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No, 2016 SPLOST dollars are for capital improvements and new equipment purchases.
The SPLOST dollars collection runs from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2023 for a total of 6 years.
2016 SPLOST was voter approved in priority order. The list is on SPLOST website and The Douglas County website www.celebratedouglascounty.com. If you have a change request or additional project request please speak to your commissioner.
Yes! The Douglas County Animal Shelter does accept a variety of donations. We can always use:
You will need to hire a wildlife removal company in order to remove nuisance wildlife.
We suggest you contact Snap 2 It, a nonprofit humane organization that handles feral cats. Visit the Snap 2 It website.
The best way to locate your missing animal is to come to the animal shelter to look for your pet. Because we take in so many lost animals every day, because animals can wander so far from home, and because so many animals look alike, we are not able to tell you over the phone if we have your pet. When you come to the shelter, bring any pictures of the pet and your pet’s rabies certificate or vet record if the rabies shot is up to date. We also suggest you hang signs within a 3 mile radius of where your pet was lost and also hang signs at your vet’s office if they allow them.
Continue to come to the animal shelter every few days until you find your pet and also look on our website as some, but not all, of our pets are pictured online.
The owner must come to the animal shelter during working hours to reclaim the pet. You must bring an ID (Drivers license or Georgia ID) and proof of ownership of animal, such as veterinarian records or photographs. You should also bring your pet’s rabies certificate if you have it and if it is still current.
You can only tether your animal outside for short periods of time while it is attended (you must be home) to prevent it from breaking free and running at large and/or injuring itself or others. While it is outside, whether tethered or not, it must have access to fresh water and shelter at all times.
Office hours are:Monday through Friday8 am to 5 pm
Our office is located on the 1st floor of the Douglas County Courthouse directly off the Atrium and across from the Personnel Department. The Douglas County Courthouse: is located at:8700 Hospital DriveDouglasville, GA 30134
The Boundary Waters Aquatic Center is located at:5000 Georgia Highway 92/166Douglasville, GA 30135
To get there, go east out of Douglasville on Fairburn Road until it intersects with Highway 166. At the traffic signal turn right onto Highway 92 South/166 West; Boundary Waters Park is 2 miles on your left.
We are open on Sundays in June and July only.
No, the closest water park to Boundary Waters Aquatic Center is South Cobb Aquatic Center.
No, other county facilities like Deer Lick Park offer camps. Please call 770-920-7129 for further assistance.
Yes, both the competition and the instructional pools are heated year round.
Yes, bathing suits are required.
We are open in all weather types except for thunder and lightning. For each sound or flash of thunder and lightning the pools close for 30 minutes.
No, inflatable floats and water guns are prohibited. Boundary Waters Aquatic Center does offer life jackets for all sizes.
Yes, we have lifeguards on stand during business hours.
Yes. Fishing is allowed, just be sure to follow posted Department of Natural Resources rules inside the park.
No, we currently do not offer camping on our trails at Boundary Waters Park.
Yes we have a playground located near the athletic complex of Boundary Park that is Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible, furnished with awnings, picnic tables, trash receptacles, and designed for the ages between 2 and12.
Boundary Waters Park has 11 athletic fields which include 2 regulation soccer fields, 1 regulation football field, and 8 youth baseball fields.
In conjunction with our youth sports associations, Boundary Waters currently has Fall and Spring seasons and a Fall Football season.
For more details and registration information on baseball and football, visit the Douglas County Youth Baseball League website, and the Douglas County Soccer Association website for soccer.
Not currently, no, but there are numerous options for outdoor seating in the shade.
Residential building permits costs are generated by computer and vary with each permit. Costs are based on square footage and estimated cost of construction.
All structures of a permanent nature require a building permit. This includes swimming pools. Fences do not require a permit.
Residential building permits are active for six months. They may be extended for an additional six months. This extension is not automatic, you must contact the Building Department to extend your permit.
In most cases a residential building permit can be issued the same day as requested by the owner or builder with a Walk-Through Form if all requested documents are available, all fees are paid and all County departments have signed the application form.
