Notice of Change in the Law

Scott Jones, Georgia Forestry Association's Forestry Programs Director, says that Georgia Forestry Association (GFA), in partnership with the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia, has helped produce a new law that will provide guidelines for statewide consistency in county logging ordinances. With the leadership of Representative Johnny Floyd of Floyd Timber Company in Cordele, House Bill 1154 became a key piece of legislation during the 2002 legislative session. The bill was signed into law and took effect on July 1, 2002. The bill itself is available for review at http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2001_02/fulltext/hb1154.htm

HB 1154 provides guidelines for counties to use if they chose to adopt a local logging ordinance. Counties are not required to pass such, but if they chose to do so they must now follow the provisions of this bill. The bill establishes a consistent means for counties to receive notification of logging operations in the county. Under this bill counties are prohibited from requiring cash bonds, permits, or permit fees. The county can still require a bond in the form of a surety bond or bank letter of credit. Those counties that have existing ordinances not meeting these requirements will have to retrofit their ordinance to comply with the new state law. GFA will be glad to offer assistance should members request when talking with their counties to get an ordinance in compliance.

Some of the highlights are:

  • Became effective on July 1, 2002.
  • Is permissive and only provides guidelines for Counties that choose to adopt and ordinance.
  • Allows counties to require bonds in the form of surety bonds or a letter of credit. Cash bonds are not allowed.
  • Does not require harvesters to obtain a permit to harvest or haul forest products.
  • Provides for notification of harvest operations to assist with timber tax collection.


  • The GFA will be glad to answer questions about this bill. Please contact them at 1-800-9GROW GA or at info@gfagrow.org

    Associated with the new law was the creation of a state-approved "Notice of Timber Harvesting Activity" form that is to be used if the county has a logging ordinance. The form is available in printable form below. If a county chooses to modify this form, the modification must be approved by the Director of the Georgia Forestry Commission.

    Click here for word document of the NOTICE OF TIMBER HARVESTING ACTIVITY FORM

    County Timber Harvesting Regulations and Ordinances in Georgia

    Select an individual county.


    Appling County Regulations

    May 2000

    Appling County
    Board of Commissioners
    100 Oak St.
    Baxley, GA 31513

    Phone: 912-367-8100
    Fax: 912-367-8161

    No Regulations in Effect


    Atkinson County Regulations

    May 2000

    Atkinson County
    Board Of Commissioners
    305 South Main Street
    Pearson, GA 31642

    Phone: 912-422-3391
    Fax: 912-422-3429

    No Regulations in Effect


    Bacon County Regulations

    April 1999

    Bacon County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 356
    Alma, GA 31510

    Phone: 912-632-5214
    Fax: 912-632-2757

    No Regulations in Effect


    Baker County Regulations

    May 2000

    Baker County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 607
    Newton, GA 31770

    Phone: 912-734-3000
    Fax: 912-734-8822

    No Regulations in Effect


    Baldwin County Regulations

    May 2000

    Baldwin County
    Board of Commissioners
    121 N. Wilkinson St.
    Suite 314
    Milledgeville, GA 31061

    Phone: 912-445-4791
    Fax: 912-445-6320

    Regulations in Effect

    Regulations in Effect:

    A surety bond not to exceed $5,000 is required for timber operations.
    Timber operators wishing to engage in timber harvesting shall apply for
    each permit requested.

    No timber operator shall allow soil, mud, or other debris to accumulate
    upon the right-of-way of any public road to an extent that it becomes a
    nuisance. Nor shall debris accumulations be allowed in drainage ways
    along side the right-of-ways. Soil erosion techniques will be required
    at all appropriate potential soil loss locations on the site.

    No timber operator will commence operation or continue to operate without first installing and maintaining a temporary drive cut and culvert to access the property and installing and maintaining soil erosion and sedimentation controls sufficient to prevent dirt, mud, and other debris from accumulating in the county drainage ditches and on the county roads upon which the timber operator is ingressing and egressing.

    Signs which state "Slow Trucks Entering Highway" shall be placed 500
    feet in both directions of the entrance to the harvest location. At 1000
    feet on either side of the entrance shall be a sign which states
    "Warning: Logging Operation Ahead." All signs shall be 36"x36", orange
    in color and three feet above the road surface.

    Failure to comply with the ordinance will constitute a fine, following
    conviction, not exceeding $1,000. Unless recognized by the offender,
    violations are compiled on a daily rate following citation.

    Comments

    Ordinance effective June 1, 1993.


    Banks County Regulations

    April 1999

    Banks County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 130
    Homer, GA 30547

    Phone: 706-677-6200
    Fax: 706-677-4330

    Regulations in Effect

    A $500.00 cash bond must be posted to insure that all damages to
    roadways, ditches, or bridges be corrected and left in the same
    condition as existing immediately prior to operations.

    The Harvester must apply for and be granted a permit upon a form
    provided by the Board of Commissioners to cross county ditches or enter
    county roadways. A separate permit and bond must be provided for each
    operation within the county.

    The Board of Commissioners shall periodically inspect the county
    roadways, ditches, and bridges and shall notify the Harvester of all
    actions reasonably necessary to maintain and insure the return of the
    condition of the county roadways, ditches, and bridges. If the
    Harvester does not complete the repairs with in five (5) days of
    notice, the county shall complete the repairs and deduct the costs from
    the posted bond. The Harvester shall remain liable for any additional
    costs. If the Harvester fails to complete the repairs, the county
    shall be authorized to require an additional bond of $1000.00. Upon
    completion of all repairs within the five day period, any bond
    remaining shall be returned to the Harvester. If repairs are not
    timely made, deductions shall be made from the bond for repairs.

    Failure to comply is a misdemeanor.


    Barrow County Regulations

    October 2000

    Barrow County
    Board of Commissioners
    310 S. Broad St., Box 1600
    Winder, GA 30680

    Phone: 770-307-3001
    Fax: 770-307-3120

    Regulations in Effect

    A $1000.00 cash bond must be posted to insure that all damages to roadways, ditches, or bridges be corrected and left in the same condition as existing immediately prior to operations. If the Harvester is unable or unwilling to post the bond, the bond may be posted by the landowner.

    The Harvester must apply for and be granted a permit, with a $50.00 permit fee, upon a form provided by the Board of Commissioners to cross county ditches or enter county roadways. A separate permit and bond must be provided for each operation within the county.

    The Board of Commissioners shall periodically inspect the county roadways, ditches, and bridges and shall notify the Harvester of all actions reasonably necessary to maintain and insure the return of the condition of the county roadways, ditches, and bridges. If the Harvester does not complete the repairs within five (5) days of notice, the county shall complete the repairs and deduct the costs from the posted bond.

    The Harvester shall remain liable for any additional costs. Upon completion of all repairs within the five day period, any bond remaining shall be returned to the Harvester. If repairs are not timely made, deductions shall be made from the bond for repairs.

    Failure to comply and upon misdemeanor conviction shall result in a fine of no less than $250.00 and not more than $500.00 and/or incarceration for not more than sixty days. Each day the ordinance is violated shall constitute a separate violation.

    Chapter 38: Environment

    Sec. 38-33 says that a development permit is required within the wetland protection district. Sec. 38-34 (3) says that Forestry practices applied in accordance with best management practices approved by the state forestry commission and as specified in section 404 of the Clean Water Act, are permitted in wetland protection districts.

    A site plan shall be required. -Sec. 38-36

    Filing fees up to the larger of $500 or $100 per acre may be required to evaluate the application.


    Bartow County Regulations

    May 2000

    Bartow County
    County Commissioners
    P.O. Box 543
    Cartersville, GA 30120

    Phone: 770-387-5030
    Fax: 770-387-5023

    Regulations in Effect

    No timber operator shall engage in timber operations without first
    securing a permit and posting a surety bond not to exceed $5000.00. Any
    timber operator seeking a permit shall apply at the Public Works Department
    and provide the following information:
    1. The name and address of the property owner where trees are to
    be cut.
    2. The location of the property where trees are to be cut.
    3. The county roads upon which pulpwood trucks will travel.
    4. The date cutting operations are expected to commence and end.
    5. The name and address of all persons in a supervisory capacity,
    involved in buying,and/or cutting, and/or hauling pulpwood.
    6. If the timber operator intends to use subcontractors to haul
    the timber, he must provide the name, address and timber
    operator permit number of each subcontractor.

    No timber operator shall allow dirt, mud or other debris resulting from
    timber operations to accumulate in ditches and drainage areas or the
    right-of-way. No timber operator shall create any other type of public
    nuisance. In addition to any other penalty provided for under this
    ordinance, or under the provisions of any State or Federal law, any
    timber operator in violation of this section shall reimburse the County
    for any costs and expenses incurred in abating the nuisance.

    Any timber operator who fails to do everything required by this
    ordinance shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and punished by a fine not
    to exceed $1000.00 each day the violation continues. The permit can be
    revoked after being notified of the violation and having had the
    opportunity to appeal the violation.

    In addition to the provision of this ordinance, the applicant will
    comply with all state and federal regulations pertaining to timber
    operations.

    No timber operator or person shall park or leave unattended a truck or
    other motor vehicle or trailer upon the right of way of any county road.
    No timber operator will commence operation or continue to operate
    without first installing and maintaining a temporary drive cut and
    culvert to access the property and installing and maintaining soil
    erosion and sedimentation controls sufficient to prevent dirt, mud or
    other debris from accumulating in the county drainage ditches and on the
    county roads.

    No timber operator shall commence timber operations until he has first
    posted along the public road onto which he will be entering at least the
    following signs: one sign in each direction located 500 feet from the
    entrance which states "slow trucks entering highway;" one sign in each
    direction located 1,000 feet from the entrance stating "warning: logging
    operation ahead." Each sign shall be 36" x 36", orange in color and
    posted at least three feet from the road surface.

    Comments

    Major revision of 2/7/90 Pulpwood Operation Permit Ordinance.

    Notes

    New title: Timber Operation Ordinance.
    Now requires surety bond not to exceed $5,000.
    Applies to trucking operations if separate from logging.


    Ben Hill County Regulations

    October 2000

    Ben Hill County
    Board of Commissioners
    402A East Pine St.
    Fitzgerald, GA 31750

    Phone: 912-426-5100
    Fax: 912-426-5104

    Regulations in Effect

    "Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance"


    This ordinance shall apply to any land-disturbing activities except for:
    1.) Any project carried out involving one and one-tenth acres or less, except for any project within 200 ft. of the bank of any state waters.

    Minimum Requirements for Erosion and Sedimentation Control Using Best Management Practices(BMP):

    1.)BMP shall be required for all land disturbing activities.
    2.)Stripping of vegetation shall be kept to a minimum.
    3.)Cuts and fills shall not damage surrounding property.
    4.)Land-disturbing activities shall not be conducted within 25 ft. of the banks of state waters, and shall not be conducted with 100 horizontal ft. from trout streams.

    Permits

    The application for permit shall be submitted to the Ben Hill County Building Inspector. A fee of $2/acre shall be charged. A cash bond of no more than $3000 may be imposed.

    Comments

    This ordinance became effective on March 7, 1995.


    Berrien County Regulations

    May 2000

    Berrien County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 446
    Nashville, GA 31639

    Phone: 912-686-5421
    Fax: 912-686-2785

    No Regulations in Effect


    Bibb County Regulations

    October 2000

    Bibb County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 4708
    Macon, GA 31298

    Phone: 912-749-6345
    Fax: 912-749-6329

    Regulations in Effect

    Forestry land management practices, including harvesting, are exempt
    from the Macon-Bibb County Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Standards,
    as stated in Section III [5].

    Chapter 31 "Environmental Conservation" of The Comprehensive Land Development Resolution for Macon-Bibb County regulates land disturbing activities. Section 31.03 "Tree Removal Activity" states that no person shall cut or otherwise destroy trees in Macon-Bibb County, except those exempted in Section III of the Macon-Bibb County Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Standards. For purposes of this section, a tree removal activity shall mean the removal of a mass of trees, as opposed to the selective thinning of trees keeping with the standard forestry practices. All permits shall be applied for to the zoning enforcement officer. zone (Cubbage, 1988).


    Bleckley County Regulations

    April 1999

    Bleckley County
    Board of Commissioners
    306 S.E. Second St.
    Cochran, GA 31014

    Phone: 912-934-3200
    Fax: 912-934-3205

    No Regulations in Effect


    Brantley County Regulations

    May 2000

    Brantley County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 398
    Nahunta, GA 31553

    Phone: 912-462-5256
    Fax: 912-462-5538

    No Regulations in Effect


    Brooks County Regulations

    October 2000

    Brooks County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 272
    Quitman, GA 31643

    Phone: 912-263-5561
    Fax: 912-263-9345

    No Regulations in Effect


    Bryan County Regulations

    May 2000

    Bryan County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 428
    Pembrook, GA 31321

    Phone: 912-653-3839
    Fax: 912-653-4691

    No Regulations in Effect


    Bulloch County Regulations

    May 2000

    Bulloch County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 347
    Statesboro, GA 30459

    Phone: 912-764-6245
    Fax: 912-764-8634

    Regulations in Effect

    All individuals involved in the harvesting of timber on lands within
    Bulloch County are required to notify the Bulloch County Tax Assessors
    Office in writing of the commencement for harvest activity. The
    appropriate form must be submitted as required by county ordinance.
    Failure to comply with the ordinance and conviction could result in a
    fine not exceeding $1000 and up to 60 days in jail.

    Comments

    Ordinance effective September 1, 1994.


    Burke County Regulations

    May 2000

    Burke County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 89
    Waynesboro, GA 30830

    Phone: 706-554-2324
    Fax: 706-554-0350

    Regulations in Effect

    A timber operations permit is required for all timber operations and may
    be obtained upon application to the Burke County Road Department.
    Permits are valid for the project specified in the permit application.
    Permits will be issued only after a surety bond has been posted. The
    bond amount is $2,500 for an operation on 5 or less acres and $5,000 for
    operations exceeding 5 acres.

    Prior to commencement of site operations, the Burke County Road
    Superintendent shall inspect the location of access to the county road.
    Its suitability will be determined and if a culvert is needed then the
    operator will be instructed to install one before beginning the project.

    The timber operation shall post two signs in each direction from the
    point of access on the county road. The signs will be orange, 36"x36",
    and stand three feet above the county road surface. One sign posted 1000
    feet from the entrance to the logging site will state "Warning: Logging
    Operations Ahead." The other, 500 feet from the entrance, will read "
    Slow Truck Entering Highway."

    Public roads and rights of way shall remain in good condition while the
    project is in process. If necessary, a temporary construction exit of
    gravel shall be implemented by the operator to eliminate road hazard.
    Work being done contrary to the provisions of this ordinance shall
    immediately stopped by notice of the issuing authority. When conditions
    are not brought into compliance within five working days of notice, the
    Road Department shall accomplish the work and deduct costs from the posted bond. Violations of the ordinance are punishable as a
    misdemeanor. Notification of project completion shall be given to the
    Road Superintendent. The Road Superintendent shall inspect the site to

    assure the area has been restored to its original condition. If
    deficiencies are noticed, the operator will be required to correct them.

    Comments

    Ordinance effective September 12, 1995.


    Butts County Regulations

    May 2000

    Butts County
    Board of Commissioners
    25 Third St., Suite 4
    Jackson, GA 30233

    Phone: 770-775-8200
    Fax: 770-775-8211

    Regulations in Effect

    All logging operations that require the use of county maintained roads
    and the crossing of county right-of-way ditches, shall apply for and be
    issued a permit before commencement of operations at a single work site.
    Permit is issued by the Road Department and if granted a copy is
    provided to the Road Department, County Tax Appraiser, and the Tax
    Commissioner. The applicant will install and bear all expense of an
    approved culvert pipe for crossing the ditch line. At the conclusion of
    operations, applicant shall return, and bear all expense of, the ditch
    to its original or better condition. Ditch shape, backslope, road bed,
    and road shoulder shall be returned to its original condition or better.
    The county will inspect before and after operations. Applicant is
    responsible for keeping all trees, branches and limbs from road sides
    and ditches so as not to restrict water flow or hamper road department
    maintenance equipment on both improved and unimproved county roads.
    Applicant shall be responsible for a stone pad at the access point to
    stop any dirt and mud from adhering to county roads. Any dirt brought
    onto county roads shall be removed immediately so as not to destroy
    improved surfaces or endanger passing vehicles. If a company leaves a
    worksite without compling with these regulations, the county will repair
    the damage, and charge the cost against the deposit. Also, no further
    permits shall be issued to that company until payment is settled.
    During periods of inclement weather no logging or timber cutting travel
    shall take place on county roads until passage can be made without
    damage to county roads.

    Upon approval of permit, the applicant shall be required to establish a
    financial security. It may be provided by the landowner, timber
    company, truck company, or individual. Security may be made on a "per
    site" or "blanket" basis. Per site requirement is $1,000.00 and the
    blanket requirement is $5,000.00 and applies to not more than five
    active sites at any given time on a calendar year basis. Idividual
    permits are still required with blanket security. Failure to comply with any provision of this ordinance shall constitute
    a violation of this ordinance and shall be punishable in the Magistrate
    Court of Butts County. Each day a person fails to comply shall
    constitute a separate offense. Each violation may be punishable by a
    fine not to exceed $1,000.00 or imprisonment for 60 days, or both. In
    addition, the judge may also impose community service. The sheriff and
    deputies of Butts County, the Road Superintendent, and his designated
    representatives, and the Building Inspector are authorized to issue
    citations for the enforcement of this ordinance. The above officers
    shall also have the authority to temporarily stop/halt access to county
    roads at work site areas when they may deem the applicant to be
    non compliant with the ordinance and until such time as the applicant
    brings the work site back into compliance.

    Comments

    Adopted February 16, 1998.


    Calhoun County Regulations

    May 2000

    Calhoun County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 26
    Morgan, GA 31766

    Phone: 912-849-4835
    Fax: 912-849-2100

    Regulations in Effect

    Prior to beginning a tree harvest operation, all loggers shall post a
    cash bond of $3,000.00 with the clerk of commissioner for each and every
    separate tract of land from which trees are to be removed. For each
    tract, the logger shall provide:
    1. His name, address, and telephone number.
    2. The name, address, and telephone number of the foreman.
    3. The name, address, and telephone number of the owner.
    4. The approximate location of the site for access to county
    roads.
    5. The anticipated date of commencement of tree removal.
    6. The anticipated date of completing the tree removal.
    Upon receipt of this information, the road superintendent shall inspect
    each site to determine if a culvert is required at access site to county
    road. Should a culvert be required, it shall be installed at the
    logger's expense under the supervision of the road superintendent.
    Loggers have the right to remove any culvert installed by them upon
    completion of tree removal. Loggers shall use necessary means to
    prevent trucks and other equipment form transporting mud from the site
    onto the adjacent roadway to such an extent as creates a danger to the
    passing public.

    During tree removal, the logger shall:
    1. Conduct all loading of logs at a site of the county right-of-
    way and behind established county maintained ditch lines.
    2. Refrain from loading or skidding any logs upon or across the
    county's right-of-way.
    3. Keep ditches clear of debris and residue so as not interfere
    with proper drainage.
    4. Keep the road adjacent to the site clean and serviceable at
    all times to accommodate the passing vehicles.
    Loggers shall notify the clerk of commissioners within three days of the
    completion of tree removal at a site, whereupon the road superintendent
    shall inspect the site. Should he determine that the road and right-of-
    way is in as good condition as prior to the commencement of tree
    removal, then the bond shall be void and the bond returned. If
    corrective repairs are necessary, the reasonable cost thereof shall be
    deducted from the bond and the remainder, if any, shall be returned.

    The Road superintendent is authorized to order all logging operations to
    cease if it is determined that a logger is failing to comply with this
    article.

    Notes

    Article is not strictly enforced.


    Camden County Regulations

    May 2000

    Camden County
    Board of Commissioners
    200 E. 4th St.
    Woodbine, GA 31569

    Phone: 912-576-5601
    Fax: 912-576-5647

    Regulations in Effect

    No person shall obstruct, excavate, or alter the surface or location of any county road without a permit. An application for a permit shall be filed in writing with the County Administrator. This application shall include specifically the proposed alteration to the county roads and any other information the county officials may require. Applications must be filed at least 10 days before the work is to commence. A permit fee of $20.00 per mile or fraction of encroachment upon the county roads shall be paid before issuance of a permit. Any permit issued shall be prominently displayed at the work site. AS a condition to issuing a permit, the county may require proof of the applicantĘs liability insurance to pay any damages to any member of the public caused by work authorized by this permit.

    Before work can begin at the site, an inspection by a designated county official is required.

    Any time a proposal is made to remove a portion of a paved road, the permit application is to be accompanied by an indemnity bond, certified check or bonded contract for an amount established by the County Administrator. This bond will not be released until such time as the County Administrator certifies, in writing, that the roads have been restored to at least their original condition. Traffic controls or safety devices shall be installed at applicantĘs expense.

    Any violation of this ordinance shall be subject to a fine of $100.00, and each day shall be considered a separate violation. Any person found violating this ordinance may be required to remove all equipment and discontinue their use of public roads.

    Comments

    Adopted January 15, 1980.


    Candler County Regulations

    October 2000

    Candler County
    Board of Commissioners
    705 N. Lewis Street
    Metter, GA 30439

    Phone: 912-685-2835
    Fax: 912-685-4823

    No Regulations in Effect


    Carroll County Regulations

    May 2000

    Carroll County
    Board of Commissioners
    423 College St.
    Carrollton, GA 30117

    Phone: 770-830-5800
    Fax: 770-830-5992

    Regulations in Effect

    It shall be unlawful for any person to damage any public road. Each day
    of a continuing violation may be treated as a separate offense. Damage
    shall include any of the following acts:
    a. Diversion of or the filling in of any drainage ditch, culvert
    or pipe parallel to or underneath a public road, so as to
    restrain or redirect the flow of water.
    b. The operation of any vehicle, machinery, or equipment which
    will gouge, rip, break, depress or otherwise deface a public
    road.
    c. The continued ingress or egress, to or from a public road at
    a particular location which results in a build-up of rock,
    gravel, mud, dirt, chemicals or other materials, which present
    potential hazard to other persons using the public road.
    d. The creation or erection of any dam, berm, ditch or wall which
    restrains the natural flow of waters and results in the
    redirecting of waters onto the road surface or right of way of
    any public road.
    This ordinance shall be enforced by the Road Superintendent, or the
    deputies or designees. Violation of this ordinance shall be punished by
    a fine not to exceed $500.00 and/or imprisonment not to exceed 60 days.
    Additionally, upon conviction, the violator shall be required to make
    restitution to repair the damage to the public road or shall be required
    to provide community service work to repair the damage.

    All individuals or companies intending to cut, remove and sell
    merchantable timber, to include pulpwood, from any tract of property
    covering an area greater than 20,000 square feet, shall give notice of
    the location of the intended cutting to the Office of Codes Enforcement
    a minimum of 72 hours prior to commencing cutting operations. The notice
    shall include:
    a) the name of the owner of the land from which the trees
    are to be harvested,
    b) the address of the property, and
    c) the approximate acreage to be cut.

    Notice may be given by certified mail, return receipt requested. No
    permit for the cutting will be required or issued, and there will be no
    charge for notification. However, failure to provide notification shall
    subject the company or individual cutting the timber to prosecution.
    Upon conviction, a violation of this section may be punished by a fine
    of up to $300.00 and/or imprisonment not to exceed 10 days.

    Comments

    Carroll County Road Damage Ordinance passed 3/93.
    Requires prior notification.
    Provides for punishment.


    Catoosa County Regulations

    May 2000

    Catoosa County
    Board of Commissioners
    206 E. Nashville St.
    Ringgold, GA 30736

    Phone: 706-965-2500
    Fax: 706-965-5107

    Regulations in Effect

    No harvesting shall be done until a surety bond of $50,000.00 and a
    permit application is approved by the county road department. The bond
    shall be issued for one year or until all roads affected by such timber
    harvest have been inspected, and permits are required for each timber
    contract entered into by the timber harvester. The surety bond shall
    indemnify the county against damage caused to public roads or public
    property, costs incurred in the clean up of waste or debris left on
    public roads or property, and for any expense incurred by the county
    through the failure of the timber harvester to complete any necessary
    repairs to county roads and public property. In the event a harvester
    damages county roads, any subsequent permit application may require a
    surety bond of $75,000.00.
    Along with the application for a permit there is a fee prescribed by the
    county. The permit shall be valid for a period determined by the county
    that shall not exceed the estimated time of completion for each specific
    timber operation(the county may grant extensions). Along with the
    permit application the harvester must include evidence of financial
    responsibility, which may include financial statements. The permit
    application should include:
    1. The name address of the property owner
    2. The location of the property that will be harvested
    3. The county roads that will be used by logging trucks
    4. The expected dates of commencement and ending
    5. The name and address of all supervisors for a harvest site
    6. Location of all points of ingress and egress onto county roads
    7. If a harvester plans to use independent contractors to haul
    the timber, the name and address of each contractor.
    Before issuing a permit, the county road department will inspect the
    site to determine if a culvert(size and length) is necessary.
    If deemed necessary, the culvert will be installed by the harvester
    under supervision of the road department. Also when the site is
    inspected by the road department, the existing conditions of roads and
    public property shall be documented. If the county denies a permit
    application, notice(either in person or by registered mail) will be
    given in writing including the reason for such action. The harvester
    has 15 days, from the receipt of the notice, to request a hearing.
    County decisions may be appealed to the superior court within 30 days of
    the county's decision.

