UGA Student Handbook
As a student at the University of Georgia you are a citizen of Athens-Clarke County. Being a good neighbor and obeying local ordinances is your responsibility so as to maintain a healthy and supportive relationship between you, your neighbors, the university, and our host community. Opportunities to get involved and explore the community are listed here:
All students, but particularly those who choose to live off campus, should be aware that violation of local ordinances can result in fines and other sanctions in local court. Here are a few examples of the types of ordinances which may impact students:
Single family housing: In single-family residential zones, no more than two unrelated individuals may live in a single dwelling unit, and a related family may house only one additional unrelated person. In areas not zoned for single family residences, no more than four unrelated individuals may live in a single dwelling unit, and a related family may house only two additional unrelated persons. To learn the zone your house is located in, please call the ACC Planning Department at 706-613-3515.
Noise: Noise should be confined to the property on which it is generated 24 hours per day. Specific ordinance provisions require that no noise can be heard more than 300' from the structure or property line from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM. From 11:00 PM to 7:00 AM these restrictions are further reduced to 100'. Noise is also restricted to 100' beyond a car and 5' beyond a common wall/point of contact between two properties, such as an apartment.
Parking: Vehicles may not be parked in the front or side yard of residences except on driveways. Parking ordinances downtown and in single-family residential neighborhoods are strictly enforced by towing, booting and/or significant fines.
Open containers: Open containers of alcoholic beverages are prohibited on public property and in vehicles.
Intoxication: Being intoxicated in public is prohibited, including boisterousness, indecency, vulgarity, profanity, and loud or unbecoming language.
Bicycles: Bicycles must observe the same traffic rules as motorized vehicles. Any person over the age of 12 is prohibited from riding a bicycle on sidewalks.
Pets: Whenever animals are off their owner's property, they must be on a leash which attaches to a collar or harness. There are some specified off-leash parks. Animals may not go onto another person's property without that person's permission. Outside animals must have sanitary shelter and potable water and may not be permanently tethered.
Garbage & Littering: Throwing litter on public or private property is prohibited. Renters should observe garbage pick-up dates and place trash at the curb only on their assigned dates. Trash cans may be placed at 6 p.m. the day before a scheduled pick up and must be removed by noon on the day after.
Event registration: Outdoor entertainment events with electronic amplification or commercial entertainment must be registered with the ACC Police Department at least 72 hours prior to the event. These events are subject to the noise ordinance provisions described above.
Traffic: Observe speed limits and traffic control devices. Avoid aggressive driving. Pedestrians should observe traffic signals and cross only at marked crosswalks. Pedestrians in crosswalks not governed by traffic signals have the right of way over vehicles.
Picketing and Demonstrations: Picketing, demonstrations, assemblies, gatherings, processions or other activities protected by the Constitution cannot block entry and exit from any public or private place. Persons , groups, or organizations planning such activities must submit an application obtained from the Office of the Chief of Police.
Posting Handbills/Notices/Posters: It is prohibited to post notices, posters, handbills, or other paper or device on any lamppost, public utility pole, tree, or public structure or building, except as authorized.