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Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed on National Holidays.
Civil filing fees are $210.00 plus $50.00 for sheriff's service for EACH defendant.
Only if your fence is seven feet or taller will a permit be required. If you are installing a standard six feet tall fence, no, a permit is not required.
Once we have received the building permit application and all supporting documentation filled out in its entirety the plan review and permit approval process is seven to ten business days.
A building permit is valid for one year.
Depending on what stage in the construction your permit is at, you will have to pay a percentage of the original permit fee to reinstate your permit.
Anything 200 square feet or bigger is required to have a building permit.
Accessory building setbacks at five feet off of the back property line and ten feet off of the side property line.
Yes. A home owner will complete all forms related to a building permit as well as complete the Home Owners Affidavit which is required to be notarized and submit with the building permit application.
You can find a list of items and descriptions for emergency supply kits here.
If given the suggestion to evacuate ahead of a hurricane, Effingham citizens should move inland and west. Take Hwy 21 and Hwy 17 north toward Augusta, or Hwy 80 and I-16 west toward Macon/Atlanta.
You may apply in person for a full time or part time position with Effingham County EMS by visiting Human Resources located at 804 S. Laurel Street Springfield, Georgia 31329. Alternately, you may visit the Job Opportunities page on this website to apply online for any available position.
You may pay in person using cash or check by visiting the Effingham County EMS Office located at 285 1st Street Extension Springfield, Ga 31329.
You may pay by phone using a credit card or debit card by contacting the billing company, Colleton Software, at 800-874-3617.
You can contact code enforcement here -
You can see the GIS Interactive Maps by clicking this link: Click here to see GIS Interactive maps.
No. Due to our need for drafting from open water sources (ponds, lakes, rivers), and the fact that the inside of our tanks and hoses cannot be cleaned to guarantee water quality for safe use, we cannot fill swimming pools.
No, ECFR does not charge for any emergency response or non-emergency public assist requests.
GIS data are for reference purposes only. If you need help in locating your property boundaries please contact a licensed surveyor.
You may submit an application in the following manner:
Effingham County Board of Commissioners
Human Resources Office
601 North Laurel Street
Springfield GA 31329
Enter in the back door on Pine Street
Resumes are accepted when accompanied by a completed application. Resumes’ submitted without a completed application will not be considered.
You must file a lawsuit in the correct venue. Depending on the case, venue typically lies in the county where the defendant lives, where a substantial part of the business was transacted, where the real property is located, injury occurred or place of employment. If you are unsure if the venue is in Effingham County, you may call our office at 912-754-2124, selecting option 4, to confirm if the venue lies within our county or another county.
It is not necessary to have an attorney to file a suit or defend a suit in this court. As perhaps one of the most important functions of the Magistrate Court is to provide a readily available legal forum to solve disputes. You may represent yourself in court as a pro se litigant (representing yourself) when either filing or responding to an action with the court.
This is not to say that attorney's are not welcomed and even encouraged, but there are many occasions when the amounts of money in controversy do not warrant engaging an attorney. Always remember that the Magistrate Court Judge is obligated, by law, to conduct the Court in a way that is fair to pro se litigants as well as to attorneys. The procedural rules of law are not as strictly enforced in the Magistrate Court as in other courts. The Magistrate Judge will apply rules of pleading and practice so as to administer substantial justice.
The assistance of counsel is your right. However, we cannot advise you as to whether or not you will need an attorney in your case. Additionally, if you seek a court appointed attorney, you will need to contact the Public Defender's Office at 912-764-6292. You may visit their website for more information.
You should bring witnesses that you feel have direct knowledge of the facts that are related to your case and any documents such as photographs, repair bills, receipts, or contracts that you feel will prove your case.
The plaintiff carries the burden of proof and will present their evidence and witnesses first. After a witness testifies, the other party in the case can cross examine that witness. Once the plaintiff has presented all their evidence and witnesses, the defendant will have an opportunity to do the same.
