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Pat Chapman
Deputy City Administrator

4040 S. Berkeley Lake Rd
Berkeley Lake, GA  30096

Ph: (770) 368 9484 Ext. 102

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The Georgia Municipal Association has published Growing Cities, Growing Georgia, a guide to annexation law. According to that document, there are five methods of annexation, but the first three listed are the most commonly used. In each instance, the area to be annexed must be contiguous to the city limits.

The methods include:
  • 100% Method - All the property owners in an area may petition to have their property annexed into an adjacent city.
  • 60% Method - Petitioners owning at least 60% of the property in the area to be annexed, and comprising at least 60% of the voters in an area, may seek to have their property annexed into an adjacent city.
  • Resolution and 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.
  • The General Assembly may enact local legislation annexing an area.
  • Unincorporated islands totally surrounded by a city may be annexed.

Annexation Process
If you are interested in being annexed into the City of Berkeley Lake, complete the Annexation Petition and submit it to City Hall for processing. In order to be considered for annexation, your property must be contiguous to the city.

Once an Annexation Petition is received in City Hall, staff will review it or completeness and eligibility for processing. If it is determined that your property is eligible for annexation, staff will process the application in accordance with all applicable state and local laws.

After Annexation
Upon annexing property, the city must provide notice to the Department of Community Affairs and Gwinnett County within 30 days of the effective date of the annexation. Prior to 2014, the city was required, under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, to provide notice to the United States Department of Justice within 60 days of any change that could potentially affect voting demographics, which includes annexation. A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court concerning Section 4 of the VRA nullified that requirement.

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