The Truckload Bunch
Cobb County, Georgia
Summary of The Law
It is illegal to place signs and banners within the right-of-way along a public roadway in Cobb County. They are also illegal in a median, on utility poles, traffic signals and trees, on private property without permission. The right-of-way is typically the unpaved area between the edge of the roadway and utility poles and can be over fifty feet wide. Illegal signs are typically made of corrugated plastic or paper and advertise something (there is no right to commercial free speech). Offenders are subject to multiple citations, court summons and fines up to $1000 PER SIGN!
There are some signs which are normally legal when placed five feet beyond of the right-of-way: weekend directional signs (one per 300 feet of roadway), signs on private property, street number signs, and signs with a valid permit affixed. If in doubt, leave the sign alone and call Cobb County Code Enforcement at 770-528-2180 for clarification.
The law does not prohibit any citizen from removing and destroying illegal signs just like any other abandoned roadside trash. We ask you to please help! If you see signs like these, please remove them immediately! They are hurting YOUR property values and quality of life! Your neighborhood or business doesn't have to tolerate this damage for someone's selfish commercial benefit..
We are among the many volunteers who work to keep the roadways free of trash, illegal signs, graffiti and other urban blight. We wish everyone success in their endeavors, and only ask that people advertise legally and ethically rather than add to the litter on our streets and highways.
Cobb County Code Enforcement