Signage in right-of-way prohibited by state law
by Whitley Clifton | September 12, 2019 5:12 pm
As a courtesy notice to the general public, please note that any and all signage placed in any Georgia right-of-way is strictly forbidden.
This statute is outlined in Georgia Code 32-6-50 as it reads, “It shall be unlawful for any person to erect, place, or maintain within the dedicated right of way of any public road any sign, signal, or other device except as authorized” by any subsection of the same statute.
One of these pertinent subsections states that the erection, placement, and maintenance of signs within dedicated rights-of-way of county roads and/or municipal streets may be authorized by ordinances adopted by governing authorities of counties and municipalities having jurisdiction over such roads. By extension of this, signage is only permitted in city or county roadways if approved by ordinance; if erected, placed, or maintained in any other manner such as privately, those actions are otherwise unlawful.
Should signs be erected, placed, or maintained in an unauthorized fashion, those signs would, under Georgia law, be declared a “public nuisance,” and the officials having jurisdiction of the public road affected may remove or direct the removal of those signs. The violation of this state law is a misdemeanor offense and could face a fine of up to $1,000 or 12 months. Any law enforcement officer with authority in the jurisdiction of the unlawfully placed signs can, at their discretion, issue a citation for the offense.