City of Helen 100 years

Opening of the New Pedestrian Bridge

We are excited that the new pedestrian bridge is finally in place. We have had a number of people asking when it will be opened to traffic. The concrete has been poured, but it has to have a certain amount of time to set. On Thursday, April 19, a strength test will be conducted. If the concrete passes the hardening test, it will be opened. If not, it will have to set for seven more days, and will open a week later on Thursday, April 26. We are also eager for the opening of the bridge, and thank you for your patience. If you have any questions, please call City Hall at 706-878-2733 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Time Change for Commission and PDRB Meetings

On March 20, 2018, the Helen City Commission voted to change the Commission Meetings from the first and third Tuesday of the month to a single meeting on the second Tuesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. in the Commission Chambers located at 25 Alpenrosen Strasse.
Commission Meetings will be the following dates: April 10, 2018, May 8, 2019, June 12, 2018, July 10, 2018, August 14, 2018, September 11, 2018, October 9, 2018, November 13, 2018, and December 11, 2018.
Starting April 1, the Planning Design Review Board Meetings (PDRB) will be moved to the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 9:00 a.m. in the Commission Chambers at City Hall. All Sign and Special Event Permit paperwork will need to be turned into City Hall by the Wednesday prior to the meeting.
If you have any questions, please call City Hall at 706-878-2733, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Setting of the Pedestrian Bridge

The long awaited pedestrian bridge on Main Street is scheduled to be delivered either Monday or Tuesday of next week (March 26 or 27). The bridge will be delivered to the commercial/carriage loading zone at the corner of Dye Street and North Main Street where it will be prepared for installation. This lot will be closed during the time the bridge is there. On Thursday, March 29 at approximately 8:00 a.m., Main Street will be closed as the bridge is moved from Dye Street to its home and set into place. All traffic will be detoured around the area for the remainder of the day until the bridge is set. When the road is safe, it will be reopened. We apologize for the inconvenience. We believe the results will be well worth it. Not only will the bridge be safer for our pedestrian traffic, but it will add an attractive appearance to the city. Thank you for your patience. If you have any questions, please call City Hall at 706-878-2733 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.

2018 UpDog International Disc Finals

2018 UpDog International Disc Finals will be held at the beautiful Unicoi State Park March 16-18, 2018. Competition times will be from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily at 1788 Hwy 356, Helen, GA. Come out and enjoy watching the canines flying high. Cost to get into the competition is free; parking is $5. For more information, go to

2017 Water Quality Report

The 2017 Water Quality Report for the City of Helen Water Department is now available. It can be viewed by clicking the Water Report link on the side bar. If you have any questions, please call 706-878-2733.

Holiday Hours for Helen City Hall

In order to celebrate the holidays with our families, City Hall will be closed for the following days:

December 22 (Fri) - Close at 2:00 p.m.

December 25 (Mon) - Closed

December 26 (Tues) - Closed

December 29 (Fri) - Closed

January 1 (Mon) - Closed

Any payment left in the drop box during the closures will not be considered late. If you put your Occupational Tax (Business License) into the drop box, please make sure it is filled out completely and notarized. If you need the city to notarize it, please bring it into the office on January 2 or 3, and it will not be considered late.

During the time the offices are closed, if you need an officer for a non-emergency, please call 706-878-2722 and take Option 1.

We hope you have a safe and happy holiday.

2017 Dropping of the Edelweiss

Come help us bring in the New Year December 31 with music, food, fun, party hats, dancing and the annual Dropping of the Edelweiss! Light Hors d'oeuvres, party favors and Midnight Champagne Toast.  Family Friendly! Helen Festhalle, 1074 Edelweiss Strasse, 706-878-1908.

City Hall Closed for Thanksgiving

In observance of Thanksgiving, Helen City Hall and the Helen Police Department Administrative Office will close Wednesday, November 22 at 1:00 p.m. and remain closed Thursday and Friday. We will reopen Monday, November 27 at 8:30 a.m. If you need an officer for a non emergency, call 706-878-2722, Option 1. For an emergency, call 911. We wish you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving.