Frequently Asked Questions
Building Inspection & Code Enforcement
Local codes require a permit be issued when work is to be performed on a structure. The inspections that follow the issuance of the permit may uncover unsatisfactory work, faulty materials or violations of the code that could result in unsafe and hazardous conditions for you, your family, your employees or the general public.
Most projects will require permits of some kind (building permits and/or other development Permits). This is necessary to ensure that all buildings meet minimum standards which protect its occupants and neighbors in everyday living and in the case of emergencies or natural disasters. Some minor projects are allowed without obtaining building permits. However, depending upon the project, other permits (development permits, encroachment permits, special activities permits, etc.) may be required. In either case, the construction of such projects should be in conformance with all applicable codes.
Anyone can drop by City Hall at 120 Georgia Avenue, Summerville, GA to pick up a voter's registration form.
Registration can be done at the Chattooga County Registrar's office located at 10017 Commerce, Summerville, GA 30747. For further information call (706) 857-0739.
Contact the Chattooga County Probate Office located in the Chattooga County Courthouse for Marriage License information. The phone number for the Chattooga County Probate Office is (706) 857-0709.
The City of Summerville does not issue or retain documents associated with Marriage License.
The City of Summerville does not have city taxes.
Fire and Emergency Services
A copy of a fire report can be picked up at the Summerville Fire Department during administrative hours: 8 am to 5 pm.
Please contact the city code enforcement officer.
You can call the Summerville Fire Department at (706) 859-0914, to set up public education.
Parks and Recreation
We currently only accept cash, money order or cashiers check.
The City Court is located at:
Summerville Recreation Center
220 Highway 100
Summerville, GA 30747
To discuss a court date or citation, please call the city court clerk at (706) 859-0912.
You can reach the probation office at (706) 859-0933.
You can get in contact the animal shelter at (706) 857-0679.
You may reach the juvenile services at (706) 857-0806.
Background checks are done at Chattooga County Sheriffs Office, reach them at (706) 857-3411.
You may reach the Georgia State Patrol at (706) 295-6002 to request reports.
Where do I get copies of incident and accident reports that occurred inside the City limits of Summerville?
You may obtain a copy of incident and accident reports at:
Summerville Police Department
170 Cox Street
Summerville, GA 30747
Public Works and Utilities
Unfortunately, the City does not dispose of contractor waste. If the property owner cuts or trims themselves, the City will be happy to remove the waste.
The City will pick up and dispose of the animal carcass provided it is in a City Street. If the carcass is in a County Road or State Highway, that respective Department is responsible for it.
I have trimmed my shrubs and trees and have a large pile of limbs, where should I put them for the City to pick them up?
Place the limbs on the edge of your yard as close to the road as you can get. Please remember not to mix junk or other debris with brush and limbs.
The City does not pick up junk. The only exception is one time per year the City holds a “clean up week”. During this period is permissible to place junk on the roadside for removal. Any time other than “clean up week” the property owner will be fined and charged for the removal of the junk.
Unfortunately the City can’t monitor all of its Streets continuously. If you hit a pothole or even just see one, please call (706) 859-0907 and report its location to us and we will be happy to repair it.
Please contact the Street Department at (706) 859-0907 and they will send someone out promptly to repair it.
Please contact the Street Department at (706) 859-0907 and they will send someone out promptly to replace or repair it.
Actually, the Cemetery does not belong to the City of Summerville. The Summerville Cemetery is owned and operated by a private group called the Summerville Cemetery Corporation.
Water Pollution Contol
Your grandparents had to worry about typhoid, cholera and other infectious diseases that are carried in raw sewage. Wastewater treatment systems serve primarily to protect the health of the general population by insuring that water sources remain clean. In today's world, people live a lot longer and in higher concentrations resulting in increased volumes of raw sewage. Modern wastewater treatment systems are critical to a safer, cleaner environment by reducing the organic load, and controlling bacteria and waterborne diseases.
The City of Summerville has one Wastewater Treatment Facilities which is regulated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GAEPD). These agencies perform random testing of the facilities' effluent. The USEPA, through the GAEPD, issues a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit. Included in the NPDES permit are specific guidelines concerning the testing of the facilities' effluent.
The City of Summerville performs lab analyses 3 days-a-week which the NPDES permit requires. Our facilities average 2 Mg/L BOD and 4 Mg/L suspended solids in their effluent, or roughly 12% and 10% respectively, of the allowable maximum limits under the City's NPDES permit. Reclaimed water from our wastewater plant is discharged directly into a surface waterway, with a part of it sent from a reuse pumping station to a local industry.
How many Wastewater Treatment facilities are operated by the City of Summerville and where are they located?
Our plant is located at 470 Red Oak Rd. Summerville Ga.
Plant tours can be requested and are conducted at this facility, mentioned above. For more information, or to schedule a tour, call 706-859-0918.
Who do I call if I have an odor complaint about a Wastewater Treatment facility near my home or business?
Please call the Water Pollution Control Plant at 706-859-0918.
In order to ensure that your tap water is safe to drink the EPA prescribes regulations, which limits the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. The FDA regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water, which must provide the same protection for public health. The Raccoon Creek Water Facility is equipped with state of the art laboratory equipment to closely monitor water quality. Water is tested for more than 80 drinking water parameters. We work with the City of Summerville’s water distribution system to bring the best possible water to our customers.
The water plant operators keep close watch on the water supply. If there is a problem with your water, you will get the news by radio , television, newspapers, from the City of Summerville or State Water Officials.
Plant tours can be requested and are conducted at this facility, mentioned above. For more information, or to schedule a tour, call 706-859-0908.
Tony Carroll, City Manager
120 Georgia Avenue
Summerville, GA 30747
Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.