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Forsyth County, Georgia

Summary of The Law
It is illegal to place signs and banners within the right-of-way along a public roadway in Forsyth County. They are also illegal in a median, on utility poles, traffic signals and trees, on private property without permission, or along GA 400. 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 ten feet beyond of the right-of-way: signs on private property, expressive signs (political free speech), weekend signs, street number signs, and signs with a valid permit affixed. If in doubt, leave the sign alone and call Forsyth County Code Enforcement at 678-513-5893 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.

Forsyth Sign Ordinance - Applies to all of Forsyth County except City of Cumming
City of Cumming (770) 781-2024

The Sign Ordinance was last revised on June 1, 2006. Please contact Tim Brown 770-781-2115 x. 2773 for additional information.

Amendments to the Sign Ordinance were adopted after two public hearings held before the Board of Commissioners in May and June, 2006. Changes include a prohibition of animated, flashing, and automated changeable copy signs in all zoning districts. Devices that show time, date, and temperature are exempted from the automated changeable copy prohibition. Pedestrian sign standards are now required in Neighborhood Shopping, Urban Village, and Master Planned zoning districts. These standards allow additional sign types and an increase in number, but must be scaled for pedestrian use. Pedestrian-oriented projects in other zoning districts may use the newly created pedestrian sign standards if approved by Planning Staff.

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