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Building Permits

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1. How do I apply for a building permit?
2. What construction projects require a building permit?
3. Does my specific project require a permit?
4. What happens if I build/expand/repair without a permit?
5. What hours are contractors permitted to work in the city?
6. What are the rules for building a fence in my yard?
7. I want to add a deck/addition to my home. What permits do I need?
8. What if I need an exception to the rules?
9. What is the variance hearing process?
10. Where can I obtain a copy of a plot plan or survey of my property?
11. Do my sub-contractors need permits?
12. What construction work am I able to complete on my own home?
13. Where is my property line located?
14. Do I need a permit to construct, repair or expand a driveway?
15. Are dumpsters allowed in residential areas?
16. Can the city enforce covenants in my subdivision?
17. Where can I get a copy of my covenants?

Business Licenses

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1. What do I need to do to obtain a license to operate a new business?
2. What do I need to do to obtain a license to operate a home occupation?
3. What is the deadline for filing for a NEW business license?
4. What is the deadline for filing for a business license renewal?
5. When does my business license expire?
6. How do I know whether my business will owe an occupation tax?
7. When is my occupation tax due?

Committees

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1. Why do we have citizen committees?
2. What is the function of committees?
3. How are committees formed?
4. Who decides how committees operate?
5. What are the requirements for record keeping, reporting, and open access?
6. How will the public provide input?
7. What is the role of the Council Liaison?
8. How often and where do committees meet?
9. Can committees use City equipment?
10. Can non-committee members help a committee?
11. Can different committees work together?
12. How are expenses approved?
13. I have a question not answered by the above. Whom do I ask?
14. Are there any exceptions to the answers above?
15. Anything else?

Coyotes

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1. Why is this issue surfacing now?
2. Haven't we always had coyotes in the area?
3. What do coyotes look like?
4. What do coyotes eat?
5. Is there an explanation for the increase in recent encounters?
6. If we keep our pets inside at night, won't that solve the problem?
7. Are coyotes a threat to people?
8. What can we do to remove coyotes from our area?

Elections and Voting

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1. What are acceptable forms of identification for voting in person?
2. Where do I vote?
3. How do I request an absentee ballot?
4. When can I request an absentee ballot?
5. Who is eligible to vote by absentee ballot?
6. Can I vote in person prior to Election Day?

Emergency Management

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1. What should I do to be prepared in case of an emergency?
2. Why is planning so important?
3. I have a disability. If there is an emergency at work, what should I do to be prepared there?
4. I use a wheelchair and live alone. What should I do to be prepared in case of emergency?
5. What does Shelter in Place mean?
6. Why Shelter in Place?
7. Does Shelter in Place Work?
8. What can community members do to help evacuate themselves and others?

Lake Berkeley Dam

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1. What entities are responsible for Lake Berkeley and associated properties?
2. What is the Georgia Safe Dams Program?
3. For what is Georgia Safe Dams Program responsible?
4. How often does the Georgia Safe Dams Program inspect the Lake Berkeley dam?
5. What role does the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) have related to the Lake Berkeley dam?
6. When was the Lake Berkeley dam built?
7. What are the responsibilities of the City of Berkeley Lake for maintaining the dam?
8. What is the elevation of the crest of Lake Berkeley dam?
9. What does it mean that Lake Berkeley dam is classified as a Category I dam?
10. What are the primary design specifications for a Category I dam?
11. What is a Hydrological and Hydrology (H&H) study?
12. I've heard of the gabion spillway. What is a gabion?
13. What is the size and volume of Lake Berkeley?

Meetings

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1. What is an agenda?
2. What is a resolution?
3. What is an ordinance?
4. What is a motion?
5. What is a quorum and how does that relate to voting?

Municipal Court

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1. Where is the Berkeley Lake municipal court located?
2. What is the court's operating hours?
3. What is the maximum fine and sentence in Municipal Court?
4. What types of payments does the court accept?
5. Does the court accept credit card or debit card payments?
6. Where do I find a copy of the municipal ordinances of the City of Berkeley Lake?

New Resident Information

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1. Where can I sign up for utilities?
2. How can I get more information on trash pickup and recycling?
3. Where are the parks?
4. Are any animals banned in the city?
5. Where can I find emergency disaster information?
6. Resources for other service, e.g. cable, phone?
7. Where can I find local school information?
8. Do I have to license my pets?
9. What are the local emergency contacts?

Ordinance Enforcement

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1. How do I file a ordinance enforcement complaint?
2. If I receive a notice of violation and I have subsequently corrected the violation what do I do?
3. How tall can grass grow on a lot before a code violation occurs?
4. When can trash be placed at the curb for collection?
5. Are residents required to store trash containers inside?
6. What constitutes a junk vehicle?
7. Where can inoperable vehicles be stored?
8. Who enforces abandoned vehicles that are parked on the street?
9. Where can I place my garage or yard sale signs?
10. Does the City enforce subdivision covenants?
11. Where can I display my vehicle for sale?
12. Are dumpsters allowed in residential areas?
13. Am I permitted to burn within the city limits?

Planning & Development

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1. What is zoning?
2. How do I determine what uses are allowed in a particular zoning district?
3. How can I find out the zoning on my property?
4. How do I apply for a building permit?
5. Do I need a permit to have a garage sale, and how often can I have one?
6. Where can I place my garage or yard sale signs?
7. Where and when can I place a sign to sell my home?
8. May I conduct a business out of my home? Are there any restrictions?
9. Are there any regulations regarding displaying signs on my property?
10. How can my property be annexed into the City?
11. When does the Planning and Zoning Commission meet? Where can I find an agenda?
12. Why is there a public notice sign posted in my neighborhood?

Property Taxes

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1. What is a millage rate?
2. What is the current millage rate?
3. How is the millage rate calculated?
4. What is the difference between fair market value and assessed value?
5. What does 'ad valorem tax' mean?
6. What is a 'tax digest'?
7. Who decides how much my property is worth for taxation purposes?
8. What property is taxed?
9. How is my tax bill calculated?
10. How much do I owe?
11. What is a 'tax rollback rate'?
12. What is a 'tax levy'?

Septic Systems Maintenance

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1. My home is connected to the Gwinnett County Sanitary Sewer; does this program apply to me?
2. What are the Berkeley Lake Septic Inspection and Servicing requirements?
3. Five years is a really long time; what if I forget?
4. I received a notice that my septic system is due for inspection; what do I do?
5. Is it possible that my septic system may need inspection and service before the five-year required interval?
6. My septic system was inspected/serviced but I did not send in the forms. What should I do?
7. Ours is a weekend home; does the five-year interval apply to us?

Tornado Warning Siren

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1. What does that noise/siren mean?
2. When are the sirens sounded?
3. How long are sirens sounded?
4. What should I do when I hear the sirens?
5. Is "all clear" issued when conditions are safe?
6. Why do I hear sirens when the weather is clear?

Tree Removal

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1. Do I need a tree removal permit to remove a dead, dying, diseased or fallen tree?
2. Is a tree removal permit required prior to removing trees in emergency situations?
3. What other situations do not require a tree removal permit?
4. Do I need a tree removal permit for tree removal associated with construction activity?
5. What if my lot does not meet the minimum tree density standard?
6. Is there a fee for a tree removal permit?
7. If I need to plant replacement trees to comply with the ordinance, are there rules about what kinds of trees I can plant?
8. Does a tree removal permit expire?

Variances

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1. What if I need an exception to the rules?
2. What is the variance hearing process?

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