Village of Flower Hill, NY
Nassau County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Flower Hill 1-6-1976 as Ch. 62 of the 1976 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Penalties for offenses — See Ch. 1, Art. II.

§ 181-1 Conformance required.

The erection and maintenance of all advertising structures, signs, advertising devices, pennants, streamers or flags, whether or not the same contain or have imprinted thereon any writing or print, or displays shall conform to the provisions of this chapter. Any use of the word "sign" hereinafter made shall include all of the specifications listed above.

§ 181-2 Permit required.

No person, firm, association or corporation shall erect, maintain or display any sign upon buildings, structures or land within the Incorporated Village of Flower Hill without first obtaining a permit therefor from the Board of Trustees as hereinafter provided.

§ 181-3 Application for permit.

A. 
A separate application for a permit, as herein required, shall be made for each separate sign on a form furnished by the Clerk or Clerk-Treasurer. Each application shall be accompanied by the written consent of the owner of the real property upon which such sign is to be erected or maintained. Application shall be made in like manner for a permit to maintain any existing sign or to renew a permit. Any nonconforming sign that is presently legally in existence within the village at the time of the enactment herein shall within two years after the enactment of this chapter, fully comply with all the provisions herein.
B. 
Permits for building identification signs shall not require yearly renewal.
[Added 11-10-1999 by L.L. No. 3-1999; amended 11-6-2000 by L.L. No. 3-2000]

§ 181-4 Conformity with provisions.

No such sign, whether new or existing, shall hereafter be altered, rebuilt or enlarged, extended or relocated except in conformity with the provisions of this chapter.

§ 181-5 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor’s Note: Former § 181-5, Signs required to bear permit number and expiration date, was repealed 11-8-2010 by L.L. No. 14-2010.

§ 181-6 Issuance of permit.

[Amended 11-10-1999 by L.L. No. 3-1999; 7-6-2009 by L.L. No. 8-2009]
The Clerk or Clerk/Treasurer shall submit for approval to the Board of Trustees permits or renewals thereof, not transferable, to be issued for a period of time not exceeding one year. All permits shall expire each year on July 1.

§ 181-7 Removal of signs.

Within 15 days after the date of the expiration or revocation of a permit for a sign, such sign shall be removed by the outdoor advertiser or other person, firm or corporation erecting, maintaining or displaying the same or, in default of removal by the person, firm or corporation thus primarily charged with such duty, by the owner or tenant of the premises upon which the structure, sign or display is maintained.

§ 181-8 Pole, ground and wall signs.

A. 
Pole sign. No pole sign shall be erected except on developed property in a business district. A pole sign shall not exceed a total area of 30 square feet, with a maximum horizontal measurement of seven feet. The total height of the sign structure shall not exceed 18 feet when measured from the established street grade, with a minimum distance of 12 feet between the bottom of the sign and the surface of the ground. Only one pole shall be permitted for each plot having a total street frontage of not less than 100 feet, and it shall be so located that no part thereof shall project beyond any property line.
B. 
Detached or ground sign. Ground signs shall be permitted, provided that there is no other sign on the premises; that they do not exceed 24 square feet in area or 10 feet in height above the ground; that they are located no less than 15 feet from any lot line; that the maximum horizontal measurement is 10 feet; and that an open space of at least three feet is maintained between the ground level and the bottom of a sign. The area between the sign and front property line shall be maintained free of weeds and debris.
[Amended 11-10-1999 by L.L. No. 3-1999]
C. 
Wall signs shall be permitted as follows.
[Added 11-10-1999 by L.L. No. 3-1999]
(1) 
One sign displayed on, applied or attached to the exterior wall of a building facing on a public street or storefront facing on a public street, when used for advertising the sale or rental of the premises on which it is erected or any business conducted or products sold in such building.
(2) 
The display surfaces of such signs shall be parallel with the wall of the building, and no part of the sign structure shall extend more than nine inches from the wall of the building.
(3) 
The maximum dimensions of such signs shall not exceed those hereinafter specified.
(4) 
If such sign is irregular in shape, it shall not, at its greatest vertical dimension, extend more than six inches above its permissible vertical measurement, nor shall such extension exceed 10% of the maximum horizontal measurement.
(5) 
A corner building may display one sign on each wall facing on a public street, provided that the same comply with this and the following sections.
(6) 
The top of the sign shall be not more than 18 feet above ground level, and no sign shall be placed upon or extend above any portion of any roof of any building.
D. 
Fees. At the time of making application for a detached ground sign, wall sign or a pole sign, a fee shall be paid to the Village Clerk or Village Clerk-Treasurer. Such permits shall expire one year from the date of issuance. Permits may be renewed on or before the expiration date by making application to the Village Clerk or Village Clerk-Treasurer and paying a fee therefor. Fees shall be as set forth in Chapter A243, Fees, Charges and Deposits.
[Amended 11-10-1999 by L.L. No. 3-1999]

