Marshal / Code Enforcement

Mission & Goals

The Franklin County Marshal’s mission is to improve the quality of life and appearance of communities within Franklin County by enforcing county codes and ordinances.

Our goal is to work in partnership with all community members to promote and maintain a safe clean environment and to obtain voluntary compliance from property owners/occupants before pursuing further action.

We are committed to providing prompt, courteous, and professional service and encourage responsible property maintenance by all parties.

Issues related to criminal offenses related to speeding, traffic issues, the sale and/or use of drugs, etc. should be reported to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. Additionally, civil issues related to homeowner’s association (HOA) rules, property line disputes, etc. are not handled by the Marshal’s Office.

Commonly Enforced Ordinances

Below are county ordinances that are commonly enforced:

Unfit Buildings, Structures, Enclosures: 

Dilapidated, decayed, unsafe, unsanitary buildings; buildings lacking light, air, and sanitation make them inadequate and unsafe for human occupation; inadequate facilities for egress in case of fire or panic; those who outside and/or inside premises are not clean, clear and free of any attractive nuisance or accumulation of dirty, junk, filth, rubbish, garbage, debris, combustible materials, excessive growth of weeks of grass, conditions conducive to rodent, vermin, or insect infestation or spread of fire or disease.

Abandoned / Junk Motor Vehicles:

Vehicles that are inoperable under their own power, expired registration/tag, no longer fit for safe usage, being used for salvage parts, have remained in the same place for an extended period of time, dangerous to the health and safety of the public.

Accumulation of Junk: 

Items and piles of discarded old metal(s), cordage, ropes, rags, fibers, rubber, tires, glass, bones, wastepaper, discarded materials used as scraps from a business; discarded, dismantled, wrecked, scrapped, ruined, or junk motor vehicles and motor vehicle parts. 

Unlawful Accumulations: 

Accumulations of trash and rubbish, or land covered with excessive growth of grass or noxious weeds. 

Complaints, Concerns, Suggestions

Complaints, concerns, and suggestions can be reported to the County Marshal online here. You will be required to provide your name and contact number when submitting an online complaint so that the County Marshal may contact you for more information and update you on the status of your complaint. Your information will be kept securely in the complaint file will not be shared freely.

Complaints may be reported by calling the Franklin County Marshal's Office or Franklin County Board of Commissioners Office. Complaints may also be reported in person at the Franklin County Board of Commissioners Office located at 141 Athens St., Carnesville, GA 30521. Phone and in-person complaints must be made during normal business hours.