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During the 2020 election season, residents can expect to see advertisement signs throughout Forsyth County promoting various candidates for offices that are up for election. 

The below information is from both the Georgia Code and Forsyth County’s Uniform County Code

Georgia Code (Title 21. Elections § 21-2-414) states that:

(a) No person shall solicit votes in any manner or by any means or method, nor shall any person distribute or display any campaign material, nor shall any person solicit signatures for any petition, nor shall any person, other than election officials discharging their duties, establish or set up any tables or booths on any day in which ballots are being cast:

(1) Within 150 feet of the outer edge of any building within which a polling place is established;

(2) Within any polling place; or

(3) Within 25 feet of any voter standing in line to vote at any polling place.

Forsyth County Uniform County Code, Chapter 66

Information regarding the placement of political signs can be found in Forsyth County’s Uniform County Codes. 

 

Below are guidelines regarding political sign placement from the Uniform County Codes (Numerals listed in parenthesis indicate where language can be found in the Uniform County Codes):


- Political signs are considered Expression signs per county code (66-105).


- Expression signs do not require a permit, any lawful non-obscene content is allowed on an expression sign. 


- Expression signs cannot be a prohibited sign (66-102). Examples of prohibited signs include animated signs, roof signs, projecting wall signs and signs attached to trees


- All signs must be on private property and are to be set back at least 10 feet from the right-of-way. No signs are to be placed within county right-of-way (66.109).


- Owner permission is required before placement of an expression sign on private property.


Signs within the right-of-way, including those attached to traffic signs or telephone poles, are prohibited (66-102-L)


Signs, banners, posters or notices of any type are prohibited in county parks or recreation facilities unless authorized by permit, permission by an authorized official or contract. (54-32)


No more than two expression signs shall be allowed on any lot; except within 60 days prior to any local, state or federal primary, special election or ballot initiative when an additional four expression signs shall be permitted on any lot bringing total allowed to six expression signs (66-105(c))


Expression signs placed for political or ballot initiatives shall be removed within 15 days after election, total number of expression signs allowed per lot then reverts to two (66-105(e)). 


- Signs covered by other sections must be permitted as required i.e. banners, balloons, streamers, pennants or search lights (66-103).


-  Expression signs must meet setback requirements, must comply with GA 400 limited access highway regulations and comply with performance tables for height, size, etc. (66-111)


Performance Tables by Zoning District (Excerpt)

Residential Zoning Districts & Office Residential Zoning Districts

 

              Maximum Sign Face (sq. ft.) = 6

              Maximum Height of Ground Signs (ft.) = 4

              Number of Signs Limited (see Section 66-105)

              See Performance Standards table Expression Sign

 

Commercial or Industrial Zoning Districts

               Maximum Sign Face (sq. ft.) = 32

               Maximum Height of Ground Signs (ft.) = 10

               Number of Signs Limited (see Section 66-105)

               See Performance Standards table Expression Sign

 

This information is excerpted from the Uniform County Code Section (Chapter) 66. Please click here to see the full code for additional information.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  Signs found to be in violation by Code Compliance Department staff will be removed and disposed of. 

 

Forsyth County does not remove signs placed on private property.  Residents may remove unwanted signs on their private property.

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