    It is the duty of harvester to control the activities of all
    subcontractors to prevent damage to public roads and property. No dirt,
    mud, or other debris from timber operations shall accumulate upon the
    right-of-way so that it becomes a nuisance or hazard to persons
    traveling upon such roads, or that it creates an unsightly condition
    upon public property. No dirt, mud, or other debris shall be allowed to
    accumulated in ditches such that it disrupts the usual flow of water or
    run-off is stopped, disturbed, or changed. No equipment, trucks, or
    trailers used in connection with timber harvesting shall be left
    unattended or parked on any county right-of-way or public property.
    Harvesters shall not damage county roads an shall take appropriate
    action to insure all trucks hauling timber do not exceed load limits for
    county roads being used. Operations shall not commence without first
    installing and maintaining temporary drive cut and culvert to access
    property, or without first installing and maintaining soil erosion and
    sedimentation control sufficient to prevent dirt and other debris from
    accumulating in county drainage ditches and on county roads.

    A minimum of four warning signs, two in each direction of the road
    entrance to the timber operation. Two signs, one in each direction,
    shall be located 500 feet in each direction from the entrance and shall
    state "Slow Truck Entering Highway." Two signs, one in each direction,
    shall be located 1000 feet from the entrance shall state: "Warning:
    Logging Operation Ahead." Each of the four signs shall be 36' x 36',
    orange in color, and shall be posted at least three feet from the travel
    surface of the roadway.

    All operations shall be conducted at a loading site off the county
    right-of-way and behind established ditch line of the county road.
    Loading or skidding of logs is not permitted on county roads. The
    portion of the county roads which are located at the entrance to logging
    operations shall be kept serviceable at all times for passing of
    traffic. Crushed stone or some other material, if necessary, shall be
    placed on access roads to prevent such blockage. Timber harvesters shall maintain and insure that the county roads and public property are
    returned to a state at least equal to that existing immediately prior to
    the instituting of the timber operation.

    Harvests shall give the county written notice of completion within 72
    hours of such. Within five days of such notice the county shall inspect
    the county roads and public property used by the harvester to determine
    if the property has been returned to a condition that is at least equal
    to that prior to harvest. If it is determined that roads and property
    are not in a proper state of condition, the county shall provide written
    notice to the timber harvester specifying the actions which will have to
    be preformed to correct said condition(s). The harvester shall have
    fifteen days from notification to complete said repairs. If the
    necessary repairs are not completed within the given time period, or if
    the repairs are not made in accordance with applicable standards which
    are acceptable to the county, the county may proceed to remedy said
    defects using the proceeds from any surety bond to pay for such work.
    Any portion of a surety bond that is not required or used shall be
    repaid to the permit holder. Any harvester who does not take
    appropriate corrective action to remedy the problem shall pay all cost
    incurred by the county to repair any problems and return the property to
    as good a condition as previously existed. In this case, the county may
    use its own personnel, and/or enter into such contracts with independent
    contractors as it deems necessary to rectify the problem.

    If any provision of this article is violated, a stop order shall be
    directed to the timber harvester specifying the provisions that have
    been allegedly violated and a reasonable amount of time to correct the
    violation. A reasonable time shall be no greater than five days unless
    it is deemed appropriate by the county. The order shall state that it
    will become final in fifteen days unless a request for a hearing is
    filed. When an emergency exists, no stop order shall be required to be
    issued by the county to the harvester. The department head of the
    county road department, or his representative, shall be the enforcing
    officer of this article.

    In addition to any other penalties, any timber harvester in violation of
    this article shall reimburse the county for any cost and expenses
    incurred by the county abating and nuisance created by the timber
    harvester. Any action taken by the county o suspend or revoke a permit
    issued may be in addition to any criminal prosecution by the proper
    authority. Criminal violations of this article include:
    1. It is unlawful to engage in activities in violation of
    applicable requirements, rules, regulations, permits, permit conditions and orders established under this article. Each
    day a violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.
    2. To furnish false or material incomplete or misleading
    information to the county on any application or investiagtion.
    3. It shall be unlawful for any person to damage any public
    property or county road while engaged in the cutting or
    hauling of timber.
    Jurisdiction over offenses of this article shall be in the magistrate
    court of the county. Any person violating the article terms or any
    permit condition may be punished by a fine of not less than $300.00 nor
    more than $1,000.00, or imprisoned in the county jail for a period not
    to exceed 60 days, or both.

    Comments

    Effective January 1, 1998.


    Charlton County Regulations

    October 2000

    Charlton County
    Board of Commissioners
    100 Third St.
    Folkston, GA 31537

    Phone: 912-496-2549
    Fax: 912-496-1156

    Regulations in Effect

    "Timber Harvest Ordinance"

    No later than 2 working days after beginning of operations, the timber harvesting contractor,timber owner, or landowner shall give written notification to the Charlton County Building Inspector's Office.

    Upon receipt of the form, the Building Inspector's Office shall issue a permit.

    At the completion of harvesting, the contractor shall call the Tax Commissioners Office and give the total tons harvested.

    All harvesting and loading of timber shall be conducted off and behind county roads and ditches.

    The ditches shall be kept clear of all debris.

    County roads shall be kept clear of mud.

    Warning signs at least 500 feet on both sides of the temporary driveway shall be posted.

    Failure to comply shall constitute up to a $1000 and/or 60 days imprisonment.


    Notes

    "Timber Harvest Ordinance"- November 4th, 1999


    Chatham County Regulations

    October 2000

    Chatham County
    Department of Engineering
    P.O. Box 8161
    Savannah, GA 31412

    Phone: 912-652-7800
    Fax: 912-652-7818

    Regulations in Effect

    Forestry land management practices, including harvesting, within agricultural land use zones are exempt from the Land Disturbing Activities Ordinance. Forestry activities in all other land use zones are required to meet the provisions of the Land Disturbing Activities Ordinance.

    The tree protection ordinance requires that developers in the
    unincorporated parts of the county include measures for tree protection
    to receive county approval. All commercial timber harvesting
    activities in agricultural land use zones are exempt from plan approval
    and tree protection requirements (Cubbage, 1988).

    Land zoned agriculture- No Permit Required
    Land zoned non-agriculture- Land disturbing activities permit


    Chattahoochee County Regulations

    May 2000

    Chattahoochee County
    Board of Commissioners
    Courthouse Annex, Broad St., Box 299
    Cusseta, GA 31805

    Phone: 706-989-3602
    Fax: 706-989-2005

    No Regulations in Effect


    Chattooga County Regulations

    May 2000

    Chattooga County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 211
    Summerville, GA 30747

    Phone: 706-857-0706
    Fax: 706-857-0686

    No Regulations in Effect


    Cherokee County Regulations

    May 2000

    Cherokee County
    Board of Commissioners
    90 North Street, Suite 310
    Canton, GA 30114

    Phone: 770-720-6360
    Fax: --

    No Regulations in Effect

    Comments

    No timber-specific ordinances but general county ordinances on
    county road use. Timber harvesters are expected follow BMPs.


    Clarke County Regulations

    March 2001

    Athens-Clarke County
    Board of Commissioners
    301 College Avenue, Room 204, City Hall
    Athens, GA 30601

    Phone: 706-613-3031
    Fax: 706-613-3033

    Regulations in Effect

    A permit is required for all land disturbing activities including clearing of vegetation and deforestation. A site plan is also required for an environmental areas review. An environmental areas review permit shall be issued by the planning director.

    Riparian Buffer Areas(areas adjacent to perennial rivers, streams, and lakes, except those lakes, rivers, and streams which are entirely confined and retained completely upon the property of a single individual, partnership, or corporation; and areas adjacent to all other state waters) are to be maintained in a naturally vegetated condition.
    The width of the riparian buffer area is defined by the following:
    1.) Protected Rivers on the Environmental Areas Map with the buffer shown in red should have a 100 ft horizontally measured buffer on each side of the uppermost part of the river bank.
    2.) Upper North Oconee River and Sandy Creek on the Environmental Areas Map with buffer shown in orange should also have a 100 ft buffer on each side.
    3.) Perennial Rivers, Perennial Steams, and Lakes on the Environmental Areas Map colored in yellow should have 75 foot buffers.
    4.) All State Waters should have 25 foot buffers.
    In all riparian areas, best management practices must be followed, and timber harvesting must not affect the drinking water supply.

    Timber production and forestry must meet the following requirements:

    a. A 70% tree canopy is maintained at all times; and

    b. No trees are removed from within 25 ft of the stream bank; and

    c. Forestry activity complies with best management practices established by the Georgia Forestry Commission; and

    d. Forestry activity does not impair the quality of the water, as defined by the federal Clean Water Act, as amended.


    Clay County Regulations

    May 2000

    Clay County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 550
    Fort Gaines, GA 31751

    Phone: 912-768-2631
    Fax: 912-768-3672

    Regulations in Effect

    It shall be unlawful for any operator to operate any equipment loaded or
    unloaded, on any county road(s) or rights-of-way which will cause damage
    and/or create a safety hazard for the general public. It shall be
    unlawful for any operator to conduct operations across a county right-
    of-way without first requesting the road superintendent to inspect any
    site to determine if a culvert is required to provide ingress and egress
    from the county roads to said tract without damage to rights-of-way or
    roads, and if so, the length and diameter of the culvert. If a culvert
    is required, it shall be installed at the expense of the operator under
    the supervision of the road superintendent. The operator shall have the
    right to remove any culvert installed by them at the completion of their
    harvest operation, providing the right-of-way is restored to its
    previous condition. It shall also be unlawful:
    To conduct operations on the county rights-of-way or within the
    established ditch line maintained by the county
    To load or skid objects on or across the county's roads or
    rights-of-way.
    To fail to maintain ditches clear of debris and residue so as
    not to interfere with proper drainage
    To fail to keep the road adjacent to the site of operations
    clean and serviceable at all times to accommodate passing
    traffic.
    To enter or exit onto said right-of-ways or roads by means other
    than established points.
    To damage existing culvert systems.
    To allow debris from the site to collect on the adjacent county
    roadway to such an extent as may create a danger to the passing
    public.
    Any road or right-of-way damaged beyond fair wear and tear shall be
    repaired to its original condition by the violator.

    The maximum fine for the violation for each and every condition of this
    ordinance, except as may otherwise be provided by general law, shall be
    $1,000.00 or sixty (60) days imprisonment, or both. Prosecution of a
    violation shall be upon citation provided by the official code of
    Georgia annotated section 15-1063 upon accusation by the sheriff or his
    duly appointed deputies, county attorney or other such attorney as the
    board shall designate.

    Comments

    Effective April 1, 1997.


    Clayton County Regulations

    October 2000

    Board of Commissioners
    121 S. McDonough St.
    Jonesboro, GA 30236

    Phone: 770-477-3678
    Fax: 770-603-4038

    Regulations in Effect

    Pulpwood and timber operations shall comply with the following:
    a) Soil and erosion control ordinance (state standard)
    b) Best Management Practices
    c) Provide boundary survey of property to Planning & Zoning Office
    d) No trucks are allowed on subdivision streets
    e) A gravel pad must be installed; also, a culvert pipe,
    if needed
    f) Mud must not be transported onto streets

    A permit is required for timber harvesting. Please contact the Planning and Zoning Office for an application.


    Clinch County Regulations

    May 2000

    Clinch County
    Board of Commissioners
    100 Court Square
    Homerville, GA 31634

    Phone: 912-487-2667
    Fax: --

    No Regulations in Effect


    Cobb County Regulations

    May 2000

    Cobb County
    Board of Commissioners
    100 Cherokee St.; Suite 355
    Marietta, GA 30090

    Phone: 770-528-3300
    Fax: 770-528-2606

    Regulations in Effect

    In residental areas removal sites shall have a 40 foot wide buffer.
    Any cutting in this area shall be limited to non-mechanical removal of
    pine or yellow-poplar trees with stump diameter greater than 15 in.,
    provided that a minimum of fifty (50) square feet of basal area per acre
    remains in good condition in the buffer area at completion of the
    project. Non-mechanical removal of dead, diseased or insect infested
    trees is also allowed in this buffer. Significant gaps in this buffer
    area shall require designing and implementing a replanting plan to be
    approve by the County Arborist. The interior of the site shall be
    restricted to "Residential Thinning" whereby a minimum of thirty (30)
    square feet of basal area per acre shall remain in addition to the
    buffer area(except where logging decks are established or grading
    activity is approved). Trees to be preserved to meet this requirement
    must be identifiable both before and after the cutting operation either
    by species or by a continuous marking around the trunk at 4.5 feet and
    at .5 feet above the ground. These trees must be left in good condition
    with no injuries to the trunk, crown or root system which would
    predispose them to disease or pest infestation. All pine logging slash
    with stems larger than five (5) inches in diameter shall be chipped and
    returned to the site or removed from the site to reduce the possibility
    of insect infestation. The County Arborist may alter the "Residential
    Thinning" standards to address insect and disease infestations
    documented by a registered forester.

    For sites other than residential, the exterior boundary of the site
    shall have a buffer of fifty (50) feet wide. This area shall remain
    undesturbed except for approved access points. The non-mechanical
    removal of dead and disease or insect infested trees is also permited
    (subject to verification by the County Arborist).
    Significant gaps in the buffer area shall require designing and
    implementing a replanting plan to be approved by the County Arborist.
    All pine logging slash with stems larger than five (5) inches in
    diameter shall be chipped and returned to the site or removed from the
    site to reduce the possibility of insect infestation.

    Applications for tree cutting, clearing, or clearing and grubbing shall
    be in accordance with current land disturbance permit plan review
    procedures. Plans and other supportive documents submitted for a land
    disturbance permit for tree cutting in areas greater than five (5) acres
    shall bear the signature of a registered forester. The minimum size of
    plans shall be 11 x 14 inches. The maximum size shall be 24 x 36
    inches. Plans shall include the following information:
    1. Owner's name, address, and phone number.
    1. Consultant's and Contractor's names, addresses, and phone
    numbers.
    2. Location/vicinity map.
    3. Land Lot(s) and district(s)
    4. North arrow.
    5. Scale (min 1"=100')
    6. Closed property boundary showing bearings and distances on all
    property lines.
    7. Current zoning of property
    8. Current zoning of adjacent properties
    9. Total acreage of property and approximate acreage of area to
    be disturbed.
    10. 24 hour emergency contact name and phone number(s) in bold
    type (no smaller than 20 point type).
    11. Names of adjoining roadways
    12. Location of and detail for the truck exit(crushed stone pad)
    13. Approximate location of the following land features:
    all state waters
    topography at 20 ft intervals(USGS Quad Map)
    Forest cover areas
    100-year floodplain
    wetlands
    14. Limits of land disturbance activity
    15. Approximate locations and dimensions of any logging decks
    16. Location of any water quality buffers(dimensions vary by creek).
    17. Location of the Streamside Management Zone (dimension
    required: width)
    18. Approximate locations of any haul roads
    19. Approximate locations of any stream crossings showing
    approximate width of crossing (bank to bank) and method of
    sediment control ( rock riprap or culvert) 20. Approximate locations of any historical features including
    cemeteries; or, a note indicating the absence of such on the
    site
    21. Delineation and labeling of any required buffer zones around
    the perimeter of the property
    22. A detail of the method to be used to delineate all buffers on
    the site
    23. Expected time frame in which the operation will occur
    24. Additional information as may be required by county staf to
    perform a proper review of the project and assure that the
    intent of the Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance is
    met.
    The contractor shall implement all BMPs for forestry as prescribed by
    the Georgia Forestry Commission and US EPA. No trees may be cut in the
    buffer zones marked "undisturbed" on this plan. In such buffer zones,
    removal shall be limited no non-mechanical removal of pine and yellow-
    poplar trees with stump diameter greater than fifteen (15) inches;
    provided that a minimum of fifty (50) square feet of basal area remains
    in good condition. All buffers of state waters shall remain undisturbed
    except for haul road crossing points. Logging decks, temporary haul
    roads skid trails and any other disturbed areas left idle for two to
    four weeks will be restored to their contours and established to
    temporary vegetation. These disturbed areas left idle for four weeks or
    more will be established to permanent vegetation. All areas remaining
    at the end of the project will be established to permanent vegetation
    within two weeks. When hand planting, mulch(hay or straw) should be
    uniformly spread over seeded area within 245 hours of seeding. During
    unsuitable growing seasons, mulch will be used to a temporary cover. On
    slopes that are 4:1 or steeper, mulch will be anchored.

    The Cobb County Clearing Permit must be displayed on site at all times
    during the project operation and in plain view from an adjacent county
    road or street. Before an activity can begin an inspection must be
    performed for basal area confirmation, erosion control devices and
    buffer area delineation. At this time, the contractor must show a
    current Cobb County business license or registration certificate. At
    completion of the project, a final inspection must be performed.

    Comments

    Approved October 22, 1996.

    Notes

    Exemptions to this ordinance apply to those who: Prior to any
    exempted timber harvesting, clearing, or clearing and grubbing activity
    the land owner and/or owner's representative shall meet on-site with the
    Cobb County Arborist to determine the limits of land disturbing
    activities, review agricultural documentation and discuss any applicable
    zoning requirements, BMPs, and the like. Exemptions are only given to owners
    that can clearly demonstrate that the timber harvest or clearing is for on-going agriculture practice.


    Coffee County Regulations

    April 1999

    Coffee County
    Board of Commissioners
    Courthouse
    Douglas, GA 31533

    Phone: 912-384-4799
    Fax: 912-384-0291

    No Regulations in Effect


    Colquitt County Regulations

    May 2000

    Colquitt County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 517
    Moultrie, GA 31776

    Phone: 912-891-7400
    Fax: 912-891-7403

    No Regulations in Effect


    Columbia County Regulations

    May 2000

    Columbia County
    Board of Commissioners
    630 Washington West Dr., P.O. Box 498
    Evans, GA 30809

    Phone: 706-868-3300
    Fax: 706-868-3348

    No Regulations in Effect


    Cook County Regulations

    May 2000

    Cook County
    Board of Commissioners
    212 N. Parrish Ave.
    Adel, GA 31620

    Phone: 912-896-2266
    Fax: 912-896-7629

    No Regulations in Effect


    Coweta County Regulations

    October 2000

    Coweta County
    Planning Department
    22 E. Broad St.
    Newnan, GA 30263

    Phone: 770-254-2635
    Fax: 770-254-2606

    Regulations in Effect

    "Regulation of Forest Product Harvesting Sites that Require Access to Public Roads"

    To obtain a logging permit, logging company must acquire approval from
    county public works for use of county roads (on the Forest Product
    Harvesting Driveway Culvert Approval Form) and from the Georgia DOT for
    use of state highways.

    The Applicant must submit the culvert approval form to the county
    planning department, along with the following:
    1. Property location (may and parcel number recorded with county tax
    assessor's office);
    2. Property owner's name, address, and telephone number;
    3. Work schedule (beginning and approximate completion dates);
    4. Logging company's name, address, telephone number, copy of current
    business license, and name of authorized representative;
    5. Permit fee of $65.00 for the first entrance, and $25.00 for each additional access entrance.

    All logging where vehicle access to rights-of-way is required, shall obtain a permit from the Coweta Planning Department Office.

    A Stop Work Order may be issued if any sediment or debris causes public roads to be hazardous. All vehicles to enter from logging site shall be clear of debris. All costs incurred by Coweta County shall be paid for by the permit holder.

    A gravel engress may be required by the Planning Department to prevent sediment or debris hazards.

    Warning signs shall be placed at 500' and 1000' on both sides of traffic from the entrance, and shall indicate the following:

    "Caution"
    "Vehicles Entering Roadway Ahead ( ) Feet"

    (or similar thereof.)

    Signs shall be painted orange, with 5 inch high black letters. Signs shall be 4'x4' located no closer than 4 feet to the edge of the pavement. Any signs that may cause damage when struck with vehicles are prohibited.

    Vehicles and trailers may not be parked on public roadways; and logs shall not be loaded or skidded on public roadways.

    The permit holder must notify the Planning Department when timber operations are complete.





    "Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance"

    Best Management Practices are to be used. Disturbed soil shall be stabilized as quickly as possible.

    Land disturbing activities shall not be conducted within 25 feet of the banks of any state waters.

    A permit is required for land disturbing activities. The property owner must obtain the permit.

    A fee of $25 shall be charged for each acre or fraction thereof; however, the maximum fee shall not be over $2000.

    A cash bond of not over $3000 may be required.

    Please contact Coweta County for more information concerning this ordinance.

    Notes

    "Regulation of Forest Product Harvesting Sites that Require Access to Public Roads" includes amendments as current as December 21, 1999.


    Crawford County Regulations

    April 1999

    Crawford County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 1059
    Robertta, GA 31078

    Phone: 912-836-3782
    Fax: --

    Regulations in Effect

    Trucks shall not use residential paved streets unless essential.
    Trucks shall not use the county's unimproved road system during periods
    of rain or inclement weather when clearly, the use causes excessive
    damage and maintenance to the road system such that conditions for the
    passage of smaller and lighter passenger vehicles has been
    substantially hampered.

    Pulpwood and logging contractors who desire to cross county ditches,
    must apply for and be granted a permit by the County Road Department.

    Prior to crossing the ditch, the contractor must pay the county for the
    installation of an approved culvert pipe, or the contractor may use his
    own pipe, if approved by the county road superintendent. Once
    operations are complete, the contractor must restore the ditchline,
    backslopes, and road shoulders to the original condition or better.

    Loading or skidding of logs on road right-of-ways is prohibited.

    Failure to comply with any provisions of this ordinance shall
    constitute a violation and shall be punishable in court. Each day an
    illegal act or condition continues shall constitute a separate
    violation.


    Crisp County Regulations

    April 1999

    Crisp County
    Board of Commissioners
    210 Seventh St. S., Rm 303
    Cordele, GA 31015

    Phone: 912-276-2672
    Fax: 912-276-2675

    Regulations in Effect

    Forestry land management practices, including harvesting, are exempt
    from the Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance as stated in
    Section III(5).


    Dade County Regulations

    May 2000

    Dade County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 613
    Trenton, GA 30752

    Phone: 706-657-4625
    Fax: 706-657-5116

    No Regulations in Effect


    Dawson County Regulations

    October 2000

    Dawson County
    Board of Commissioners
    25 Tucker Ave, Ste 102
    Dawsonville, GA 30534

    Phone: 706-344-3500
    Fax: 706-344-3504

    No Regulations in Effect


    Decatur County Regulations

    May 2000

    Decatur County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 735
    Bainbridge, GA 31717

    Phone: 912-248-3030
    Fax: 912-246-2062

    No Regulations in Effect


    De Kalb County Regulations

    April 1999

    DeKalb County
    Board of Commissioners
    1300 Commerce Dr.
    Decatur, GA 30030

    Phone: 404-371-2881
    Fax: 404-371-4751

    Regulations in Effect

    Forestry land management practices, including harvesting, are exempt
    from Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control as stated in Land
    Development, Article II § 14-38.2(e).

    Forestry operations and legitimate timber harvesting are exempt from
    the Vegetation Protection and Replacement as stated in Land
    Development, Article II § 14-39.(b)(2).

    Tree removal in Floodplain, Section 14-41:
    Trees shall not be cut or removed from a flood plain, except as
    follows:
    1. Those trees found to be diseased or insect infested by the County
    Extension Service, the Georgia Forestry Commission, an arborist, or
    an urban forester.
    2. As necessary for construction, repair or maintenance of public
    roads, utilities or
    drainage structures.
    3. As part of an approved wetland mitigation plan.
    4. As part of an approved development plan.
    5. When a permit ($150.00) is obtained from the Public Works
    Development Department for tree harvesting in a flood plain area.
    Clear cutting of trees within a flood plain is prohibited. An
    adequate number of existing trees within a floodplain must be
    preserved to meet 30 units per acre of floodplain area as
    established in 14-39.


