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.
below information is from both the Georgia Code and Forsyth County’s Uniform
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,
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
- 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
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
See Performance Standards table Expression
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.