The Department of Planning & Development is responsible for the economic and community development of our city.  These services include building permitting and project management, planning services, and code compliance.

Right Start Meetings

Potential business operators and developers are strongly encouraged to join staff from all development-related departments, including Engineering, Fire, Natural Gas, Planning, Public Works, and Water & Sewer, to get a comprehensive look at what it will take to make your vision a reality. This is the best opportunity to coordinate with all City departments at one time & location, and will help you make the “right start” in turning your business or development concept into formal plans ready for submittal.

Right Start Meetings are held in Joe Brannen Hall, next to City Hall, beginning at 2:30 P.M. on Thursday afternoons. These meetings are by appointment only. In order to make the discussion as beneficial and informative as possible, we request that applicants submit any building/site plans, and any other pertinent information, prior to the meeting.

Right Start meetings are intended to be informal and serve simply as a question and answer session in advance of the formal development process. Even if you have opened a business or developed a project in Statesboro before, things are always changing. We strongly encourage you to make a Right Start meeting the starting point for all of your business and development ideas.

To schedule a Right Start Meeting, please contact City Planner  Justin Williams at 912.764.0630 or