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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.

Alpharetta, City of
Americus, City of
Arlington, City of
Avalon, City of
Blakely, City of
Bowman, City of
Brooks, County
Brooks, Town of
Calhoun, County
Carnesville, City of
Colbert, City of
Comer, City of
Crawford, City of
Crawfordville, City of
Damascus, City of
Danielsville, City of
Demorest, City of
Early, County
Edgehill, City of
Edison, City of
Elbert, County
Elberton, City of
Fayetteville, City of
Gainesville, City of
Gillsville, City of
Hall, County
Hapeville, City of
Ila, City of
Jakin, City of
Kennesaw, City of
Leary, City of
Lexington, City of
Madison, City of
Madison, County
Martin, City of
Maxeys, City of
Morgan, City of
Mountain Park, City of
Oglethorpe, County
Palmetto, City of
Peachtree City, City of
Pendergrass, City of
Rayle, City of
Rest Haven, City of
Rocky Ford, City of
Siloam, Town of
Sparta, City of
Stephens, County
Sumter, County
Sunny Side, City of
Tallapoosa, City of
Tyrone, Town 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
Braselton, City of
Braselton (Portion lying within Hall County), City of
Bremen, City of
Buchanan, City of
Buford, City of
Buford(Portion lying within Hall County), City of
Carlton, City of
Clayton, City of
Clermont, City of
Comer, City of
Crawford, City of
Crawfordville, City of
Danielsville, City of
DeSoto, City of
Dillard, City of
Flowery Branch, City of
Gainesville, City of
Gillsville, City of
Hall, County
Haralson, County
Hull, City of
Ila, City of
Leslie, City of
Lexington, City of
Lula, City of
Madison, County
Maxeys, City of
Mountain City, City of
Oakwood, City of
Oglethorpe, County
Plains, City of
Rabun, County
Rest Haven, City of
Royston (Portion lying within Madison County), City of
Sharon, City of
Sky Valley, City of
Sumter, County
Taliaferro, County
Tallapoosa, City of
Tallulah Falls, City of
Temple (Portion lying within Haralson County), City of
Tiger, City of
Toccoa, City of
Waco, 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.