Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get to City Hall?
Directions to City Hall
From I-85 Exit 47 (from the North)
To get to Newnan City Hall from I-85, Exit 47, take highway 34 west for 3 miles. Get in the left lane and follow the signs for Highway 29 south (14 & 16 on map below). This is Jackson Street which becomes LaGrange Street. About half a mile further you will pass the county courthouse on the left. City Hall is on the second block past the courthouse on the right. Parking is in the rear. Show me using Google Maps.
From I-85 Exit 41 (from the South)
To get to Newnan City Hall from I-85, Exit 41, take Highway 29 north for 3.5 miles. Turn left on Spring Street and go one block. Turn left on LaGrange Street and City Hall is on the Right. Parking is in the rear. Show me using Google Maps.
Who can run for City Council seats?
No person is eligible to serve unless that person has been a resident of the City for twelve months prior to the date of election, continues to reside in the city during the member’s period of service, and is registered and qualified to vote in municipal elections of the city. All candidates must be 21 years of age and a citizen of the United States.
To qualify for vacant city council position, please contact the City Clerk's office at 770-254-2358.
When are city elections?
Elections are held every two years on odd years and are conducted by the Coweta County Election Board.
Who do I contact to trim or clear shrubs blocking the sight at an intersection?
To have bushes or shrubs trimmed or removed to keep from blocking the sight at an intersection, please call the Public Works Department at 770-253-0327.
What do I do if I see someone dumping trash or a suspicious substance down a storm drain?
If you see someone dumping trash or a suspicious substance on the road or down a storm drain, please call the city's Environmental Concern Hotline at 770-253-1823.
Please remember that our storm drains connect to our water bodies, which becomes our drinking water.
Only Rain Down the Storm Drain!
What should I do with my leaves and grass clippings?
This will be picked up on your regular trash pick up day. For yard debris and bulk waste items service contact:
City Sanitation Dept - 770-253-0327
How do I report a pothole?
To report a pothole, please contact the Street Department at 770-253-0327. Or download our seeclickfix.com app!
Who do I contact if I see a traffic sign missing or knocked down?
If you see a missing traffic sign on a city street, please contact our Street Department at 770-253-0327.
Can I recycle?
Waste Industries Sanitation will provide a voluntary recycling program, but participation is not required. WI picks up recyclables co-mingled, meaning all collections go in the same truck, and then are taken to a facility that separates the items.
If you wish to recycle, please contact Waste Industries Sanitation at 770.474.9273. Items accepted for recycling include corrugated cardboard boxes, newspapers, aluminum drink cans, tin cans, and plastics.
How do I schedule a pick-up of junk?
You do not need to schedule junk pick-up. just place it by the street on your scheduled garbage collection day.
Can I cut a tree on my own property?
There will be a fee for obtaining a tree removal permit based on the number of trees to be removed. However, the removal of trees other than specimen trees from an owner owned, single family lot are exempt from provision of the ordinance, provided that the removal does not reduce the required tree density of the lot below minimum requirements.
Homeowners who remove trees on their own residential property, without cost of a person or company engaged in removing the tress for a fee, shall not pay any fee until they remove more than five trees at a time within a single calendar year. If a contractor is employed to remove trees, a tree removal permit shall be required for removing trees, eight inches or more in diameter. Tree removal conducted on property, regardless of zoning classification, by any person or company for a fee shall require a tree removal permit.
Where can I find information about the city's sign ordinance?
The city's sign ordinance is a part of the Zoning Ordinance. Please refer to the Zoning Ordinance. Sign information can be found in Chapter 31. If you need additional information, please call Planning and Zoning at 770-254-2354.
Who is my council representative?
Please refer to Maps/new district map to determine your council representative.
If you need additional information, please contact the City Clerk at 770-254-2358.
How do I get a Building Permit?
