Planning & Zoning Department

The Planning & Zoning Department implements the Comprehensive Plan and the Zoning Ordinance. The Comprehensive Plan sets the vision, mission, policies, and goals for the city. It is the guide that current and future administrations will use for the future development and growth of Stonecrest. 


Planning & Zoning functions are:

  • Answering inquiries regarding zoning, special uses, buffers and development plans.
  • Review plans for compliance with Zoning, the Zoning Ordinance, and subdivision regulations
  • Review and administer zoning and land development variance applications
  • Prepare zoning certifications and correspondences
  • Review applications for special event permits

Special Administrative/Event Permits

ASpecial Administrative Permit is required when an applicant is:

  • Hosting an outdoor event
  • Operating a (Type 1) Home Occupation Business
  • Installing a rooftop solar panel
  • Requesting administrative variance

Type 1 Home Occupation

Effective July 1, 2023, by the state of Georgia, House Bill 1405 states that applicants seeking to obtain a Special Administrative Permit for a Type 1 Home Occupation are required to attend a public hearing with the Planning & Zoning department. This process requires the department to notify the surrounding properties, within 1000 ft. radius of the applicant's proposed location and requires this information to be advertised on a local news site. This process can take up to 60 days to complete.

Special Events

The Planning & Zoning Department reviews all applications for special outdoor events in coordination with DeKalb County Fire & Police, Health Services, and Sanitation Departments. Individuals who are planning a special event must apply to the CITIZENSERVE portal 90 days before the proposed event. 

Administrative Variance

The director of planning is hereby authorized to consider and grant or deny, pursuant to the procedures and standards contained in Chapter 27 Sec. 7.6.5. - Administrative variances, administrative waivers; authority of the City of Stonecrest Code of Ordinance. Click the link below to see if your proposal will qualify. 

Please review Chapter 27 Zoning Ordinance of the City of Stonecrest Code of Ordinances, or contact the Planning & Zoning Department at

Land Use Applications

You may be looking to submit applications for review or processing, researching the permit process or conducting due diligence, or just interested in learning more about what's happening in your city. Whatever brought you here, we hope you can find what you are looking for below.

Customers will need to submit all Planning & Zoning applications requests via the Citizenserve Online Portal.

*NOTE: Applications and payment will no longer be accepted by mail. Payment accepted online ONLY. 

The following applications are located within the portal:

Land Development 


  • Reviews plans, specifications, contract documents, and other technical data to ensure conformance with City standards; recommends and/or make changes, as necessary
  • Interact daily with various departments within the City, field personnel, site contractors, subcontractors, consultants, and jurisdictional agency representatives.
  • Assists with land development plan reviews and tree removal permit reviews and processing

Construction Management

  • Communicate and enforce safety regulations and job standards on all construction sites to laborers and subcontractors
  • Regularly review all active development projects to verify work progress and contractor activity
  • Monitor all land development infrastructure construction phases through successful delivery of finished property lots

Environmental Compliance

  • Responds to public inquiries at the front counter and over the phone in a courteous manner; provides information to the citizens within the area of assignment; resolves complaints in an efficient and timely manner.
  • Answers questions, provides information to, and confers with property owners regarding project schedule, hazards, and inconvenience; schedules service interruptions with the least interference and least inconvenience to property owners; coordinates work with other City departments and utilities to resolve interferences and conflicts.

INSTRUCTIONS: Read this help guide first to understand how to apply for Planning and Zoning inside the online portal.



2024 Planning & Zoning Calendar 

Comprehensive 5-Year Plan Update 

Comprehensive Plan 2038

Planning & Zoning Project Viewer

Business License Application 

City Calendar 


Department Contacts

Shawanna Qawiy
Planning & Zoning Director

Ellis Still
Planning & Zoning Deputy Director

Edward Jackson
Land Development Coordinator

Felleshia Blair

Abeykoon Abeykoon
Zoning Administrative Technician

Cobi Brown
Planning Administrative Technician

Planning & Zoning Ordinances