New City of Savannah Ordinance and Zoning Map Approved July 18, 2019, Effective Date: Sep 1, 2019

After several years and a great amount of community input, the City of Savannah’s new zoning ordinance and zoning map was approved by City Council on July 18, 2019. Referred to as NewZO, this is the tool used to implement the Chatham County - Savannah Comprehensive Plan and revises the existing zoning code and zoning map. From the effective date of NewZo, September 1st 2019, for a period not to exceed six months, new development plans may be submitted for review under either the NewZo or the outgoing ordinance. Only one ordinance may be used for the purpose of review. Choosing to use the outgoing ordinance may result in creating a nonconforming condition.

Zoning is used by jurisdictions across the country to classify the division of land into separate districts and regulates what uses are permitted, prohibited or permitted with conditions. It is also used to promote compatible patterns of land uses and includes site development standards to maintain consistent and compatible development patterns.

To learn more about NewZO, we have produced an informative video. We also have an executive summary available. The final NewZO document is also available for review. Please access the NewZO zoning map using the zoning map viewer.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the MPC at 912-651-1440 or City of Savannah at 912-525-3097 or email


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