Residential building inspections are scheduled from a telephone call-in message system - 770-920-7333. Inspections will be scheduled for the next business day. No same-day inspections are performed in Douglas County. You must have a valid building permit to acquire an inspection.
Los coste del permiso de edificio residencial son generador por la computadora y varian con cada permisio. Los costes se basan en la cantidad cuadrada y es coste estimido de construccion.
Todas las estructuras de una naturaleza permanente requieren un permiso de edificio. Las cercas no requieren un permiso. Las piscinas requieren un permiso.
Los permisos de edicifio residencial son activos por seis meses. Pueden ser extendidos para los seis meses adicionales. Este extencion no es automatico, usted debe extendar en contacto conel departamento del edificio para extender su permiso.
En la mayoria de los casos un permiso de edificio residencial puede ser publicado el mismo dia como pedido por el duemo el constructor con a caminar-per forma si todos los documentos solicitados estan disponibles. Todos los honorarior son pagados y todos los departamentos del condado hon fermado el formulario de enscripcion.
Las inspecciones del edificio residencial programar de un telefono llamar-en sistema del mensaja. Esta numero es 770-920-7333. Los inspecciones programar para el dia laboral proximo. No se realiza nin sunas inspecciones del mismodia en el condado de Douglas. Usted debe tener un permiso de edificio valedo de adquirer una inspeccion.
Contact the Secretary of State’s Office at 404-656-2817 or visit the Secretary of State’s Office website.
No, we do not issue ID numbers here. You must contact the Georgia Department of Revenue at 877-423-6711, ext. 1 for sales tax questions. You can also visit the Georgia Department of Revenue website.
The license is good throughout the state of Georgia. However, the type of business you will be conducting, will determine if you will need to purchase additional permits through those Counties or Cities. Examples include:
Contact Douglas County Clerk of Superior Court at 770-920-7252 or visit the Clerk of the Superior Court page.
You may acquire a Federal Tax ID by calling the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 267-941-1099, or by visiting the IRS website.
Your business license expires every year-end regardless of when the license was obtained. Renewals are required each year-end.
It normally takes 3 to 10 business days for In-Home businesses, and sometimes longer with Commercial approvals.
No; we will accept cash, money orders, and cashier’s checks. You may also pay with a debit or credit card in the office (4% convenience fee applies).
Beginning the day after the due date.
Yes, but only if the payment is by money order, the citation is pre-payable, and the payment is received at least three days prior to the scheduled court date.
Contact the Department of Drivers Services for this information.
Contact the agency that worked the accident for this information:
Contact Douglas County State Clerks Office at 770-489-5232 or view Citation Amount or Pay Traffic Citations online.
Your court date is listed on your traffic citation, your appearance bond, or you may contact the Clerk of State Court at 770-489-5232.
Second Monday in April and October (OCGA 15-6-3)
The Clerk of Court’s Office does not report information to any credit bureau. The credit bureau comes into the Clerk’s Office and examines the public records to get their information.
Douglas Judicial Circuit, composed of only Douglas County.
No, but you must have the proper documents and know how to proceed.
No, we must remain impartial for all parties, and we represent the Court in all matters.
Approximately 4 to 6 weeks, depending on the number of transactions the Office is handling at that time.
Contact the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles.
Contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department.
A Grand Jury is a jury of inquiry who are summoned and returned by the Sheriff to each session of the criminal courts, and whose duty it is to receive complaints and accusations in criminal cases, hear the evidence adduced on the part of the State, and find bills of the indictment in cases where they are satisfied that a trial should be held. They are first sworn and instructed by the Court.
A Traverse Jury is a petit jury or a trial jury - a jury impaneled to try an action or prosecution.
Pamphlets, brochures, flyers, booklets, videos, DVDs and other media highlighting the services available to families and children in Douglas County. Everything from parenting techniques to how to quit smoking is free to anyone who visits the center.
Directly next to the Fairburn Road Senior Services Center in the building previously managed by United Way. CORE is located at the rear of the building new the CORE Conference Room. Just turn onto Courtland off Fairburn Road.
Email Amanda Bryant and an email confirmation of your time will be sent to you if the room is available. The Conference Room is primarily for the use of CORE-affiliated agencies and organizations.
