Election season officially kicked off last week with candidate qualifying for the municipal election of a mayor and two council members in November.
All candidates filing paperwork to qualify in the election are being provided a memo below regarding the placement of political signs throughout the city.
Stockbridge intends to enforce its sign ordinance for all signs throughout the city, including political signs placed in the right-of-way or otherwise in violation of city ordinance.
All candidates and their volunteers will be responsible for complying.
The code enforcement department will confiscate all signs found in violation of the sign ordinance.
One warning will be issued; any subsequent violation will result in a citation.
Highlights of the sign ordinance:
Stockbridge prohibits the placement of any sign in the public right of way.
The code prohibits the tacking, painting, posting, marking, or affixing of signs to trees, utility poles, or other similar structures, or on rocks or natural features.
Utility poles are generally considered to be in the right of way, and you should use them to gauge the location of the right of way.
Signs must be placed behind utility poles.
If no utility pole exists for reference, signs must be placed behind the swale, ditch, or sidewalk pavement farthest from the edge of the road.
In general, all signs are required to be placed on private property with the permission of the property owner or occupier.
Signs cannot simulate any official traffic control or warning sign or public service signal, and cannot be placed where it will create a traffic hazard.
Stakes signs with a printed area not greater than eight square feet are exempt from the permitting process.
Any poster, sign, or advertisement placed in violation of the code section is declared to be a public nuisance.
Each one shall constitute a separate offense.
Failure to comply with the regulations may result in sign removal or the imposition of fines.
Any person who violates the code shall be punished the same as for littering.
The sign ordinance contains additional requirements.
Information: (770) 389-7900 ext. 217.