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Vegetation Management

Vegetation Management is a program that allows limited vegetation removal on state right of way to create a Sign Viewing Zone around permitted outdoor advertising signs. 

NOTICE: Updated Applications
All applications submitted on or after November 1, 2014 must use revised version dated October 1, 2014. All applications submitted between October 6, 2014 thru October 31, 2014 must submit a revised Attachment 2: Tree Inventory Sheet and Attachment 7:  Work Plan reflected in the new application. Incomplete or incorrect applications will be returned.”




Permits may be issued for limited vegetation management.   An Outdoor Advertising permit is required to apply for a vegetation management permit. This applies to outdoor advertising signs legally permitted by Georgia DOT as conforming or non-conforming for a minimum of 5 years or erected on or before December 2010.


 Revenue Usage


​The contributory value fees paid by outdoor advertising companies to the Department for vegetation removal at outdoor advertising signs are used for the GATEway Grant Program.  These grants are used for landscape plant material and its installation for roadside enhancement and beautification projects along state routes.


 Policies & Laws



Vegetation Management at Outdoor Advertising Policy  6170-1

State Law

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.





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.      

Annual Work Plan

Annual Work Plan

Permit & Application Fees

Outdoor Advertising Permit Fees

Application Guidelines

Permit Guidelines

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.



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