David Brown, Codes & Planning Director
122 Highway 95
Rock Spring, GA
706-638-4048 (Codes & Planning)
706-375-2100 (Animal Control – Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm)
706-375-7810 (Animal Control – After hours/weekends – DOG BITE & AGGRESSIVE ANIMALS ONLY)
Codes Enforcement Officers
This department handles nuisance complaints and non-construction related code violations or complaints. Examples of these types of complaints include household garbage in your yard, junk cars, overgrown lawns, scrap tires, loose animals and other issues not meeting local property standards. We carry out rules set forth in the International Property Maintenance Code, which Walker County adopted on February 19, 2015, along with the Junk Vehicle Ordinance of 1989 and Public Nuisance Ordinance of 2004.
We are located in the Walker County Local Government Services building at 122 Highway 95 in Rock Spring. Our phone number is 706-638-4048.
Did you know you can report an issue with codes, roads or animals using a smartphone app? Simply download the iWorQ Service Request mobile app and enter Walker County’s Agency Code (Wal02) to request service. Once entered, you can create an account to track the progress of your issue or continue as a guest.
Along with codes, roads and animals, users can also ask general questions, inquire about renting a county facility and alert the county of concerns with permitting and inspections, drainage and the landfill.
A key feature of the app gives users the ability to take a picture of their problem to send to Walker County and/or upload a file.
Animal Control Officers
Melvin Glenn Gunnells
During regular business hours (8:00am-4:30pm) please call the Walker County Animal Shelter at 706-375-2100 to request an Animal Control Officer be dispatch. After hours, Animal Control will only respond on bite cases and aggressive animal cases. From 4:30pm to 8:00am, call the non-emergency number at 706-375-7810. Please do NOT call 911 and tie up vital emergency lines with stray calls. Your friends and neighbors depend on these lines being available for medical and emergency situations.
If you encounter a wild animal, like a raccoon or coyote, consult the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division’s nuisance animal guide. DNR can also put you in contact with a licensed nuisance trapper to remove an animal or provide you with a permit to do this yourself. Eco Trappers (706-764-6589) is a licensed nuisance trapper in Walker County.
REPORT ANIMAL ABUSE OR NEGLECT
When reporting abuse or neglect, be prepared to give your name, address, phone number and the address where the animal in question is housed. It may be scary to give your name, but by law, the Animal Control Officer cannot respond to anonymous calls. They must have documentation from an eyewitness. The ACO is not able to answer questions in court like “How long has this animal been observed in this condition?” Also, the ACO may have questions or need to verify some information. ACO needs your support to be effective in helping abused and neglected animals
The Litter Crew works about a dozen roads each week with one county employee supervising two to three inmates. Between 2017 and 2019, an average of 129,754 pounds of roadside trash was picked up each year.