Hancock County, Georgia
The Hidden Jewel of Georgia
Hours of Operation: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday through Friday
Hancock County Planing & Zoning Office Relocation
The Hancock County Planning and Zoning Office will be relocating to its new location of 40 Courthouse Square, formerly the Magistrate Court behind the Hancock County Courthouse, new address is effective August 7, 2017. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Esther Dotson, Planning & Zoning Administrator: 706-444-0978 or Borderick D. Foster, County Clerk- Road Administrator: 706-444-5746, EXT 2003.
The Department of Juvenile Justice hosts Job Fair, Tuesday July 25, 10AM-3PM.
The Department of Juvenile Justice is hosting a Job Fair at the Hancock County Skating Rink, Tuesday July 25, 10AM-3PM. For more details, visit their website: www.djjcareers.org
Tax Office Construction Closing Through Friday July 7, 2017; additional closings Thursday July 13 and Friday July 14, 2017
The Hancock County Tax Assessor's Office will be closed through Friday July 7, 2017 for interior repairs and painting. We will be open during regular business hours Monday through Wednesday but closed Thursday July 13 and Friday July 14 for flooring installation and repair. We apologize for any inconvenience as we continue these updates to our offices.
Water Well Trust Seeks Low Income Households to Qualify for Remaining Grant Monies
Application deadline for the Water Well Project is approaching; Hancock county households are eligible to apply for a WWT loan for receiving a new water well or rehab an existing one. Applicant must be the owner/ occupant of the home as the primary resident among other requirements. To learn more or apply, visit the Water Well Trust site by clicking here.
Special Bridge Closing Notice:
Fulsome Creek Bridge located on Fulsome Creek Road is closed as directed by Georgia DOT until the necessary repairs have been made. At this time, no time frame for total repair has been identified and the public will be notified accordingly.
Accommodations for Individuals with disabilities are available upon request at Public meetings.
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact us: Borderick Foster County Clerk- Road Administrator Hancock County Board of Commisssioners Office: (706) 444-5746 EXT 2003
Click here to see the Hancock County 2014 Budget
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Welcome to Hancock County!
Welcome to the Hidden Jewel of Georgia, Hancock County. One cannot visit our beautiful county without immediately inquiring about our county’s rich history that makes us what we are. Just the approach from Hwy. 15 North, with the magnificent courthouse at the top of the hill, rivals any other in the State of Georgia. Many travelers have marveled at the sight, and many writers have mentioned Sparta and Hancock County.
Hancock County was created in 1793 as Georgia’s 15th County, and the City of Sparta was chartered in 1805. Hancock County was originally part of Greene and Washington Counties, and was named for John Hancock, the first signer of the Declaration of Independence. Major Charles Abercrombie, a Revolutionary War solider was granted extensive land grants and from his land grant in Hancock County, he “laid out the lots” for the City of Sparta, including the “public lots” for the courthouse and the square.
Four Georgia governors have hailed from Hancock County: William Rabun, James McDonald, Nathaniel Harris, and William Northern.
Hancock County is one of the most historic counties in Georgia, with over 600 historic sites and structures. It has been noted that Hancock County has “a concentration of historic architecture you won’t see anywhere else in the State of Georgia.”
We welcome you to our newly redesigned website, and urge to take a “step back in time” and personally visit us when you can!
County seat: Sparta
Date of county incorporation: December 17, 1793.
Population (2012 estimates of US Census Bureau): 8,996
Land area (2010, US Census Bureau): 471.84 square miles
Persons per square mile (2010, US Census Bureau): 20.0