As directed by The Highway Beautification Act of 1965, the Outdoor Advertising Office (ODA) at the Georgia Department of Transportation has developed standards for the effective control of outdoor advertising signs, devices and displays. Controlling designated routes promotes safety to the travelling public and preserves the natural beauty along our Georgia roadways.
The Official Code of Georgia (O.C.G.A.) 32-6-70 et seq. outlines the State Control of Signs and Signals and the Georgia Department of Transportation Rules 672-6 details specific topics and issues for Outdoor Advertising Permits, Vegetation Management Permits and the Administrative Appeals process.
The following routes are controlled for outdoor advertising purposes:
In an effort to clearly provide further clarification with respect to the decision making process for permits, the Outdoor Advertising Office will be adding Guidelines with specific topics and sketch drawings to our website. This will allow our customers to have as much knowledge as possible. Please visit the site regularly for updates.
Check out Georgia DOT’s sign permitting search application.
Provisions in the Highway Beautification Act of 1965 relating to outdoor advertising
control, set forth in 23 U.S.C. §131,
provide the federal statutory authority for outdoor advertising control.
Provisions of the Code of Federal Regulations, 23 C.F.R. Part 750 , regarding the control of outdoor advertising,
supplement the provisions in the Highway Beautification Act. MAP- 21 Section 1104
results in the addition of road segments to the National Highway System. States
will be responsible for control of outdoor advertising along these new segments.
Please refer to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated
for the following laws:
Please refer to the
Official Code of Georgia Annotated
for the following statues:
New federal regulations (MAP-21) extended the National Highway System (NHS) to cover
some city and county roads and extended outdoor advertising controls to the NHS.
The Department is now mandated to control the new NHS routes for outdoor advertising
Below is general information on how the Department will proceed with the cataloguing
and processing of existing outdoor advertising signs.
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Effective October 30, 2012 only the new applications and forms below will be accepted. Any incomplete permit application submitted will be returned to the applicant.