The Douglas CORE Forum convenes on the second Tuesday of the month at the Cornerstone Family Life Center.
Directions to Cornerstone7167 S Sweetwater RoadLithia Springs, GA 30122
I-20 Lithia Springs/Lee Road exit. Turn north onto Lee Road. Follow Lee Road north until it dead ends at S Sweetwater Road, turn left onto Sweetwater Road. Travel 1/2 mile, the Church in on the left immediately after the Fire Station. Turn onto Miller Street to park in front of the Family Life Center.
Cobb and Douglas Public Health (CDPH) is preparing internally, as well as with the state and the Center of Disease Control (CDC) to slow or prevent community spread. We are working with our partners, including the local governments, healthcare organizations, businesses, first responders, and local school districts to ensure our community is prepared for a potential COVID-19 outbreak.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), in consultation with the CDC, is evaluating patient information received from healthcare providers about potential cases of coronavirus in Georgia.
We are a government access television station. That means that we do not air videos produced by the public. Almost all of the work seen on dctv23 is produced in-house. You can contact Comcast Cable for information about public access television that is aired on channel 25.
Our programming varies according to the needs of the county as well as what is going on in the county. We televise all Board of Commissioners meetings live and re-broadcast them at 6 am and 6 pm daily. We tape and play back many events such as special ceremonies honoring heroes (Pathway of Service and Walk of Honor), the GreyStone Power Luncheon Series, and the Special Populations talent show.
In the Fall of 2003, we will debut several original series produced by dctv23. They are scheduled to start in September and will include a show called "Douglas County Living", a spotlight of local people, places, and events that make Douglas County Special.
dctv23 is a program of the Douglas County Department of Communications and Community Relations, which has only two employees. One of these employees is the dctv23 technical director and is in responsible charge of the daily operation of the station. Unfortunately, there are no immediate plans to add employees.
We rely on volunteers to help produce shows. If you would like an opportunity to volunteer at dctv23, email us.
We don’t know.
Deer Lick Park is located at:2105 Mack RoadDouglasville, GA 30135
It is easy to find:
We are on the 2nd floor of the Douglas County Courthouse, 8700 Hospital Drive. You must go through the security screening station to get to our offices, so please do not bring/wear anything that will trigger the metal detectors.
There is no charge to enter the Douglas County Museum of History and Art. Donations are accepted and always appreciated!
Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm with the last tour available at 4 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 3 pm with the last tour available at 2 pm. The Museum is closed on Sunday and Monday.
Whether you vote early, advance, or at the polls, you must present one of six acceptable forms of personal identification; all must have the voter’s photo on the ID card:
Once is usually sufficient. If you regularly vote, you will remain on the list of eligible voters. If you move, even if it is within the County, you need to register at your new address. You may verify your registration by accessing the Georgia Secretary of State website.
Yes. You must be registered at the address where you reside.
There are several locations:
Anyone may vote an absentee ballot that chooses to do so.
If you are registering by mail for the very first time in the State of Georgia, you will need to provide a photocopy of either your:
If you were previously a registered voter in Georgia, you do not need to provide identification. When you fill out the form, you are swearing that you are eligible to register to vote. False swearing is prosecutable as a felony.
Yes. Polling places remain the same for all elections. For a smaller election, the place within your polling location may change.
For example, instead of using the gymnasium, the polling might take place in a smaller room. There are always signs posted to let you know where the voting is taking place.
No. Georgia Code Section 21-2-431(c) specifically states that no person shall vote at any polling place outside the precinct in which such person resides.
If you live within the City limits of Douglasville or Villa Rica, you may have a different polling place for City elections. The polling places for City elections must be within the City limits. Your precinct card identifies which polling place is for which election.
If you will refer to your precinct card, it will identify the district numbers applicable to the street address where you reside. You can access the link on this site to determine the name and contact information about that elected official. You may also access this information at Georgia Secretary of State website.
You are not automatically registered to vote when you get your Driver’s License. The examiner must ask you if you want to register; you must reply affirmatively; and then the examiner must generate the form to be sent to the Voter Registration Office.
If you do not receive a precinct card within a month after you register at the Department of Motor Vehicles, call our office 770-920-7217 to inquire if we received the application.
