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Vegetation Management at Outdoor Advertising

Vegetation Management is a program that allows limited vegetation removal on state right of way to create a Sign Viewing Zone. Limited Vegetation Management is allowed for legally erected conforming and non-conforming outdoor advertising signs that have been permitted through the Georgia DOT for a minimum of five (5) years.

The revenue from this permit program provides funding for GATEway Grants.  These grants are used for landscape plant material and its installation for the furtherance of roadside enhancement and beautification projects along state routes in Georgia.

Announcement - UPDATED 9/11/13

The Department is now accepting vegetation management applications for active outdoor advertising permits throughout the state; however, due to a court ordered injunction the Department is currently unable to accept any vegetation management applications for locations in Columbus and Muscogee county, Georgia.


Before You Begin

Before You Begin
Revised 9/19/13


The Vegetation Management Permit Application must be complete and accurate in order to be accepted for review. In order to prevent delays in processing your application, we recommend that you review our guideline manual. 


Please complete the Permit Application to apply for a permit. The entire package, including attachments must be completed before you can submit your application. A permit is required for each Sign Viewing Zone requested. Submit an application for each sign face direction. Each side is considered a separate Sign Viewing Zone.

Permit Application     Permit Application

NOTICE: The Vegetation Management Permit Application has been revised as of 11/1/13. All applications submitted on or after January 1, 2014 must use the revised version. Incorrect or incomplete applications will be returned.


Removal Credit Voucher Program

The Credit Voucher Program covers the removal of lapsed and nonconforming outdoor advertising signs. Please check back for updates and forthcoming Lapsed Sign list.


 Program Information


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 State Laws & Statutes


Georgia General Assembly's declared policy for the issuance and annual renewal of permits for the trimming and removal of trees and other vegetation on the state rights-of-way within viewing zones of legally erected and maintained Outdoor Advertising Signs.

The Georgia Administrative Procedure Act (APA) O.C.G.A. 50-13-1 and 50-13-23 provides the procedural framework for the administrative hearing process.


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Mailing Address

Georgia Department of Transportation
Office of Maintenance - ODA Unit
One Georgia Center
600 West Peachtree Street, N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 631-1392 | (404) 631-1206 Fax