Environmental Management

Code Enforcement, Building Permitting and Inspections, Planning and Zoning

Our Purpose:

The Tifton City Council has adopted City Codes (laws) specifically designed to address blight, nuisances and to maintain a clean, safe, and attractive environment for all the citizens of our community.  This work is conducted by working in partnership with the citizens of Tifton.

Our Mission:

The mission of the City of Tifton Environmental Management Department is to promote and maintain a safe and desirable living and working environment for the citizens of Tifton. We help to maintain and improve the quality of our community by administering a fair and unbiased enforcement program to correct violation of municipal codes. We also work with residents, neighborhood associations, public service agencies and other City departments to:

1)      Facilitate voluntary compliance with City laws and codes.

2)      Empower community self-help programs.

3)      Develop public outreach programs.

4)      Establish community priorities for enforcement programs.

Our Vision:

The vision of the City of Tifton Environmental Management Department is to improve and maintain the present and future quality of life for all residents, businesses, and visitors within the City Limits of Tifton, Georgia. This will be completed by adhering to the established standards and ordinances which are in place to ensure positive effects on property values, community appearance, and neighborhood pride. Input from the community will be used to set priorities and change ordinances or procedures as needed. Public education will be an integral part of our partnership approach. Our goal is to promote a positive image of the department to our community and to our allied City departments by fostering a culture that is helpful, approachable, knowledgeable, and of the highest integrity. The City of Tifton Environmental Management Department will partner and network with other communities and organizations in order to stay at the forefront of creativity and effectiveness in the areas of both code enforcement and building inspections.

Our neighborhoods are the environment in which we live and raise our families. We will strive to improve our City today and leave a positive legacy for future generations.

Click the link below to access code and ordanices for the City of Tifton.
Municipal Code

The City of Tifton Environmental Management Department encompasses the Planning, Zoning, Code Enforcement and Building Inspections functions needed for our community. Listed below are descriptions of each area of service.


The City of Tifton Planning Division is responsible for guiding and regulating the City’s long and short term development.  This includes the comprehensive planning process which establishes recommendations to effectively guide residential and commercial development for the benefit of current and future residents.   Included within the Comprehensive Plan is the Short Term Work Program which identifies specific projects the City should undertake to effectively implement the comprehensive plan.  The Southern Georgia Regional Commission assists the City of Tifton with its planning needs.

ZONING     City of Tifton Zoning Map 2016

The Zoning Division for the City of Tifton works with commercial and residential development by implementing the City of Tifton’s Municipal Code and Comprehensive Plan.  Working closely with the development community, as well as the general public, the Zoning Division verifies the zoning of properties, building setbacks, parking, signage and landscaping.

Whether you are planning on buying or selling property, starting new construction or additions, or opening a business of your own, remember to check the zoning first.  The Zoning Division also assists the Historic Preservation Commission, Board of Appeals, Planning and Zoning Commission, Tree Board and Keep Tift Beautiful Board with their functions.

Code Enforcement

Tifton is a wonderful place to live because our residents take pride in their homes and neighborhoods.  To keep Tifton looking great, the City has adopted ordinances regulating property maintenance, business licenses and other code matters in both residential and commercial areas.  Code Enforcement responds to complaints regarding property maintenance and other issues and regularly patrols the City to identify violations. When violations are identified, enforcement action is taken.  This can include warnings and/or notices to appear in Municipal Court.

Buildings Inspections

The Building Division is responsible for the issuance of permits based on the current requirements of the building code as adopted by the City of Tifton.  We review all construction plans for compliance with the building codes and any City ordinance that may apply.  We at the Building Department have the duty and responsibility to the citizens of this City to make sure that any new construction, remodel, or addition done to property, is safe and completed in accordance with requirements of the codes.  We also make sure that all life, safety, & fire codes are adhered to.  The state also charges us with the responsibility to see that all rules associated with the Americans with Disabilities Acts are followed in order to afford all citizens with equal access to business and housing.  The Building Division strives to provide the proper information and efficient process to give the customer the service they deserve in a timely manner.

Houston Shultz
Environmental Management
Keep Tift Beautiful Coordinator
(229) 391-3950
Cindy Mathis
Environmental Management Coordinator
Office: (229) 391-3950
Fax:     (229) 556-7419
Mike Sumner
Building Inspector
(229) 391-3950
Dickie Snow
Building Inspector
Code Enforcement
(229) 391-3950
Regina Strickland-West
Chief Building Inspector
(229) 391-3950

Forms and Downloads

Building Permit Application
Signage Application
Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) Application
Citizen Reminder HPC
Annexation Application
Special Exception Rezone Application
City of Tifton Land Development Code
Mobile Home Application
Fee Schedule