You must apply in writing for an absentee ballot and send or fax your request to the Voter Registration Office by the Friday preceding the election. There is an absentee ballot form that can be picked up in the Voter Registration Office or downloaded from the Secretary of State’s website.
You may also request an absentee ballot by writing on a piece of paper the following information:
You can also come to the Voter Registration Office in the Courthouse and request an absentee ballot not more than 180 days preceding the election.
When you register to vote, you will receive a precinct card approximately 2 weeks after your form is processed. It indicates your polling place as well as which Congressional, State House and Senate, Commission, School Board and City District in which you reside.
If you have misplaced this card, you can find out your polling place either by accessing the Secretary of State’s website or by calling 888-265-1115.
Yes. Anyone may vote early for no reason at all beginning 21 days in advance of a Federal election. This is done either by mail or in person at:Voter Registration Office1st Floor Douglas County Courthouse8700 Hospital DriveDouglasville, GA 30134
You must submit a request in writing with your name, address, date of birth and a statement that you are requesting an absentee ballot. You must sign the request, as we compare signatures on the request to the voter registration form on file to verify that the request is legitimate. The last day that we mail out ballots is the Friday before the election. Requests must be received no later than noon on Friday to be able to be sent out.
Anyone may advance vote the Monday through Friday of the week prior to an election at any one of the advance voting sites:
Call 911 if you have an emergency.
Permit fees can be calculated using the Development Control fee sheet. This can be downloaded off of this website under Development Control Fees. These fees should be calculated using disturbed acreage only. These fees do not apply to land disturbance permits for building a home.
If you are building a home in a subdivision, there is a one hundred dollar flat fee for the land disturbance. If the home is not in a subdivision or otherwise developed property, there is no fee for the permit. Additional fees may be required from other departments.
Code allows up to 45 days per submittal for plan review. However, reviews are typically commented on in two weeks or less. This can change based on the number of plans that are already in at the time of submittal.
Yes, Douglas County has a tree protection ordinance. The ordinance can be downloaded off of this website. It should be noted that trees required by Planning and Zoning and/or trees in buffers required by Planning and Zoning do not count towards the units required by the Development Control Department.
The creek buffers are assigned by drainage basins. Contact the Development Control Department to find out what basin you are in. The buffers are as follow:
The buffers are measured from the top of bank in both directions.
Download the "Construction Plans Checklist" and use it as a guide. If you can check each item, you have probably met our engineering code requirements. Also, for more details, a copy of the Unified Development Code can be downloaded from the Planning and Zoning Department on this website.
Douglas County Unified Development Code requires sidewalks on both sides of all internal streets on any development that has 25 lots or more. Also, sidewalks are required along the existing County roads when the development is within a one-mile radius of a school. Sidewalks should be a minimum of four feet wide, four feet from the back of curb and four inches thick. Sidewalks are not required when lot size is 3 acres or more.
Maintenance bonds should cover 25% of the total cost of improvements and the Performance bonds should cover 150% of any incomplete work such as topping, sidewalks, etc. See the download "Estimating Bonds" for more complete details.
All construction plans are now reviewed online. Please visit the following website for more information about online plan submittal. When construction plans are approved (commercial and residential), 3 printed sets need to be submitted to be stamped for on-site use. Additional paper copies as well as hydrology reports should be submitted directly to WSA. Special circumstances may require additional plans to be submitted.
Carrollton Phone: 770-830-7765
Marietta Phone: 770-233-0509
Copies of the County’s Operating Budget book are located at both the Douglas County Library and Lithia Springs Library. The Finance Department also has a copy available for review in the Department. We plan to have a downloadable version of the 2003 Budget online early in the year.
There is a burning ban on all outdoor burning in all of Metro Atlanta, including Douglas County, between May 1 and October 1. This ban is imposed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division. The Douglas County Fire Department may also impose a total burn ban if conditions warrant (continued drought, high winds, high fire danger, etc.) During the remainder of the year, all outdoor burning requires a permit from the Douglas County Fire Department.
Call 770-942-8626 for rules and regulations.