    Dodge County Regulations

    April 1999

    Dodge County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 818
    Eastman, GA 31023

    Phone: 912-374-4361
    Fax: 912-374-8121

    No Regulations in Effect


    Dooly County Regulations

    May 2000

    Dooly County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 322 or 348
    Vienna, GA 31092

    Phone: 912-268-4228
    Fax: 912-268-4230

    Regulations in Effect

    It is unlawful for any operator engaged in transporting timber or
    pulpwood over county roads to damage county road or rights-of-way.

    No operator shall engage transport timber or pulpwood from a harvesting
    site without first obtaining a permit ($5.00 for each site proposed).

    Each day that an operator continues timber/pulpwood harvesting
    operations without a permit constitutes a separate violation. Any
    operator violating this ordinance shall be tried; conviction is
    punishable by a fine of $50.00-$1000.00. Violation of the ordinance may
    result in revocation of permits at other sites.

    The permit Applicant must provide the following:
    1. Accurate description of property upon which the timber/
    pulpwood is to be cut, and the permit shall be valid for that
    particular operation;
    2. Approximate time of commencement and completion of harvesting
    operations;
    3. Name and address of contractor;
    4. Name and address of property owner;
    5. Names and addresses of supervisors;
    6. List of county roads that will be used in transportation of
    timber/pulpwood
    The county road superintendent shall file a claim against the operator
    for the amount necessary to reimburse the county for expenses incurred
    for county road repair.


    Dougherty County Regulations

    May 2000

    Dougherty County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 1827
    Albany, GA 31702

    Phone: 912-431-2121
    Fax: 912-438-3967

    No Regulations in Effect


    Douglas County Regulations

    May 2000

    Douglas County
    Board of Commissioners
    8700 Hospital Dr.
    Douglasville, GA 30134

    Phone: 770-920-7266
    Fax: 770-920-7357

    Regulations in Effect

    The intent of this ordinance is to enable assessment of standing timber
    for ad valorem tax purposes.

    A permit, with a fee determined by the board of commissioners, shall be
    obtained from the county permit office before any timber cutting can
    begin. As a condition to the issuance of a permit, the harvester is
    required to post a performance bond or letter of credit for $5,000.00.
    Also included in the permit application are:
    1. The name and address of who will be engaging in the timber
    harvesting or cutting operation.
    2. The specific location of the harvesting operation.
    3. Any points of egress onto any public street which may be used
    during the harvesting.
    4. The name and address of the property owners.
    5. The estimated time that operations will be complete.
    This permit shall be valid for a period determined by the permit office,
    which will not exceed the estimated time of harvest completion. An
    extension may be granted, if good cause can be shown. The area the
    permit is valid for should be continuous to the harvesting operation and
    shall include all identified points of egress onto public roads.

    No equipment, trucks, or trailers which are part of the timber operation
    shall be allowed to park on any applicable public road or right-of-way.

    A minimum of four (4) warning signs, two in each direction of the
    entrance to timber operation shall be displayed. These signs shall be
    at least three feet from the travel surface, orange in color, and
    36"x36". Two signs, one (1) located 500 feet in each direction from the
    entrance shall state: "Slow Truck Entering Highway." Two signs, one
    located 1,000 feet in each direction from the entrance shall state:
    "Warning Logging Operation Ahead."
    The performance bond, subject to approval by the county attorney, shall
    indemnify the county against any damage to public property, including
    county roads, right-of-ways, points of egress and other affected public
    property. This bond shall also indemnify the county against any costs
    incurred for cleanup of waste or debris left on public property as a
    result of harvest operations. Upon completion of any cleanup and
    necessary repairs and approval of such by the permit office, the county
    will release the permit holder from the application performance bond or
    letter of credit. The permit holder will have thirty (30)days to
    complete and debris or make necessary repairs, if not, then the
    performance bond will be forfeited to the county.

    Upon notice from the issuing authority, work on any project being done
    contrary to this ordinance shall be immediately stopped. The notice of
    stop work shall be written, except in case of emergency, and shall be
    given to the permit holder. The notice shall also include the
    conditions under which work may be resumed. All stop orders remain in
    effect until the permit holder is in compliance with this article. The
    violation of any ordinances set here shall constitute due cause for
    revoking or suspending the harvesting permit. Permits can only be
    revoked or suspended after a hearing before the board of commissioners
    and after notice to the permit holder of the date, time, and place of
    the hearing. Ten (10) days notice shall be deemed reasonable, but can
    be changed if authorized by the board of commissioners. The permit
    holder shall be entitled to an attorney, to cross-examine all witnesses,
    or to present evidence in his own behalf at such hearing. All
    violations of this provision, including stop work orders, shall be
    punished as a misdemeanor.

    All timber harvesting operations shall comply with the tree protection
    regulations (Article XIV, Chapter 6 Douglas County Code of Ordinances),
    and the soil and erosion and sedimentation control regulations (Article
    XI, Chapter 6 Douglas County Code of Ordinances).

    Comments

    Effective July 21, 1992


    Early County Regulations

    April 1999

    Early County
    Board of Commissioners
    22 Court Square; PO Box 693
    Blakely, GA 31723

    Phone: 912-723-4304
    Fax: 912-724-4499

    No Regulations in Effect


    Echols County Regulations

    October 2000

    Echols County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 190
    Statenville, GA 31648

    Phone: 912-559-6538
    Fax: 912-559-6158

    No Regulations in Effect


    Effingham County Regulations

    May 2000

    Effingham County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 307
    Springfield, GA 31329

    Phone: 912-754-2123
    Fax: 912-754-4157

    Regulations in Effect

    No person shall engage in any commercial or construction activity on,
    over or under any right-of-way, easement, road or ditch belonging to or
    maintained by Effingham County without first obtaining a permit
    ($10.00) from the Public Works Director. Road Superintendent will
    inspect site to see if culvert and stone pad are needed. Fine of $1,000
    for violations.


    Elbert County Regulations

    May 2000

    Elbert County
    Board of Commissioner
    10 West Church Street
    Elberton, GA 30635

    Phone: 706-283-2000
    Fax: 706-283-1818

    Regulations in Effect

    Before engaging in any timber operations, a permit must be obtained and
    a surety bond of no less than $1,000.00 shall be posted. Permit
    applications can be obtained from the county commissioners office. In
    this application the applicant must include:
    1. An accurate description of the property where timber shall be
    cut (permit will only be valid for this particular area)
    2. Estimated time of completion
    3. The name and address of both the logging cutter and the
    property owner.

    County road use by timber operations must not endanger passing traffic.
    If roads are damaged in such operations, they shall be restored to their
    original condition, including but not limited to removal of debris and
    mud, and replacement of gravel. Trucks or equipment used shall not be
    allowed to park on the county right-of-way.

    Posting of at least two signs in each direction is required. These
    signs shall be 36" x 36", orange in color, and posted at least three
    feet from the roadway. One sign, at 1,000 feet from the entrance shall
    state: "Warning: Logging Operation Ahead", and the other sign, 500 feet
    from the entrance, shall state (Slow Truck Entering Highway." If the
    operator does not have signs the county can furnish them for a refundabe
    fee.

    This article is enforced by the county ordinance officer and any officer
    of the county Sheriff. Any person violating this article shall tried
    before the County Magistrate Court. Upon conviction, a violation of
    this article shall be punished as provided in section 1-12.


    Emanuel County Regulations

    May 2000

    Emanuel County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 787
    Swainsboro, GA 30401

    Phone: 912-237-3881
    Fax: 912-237-2593

    Regulations in Effect

    It shall be unlawful for anyone to leave debris of any nature on the
    rights-of-way owned by the county within the unincorporated areas of the
    county that would impede or impair the maintenance of such roads.
    Violation of this section is punishable by the Magistrate Court of
    Emanuel county, if found guilty the fine shall not exceed $1,000.00
    and/or incarceration in county jail for a time not to exceed 12 months.
    In addition to criminal penalties, the violator shall be subject to suit
    for damages to cover any cost incurred in removal of said debris.

    At any time, if the road superintendent deems continued logging
    operations on any section of roadway would cause extensive damage to
    that roadway and if the decision is concurred in by the county
    administrator or chairman of the board of commissioners, then the road
    superintendent may request the responsible parties to cease logging
    activities for 24 hours. This request shall be submitted in writing.
    Such orders may be extended for an additional 24 hours by the chairman
    of the board of commissioners. If the notified party refuses to stop
    logging operations, the road superintendent shall notify such parties
    that damages for repair will be assessed against them, and will deliver
    to them, in writing, a good faith estimate of the amount of damage and
    cost of repair. If the responsible parties wish to continue logging,
    then they shall post a bond of twice the amount of estimated damage and
    repair cost with the office of the board of commissioners. In this case
    the county shall have the right to repair any damages and assess the
    cost against the bond. If the responsible party fails to cease work,
    and/or post a bond, then the county shall be entitled to take all
    appropriate action, including seeking a temporary or permanent
    restraining order, and action to collect such damages incurred,
    including expenses of litigation.


    Evans County Regulations

    May 2000

    Evans County
    Board of Commissioners
    3 Freeman St. Courthouse Annex
    Claxton, GA 30417

    Phone: 912-739-1141
    Fax: 912-739-0111

    Regulations in Effect

    The timber harvester shall submit the appropriate form to the County
    Clerk of the Board of Commissioners of Evans County within 48 hours of
    starting the operation. After completion of the project, the contractor
    shall give notification to the County Clerk.

    Failure to comply with the reporting requirements will result in a first
    offense fine of $100 and subsequent fines will not exceed $300.

    Comments

    Ordinance effective September 7, 1993.


    Fannin County Regulations

    May 2000

    Fannin County
    Board of Commissioners
    171 Church Street
    Blue Ridge, GA 30513

    Phone: 706-632-2203
    Fax: 706-632-2507

    No Regulations in Effect


    Fayette County Regulations

    October 2000

    Fayette County
    Board of Commissioners
    140 Stonewall Ave.
    Fayetteville, GA 30214

    Phone: 770-461-6041
    Fax: 770-460-9412

    Regulations in Effect

    Watershed Protection Areas:
    The ordinance identifies areas governed by this section.

    Permitted uses of property within 1000 feet of reservoir include
    1. Residential, with minimum lot size of 3 acres, minimum natural
    buffer of 100 feet, and no multi-family residences;
    2. Agricultural, with minimum natural buffer of 100 feet;
    3. No commercial structures or uses;
    4. No industrial structures or uses.

    Other permitted uses of areas within a reservoir drainage basin, and all
    with natural buffer of at least 100 feet:
    1. Residential: Single-family dwellings, with min. lot size of 2 acres
    unless served by public sewage system; otherwise 1 acre on major
    streams or 3/4 acres on tributaries and minor streams; Multi-family
    dwellings served by public sewerage
    2. Agricultural;
    3. Commercial, with a min. lot size of 1 acre;
    4. Industrial, with minimum lot size of 5 acres.

    If reservoir is not constructed on or adjacent to major water supply,
    then the following uses are permitted within 1000 feet of stream:
    1. Residential, with min. natural buffer of 500 feet for centerline of
    stream or 100 feet from 100-year flood plain, whichever is greater;
    min. lot size of 3 acres; min. set back from buffer of 50 feet;
    2. No commercial, industrial, or multi-family residential use;
    3. Agricultural, with min. natural buffer of 500 feet or 100 feet from
    flood plain; and set back lines of 100 feet from buffer for
    structures and nitrification fields;
    4. Recreational*, limited, with min. natural buffer of 250 feet; no
    structures or impervious paths other than cart paths within 1000
    feet of stream; new sewage treatment facility, dumping,
    discharging, releasing, spraying, or distributing toxic products;
    public and private golf
    courses/driving ranges, picnic tables, jogging paths, and
    nature trails all permitted.

    If a reservoir is not constructed on a major water supply stream, then
    following uses are permitted within 1000 feet of named tributaries:
    1. Residential, with min. lot size of 2 acres, min. natural buffer of
    200 feet or 100 feet from flood plain, set back 50 feet from
    natural buffers;
    2. Commercial, with min. lot size of 1 acre, min. natural buffer 200
    feet from stream or 100 feet from flood plain, and set back 100
    feet from buffer.
    3. Industrial, with min. lot size of 5 acres, min. natural buffer 200
    feet from stream or 100 feet from flood plain, and set back 100
    feet from buffer
    4. Agricultural, with min. natural buffer of 200 feet or 100 feet from
    flood plain and set back 100 feet form buffer.
    5. Recreational*, with min. natural buffer of 200 feet; no structure
    or impervious surfaces within 100 feet of flood plain, no sewage
    treatment facility, dumping, etc.; golf courses, picnic tables and
    paths all permitted.

    If a reservoir is not constructed on a major water supply stream then
    the following uses are permitted within 1000 feet of minor streams:
    1. Residential, industrial, commercial, with min. lot size determined
    by zoning ordinance, min. natural buffer of 100 feet from stream or
    50 feet from flood plain, and set back 50 feet from buffer;
    2. Agricultural, with min. natural buffer of 100 feet of 50 feet from
    flood plain and set back 50 feet from buffer;
    3. Recreational*, with min. natural buffer of 100 feet; no structures
    or impervious surfaces within 50 feet of flood plain; no sewage,
    dumping, etc.; golf courses, picnic tables and paths all permitted.
    Other Quality Consideration:
    The Developer or Builder is responsible for presenting required plans
    and complying with article IX (sediment control) of the Zoning
    Ordinance.

    Whenever the zoning district regulations are more restrictive than those
    in this section, the more restrictive provisions shall prevail.

    Non-residential developments may be required to install oil-water
    separators, grease traps, pre-setting basins, and/or other devices.

    All agricultural or recreational activities must comply with GA state
    laws.

    A landscape plan is required for the replacement/replanting of buffer vegetation.

    "Fayette County Tree Protection Ordinance"

    The purpose of this article is to protect the rural and wooded character of Fayette County through preservation and replanting of trees when new development occurs.

    This ordinance shall apply to any activity which requires a Land Disturbance Permit of Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Permit. Exemptions include property containing dead, diseased, or infested trees as determined by the GFC, or certified arborist; orchards and tree nurseries in active commercial operation; all agricultural and commercial forestry operations; and, the construction of detached single family or two family residential structures.

    For non-residential, single lot development,a Tree Protection Plan (TPP) must be submitted to the Fayette County Engineering Department for review upon application for necessary permits. The TPP may be combined with required Construction plans or site plans when possible. For residential and non-residential subdivision development,a TPP must be provided at the Prelimary Plat stage.

    Tree replantation and certain densities may be required after operations on the property. For a complete, and detailed list, please refer to the Fayette County Development Regulations Article IV. Tree Retention, Protection, and Replacement.


    Floyd County Regulations

    May 2000

    Floyd County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 946
    Rome, GA 30161

    Phone: 706-291-5110
    Fax: 706-291-5248

    Regulations in Effect

    For roads designated as county maintained truck routes, the maximum
    gross weight for any motor vehicle is 55,000 pounds.


    Forsyth County Regulations

    May 2000

    Forsyth County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 128
    Cumming, GA 30130

    Phone: 770-781-2100
    Fax: 770-781-2199

    No Regulations in Effect


    Franklin County Regulations

    May 2000

    Franklin County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 159; 141 Athens St.
    Carnesville, GA 30521

    Phone: 706-384-2483
    Fax: 706-384-7089

    No Regulations in Effect


    Fulton County Regulations

    October 2000

    Fulton County
    Board of Commissioners
    141 Pryor St.
    Atlanta, GA 30303

    Phone: 404-730-8200
    Fax: 404-730-8258

    Regulations in Effect

    A permit for timber harvest is required.
    Prior to beginning any logging operation on property zoned AG-1 in
    unincorporated areas, the property owner shall notify the Development
    Services department of:
    1. The location of property by road name, land lot, district, and
    address if any
    2. The name, address, and phone number of property owner
    3. the name, address, and phone number of the harvester
    4. The estimated starting and completion dates.
    Harvesting on property zoned other than AG-1 shall be conducted only
    after a land disturbance permit has been approved.

    Timber harvesting activities shall have a natural vegetative buffer of
    25 feet and an additional improvement setback of ten (10) feet shall be
    maintained on each side of all tributaries within the affected area.
    This buffer shall be measured from the uppermost limit of the bank,
    within which no harvesting activity shall be allowed.

    Harvesting activities shall remain subject to Section C of Ordinance #
    98-0852, Section 4, and all requirements of the county zoning resolution
    and all other ordinances, resolutions, or regulations of the county.
    Harvesting is allowed only in compliance with the Sedimentation and
    Erosion Control Ordinance of 1989.

    Comments

    Effective August 8, 1998


    Gilmer County Regulations

    May 2000

    Gilmer County
    Board of Commissioners
    1 Westside Square Box 1
    Ellijay, GA 30540

    Phone: 706-635-4361
    Fax: 706-634-4359

    No Regulations in Effect


    Glascock County Regulations

    May 2000

    Glascock County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 66; 62 E Main St
    Gibson, GA 30810

    Phone: 706-598-2671
    Fax: 706-598-0124

    Regulations in Effect

    No person, firm or corporation shall engage in timber operations
    (harvesting or transport) without first obtaining a permit from the Road
    Superintendent and furnishing a surety bond. The permit shall be valid
    for only the particular operation, and the Applicant shall furnish the
    following information:
    1. Name and address of Applicant;
    2. Name and address of property owner;
    3. Purpose for which application is submitted;
    4. Nature and location of work, travel routes, and name of person of
    firm who is to do such work;
    5. Dates of commencements and completion;
    6. Plan of all driveways to be used for operations adjacent to any
    public road;
    7. Other data or plans as may be reasonably required by the Road
    Superintendent.

    The Road Superintendent shall issue a permit under the following
    conditions:
    1. Work shall be done according to standard specifications;
    2. Operation will not unreasonably interfere with vehicular and
    pedestrian traffic;
    3. Health, welfare and safety of the public will not be unreasonably
    impaired;
    4. Roadways will not be damaged and proper water drainage will not be
    adversely affected;
    5. Operation has issued a surety bond of $2500 for any operation on 5
    acres or less or $5000 if greater than 5 acres. Upon completion of
    any necessary repairs, the county will release the permit holder
    from the bond.
    The Road Superintendent shall either issue or deny the permit request.
    An appeal may be taken to the Board of Commissioners within 30 days
    after the date of the Road Superintendent's decision.

    The timber operation shall post two signs in each direction from the
    point of access onto the county road. One sign at a distance of 1000
    feet stating "Warning: Logging Operations Ahead," and one sign at a
    distance of 500 feet stating "Slow Trucks Entering Highway." The
    signs should be 36" by 36", diamond-shaped, orange with black legend and
    posted at least 3 feet from the travel surface.

    Comments

    Effective February 3, 1998


    Glynn County Regulations

    May 2000

    Glynn County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 879 701 G Street
    Brunswick, GA 31521

    Phone: 912-267-5600
    Fax: 912-267-5691

    No Regulations in Effect


    Gordon County Regulations

    October 2000

    Gordon County
    Board of Commissioners
    101 Boston Rd., P.O. Box 580
    Calhoun, GA 30703

    Phone: 706-629-3795
    Fax: 706-629-9516

    Regulations in Effect

    A permit for use of county rights-of-way is required and must be applied for in person or through an authorized agent at the county Road Department. A permit will be issued without charge when all the following information has been provided:

    1. Sections A, B, C, and G of the GEORGIA DEPARTMENT FORM PT283T
    2. SELLERĘS COPY FOR TAX ASSESSOR
    3. The name and address of the owner of the property on which the timber will be harvested
    4. The location of the property on which the operator will engage in timber operations
    5. The county roads upon which timber trucks will travel
    6. The date operations are expected to commence and end
    7. The name and address of all persons in a supervisory capacity engaged in the timber operation at site for which the permit is requested
    8. If the operator intends to use independent contractors, then the name, address, SSN or EIN of each independent contractor
    9. If the operator is only engaged in hauling, then the name, address, SSN or EIN of the operator for whom he will be hauling
    10. A surety bond made payable to Gordon County. This will indemnify the county for any damages cause by timber operations.
    Timber operations that do not access or utilize county roads or right-of-ways shall be exempt from the permit requirements, but all other provisions of this ordinance shall be applicable.

    Dirt, mud, gravel, or other debris resulting from any activity shall be allowed to accumulate on roads to an extent that it becomes unsightly, a nuisance or hazard to passing traffic. Nor shall this debris be allowed to accumulate in ditches or drainage areas to such an extent that the usual flow of water or run-off is stopped, disturbed, changed or interrupted. No person shall create any other type of public nuisance interfering with or damaging public rights-of-way.

    No person shall park or leave unattended trucks or motor vehicles or trailer upon the county rights-of-way.

    No activity shall commence or continue without installing and maintaining, when necessary, a temporary drive cut and culvert and installing and maintaining soil erosion and sedimentation controls to prevent accumulation in the drainage ditches.

    Signs must be posted before operations begin. At least four signs orange in color, at least 36" x 36" and at least three feet from the edge of the road surface. Two signs, one posted 500 feet from the entrance in both directions should state "Slow Trucks Entering Highway." Two signs, one posted 1,000 feet from the entrance in either direction should state "Warning Logging Operation Ahead."

    Inspection by the Road Superintendent to insure that all rights-of-way have been restored to the original condition shall be done immediately upon completion of permitted activity. Failure to insure restoration shall result in the forfeiture of the surety bond. In the event any provision of this ordinance is violated, the county may istitute injunction, mandamus, or other appropriate action or proceeding to prevent or abate such violation.

    No permitted activity shall continue if the permittee fails to keep county roads free of dirt and all other debris. In addition, any person in violation of this ordinance section shall reimburse the county for all costs incurred in abating such nuisances. Any person who fails to comply with this ordinance shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, subject to the Magistrate Court, and upon conviction by a fine not to exceed $1,000.00. Each day the violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.


    Grady County Regulations

    April 1999

    Grady County
    Board of Commissioners
    250 N. Broad St.
    Cairo, GA 31728

    Phone: 912-377-1512
    Fax: 912-377-4127

    No Regulations in Effect


    Greene County Regulations

    May 2000

    Greene County
    Board of Commissioners
    113 N. Main St., Suite 109
    Greensboro, GA 30642

    Phone: 706-453-7716
    Fax: 706-453-9555

    Regulations in Effect

    All industries, prior to loading or unloading materials on county
    right-of-ways must provide the Superintendent of Roads in writing the
    following information:
    a) The name, address and phone number of the contractor or firm
    which will be loading or unloading.
    b) The approximate location of access site to the county road.
    c) Approximate date to commence work and the approximate
    completion date.
    d) The type of materials to be loaded or unloaded.

    Upon notification, the Superintendent of Roads shall inspect the site
    to determine if a culvert is required and the size and length of
    culvert, if any is required. If a culvert is required, it shall be
    installed as directed by the Superintendent of Roads, and shall be
    installed at the expense of the firm or company.

    The Board of Commissioners shall be authorized to require the posting
    of a surety bond in the amount of $1,000.00 by the company, corporation
    or individual asking for an access point. The bond will remain in
    force until the conclusion of operation with the condition of access
    points and roads being found satisfactory as prescribed by this
    ordinance. The bond may be purchased by a company, corporation, or
    individual on a yearly basis to cover all access points needed during
    the calendar year, or the bond may be purchased on an as needed basis.
    Forfeiture of a bond for non performance will require the negligent
    party to purchase surety bonds on a tract to tract basis.
    All logging or pulpwood loading operations shall be conducted at a
    loading site off the county right-of-ways and behind the established
    ditch line of county roads.

    Loading or skidding of materials, timber or logs will not be permitted
    on any county roads and county right-of-ways.

    Ditches shall be kept clear of all debris or residue at all times to
    allow for proper drainage.

    County roads, at the access, site shall be kept serviceable at all times
    for the passing of the public, emergency vehicles, school buses, etc.

    Operators will use crushed stone or some other material if required by
    the Superintendent of Roads on access roads to prevent the transport of
    excessive amounts of mud onto county roads.

    The Superintendent of Roads shall have the authority to close down all
    operations when it is determined that the county roads and access sites
    are not being maintained. Upon suspension of operations, the firm or
    company shall have 5 days from the date of suspension to appeal the
    decision. The appeal shall be made in writing to the Board of
    Commissioners. Upon receipt of the written appeal, the Board of
    Commissioners shall have 5 days to impanel an Arbitration Board. The
    Arbitration Board shall consist of 3 people: one person selected by
    the Board of Commissioners, one person selected by the firm or company,
    and one person mutually agreed upon by the 2 persons selected. Once
    the Arbitration Board has been selected, the Arbitration Board shall
    have no more than 30 days from the receipt of the letter of appeal in
    which to reach a decision. The decision of the Arbitration Board shall
    be final.

