Fair Housing: Georgia

This page is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, legal advice. This page is not intended to provide a mandatory standard of care for the industry.  

On these pages, you will find information about the protected classes in each state’s fair housing law as well as the cities and counties in the state’s three largest city or metropolitan areas that enforce additional fair housing protections. We highlight source of income protections, where applicable, that could substantially impact industry operations. Please see the footnotes. NAA also has resources on the federal fair housing protections that apply nationwide.

We are currently in the process of optimizing NAA’s Fair Housing Protected Class Resources. If you do not see a jurisdiction of interest, please reach out to the NAA Government Affairs Team at [email protected].

Information on this page is current as of March 2022.

Georgia Protected Classes

(Official Code of the State of Georgia Annotated Title 8 Ch 3 Article 4 §§8-3-202 - 205, §8-3-22)

  • Race
  • Color
  • National Origin
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Familial Status
  • Disability

Atlanta Metro Area (Atlanta Proper)

Fulton County Protected Classes

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

City of Atlanta Protected Classes

(City of Atlanta Municipal Code Part 2 Chapter 94 Article IV § 94-94)​

In addition to enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes, this jurisdiction

also includes the following protected classes:

  • Creed1
  • Domestic Relationship1
  • Age1
  • Gender Identity1
  • Sexual Orientation1
  • Use of Service Animal1
  • Source of Income1 2

O.C.G.A.§ 8-3-220 prohibits localities  from expanding or reducing fair housing rights, nullifying Atlanta's protections.

2Source of Income” means any lawful source of income or housing assistance including but not limited to: an occupation, contract, agreement, loan, settlement, court ordered payments, gifts, annuities, insurance policy funds, or any Government provided payments. However, this protection is muted by O.C.G.A.§ 8-3-220.

Atlanta Metro Area (Excluding Atlanta Proper)

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

Please Note: The City of Atlanta also provide protections for additional classes, BUT ONLY for "grant-funded housing programs provided by the County"

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

Augusta Metro Area

Augusta is a consolidated city-county.

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes.

Columbus Metro Area

Columbus is a consolidated city-county.

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes.