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

Alcoholic Beverage Licensing

Animal Control

Business License Application (PDF)

Codes and Ordinances 

Motorized Cart Brochure (PDF)

Sign Permit Application (PDF)

Solid Waste Ordinance

ULDC Zoning Map (PDF)

APPLYING FOR AN ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE?

If a citizen is considering applying for an alcoholic beverage license for their business, there are several qualifications that must be met prior to applying. Link to Code of Ordinances, ALCOHOL LICENSE INFORMATION

BUSINESS LICENSE RENEWAL

Each year, business licenses expire on December 31.  The City allows a grace period from January 1 to February 28 before a penalty fee is added.  If not renewed by March 1, business owners can expect to pay a late fee penalty.

Although it is a simpler process for business owners to renew their license than it was to apply, each occupational tax certificate must be in full compliance. To be in compliance, business owners should verify their business location, verify business name, verify mailing address, and, if applicable, verify their state license is current.  A business license will not be approved nor renewed, if the business owner or landowner (where the business is located), owes delinquent occupation tax, property taxes, or ad valorem tax to the City of Douglas or Coffee County Board of Commission. Also, a business license/renewal will not be granted if the business owner or property owner owes a debt, such as delinquent utility bill, to the City of Douglas. 

If any changes occur with the business, there are several different application processes, based upon what was changed with the business. Business name changes require a new and separate application process.  In event that the ownership changes, an application for ownership/address change must be completed. If a business has a partner and wants to remove that partner, the partner must provide a written statement to the Marshal’s Office stating they want to be removed from the Occupational Tax Certificate. The remaining person does not have to reapply. Both the previous owner and the new owner must sign the application.

If a business has an address change:

(A) Home Occupation Based to Home Occupation Based – Ensure the new address is still in the City of Douglas. The owner must fill out the Owner/Address Change Application and provide proof of residency for the new location.

(B) Home Occupation Based to Home Occupation Based– Zoning standards must be approved. the applicant to complete the Owner/ Address Change Application and meet all the application requirement.

(C) Non-Residential to Non-Residential – Ensure the new address is still in the City of Douglas. The owner must fill out the Owner/Address Change Application and provide proof of residency for the new location. City ordinance does not allow commercial equipment to be stored in residential zoned property. See City Ordinance Section 86-60 and the Unified Land Development Code.

(D) Non-Residential to Home Occupation Based – Ensure the new address is still in the City of Douglas. The owner must fill out the Owner/Address Change Application and provide proof of residency for the new location. See City Ordinance Section 86-60 and the Unified Land Development Code.

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.

Remove Trash Carts from Right of Ways After Collection

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.