    When the Superintendent of Roads is advised that the operations have
    concluded, the Superintendent shall inspect the site. If it is
    determined that the road and access site are not in proper state of
    repair, repairs shall be made at the expense of the firm or company.
    Upon notification by the Superintendent of Roads, the firm or company
    shall have 5 days from the date of the notice to appeal the decision.
    The same appeal process as stated above is followed.


    Gwinnett County Regulations

    October 2000

    Gwinnett County
    Board of Commissioners
    75 Langley Dr.
    Lawrenceville, GA 30245

    Phone: 770-822-7000
    Fax: 770-822-7097

    Regulations in Effect

    No wheel equipped with high pressure pneumatic solid rubber or cushion
    tires shall carry a load which exceeds 8000 pounds by more than 13%, or
    an axle load which exceeds 16000 pounds by more than 13%. No wheel
    with low pressure pneumatic tires shall carry a load which exceeds 9000
    pounds by more than 13%, or any axle load which exceeds 18000 pounds by
    more than 13%.

    Approval of a development plan is required before trees can be cleared
    in industrial, commercial, single- or multi-family zoning districts. Clearing for
    agricultural purposes in RA-200 zoning district is exempt from permit requirements. Timber
    harvesting in RA-200 zoning district is also exempt from the
    permit process (Cubbage, 1988).

    Comments

    Cubbage, F. 1988. Georgia County Logging and Tree Protection
    Ordinances. Tops/Fall, 1988.


    Habersham County Regulations

    April 1999

    Habersham County
    Board of Commissioners
    555 Monroe St., Unit 20
    Clarkesville, GA 30523

    Phone: 706-754-6264
    Fax: 706-754-1014

    No Regulations in Effect


    Hall County Regulations

    May 2000

    Hall County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Drawer 1435; 711 Green St.
    Gainesville, GA 30503

    Phone: 770-535-8260
    Fax: 770-531-3972

    Regulations in Effect

    Tree Protection Ordinance (Hall County Code Chapter 17.280) in effect
    but does not apply to property in use for tree farming or agricultural
    activities.


    Hancock County Regulations

    October 2000

    Hancock County
    Board of Commissioners
    601 Broad St. Courthouse Square
    Sparta, GA 31087

    Phone: 706-444-5746
    Fax: 706-444-6221

    Regulations in Effect

    A permit from the Zoning administrator shall be obtained in order to
    engage in logging of areas larger than one acre. A permit shall be
    required by the Road superintendent to transport timber from a logging
    operation of areas larger than one acre. The permit fee is $35.00.
    Also persons constructing, reconstructing, or improving any commercial
    driveway are required to obtain a permit from the GDOT. Each county
    permit application shall include, but is not limited to:
    1. A map of the operation site that is marked to indicate the
    route to which all logging vehicles are restricted
    2. The date when operations are expected to commence and end
    3. The name and address of the person who have responsiblity for
    supervising the operation
    4. The number of acres to be harvested
    5. Documentation that all obligations and reporting requirements
    to Hancock county tax authorities have been satisfied.

    Permit applicants shall also submit a bond with the application for
    $4,000.00 (gov't security, cash, irrevocable letter of credit, or a
    combination thereof) to the county board of commissioners. This bond
    shall protect and hold harmless the board of commissioners for cleaning
    or repairing any damages to the county road system attributed to the
    logging operation. In the event damages are made to the road system as
    a result of logging activities, the county may call the bond or any part
    thereof to be forfeited and may use the proceeds to make the necessary
    repairs. Any damages exceeding $4,000.00 shall be the responsibility of
    the applicant. No bond shall be called without notice and an
    opportunity for a hearing.

    Appropriate permits shall be conspicuously posted before any operations
    can begin. Also before operations begin, signs must be posted. These
    signs shall be 36"x36", orange in color, and at least three feet from
    the travel surface. Two signs, one sign located 500 feet in each
    dircetion from entrance, shall state: "Slow Trucks Entering Highway."
    Two signs, one 1,000 feet in each direction from the entrance, shall
    state: "Warning: Logging Operation Ahead."

    Operations will not unreasonable interfere with vehicular and pedestrian
    traffic, driveways of adjacent properties. Dirt, mud or other debris as
    a result of timber operations shall not be allowed to accumulate upon
    the rights-of-way of any public road to the extent that it becomes a
    nuisance or hazard to passing traffic, or that it creates an unsightly
    condition upon such sites. Operators shall not allow dirt, mud or
    debris to accumulate in ditches and drainage areas to an extent that
    usual flow of run off is altered in any way. Operators shall not create
    any other type of public nuisance. Unattended trucks or other motor
    vehicles shall not be parked or left upon the county rights-of-way. The
    permit applicant must restrict all logging trucks to the route
    designated on the map furnished with the permit application. All work
    for which a permit is granted in this ordinance shall be under the
    supervision of the county Road superintendent. His authority shall
    include the order to immediately cease all harvesting operations when
    weather conditions compromise public safety or public property.

    Any entity harvesting without a permit or damaging the county road
    system as a result of activities, the superintendent may issue an order
    requiring all activities to be stopped until necessary corrective action
    and mitigation have been taken. Any such order shall be signed by the
    road superintendent. Such order shall become final unless the person
    named therein requests, in writing, an administrative hearing within
    then days of notice. In the event imminent and substantial danger to
    the environment or health of humans is presented to the superintendent,
    he may make application to the appropriate court for temporary or
    permanent injunction, restraining order, or other order as appropriate.
    If civil action is not practical, the superintendent may issue an
    emergency stop order. These type orders shall not be effective for more
    than 48 hours, unless during that time the superintendent brings any
    action against the violator.

    Any person found guilty of logging without a permit from the zoning
    department shall be fined no less than $500.00, but not more than
    $1,000.00. Any person found guilty of transporting timber without a
    permit for the road superintendent shall be fined no less than $500.00,
    but not more than $1,000.00. Any person not posting signs as required
    by this ordinance shall be fined $500.00 for each point of entry not
    properly identified.


    Haralson County Regulations

    May 2000

    Haralson County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 488
    Buchanan, GA 30113

    Phone: 706-646-2002
    Fax: 706-646-2035

    Regulations in Effect

    It shall be unlawful for any person, corporation, partnership or firm to
    use, cross and/or fill any ditch located on a county road right-of-way
    for the purpose of entering and exiting private property for logging and
    timber cutting purposes without first obtaining a permit from the County
    Commissioner. A permit may be issued for each entry requested and may be
    subject to such conditions that may be necessary for the protection of
    the road and ditch structure and for the unrestricted flow of storm
    water. Such conditions may include, but not limited to, the installation
    of an approved culvert pipe and the restoration of the ditchline,
    backslopes, and road shoulders to the original condition upon completion
    of the logging or timber cutting operation. There shall be no trucks,
    trailers or equipment parked on county right-of-ways. Staging of loads
    shall not be done on county right-of-ways. Gravel or other material
    shall be used in staging area to reduce mud being brought onto the
    county road. Mud removal equipment shall be on site at all times that
    mud may be a problem. Skidders shall not be used to remove mud from
    county roads.

    A violation of any provision of this ordinance shall be punishable, upon
    conviction, by a line of not more than $1000.00 and/or sixty (60) days
    imprisonment. Each day this ordinance is violated shall constitute a
    separate violation.

    Comments

    Passed 7/92.


    Harris County Regulations

    May 2000

    Harris County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 365; 104 N. College St.
    Hamilton, GA 31811

    Phone: 706-628-4958
    Fax: 706-628-4223

    Regulations in Effect

    All logging and pulpwood firms are required to secure a permit to
    conduct timber operations. The public works director shall inspect the
    site to determine if a culvert is required along the county rights-of-
    way; the culvert shall e installed by the firm under supervision of the
    public works director.

    All logging/pulpwood loading operations shall be conducted at a loading
    site off the county rights-of-way and behind the estabished ditch line
    of county roads.

    Loading or skidding of logs will not be permitted on county roads.

    Ditches shall be kept clear of all debris or residue.

    The firm will use crushed stone or some other material on access roads
    to prevent the transport of excessive amounts of mud from operations
    area onto county roads.

    The firm shall post two signs in each direction from the entrance onto
    the road used by the logging operation: one at a distance of 1000 feet
    from the entrance, an orange sign (36" x 36") stating "Warning: Logging
    Operations Ahead"; another at a distance of 500 feet from the entrance,
    an orange sign (36" x 36") stating "Slow Truck Entering Highway".

    The public works director shall have authority to suspend all operations
    when it is determined that the county roads and access sites are not
    being maintained in accordance to this ordinance.

    When the public works department is advised that the cutting operations
    have concluded, the public works director will inspect the site to determine the state of county roads. The logging/pulpwood
    operation shall make the required repairs at its expense.

    Any logging/pulpwood firms that have failed to make satisfactory repairs
    shall be required to submit $5,000.00 to the county prior to the receipt
    of an additional permit to conduct timber operations and shall be
    required to continue to submit this amount until the firm completes the
    repairs. The bond shall serve to indemnify the county against damage
    caused by timber harvesting. Bonds are refundable to the permit holder
    within 10 days upon determination by the public works director that no
    damage has been caused to public property.


    Hart County Regulations

    May 2000

    Hart County
    Public Works Department
    P.O. Box 279; 800 Chandler St.
    Hartwell, GA 30643

    Phone: 706-856-5343
    Fax: 706-376-9477

    Regulations in Effect

    No person/entity shall start timber cutting without first obtaining a
    permit, valid for only that timber operation, and posting a bond of not
    less than $1,000.00. The Applicant can obtain the permit through the
    Public Works Department and must provide the following information:
    1. Accurate description of the property upon which the timber shall be
    cut;
    2. Proof of surety bond;
    3. Estimate of time of completion;
    4. Name and address of logging cutter and property owner.

    The use of county roads by timber cutters must not endanger the
    traveling public. The roads used in the logging operation shall be
    restored to their previous condition. Trucks or other equipment used in
    the timber cutting operation shall not be allowed to park on the public
    right-of-way.

    The timber cutter shall post at least two signs in each direction from
    the entrance onto the road used by the logging operation.
    One at a distance of 1000 ft from the entrance, an orange sign (36" by
    36") stating "Warning: Logging Operation Ahead" shall be posted three
    feet from roadway. The other at a distance of 500 feet from the
    entrance, an orange sign (36" by 36") stating "Slow Truck Entering the
    Highway" shall be posted three feet from the roadway. The operation may
    furnish its own sign; Hart County may furnish signs at a $50 fee per
    sign, which shall be refunded upon return of undamaged signs.

    Any person, corporation, etc., violating this ordinance shall be tried
    in magistrate court. Upon conviction, violation shall be punished as
    provided in Section 1-13 of the Hart County Ordinances.

    Comments

    Effective May 28, 1996. Enforcement amended August 25, 1998; September 1, 1999.


    Heard County Regulations

    May 2000

    Heard County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 40; 215 E. Court Square
    Franklin, GA 30217

    Phone: 706-675-3821
    Fax: 706-675-0819

    Regulations in Effect

    No logging trucks can use roads in the county during periods of
    significant rain. Written notice shall be given to owners of trucks to
    cease using roads in the county for a specific period of time during
    inclement weather conditions. If an owner or operator continues to use
    any road, that person shall be in violation of this Ordinance.

    Prior to doing any logging, the logging truck operator shall apply to
    the County Commissioner for a permit. All logging truck operators are
    required to submit their proposed haul route to the Commissioner's
    office for approval as part of the permit approval process.

    No logging operation or parking of logging trucks is allowed on county
    right-of-ways.

    No mud may be tracked onto county roads to cause a traffic hazard and
    all driveways entering a logging work area must be graveled and piped by
    the logging truck operator or his principle. At the end of the logging
    operation, the pipe shall be removed and the right-of-way returned to
    its original condition.

    Each logging operation shall clear and gravel an equipment yard on the
    property where the work is to be performed, and the yard shall be of
    sufficient size to accommodate that particular logging operation.

    Violations of the Ordinance may be punishable by a jail term of not
    more than sixty (60) days and/or a fine of not more than $500.00.

    Comments

    At the February 23, 1993 regular County Commissioners meeting, the Board
    of Commissioners unanimously voted to fully enforce this Ordinance.


    Henry County Regulations

    May 2000

    Henry County
    Board of Commissioners
    345 Phillips Dr.
    McDonough, GA 30253

    Phone: 770-954-2400
    Fax: 770-954-2418

    Regulations in Effect

    All pulpwood, logging, or other timber cutting operations which use
    county roads or cross county right-of-ways shall apply for a permit
    ($30) from the county engineering and road department prior to
    operations. The applicant shall install and bear the entire expense of
    an approved culvert pipe. At the conclusion of operations, the
    applicant, at his expense, shall return the ditch to its original or
    better condition; this may include restoring the shape of the ditch,
    backslope and road shoulders. The county shall inspect the ditch prior
    to installation and after removal of the culvert pipe.


    Houston County Regulations

    May 2000

    Houston County
    Board of Commissioners
    200 Carl Vinson Pkwy.
    Warner Robbins, GA 31088

    Phone: 912-542-2115
    Fax: 912-923-5697

    Regulations in Effect

    Companies harvesting timber who travel on minor and secondary county
    roads will have to post a bond to cover possible damages to road due to
    heavy traffic. This bond will be released after the harvest if there
    are no damages.


    Irwin County Regulations

    May 2000

    Irwin County
    Board of Commissioners
    207 S. Irwin Ave.
    Ocilla, GA 31774

    Phone: 912-468-9441
    Fax: 912-468-9672

    No Regulations in Effect


    Jackson County Regulations

    May 2000

    Jackson County
    Board of Commissioners
    67 Athens St.
    Jefferson, GA 30549

    Phone: 706-367-1199
    Fax: 706-367-9083

    Regulations in Effect

    A cash bond of $1,000.00 must be posted with the Board of Commissioners.
    The purpose of the bond is to insure that all damages made to roadways,
    ditches, or bridges be corrected and the areas be left at least in the
    same condition as existing immediately prior to the pulpwood, logging,
    or timber operation.

    A permit must be applied for and granted upon a form approved and
    provided by the Board of Commissioners to cross county ditches or
    otherwise enter county roadways. A separate permit must be applied for
    and received and $500.00 bond paid for each such pulpwood, logging, or
    timber operation within the county.

    The Board of Commissioners shall periodically make an inspection of the
    county roadways, ditches, and bridges, and shall notify the Harvester
    of all actions reasonably necessary to maintain and insure the return
    of condition of the county roadway, ditches, and bridges to a state at
    least equal to that existing immediately prior to the instituting of
    the pulpwood, logging, or timber operations.

    If the Harvester does not complete such repairs as are reasonably
    periodically necessary within five (5) days of notice, the Board of
    Commissioners shall complete the repairs and deduct the costs from the
    posted bond. The Harvester shall also remain liable for any additional
    costs for the maintaining of the roadway and insuring its return to the
    prior condition.

    If the Harvester fails to complete such repairs as are required, the
    Board of Commissioners shall be authorized to require an additional
    bond of $1,000.00 in addition to the original bond of $500.00.
    Upon satisfactory completion of all repairs required within the five
    (5) day period, any bond remaining shall be returned to the Harvester.
    If the repairs are not timely made as required, deduction shall be made
    for repairs reasonably required.

    Failure to comply with any of the provisions is a misdemeanor.


    Jasper County Regulations

    October 2000

    Jasper County
    Planning and Zoning
    126 West Greene St.
    Courthouse, Suite 206
    Monticello, GA 31064

    Phone: 706-468-4905
    Fax: 706-468-4938

    Regulations in Effect

    A logging permit shall be required for each location or each pulpwood and logging operation, in addition to any other permit hereinafter required. The permit shall identify the party responsible for the operation and the location of the area to be logged, according to the Tax Map and Parcel Number. The permit shall be posted at the site of the operation. Failure to obtain a permit or to keep it posted at the site shall subject the offender to a maximum fee of $500.

    Pulpwood and logging operations which desire to cross county ditches to enter property for the purpose of cutting, must apply for and be granted a permit by the County Road Department. The ditch may only be crossed after the contractor has paid the county for the installation of an approved culvert pipe, or the contractor may use his own pipe if approved by the Road Superintendent. The contractor must restore the ditch line, back slopes, and road shoulders to original condition or better once his operations are complete in the area.

    For each pulpwood and logging operation, a $2500 bond shall be posted with the county. After completion of pulpwood and logging operations with satisfactory compliance with the provisions of this ordinance, the bond posted shall be returned to the applicant. In the event there is a failure of compliance and the party is advised about this and fails to correct or perform those acts necessary to comply, the bond may be used by the county towards the expense of causing compliance.

    Heavily laden pulpwood, logging operations and heavy equipment vehicles shall not proceed routinely over the county's unimproved road system during periods of rain or inclement weather when clearly, said travel causes excessive damage and maintenance to the road system such that road conditions for the passage of smaller and lighter passenger vehicles has been substantially hampered.

    It shall be the responsibility of the contractor to ensure all trees, branches and limbs are removed from ditches and county right-of-ways. This applies on both county unimproved road surfaces and county paved roadways.

    Heavily laden transport vehicles are restricted from crossing county bridges where their carted load exceeds the posted limit of the bridge.

    Pulpwood and logging operations which access county paved road surfaces shall immediately remove any dirt or mud brought onto the county road surfaces or right-of-ways so as to prevent the destruction of improved surfaces and not to impede safe motor vehicle operation. It shall be the responsibility of the contractor to place enough stone pad surface at access points and/or to take sufficient preventative action to stop and dirt and mud from adhering to county roads.

    It shall be the responsibility of the contractor to inform the County Public Works Department or the County Commissioners Office of completion of each logging operation for the purpose of final inspection to the work site area.

    The County Sheriff and/or the County Road Superintendent shall have the authority to temporarily stop/halt access to county roads at work site areas if they deem the contractor to be in non-compliance.

    A contractor in non-compliance may make repairs at his expense with the approval of the County Road Superintendent and within a specific time period.

    If a contractor in non-compliance does not make the necessary repairs within a specific time period, the county may bill the contractor for the total cost of repairs for the damages incurred.

    Failure to comply with any of the provisions constitutes a misdemeanor.

    Comments

    Effective December 1994.


    Jeff Davis County Regulations

    May 2000

    Jeff Davis County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 602; 14 Jeff Davis St.
    Hazlehurst, GA 31539

    Phone: 912-375-6611
    Fax: 912-375-0378

    No Regulations in Effect


    Jefferson County Regulations

    May 2000

    Jefferson County
    Board of Commissioners
    202 E. Fifth St.; P.O. Box 658
    Louisville, GA 30434

    Phone: 912-625-3332
    Fax: 912-625-4077

    Regulations in Effect

    The timber harvesting contractor shall give written notification to the
    Board of Assessors within 48 hours after the start-up (moving in of
    equipment or cutting of any trees). The notice shall include the
    following information:

    Harvesting contractor:
    Contact person:
    Address:
    Telephone number(s):
    Landowner:
    Map:
    Parcel:
    Location:
    Beginning date:
    Estimated ending date:

    Upon completion of harvesting, the contractor shall give oral
    notification (phone call sufficient) of completion.

    For failure to comply with these reporting requirements, the penalty for
    the first offense shall be a warning. For the second offense, a fine of
    up to $100.00, and subsequent offenses shall be fines of up to $300.00.

    Comments

    Effective date: 3/1/93.


    Jenkins County Regulations

    October 2000

    Jenkins County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 797; Winthrop Ave.
    Millen, GA 30442

    Phone: 912-982-2563
    Fax: 912-982-4750

    Regulations in Effect

    "Timber Operation Ordinance"

    No person, firm, or corporation shall engage in timber operations in Jenkins County without first obtaining a permit and furnishing a surety bond.

    A timber operations permit may be obtained from the Jenkins County Commissioners Office, and shall be only issued after a surety bond of $1000 is posted.

    Prior to operations, the Road Superintendent shall inspect the point of access to the county road to determine its suitability. A culvert may be required.

    The Road Supterintendent shall determine the suitability of the angle of the entrance with the public road as to prevent road damage.

    Two signs shall be posted in each direction at 1000' stating "Warning: Logging Operations Ahead," and at 500' stating "Slow Truck Entering Highway." These signs shall be 36"x36", erected in a diamond shape, painted orange with black lettering, and posted at least 3 feet from the roadway.

    All harvesting shall be conducted off county roads. Ditches shall be kept clear. There shall be no blockage of county roads. No equipment shall be allowed to park on any public road. Mud shall not be carried onto paved roads. A temporary gravel exit may be required to prevent this.

    The timber operator shall give written notification to the Road Superintendent upon completion of operations. The Road Superintendent shall inspect the site. Any restoration will be deducted from the surety bond.


    Johnson County Regulations

    May 2000

    Johnson County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 269 Courthouse Square
    Wrightsville, GA 31096

    Phone: 912-864-3388
    Fax: 912-864-9441

    Regulations in Effect

    A $500 bond is imposed on all timber and pulpwood operators using county
    rights-of-way for the ingress or egress of timber. If said operators
    use the rights-of-way in a manner not requiring maintenance, then the
    bond shall be returned to the operator.

    Should temporary driveways and culverts be needed, then a deposit of
    $500 will be made with the Board of Commissioners so that the proper
    structures can be installed by the Board. Upon completion of the
    project, Johnson County will remove any temporary driveway or pipe.
    Costs for installation of the structures will be deducted from the $500
    deposit and the balance shall be returned to the logger or wood
    producer.

    The timber harvesting contractor shall give written notice to the Board
    of Assessors of Johnson County 48 hours after start-up. At the
    completion of the project, notification of such will also be given.

    Citations for violations will be required to appear before the
    Magistrate of Johnson County.

    Comments

    Ordinance effective July 1, 1993.


    Jones County Regulations

    May 2000

    Jones County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 1359; 166 Industrial Blvd.
    Gray, GA 31032

    Phone: 912-986-6405
    Fax: 912-986-9682

    Regulations in Effect

    All industries, prior to loading or unloading materials on county
    right-of-ways must provide the Clerk in writing on provided forms the
    following information
    1. The name, address and phone number of the contractor or firm
    which will be loading or unloading.
    2. The approximate location of access site to the county road.
    3. Approximate date to commence work and the approximate
    completion date.
    4. The type of materials to be loaded or unloaded.
    Any business needing access to county roads for the purpose of
    conducting business is required to purchase a permit ($25.00 fee)for
    each access site. Permits must be posted at each access site and
    visible from the road way.

    Upon notification, a County Administrator designee shall inspect the
    site to determine if a culvert is required and the size and length of
    culvert, if any is required. If a culvert is required, it shall be
    installed as directed by the designee, and shall be installed at the
    expense of the firm or company. The designee may also require the use
    of a crushed stone pad to prevent excessive mud on the roadway.

    A surety bond of $2,500.00 shall be posted and remain in force until the
    conclusion of operations with the access sites and county roads found in
    satisfactory condition. This bond is transferable from access site to
    access site, but is only valid for one site at a time. Violation of
    this ordinance shall authorize the forfeiture of such amount of the bond
    as may be required to repair any damages to roads or rights-of-way. If
    damages exceed bond amount, the operator will be liable for such amount.
    Forfeiture of a bond for non-performance will require surety bond
    purchase on a site to site basis.The designee shall have the authority to require the operations to cease
    if:
    1. The sites are not properly installed and maintained.
    2. Transport vehicles traveling over county roads are causing
    damage which substantially hampers the passage of smaller
    vehicles or damage that requires maintenance/repair to
    roadways.
    3. The company or operator has not applied for or posted properly
    the permit required by this ordinance, nor provided the
    necessary bond.

    All logging or pulpwood loading operations shall be conducted at a
    loading site off the county right-of-ways and behind the established
    ditch line of county roads. Loading or skidding of materials, timber or
    logs will not be permitted on any county roads and county right-of-ways.

    Ditches shall be kept clear of all debris or residue at all times to
    allow for proper drainage.

    County roads, at the access, site shall be kept serviceable at all
    times for the passing of the public, emergency vehicles, school buses,
    etc. Access sites shall be clearly marked with clearly visible signs in
    both directions containing company name or "Trucks Entering Roadway."

    When the harvested quantity is less than 20 chords or 50 tons at any one
    access site, as determined by the designee, a surety bond, permit and
    use of road signs is not required. All other conditions of this
    ordinance shall be followed.

    Violation of this ordinance shall be considered a misdemeanor offense,
    and punishable by the Magistrate Court. Each day or portion thereof
    shall be considered a separate offense, and will be punished with the
    limits provided by state laws.

