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Banks County
County Seat
Homer, Georgia
(706) 677-6800

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

 
About Us

Description:
Banks County was created by an act of the General Assembly signed by Gov. Joseph E. Brown on Dec 11, 1858. According to that legislation, the county was to be laid out from portions of Franklin and Habersham counties on Feb. 1, 1859, with county officers elected the next month. Georgia's 129th county was named for Dr. Richard Banks, a noted Gainesville physician and surgeon who died three years earlier. 

The early economy in Banks County was based on cotton and corn, but this gave way to beef and poultry production in the 1920's and textile manufacturing and poultry feeds by the 1960's. The county seal displays the date it was founded along with the historic courthouse. Work began on the courthouse in 1860, but the outbreak of the Civil War delayed completion of the building until 1863 . The courthouse stills stands with the giant oaks out front memorialized by the “From the Acorn to the Oak” also depicted at the bottom of the seal.

Ty Cobb was born in Banks County on December 18, 1886 at 1350 Hwy. 105 (Ty Cobb Parkway), Ty Cobb spent 24 years playing professional baseball and was the first player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.


         
Irvin's Store                                                         Old Banks County Speedway       
            
                                                                                                    
 
Birthplace of Ty Cobb                                                                                                               Gracepoint



Services:
Serving Our Residents
Banks County Government's seeks to serve by providing proactive, courteous service to our residents.

Inviting Visitors
We have a long history of being a weekend destination to travelers who enjoy the outlet shopping, racing and dining in north Georgia.  Banks County has numerous hotels along US441 and I-85 which makes for a great weekend destination as well as a travel stop with many activities along the highway.

Encouraging Business
In Banks County,  all the tools are in place for your business to thrive.  We have business tax incentives, an educated workforce, award winning schools, growing infrastructure along major transportation corridors, first class amenities in a mild Georgia climate.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Where is Banks County located?
A: Banks County is conveniently located on I-85 78 miles north of Atlanta and 79 miles south of Greenville, South Carolina.  Banks County includes the communities of Homer, Alto, Baldwin, Lula, Maysville, and Gillsville.
Q: Who do I contact to get information about the community including important phone numbers?
A: The Banks County information hot line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You may call toll free 877.389.2896 or locally at 706.335.4866.
Q: What holidays do the government offices close for?
A: The Banks County government offices close for
  • New Year’s Day
  • Presidents’ Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Thanksgiving - Thanksgiving Day and the Day after
  • Christmas - Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the Day after

Q: When are the Board of Commissioners meetings?
A: The Banks County Board of Commissioners (BOC) holds regular meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 PM in the Board Room of the Banks County Courthouse Annex. The official agenda for each meeting is posted at the Annex main entrance. Time and/or location changes will also be posted at the Annex main entrance, and will be provided to the Banks County News. If you have any questions regarding these meetings, please contact the Banks County Commissioners Office at 706-677-6800. If you wish to speak on an issue at a Board of Commissioners meeting, please review and complete an Agenda Request form located on the Board of Commissioners web page.   Minutes from previous meetings of the Banks County Board of Commissioners are also available on the Board of Commissioners web page.
Q: When does the Board of Assessors meet?
The Banks County Board of Assessors holds regular meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at 9:00 AM in the Wilson Shoals Training Room of the Banks County Courthouse Annex.  If you have any questions regarding these meetings, please contact the Banks County Tax Assessor's Office at 706-677-6223.
Q: When does the Planning Commission meet?
The Banks County Planning Commission holds regular meetings on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM in the Board Room of the Banks County Courthouse Annex. If you have any questions regarding these meetings, please contact the Banks County Planning Office at 706-677-4272.
Q: When does the Development Authority meet?
The Banks County Development Authority holds regular meetings on the third Tuesday of the month at 4:00 PM in the Wilson Shoals Training Room of the Banks County Courthouse Annex.  If you have any questions regarding these meetings, please contact the Banks County Board of Commissioners at 706-677-6800, Ext 101.
Q: Who do I contact to get information about the community including important phone numbers?
A: The Banks County information hot line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You may call toll free 877.389.2896 or locally at 706.335.4866.
Q: What is the Pottery?
A: The Pottery was a wholesale/retail outlet for ceramics and handmade pottery.  The Pottery closed in November of 2007 but has recently sold.  We are expecting great things at this location.  Local potters remain active throughout the county.  A large pottery show is held in Banks County in the middle of June each year.




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