Annexation Information

Progress of the City:

The City of South Fulton is “Moving Forward," as it  has successfully transitioned all municipal services required by state statute. This milestone means the City is equipped to provide world classes services to its almost 100,000 residents.

The City is well prepared to provide quality services to new residents after successful completion of the annexation process.    

City Successes                                                                 

Police Department                                                                       

  • Reorganized department to focus on intelligence driven policing model to specifically target crime areas                                      
  • Experienced a 2% reduction in overall crime to include all Part 1 Crimes reported to the South Fulton Police Department
  • Hired a total of 38 police officers filling 60% of the department's vacant positions for sworn personnel 

Human Resources                                                                        

  • Adoption of the City’s HR Policies and Procedures                   
  • Hired 418 employees                                                                

Parks & Recreation                                                                        

  • Successfully transitioned the Parks & Recreation Department to the City of South Fulton to include every full and part time employee, 10 facilities, all operations, programs, and 17 parks spread over 693 acres                          
  • Successfully implemented CivicRec, a cloud based online recreation management tool that allows the recreation team to manage operations more efficiently and allows residents to register for programs, reserve facilities, or browse for information                                                                            

Destination South Fulton                                                                        

  • Passage of 100% Freeport Tax Exemption on All Four Inventory Classes - The Freeport Tax Exemption exempts companies from paying state and local property taxes on  qualifying inventory held in their factories and warehouses.
  • Tax Allocation District - is a defined area where real estate property tax monies gathered above a certain threshold for a certain period of time to be used a specified improvement. The funds raised from a TAD are placed in a tax-free bond (finance) where the money can continue to grow. These improvements are typically for revitalization and especially to complete redevelopment efforts.
  • Development Authority - The City of South Fulton has established the South Fulton Development Authority for the development of trade, commerce, industry, and employment opportunities being a public purpose vital to the welfare of the people of the City. 
  • Small Business Resource Center & Incubator - The City of South Fulton Small Business Resource Center provides small and emerging businesses with resources necessary to succeed. Our goal is foster economic development opportunities by supporting entrepreneurs, small businesses, and expanding business through business planning, expansion coaching, counseling, technical support, affordable office space, an entrepreneurial environment for clients, and more.     

Fire Rescue                                                                        

  • Purchased three new fire apparatus; one Ladder Truck and two Fire Engines. The equipment will help to reduce down time caused by repairs as well as house more emergency medical equipment     
  • Successfully attained Grady EMS as the new EMS Provider for the City. Grady EMS has reduced the average response time to the City of South Fulton to 11 minutes in comparison to the previous average response time of 25 minutes                              

Communications & External Affairs                                                                                         

  • Launched and organized the look of the City’s new website, which has accumulated 70,882 website views since August 2018                                
  • Managed the Fulton Industrial Education Campaign – Resulting in the citizens of the City of South Fulton voting "yes" for all (7) seven items on the November 2018 ballot that affected the City  

Public Works                                                                        

  • Successful transitioned Public Works services to the City of South Fulton - Public Works provides Construction and Maintenance, Traffic Operations and Field Services to City of South Fulton residents          
  • Construction and Maintenance services include maintenance of the City's roads, bridges gravel roads, drainage system and right of ways            
  • Traffic Operations handles traffic signal maintenance, roadway and facility sign fabrication, installation and maintenance, ATMS and ITS systems, pavement markings and traffic studies Public Works manages the City's Sanitation Services which are provided by vendors on the City's approved vendors list                                                                 

Information Technology                                                                        

  • Information Technology implemented employee and public wireless in all of our facilities and assisted in supporting the release of our COSF 311 solution (SeeClickFix), the City's new citizen engagement tool Click Here to check it out                                        


  • Unanimous adoption of the 2019 Budget                            
  • Paid off the $12M Tax Anticipation Note (TAN)                                           

Community Development & Regulatory Affairs                                                                   

  • Achieved the 2018 State Recognition of being a “Qualified Local Government”      
  • Established TELL line for residents to report code violations and other issues                                      

The City of South Fulton staff takes pride in serving residents and businesses in a timely and courteous manner. We will continue to strive to provide exceptional services and increase communications and in 2019.          

City of South Fulton - A Better Choice for Fulton Industrial Boulevard   

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cosf-fib-annexation-comparison 012219_Page_2What is Annexation?

Annexation is the process by which a specific geographic area is incorporated into a city through the expansion of the city’s boundaries.  It can be initiated by residents, property owners or by the city. Annexation efforts can range from encompassing an entire community or one specific parcel of land. 

Georgia state law, specifically Title 36 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, governs the annexation process and provides three primary methods of annexation in Georgia.  All three require the consent of a majority of the persons owning property and registered to vote in the area proposed for annexation.  

100% Method Property:Owners of all the land in an area may seek to have their property annexed into an adjacent city by signing a petition.  
60% Method: Petitioners owning at least 60% of the property in the area to be annexed, and at least 60%of the voters in an area, may seek to have their property annexed into an adjacent city.  
Resolution & Referendum Method: An election may be held in the area proposed for annexation to determine if the area should be annexed. This method requires that an agreement between all the local governments providing services in that area be reached and that a majority of voters in the area to be annexed vote in favor of the annexation.

There are two other methods of annexation: 1) annexation by the General Assembly through local legislation; and 2) the annexation of unincorporated islands totally surrounded by a city. 

What steps do I need to take to annex into the City of South Fulton? 

You can begin the process by starting a petition under either the 100% or the 60% Method described above. Please note that the 60% Method requires both 60% of the registered voters and 60% of the property owners. Effective tactics to secure the required annexation petition signatures have included hosting community meetings, mailing annexation forms and meeting neighbors.

Once the area proposed for annexation has been geographically defined, a map will need to be proposed.

The City of South Fulton validates both the ownership of the property as well as the registered voter status of every signed petition. For each parcel proposed for annexation, you must provide the owners’ name(s), tax identification number, acreage and proposed zoning. Here are a few helpful documents for your annexation petition submission.

Click Here to receive more information about annexing into the City of South Fulton.

Click Here to view the Annexation Frequently Asked Questions

Click the image below to view our FIB Belongs in the City of South Fulton Annexation Presentation 

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We're Ready to Serve:

Once it has been determined that state’s annexation criteria has been met, City staff will work with the property owners in order to develop the boundaries of the annexation area.

The City of South Fulton will attempt to meet individually with each property owner in an annexation area to answer questions and provide an opportunity to sign the annexation petition. If the required signatures are gathered, the Mayor and Council will vote to adopt an ordinance officially annexing the area into the City of South Fulton.

What services can the City of South Fulton offer my community? 

The City of South Fulton appreciates the opportunity to serve you and can provide information on the City’s services available to its future residents and businesses. By Georgia law, the City must extend police protection, fire protection, garbage collection and street maintenance services to the area to be annexed, on the date of annexation, on substantially the same basis and manner as it provides to current residents.

The following City of South Fulton departments are responsible for providing services:

South Fulton Police Department 

South Fulton Fire and Resources

Economic Development - Destination South Fulton

South Fulton Department of Parks and Recreation

South Fulton Public Works and Solid Waste Management

South Fulton Department of Planning and Community Development Services