Building Permits can be obtained from the Building Department on the 2nd floor of City Hall, 25 LaGrange Street, Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 4:30. The Building Department may be reached at 770-254-2354.
Permit Applications must include at a minimum
• Site plan
• Building plan
• ResChek or Comchek report showing compliance
• Contractors licenses
• Subcontractor list
• Applicable fees
What is my property zoned?
You may refer to Zoning Map on the website. If you need additional information, please contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 770-254-2354.
How do I reserve the Wadsworth Auditorium?
To reserve the Wadsworth Auditorium, please contact the Leisure Services Department at 770-253-2682 or email Katie Mosley, Leisure Services Manager, email@example.com. A reservation fee is required.
How do I reserve the gazebo at Temple Avenue Park?
How do I get a tent permit?
In order to erect a tent for a public gathering, a tent permit is required. Please see the City Manager's office at 25 LaGrange Street. Arrangements will also be made with the City Fire Marshall for the inspection of the tent.
How do I apply for a special event permit?
To host a birthday party, anniversary celebration, or wedding reception at any of the licensed alcohol serving special event locations, a special event permit is required. Please see the City Manager's office at 25 LaGrange Street.
How do I get an Occupational Tax Certificate to open a new business?
Steps for Starting a new Business in the City of Newnan
All new businesses must register with the City of Newnan to obtain (and display) an Occupational Tax Certificate, per City Ordinanance. The Finance Department, located in City Hall at 25 LaGrange Street, issues the certificates. The New Business Application form can be printed and completed by the Owner. Certificates are issued by calendar year and expire on December 31st each year.
The completed application must be approved by the Planning and Zoning Department (2nd Floor of Newnan City Hall), which verifies zoning and building safety codes. In some cases, the application may also have to be reviewed and approved by the Fire Marshall. If the building is new or has recently been inspected, the process is almost always completed as the owner waits. If the building requires on-site inspection, the process is typically completed within 24 hours.
The approved application is then submitted to the Finance Department to finalize. Below is additional information concerning Business Licensing processing, including links to forms and other required information and documentation. Please see the Finance Department page under Government for additional information concerning Licensing and Occupational Taxes.
Occupational Taxes and Alcohol Licenses
All businesses operating in the City of Newnan are required to obtain (and display) a current annual Occupational Tax Certificate. Additionally, retail establishments which sell alcohol (on-premises or off-premises) are required to obtain an alcohol license each year. All certificates and lcenses are issued by calendar year and expire on December 31st each year. No business license of any type will be issued by the City if the business has any type of delinquent revenues (taxes, grass cutting, etc) due to the City.
Alcoholic Beverage Licenses: City ordinances regulate the sale of alcholic beverages. Businesses with on-premise consumption must maintain a ratio of at least 55% food sales (of total gross receipts) at all times. No stand-alone bars or night clubs are permitted within the City. This information is reported to the City on the Quarterly Sales Report. See below for further information and a link to the form. Failure to submit the quarterly report or maintain the correct ratio of food sales will result in revocation of the alcohol license.
Alcohol license renewals are required by December 31st each year. Renewal packets are mailed during the last week in September. License fees are based on the type of alcohol sold and whether the sales are off-premises or on-premises. Please see the Fee Schedule for specific fees. Failure to provide all documentation and renew by December 31st will result in cancellation of the license. If the license is not renewed by that date, the owner will have to begin the process all over again, including application, advertising, etc.
Additionally, establishments with on-premises consumption are required to file a Quarterly Sales Report with the City, along with a monthly 3% Alcohol Tax report. This monthly report must be received by the City by the 10th day of each month; otherwise a penalty is imposed. Failure to file the required reports will result in revocation of the alcohol license. Alcohol purchases by the business are to be made through the distributors, and shall not be purchased at retail or wholesale stores or clubs by the business.
