Part 1 BANNERS, SIGNS AND OTHER ADVERTISING DEVICES
[Ord. 2008-05, 4/1/2008; as amended by Ord. 2008-11, 7/15/2008]
The provisions of this Part are intended to promote and protect public health, welfare and safety by regulating and restricting the location of signs, banners, and other advertising devices within the public rights-of-way within the Township. The regulations are intended to promote public traffic safety, to protect property values, to create a more-attractive economic climate, to eliminate litter, and to enhance the scenic and natural beauty of the Township.
Permits for signs, banners, or other advertising devices shall be issued by the Zoning Officer only in accord with this Part and all applicable zoning requirements.
No temporary signs, banners or other advertising devices or signs of any type that are of a temporary basis shall be placed within any sight triangle at the intersection of public or private roads, within the sight triangle of any driveway and a public or private road, or in any other location where sight visibility or traffic safety would be adversely impacted such as in a recurring manner where the same or similar sign is placed repetitively (within 20 yards of each other) on the same property or location, or on a property without the property owner's consent. For purposes of this Part, the phrase "temporary signs, banners or other advertising devices" shall mean signs, banners or other advertising devices placed for a specified period of time, not to be permanent, including but not limited to signs, banners or other advertising devices for contractors, mechanics' or artisan signs, banners or other advertising devices, and signs posted on telephone, electric or streetlight poles or other advertising devices.
Removal. Any signs, banners, or other advertising devices which are placed in violation of this Section may be removed by the Township's Code Enforcement Officer; and the owner of the offending sign, banner or other device shall be notified of the requirements of this Part. Upon payment of a fine of $100, the owner may retrieve all signs collected by the Code Enforcement Officer. If the fine is not paid within 48 hours of notification or the signs are not retrieved within 48 hours of notification, the signs shall be destroyed. Each time that a violation of this Section of this Part occurs, the fine shall be doubled.
The provisions of this Part may be enforced by the Township in an action in equity brought in the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County. All fines collected by the Township pursuant to this Section are in addition to all other remedies provided by this Part, and the Township's rights and remedies provided in this Part are cumulative and in addition to all other remedies provided by law.
No signs, banners or other advertising devices of any kind, nature or duration, except for Township-owned signs, shall be placed on Township-owned real property, including but not limited to open space, parks, municipal building and public works.
For purposes of this Part, the term "sight triangle" shall mean an area of unobstructed vision at street or driveway and street intersections defined by the lines of sight between the points at a given distance from the intersection of the street right-of-way lines.
[Ord. 2008-05, 4/1/2008]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a Magisterial District Judge in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000, plus costs, for each and every offense, and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues or each Section of this Part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.