    Comments

    Adopted July 21, 1998


    Lamar County Regulations

    May 2000

    Lamar County
    Board of Commissioners
    Courthouse 326 Thomaston St.
    Barnesville, GA 30204

    Phone: 770-358-5146
    Fax: 770-358-5149

    Regulations in Effect

    All industries, prior to loading or unloading materials on county
    right-of-ways must provide the Superintendent of Roads in writing the
    following information:
    1. The name, address and phone number of the contractor or firm
    which will be loading or unloading.
    2. The approximate location of access site to the county road.
    3. Approximate date to commence work and the approximate
    completion date.
    4. The type of materials to be loaded or unloaded.

    Upon notification, the Superintendent of Roads shall inspect the site
    to determine if a culvert is required and the size and length of
    culvert, if any is required. If a culvert is required, it shall be
    installed as directed by the Superintendent of Roads, and shall be
    installed at the expense of the firm or company.

    The Superintendent of Roads shall be authorized to require the posting
    of a bond in an amount that will cover any repair work. The necessity
    and amount of the bond shall be in the sole discretion of the
    Superintendent.

    All logging or pulpwood loading operations shall be conducted at a
    loading site off the county right-of-ways and behind the established
    ditch line of county roads.

    Loading or skidding of materials, timber or logs will not be permitted
    on any county roads and county right-of-ways.

    Ditches shall be kept clear of all debris or residue at all times to
    allow for proper drainage.
    County roads, at the access, site shall be kept serviceable at all
    times for the passing of the public, emergency vehicles, school buses,
    etc.

    Operators will use crushed stone or some other material if required by
    the Superintendent of Roads on access roads to prevent the transport of
    excessive amounts of mud onto county roads.

    When the Superintendent of Roads is advised that the operation have
    concluded, he shall inspect the site. If it is determined that the
    road and access site are not in a proper state of repair due to
    harvesting operations, the operator shall make the required repairs at
    his expense.

    Contractor or operators may remove culverts they installed upon
    completion of their operations.

    Failure to comply with the requirement for repairs will give the county
    the right to make repairs and charge the expense to the operator.


    Lanier County Regulations

    May 2000

    Lanier County
    Board of Commissioners
    100 Main St. Courthouse
    Lakeland, GA 31635

    Phone: 912-482-2088
    Fax: 912-482-8333

    No Regulations in Effect


    Laurens County Regulations

    June 2000

    Laurens County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 2011
    Dublin, GA 31040

    Phone: 912-272-4755
    Fax: 912-272-3895

    No Regulations in Effect


    Lee County Regulations

    May 2000

    Lee County
    Board of Commissioners
    104 Leslie Hwy.; P.O. Box 889
    Leesburg, GA 31763

    Phone: 912-759-6000
    Fax: 912-759-6032

    Regulations in Effect

    Before any tree harvest operation, all loggers shall post a cash bond of
    $1,000.00 with the clerk of the board of commissioners for each separate
    tract of land from which trees are to be removed. For each tract, the
    logger shall also provide:
    1. His name, address and phone number
    2. The name, address and phone number of the foreman for each
    tract
    3. The name, address and phone number of the owner of each tract
    4. The approximate location of the access sites to county roads
    for each tract
    5. The anticipated start date for tree removal for each tract
    6. The anticipated end date for tree removal for each tract
    Upon the receipt of this information, the road superintendent shall
    inspect each site to determine if a culvert is needed at access to
    county roads, and if so the length and diameter of the culvert. If a
    culvert is required it will be installed at the loggers expense.

    The entrance to county roads from the logging operation shall be of
    sufficient width so that logging trucks entering the road will have to
    turn as little as possible on the pavement, and in the event the
    pavement is damaged by trucks entering the highway, the cost of repairs
    will be deducted from the cash bond. If the cash bond does not cover
    the repair, then the logger shall be responsible for the remainder.

    All loading of logs shall be conducted at a site off the county right-
    of-way and behind established ditch lines. Loading and skidding of logs
    across the rights-of-way is prohibited. Ditches shall be kept clear of
    debris and residue so as not to interfere with proper drainage. Roads
    adjacent to the site shall be kept clean and serviceable at all time to accommodate passing traffic. All necessary means shall be used to
    prevent trucks and other equipment from transporting mud onto adjacent
    roadways to an extent that a hazard is created.

    Within three (3) days of completion of harvest, loggers shall notify the
    clerk of the board of commissioners. Whereupon, the road superintendent
    shall inspect the site to determine if the road and right-of-way is in
    as good condition as prior to harvest operations. If so, the bond shall
    be void and the logger's money returned. If corrective repairs are
    necessary, the reasonable cost shall be deducted from the bond, and the
    remainder if any shall be returned to the logger.

    Comments

    Effective January 22, 1998.


    Liberty County Regulations

    October 2000

    Liberty County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 829
    Hinesville, GA 31310

    Phone: 912-876-2164
    Fax: 912-369-0204

    Regulations in Effect

    "General Limits on Heavy Vehicles"

    Heavy vehicles shall not proceed routinely over the county's unimproved road system during periods of inclement weather, when it clearly poses a threat of damage to the road ways so that normal lighter and smaller traffic would be sustantially hampered.

    "Ditch crossing permit"

    Pulpwood and logging operations desiring to cross county ditches must apply for a permit to cross a ditch. A ditch may only be crossed after the installation of a culvert pipe. The contractor must restore ditches, backslopes, and road shoulders to the original condition, or better upon completion of operations. The applicant must obtain a permit from the County Road Department for each crossing.

    "Penalty for Violations"

    Failure to comply may be punishable by a fine between $100-500, and/or the imprisonment for up to 60 days.


    Lincoln County Regulations

    May 2000

    Lincoln County
    Board of Commissioners
    210 Humphrey St.
    Lincolnton, GA 30817

    Phone: 706-359-4444
    Fax: 706-359-4729

    Regulations in Effect

    No timber operator shall engage in a timber operation without first
    having secured a permit allowing such operation. A timber owner may
    secure the permit. The permit can be obtained in the Office of Planning
    and Permits. When applying for the permit you must provide:
    1. The name and address of the owner of the property on which the
    timber operator will engage in such timber operation.
    2. The location of the property on which the timber operator will
    engage in such timber operation.
    3. The number(s) of the County road(s) in Lincoln County upon
    which timber trucks will travel.
    4. The date cutting operations are expected to commence and end.
    5. The name and address of all persons in a supervising capacity
    engaged in timber operations at the location for which the
    permit is requested.
    6. If the timber operator intends to engage independent
    contractors to haul timber, the name, and address shall be
    shown on the application of each such independent contractor.
    In addition, the applicant will comply with all state and federal
    regulations pertaining to timber operations. The holder of the permit
    will notify the office of Planning and Permits that the timber
    operations have terminated.

    No timber operator shall allow dirt, mud, or other debris to accumulate
    upon the right-of-ways of any public road to such an extent that it
    becomes a nuisances or hazard to persons traveling upon such roads, nor
    shall it create an unsightly condition upon the public right-of-ways.
    Dirt, mud, or other debris cannot accumulate in ditches or drainage
    areas on public right of ways to an extent where the usual flow of water
    or run-off is stopped, disturbed, changed, or interrupted. No timber
    operator shall create any other type of public nuisance.
    Any timber operator in violation of this section shall reimburse the
    County for any cost and expenses incurred in abating said nuisance.

    Trucks or other motor vehicles or trailers shall not be parked or left
    upon the right-of-way of any County road.

    Before operations begin, the timber operator must first install and
    maintain a temporary drive cut and culvert to access the property, and
    install soil erosion and sedimentation controls to prevent dirt, mud,
    and other debris from accumulating in the County drainage ditches, and
    on the County roads where operators are ingressing and egressing.

    Before operations can begin timber operators must post signs, one sign
    in each direction:
    1. located 500 feet from the entrance stating "Slow Trucks
    Entering Highway"
    2. located 1,000 feet from the entrance stating "Warning Logging
    Operations Ahead".
    These signs shall be 36"x36", orange in color and posted at least three
    feet from the road surface. Operators may furnish their own signs, but
    if requested or if signs are not posted, Lincoln County may furnish
    signs at $50.00 per sign (refundable upon return of sign).

    The Superintendent of Public Works and/or designees of the Board of
    Commissioners shall have the authority to close down all operations when
    determined by either of them that the county roads are not being
    maintained in accordance with this ordinance.

    Any operator or timber owner who does not comply with this ordinance
    shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of no less than
    $500.00 nor more than $1000.00. Each day the violation continues shall
    constitute separate offenses.

    Comments

    Effective April 4, 1994.


    Long County Regulations

    May 2000

    Long County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 476
    Ludowici, GA 31316

    Phone: 912-545-2143
    Fax: 912-545-2150

    No Regulations in Effect


    Lowndes County Regulations

    May 2000

    Lowndes County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 1349
    Valdosta, GA 31601

    Phone: 912-333-5116
    Fax: 912-245-5222

    No Regulations in Effect


    Lumpkin County Regulations

    June 2000

    Lumpkin County
    Board of Commissioners
    99 Courthouse Hill Suite A
    Dahlonega, GA 30533

    Phone: 706-864-3742
    Fax: 706-864-4760

    Regulations in Effect

    Upon receiving notification by the Road Supervisor and the Sheriff's
    Department that the logging operation has created a hazard and nuisance
    condition, all operations must cease until the condition is corrected.
    A cash bond may be posted to insure that the appropriate clean up is
    completed in a timely manner (5 days within posting of the bond).
    Removal and cleaning shall be inspected by an agent of the county to be
    designated by the Commissioner. If the condition is satisfactorily
    corrected, the bond shall be refunded to the operator. If not
    satisfactorily corrected, repairs may be made by the county deducting
    the costs from the bond.


    McDuffie County Regulations

    May 2000

    McDuffie County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 28; 337 Main St.
    Thomson, GA 30824

    Phone: 706-595-2100
    Fax: 706-595-4710

    Regulations in Effect

    The timber harvesting contractor shall give written notification to the
    County Clerk of the Board of Commissioners within 48 hours after the
    start-up (moving in of equipment or cutting of any trees). The notice
    shall include the following information:

    Harvesting contractor:
    Contact person:
    Address:
    Telephone number(s):
    Landowner:
    Location:
    Beginning date:
    Estimated ending date:

    Upon completion of harvesting, the contractor shall give oral
    notification (phone call sufficient) of completion.

    For failure to comply with these reporting requirements, the penalty for
    the first offense shall be a warning. For the second offense, a fine of
    up to $100.00, and subsequent offenses shall be fines of up to $300.00.

    Comments

    Effective 1/1/93


    McIntosh County Regulations

    April 1999

    McIntosh County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 584; 310 North Way
    Darien, GA 31305

    Phone: 912-437-6671
    Fax: 912-437-6416

    No Regulations in Effect


    Macon County Regulations

    October 2000

    Macon County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 297; 121 S. Sumter St.
    Oglethorpe, GA 31068

    Phone: 912-472-7021
    Fax: 912-472-5643

    Regulations in Effect

    "Recharge Area Protection Ordinance"

    A site plan shall be submitted to the Permitting Officer along with the
    permit application. Public notice by some local organ is required, with
    a public hearing held by the Permitting Officer if requested by county
    citizens. Any permit issued will expire six (6) months after cessation
    of work.

    "Timber Transport Ordinance"

    It shall be unlawful for any operator engaged in transporting timber or pulpwood to damage county rights-of-way.
    Each permit pursuant to this ordinance shall pay a fee of $15.00, and pay be obtained from the Macon County Building Inspector.
    In order to apply for an access permit, the applicant must provide an accurate description of the property, and provide an estimate for the approximate time frame for the project. The applicant must secure a commercial bond of $1000.
    The use of county rights-of-way must not endanger the traveling public, or damage road ways. Where damage does occur, these rights-of-way shall be restored to their previous condition. Equipment shall not be parked on rights-of-way for any extended amounts of time.
    An operator transporting timber shall post at least one sign in each direction from the entrance onto the road used by the operator. These signs should be placed in locations visible to oncoming traffic between 500-1000 ft. on either side of the road entrance. Each sign shall be orange with dimensions of at least 24"x24" and should read "Caution Trucks Entering Highway", or an equivalent thereof. Additionally, the operator shall post a sign noting the operator's name, address, and phone number.
    The building inspector shall be notified immediately when work is completed to inspect the area.

    "River Corridor Protection Ordinance"

    100 foot buffers of natural vegetation shall be kept parallel to the
    Flint river. If a buffer is disturbed during work activities, it shall
    be repaired/replaced immediately. Timber activities are allowed only if
    the comply with the Georgia Forestry Commission's Best Management
    Practices(BMPs), and they do not impair the quality of drinking water.
    Permits for such activities can be obtained from the Permitting Officer
    and filed at the Office of Building Inspector. Permits will be issued
    only if activities comply with county, state, federal and local
    regulations. The Permitting Officer shall impose conditions necessary
    to assure any adverse impacts on river corridor function or value is
    prevented. If work doesn't begin or is abandoned for 6 months, the
    permit will expire. Any violation of this ordinance shall be punishable
    by a fine of not more than $1,000.00 per offense or up to sixty (60)
    days in jail. Each violation is considered a separate offense.

    "Wetland Protection Ordinance"

    Forestry practices that comply with GA Forestry Commission BMPs are
    allowed in wetland areas. A site plan and bond, if required by
    Permitting Officer, shall accompany the permit application. There will be a filing fee specified by the Permitting Officer that can be up to
    $1,000.00 or $100 per acre. Permit applications will be reviewed within
    60 days of receipt. The applicant will receive written notice of the
    decision. If the review is not completed within 60 days, then the
    application is considered approved. If the permit application is
    denied, appeals may be made to the Board of Commissioners. All decisions
    by the Board are final. For all activities allowed by permit, the
    Permitting Officer has the authority to issue stop work orders. If
    during activities any vegetative cover is removed, it must be replaced
    quickly. If work does not begin or has ceased for 6 months, permits
    expire. If the applicant does not comply with all conditions of the
    permit and site plan, the Permitting Officer may revoke such permit.
    Violations of this ordinance can be punishable by a fine up to $1,000.00
    per offense or up to 60 days in jail. Each violation shall be
    considered a separate offense.


    Madison County Regulations

    October 2000

    Madison County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 147; 91 Albany Ave.
    Danielsville, GA 30633

    Phone: 706-795-5664
    Fax: 706-795-5668

    Regulations in Effect

    "Timber Harvest and Loading and Hauling Activities Ordinance"

    This ordinance shall cover any individual person, corporation, partnership, association,or other business entity that uses County rights-of-way in the unincorporated areas of Madison County, including ditches, embankments, or in the harvesting of timber. Any operation involving less than one and one-tenth acres or less shall be exempt from this ordinance.

    Roads or rights-of-way shall not be damaged. A permit is required for operations, and may be obtained from the county board of commissioners Planning and Zoning Office. Persons constructing or improving any commercial driveway are required to obtain a permit from the GADOT prior to undertaking such work.

    Upon completion of operations, the operator shall give notice to the Planning and Zoning Office. A County Official shall then inspect the site. Release of liability will then be issued within ten days of notification of completion.

    All harvesting and loading shall be conducted off county rights-of-way, and behind established ditch lines.

    Ditches within 50 feet of temporary driveways shall be kept clear of all debris. Culverts shall be installed, as needed. The code enforcement officer shall notify the operator of the requirement for a culvert.

    Warning signs shall be placed at least 500 feet on both sides of the temporary driveway.

    County roads shall be kept serviceable and open at all times.

    The operations will not unreasonably interfere with vehicular and pedestrian traffic and the means of ingress and egress from the affected property and adjacent properties.

    Gravel may be required for approaches to the county rights-of-way.

    A bond shall be filed with the permit in the amount of $2000. No more than three separate operations shall be covered by the same bond.

    The permit shall be displayed in a conspicuous location at the work site.

    The operator shall be liable for any damages, in the full amount.

    A violation of this ordinance can be punishable of up to $1000 and up to 60 days imprisonment.


    Marion County Regulations

    August 1991

    Marion County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 481
    Buena Vista, GA 31803

    Phone: 912-649-2603
    Fax: --

    No Regulations in Effect


    Meriwether County Regulations

    May 2000

    Meriwether County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 428; 100 Court Square
    Greenville, GA 30222
    Greenville, GA 30222

    Phone: 706-672-1314
    Fax: 706-672-1886

    Regulations in Effect

    All persons loading, unloading or transporting materials in excess of
    three (3) tons per load across a county road or right-of-way must
    provide, within 48 hours of commencing on county roads, in writing, to
    the county board of commissioners' clerk the name, address and phone
    number of the party which will be loading and unloading.

    All loading will be conducted at a site off the county right-of-way and
    behind established ditch lines. Ditches within 50 feet of the temporary
    driveway shall be kept clear of all debris or residue so as not to
    interfere with proper drainage. County roads shall be kept serviceable
    at all times for passing traffic. Warning signs shall be posted at
    least 500 feet on both sides of the temporary driveway warning oncoming
    traffic of persons, vehicles, equipment or machinery entering the
    roadway.

    If at the conclusion of any activity, the roads are not in the same
    condition as before work began, the harvester shall have 10 days to make
    repairs. If repairs aren't made within these 10 days, then the county
    will be authorized to require a surety bond of $1,000.00 for future
    access sites.


    Miller County Regulations

    April 1999

    Miller County
    Board of Commissioners
    155 S. First St.
    Colquitt, GA 31737

    Phone: 912-758-4104
    Fax: 912-758-2229

    No Regulations in Effect


    Mitchell County Regulations

    May 2000

    Mitchell County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 187 ; 26 Court St.
    Camilla, GA 31730

    Phone: 912-336-2000
    Fax: 912-336-2003

    No Regulations in Effect

    Comments

    Please contact Road Department at 912-336-2048 to get a driveway pipe installed before logging begins. There is a charge to install pipe.


    Monroe County Regulations

    May 2000

    Monroe County
    Board of Commissioners
    38 W. Main St.; P.O. Box 189
    Forsyth, GA 31029

    Phone: 912-994-7000
    Fax: 912-994-7294

    Regulations in Effect

    Prior to operations, logging and pulpwood firms are required to contact
    the county superintendent of roads, pay a $15 permit fee, and complete
    an application containing:
    1. Name, address, and phone number of the contractor firm.
    2. Approximate location of access sites to county road.
    3. Approximate date when work will begin, the length of the
    contract for removal, or the estimated completion date of the
    operation.
    4. Type of materials to be loaded or unloaded.
    Also prior to operation, an inspection by the county superintendent of
    roads shall decide if, or how much of, a culvert will be necessary and
    will supervise its installation. Installation will be done by the
    harvesting firm.

    A surety bond of $1000.00 is required. This bond will remain in force
    until the conclusion of the operation, and roads and access points are
    found satisfactory. This bond may be purchased on a yearly basis to
    cover all access points needed during that time or an as-needed basis.
    If bond is ever forfeited due to nonperformance will require the
    forfeiting party to purchase surety bonds on a tract-to tract basis.

    During operations
    1. loading shall be conducted at a site off the county right-of-
    ways and behind ditch lines of such roads.
    2. Loading, or skidding of materials, timber or logs will not be
    permitted on county roads.
    3. Ditches shall be kept clear of all debris or residue at all
    times for proper drainage.
    4. Operation transport vehicles shall not proceed over the
    county's road system during periods of rain or inclement
    weather, when such will cause road system damage.
    5. Unless waived by the county superintendent of roads, access
    onto public roads shall have culverts and stone pads. These
    will be provided by the operator.
    6. Any dirt or mud brought onto paved road surfaces must be
    removed immediately. Operators will used crushed stone or
    some other material to prevent such.
    7. County roads at access sites shall be kept serviceable at all
    times for the public.

    At completion of harvest, contractors must restore the ditch line,
    backslopes and road shoulders to their original condition or better.
    The contractor shall notify the road department by phone or letter 48
    hours before the completion of the job. The site will be inspected by
    the road superintendent (or representative) within 48 hours. If at this
    time, access sites are not in proper repair, operators will make the
    required repairs at his expense. Operators shall remove culverts they
    installed by completion of project.

    Failure to comply with the requirement for repairs will give the county
    the right to make the repairs and charge the expense to therefor to the
    operators.

    Comments

    Effective March 16, 1993


    Montgomery County Regulations

    May 2000

    Montgomery County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 295; 415 S. Fulton St.
    Mount Vernon, GA 30445

    Phone: 912-583-2363
    Fax: 912-583-2026

    No Regulations in Effect


    Morgan County Regulations

    May 2000

    Morgan County
    Board of Commissioners
    355 Hancock St.; P.O. Box 168
    Madison, GA 30650

    Phone: 706-342-0725
    Fax: 706-342-7806

    Regulations in Effect

    Prior to operations, a permit must be obtained from the County Clerk. A
    $1,000.00 bond will be required for each separate operation for a
    maximum of $3000.00 for a single applicant. No permit will be issued to
    any applicant who fails to fully satisfy any bonding requirements.

    The written permit application shall include the following:
    A. The name and address of applicant.
    B. The name and address of the property owner.
    C. The location of any work proposed to be done and the name of
    the person or firm who is to do the work.
    D. The estimated date of commencement and the date of completion
    of the proposed work.
    E. Other data or plans as may reasonably required by the County
    Clerk or the County Road Superintendent.

    A permit shall be issued when the clerk finds:
    A. That the plans for the proposed operation have been approved
    by the Road Superintendent.
    B. A map has been furnished that is marked with the nearest route
    from logging operation to the state road(this route must be
    used by all logging trucks during the operation).
    C. Logging signs must be posted at all operations. These signs
    must contain the company name and "Trucks Entering Highway."
    D. All work shall be done according to the standards set by the
    Board of Commissioners for similar public work.
    E. Operations will not unreasonably interfere with vehicular or
    pedestrian traffic or adjacent property entrances.
    F. That public safety will not be unreasonably impaired.

    All work for which a permit is granted shall be under the supervision of
    the Road Superintendent.
    Prior to any approval by the Road Superintendent, a plan(to include
    graveling when required by weather conditions) shall be submitted for
    all driveways adjacent to any public roads. The Road Superintendent
    shall have the authority to require installation of a pipe under
    driveways. The Road Superintendent shall have the authority to order
    the applicant to immediately cease all logging operations when the
    weather conditions compromise public safety or public property.

    The permit shall be kept in a conspicuous place at the site of the work.
    It is unlawful to exhibit the permit at any location not covered, or to
    misrepresent the number of the permit or the date of expiration.

    Any violator of this ordinance shall be liable to a fine and/or
    injunction, mandamus, and/or other procedure by any governmental body,
    or by an entity aggrieved by such activities. Any fine imposed shall not
    exceed $500.00 per day for each day a violation exists.

    Comments

    Approved March 18, 1997.


    Murray County Regulations

    May 2000

    Murray County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 1129; 121 N. Fourth Ave.
    Chatsworth, GA 30705

    Phone: 706-695-2413
    Fax: 706-695-8721

    No Regulations in Effect


    Muscogee County Regulations

    May 2000

    Columbus-Muscogee County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 1340; 100 10th St.
    Columbus, GA 31902

    Phone: 706-653-4013
    Fax: 706-653-4016

    No Regulations in Effect


    Newton County Regulations

    May 2000

    Newton County
    Board of Commissioners
    1113 Usher St.
    Covington, GA 30014

    Phone: 770-784-2000
    Fax: 770-784-2007

    Regulations in Effect

    Pulpwood and logging operations must apply for and be granted a permit
    by the county road department before crossing county ditches to enter
    the logging site. Culverts shall be installed with county approval and
    compensation. Upon project completion, the contractor must restore
    ditches, back slopes, and road shoulders to original condition. For
    each operation, a $1000 bond shall be posted.

    Heavy equipment vehicles shall not proceed over the county's unimproved
    road system during periods of rain or inclement weather, causing
    excessive damage and impeding the passage of smaller and lighter
    passenger vehicles.

    Drainage ways and right-of-ways shall be kept clear of debris. This
    applies for both paved and unimproved county roads. The contractor
    shall place a stone pad surface at access points or shall take other
    precautions to eliminate the deposition of dirt and mud to county road
    surfaces.

    The contractor shall inform the Newton County Public Works Department of
    completion of the logging operation for purpose of final inspection.

    Noncompliance with this ordinance shall cause project suspension or
    termination. Any repairs necessary shall be billed to the violating
    contractor. Failure of any person to comply with this ordinance shall
    constitute a misdemeanor.