New businesses can obtain an Occupational Tax Certificate by completing and submitting the New_Business_Occupational_Tax_Certificate_Application, Affidavit Verifying Status for the owner(s), and thePrivate Employer Affidavit to the City of Newnan for approval. Beginning July 1, 2013 all employers with 11 or more employees must be registered with E-Verify (http://www.dhs.gov/e-verify) in order to obtain a new Occupational Tax Certificate or renewal. All new businesses require zoning approval; some may also require approval of the Building Inspection department and Fire Marshall. Therefore, a representative of the company must visit City Hall with the paperwork to obtain the required approvals prior to the certificate being issued by the Finance department.
Retail and Annual occupational tax fees are based on gross receipts of the business.
Initial fees are generally based on estimated gross receipts; then subsequent renewals are based on prior year gross receipts of the business. A copy of the business tax return, P & L statement, Schedule C, etc. (substantiating gross receipts reported) is required when renewing an existing license. The Occupational Tax Calculation Worksheet can be used to determine reportable gross receipts for renewals, however, it is not required by the City. Additional information may be required prior to issuing the certificate for the business. Examples include citizenship affidavits, state licenses, health department approval, professional licenses, etc.
Once all paperwork is submitted, approved and all appropriate fees paid, the Occupational Tax Certificate will be issued by the City. Appropriate fees include any revenues owed to the City of Newnan. Occupational tax certificates will not be issued to any business or business owner who owes delinquent revenues of any type to the City. Businesses/Individuals may check for delinquent taxes via the link at the top of this page "PAY TAXES ONLINE" using the parcel (map) number and the owner's last name.
Business Name or Location Changes
The City is to be notified of all business name and location changes, as well as transfers of ownership. The Amended Occupational Tax Certificate Application is to be utilized for this purpose. Location changes require zoning approval and possibly the approval of Building Inspection and the Fire Marshall. The appropriate fees are listed on the form. It is the Owner's responsibility to keep all address changes up-to-date with the City. Otherwise, renewal packets may not reach the right address and a fee will be imposed to reproduce the renewal/tax return form since we do not keep copies on file.
Occupational Tax Certificate Renewals
Retail, Annual and Financial Occupational Tax Certificate renewals are due by April 1st each year, with renewal packets automatically mailed by the City the first week in January. The renewals are mailed to the mailing address on file, as provided by the business. These packets contain the actual tax return for the business which must be completed and submitted for renewal. If lost or misplaced, there will be a $10.00 fee for duplication of the form, since the City does not keep a copy on file. Fees are based on prior year gross receipts of the business, therefore a copy of the tax return (or P & L, Schedule C, etc) must be submitted with the renewal application. Substantial penalties, beginning at 11.5%, result when renewal forms are received by the City after the due date; postmarks are not accepted by the City. No penalties will be waived.
Business Name or Location Changes
The City is to be notified of all name changes and transfers of ownership or location of the business. The Amended Business Application is to be utilized for this purpose. Location changes require zoning approval. The appropriate fees are listed on the form.
Occupational Tax Certificate renewals are due by April 1st each year, with renewal packets automatically mailed by the City the first week in January. These packets contain the actual tax return for the business which must be submitted to the City for renewal. If the forms are lost or misplaced, there will be a $10.00 fee for reproduction of the form, since the City does not keep a copy on file. Fees are based on the prior year gross receipts of the business, therefore a copy of the tax return (or P & L, Schedule C, etc) must be submitted with the renewal application. Substantial penalties, beginning at 11.5%, result when renewals are received after the due date; postmarks are not acceptable. No penalties will be waived and penalties increase by 1.5% per month until paid.
How do I submit an item for the Council agenda?
Agenda Items are due in writing to the City Manager's office at least one (1) week prior to the scheduled city council meeting. Please call 770-254-2358 or Libby Winn for more information.
When are City Council Meetings held?
The City Council meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively in the Richard A. Bolin Council Chambers at City Hall, 25 LaGrange Street. There are sometimes exceptions, though. Check the Meetings page for more information.