No, except as authorized by law or by rule, judges shall not initiate, permit or consider ex parte communications by interested parties or their attorneys concerning a pending or impending proceeding.
Yes! Please call 912-754-2124 to schedule an appointment.
*Please note, you MUST first obtain your Marriage License (issued in Probate Court) before getting married.
Being allowed to water everyday does not mean it is the best practice. Irrigationshould supplement rainfall. Ideally most established landscapes in periods of limited rainfall need to be watered deeply once a week. The reasonable use of our water resources is essential in the region. Use the step test and visual inspection to determine if your plants and grass need to be watered.
Check usabat.com for approved bat listings.
Yes you can. But you must have a fishing license.
You can, but you CANNOT have a motorized boat. Any unmotorized boat is fine.
No. The pavilions are first come, first serve. We recommend you get there early to claim your spot.
They can if they have played in there correct age group for at least one year. Please call the office for more information on that.
Visitation for inmates is on Saturdays, Sundays, and County observed Holidays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
If you wish to put money on an inmate’s account, there are only three acceptable methods to do this:
Inmate Commissary Services:
Company’s Name: McDaniel Supply Company
Toll Free Number: 1-800-822-9388
Inmate Telephone Services:
Company’s Name: HomeWAV
Toll Free Number: 1-844-394-6639
Monday thru Friday from 8:30 to 3:00 The sheriffs office does not fingerprint between 11:00 to 1:00
Yes, upon approval of the court, and the receiving agency.
If you have signed in to the office then yes, your officer knows.
We do not take personal checks. Credit/debit cards are only accepted in on-line payments. Money orders made out to E.C.P.O (Effingham County Probation Office) and cash, in the exact amount, are the methods of payment. Change will not be made, so please plan ahead.
The Felony Probation is in Statesboro, GA. Their office is phone number is 912-871-1119.
The Probation Office has no authority to issue driving permits - they can only be issued by
Hablamos español. - Las evaluaciones y los programas de tratamiento disponibles en español. - Primera vez y varios delincuentes
The Sanctuary Recovery Center (El Santuario)
609 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31401
*Póngase en contacto con Frank Núñez, Director
Depending on the offense, you may also have other special conditions to complete, which will be on your Final Disposition Sheet that you receive at your first appointment.
In criminal justice systems, parole is the supervised release of a prisoner before the completion of his/her sentence. This office does not supervise “parolees.” For more information, please contact the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole at 404-656-5651 or visit the
Go to the My Voter Page, it will provide you with your Polling Place name & address.
You can update your current voter registration information by going to My Voter Page. This allows you to login so you can view and update your voter registration information. If your information needs to be updated you will be directed to the Online Voter Registration where you can update your information digitally or you can print your application and mail it or bring it into our office.
For more information on Early Voting please look at our Absentee & Early Voting page.
The Elections Office is the only Early Voting location. If you do not early vote, you must go to your precinct on Election Day. If you do not know where to vote visit the My Voter Page.
No, you must vote in the County that you are registered in. Information on how to vote by mail or early in person can be found on our Absentee & Early Voting Pages.
Yes, if you are temporarily residing out of the county (the ballot must be mailed out of county) or are a elderly or physically disabled voter. See out Absentee by Mail Page.
Please visit our Absentee by Mail page for more information. You can also visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program page.
No. Registering to vote has no direct link to qualifying you for jury duty. Jurors are selected through the Department of Drivers Services. If you have a drivers license you are qualified to be selected for jury duty.
We have copies of Composite Ballots on our Sample Ballot page and in our Office. But to see your specific ballot go to the My Voter Page.
You can view a list of your local Representative on our Elected Officials page. To view State and Federal Representatives you can go to the Secretary of States Official Directory page.
No person convicted of a felony may register, remain registered or vote,except upon completion of the sentence and voting right have been restored.
No, Georgia does not require you to registered with a party. You will choose what party ballot you want when you go to vote.
