The history of Jonesboro as a settlement goes back to the early days when settlers arrived in upper middle Georgia. Jonesboro was originally called Leaksville, and records show that as early as 1823, the State of Georgia granted a charter for the Leaksville Academy, in what was then Fayette County. The region comprising Clayton County was first settled by pioneers in 1821, as a result of the Treaty of Indian Springs, in which the Creek Indians ceded a vast portion of their domain to the State of Georgia. Counties were promptly laid off, and settlers immediately began to arrive from older parts of Georgia and the Southern coastal states. Clayton County was created in 1858 from portions of Henry and Fayette, and was named for Augustin S. Clayton, a distinguished judge of Western Circuit of Georgia. Jonesboro was designated the County Seat.

Office and Departments

City Clerk

Building Permits

All building permits are handled thru the office of the City Clerk Jonesboro City Hall. For your convenience and review you may download any of the below building permits before coming in to City Hall. PLEASE NOTE that on certain building permits you will have to fill out a numbered application that we hold atCity Hall.

General Building Permit

Electrical Permit

HVAC Permit

Plumbing Permit

If you have any questions about building permits please do not hesitate to call City Hall at (770)-478-3800.

Business License (Occupational Tax) Information

Business owners are welcome to apply for an Occupational Tax Certificate which is required to perate a business within the city limits of Jonesboro, or file for a renewal of an existing license. The deadline for renewing a current license is March 31st of each year. The cost of the license is based on gross receipts projected for the coming year, for a new license, and statements of past year gross receipts for renewals . Copies of Professional Licenses and Incorporation papers need to be submitted with the application.

Please contact City Hall at (770) 478-3800 if you have any questions. If you are applying for a NEW business license you may also download a copy of the application below:

New Business License Application

Cemetery Information

One of the many services the City of Jonesboro provides is the upkeep and maintenance of the City cemetery. The Public Works Department maintains the grounds of the City, while the City Clerk maintains the records of the Cemetery. Plots cost $750.00 for City residents and $1,500.00 for non residents. If you are interested in obtaining a plot, please contact City Hall at (770) 478-3800.


The downloads below are copies of the City of Jonesboro Zoning Ordinances and documents as of December 2005. These files are in Adobe PDF format. Some are quite large. You will probably need a Broadband Connection to download them.

Fire Department

City of Jonesboro fire services are provided by the Clayton County Fire Department through a contract with Clayton County. City fire services have an ISO rating of 3. For more information about the Clayton County Fire Department and it's available services click here . If you need information about burning within the City of Jonesboro click here.

Police Department

Topics of Interest

Public Works Department

Community Links

Planning A Trip to Jonesboro

If you are planning a trip to Jonesboro and/or Clayton County, Georgia is your single best source for information regarding attractions, lodging, and dining is the Clayton County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CCCVB) . The CCCVB is located in the Historic Train Depot at 104 N Main Street in downtown Jonesboro. The Vistors Bureau houses the Jonesboro Depot, Welcome Center, and the Road To Tara Museum & Gift Shop:

You may contact the CCCVB at:
Phone: (770) 478-4800 TOLL Free : (800) 662-7829
Or online at:








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