Georgia Environmental Impact Statement regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Georgia Environmental Impact Statement: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Environmental Policy Act, Code of Georgia Annotated (CGA) 12-16-1 to 12-16-8

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Environmental effects report (EER):

EER contents: CGA 12-16-4(a)

Notification: CGA 12-16-4 and CGA 12-16-5

Development of regional impacts (DRIs): Georgia Rules and Regulations (GRR) 110-12-3-.01 to 110-12-3-.07

Regulatory Agencies

Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Both Georgia and the federal government have laws requiring environmental impact statements. Federal law applies only to development of federal land that would significantly affect the quality of the human environment. DNR requires preparation of an EER whenever a state-proposed governmental action may significantly adversely affect the quality of the environment.

Local governments must identify potential DRIs as part of the local review process for large-scale development projects and must notify the Regional Development Center of all potential DRIs for intergovernmental review.

Administration and enforcement. All state EERs are submitted to DNR. DNR reviews and distributes the EERs to other interested state agencies. DCA enforces the DRI regulations.

State Requirements


An EER is a report on a proposed governmental action that may significantly and adversely affect the quality of the environment in the state.

"Proposed governmental actions" include any proposed land-disturbing activity funded by a government agency, the proposed sale of more than 5 acres of state land, or the proposed harvesting of 5 or more acres of ...

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