Development Services

Our Services

The Newton County Department of Development Services provides services for Unincorporated Newton County and consists of the following Divisions:

  • Building Permits (includes City of Mansfield, City of Oxford and Town of Newborn)
  • Business/ Alcohol Licenses
  • Code Enforcement
  • Planning and Development
  • Zoning

Newton County Unified Development Ordinance

The department is committed to providing excellent community service and follows the Newton County Zoning Ordinance and the Newton County Development Regulations.

Chapter 1- Zoning Ordinance

Newton County Unified Development Ordinance Chapter 1- Zoning Ordinance, working copy  with amendments thru 07/19/2022   

Chapter 2 - Development Regulations 

Newton County Development Regulations (PDF) March 4, 2003, working copy with Amendments through March 21, 2017

Chapter 3- Newton County Water Resources Ordinance

 Newton County Water Resources Ordinance

Development Services Documents

Newton County Comprehensive Plan 

Building Town Hall Meeting


On Dec. 12, Newton County's Development Services Department held a town hall meeting with builders to review the County's codes and ordinances. Builders had the opportunity to ask questions of Director Shena Applewhaite and share concerns.

Below is the presentation given during the town hall for area builders who were unable to attend:

Dec. 12 Builders Town Hall