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Codes, Ordinances and Regulatory Documents

Georgia State Code
Doraville Municipal Code
Open Records/ Meetings (GMA)

Georgia State Constitution
City Ethics Ordinance

Business Related Code Sections

Alcoholic Beverages (City Code: Chapter 3)
Buildings and Building Regulations (City Code: Chapter 5)
Business and Business Regulations (City Code: Chapter 6)
Environment (City Code: Chapter 6.5)
Signs (City Code: Chapter 14)
Solid Waste Management (City Code: Chapter 15)
Streets and Sidewalks (City Code: Chapter 17)
Subdivision Regulations (City Code: Chapter 17.5)
Taxation (City Code: Chapter 18)
Traffic and Motor Vehicles (City Code: Chapter 19)
Vehicles for Hire/Wrecker Services (City Code: Chapter 22)
Zoning (City Code: Chapter 23)

Multi-Family Inspection Program
In 2014, the City of Doraville passed an ordinance that requires multi-family rental dwellings of four (4) or more units to be inspected for compliance with adopted codes. The new multi-family inspection program is designed to:
  • Preserve property values, promote economic vitality and crime prevention, and ensure safe, healthy, and clean environments; and

  • Promote ongoing investment in upkeep and maintenance.

Per Doraville Code of Ordinances Sec. 5-72, properties must be inspected by a Certified Building Inspector, and a Certificate of Compliance certifying the units passing inspection must be submitted annually with the renewal of the required Occupational Tax Certificate.
The first milestone of the program is March 31, 2016, by which date all properties subject to the ordinance must have 100% of their units inspected and in compliance with required standards.
  • For 2015, the exterior and all multifamily rental dwellings/units must be inspected and certified.

  • Every year thereafter, 20% of the exterior and 20% of the dwellings/units must be inspected and certified, provided that all buildings and all dwellings/units are to be inspected, at a minimum, every five years.

  • All dwellings/units/buildings inspected must be listed individually on the Code Compliance Certificate.

  • Each owner and certified building inspector is required to keep a written record of all inspections for each unit, including the date of the inspection, items inspected, and all violations, if any, observed.

If the certified building inspector determines that repairs are necessary to comply with the minimum standards, an inspection report listing any observed violations and a renovation plan must be submitted to the City’s chief building official for review and approval.  The building official can grant an extension of up to one year to complete the repairs (a building permit would be required).  However, if life safety issues are involved, no extension will be granted, and any such units may not be leased until brought into compliance.
Inspectors must be certified by the City of Doraville prior to inspecting any multifamily properties.  To become certified, inspectors must submit a copy of their business license and applicable certification for approval and meet with the chief building official.
Failure to comply with the ordinance can result in fines for each unit subject to inspection for each day that compliance has not been met. Additionally, the City can inspect the units at a non-compliant property, if necessary.  If this occurs, the property owner will be responsible for the cost of the inspections, and failure to pay such costs couldresult in a lien being placed on the property.

Resources for Residents

Common Ordinance Violations
Please do not park vehicles on lawns. Under Section 19-65 of the City Code, it is unlawful for any person to park any motor vehicle, motor home or trailer on any area which is not paved or asphalted and designed for use as a parking area.
Any driveway or parking area composed or constructed of gravel or other comparable loose aggregate material must be constructed and landscaped in such a fashion so to have a permanent border to prevent erosion or loss of the gravel or other aggregate material outside of the confines of the parking area (for more information on gravel driveways refer to Section 5-40 on Driveway limitations; maintenance).

Are you thinking about doing some remodeling or home improvements?
If so please contact City Hall to see if the project requires a permit and inspection. Permit applications are available at City Hall. They can also be obtained from the City website here.

Planning on cutting down trees?

Be aware that the City has multiple ordinances addressing tree cutting and removal, including but not limited to:
Sec. 15-56. Owner or Occupant.
Sec. 15-57. Commercial Tree Services.
Sec. 15-58. Penalties.
Please contact City Hall before any tree cutting or removal (770-451-8745).

Thinking about having a garage or yard sale?
Under Sec. 13.5-21 of the City Code, residents must first obtain a permit from the City Clerk’s Office before holding a garage or yard sale. 

Sec. 13.5-21. Application and Deposit.
(a) Every person desiring to conduct a yard or garage sale in the City shall make an application for a permit to conduct such sale with the City Clerk. The applicant shall be the person residing at the site of the sale.
(b) The application shall state the beginning and ending dates for the sale.
(c) Upon making the application applicant shall be issued a permit, having a designated permit number, which shall be displayed during the sale.
(d) The applicant shall also be issued six (6) stickers, which shall contain the permit numbers, the date and location of the sale.
(e) The applicant shall pay twenty-five ($25.00) cash deposit at the time of filing his or her application with the City Clerk. The deposit shall be refundable in the event that certain conditions are met.

Please remember to remove your emptied trash cans from the curb after pick up.
Sec. 15-44. Preparation, Storage of Refuse for Collection – Residential.
It shall be the duty of the occupant to remove containers from curbside location to storage location, which storage location shall be nearer to the residential unit located on the premises than to any street abutting the premises; the removal shall be accompanied not later than 7:00 p.m. on the day the contents are emptied and collected.

Please remember to keep your lawns mowed.

Sec. 5-36. Landscaping.
The owner or occupant of any premises within the City limits of the City of Doraville which contains landscaping and lawns, hedges and brushes shall keep the lawns, hedges and brushes trimmed and from being overgrown and unsightly where exposed to public view and where the same constitute a blighting factor depreciating adjoining property.
The owner and occupants of the premises shall not permit weeds or grass within one hundred fifty (150) feet of any building structure to grow on such property to a height exceeding ten (10) inches (Ord. No. 06-15, § 1, 6-19-06).

Commercial vehicle storage in residential areas is prohibited.

Sec. 19-63. Motorized and non-motorized commercial vehicles and equipment in residential areas.
No person shall permit, allow or use property located within a residential district in the City for any commercial purpose unless the entire vehicle is parked within a garage or carport. Please reference Sec. 19-63 for definitions and exceptions.

The storage of junk vehicles is prohibited.

Sec. 19-108. Notice to remove; inoperability; penalty for non-compliance.
It is unlawful for any person to store a junk vehicle in the City for a period longer than seventy-two hours. A junk vehicle is described as one that is wrecked, dismantled, inoperable or does not have a valid license plate attached. A junk vehicle is not allowed to stand on a property except stored in a wholly enclosed structure. Please reference Sec. 19-108 for details.