    Oconee County Regulations

    May 2000

    Oconee County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 145
    Watkinsville, GA 30667

    Phone: 706-769-2937
    Fax: 706-769-0705

    Regulations in Effect

    No harvester involved in loading and hauling pulpwood, stone, fill dirt,
    or construction material or logging and timber operations shall use an
    existing driveway or access point nor shall install any new driveway,
    temporary driveway, or means of ingress and egress to any property
    without first making an application to the Code Enforcement officer for
    a permit. The information required for permits shall consist of the
    following:
    A. the name, address, and phone number of the party which will be
    loading or unloading,
    B. the approximate location of access sites to the county road,
    C. the date work will commence,
    D. name and title owner of the tract

    Upon completion of operations, the operator shall give written or oral
    notification to the Code Enforcement Officer. The site shall be
    inspected, and the Code Enforcement Officer shall provide notice of
    release of liability to the operator within ten days of notification of
    completion. The permit shall be posted in a conspicuous place at the
    work site.

    A $1000.00 bond is required. An existing bond may be used by an
    applicant for more than one operation provided there are no violations
    for any of the operations and provided further that no more than three
    operations shall be covered by the same bond. Any operation lasting
    longer or expected to last longer than 30 days shall be subject to a
    separate bond.

    Upon completion of operations rations and in-pection by the county, at
    the request of the applicant, the bond shall be returned to the
    applicant subject to deductions fir repairs that are reasonably required
    under this ordinance.
    No permit shall be issued to any applicant who has failed to satisfy any
    bonding requirements imposed or who has not satisfactorily completed
    repairs and clean-up from any previously approved site.

    All harvesting, grading or loading shall be conducted at a loading site
    off of county rights-of-way and behind the established ditch line.

    Ditches within 50 feet of temporary driveway or right-of-way crossing
    shall be kept clear of all debris or residue at all times to allow for
    proper drainage. Culverts shall be installed at temporary entrances, as
    needed, to facilitate proper drainage flow. The Code Enforcement Officer
    shall notify the operator of the requirement for a culvert.

    The operator shall be required to post warning signs at least 500 feet
    on both sides of a temporary driveway adequately warning oncoming
    traffic of persons, vehicles, equipment or machinery entering the
    roadway. County roads shall be kept serviceable and open at all times.

    The operations will not unreasonably interfere with vehicular and
    pedestrian traffic and the means of ingress and egress from the
    affective and adjacent properties. The Code Enforcement Officer shall
    have the authority to order the applicant to cease all hauling and
    logging operations immediately when the weather conditions compromise
    public safety or public property or when operations are in violation of
    the ordinance.

    The Code Enforcement Officer may require the placement of gravel or
    prepare approaches to the county road or right-of-way when the duration
    of the operations or weather conditions require it.

    In the event the parties cannot agree on the amount of damages, then the
    applicant shall have the right to request arbitration in writing. The
    County shall choose one arbitrator and the operator shall choose the
    second, both of whom shall be residents of the county. Together, the
    two designees shall choose a third arbitrator who shall be a registered
    forester residing in the county or a contiguous county. Within 30 days
    of their designation, the panel shall review the damages and render a
    decision which shall be subject to appeal to the superior Court of
    Oconee County.
    Violation of this ordinance shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed
    $500.00. Each day that a violation continues constitutes a separate
    violation

    Comments

    Passed 6/1/93.
    Supersedes "Driveway Permit Ordinance of Oconee County."


    Oglethorpe County Regulations

    October 2000

    Oglethorpe County
    Board of Commissioners
    341 W. Main St
    Lexington, GA 30648

    Phone: 706-743-5270
    Fax: 706-743-8371

    Regulations in Effect

    A permit must be acquired from the County Board of Commissioners to
    install any new driveway, temporary driveway, or means of ingressing and
    egressing land adjoining a county road. A permit shall be obtained for
    each separate operation. When applying for a permit a bond of $1000.00
    is required to insure right-of-way maintenance. Permit shall be post on
    site in a conspicuous place at entrance to public road. Information
    necessary to receive your permit is:
    a. The name, address, and telephone number of the party which
    will be loading or unloading.
    b. The approximate location of access sites to the county road
    c. The date work will commence
    d. Name, address, and telephone number of title owner, or person
    responsible for owner's interests, of tract
    e. Name, address, and telephone number of entity purchasing land
    and person responsible
    All work that requires a permit shall be subject to inspection and
    supervision by the County Road Superintendent. Upon completion of
    operations, the operator will give written or oral notification to the
    Chairman, Board of Commissioners, or his designee. Also the site shall
    be inspected by the Commissioner's Office and provide notice of release
    of liability to operator within ten (10) days of notification of
    completion, and bond will be released if inspection is satisfactory.
    The timber harvester, and purchaser shall be liable for the full amount
    of damages caused by operations.

    If the ordinance has been violated before the permit application might
    still be accepted, but the bond would be increased to $5000.00 per
    operation.

    Harvesting, grading, or loading shall be done at a site of the county road right-of-way and behind ditch line. Ditches within 50 feet of
    driveway shall be kept free of debris or residue at all times.

    Culverts shall be installed at temporary driveways, the Road
    superintendent shall notify operator of requirement for culvert. Warning
    signs shall be placed at least 500 feet on both sides of a temporary
    driveway. County roadways shall be kept serviceable and clear at all
    times. Operations will not unreasonably interfere with vehicular and
    pedestrian traffic from affected adjacent properties.

    The Chairman, Board of Commissioner, or designee will have the authority
    to order the operator to cease all hauling and logging operations when
    weather conditions compromise safety or public property, or when
    operations violate ordinance standards.
    The Road Superintendent may also require gravel or prepared approaches
    to county roads.

    If the ordinance is violated, the operator shall be liable for a fine
    not exceeding $500.00 and/or injunctive relief or any other legal
    procedure authorized by law. Each day the violation continues is a
    separate offense.

    "Ordinance for Collecting Tax on Harvesting Timber"

    The timber harvesting/logging contractor shall give written notification to the County Clerk of the Board of Commissioners within 48 hours after startup. A required form must be submitted, and may be obtained from that office.

    After completion of a harvesting form, and payment of $5, the County Board will issue a permit for harvesting trees. Upon completion, the contractor shall give oral notification of completion.

    Failure to comply with above reporting requirements, the penalty shall be a warning, at first, then the second shall result in a fine of up to $100 and subsequent thereafter shall result in up to $300 fines.

    Notes

    Anyone constructing such a driveway is required to obtain a permit
    form the GA DOT before beginning work.


    Paulding County Regulations

    October 2000

    Paulding County
    Board of Commissioners
    120 E. Memorial Dr.
    Dallas, GA 30132

    Phone: 770-443-7550
    Fax: 770-443-7537

    Regulations in Effect

    "Road Use Ordinance"

    All roads must be kept clear of mud, clay, debris, waste, and other substances to the extent that it would interfere with the safe use of or travel over such a County road.

    For Major Temporary Work Sites, a pad of #3 stone shall be installed and maintained at each point of access to the County road. The pad shall be at least 100 ft in length, and 25 ft. in width, for its entire length. Minor Temporary Work Sites pads shall be 100 ft long and 25 feet wide.

    The Marshal make issue a Stop Work Order for any violations herein. The Marshal may cancel such an order only upon the satisfactory completion of each of the following conditions:

    1. The pad is restored to a condition satisfactory
    2. All mud and debris had been removed from County roads.
    3. The offender posts further financial security of $1000 for a duration of 12 months.

    Only disabled vehicles may remain on property safely out of the flow of traffic, for a reasonable period of time not to exceed 24 hours. The Marshal or Sheriff may waive this time limit. Other vehicles must not remain parked for over 8 hours.

    A road use permit may be obtained from the Paulding County D.O.T., which includes a $50 fee. A Land Disturbance Permit is required for Major or Minor Temporary Work Sites.

    Failure to comply can result in a fine not to exceed $4500 or imprisonment for 60 days, or both. Community service of up to 100 hours may also be imposed.

    Comments

    This ordinace became effective on July 28, 1998.


    Peach County Regulations

    May 2000

    Peach County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 468; 205 W. Church St.
    Fort Valley, GA 31030

    Phone: 912-825-2535
    Fax: 912-825-2678

    No Regulations in Effect


    Pickens County Regulations

    October 2000

    Pickens County
    Board of Commissioners
    52 N. Main St. Suite 201
    Jasper, GA 30143

    Phone: 706-692-2121
    Fax: 706-692-2850

    Regulations in Effect

    No person shall engage in the process of cutting timber in the
    unincorporated areas of Pickens County without first obtaining a survey
    bond ($15,000.00) and a permit to transport timber. If said person
    continues to cut timber without a permit, $25.00 fee, and posting a
    bond, that person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. any person
    violating this resolution shall be subject to forfeiting of the bond
    and fined up to $1,000.00 and/or up to ninety days in jail.

    The permit will be in the individual or company's name who will be
    harvesting the timber. This individual or company will be liable for
    damage cause to public roads because of misuse or negligent use of
    equipment used in harvesting the timber or wood products. The permit
    and bond will be valid for one location on any public road. The
    commissioner has 10 days to issue or refuse the permit application.

    Each permit application shall state the exact location, location of
    county roads or county-maintained roads that will be used, the beginning
    date, estimated time of completion, individual's or company's name and
    address, logging cutter's name and address and the property owner's
    name and address. No equipment, trucks, or trailers will be allowed to
    park on public right-of-way.

    The logging operation shall have posted at least two signs in each
    direction of the truck road entrance: one 500 feet from the entrance
    stating, "Slow Truck Entering Highway"; and one sign 1000 feet from the
    entrance stating, "Warning: Logging Operation Ahead". Each sign will
    be 36" x 36", orange in color and shall be posted at least three feet
    from the travel surface of the road. Each logging company may furnish
    their own signs or Pickens County will furnish signs to each operation
    posting a $50.00 deposit which will be refunded if the signs are
    returned undamaged.
    The timber harvester shall be liable for damage to county roads. The
    Commissioner has full authority to take whatever actions necessary to
    protect county roads. In the event the Commissioner issues a stop order
    for harvesting, harvester/owner/ transporter will be fined $5,000.00 for
    each day they are in violation of such stop order.

    Comments

    Effective February 21, 1994.
    Amended April 4, 1994.


    Pierce County Regulations

    June 2000

    Pierce County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 679; 3550 Hwy. 84 West
    Blackshear, GA 31516

    Phone: 912-449-2022
    Fax: 912-449-2024

    No Regulations in Effect


    Pike County Regulations

    May 2000

    Pike County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 377; 110 Jackson St.
    Zebulon, GA 30295

    Phone: 770-567-3406
    Fax: 770-567-2006

    Regulations in Effect

    Both the owner of the tract and the timber harvester shall be required
    to obtain a permit from the Office of the Pike County Commissioners
    prior to project commencement. The permit will be issued in the names
    of and signed by all parties required. To secure the permit, a $20 fee
    shall be charged.

    Operations using equipment or vehicles with a gross weight over 26,000
    pounds shall post a $2500 bond. Operations using equipment or vehicles
    with a gross weight equal to or less than 26,000 pounds shall post a
    $500 bond.

    Any party holding a permit shall be required to:
    1. Promptly repair any damage to public roads in Pike County
    caused by his logging/pulpwood operation. If a third party is
    used by the county to make the necessary repairs, the permit
    holder will be responsible to reimburse Pike County.
    2. Maintain the public roads which enables travel by automobiles
    at all times.

    An on-site meeting with the Road Superintendent shall occur prior to any
    site operations. Access roads will be designated at this time. The
    construction entrance(s) shall be graveled as directed by the Road
    Superintendent. Culvert specifications shall be determined by the Road
    Superintendent. Any other obligations for the contractor shall be at
    the discretion of the Road Superintendent. The Road Superintendent
    shall specify the route(s) for the trucks carrying logs. The standard
    orange Department of Transportation Construction warning signs shall be
    required at the site. After the establishment of the above, the Road
    Superintendent shall issue the Driveway Permit to the applicant. The
    application for the logging permit may then be submitted.
    Permits shall expire twelve months following the date of issue or
    following project completion.

    In cases of maintenance and repair of damaged roads and surrounding
    areas, the costs incurred shall be drawn from the security bond posted.

    The operator shall notify the Road Superintendent 48 hours prior to
    project completion. A final inspection shall occur at this time.

    Violation of this ordinance shall be punishable by a fine not less than
    $500 and possible imprisonment. Each day the violation exists
    constitutes a separate offense. The violations must be corrected by the
    violator.

    Comments

    Ordinance effective November 13, 1996.


    Polk County Regulations

    October 2000

    Polk County
    Board of Commissioners
    100 Prior St.; P.O. Box 268
    Cedartown, GA 30125

    Phone: 770-749-2100
    Fax: 770-748-5520

    Regulations in Effect

    It shall be unlawful for any person, corporation, partnership, or firm
    to use, cross and/or fill any ditch located on a Polk County
    right-of-way for the purpose of entering and exiting private property
    for logging and timber cutting purposes without first obtaining a
    permit from the Board of Commissioners.

    A permit may be issued by the Board of Commissioners for each entry
    requested and may be subject to such conditions as may be necessary for
    the protection of the road and ditch structure and for the unrestricted
    flow of storm water along the ditch. such conditions may include, but
    not be limited to, the installation of an approved culvert pipe and the
    restoration of the ditch line, back slopes, and road shoulders to
    original condition upon completion to the logging or timber cutting
    operation.

    Cost of compliance with all conditions of a permit issued pursuant to
    this ordinance shall be at the applicant's expense.

    One sign in each direction shall be located 500 ft. away from the entrance which states "Slow Truck Entering Highway", and one sign 1000 ft. away in each direction stating" Warning: Logging Operation Ahead". Each sign shall be 36"x36", orange in color, and posted at least 3 feet from the surface of the road.

    A violation of any provision of this ordinance shall be cited for trial
    in the Magistrate Court of Polk County, and upon conviction, the
    offender shall be fined not more than $500.00 and/or be imprisoned not
    more than 60 days. Each day a violation of this ordinance continues
    shall constitute a separate violation.
    The penalties provided herein shall be in addition to, and not in lieu
    of, any other remedy provided by lay, including injunctive relief.


    Pulaski County Regulations

    October 1999

    Pulaski County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 29; Lumpkin St.
    Hawkinsville, GA 31036

    Phone: 912-783-4154
    Fax: 912-892-3308

    Regulations in Effect

    "Pulaski County Roads and Rights-of-Way Ordinance"

    A permit is required to begin any timber operations, including cutting, trimming, logging, and the construction of any driveways onto County roads.

    The Road Superintendent shall issue the permit. The roadways shall not be blocked or damaged. Permits to construct a special driveway shall submit a written application to the Clerk of the Commissioner, which shall include the following:

    1. The name and address of the applicant
    2. The name and address of the property ownner
    3. The purpose for which the application is submitted
    4. The nature and location of any work proposed to be done and the name of the person or firm who is to do such work
    5. The dates of commencement and completion

    A plan is required and must be approved by the Road Superintendent for any permit.

    The permit shall be posted on a conspicuous location of the temporary driveway.

    A cash bond of $1000 shall be required with the application.

    The right-of-way after the completion of the project shall be restored to original condition.

    Comments

    This ordinance has been in effect since February 2, 1998.


    Putnam County Regulations

    May 2000

    Putnam County
    Board of Commissioners
    108 S. Madison Ave., Suite 301
    Eatonton, GA 31024

    Phone: 706-485-5826
    Fax: 706-485-5578

    Regulations in Effect

    A permit, with a fee of $25.00, must be obtained from the county
    building inspector to begin to construct, reconstruct, repair,
    alter or grade any driveway, curb or curbcut in the unincorporated areas
    of Putnam County. Any applicant for a permit shall file a bond for
    $1,000.00 with his application conditioned to protect the Board of
    Commissioners from all claim for cleaning or repairing any county road.
    A bond is required for each separate operation and exit. A permit will
    be issued when the building inspector finds:
    a. That the plans for the proposed operation have been approved
    by the county road superintendent
    b. Applications for a permit may be filed by phone so long as the
    applicant has a bond on file
    c. That the work shall be done according to the standard
    specifications of the Board of Commissioners for public work
    of like character; signs shall be posted and gravel put down
    at each exit
    d. That the operation will not unreasonably interfere with
    passing traffic and entering or leaving affected adjacent
    property
    e. That the safety of the public will not be impaired.
    Permit applications shall include the name and address of the applicant,
    name and address of the property owner, the location of any work
    proposed to be done and the name of the person or firm who will do it,
    and the expected start and end dates of the harvest. This permit
    application is to be filed with the county building inspector. This
    permit shall be placed in a conspicuous location at the site of work. All
    work for which a permit is granted shall be supervised by the county
    road superintendent who shall have the authority to order an immediate
    cease of all logging operations when weather conditions compromise
    public safety.

    The applicant must submit a plan for all driveways used in such
    operations to be inspected by the county road superintendent before any
    logging starts.

    No permit shall be issued to an applicant who failed to satisfy any
    bonding requirements.

    Any entity who is in violation of this ordiance shall be liable to fine
    and/or injunction, mandamus and/or other procedure by any governmental
    body, or by an entity aggrieved by such activities. The Sheriff, or any
    of his deputies, may issue a citation, returnable to the county
    Magistrate Court, for violation of this ordiance. Any fine imposed
    shall not exceed $100.00 per day for each day a violation exists or
    $500.00 per exit where number of days of violation is unknown.

    Comments

    Approved July 11, 1995.


    Quitman County Regulations

    October 2000

    Quitman County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 114
    Georgetown, GA 31754

    Phone: 912-334-0903
    Fax: 912-334-2151

    Regulations in Effect

    "Logging Operations Ordinance"

    Prior to beginning a tree harvesting operation in the County, all loggers shall post a $1000 cash bond for each separate tract of land from which trees are to be removed. For each such tract, the logger shall also provide:

    1. The foreman's, owner's, and his name, address, and telephone number.
    2. The appoximate location of the site for access to County Roads for each tract.
    3. The anticipated dates for commencement and completion of the tree removal.

    The County Road Superintendent shall inspect each such site to determine if a culvert is required.

    The road entrance from the logging operation shall be sufficient width so that the logging trucks entering the road will have to turn as little as possible on the pavement. The cost of repair of pavement shall be deducted from the cash bond. If the cash bond is insufficient, the remainder shall be paid by the logger.

    During the removal of trees from a tract, the logger shall:
    1. Conduct all loading of logs off the county right-of-way, and behind the established ditch line.
    2. Refrain from loading or skidding any logs upon or across the county's right-of-way.
    3. Keep ditches clear of debris so that it does not interfere with proper drainage.
    4. Keep the road adjacent to the site clean and serviceable at all times.
    5. Use all necessary means to prevent transporting mud from the site onto the roadways.

    Loggers shall notify the Clerk of the Board of Commissioners within 3 days completion. The road superintendent shall inspect the site.

    Violations of this ordinance shall be punished by up to $500 per day for each violation, and payment of all costs in prosecuting the action.

    "Use of County Roads in Transporting Forest Products Ordinance"

    No operator shall engage in the process of transporting timber or pulpwood from a harvesting site without first obtaining a permit for each site proposed. A permit must be obtained from the Clerk of the Commissioners prior to 72 hours of the commencement of operations.

    The applicant must provide:
    1. An accurate description of the property
    2. A cash bond of $1000.

    Warning signs shall be posted 500 ft. from both sides of the temporary driveway.

    The operator shall be responsible for damage to the roadways.

    Comments

    "Logging Operations Ordinance"- Oct. 9, 1995
    "Use of County Roads in Transporting Forest Products Ordinance"- July 11th 2000

    Notes

    The board of tax assessor shall be notified by the board of
    commissioners as to each permit issued.


    Rabun County Regulations

    May 2000

    Rabun County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 925
    Clayton, GA 30525

    Phone: 706-782-5271
    Fax: --

    No Regulations in Effect


    Randolph County Regulations

    May 2000

    Randolph County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 221
    Cuthbert, GA 31740

    Phone: 912-732-6440
    Fax: --

    Regulations in Effect

    A cash bond of $500.00 per site must be posted on all individuals and
    companies using county right-of-ways for the ingress or egress to
    timber or pulpwood tracks adjoining county right-of-ways. The Board of
    Commissioners authorizes the County Road Superintendent and Clerk of
    the Board of Commissioners to collect the bond.

    The bond shall be payable to Randolph County for the payment of
    expenses of maintenance and ditching adjacent to the county
    right-of-ways caused by the felling of tree tops, debris, logs, and
    materials onto the right-of-ways and into the adjacent ditches. If the
    right-of-ways do not require county maintenance, ditching and cleanup,
    then the bond shall be returned. Also, loggers shall put down gravel on
    all entrances to county paved roads.

    Loggers are required to notify the clerk of commissioner of their
    location in the county, and also of each location within the county.

    Comments

    Amended January 6, 1998.


    Richmond County Regulations

    May 2000

    Augusta/Richmond County
    Board of Commissioners
    530 Green St. Muticipal Bldg. Room #806
    Augusta, GA 30911

    Phone: 706-821-2400
    Fax: 706-821-1838

    No Regulations in Effect


    Rockdale County Regulations

    October 2000

    Rockdale County Legal Affairs
    P.O. Box 289
    Conyers, GA 30012

    Phone: 770-929-4001
    Fax: 770-483-4376

    Regulations in Effect

    "Timber Harvesting"

    Timber Harvesting shall be permitted in all zoning districts, subject to the issuance of a Timber Harvesting Permit by the Department of Public Services and Engineering.

    In addition to all regulations established by the applicable zoning district, the use of this permit shall only be in conformance with the guidelines established by the Georgia Forestry Commission, and set forth by the "Recommended Best Management Practices for Forestry in Georgia". Practices "recommended" shall be required.

    A "Timber Harvesting Site Plan" must be submitted with the application, which shall include the following:

    1. The location of the property, including land lot and district, vicinity map, north arrow, tax plat references, and name, address, and telephone of the property owner, timber company, and 24 hour local contact.

    2. The size of the area and whether the location is to be clear cut or selective, and if selective, how many trees per acre to remain.

    3. The expected start and completion of the project.

    4. A topographical profile of the property to be harvested at 20' contour intervals. All water shall be delineated. All major drainage of the property shall be drawn.

    5. All existing and proposed roads, including timber haul routes, log loading areas, and access points to surrounding public roads.

    6. All buffer zones required by the Rockdale County Zoning Ordinance.

    7. All stream crossings, and any culverts, including pipe sizes.

    8. The location of silt fencing, and other necessary sediment controls.

    No grubbing shall be allowed except to provide for necessary loading areas, and logging roads.

    All required buffer zones shall be clearly delineated on site prior to the beginning of harvesting.

    All loading sites shall be off county rights-of-way, and behind established ditch lines. Loading and skidding of materials is not permitted on county rights-of-way.

    County roads and ditches shall be kept clear of debris.

    Crushed stone shall be used to prevent deposits of sediment on the roads.

    A traffic control signage plan shall be provided. Signs shall be removed or covered at the end of each working day.


    Schley County Regulations

    February 1997

    Schley County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 352
    Ellaville, GA 31806

    Phone: 912-937-2609
    Fax: 912-937-2609

    Regulations in Effect

    All logging and pulpwood firms harvesting in Schley County are to
    contact the Schley County Public Works or Commissioners Office and
    provide the following:
    1. Name, address, and telephone number of the contractor
    2. Location of access site(s) to county road(s)
    3. Dates of project commencement and completion

    The superintendent of Public Works shall inspect the site to determine
    if culverts are needed. Culverts will be installed by the contractor
    under the supervision of the Supt. Of Public Works.

    All loading operations will stay clear of county roads and rights-of-
    way. Ditches shall be kept clear of all debris from the site. A
    crushed stone pad shall be installed at all county road access sites.
    The Supt. of Public Works has the authority to close down operations
    which are not in compliance with this ordinance.

    The operator shall give notice of project completion within 72 hours.
    Culverts may be removed upon completion of the project if the contractor
    so wishes. After a site inspection has been cleared by the
    Superintendent of Public Works, a written notice of release of liability
    will be provided within 10 days of notification from the operator. If
    the operator is not cleared from liability following inspection, the
    operator shall have 10 days to make the necessary adjustments at the
    operators expense following the decline of a possible appeal. Expenses
    incurred by the county while making repairs to the logging site shall be
    charged to the operator.

    Appeals may be filed to the Board of Commissioners. They will have 30
    days to assess the appeal.

    Comments

    Ordinance effective May 12, 1993.


