Borough of Fox Chapel, PA
Allegheny County
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§ 1 "Billboard" Defined.

[Ordinance 3, November 30, 1934, Section 1, as amended by Ordinance 190, October 20, 1958, Section 1]
For the purpose of this ordinance,[1] "billboard" shall mean and include any board, wall, fence, screen or other device or structure in the nature thereof used or employed for the posting, painting or affixing thereon of advertising matter. Such definition shall not be taken to include:
(1) 
Any sign of 10 square feet in area, or less, posted upon premises by the owner, advertising the sale, lease or development of such premises;
(2) 
Any temporary sign, of the same area, of any carpenter, builder or mechanic at any location where a building is being erected or altered;
(3) 
Any bulletin board, of the same area, of a church, school or municipal building, for the purpose of displaying the name and activities or services there provided; or
(4) 
Any sign indicating a profession or occupation, where authorized under the Zoning Ordinance.[2]
Provided: the top of such exempted sign shall be not more than four feet from the ground.
[2]:
Editor's Note: See Chapter XXVII.
[1]:
Editor's Note: Sections 1 to 4 of this chapter.

§ 2 Unlawful to Construct, Rebuild or Maintain Billboards.

[Ordinance 3, November 30, 1934, Section 2]
From and after the passage of this ordinance,[1] it shall be unlawful for any person, copartnership, firm or corporation, to construct, rebuild or maintain within the limits of the Borough any billboard.
[1]:
Editor's Note: Sections 1 to 4 of this chapter.

§ 3 Penalty for Violation.

[Ordinance 3, November 30, 1934, Section 3; as amended by Ordinance 190, October 20, 1958, Section 2, by Ordinance 367, March 20, 1978, Section 1; and by Ordinance 536, December 21, 1992, Section 11]
Any person, partnership or corporation violating any provision of this ordinance[1] shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 and costs of prosecution, or in default of payment of such fine and costs, to undergo imprisonment for not more than 30 days. Provided: each violation of any provision of this ordinance, and each day the same is continued, shall be deemed a separate offense.
[1]:
Editor's Note: Sections 1 to 4 of this chapter.

§ 4 Unlawful Billboards Constitute Nuisance.

[Ordinance 3, November 30, 1934, Section 4]
In addition to the penalties provided in the preceding section for the violation of this ordinance,[1] any billboard constructed, rebuilt or maintained within the limits of the Borough in violation of this ordinance, shall be deemed and is hereby declared to be a nuisance, and such nuisance may be abated in the manner now provided by law.
[1]:
Editor's Note: See Section 3 of this chapter.

§ 201 Definitions.

[Ord. 633, 7/21/2003, § 1]
For purposes of this Part, the following terms shall have the meanings ascribed thereto:
BOROUGH
The Borough of Fox Chapel.
OWNER
Either the legal or beneficial owner of property, including a lessee who is authorized to exercise the rights of an owner with respect to the subject matter of this Part.
PROPERTY
One or more lots, parcels, tracts or areas of land located in the Borough and established by a plat or otherwise permitted by law.
SIGN
A device designed to inform or attract the attention of persons not on the premises on which the device is located.

§ 202 Regulations.

[Ord. 633, 7/21/2003, § 2]
All signs displayed within the Borough of Fox Chapel and subject to regulation under this Part shall comply with the following regulations:
A. 
Size and Design. Each sign shall have no more than two sides. The area of each side of each sign shall not exceed 16 square feet. The area of all signs shall not exceed 80 square feet per property. The highest point of any sign shall not exceed six feet above the ground; provided, however, that any sign may be located higher than six feet if necessary to be visible from the closest street, road or lane, when located as close as is permitted to such street, road or lane.
B. 
Location. Signs shall not be posted on any property without the consent of the owner of such property. The Borough may maintain a registry of owners who have indicated a preference with respect to signs on such owner's property. If an owner has requested that no signs be permitted on the property of the owner, the Borough may remove any such sign. Any request of an owner will be revocable at any time by the owner.
C. 
Construction; Removal. All signs shall be posted in a safe and secure manner and must be maintained in good condition. The owner of the property on which a sign or signs are posted shall: (i) remove signs that do not comply with this Part or make or cause to be made, as and when necessary, all repairs and replacements so as to bring such sign or signs into compliance and (ii) shall not permit said sign or signs to become deserted or abandoned and will be removed prior to either condition being present. For purposes hereof, a sign will generally be considered to be deserted or abandoned if it relates to a specific event and a reasonable amount of time has passed following the occurrence or completion of the event.
D. 
Sight. No sign shall be placed in such a position that it will cause danger to traffic on a street by obscuring the view.
E. 
Flashing Signs. No sign shall be of a flashing type, except traffic control devices.
F. 
Borough Property. No sign, other than official traffic or information signs erected by the Borough, shall be erected in or project into any public park, street or highway or over or in or into any sidewalk of the Borough of Fox Chapel.
G. 
Posters and Advertising Matters. No posters, signs, cards, advertising matter or any objects whatsoever may be placed upon the poles or elsewhere within or along the streets, roads and public ways of the Borough.
H. 
Affixing of Signs. No sign shall be nailed, wired or otherwise affixed to a tree or to an official traffic sign or street name sign.
I. 
Temporary Signs in I-Q District. Temporary signs may be erected on property in the I-O District. Such temporary signs may be displayed for no more than 60 days per calendar year, will be limited to one per property and can be no larger than four feet in height and 13 feet in width.
J. 
Illumination. Signs may not be artificially illuminated.
K. 
Other Regulations. All signs must also comply with any other Borough ordinances which may be applicable to that particular sign.

§ 203 Penalty.

[Ord. 633, 7/21/2003, § 3]
Any person or entity violating any provision of this Part shall, upon conviction thereof, pay a fine of up to $1,000, plus costs; provided, that each violation and each day the same occurs or is continued shall be a separate offense.