[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Haverstraw 6-6-1994 by L.L. No. 3-1994; amended in its entirety 6-2-2008 by L.L. No. 8-2008. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Any person, individual, partnership or corporation that operates a store for the sale of goods on a retail basis that has a window facing the street front shall have at least 75% of the surface area of the glass free from any obstruction which would prevent visibility into the store from the street. Specifically, no more than 25% of the surface area of the glass shall be obstructed in any manner, whether by paint, merchandise or any other material that blocks the view into or from the street. Under no circumstances shall any toxic, hazardous or flammable chemicals, cleaning agents or other such substances (including drinking alcohol), or products under pressure, be stored or displayed in such window areas.
Vacant storefront windows must be maintained in a neat and clean appearance. They may not be completely obstructed by paper, window treatments or other means. If vacant or under construction, at least the upper third of the window must be unobstructed so that emergency and official personnel can view into the storefront at all times.
In no instance may a permanent interior window sign(s) of any kind cover more than 20% of the aggregate storefront window area. Total window coverage by signs, merchandise, window treatments, etc., shall not exceed 40% of the aggregate storefront window area. Merchandise cannot be stocked in storefront windows under any circumstances. Windows are for display, not storage.
Any person or persons violating any provision of this chapter shall be subject to a fine of not less than $250 nor more than $500, imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both such fine and imprisonment.