    Screven County Regulations

    May 2000

    Screven County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 159; 216 Mims Rd
    Sylvania, GA 30467

    Phone: 912-564-7535
    Fax: 912-564-2562

    Regulations in Effect

    All persons, firms and corporations, prior to harvesting any timber,
    are required to notify the Public Works Director, or his designee, in
    person or by telephone, and provide the following information:
    a) The name of the person, firm or corporation about to
    engage in the harvesting operation.
    b) The mailing address and telephone number of the
    harvesting entity.
    c) The name of the foreman or supervisor personally in
    charge of the harvesting operation.
    d) The name of the landowner where the harvesting is to
    take place.
    e) The access point or points to a public county road.
    f) The date on which the harvesting operation will commence
    and the anticipated duration of the operation.

    The Public Works Director, or his designee, shall inspect the access
    site to the public county road and shall determine if a culvert is
    necessary. If a culvert is required, the Director, or his designee,
    shall determine the size and length. The harvesting firm or
    corporation shall install the culvert under the supervision of the
    Director, or his designee.

    All harvesting operations shall be conducted at the selected loading
    site and off the county right-of-way.

    Loading or skidding of logs on county right-of-ways and county roads
    is prohibited.

    Ditches shall be kept clear of all debris and residue at all times so
    as to permit proper drainage.
    There shall be no blockage of county roads at the access site and
    roads must remain open at all times for utilization by the traveling
    public, emergency vehicles, school buses and mail carriers.

    All necessary steps to prevent accumulations of mud and debris on the
    county roads must be taken, and crushed stone or other material will
    be required where necessary.

    The Public Works Director, or his designee, will inspect the site for
    damages after being notified that the harvesting operation is
    complete. Damages caused by the harvesting operation shall be
    repaired by the harvesting firm or corporation within 15 days or, if
    necessary, by the county at the expense of the harvesting firm or
    corporation.

    Culverts installed in the harvesting operation may be removed
    provided that the road right-of-way shall be restored to the
    condition prior to the installation.

    The Public Works Director, or his designee, shall have the authority,
    with specific approval of the County Manager, to close down any
    harvesting operation when conducted in a manner in violation of this
    ordinance.

    A violation of this ordinance shall subject the firm or corporation
    to a penalty not to exceed $500.00 and/or incarceration for a period
    not to exceed 10 days.


    Seminole County Regulations

    June 2000

    Seminole County
    Board of Commissioners
    200 S. Knox Ave.
    Donalsonville, GA 31745

    Phone: 912-524-2878
    Fax: 912-524-8984

    No Regulations in Effect


    Spalding County Regulations

    May 2000

    Spalding County
    Board of Commissioners
    119 E. Solomon St.; P.O. Box 1087
    Griffin, GA 30223

    Phone: 770-467-4774
    Fax: 770-467-4227

    Regulations in Effect

    It shall be unlawful to engage in any logging activity without first
    obtaining a permit from the county Public Works Director.
    Applications for permits must be preceeded by a permit for a driveway
    from the same office. The number and size of all driveways will be
    decided by the Public Works Director, also, he will set the route
    along county roads that all log trucks will travel, require signs
    posted at each entrance in the permit. This driveway permit will be
    valid for six months (extensions may be applied for). The logging
    application must now be acquired. Information that should be supplied
    on the application are:
    1. The location of the operation
    2. The approximate dates harvesting will be taking place
    3. The name and address of the property owner
    4. The name and address of the person(s) conducting the logging
    operation
    5. The name and address of the person(s) in charge of, or
    supervising, the activities. Information must be such that
    supervisors can be reached 24 hours a day.
    6. If the application owns a vehicle with over 10 wheels,
    whether or not it will be employed in the contract this
    permit is sought for, he shall pay a bond of $2,500.00.
    Applicants not owning such vehicles are shall post a bond of
    $500.00. This bond shall be posted in either cash or
    certified funds or bank letter of credit..
    Upon receipt of all the above information, and a $25.00 application
    fee, a permit shall be issued. This permit will be valid for six
    months or until the logging operation is complete, whichever comes
    first. Applications for extension shall be filed with the Public
    Works Director.

    The bond will remain in effect until all logging operations are
    complete. The Public Works Director must be informed immediately upon
    completion of harvesting, whereupon he will inspect the site and roads used with 72 hours of notification. If the opinion of the Director is
    that there have been damages, he shall inform the harvester who is
    required to make such repairs to the county roads as the Director
    deems necessary, within the time allowed by the Director. If the
    harvester should disagree with the Director's decision, the he should
    appeal the decision to the County Manager within 5 days of hearing
    from the Director. The County Manager shall hear the appeal and make
    a decision within 30 days, and shall be final and binding for all
    parties.

    If the harvester does not appeal the decision nor make the necessary
    repairs within 7 days of receipt of notice, then the Director may be
    authorize to use county labor, equipment and material to make the
    repairs. He will be authorized to draw against any bond to reimburse
    the county. If the harvester does appeal then the Director is still
    authorized to use county labor, equipment and materials to make the
    repairs, but if the County Manager does not uphold the Director's
    decision, then he will not be authorized to draw against the bond.

    If a harvester's bond is drawn on by the county, then the harvester
    will be notified that he needs to deposit a sum into the bond that
    will return such bond to the required, original face value. This must
    be done in order to continue any logging operations in Spalding
    county.

    Once all appeals are final, and repairs completed any bond remaining
    will be refunded to the harvester.

    Comments

    Effective November 1997.


    Stephens County Regulations

    October 2000

    Stephens County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 386
    Toccoa, GA 30577

    Phone: 706-886-9491
    Fax: 706-886-2185

    Regulations in Effect

    "Timber Harvesting"

    Written notice shall be given to the Stpehens County Building Inspector prior to any harvesting.

    The notice shall be in this format:

    "Notification of Harvesting"

    Harvesting Contractor:
    Contact Person:
    Address:
    City, State, Zip:
    Telephone Number(s):
    Landowner:
    Location:
    County Roads to be used in operation:
    Beginning Date:
    Estimated Completion Date:


    A permit ($25) must be obtained from the Building Inspector for the harvesting and transport of timber. A bond of $5,000 is also required. The above notification form shall also be the permit application.

    Orange 36"x36" signs posted 3 feet from the road way and at 500 ft, and 1000 ft intervals from the entrance shall state "Slow, Truck Entering Highway" and "Warning, Logging Operation Ahead", respectively.

    Exempt from this ordinance include residential clearing provided that the area cleared not exceed 1 acre.

    A fine of up to $500 may be imposed for any violation of this ordinance.


    Stewart County Regulations

    May 2000

    Stewart County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 157
    Lumpkin, GA 31815

    Phone: 912-838-6769
    Fax: 912-838-9856

    Regulations in Effect

    All corporations, partnerships, individuals and other entities shall,
    upon entering into a contract to purchase timber located within the
    boundaries of Stewart County, post a $750.00 cash bond with the
    County Commissioner, to be held in escrow, as a deposit to be used if
    necessary to repair damages that may occur to any and all public
    property by the purchaser of the timber or his/its agents, employees,
    or sub-contractors during the period of time that the timber is being
    removed from the property upon which it is growing.

    The timber buyers shall obtain a permit (not to exceed $50.00)from the
    County Commissioner prior to the commencement of any timber cutting
    operation.

    A representative of the County Commissioner will inspect roads and
    bridges leading to the property form which the timber is to be removed
    prior to any equipment being moved onto the property. At the
    conclusion to the cutting and removing operation, the County
    Commissioner shall be notified of the completion, and another
    inspection will be conducted at that time to determine if any damage
    has been done to any public property as a result of the removal of the
    timber. If no damage has been done, then the bond shall be returned.

    Failure to comply with the provision of this ordinance may subject the
    party or parties failing to comply with a fine of up to $1,000.00
    and/or confinement in the County jail for a period not to exceed 90
    days.


    Sumter County Regulations

    October 2000

    Sumter County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 295
    Americus, GA 31709

    Phone: 912-924-6725
    Fax: 912-928-2944

    Regulations in Effect

    "Heavy Hauling Ordinance"

    For each tract of land from which hauling will take place, an
    application shall be filled out by the contractor. A surety bond of
    $1000 shall be submitted before operations begin.

    Upon receipt of the bond and application acceptance, the County Public
    Works Director (CPWD) shall inspect each site to determine if a
    culvert is required at the county road access site. The
    specifications of the culvert shall be determined by the CPWD. The
    culvert shall be installed at the expense of the contractor. Any
    culverts the contractor installed may be removed upon completion of
    the project.

    All skidding and loading of logs shall occur at a site off the county
    right-of-way. Keep ditches clear of debris to minimize interference
    with drainage. Transportation of debris and mud from the site onto
    the county roads shall be minimized by means necessary.

    Contractors shall notify the Clerk of the Board of Commissioners
    within three days of project completion. The Public Works Director
    shall inspect the site. If the Public Works Director the site area to
    be in good condition, then the contractor shall be released from
    liability and the bond returned. If reparations are needed in excess
    of the supplied bond, then the contractor shall be held liable. The
    balance shall be paid within 30 days of notification.
    Prosecutions for noncompliance with this ordinance shall follow the
    procedures in the Official Code of Georgia 15-10-63. Violations may
    also be penalized up to a $500 penalty.

    Comments

    Ordinance effective December 12,1995.


    Talbot County Regulations

    October 2000

    Talbot County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 155
    Talbotton, GA 31827

    Phone: 706-665-3220
    Fax: 706-665-8199

    Regulations in Effect

    All firms harvesting in Talbot County are required to contact the Road
    Department and supply the following:
    1. Name, address, and telephone number of the contractor.
    2. Location of access site to the county road.
    3. Dates of commencement and completion of the project.

    A site inspection will be done by the Road Superintendent to determine
    if culverts are needed. Culverts will be installed by the operator
    under the supervision of the Road Supt.

    All logging operations shall take place off the County rights-of-way,
    roads, and ditches. Crushed stone or other similarly effective
    material shall be used to minimize debris transport onto County roads.

    Upon completion of the project, the site shall be inspected by the
    road department to determine if damages occurred. If reparations are
    needed then the site the operator will be required to do so.
    Harvesters may remove nay culverts which they installed. Any expenses
    incurred by the county for reparations made to the site are the
    responsibility of the operator.
    All persons, firms, corporations or other legal entities harvesting timber shall apply for a permit with the County Tax Assessor. The Tax Assessor shall issue the permit, and no fee shall be charged for the permit. The permit shall be obtained no more than 48 hours after harvesting activities have commenced. This permit shall be displayed at the harvesting site. If the applicant has damaged public property in the past, the permit application shall be refered to the Board of Commissioners. The following standards shall be required for harvesting operations:
    1.) Warning signs shall be posted at least 500 feet on both sides of the temporary driveway adequately warning oncoming traffic of persons, vehicles, equipment or machinery entering roadway;
    2.) Vehicles and trailers shall not be parked on the roadway; and
    3.) Logs shall not be loaded or skidded on the roadway.

    The mazimum fine for violations shall be no greater than $1000 and/or 60 days imprisonment.


    Taliaferro County Regulations

    March 1999

    Taliaferro County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 114
    Crawfordville, GA 30631

    Phone: 706-456-2494
    Fax: 706-456-2904

    Regulations in Effect

    All industries, prior to loading or unloading materials on county
    right-of-ways must provide the Superintendent of Roads in writing the
    following information:
    1. The name, address and phone number of the contractor or firm
    which will be loading or unloading.
    2. The approximate location of access site to the county road.
    3. Approximate date to commence work and the approximate
    completion date.
    4. The type of materials to be loaded or unloaded.

    Upon notification, the Superintendent of Roads shall inspect the site
    to determine if a culvert is required and the size and length of
    culvert, if any is required. If a culvert is required, it shall be
    installed as directed by the Superintendent of Roads, and shall be
    installed at the expense of the firm or company.

    The Board of Commissioners shall be authorized to require the posting
    of a surety bond in the amount of $1,000.00 by the company,
    corporation or individual asking for an access point. The bond will
    remain in force until the conclusion of operation with the condition
    of access points and roads being found satisfactory as prescribed by
    this ordinance. The bond may be purchased by a company, corporation,
    or individual on a yearly basis to cover all access points needed
    during the calendar year, or the bond may be purchased on an as
    needed basis. Forfeiture of a bond for non performance will require
    the negligent party to purchase surety bonds on a tract to tract
    basis.

    All logging or pulpwood loading operations shall be conducted at a
    loading site off the county right-of-ways and behind the established
    ditch line of county roads. Logging or skidding of materials, timber or logs will not be permitted on any county roads and county
    right-of-ways.

    Ditches shall be kept clear of all debris or residue at all times to
    allow for proper drainage.

    County roads, at the access, site shall be kept serviceable at all
    times for the passing of the public, emergency vehicles, school
    buses, etc.

    Operators will use crushed stone or some other material if required
    by the Superintendent of Roads on access roads to prevent the
    transport of excessive amounts of mud onto county roads.

    The Superintendent of Roads shall have the authority to close down
    all operations when it is determined that the county roads and access
    sites are not being maintained. Upon suspension of operations, the
    firm or company shall have 5 days from the date of suspension to
    appeal the decision. The appeal shall be made in writing to the
    Board of Commissioners. Upon receipt of the written appeal, the
    Board of Commissioners shall have 5 days to impanel an Arbitration
    Board. The Arbitration Board shall consist of 3 people: one person
    selected by the Board of Commissioners, one person selected by the
    firm or company, and one person mutually agreed upon by the 2 persons
    selected. Once the Arbitration Board has been selected, the
    Arbitration Board shall have no more than 30 days from the receipt of
    the letter of appeal in which to reach a decision. The decision of
    the Arbitration Board shall be final.

    When the Superintendent of Roads is advised that the operations have
    concluded, the Superintendent shall inspect the site. If it is
    determined that the road and access site are not in proper state of
    repair, repairs shall be made at the expense of the firm or company.
    Upon notification by the Superintendent of Roads, the firm or company
    shall have 5 days from the date of the notice to appeal the decision.
    The same appeal process as stated above is followed.


    Tattnall County Regulations

    October 2000

    Tattnall County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 25
    Reidsville, GA 30453

    Phone: 912-557-4335
    Fax: 912-557-6088

    No Regulations in Effect


    Taylor County Regulations

    October 2000

    Taylor County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 148
    Butler, GA 31006

    Phone: 912-862-3336
    Fax: --

    Regulations in Effect

    A permit is required authorizing the operation of harvesting, loading, or transporting timber using public rights-of-way. A permit is also needed to construct driveways, culverts, fills, or other crossings to public rights-of-way. Each location for entry shall require a separate permit.

    All logging, loading, or chipping shall be conducted at a loading site off county rights-of-way and behind established ditch lines. Loading or skidding of logs will not be permitted on county roads. Ditches shall be kept clear at all times. County roads shall be kept open at all times. Crushed stone, if necessary, shall be used on access roads to prevent transport of mud on county roads.

    Signs shall be posted on both sides of the entrance at between 300-500 feet, advising the public that logging vehicles, equipment, or machinery may enter into the roadway.

    Any temporary crossing or culvert constructed for the purpose of crossing, shall be removed, and any damage to the road must be repaired. The permit holder is responsible for all damages.

    The County Road Superintendent is authorized and directed to designate, determine, and provide the location of temporary road entrances so as to minimize hazards to the public.

    A fee shall be imposed for services. All fee scheldules shall be available at the Office of the Road Superintendent. The road permit shall be applied for by form, and shall be issued for a period of 6 months.

    A security bond shall be filed in the amount of $2000 for any permit for 50 acres or more. Each permitted location requires its own security bond.

    When the Road Department is advised that the cutting operations have concluded, the Road Superintendent, or his designee, shall inspect the site for any damages.

    Harvesters shall remove all culverts and temporary drives.

    Excluded by this ordinance include:

    1. Removal of fallen timber and other debris by a property owner.
    2. Removal of standing timber by a property owner of a tract of land no greater than 5 acres on which (1) said timber had been destroyed by insect infestation, wind, lightning, or other acts of nature or God, (2) the removal of standing timber is for the purpose of construction of a single family residence for which a current building permit has been issued.




    Telfair County Regulations

    May 2000

    Telfair County
    Board of Commissioners
    713 Telfair Ave.
    McRae, GA 31055

    Phone: 912-868-5688
    Fax: 912-868-7950

    Regulations in Effect

    A Written notice of the start-up date is required 48 hours after
    operations begin. A $1000 bond is required for each harvesting job.
    Verbal notification upon completion of the project shall be given to
    the County Clerk. A final site inspection shall be conducted by the
    Road Superintendent. If no damage is reported, the bond shall be
    returned. Damage reparations shall be deducted from the bond before
    submitting the balance to the operator. Penalties for violating this
    ordinance are as follows: 1) first offense-$1000 2) subsequent
    offenses- up to $2500.

    Comments

    Ordinance effective July 1, 1994.


    Terrell County Regulations

    May 2000

    Terrell County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 525
    Dawson, GA 31742

    Phone: 912-995-4476
    Fax: 912-995-4320

    Regulations in Effect

    A $1,000.00 cash bond shall be posted with the clerk of the board of
    commissioners for each separate tract of land where logging is to take
    place. Also for each tract, the logger shall provide
    1. His name, address, and telephone number.
    2. Name, address, and telephone number of each tract foreman.
    3. The name, address, and telephone number of each tract owner.
    4. The approximate location of the site for access to county
    roads for each.
    5. The anticipated start date of operations for each.
    6. The anticipated completion date for tree removal from each.
    The road superintendent will inspect each site to determine if a
    culvert is needed. The culvert will be installed at logger's expense
    under supervision of road superintendent. Upon completion of tree
    removal, loggers have the right to removal any culvert they install.

    During the logging operation, loading must be done at a site off the
    right-of-way and behind the established ditch line. Loggers must
    refrain from loading or skidding any logs on or across county rights-
    of-way. Ditches must be kept clear of debris and residue so as not to
    interfere with drainage. The county road adjacent to the logging site
    must be kept clean and serviceable to allow for public passing.
    Loggers shall use necessary means to prevent mud from the site being
    transported to the county roads to an extent that a danger is posed to
    the public.

    Upon completion of logging, the clerk of commissioners shall be
    notified within three (3) days. The road superintendent will inspect
    the site and provided the road and right-of-way are in as good a
    condition as before the operation the bond shall be refunded. If they
    are necessary, the cost of such will be deducted from the bond.

    Comments

    Effective in 1998.


    Thomas County Regulations

    May 2000

    Thomas County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 920
    Thomasville, GA 31792

    Phone: 912-225-4100
    Fax: 912-226-3430

    No Regulations in Effect


    Tift County Regulations

    March 1999

    Tift County
    Board of Commissioners
    225 Tift Ave.; P.O. Box 826
    Tifton, GA 31793

    Phone: 912-386-7850
    Fax: 912-386-7955

    No Regulations in Effect


    Toombs County Regulations

    March 1999

    Toombs County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 112
    Lyons, GA 30436

    Phone: 912-526-3311
    Fax: 912-526-1004

    No Regulations in Effect


    Towns County Regulations

    March 1999

    Towns County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 326
    Hiawassee, GA 30546

    Phone: 706-896-2276
    Fax: 706-896-1772

    No Regulations in Effect


    Treutlen County Regulations

    May 2000

    Treutlen County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 88
    Soperton, GA 30547

    Phone: 912-529-3664
    Fax: 912-529-6062

    Regulations in Effect

    A permit is required for timber operations. Applications for permits
    can be filed at with the County Board of Commissioners, and must
    include:
    a. The name, address and phone number of the company or person
    purchasing timber from the land owner.
    b. The name, address and phone number of the owner of the
    property on which the timber operator will engage in timber
    operations.
    c. The name of harvesting contractor and logger.
    d. The location of the property on which the timber operator
    will engage in timber operations.
    e. The roads in the county upon which motor vehicles will
    travel in transporting such timber and in transporting the
    equipment to be used in the timber operations.
    f. The date cutting operations are expected to commence and
    end.

    Violation of this ordinance is a misdemeanor offense, and if
    convicted, is punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000.00. Each day
    the violation continues constitutes a separate offense.

    Comments

    Effective October 7, 1997.


    Troup County Regulations

    May 2000

    Troup County
    Board of Commissioners
    900 Dallas St.; P.O. Box 1149
    LaGrange, GA 30241

    Phone: 706-883-1610
    Fax: --

    Regulations in Effect

    Before harvesting, contractors must apply for and receive a five
    ($5.00) dollar timber harvesting permit from the County Building
    Inspection, Zoning and Planning Department. This application will
    include the name of person, or group about to engage in the harvesting
    operation, the mailing address and phone number of the harvester, the
    name of the foreman in charge of harvesting operation, name of the
    property owner, county roads on which timber trucks will travel,
    access points to public county roads from harvesting area, and the
    date operation will commence and end (approximately).

    The road superintendent will inspect the access site to determine if a
    culvert is required. If so, a driveway permit may be obtained from
    the building inspection department.

    No operator shall allow dirt, or debris to accumulate on the right-of-
    way to an extent that it becomes a nuisance, hazard, or unsightly
    condition. Operator shall not allow mud or debris to accumulate in
    ditches and drainage areas on public right-of-ways to an extent that
    ususal water flow is interrupted or changed. Operator shall maintain
    soil erosion and sedimentation controls to prevent accumulation in
    drainage areas. No operator shall create any other type of public
    nuisance on public right-of-ways. Trucks or motor vehicles shall not
    be parked or left unattended upon right-of-ways.

    Operations shall not commence until posting signs, one in each
    direction 500 feet from entrance that states "Slow Trucks Entering
    Highway," and one 1000 feet in both directions stating "Warning:
    Logging Operation Ahead." All signs shall be 36' by 36', orange in
    color and poste at least three feet from the road surface.
    Violations of this ordinance will incur a penalty not to exceed
    $500.00, and incarceration not to exceed ten (10) days, either or both
    in the discretion of the Magistrate Court of the county.

    Comments

    Effective March 7, 1995.


    Turner County Regulations

    May 2000

    Turner County
    Board of Commissioners
    200 E. College; P.O. Box 191
    Ashburn, GA 31714

    Phone: 912-567-4313
    Fax: 912-567-4794

    Regulations in Effect

    Prior to operations, all operators are required to contact the County
    Roads and Bridges Department by telephone or other means and provide the
    following information:
    a. The name, address and phone number of contractor or firm.
    b. Approximate location of access site to county road.
    c. Approximate date to commence cutting, length of contract for
    removing, or the estimated date of completion.
    Upon notification the roads and bridges department shall inspect the
    site to determine if a culvert(size and length) is needed. If so,the
    contractor will install it under Roads and Bridges Suprt. supervision.

    All loading shall be conducted at a site off the right-of-way and behind
    established ditch line. Loading or skidding of logs is not permitted on
    county roads. Ditches shall be kept clear of all debris or residue at
    all times for proper drainage flow. County roads at access sites shall
    be kept serviceable at all times for the passing public. Operators will
    use crushed stone or some material to prevent transport of excessive mud
    to the county roads. The Roads and Bridges Department Superintendent,
    with the concurrence of the County Commissioners, has the authority to
    grant exceptions to the above rules, and the authority to close down all
    operations when it is determined that roads and access sites are not
    being maintained in accordance with this ordinance.

    When the Roads and Bridges Department is notified of operation
    completion, they will inspect the site. If it is determined that the
    road and access site are not in proper repair due to harvesting, the
    operator shall make repairs at his expense. Harvesters may remove
    culverts upon completion of operations.

    Failure to comply with this requirement for repairs will give the county
    the right to make the repairs and charge the expense to the operator.

    Comments

    Adopted May 5, 1998


    Twiggs County Regulations

    May 2000

    Twiggs County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 202
    Jeffersonville, GA 31044

    Phone: 912-945-3629
    Fax: 912-945-3988

    Regulations in Effect

    Before hauling to and from sites in Twiggs county, the following
    information must be provided to the Road Superintendent:
    1. The name, address, and telephone number of the contractor or
    firm that will be hauling
    2. The approximate location of the access point to the county
    road system
    3. The approximate commencement and completion dates for hauling
    4. The type of material or product to be hauled
    5. The type and weight of vehicles to or from which the materials
    will be hauled and the approximate weight of material per
    vehicle.
    Upon receipt of such information, the Road superintendent shall inspect
    the site to determine the size an shape of any culverts needed. If any
    are needed they will be installed at the expense of the harvester.

    To receive a hauling permit, a surety bond or cash bond of $5,000.00
    must first be posted naming Twiggs County as the beneficiary. This bond
    shall be conditioned upon the faithful performance of all requirements
    of this ordinance. Violation of this ordinance will cause forfeiture of
    said bond to pay for damages caused to county roads and rights-of-way.
    Posting of this bond does not relieve principle liability for damages,
    so if cost or repair exceeds the bonded amount, the operator is expected
    to pay all repair costs. Failure to pay for damages within five days of
    notice, by letter, will authorize the county to seek compensation
    against the surety bond.