§ 181-9 Signs exempt from fees and permits.

The classes of signs which are exempt from fees are described in this section. Unless specifically exempted, such signs may be erected and maintained only upon permit issued by the Village Clerk or Village Clerk-Treasurer. Notwithstanding other provisions of this chapter, it shall not be necessary to make application for renewal of permits, where required, for fee-exempt signs, as is required for signs requiring fees and/or permits unless there is a change of ownership or an alteration of said sign.
A. 
In residence districts, no permit is required for:
(1) 
One sign, not exceeding one square foot in area, displaying the street number and name and profession of the occupant of the premises.
(2) 
One sign announcing an open house in accord with § 181-13W below.
[Amended 11-3-2008 by L.L. No. 5-2008[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: This local law also provided for the repeal of former Subsection A(3), concerning engineers', architects', and contractors' signs, which immediately followed this subsection.
B. 
For notice or advertisement required by law in any legal proceeding or put up by public authority, no permit is required.
C. 
A notice of any railroad, transportation or transmission company or corporation, necessary for the direction or information or safety of the public. Said sign shall project not more than 12 inches into the right-of-way.
[Amended 11-10-1999 by L.L. No. 3-1999][2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection D(1), which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 11-10-1999 by L.L. No. 3-1999.
D. 
An identification sign over the rear entrance of a building or store facing a parking area, showing only the trade name of the occupant of said store or building. Such sign shall be limited to a maximum vertical measurement of one foot and a maximum horizontal measurement of five feet and a maximum overall height of 18 feet above the surface of the ground. If such signs are illuminated, illumination shall be by direct lighting (nonflickering type). Such signs shall be illuminated only during the hours when the store or building is open to the public.
E. 
A danger or precautionary sign relating to the premises or a sign warning of the condition or of dangers of travel on a highway may be erected and maintained for a temporary period without application to the Board of Trustees for a permit.
F. 
Garage sale signs pursuant to Chapter 131.
[Added 11-10-1999 by L.L. No. 3-1999]

§ 181-10 Gasoline station signs.

[Added 11-10-1999 by L.L. No. 3-1999]
A. 
The following signs, deemed customary and essential, shall be permitted as accessory to an existing gasoline station in any use district:
(1) 
Signs which are an integral part of gasoline pumps.
(2) 
Signs over bays, not to exceed two feet in height, containing the words "lubrication," "washing" or other similar customary words.
(3) 
Signs showing the selling price of gasoline, not to exceed one such sign for each gasoline pump and attached thereto, and measuring not less than seven inches in height and eight inches in width nor more than 12 inches square.
(4) 
Ground signs, not to exceed two in number, 24 square feet in area per sign face or 18 feet in height above the mean level of the ground, not to extend or project beyond any lot line.
(5) 
Temporary signs, not to exceed two in number of 10 square feet per sign face; such signs shall advertise some special seasonal service and shall remain in view only during the periods October 1 to December 1 and/or April 1 to June 1.
(6) 
Wall signs.
B. 
The subject matter of any sign shall relate only to the business occupying the lot.

§ 181-11 Removal of certain signs.

Any existing sign which advertises a business or industrial use not in operation for a period of at least six months shall be removed.

§ 181-12 Signs as conditional uses.

A directional sign on the sidewall of a building, where said sidewall faces a driveway giving access to a parking area at the rear of the building, may be erected only when authorized by the Board of Trustees.

§ 181-13 Prohibited signs.

