Town of Dover, NY
Dutchess County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Dover 1-28-2015 by L.L. No. 1-2015. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Zoning — See Ch. 145.

§ 33-1 Purpose.

The purposes of this chapter are to create the position of Zoning Administrator and authorize the Zoning Administrator to review and permit signs in order to protect the Town's visual environment, create attractive streetscapes, promote a vibrant business community, promote pedestrian and vehicular safety, preserve the Town's heritage as an historic area, and complement the scenic and natural beauty of the community.

§ 33-2 Appointment.

The Town Board of the Town of Dover is hereby authorized to appoint a Zoning Administrator pursuant to the New York State Town Law and who, when so appointed, shall comply with the regulations and permitting of signs as detailed below, and other such duties as assigned by the Town Board.

§ 33-3 General sign regulations.

A. 
Applicability; permits; content.
(1) 
Signs are permitted only as an accessory to a permitted use on a lot.
(2) 
Unless exempted under § 145-39B, all signs are subject to regulation under this chapter.
(3) 
Prior to construction, all new regulated signs must obtain a sign permit; provided, however, that if signs are proposed in connection with any special permit or site plan application, such signs shall be reviewed and approved under applicable criteria for the permitted uses and shall not require a separate sign permit or building permit if constructed pursuant to an approved plan.
(4) 
The Zoning Administrator is authorized to issue permits for temporary signs where approved permanent signs have not yet been received by an applicant.
(5) 
Each place of business or commercial activity may display signs consisting of the business name, name of the business owner, information lines (excluding any pricing information, except for gas stations) and/or a pictograph of the business activity conducted on the premises.
(6) 
Real estate development signs. Notwithstanding the above, any real estate development, subdivision or apartment complex shall be allowed no more than two identification signs, which shall be no larger than 24 square feet in sign area per face.

§ 33-4 Sign permits.

A. 
Procedure.
(1) 
Except as otherwise provided herein, no sign or other advertising device shall be erected, constructed, displayed, moved, reconstructed, extended, enlarged or altered except in conformity with this chapter and, where applicable, without first obtaining a sign permit from the Zoning Administrator in accordance with the procedures and standards herein.
(2) 
Application for a sign permit shall be made in writing to the Zoning Administrator in the form and manner prescribed in this chapter. One application may include more than one sign, provided that all signs contained in such application are to be erected at the same time on one lot. Applications for new signs or proposed changes in existing signs shall include plans to scale detailing the dimensions and area of the sign(s), the location of the sign(s) on the building, structure or property where the sign(s) will be erected or attached, and a visual simulation or photo to scale illustrating colors, materials, lettering, artwork, and method of illumination, if any. A permit shall be required for any change in the size, shape, lighting, materials, or location of an existing sign.
(3) 
Each application for a sign permit shall be accompanied by the fee set forth in the current fee schedule adopted by the Town Board.
(a) 
Such fee shall be based on all signs contained in such application.
(b) 
Any sign for a public agency or educational, charitable or religious establishment shall be exempt from the required fee.
(4) 
The Zoning Administrator shall, upon the filing of any application for a sign permit, take the following action:
(a) 
Examine such plans, specifications and other data submitted with the application.
(b) 
Become familiar with the building or premises upon which it is proposed to erect such sign.
(c) 
Review the sign for compliance with all the requirements of this chapter.
(d) 
If the Zoning Administrator determines that the sign complies with all requirements of this chapter and if no increases in letter or graphic size under § 145-39F(3) are sought, the Zoning Administrator shall, within 10 business days thereafter, issue a sign permit.
(e) 
In the event that the Zoning Administrator determines that the proposed sign is not in compliance with all the requirements of this chapter, such application shall be denied and returned to the applicant. The Zoning Administrator shall advise the applicant in writing of the deficiencies found in the application and the action necessary to correct such deficiencies.
(5) 
The Zoning Administrator shall consider any sign that does not fully conform to the requirements of this chapter to be in violation of the provisions of this chapter.
(6) 
If the work authorized under a sign permit has not been completed within six months after the date of issuance, such permit shall become null and void. The applicant may apply to the Zoning Administrator for an extension, up to an additional six months from the date of time original permit.