Special Enforcement - 706.653.4512

The Special Enforcement Division enforces local and state environmental laws. This includes but is not limited to Animal Control, Illegal dumping, solid waste, business licenses, dray tags, mobile home tags, alcohol licensing, junk vehicles, overgrown lots, scrap tire management, etc.

Our goal is to continue the enforcement and prosecuting of individuals who fail to comply with local and state environmental laws, the taxation and business license ordinance, and the Georgia Code relating to animal welfare which includes the management of the city's Animal Care Control Center. Should you have any further questions regarding the Special Enforcement Division please call our office, Monday through Saturday from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Animal Control - 706.653.4512

The Animal Care and Control Center, within the Special Enforcement Division of the Department of Public Works, provides animal control services for the citizens of Columbus, Georgia and cares for approximately 8,400 stray, abandoned and surrendered animals per year.

The Animal Care and Control Center assists with these issues:

Adoption of stray and unwanted animals.
Temporary shelter for lost/unwanted animals.
Reunite owners with lost pets.
Have-A-Heart traps to catch nuisance animals.
Pickup of dead and unwanted animals.
Enforce city ordinance and state laws pertaining to domestic animals.

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Adoptable Pets

Special Enforcement

The Enforcement Section is comprised of four Enforcement Officers and one Supervisor. The employees within this section are tasked with enforcing all local codes and ordinances and state laws governing environmental issues.

Junk Vehicle - Sec. 13-167.7(A)(5)

No person shall keep, deposit on, or allow to be deposited on private or public property any junked motorized vehicle within Columbus, Georgia except in accordance with the requirements as set forth under subsection (B) of this section.

(1) Those vehicles meeting any two of the following conditions shall be deemed to be an unauthorized accumulation of solid waste: (13.167.7 B):

  1. Not having a current license tag or a state certificate of registration;
  2. Missing some critical part such as, but not limited to, wheels, engine, transmission, or chassis;
  3. Having unknown ownership;
  4. Overgrown with vegetation;
  5. A responsible adult, resident or property owner, from two or more premises having direct view of the vehicle from their premises, makes a signed complaint about the junked motorized vehicle.
  6. No longer operational.
  7. Has flat tires.

Abandoned Vehicle

An abandoned vehicle is a motorized vehicle, truck or automobile which has been left on public property for seven days or more.

Standing Water - Section 13-109 

Drainage required - It shall be unlawful for the owner or occupant of any lot, yard, or premise in the city, or for any agent or representative of any such owner or occupant, to permit rain, drainage or stagnant water to stand or remain upon such lot, yard, or premises or in any cellar in a manner that may constitute a health hazard as determined by the commissioner of health.  In a natural drainage situation from one lot to another, it shall be unlawful for the owner of the lower lot to restrict the flow of water willfully or by neglect or otherwise to cause water to stagnate on the upper lot or lots. (Ord. No 72-176)

Solid Waste - Section 13-167.7 (A) (2)

No person shall permit any solid waste to remain on any private property for which he has responsible charge as lessee, tenant, owner, or occupier except that stored and handled for removal as provided herein.

Solid Waste/Refuse shall mean all putrescible and non-putrescible waste, except water-carried human body wastes.  The term includes, but is not limited to garbage, rubbish, trash, ashes, industrial waste, residue from incineration, abandoned and/or junked motorized vehicles, demolition wastes, construction wastes, junk, special wastes, and any other waste material in a solid or semisolid state (13.167.1).  No person shall permit any solid waste to remain on any private property for which he has responsible charge as lessee, tenant, owner, or occupier except that stored and handled for removal (13.167.7-2).

Weeds - Section 13-113

  • Weeds shall shall be defined as common grasses and other non woody plants that tend to overgrow or choke out more desirable plants excluding all ornamental grasses and flowers.
  •  It shall be unlawful for the occupant of any occupied lot of land in the city, or the owner of any unoccupied lot in the city, or for any agent or representative of any such occupant or owner, to permit or maintain on such lot any growth of weeds or grass to a height of over 18 inches.   The provision hereof shall not be applicable to that part of any lot of land located more than 100 feet from any building.

Notice of violation; penalty for failure to remove - Sec. 13-114

When any weeds or grass are being maintained on any lot in violation of the preceding section, it shall be the duty of the public services director, or one of his assistants, to notify in writing the occupant of such lot, if it be occupied, or the owner thereof, if it be unoccupied, or their agents or representatives, allowing ten days to correct the violation.  No further written notice or warning period to correct the violations shall be required during a period of 36 months after the initial written notice.  If the violator or his representative or agent fails to cut and remove the grass or weeds so as to comply with the requirements of the preceding section, such party shall be punished as provided in section 1-8 of this Code

Scrap Tire - Section 13-131

Scrap Tires are defined as a tire that is no longer suitable for its original intended purpose because of wear, damage, or defect. No person may store more than one hundred (100) scrap tires anywhere in this county. This section does not apply to:

  • A solid waste disposal site permitted by EPD if the permit authorizes the storage of scrap tires prior to their disposal
  • A tire retailer with not more than 2,000 scrap tires stored in a shipping container and not more than 1,000 scrap tires in storage, if such retailer complies with EPD Rule - 391-3-4-.19(3)
  • A tire re-treader with not more than 1,500 scrap tires in storage so long as the scrap tires are of the type the re-treader is actively re-treading; and
  • An auto salvage yard with not more than 500 scrap tires in storage.
  • A scrap tire processor approved by the EPD so long as the number of scrap tires in storage does not exceed the quantity approved by the EPD

For more information regarding scrap tire accumulation or management, please call Special Enforcement at (706) 653-4512.

Fencing - Section 13-167.7(c)

Fencing shall mean a commercial, or commercial facsimile, privacy type fence and entrance gate such as of chain link with interwoven slats (also known as panel weave), brick, wood, or a living fence comprised of plant material, erected so as to provide complete screening of the view to the passing public (13-167.1-29).

Fencing Requirements
Such fence shall be at least six feet in height, kept in good order and repair as not to blight the area.  There shall be no storage outside of the fence and the fence shall be no closer than twenty feet to a corner right-of-way line (13.167.7 (C-1).

Construction Waste - Sec. 13-167.8

Columbus, Georgia, shall not be responsible for the collection and hauling of construction or demolition wastes originating from private property preliminary to, during, or subsequent to the construction of new, remodeled, or renovated structures.  Said materials shall be removed by the contractor, owner, lessee or occupant of said property.


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4910 Milgen Road
Columbus, Georgia 31907     -  directions


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