Timber Harvesting

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A notice of timber harvesting is required in unincorporated Columbia County.  You may return the completed notice and to Development Services by email or fax 706-868-3381.  Please note the following requirements as defined in Columbia County Code of Ordiances Chapter 22 Business Regulations, Article V Regulation of Timber Harvesting.

Sec. 22-91. Notification required.
All persons or firms harvesting standing timber in any unincorporated area of the county for delivery as pulpwood, logs, poles, posts or wood chips to any woodyard or processing plant located inside or outside the state shall provide notice of such harvesting operations to the County prior to cutting any such timber.
(Ord. No. 03-6, § 1, 7-15-2003)
Sec. 22-92. Forms and content of notice.
The required notice of harvesting such timber shall describe each separate tract to be harvested, shall be on such form provided by the Georgia Forestry Commission, shall be delivered to the county prior to the inception of harvesting and shall consist of:
(1) A map of the area which identifies the location of the tract to be harvested and, as to those trucks which will be traveling to and from such tract for purposes of picking up and hauling loads of cut forest products, the main point of ingress to such tract from a public road and, if different, the main point of egress from such tract to a public road;
(2) A statement as to whether the timber will be removed pursuant to a lump sum sale, per unit sale, or owner harvest for purposes of ad valorem taxation under Section 48-5-75 of the Official Code of Georgia;
(3) The name, address, and daytime telephone number of the timber seller if the harvest is pursuant to a lump sum or per unit sale or of the timber owner if the harvest is an owner harvest; and
(d) The name, business address, business telephone number, and nighttime or emergency telephone number of the person or firm harvesting such timber.
(Ord. No. 03-6, § 1, 7-15-2003)
Sec. 22-93. Delivery of notice.
Notice may be submitted in person, by transmission of an electronic record via facsimile or such other means as approved by the county, or by mail to the planning and development services division of the county.
(Ord. No. 03-6, § 1, 7-15-2003)
Sec. 22-94. Bond or letter of credit required.
The county requires persons or firms subject to the notice requirement to deliver a bond or letter of credit as provided by this section and notice shall not be or remain effective for such harvesting operations unless and until the person or firm providing such notice has delivered to the county agent a valid surety bond, executed by a surety corporation authorized to transact business in Georgia protecting the county against any damage caused by such person or firm in the amount of $5,000.00 or, at the option of the person or firm harvesting timber, a valid irrevocable letter of credit issued by a bank or savings and loan association, as defined in section 7-1-4 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, in the amount of and in lieu of such bond. For purposes of this section, any such surety bond or letter of credit shall be valid only for the calendar year in which delivered.
(Ord. No. 03-6, § 1, 7-15-2003)
Sec. 22-95. Duration of notice.
Notice shall be effective for such harvesting operation on such tract within the county upon receipt of the same by the county and compliance with the requirements of section 22-94 and until such time as the person or firm giving such notice has completed the harvesting operation for such tract; provided, however, that any subsequent change in the facts required to be provided for purposes of such notice shall be reported to the county within three business days after such change.
(Ord. No. 03-6, § 1, 7-15-2003)
Sec. 22-96. Violation; penalties.
Violation of the notice requirements of this ordinance shall be subject to the penalties set forth in section 1-9 of the Code of Ordinances of Columbia County, Georgia.
(Ord. No. 03-6, § 1, 7-15-2003)

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