    The operator responsible for damages resulting from hauling shall pay
    the cost or repairs and maintenance to conform at a minimum to the
    condition of the road or right of way prior to such hauling.
    All loading and unloading shall be conducted at a site off the road and
    right-of-way and behind established ditch lines. Loading or skidding
    across roads or rights-of-way is not permitted. Ditches shall be kept
    clear of all residue to allow for proper drainage. County roads and
    rights-of-way, especially access sites, shall be kept clean,
    serviceable, and free of dirt or mud at all times. Stone pads or other
    suitable material will be required to prevent deposition of excess mud
    onto county roads and rights-of-way.

    If roads are damaged in any way that would be hazardout to the passing
    public, the road superintendent should be notified immediately. As
    soon as practical after completion of operation, the harvester should
    clean or repair any damages to county roads or rights-of-way so that
    they are comparable in condition to the roads before harvesting began.

    Operations can be suspended by the road superintendent, Chairman of
    County Board of Commissioners, any member of the Board of Commissioners
    representing the district where operations are or the County Sheriff if:
    A. There has been no application concerning the activity.
    B. No bond has been posted.
    C. The road and right-of-way conditions are a threat to public
    safety.
    The suspending authority may remove the suspension as soon as the
    applicant corrects the dificiency. Upon suspension, the harvester shall
    have five days to appeal the decision to the Board of Commissioners.
    The appeal will be heard at the next regularly scheduled meeting.

    Upon completion of harvest the site will be inspected to insure the
    condition of the county roads and rights-of-way is at least as good as
    before operations began. If the site if found unacceptable the harvester
    will be advised immediately. If repairs are not immediately began, the
    road superintendent shall do so and charge a reasonable cost thereof to
    the applicant. Upon receipt of demand for expense incurred in repair,
    the harvester shall have 5 days to appeal the decision or demand to the
    Board of Commissioners, which will be heard at the next regularly
    scheduled meeting.

    Anyone found violating a provision of this ordinance shall be guilty of
    a misdemeanor, an offense punishable by the Magistrate Court. Each day
    a violation occurs shall be considered a separate offense. Any
    punishment shall be in addition to any rights or remedies concerning the
    recovery of cost of repair and forfeiture of bond.

    Comments

    Adopted June 3, 1997
    Amended October 7, 1997


    Union County Regulations

    May 2000

    Union County
    Board of Commissioners
    Rt. 8, Box 8001, Haralson Dr.
    Blairsville, GA 30512

    Phone: 706-745-9655
    Fax: 706-745-1311

    Regulations in Effect

    This ordinance shall apply to any protected mountain. A protected
    mountain is a land area 2,200 feet or more above mean sea level, that
    has a percentage slope of 25 percent or greater for a least 500 feet
    horizontally, and includes crests, summits, and ridges tops which lie at
    elevations higher than any such area. Crests, summits, and ridge tops
    that meet the criteria for a protected mountain are also included within
    the protected area, even though the slopes are less than 25 percent.
    Also, on an otherwise protected mountain, areas that are at an elevation
    of 2,200 feet or more and ahve a slope of less than 25 percent,
    exclusive of valley floors, shall be included within the protected
    mountain area.

    Proposed land-disturbance activities shall meet all applicable
    requirements of the "Erosion and Sedimentation Act of 1975 as amended,"
    and any applicable land ordinances on soil erosion and sedimentation
    control.

    Forestry is permitted on protected mountains provided that it is
    consistent with the best management practices established by the Georgia
    Forestry Commission or the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation
    Commission. Forestry activities shall also be consistent with all state
    and federal laws, and all regulations issued by the Georgia Department
    of Agriculture.

    An application containing a detailed landscape plan, a topographical
    survey, and, a reforestation plan, if the person plans to remove more
    than 50% of existing trees with DBH of 8 in or greater, is needed.

    Comments

    Passed November 25, 1997.


    Upson County Regulations

    May 2000

    Upson County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 889
    Thomaston, GA 30286

    Phone: 706-647-7012
    Fax: 706-647-7030

    Regulations in Effect

    A permit for each county road access site shall be obtained.

    Warning signs will be posted not less than 300 feet and no more than 500
    feet from the entrance to the logging site.

    The County Road Superintendent is authorized to determine the location
    and nature of the county road access site. All temporary driveway,
    culvert, fill, facility, or other device constructed for the purpose of
    crossing, traveling upon, or using the county road right-of-way must be
    removed. Any damage sustained within 150 feet of the right-of-way must
    be repaired by the permit holder within 30 days from the permit
    expiration date. Failure to make repairs within 30 days shall
    constitute reparations by Upson County at the expense of the permit
    holder.

    All permits authorized by this ordinance shall be issued for a period of
    90 days by the Road Superintendent or the Clerk of the Upson County
    Commissioners.

    A surety bond of $1000 shall be required for each permitted location
    within Upson County. Any costs incurred by the county for reparations
    to the permitted site shall be deducted from the surety bond. Violators
    of this ordinance are subject to a fine not more than $1000 and not more
    than 90 days in jail.

    Comments

    Ordinance effective March 18, 1994.


    Walker County Regulations

    October 2000

    Walker County
    Planning and Development
    P.O. Box 445; 101 Napier Street Suite A
    LaFayette, GA 30728

    Phone: 706-638-4048
    Fax: 706-638-9406

    Regulations in Effect

    An application for a permit to conduct timber operations shall be
    submitted to Walker County. The fee accompanying the permit application
    shall be determined by the Walker County Schedule of Fees.

    A surety bond shall be required by the County prior to commencement of
    operations in the amount of $5,000. Any surety bond must contain a
    provision fro the county to consent to release and/or cancellation of
    the surety bond pursuant to this ordinance. The County may require
    applicants to provide evidence of financial responsibility. This bond
    will be good for a period of one year of until timber operations are
    complete nd the county has inspected all public property used in
    connection with the harvesting operation.

    The Road Superintendent or his representative will inspect the site
    prior to the issuance of a permit. Culvert specifications and location
    will be determined at this time. The Timber Operator shall have the
    responsibility to install all culverts. Inspection of any public
    property to be used in the project shall be noted by the inspector.

    Dirt, mud , or other debris shall not be allowed to accumulate on county
    roads, rights-of-way, or drainage ways obstructing the normal functions
    of the said areas. No equipment shall be left unattended or parked on
    any public road or right-of-way. Soil erosion and sediment control
    applications will be implemented where necessary along the rights-of-way
    and drainage ditches. All logging operations shall occur at a loading
    site behind the county road ditch line. A crushed stone pad or
    equivalent measures will be used at the ingress/egress site in order to
    minimize transport of debris.
    Timber operators shall give written notice within 72 hours of the
    completion of operations. The County shall inspect the public property
    to determine if repairs should be made. Timber operators shall complete
    needed repairs within 15 days of notice. Once the public property is
    deemed suitable, the County shall release the surety bond to the
    operator. If the County shall make the repairs, the expenses incurred
    shall be deducted from the posted surety bond before return to the
    operator.

    Any person violating the terms of this Ordinance or any permit condition
    may be punished by a fine not less than $300 and not more than $1000.
    Possible incarceration shall not exceed 60 days.

    Comments

    Ordinance effective October 1, 1993.
    Amended February 25, 1997.


    Walton County Regulations

    October 1999

    Walton County
    Planning and Development
    126 Court St.
    Monroe, GA 30655

    Phone: 706-267-1485
    Fax: 706-267-1407

    Regulations in Effect

    Prior to recording any timber deed, the buyer is requirred to acquire a
    permit for harvesting the timber. This permit shall be displayed
    conspicuously near the entrance to subject property.

    Before issuing the permit, county Planning and Development Office shall
    require a cash bond of $1,000.00. Bond will remain with planning and
    development office until all operations are completed. This bond will
    be limited to one per individual or business, unless they have
    previously forfeited any portion of a similar bond. If harvester has
    forfeited such bond before, the harvester will be require to post a
    $1,000.00 cash bond for each individual harvesting operation within the
    county.

    Upon inspection by the county, if it is determined that repair work must
    be done, the harvester shall have then (10) working days to complete it.

    The cash bond shall be limited to one bond per individual or business, and the individual or business logging shall pay a $25 fee for each logging site and an annual fee of $50 due on Jan. 31st of each year.

    The harvester shall conspicuously display the required permit near the entrance to the property. An exit pad must be established which shall be at least 20'wide and 60'long with #3 or #4 stone.


    Ware County Regulations

    May 2000

    Ware County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 1069
    Waycross, GA 31502

    Phone: 912-287-4300
    Fax: 912-287-4301

    No Regulations in Effect


    Warren County Regulations

    March 1999

    Warren County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 46
    Warrenton, GA 30828

    Phone: 706-465-2171
    Fax: 706-465-1300

    Regulations in Effect

    No person shall begin to construct, reconstruct, repair, alter or grade
    any driveway, private entrance, exit, ramp, bridge, side road or other
    vehicular passageway, on the public county roads to conduct any
    commercial tree trimming, tree cutting or tree logging operations
    without first obtaining a permit from the Road Superintendent.

    The permit will be issued when the Road Superintendent finds:
    D. that the work shall be done according to the standard
    specifications of Warren County,
    E. that the operation will not unreasonably interfere with
    vehicular and pedestrian traffic or the means of ingress and
    egress from the affected and adjacent properties,
    F. that the health welfare, and safety of the public will not be
    unreasonably impaired,
    G. that the roadways will not be damaged and proper water
    drainage will not be adversely affected.
    All work for which a permit is granted will be constructed according to
    the specifications and under the supervision of Warren County. The
    county has the authority to cease operations if the applicant does not
    construct and maintain the driveway according to county standards.

    Every person shall submit a written application for a permit that will
    contain the following information:
    a. the name and address of the applicant,
    b. the name and address of the property owner,
    c. the purpose for which the application is submitted,
    d. the nature and location of any work proposed to be done and the
    name of the person who is to do such work, the date of commencement and
    the date of completion of the proposed work, and other data or plans as
    may reasonably be required. Prior to approval for any permit, the
    applicant shall submit a plan of all driveways to be used for such operations which are adjacent to any public road, to
    include graveling when required by weather conditions. The Road
    Superintendent shall have the authority to require installation of a
    pipe under driveways.
    The Road Superintendent shall either issue or deny the request for a
    permit in writing. If approved, the permit is valid for the permitted
    site until released or terminated.

    An appeal may be taken to the Board of Commissioners within 30 days
    after the date of the decision. The decision of the Road Superintendent
    shall be final upon failure to appeal within 30 days. Any applicant
    aggrieved by the decision of the Board of Commissioners may take an
    appeal to the Superior Court of Warren County within 30 days of the
    decision of the Board of
    Commissioners. The decision of the Board of Commissioners shall be final
    upon failure to appeal within 30 days.

    The applicant must display the permit issued to him in a conspicuous
    place at the site of the driveway.

    An applicant for a permit shall file a cash bond or letter of credit
    from a lending institution in the amount of $1000.00 with his
    application.

    Any person obtaining a permit shall guarantee he will maintain the
    county roads right of way including, but not limited to roads, bridges,
    ditches, pipes, culverts, drainage ditches and shall repair any damages
    to the county right of way within 30 days from written notice from the
    county of any damages or problems.

    After completion of the project, the applicant shall remove the driveway
    and restore the right of way to its original condition. The bond may be
    released provided all corrections, repairs, and improvements have been
    made by the applicant within the time limits. Failure to perform the
    corrections, of any specific problems within 30 days after completion of
    the project shall result in forfeiture of the bond.

    In the event the applicant fails to correct any damages, within 30 days
    after completion of the project or within 30 days of written notice from
    the county, whichever occurs first, the county may correct all damages
    and all costs to the county will be the responsibility of the applicant
    who shall reimburse the county within 30 days after he is presented with
    a written bill. The county shall use the bond as an offset to the costs,and if the costs exceed the value of the bond, the applicant shall be
    responsible for the difference. Any violation of this ordinance will be
    punishable by a fine not to exceed $1000.00 and/or 60 days confinement.

    Comments

    Passed 2/93. Ordinance #93-001: "Warren County Roads and Right of
    Way Use Ordinance"


    Washington County Regulations

    October 2000

    Washington County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 271
    Sandersville, GA 31082

    Phone: 912-552-2325
    Fax: 912-552-7424

    Regulations in Effect

    To harvest timber you must obtain a permit, fee to be established by the
    county board of commissioner, and supply a surety bond. The permits are
    issued by the county road department. The county has up to five (5)
    working days to issue the permit. The permit must be kept on site by
    the person in charge.



    Bonds can be posted at the road department as well. For operations on
    5 acres or less a bond of $2,500.00 shall be posted, and for operations
    of greater than 5 acres, the bond will be $5,000.00. Upon completion of
    necessary repairs to public property and removal of all waste and
    debris, the county will release the bond.

    Failure to acquire a permit before logging operations, or comply with the stipulations shall result in a fine equal to 10% of the required surety bond, cash deposit, or letter of credit.

    The timber operator must notify public works director or office manager
    by phone on the date equipment is moved onto the site and give their
    permit number. Prior to operations, county public works department shall
    inspect the point of access to county roads and determine suitability,
    and if a culvert is necessary it will be installed by the operators.
    Signs shall be posted in each direction form the point of access onto
    the county road. One sign at 750 feet stating "Warning Logging
    Operation Ahead, Trucks-Equipment Entering Roadway." Signs shall be 36'
    by 36', erected in a diamond shape, orange in color with black legend
    (available to buy from the county if needed).

    All necessary culverts shall be at least 40 feet in width.

    During operation
    1. all harvesting shall be conducted on a selected site and off
    county roads and rights-of-way. Logging and skidding on county
    roads and rights-of-way is strictly prohibited,
    2. Ditches shall be kept clear of all debris and residue to all
    for proper drainage.
    3. There shall be no blockage of county road at the access site
    and roads must remain open at all times.
    4. No equipment, trucks or trailers shall be allowed to park on
    any public road or right of way.
    5. Mud shall not be carried onto paved roads by logging vehicles,
    and if necessary temporary exits of gravel shall be
    constructed.
    6. During rain or inclement weather, logging vehicles shall not
    be operated over the county's unimproved roads when such
    travel will cause sufficient dameagge to the road system to
    impede small traffic flow.

    Upon written notice(except in case of emergency) from the issuing
    authority, work shall be stopped immediately when in violation of this
    ordinance. This notice will be given to the person in charge of the
    operation and the property owner. If conditions are not in compliance
    with the ordinance within five (5) working days of the notice, the road
    department will make repairs and deduct the cost from surety bond. Any
    violation of the provisions of this ordinance shall be punished as for
    a misdemeanor.

    Operator shall notify public works director of completion of operations.
    The director will then inspect the site to assure the area has been
    restored to original conditions. The operator will be notified in
    writing of deficiencies and given 15 days to correct them. When the
    public works director determines the road and access site are in proper
    repair written release of liability will be given to the operator.

    Comments

    Effective February 12, 1998 including amendments as of Dec. 10 1998.


    Wayne County Regulations

    May 2000

    Wayne County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 217
    Jesup, GA 31545

    Phone: 912-427-5900
    Fax: 912-427-5906

    No Regulations in Effect


    Webster County Regulations

    May 2000

    Webster County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 29
    Preston, GA 31824

    Phone: 912-828-5775
    Fax: 912-828-2105

    Regulations in Effect

    A permit applied for and obtained from the Clerk of Webster County
    Commissioners at least 48 hours before commencement of operations.
    Operator must provide a description of the property that the timber will
    be removed from, proof of bond if one is required, estimates for the
    time of commencement and completion of operation, name and address of
    the contractor and the property owner, and the name and address of the
    person or persons in charge of or supervising the operations.

    The use of county roads to transport timber or pulpwood must not
    endanger the traveling public. If damage occurs, roads must be restored
    to their previous condition, which includes, but is not limited to,
    removal of debris and mud and replacement of gravel. Trucks or
    equipment used in harvesting are not allowed to park on the public
    right-of-way for extended periods of time. Warning signs shall be
    posted at least 500 feet on both sides of the temporary driveway
    adequately warning oncoming traffic of persons, vehicles, equipment or
    machinery entering the roadway.

    At the completion of harvest at each permitted site, the operator shall
    immediately notify the County Commissioner's office. Inspection of
    county roads affected will take place within three working days of
    receipt of notice. If damage has occurred, the operator will have 10
    days to return the roads or rights-of-way to their previous condition.
    If there is disagreement with the county's assessment of damage, the
    operator can appeal the decision to an arbitration board of three
    members, one representing the county, one representing the operator, and
    one mutually agreed on by the other two arbitrators. The decision of
    the Arbitration board is final.

    If operator does not initiate repairs within 10 working days of
    notification or arbitration decision, the county shall be authorized to make repairs at the operator's expense. If this occurs, the Board of
    Commissioners shall be authorized to require a security bond or letter
    of credit for $1,000.00 for future operations on county rights-of-way.

    Comments

    Approved May 6, 1997.


    Wheeler County Regulations

    October 2000

    Wheeler County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 181
    Alamo, GA 30411

    Phone: 912-568-7135
    Fax: 912-568-1909

    Regulations in Effect

    A permit for timber operators is required. Apply for such permit at the
    Tax Appraiser's Office where forms are available. Information required
    for a permit is:
    1. The name, address and phone number of the timber operator.
    2. The name, address and phone number of the owner of the
    property where harvesting will take place.
    3. The location of the property where timber operations will take
    place.
    4. The roads in Wheeler county where motor vehicles will travel
    transporting timber and equipment for the timber operation.
    5. The agreed total price to be paid for the timber (if price is
    on a per cord basis then give the estimated total price).
    6. The date operations are expected to begin and end.
    7. If the timber operator intends to engage independent
    contractors to transport the timber, the name, address, and
    phone number of each such independent contractor.
    8. If the operator is engaged only in transporting timber, the
    name, address, and phone number of the timber operator for
    whom he will be transporting timber.

    All operators who fail to comply with this ordinance shall be guilty of
    a misdemeanor, and upon conviction by the Magistrate court of Wheeler
    county, shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000.00 Each day the
    violation continues shall constitue a separate offense.

    Comments

    Approved September 1, 1994.


    White County Regulations

    October 2000

    White County
    Board of Commissioners
    1650 S. Main St., Suite A
    Cleveland, GA 30528

    Phone: 706-865-2235
    Fax: --

    Regulations in Effect

    Harvesting of forest products will be performed in accordance with a harvesting plan agreed to by the Georgia State Forestry Commission and an Erosion and Sediment Control Plan approved by the Upper Chattahoochee Soil and Water Conservation District.
    Forestry management within the watershed drainage area will follow the Georgia State Forestry Commission's Best Management Practices Guidelines for Streamside Management Zones, Stream Crossings, Access Road and Their Construction, Timber Harvesting, Site Preparation, Reforestation, and Forest Protection.
    Forestry may be exempt from the stream corridor buffer and setback area provisions of water supply watershed protection plans if:
    1.) The activity shall be consistent with Best Management Practices established by the Georgia Forestry Commission or the GA Dept. of Agriculture.
    2.) The activity shall not impair the quality of the drinking water stream.

    Comments

    Please refer to the White County Watershed Ordiance for further information.


    Whitfield County Regulations

    May 2000

    Whitfield County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 248
    Dalton, GA 30722

    Phone: 706-275-7500
    Fax: 706-275-7501

    No Regulations in Effect


    Wilcox County Regulations

    June 2000

    Wilcox County
    Board of Commissioners
    103 N. Broad St
    Abbeville, GA 31001

    Phone: 912-467-2737
    Fax: 912-467-2000

    Regulations in Effect

    All timber sales must be reported to the Tax Assessor's office.


    Wilkes County Regulations

    October 2000

    Wilkes County
    Board of Commissioners
    23 E. Court St., Rm 222
    Washington, GA 30673

    Phone: 706-678-7732
    Fax: 706-678-3033

    Regulations in Effect

    Upon receipt of a completed notification of a harvesting form, the Tax
    Assessors Office shall issue a permit to the harvester in duplicate.
    One copy shall be posted in public view at the junction of the logging
    access and a pubic road and the other copy shall be maintained by the
    harvesting contractor at the loading dock which shall be available for
    inspection. At completion of harvest, the contractor shall give oral
    (phone call sufficient) notification to the Tax Assessors.

    Violations of this ordinance shall be brought by way of citation before
    the Magistrate Court of Wilkes County. The penalty shall be a warning
    for the first failure to comply, and the penalty for the second
    offense shall be a fine of up to $100.00, and subsequent offenses will
    incur a penalty not to exceed $1,000.00. Each day the operation is in
    violation of this ordinance shall constitute a separate violation.
    The ordinance shall be enforced by the Sheriff of Wilkes County, duly
    appointed County Code officer, or by members of the Board of Tax
    Assessors or by employees of the Tax Assessors office. Enforcement
    personnel are authorized to immediately halt any timber harvesting
    operations until the notice and permit requirements are complied
    with by the land owner or harvesting contractor.

    Comments

    Ordinance effective February 11, 1999.


    Wilkinson County Regulations

    July 2000

    Wilkinson County
    Board of Commissioners
    P.O. Box 161
    Irwinton, GA 31042

    Phone: 912-946-2236
    Fax: 912-946-3767

    Regulations in Effect

    All industries, prior to loading or unloading materials on county
    right-of-ways must provide the Superintendent of Roads in writing the
    following information:
    1. The name, address and phone number of the contractor or firm
    which will be loading or unloading.
    2. The approximate location of access site to the county road.
    3. Approximate date to commence work and the approximate
    completion date.
    4. The type of materials to be loaded or unloaded.

    Upon notification, the Superintendent of Roads shall inspect the site
    to determine if a culvert is required and the size and length of
    culvert, if any is required. If a culvert is required, it shall be
    installed as directed by the Superintendent of Roads, and shall be
    installed at the expense of the firm or company.

    The Board of Commissioners shall be authorized to require the posting
    of a surety bond in the amount of $1,000.00 by the company,
    corporation or individual asking for an access point. The bond will
    remain in force until the conclusion of operation with the condition
    of access points and roads being found satisfactory as prescribed by
    this ordinance. Forfeiture of a bond for non performance will require
    the negligent party to purchase surety bonds on a tract to tract
    basis. The Commissioners, in their discretion shall be authorized to
    waive the posting of a bond by any individual or company maintaining
    or doing business in the County, having a net worth in excess of
    $1,000.00, exclusive of any indebtedness.
    Logging or pulpwood loading operations shall be conducted at a
    loading site off the county right-of-ways and behind the established
    ditch line of county roads.

    Loading or skidding of materials, timber or logs will not be
    permitted on any county roads and county right-of-ways.

    Ditches shall be kept clear of all debris or residue at all times to
    allow for proper drainage.

    County roads, at the access, site shall be kept serviceable at all
    times for the passing of the public, emergency vehicles, school
    buses, etc.

    Operators will use crushed stone or some other material if required
    by the Superintendent of Roads on access roads to prevent the
    transport of excessive amounts of mud onto county roads.

    The Superintendent of Roads shall have the authority to close down
    all operations when it is determined that the county roads and access
    sites are not being maintained. Upon suspension of operations, the
    firm or company shall have 5 days from the date of suspension to
    appeal the decision. The appeal shall be made in writing to the
    Board of Commissioners. Upon receipt of the written appeal, the
    Board of Commissioners shall have 5 days to impanel an Arbitration
    Board. The Arbitration Board shall consist of 3 people: one person
    selected by the Board of Commissioners, one person selected by the
    firm or company, and one person mutually agreed upon by the 2 persons
    selected. Once the Arbitration Board has been selected, the
    Arbitration Board shall have no more than 30 days from the receipt of
    the letter of appeal in which to reach a decision. The decision of
    the Arbitration Board shall be final.

    When the Superintendent of Roads is advised that the operations have
    concluded, the Superintendent shall inspect the site. If it is
    determined that the road and access site are not in proper state of
    repair, repairs shall be made at the expense of the firm or company.
    Upon notification by the Superintendent of Roads, the firm or company
    shall have 5 days from the date of the notice to appeal the decision.
    The same appeal process as stated above is followed.


    Worth County Regulations

    March 2001

    Worth County
    Board of Commissioners
    201 N. Main St.
    Sylvester, GA 31791

    Phone: 912-776-8200
    Fax: 912-776-8232

    Regulations in Effect

    "Timber Harvesting Ordinance"
    The Timber Harvesting contractor and landowner must give written notification to the County Administrator of Worth County. There is a form that must be filled out.

    Upon proper application, permits shall be issued without a cost. A surety bond ranging from $5000 to $100,000 depending on certain factors, will be needed.

    After completion, the contractor shall give a phone call notifying completion.

    Comments

    Effective December 6, 2001.