Running for Office

The mayor and council serve four-year, staggered terms to ensure that at no time is the council composed of a full panel of freshman members. Elected officials take office at the first organizational meeting in January following the election. Once elected, all council members must continue to live inside the city limits of Lilburn during their period of service and remain a registered voter.


To qualify for the position of mayor or council member, one must meet the following requirements:

  • Must reside inside the City of Lilburn's city limits for at least one year as of the first Tuesday of November of the year for which you are qualifying. Must provide proof.
  • Must be registered to vote (18+)
  • Must state which post you are qualifying
  • Must pay the qualifying fee

Qualifying Dates

Qualifying for the City of Lilburn will be held on August 21st through August 23, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Candidate Qualifying Packet

The Candidate Qualifying Packet includes the following documents:

  • Welcome Letter
  • Notice of Candidacy & Affidavit
  • Ordinance # 428-12 City of Lilburn Ethics Ordinance
  • City of Lilburn Zoning Map
  • Declaration of Intention to Accept Campaign Contributions
  • Campaign Disclosure Report (CCDR)
  • Two Business Days Report of Contributions Received (TBD)
  • Personal Financial Disclosure Statement (PFD)
  • Affidavit of a Candidate’s Intent Not to Exceed $2,500 in Contributions and/or Expenditures
  • GMA - Running for Municipal Elected Office Brochure

Note: All documents in the packet must be filled out in its entirety before submitting them to the City Clerk.

If you have any questions regarding the documents, training opportunities, or need any assistance, please visit the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission’s website or call 404-463-1980.

Campaign Finance Commission University for County and Municipal-Level Candidates and/or Elected Officials provides hot-to guides,  brochures and facts that are helpful to all candidates.

Newly Elected Officials Institute

The Georgia General Assembly passed legislation (O.C.G.A. 36-45-1) requiring all persons elected as members of a municipal governing authority who were not serving as members of a municipal governing authority on July 1, 1990, to attend and satisfactorily complete a training program specifically designed for newly elected municipal officials.  

The Georgia Municipal Association and the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government are pleased to provide this required training to Georgia’s newly elected municipal officials. Upcoming training dates: Athens, February 10-12, 2020 & Tifton, March 4-6, 2020. For more information, visit the GMA Newly Elected Officials Institute.

Political Signs

All signs in the City of Lilburn must meet the Sign Ordinance's minimum height and setback requirements.

  • Signs must be placed outside of the public right of way and no closer than 10 feet from the back of the curb. Do not attach a sign to a utility pole or street marker.
  • Private property owners must grant prior permission.
  • It is a violation for anyone to remove legal signage without the owner's expressed permission (s).