The Douglasville-Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority handles all repairs on fire hydrants that are located adjacent to Public roads (770-942-6633). Individual businesses are responsible for the maintenance of fire hydrants located on private property. The Douglas County Fire Department cleans, paints, and checks the public hydrants on a semi-annual basis.
Call the Ambulance Medical Billing at 855-347-1360, Mondays through Fridays, between 8 am to 5 pm.
A copy of an incident report may be obtained by calling the Fire Department Administrative Offices at 770-942-8626. Reports require 24-hour notice, and are not available on a walk-in basis.
The Douglas County Fire Department Fire Safety House is available for civic groups, churches, and schools. The Fire Safety House is used to teach small children (ages 3 to 6) the importance of fire safety in the home. Fire Station tours are available to teach children about fire apparatus, fire equipment, etc. To schedule the Fire Safety House or a Fire Station tour, contact the Fire Safety Education Officer at 770-942-8626.
Please remember that, even with scheduled Fire Station tours, units are subject to emergency calls, and Fire Department units must interrupt the tour to respond to the call. Your tour will be rescheduled if you desire.
In general, our maps should be printed on large paper sizes - the bigger the better. If you are having trouble printing, we will be happy to print any of our maps for a nominal fee. We also have data available for purchase. Refer to our pricing schedule (PDF) for details.
Douglas County Courthouse8700 Hospital Drive1st floor Douglasville, GA 30134
You can apply for an attorney now here. You can also apply for an attorney in our office or request an application at your next court date.
A GAL is a Guardian Ad Litem.
In a court of law, Guardian Ad Litem literally means, “guardian for the suit.” A Guardian Ad Litem in Georgia is an attorney or non-attorney appointed by a judge to assist the Court in determining the circumstances of the matter. A guardian is empowered to investigate the entire background, living conditions, family relationships, and any matters related in order to make a recommendation to the court as to what would be in the best interests of the child as to placement, visitation, and other matters ruled upon by the court.
CHINS is an acronym for Child in Need of Services.
Children who experience certain behaviors within the home or in the community is an indication that they are in need of support and services to help them address underlying issues.
It is purposed in code section O.C.G.A. § 15-11-380 that these children receive collaborative support and cooperation to ensure that these children become responsible contributors of society.
You can pay all court ordered fees and restitution at the Douglas County Juvenile Programs office, located on the 3rd floor of the Douglas County Courthouse.
Restitution is defined as money a judge orders an offender to pay a victim as compensation for out-of-pocket expenses related to a crime. Restitution is part of the offender’s sentence and can be ordered in juvenile cases following a conviction or a guilty plea. The amount of restitution ordered by a judge is contingent upon the victim’s expenses related to the crime and the offender’s ability to pay. Restitution is paid to the Douglas County Juvenile Programs Administration office. Restitution is distributed to the victim by Douglas County Juvenile Programs Administration.
No. Programs are court ordered for youth on probation.
No. Programs are grant funded and therefore there is no cost to families.
Yes. Douglas County Juvenile Programs does provide transportation for youth who are court mandated for programs.
CASA is an acronym for Court Appointed Special Advocate.
CASA volunteers are ordinary people who care about kids. CASA volunteers come from all backgrounds. Many work full-time. Some are students or retired people. Most CASA volunteers work on just one or two cases at a time. No legal expertise is required.
For more information, please visit the Children’s Voice: CASA, Inc. website.
CASA volunteers are assigned to a case by a Juvenile Court Judge. They conduct thorough research on the background of the case, reviewing documents and interviewing people who are involved in the child’s life. This may include teachers, therapists, extended family, doctors, etc. The CASA volunteer then make reports to the court, recommending what they believe is best for each child and providing information that will help the judge make an informed decision. CASA volunteers can also be instrumental in assuring that a child receives services which the court has ordered – things like counseling or special education.During the life of a case, a CASA volunteer monitors the child’s situation and may be the only constant in the child’s life as they move through the child welfare system.
You are allowed 50 items checked out on your library card at one time. 15 of your 50 item limit may be DVDs.
Late fees are as follows:
You must have your card in hand to check out materials, including any computer usage, renew materials, check account status, or request materials. You may also use a digital card provided by the PINES app, in lieu of a physical card. We will not look up your account number for you as per PINES Library Policy.