By law, voter registration lists are available to the public and contain the following information: voter name, residential address, mailing address if different, race, gender, registration date, and last voting date. Pricing is set by the Secretary of State's Office. Such data may not be used by any person for commercial purposes. (O.C.G.A § 21-2-225 (c))
For information about ordering lists of registered voters in your district, please visit the Secretary of State's Website.
They are located in the Jail Complex building. House Watch Form (PDF)
You can apply for a public defender on your Arraignment court date. The public defender will make an announcement before court is in session for applications and process.
Only one person is required to actually come in the office or apply online to file for homestead. However, that person must be listed on the deed of the property to sign the application. That person must provide a copy of driver’s license for themselves, their spouse, and all other persons listed on the deed. Click here to apply online. (Note: you have to search for your specific property, once found, there will be a blue button in the upper left corner labeled "Apply for Homestead")
No you cannot have homestead on two properties. Neither you or your spouse can legally claim homestead on two separate properties by claiming one property in one spouse's name and the other property in the other spouse's name. Homestead may be granted on the property considered to be your primary residence. If any taxpayer is found to be receiving homestead on two or more properties, or on a property they do not permanently reside in, the Tax Assessor's office reserves the right to fine them two times the savings per year for three years that double exemption was received.
In order to qualify for the Disabled Veterans Exemption, you must have documentation from the Department of Veteran Affairs stating that you are 100% disabled from a wartime conflict.
Yes. Every property owner in the state of Georgia will receive a standardized Assessment Notice from the county where your property is located. Stay abreast by checking our website page for the announcement of when they are mailed out and the Appeal deadline date.
Every property owner in Georgia has the right to declare your fair market value every year between January 1 and April 1.
No. Property Tax Returns do not have anything to do with your income taxes.
Your property values may go up or down depending on the changes made to your property.
When coming in the office or going online to file for homestead, you must provide proof of identity and residency. Please provide a valid driver's license for yourself, your spouse, and all other persons listed on the deed, and a current utility bill with your name and property address on it. Please make sure vehicle registration and voters registration have an up to date address. If you are 62 or older and claiming the senior exemption with income requirements, you will need to bring in a copy of your most recent combined household federal income tax return (1040 form). The authorized income values are determined by the Georgia Department of Revenue and may change annually. Contact our office for the most accurate figures. For addition information on what to bring - please click here or call our office at 912-754-2125.
If you are inquiring about the amount due on your property taxes; need a receipt of payment of property taxes or to discuss a lien on your property, you will need to contact the Tax Commissioner's office at 754-2121 or by referring to their website.
The Tax Assessor's office accepts homestead exemption applications year round. The applicant applying for homestead exemption must have owned and permanently resided on the property as of January 1st, and must have applied by April 1st for the homestead to take effect that year. If the application did meet those deadlines, the homestead application will go into effect the following year. The file deadline is NOT ADJUSTABLE for any circumstance. (NOTE: homestead is NOT automatically given. The taxpayer MUST sign the application and provided the appropriate supporting documents by these deadlines in order for the homestead to be applied to their account.)
A tax appeal is not an appeal of your tax bill. The amount of taxes you pay is never an issue during an appeal because neither the Tax Assessor nor County Tax Board has control over budgets submitted by municipalities, schools, counties or fire districts. You may however appeal your property value. Please go to our Assessment Appeals Process page for more information.
Yes. Due to the large number of parcels we serve, please contact our office to speak with an appraiser. They will be able to set up an appointment that is feasible for both parties. Our office phone number is 912-754-2125
Visit our County's GIS service which displays wetland areas, floodplains, and property information.
The National Wetland Inventory is a map of areas that may be possible wetlands that have been created by the National Army Corps of Engineers. Any construction activity within these areas will require a "Wetland Specialist" to survey the area and determine if wetlands are present before construction can begin. If actual wetlands are present and disturbed then the National Army Corp of Engineers reserves the right to restore these or other wetlands at the expense of the developer. For more information, please visit here.