Signs shall be prohibited as follows:
A. 
No sign shall be erected on the roof of any building or structure, nor shall any part of a sign project higher than the building roof.
[Amended 11-10-1999 by L.L. No. 3-1999]
B. 
No sign shall be permitted which is painted on the surface of any building.
C. 
No sign shall be permitted which is constructed of any destructible material, such as cloth, paper or oilcloth.
D. 
No sign shall be permitted which projects more than nine inches from the face of the building, if a wall sign.
E. 
No sign shall be permitted which directs, emits, radiates or reflects any beam, ray or glare of light away from the lot.
F. 
No banners and/or pennants, ribbons, streamers, spinners other similar moving, fluttering or revolving devices constructed of cloth, oil cloth, paper, plastic or other destructible or indestructible material shall be erected or maintained across any street or attached to or upon any building or part thereof or upon any premises.
[Added 11-10-1999 by L.L. No. 3-1999]
G. 
No sign or any part thereof, including lighting devices and reflectors, shall be placed so as to frame or outline two more sides of any wall of a building.
[Added 11-10-1999 by L.L. No. 3-1999]
H. 
No sign designed generally for the use of vertical lighting shall be erected.
[Added 11-10-1999 by L.L. No. 3-1999]
I. 
No sign shall be attached to any tree, fence or utility pole.
[Added 11-10-1999 by L.L. No. 3-1999]
J. 
All signs which direct, emit, radiate or reflect any beam, ray, gleam or glare of light on an abutting residential district shall be extinguished within 1/2 hour after the close of business and in no event later than 11:00 p.m. The close of business shall be deemed to be that time at which the premises are closed to the general public. Lights within business establishments may be kept on during the entire night, provided that the total amount of illumination does not exceed 20 footcandles.
[Added 11-10-1999 by L.L. No. 3-1999]
K. 
Except as otherwise permitted in this chapter, no sign shall be erected or maintained which extends or projects into any right-of-way.
[Added 11-10-1999 by L.L. No. 3-1999]
L. 
No sign, display or advertising device not heretofore classified in this article shall be permitted in any use district.
[Added 11-10-1999 by L.L. No. 3-1999]
M. 
Billboards or post signs are prohibited.
[Added 11-10-1999 by L.L. No. 3-1999]
N. 
No sign shall be permitted which is so placed or designed as to be conflicting with public signs or signals.
O. 
No sign shall be permitted which moves, revolves, flashes, contains intermittent illumination or strings of lights or has lighting of changing degrees of intensity, or has any parts which contain such conditions.
P. 
No sign shall be permitted which directs attention to a business, service, entertainment or commodity conducted, sold or offered elsewhere than upon the premises.
Q. 
No sign shall be permitted which remains lighted after 12:00 midnight, prevailing time.
R. 
No sign shall be permitted which, because of its size, location, shape, height, wording, design or lighting, might be confused as a traffic directional or stop sign or might interfere with the vision or discernment of a traffic directional or stop and go sign or might otherwise imperil the safety of travel on streets and highways.
S. 
No sign shall be permitted which, except as provided in § 181-8 of this chapter, is erected or maintained on the sidewall of any building, unless such sidewall has frontage on a public street.
T. 
No sign shall be permitted which is a right-angle or projecting sign extending over the village or public right-of-way.
U. 
No sign shall be permitted which is not heretofore classified in this chapter.
V. 
Neon signs that are over six square feet are prohibited.
[Amended 11-10-1999 by L.L. No. 3-1999]
W. 
Commercial signs.
[Added 11-3-2008 by L.L. No. 5-2008]
(1) 
Commercial signs on residential property which shall include, but not be limited to, signs stating that the property or part thereof is for sale or rent; engineers', architects', building contractors' and/or subcontractors' signs maintained on buildings or structures.
(2) 
Notwithstanding the preceding paragraph:
(a) 
Signs pertaining to garage sales shall be permitted in accord with Chapter 131 of this Code.
(b) 
Signs announcing an open house shall be permitted so long as only one sign announcing the same is placed upon the property. The sign is to be four square feet or less, and when not attached to the building, the same shall be located to conform with the minimum front and side yard setbacks of the district in which it is erected. Additionally, the sign is to be removed within 24 hours of the event.

§ 181-14 Penalties for offenses.

Any person committing an offense against any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article II, Penalties, of the Code of the Village of Flower Hill.