No, our library does not provide faxing or notary services. We do provide free document scanning at each library.
We are located on the 2nd floor, Douglas County Courthouse, 8700 Hospital Drive. To get to our offices, you must go through the security screening station, so please do not have anything with you that will trigger the metal detector.
The Magistrate Courtroom is located on the 3rd floor, Douglas County Courthouse, 8700 Hospital Drive. You must go through the security screening station to access the Courtroom.
Call or visit the Douglas County Planning and Zoning office and provide your address or show a tax bill.
The minimum house size for an individual is 1,800 square feet.
You will need the following items to begin the building permit process in the Planning and Zoning Department:
You must have a minimum of 10 acres and the property must be zoned R-A.
You can replace a mobile home in the same space that the existing mobile home is placed as long as the new home is no larger than the existing mobile home. All mobile homes require a permit. If a mobile home is being moved into Douglas County from another jurisdiction, it must have been manufactured within the last 5 years and pass a pre-move inspection. If the mobile home is being relocated within Douglas County there is not an age requirement but the mobile home must pass a pre-move inspection.
Yes. You must apply and be approved by the Board of Commissioners for a Special Use Permit for a Mobile Home Medical Hardship. This requires a letter from a doctor stating that a relative must be in close proximity for urgent care.
The first Tuesday of each month at 6 pm in Citizen’s Hall located on the 2nd floor of the Douglas County Courthouse located at 8700 Hospital Drive. All zoning requests are advertised in the Douglas County Sentinel and by a sign placed on the subject property.
Yes. You can apply for a variance to certain requirements within the code. This request is made to the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Go to Municode, each chapter will be listed and you can download from this page.
Any commercial or industrial property that is adjacent to residential property must maintain (if existing) or plant a 50 feet vegetative buffer.
A modular home or industrialized home is a building manufactured in accordance with the GA Industrialized Building Act (O.C.G.A. Title 8, Chapter 2, Article 2, Part 1) and the Rules of the Commissioner of the GA Department of Community Affairs issued pursuant thereto. State-approved buildings meet the State Building and Construction Codes and bear an insignia of approval issued by the Commissioner. Modular homes area allowed in the AG, RA, R-LD, and R-MD zoning districts. These structures must meet all setback requirements for the respective zoning district and require a building permit.
All accessory structures must receive a building permit. There are size limitations on accessory structures based on your zoning district and what type of structure you are permitting. Please contact the Planning and Zoning office at 770-920-7241 for specific instructions on the type of structure you would like to place on the property.
You must fall below certain income levels to qualify. View the 2014 Income Limits (PDF) to see if you qualify.
The Douglas County NSP provides up to $25,000!
Go to the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership website to see a step-by-step guide.
Go to the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership website to search homes in Douglas County.
AMI refers to the median income of the metropolitan area. AMI is defined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in this case.
Yes. United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) mandates that a minimum of 25% of NSP funds be utilized for programs geared towards individuals and families at or below 50% of AMI. For Douglas County, this will be approximately $936,065.
In a press release issued by DCA on Friday, March 13, 2009, it was confirmed that Douglas County’s direct allocation under the NSP program is $3,809,526.
Douglas County is eligible to apply for $3,744,262 in NSP funding.
Under United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidelines, the following are the only eligible NSP activities:
No, NSP funds are allocated based on the income level of individuals and families, not based on the price of the house.
Douglas County is considering all the options available under the NSP, including rehabilitation of qualifying homes.
The NSP funding includes a funding mechanism for the administration of the program. Douglas County, through normal procurement procedures, may hire a consultant or other organization to administer this program and the application process.
Yes, all funding applicants are required to attend homeownership counseling through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved counseling agencies prior to receiving funds.
Yes, applicants will receive assistance with the application process.
To be placed on the list of vendors for Douglas County, firms and individuals must complete the Online Vendor Application Form or complete the manual six-page Vendor Application packet. Both the online and physical versions of the Vendor Application can be found below in the Vendor Registration section below.
Whether submitting your application online or manually, you must include the appropriate NIGP/commodity codes for your business.
