2022 Georgia Code
Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses
Chapter 7 - Damage to and Intrusion Upon Property
Article 2 - Criminal Trespass and Damage to Property
Part 3A - Placement of Posters, Signs, and Advertisements
§ 16-7-58. Prohibited Placements of Posters, Signs, and Advertisements

Universal Citation: GA Code § 16-7-58 (2022)
  1. It shall be unlawful for any person to place posters, signs, or advertisements:
    1. On any public property or building, unless the owner thereof or the occupier as authorized by such owner has given permission to place such posters, signs, or advertisements on such property; provided, however, that signs within the rights of way of public roads shall be governed by Code Section 32-6-51;
    2. On any private property unless the owner thereof or the occupier as authorized by such owner has given permission to place such posters, signs, or advertisements on such property; and, provided, further that no municipal, county, or consolidated government may restrict by regulation or other means the length of time a political campaign sign may be displayed or the number of signs which may be displayed on private property for which permission has been granted; or
    3. On any property zoned for commercial or industrial uses if the placement of such posters, signs, or advertisements conflicts with any zoning laws or ordinances.
  2. Any poster, sign, or advertisement placed in violation of paragraph (1) of subsection (a) of this Code section is declared to be a public nuisance, and the officials having jurisdiction of the public property or building, including without limitation law enforcement officers, may remove or direct the removal of the same.
  3. Each poster, sign, or advertisement placed in violation of this Code section shall constitute a separate offense.
  4. Any person who violates this Code section shall be punished the same as for littering under Code Section 16-7-43.

History. Ga. L. 1971, p. 624, §§ 1, 3; Code 1981, § 21-1-1 ; Ga. L. 1983, p. 471, § 1; Code 1981, § 21-2-3 ; as redesignated by Ga. L. 2001, Ex. Sess., p. 335, § 4; Ga. L. 2006, p. 691, § 1/HB 1097; Code 1981, § 16-7-58 , as redesignated by Ga. L. 2006, p. 275, § 2-3/HB 1320.

Cross references.

Restrictions on campaign activities within vicinity of polling place, §§ 21-2-413 , 21-2-414 .

Unlawful placement of signs within right of way of public road generally, § 32-6-51 .

Editor’s notes.

Ga. L. 2001, Ex. Sess., p. 335, § 4, effective October 1, 2001, redesignated former Code Section 21-2-3 as present Code Section 21-1-1 and redesignated former Code Section 21-1-1 as present Code Section 21-2-3. Subsequently, Ga. L. 2006, p. 275, § 2-3, redesignated Code Section 21-2-3 as present Code Section 16-7-58. Ga. L. 2006, p. 275, § 4-1, reserved the designation of Code Section 21-2-3.

Ga. L. 2006, p. 275, § 1-1/HB 1320, not codified by the General Assembly, provides that: “This Act shall be known and may be cited as the ‘Comprehensive Litter Prevention and Abatement Act of 2006.”’

Ga. L. 2006, p. 275, § 5-1/HB 1320, not codified by the General Assembly, provides that the Act shall become effective April 21, 2006, for purposes of adopting local ordinances to become effective on or after July 1, 2006.

Ga. L. 2006, p. 691, § 7/HB 1097, not codified by the General Assembly, provides for severability.

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