Ordinances

The Magistrate Court of DeKalb County Ordinance Division began handling DeKalb County Code of Ordinance violations on July 1, 2015. 

Please note that Friday’s hours of operation differ from the Monday – Thursday hours of operation. The hours of operation are Monday-Thursday from 8:00am – 6:00pm and Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm. The court is closed for all observed government holidays. 

To review the DeKalb County Code of Ordinances, please visit www.municode.com

For certain Ordinance violations, you may pay a fine in lieu of appearance in court. You can pay the fine at the Ordinance Violations bureau at 3630 Camp Circle, Decatur, GA 30032 between 8:00am and 5:30pm, Monday through Thursday; and 8:00am to 4:30pm Fridays. Payments may also be made through the online payment system at www.dekalbpay.com. Payments can also be made by calling 404-294-2099.

If you file a not-guilty plea in writing or electronically with the court, or make a not-guilty plea at the hearing date shown on the citation, you will be provided a trial date set by the Clerk of Court.

The following offenses require a court appearance, and cannot be paid in advance of court:

  1. Law Enforcement Ordinances:
    Loitering for sex
    Loitering for drugs
    Disorderly conduct
    Public indecency
    Exposure of genitals
    Reckless operation of a motor vehicle in parking lot or walkway
    Creating a hazardous or offensive condition
    Possession of marijuana less than one ounce
    Offenses committed by persons under 21 years of age

  2. Animal Control:
    Neglect of animal
    Animal cruelty
    Dangerous animal
    Hazardous animal to be constrained or confined
    Animal abandonment
    Quarantine of biting dogs and cats

  3. Code Enforcement:
    All citations until further notice.