You can submit the application via the Online Vendor Application Form or via mail.
After completion of the manual application, please mail it to:
Douglas County Purchasing Department
8700 Hospital DriveThird Floor, Douglas County CourthouseDouglasville, GA 30134
You do not have to be a registered vendor with Douglas County in order to submit a bid or proposal. However, we encourage vendors to complete the registration process in order to avoid delays when awarding bids.
Sealed bids are opened in Citizen’s Hall of the Douglas County Courthouse at 8700 Hospital Drive, Douglasville GA unless otherwise noted in the bid posting.
The date and time of each bid opening will be posted on the Current Bid Openings page.
Limited parking is available on the Courthouse grounds themselves since the festival takes up most of the Courthouse parking lot. However, over 800 parking spaces are available adjacent to the festival grounds in the Dorris Road parking lot, the Woodie Fite Senior Center, and the Multimodal Transportation Center. Free shuttle vans will transport festival visitors to/from the adjacent parking areas and the festival grounds.
There are also parking spaces available at nearby businesses across Hospital Drive from the Courthouse grounds, and one block away to the north at Kroger and one block away to the south at WellStar Hospital and 1st United Methodist Church with sidewalks in between these locations and the Courthouse.
Handicapped parking is designated on the festival grounds.
"September Saturdays" goes on rain or shine! Luckily, late September is usually very dry, but we do have an occasional shower or two. Wear comfortable clothes, and if the sky is cloudy, bring along an umbrella!
"September Saturdays" features a food court of local restaurants and caterers with food to make your mouth water! The food court opens at 11 am and most vendors will stay open until the 8 pm movie starts, so join us for lunch and dinner!
Online registration is available on the festival website, or vendors may download the application form from the festival page.
Judge Emerson normally convenes criminal court at 10am via Webex and civil court at 9am. Please check the court calendars on the Superior Court - Chief Judge David T. Emerson page for specific court times.
Judge Emerson’s courtroom is Courtroom Number 2 located on the 4th floor of the Douglas County Courthouse, 8700 Hospital Drive.
Yes, Judge Adams accepts Waivers of Arraignment.
Yes, Judge Adams accepts Motions for Judgment on the Pleadings.
All Motions should be submitted to the Clerk of Superior Courts Office via E-File, mail, or hand delivery. A Proposed Order should accompany said Motion.
Judge McClain convenes court at 10:00 am normally, however, check court calendars and monitors located on the 2nd and 4th floor for the time of your case.
No. You are mailed the renewal notice approximately 60 days before your birthday and your renewal is due by midnight of your birthday.
We recommend having your vehicle inspected 4 to 6 weeks prior to your registration renewal date to allow for any needed repairs. If it gets to your renewal date and your vehicle has failed the emissions test, a repair waiver may be issued if you meet all of the specified qualifications. Visit Clean Air Force for information concerning repair waivers.
If the car is driveable, regardless of whether you are driving it or not, it is required to have a current tag.
Please contact us in the Tag Office for a renewal notice. Please provide us with your license plate numbers.
As defined by the National Therapeutic Recreation Society, therapeutic recreation uses treatment, education, and recreation services to help people with illnesses, disabilities, and other conditions to develop and use leisure opportunities in ways that enhance their health, functional abilities, independence, and quality of life.
Most of our programs are free or low cost, with the exception of our monthly Dinner Night and Movie Nights which vary with cost based on participants choice of meals or snacks.
We have many returning programs and a whole new line up coming for the therapeutics program that includes:
Just email Jessica Morgan for information and details.
You must be 8 years old or older to compete with Douglas County in the Special Olympics. A medical form (PDF) must be on file.
Call Rideshare at 770-949-7665 or come by our office in the Transportation Center. Fill out a simple Passenger Information Sheet that tells us your home and work locations and your work hours. We will use that information to determine if there is a van that fits your schedule. If one of our vans fits your schedule and has a seat available, we will offer it to you while advising you of the pickup and drop-off locations and times.
If you choose to become a passenger, all you have to do is pay your fare and pick up a boarding pass.
