal’s Office, located at City Hall, or email rgoddard@cityofdouglas.com.

City Reminds Citizens to Remove Trash Carts from Right of Ways

In an effort to address some concerns of citizens and to clean up the right-of-ways throughout the city, citizens are being reminded to adhere to Solid Waste ordinance policies regarding time of placement and time of removal of trash carts. Beginning the evening before and no later than 6 a.m. on the day of collection, customers should place their container(s) at the curbside in front of the customer’s residence. The container should be removed from the curbside and returned to a location behind the customer’s residence or to a place that is outside of City’s right-of-way and out of view from the right-of-way no later than 6:00 a.m. following the scheduled day of service. City of Douglas officials will begin issuing citations to customers routinely allowing containers to remain at curbside outside of the hours specified. Customers who continue to place or leave carts beyond specified times will be deemed to create a nuisance, punishable by fines. The current fine for trash citations are as follows: 1st offense will be a $25.00; 2nd offense and beyond will be a $75.00 fine each offense.

Solid Waste Ordinance

For More Information

For more information, please contact Marshal/Code Enforcement Officer, Rodger Goddard at (912) 389-3462.