HB 517, The Georgia Homeowner Opportunity Act

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Bill Sponsor

Rep. Dale Washburn
District 144

The Georgia Homeowner Opportunity Act seeks to prohibit local governments from adopting or enforcing regulations related to the development of one or two family dwellings. The bill prohibits the adoption,or regulation of, 'building design elements' by local governments. 

Building Design Elements are defined as:

  • Exterior building color
  • Type or style of exterior cladding material
  • Style or materials of roof structures or porches
  • Exterior nonstructural architectural ornamentation
  • Location or architectural styling of windows and doors, including garage doors;
  • The number and types of rooms
  • The interior layout of rooms
  • Types of foundation structures approved under state minimum standard codes;
  • Covered parking;
  • Structural square footage minimums greater than 1,200 square feet;
  • Lot size minimums that are greater than:
    • What is required by the rules and regulations of the Department of Public Health for on-site sewage management systems without public sewerage:
    • The requirements of Code Section 12-5-134 without public water; or
    • One-half acre with both public water and public sewerage: and
  • Lot width minimums or road frontage minimums.

This bill provides exeptions for structures that are located in, or are recognized as historic, by the Georgia Historic Preservation Act and the National Register of Historic Places. 

Last Updated: 2/22/2023
Subject Area: Land Use and Annexation | Municipal Powers |
Resources: bill text
2/23/2023 - Assigned To House Committee

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