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Walton County, Georgia

Summary of The Law
It is illegal to place signs and banners within the right-of-way of a public roadway in Walton County. They are also illegal in a median, on utility poles, traffic signals and trees, on public property, 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 fines and/or imprisonment, and each day is a seperate offense!

There are some signs which are normally legal when placed beyond the right-of-way: signs on private property, street number signs, signs with a valid permit affixed. If in doubt, leave the sign alone and call Walton County Planning and Development at (770) 267-1485 for clarification. There is a special provision for kiosk signs (see below).

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.

Unincorporated Walton
Sign Ordinance

Incorporated areas also have sign ordinances. Contact the appropriate code enforcement department for more info.
City of Monroe (770) 267-7536
City of Loganville (770) 466-2633

Walton County Website
Walton Tribune
Scan Walton
Loganville Online Forum
Walton County Public Schools
Walton County Citizens for Quality Growth

Kiosk Signs
Walton County has a special program apparently specifically for home builders. The county places and maintains high quality metal kiosk signs at various locations to direct people to new subdivisions. With this option available, there is NO reason and NO excuse for any builder to place any other type of illegal signage on the roads.

Hall of Shame
If we need a roofer we will look in the phone book, not on the side of the road!

The Coldwell Banker sign could be legal, but the others aren't

These signs are illegal because they are in the Right-Of-Way

Builders and their agents ignore the law

We have tried asking the builders to stop but some don't even think they are doing anything wrong:
-----Original Message-----
Date: Mon Jul 2, 2007 11:49 AM
Subject: Weekend Signs

Good afternoon my retired elders and friends,

I received an email today concerning some weekend signs that we have placed. I understand your appetite for a clean community as well as your craving for stealing other people’s property. I’m sure you understand the vitality of a growing and successful community is for future residents to be able to purchase a new home and populate the area; possibly a home that they have worked years to be able to buy. More residents, means more businesses, jobs and schools. In order for them to purchase their dream, they must be able to find it. Common sense, right? So, as these signs may distract YOUR driving abilities, it serves a very common goal; to have a great city and county. We always do our best to follow all city and county codes, as we understand the importance of safety and neatness on the roadways as well as legal obligations.

I know that you are aware of the work that is being done in vain (on both ends), and you’ll be glad to know that you have job security in the retired, world-changing business of “sign picker uppers.” I trust that you are performing your moral responsibility by recycling all of the plastic that you steal. Do your part in making this world better.

Please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns.

It has been my pleasure to serve you with excellence.


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