Most riders pay $82 to $98 per month, depending on the length of their daily round trip. Fares may exceed $98 for vanpools that operate outside of the Atlanta metro area. Your fare is due on the last working day of the month. This represents an advance payment for the upcoming month. You can drop off your fare at the Transportation Center, mail it or conveniently pay online.
Our mailing address is:Rideshare8800 Dorris RoadDouglasville, GA 30134
When you pay your fare, you will be given a Boarding Pass. No one is allowed to ride on a van without a current, valid boarding pass.
Your fare could increase under certain circumstances, such as a significant increase in your van’s daily roundtrip mileage or a significant, unanticipated, unbudgeted increase in expenses (example: gas prices, higher insurance costs). Riders will be given ample notice when a fare increase is planned.
Possibly. Some vans have to pay for parking at their work destinations. The driver is responsible for paying the parking fare and will collect an equal amount from each passenger to pay for parking. There is no charge for any of our pickup points in Douglas County. If passengers decide a van needs sunshades, cushions or similar items, they will pay for such items themselves. Also, each van sets its own policy for collecting money for items such as flowers or gifts.
Rideshare’s vanpool program pays for itself. Your fares are used to pay for the van’s gas, oil, insurance, regular maintenance and repairs. A portion of monthly fares is set aside to purchase replacement vans.
Your driver is just like you. He or she has a regular job, and drives on a volunteer basis for Rideshare. Volunteers drive in exchange for not having to pay a monthly vanpool fare. Rideshare puts drivers through a training program. This program includes:
Individuals with physical limitations or other special needs are encouraged to participate in the vanpool program. The only requirement is that their work location and hours fall within Rideshare’s regularly scheduled service. Rideshare does not offer at-home pickup or off-peak service.
Each van is allowed to make its own rules regarding eating and drinking. Alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited. If you do eat, or drink coffee or soft drinks, we do ask that you try to keep the van clean. Smoking is absolutely prohibited.
Passengers on each van are encouraged to agree to a seating pattern that will allow for the most efficient operation of the van. Rideshare staff gladly works with individuals who have conditions that may require special seating considerations.
Rideshare has a Guaranteed Ride Home emergency service to get you home.
Again, Rideshare offers emergency service, up to three times a year, through area taxi services. However, we encourage passengers to make sure they are at their pickup points on time so they won’t get left behind.
You must provide your own way to work. We have no provision for this service.
The vans don’t run on most major holidays. If you have to work on those days, you have to provide your own transportation. There are some holidays on which some vans run and others don’t. If you need to work that day and are assigned to one of the vans that is not running, we will try to place you on another van for that day.
Normally, you do not deduct holidays from your monthly payment. The only time you would deduct a holiday is when you work on a non-major day such as Columbus Day when Rideshare is not able to place you on another van.
Passengers will be picked up by other vans or by a backup van dispatched by the Rideshare office. The van that broke down will be taken to Douglas County maintenance for repairs. When a van is in the shop for maintenance or repairs, a backup van is used to continue regular service.
First, talk to your driver and see if they can solve the problem. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to the driver, or if the driver can’t solve the problem, contact the Rideshare office.
Yes. We do, however, ask that you notify us, preferably in writing or by email. We give prorated refunds, but they may take thirty days to process. If you do not notify us that you have stopped riding, you may not receive a refund.
Rideshare is a department of the Douglas County government. Administrative expenses are shared by vanpool riders and the Douglas County government. New vans and capital projects are financed with 80% money from the Federal Transit Administration, 10% from Georgia Department of Transportation, and 10% from Douglas County. Replacement vans are purchased with a portion of passenger fares that are put into a special account.
Absolutely. The Transportation Center is a public facility, and Rideshare encourages all local carpoolers and vanpoolers to use it. Also, church or civic groups who are going on a bus or van trip are invited to park their vehicles at the Transportation Center while they are on their trip.
The Woodie Fite Senior Center is located at 8750 Dorris Road adjacent to the Douglas County Courthouse. Enter Dorris Road at the Hospital Drive traffic light/Courthouse, drive down the hill, and the entrance driveway to the Woodie Fite Center is at the bottom of the hill on your left. Parking is available at the Center (no cost).