Tax sales are conducted on the first Tuesday of the month. The bid price at the sale is the base amount of tax, interest, penalties, Fi Fa fee, administrative fees and legal advertising fees.
What additional fees will be applied to a property scheduled for a tax sale?
30 Days after the intent to Fi Fa letter notice identifies the Defendant in Fi Fa (taxpayer), the year(s) for which delinquent taxes are being executed, and the amount thereof is issued a Fi Fa is issued and will be recorded prior to a tax sale – a $20 fee is applied to the tax bill at this time. A Stage 1 notice is sent to delinquent taxpayers – a $55 charge is added to the tax bill for the service and is payable by the delinquent tax payer. A Stage 2 notice via certified mail to delinquent taxpayers – an additional $100 charge is added to the tax bill for the service and is payable by the delinquent tax payer. Properties that remain unpaid are advertised in the City’s legal organ for tax sale – a $100 charge is added to the tax bill for advertising and is payable by the delinquent tax payer.
Where can I find the City’s Zoning Ordinance?
You may either download a copy of the City's Zoning Ordinance or visit our office to purchase a copy for $25.00.
What are Union City's Development Regulations?
Union City's Development Regulations provides guidance for the development of land and any land development activity must first comply with this Ordinance.
How do I find the zoning of a particular piece of property?
Contact the Planning Department at (770) 515-7950 or visit City Hall. Please provide properties addresses or parcel numbers to assist the Planning Department Staff in your inquiry.
Where can I find the City’s zoning and land use maps?
Where do I locate the locate current codes for the plan review process.
The City currently is under the 2006 ICC Codes with Georgia Amendments.
How many sets of building plans do I need for plan review?
Four (4) sets of Building Construction Plans, including all related NFPA requirements are required for review by the Building Inspector and Fire Marshal. The Construction Review Fee for the Building Inspector for residential building plans is $100 per house plan. The commercial review fee is based on the contract amount.
Where do I submit plans for review?
Plans can be submitted to the Community Development Department Permit Office located at 5047 Union Street.
How long does the plan review process take?
The permitting process generally takes a maximum of two weeks for both residential and commercial projects.
How much does a permit in the City of Union City cost?
The cost of a new residential home permit is $.25 per square foot (minimum permit fee $300.00) plus approximately $3,365 in water and sewer fees. There are usually no water and sewer fees for additions or remodeling of an existing home.
The cost of a new commercial permit is based on the estimated cost of construction plus water, sewer and plan review fees based on the type and size of the project. The Fire Marshal will invoice for his review.
What information is required in conjunction with the building permit application?
To obtain a residential building permit, a house location plan of the subject property must be submitted showing building setbacks and location of the new structure or addition. Furthermore, a copy of the contractor’s business license and state card must me attached to every permit application.
Where can I apply for a building permit?
Permits can be applied for at the Permit Office located in City Hall at 5047 Union Street.
What building activities require a permit?
Permits are required for all new residential homes as well as new decks, new roofs, remodeling, accessory structures (sheds), pools or replacement of electric, plumbing, & mechanical equipment. Permits for commercial projects are required for interior tenant remodeling, replacement of mechanical equipment and new buildings.
Does the City regulate signage?
The City approves sign permits for both commercial buildings and residential developments. Permits are issued by the City for both permanent (wall, canopy, monument) and temporary (banners) signs. Permits are not required for political signs or real estate signs provided they conform to the City’s Sign Ordinance.
When does the Planning and Zoning Board meet?
The City of Zoning Board of Appeals meets the third Monday on each month beginning at 7:00 pm and the Union City Planning Commission meets the last Monday of each month beginning at 7:00 pm. The Mayor and Council meet on the third Tuesday of each month beginning at 7:00 pm. Both groups meet in the Council Chambers in City Hall at 5047 Union Street. Please call (770) 964-2288 to confirm dates, as meetings may be canceled if there are no items on the agenda. Minutes of all Council meetings are available online from the City Clerk's office.
How is the public notified about a rezoning?
Before a property can be rezoned, an application must be filed with the City in the Community Development Department. If the application is complete, public hearings for the rezoning are scheduled before the Planning Commission and City Council. The meetings are advertised in the newspaper and a sign listing the meeting dates and times are posted on the property proposed to be rezoned. Additionally, all property owners within 250 ft. will be notified by Certified Mail by the applicant.
Does the City provide zoning verifications?
Yes, the City will verify the zoning classification of a property by completion of a Zoning Verification application and fee of $10.00. All checks must be made out to the City of Union City.
Does the City have a list of permitted uses in each Zoning District?
Yes, the list of permitted uses is contained in the City of Union City’s Zoning Ordinance. This document is available either online or in the Community Development Department. Copies can be purchased at the Department for $25.00.
What do I receive upon completion of all inspections?
Once a final inspection has been completed, the department will issue a Certificate of Occupancy. The fee for a Certificate of Occupancy is $35.
How do I schedule building inspections for a Certificate of Occupancy?
Call (770) 306-3403 the day before you would like the scheduled inspection. Your call must be received by 3:30 PM.
What are the tax exemptions available in the City of Union City and when do I apply for these?
Residents who are 65 and older as of January 1 are eligible for a 100% tax exemption. Disabled residents and disabled veterans are also available. All of these exemptions are available only if the owner is currently residing at the property for which the exemptions are applied. Exemption documentation must be filed by August 1 at the Community Development Tax Office for the year that you are applying for exemption. Once you have received an exemption there is no need to reapply for subsequent years.
How does the City determine my property taxes?
The amount of property tax due is calculated by using the following formula:
• (Total Appraised Value of the property) x (40%) x (Millage rate) / (1,000)
For example, the tax for a property valued at $100,000 would be calculated as follows:
$100,000 x 0.40 = $40,000
$40,000 x 10.598 mills = $423,920
$423,920 / 1,000 = $423.92 annual property tax
How do I acquire a power release on a vacated residence?
If a residence has been vacant for over 6 months you will need an electrical permit to get power turned back on. Once the inspection takes place, then the permit office will notify the power company to release electricity on the property.
If I do not pass my inspection will I be charged a reinspection fee?
The City does charge reinspection fees. A fee of $35 and $50 will be assessed after the 1st and 2nd failed inspection respectively.
What is the lifespan of a Building Permit?
Building permits are only good for six months (if no activity). If you have questions, contact the Permit Division at (770) 515-7807.
What are the community plans for the City of Union City for the next 20 Years?
What is a site plan and what is its approval process?
A site plan is a drawing consisting of all details to be located on the site, such as, existing zoning, position of building(s) and dimension of structure(s), traffic circulation (both vehicular and pedestrian and fire lanes), parking, ingress/egress, landscape plan, placement of utilities, screening (if required), drainage, and signage. The approval process can be found in the Construction Process Manual.