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Local Government Compliance Status: Planning

Local Governments Currently Ineligible for Selected State Assistance Programs and Permits


Page 1: Comprehensive Planning, Service Delivery Strategy
Page 2: GoMI Survey, Local Government Finance, Hotel/Motel Tax, Authorities Registration, Authority Finances


The governments in these listings are not in compliance with DCA minimum standards under the Georgia Planning Act, legal requirements related to immigration, or the Service Delivery Strategy law and are therefore ineligible for selected state assistance programs (see program details below the table). This list is continuously updated and is accurate as of the current date. For further information about specific compliance requirements, please contact the person listed below.


Ineligible for Incentives Associated with QLG Status Ineligible for ALL Funding & Permitting
Comprehensive Planning(DCA) E-Verify (DOAA) Service Delivery Strategy (DCA)
Contact DCA’s Office of Planning and Environmental Management at pemd.opqga@dca.ga.gov or
404-679-5279.
Contact the Department of Audits and Accounts
at immhelp@audits.ga.gov or
404-651-8939
Contact DCA’s Office of Planning and Environmental Management at pemd.opqga@dca.ga.gov or
404-679-5279
Governments that adopt DCA-approved comprehensive plans consistent with DCA’s Local Planning Requirements (and Capital Improvement Element Updates consistent with the Development Impact Fee Compliance Requirements, where appropriate) are awarded "Qualified Local Government" (QLG) status. This provides eligibility for a package of financial incentives from DCA, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA), and the OneGeorgia Authority.

The communities listed below will be awarded "QLG" status once the necessary materials have been approved by DCA and adopted, locally. Communities not listed below already have “QLG” status.

Pursuant to O.C.G.A. §13-10-91(b)(7), governments that fail to provide the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts (DOAA) with sufficient documentation of their participation in the federal government’s “federal work authorization program” (“E-Verify) 13-10-91(b)(7) forfeit their “Qualified Local Government” (QLG) status. QLG status provides eligibility for a package of financial incentives from DCA, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA), and the OneGeorgia Authority.

The communities listed below will have their “QLG” status reinstated once the State Auditor provides notice that they have returned to compliance.

Georgia’s Service Delivery Act (OCGA 36-70-20) promotes efficient, effective delivery of local government services and helps prevent taxpayers from paying to receive the same services from multiple local governments. Communities listed below do not currently have a DCA-verified Service Delivery Strategy on file. State agencies are barred from providing permits as well as state funding and state-administered federal funding ([ncluding and beyond that associated with “Qualified Local Government” (QLG) status] to governments that are not compliant with this act.

Once the necessary materials have been verified by DCA, the communities listed below will regain eligibility for all loans, grants, and permitting programs administered by state agencies.

Arnoldsville, City of
Avalon, City of
Bowman, City of
Brooks, County
Carnesville, City of
Cherokee, County
Cobb, County
Comer, City of
Coweta, County
Crawford, City of
Crawfordville, City of
Danielsville, City of
Demorest, City of
East Point, City of
Edgehill, City of
Effingham, County
Elbert, County
Elberton, City of
Fayetteville, City of
Gillsville, City of
Hapeville, City of
Hart, County
Ila, City of
Jasper, County
Lake City, City of
Lexington, City of
Locust Grove, City of
Madison, City of
Madison, County
Martin, City of
Maxeys, City of
McDonough, City of
Metter, City of
Oglethorpe, County
Orchard Hill, City of
Palmetto, City of
Peachtree City, City of
Pendergrass, City of
Rayle, City of
Rest Haven, City of
Rocky Ford, City of
Senoia, City of
Shellman, City of
Siloam, Town of
Spalding, County
Sparta, City of
Stephens, County
Sunny Side, City of
Vernonburg, City of
Avalon, City of
Between, City of
Bluffton, City of
Boston, City of
Bowersville, City of
Bowman, City of
Braswell, City of
Cadwell, City of
Cecil, City of
Chauncey, City of
Cobbtown, City of
De Soto, City of
Ellaville, City of
Enigma, City of
Geneva, City of
Jakin, City of
Lilly, City of
Lumber City, City of
Maxeys, City of
Meigs, City of
Montrose, City of
Nelson, City of
Pineview, City of
Ranger, City of
Rest Haven, City of
Rockmart, City of
Sharon, City of
Sunny Side, City of
Talking Rock, City of
Uvalda, City of
Vidette, City of
White Plains, City of
Woodland, City of
Yatesville, City of
Americus, City of
Andersonville, City of
Arnoldsville, City of
Brooks, Town of
Clayton, City of
Crawford, City of
DeSoto, City of
Dillard, City of
Fayette, County
Fayetteville, City of
Geneva, City of
Junction City, City of
Leslie, City of
Lexington, City of
Manchester (Portion lying within Talbot County), City of
Maxeys, City of
Mountain City, City of
Oglethorpe, County
Peachtree City, City of
Plains, City of
Rabun, County
Sky Valley, City of
Sumter, County
Talbot, County
Talbotton, City of
Tallulah Falls, City of
Tiger, City of
Tyrone, Town of
Woodland, City of
Woolsey, City of
NOTE: Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 36-80-23, political subdivisions (as defined in that statute) reported to have enacted “sanctuary policies” related to immigration are ineligible for ALL state-administered funding (with few exceptions as dictated by statute). State agencies administering funding programs should contact DOAA at immhelp@audits.ga.gov or 404-651-8939 for information related to local compliance with this statute before awarding funds.