Village of Pittsford, NY
Monroe County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Pittsford 2-11-1992 by L.L. No. 1-1992. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Zoning — See Ch. 210.

§ 168-1 Legislative intent.

[Amended 4-28-2009 by L.L. No. 8-2009]
The sign regulations, controls, and provisions set forth in this chapter are made in accordance with an overall plan and program to ensure the public safety; to preserve the distinct historic character of the Village’s buildings, neighborhoods, and business districts; to enhance property values; to encourage business activity; and to protect the general welfare of the Village of Pittsford. This chapter shall establish standards to ensure commercial signs and other advertising is compatible with the architectural and historic significance, visual character, and scale of the Village. It is further intended here to reduce visual clutter; to limit sign and advertising distractions that may hamper visibility for pedestrians or motor vehicle drivers; and to reduce hazards that may be caused by signs overhanging or projecting over, into, or on public rights-of-way. In enacting this chapter, the Village recognizes that the general welfare of the Village community is dependent upon the preservation of the Village’s unique charm and historic character. No signs other than those expressly permitted in this chapter shall hereafter be erected or maintained.

§ 168-2 Title.

This chapter shall hereafter be known and cited as the "Sign Law."

§ 168-3 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, unless otherwise expressly stated, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ACCESSORY SIGN
Any sign related to a business or profession conducted, or to a commodity or service sold or offered, upon premises where such sign is located.
AREA
See "square footage of a sign."
AWNING SIGN
Any visual message incorporated into an awning attached to a building.
BUILDING FRONTAGE
The linear measurement of a foundation of an elevation.
BUILDING INSPECTOR
The inspector empowered, authorized or charged with the duty to inspect buildings or to enforce zoning and the New York State Building Code.
CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT
The area of the Village including Main Street from the Four Corners to Lincoln Avenue, State Street from South Street to the Four Corners and Monroe Avenue from the Four Corners to Washington Avenue.
[Added 1-13-2009 by L.L. No. 2-2009]
COMMERCIAL
Retail establishment, banking establishment, real estate establishment, dining establishment or personal services establishment as herein defined.
COMMERCIAL COMPLEX
Two or more structures sharing vehicular access from a public street, which structures contain commercial establishment and which may or may not contain offices.
COPY-CHANGE SIGN
A sign on which the visual message may be periodically changed.
DIRECTORY SIGN
A listing of two or more business enterprises on one sign.
ELEVATION OF A BUILDING
Each outer wall or surface of a building.
ERECT
To build, construct, alter, repair, display, relocate, attach, hang, place, suspend, affix or maintain any sign, and shall also include the painting of exterior wall signs.
EVENT SIGN
A sign announcing a not-for-profit municipal, community, civic, or organization event held within the Village of Pittsford.
[Added 1-13-2009 by L.L. No. 2-2009]
FACING A PUBLIC STREET OR WATERWAY
Contiguous with and sharing a boundary with a public street or waterway.
FREESTANDING SIGN
Any sign not attached to or part of any building. Included are pole signs, pylon signs, masonry wall-type signs and sandwich signs.
ILLUMINATED SIGN
Any sign illuminated by electricity, gas or other artificial light, including reflective or phosphorescent light or fiber-optic illumination.
INSTITUTIONAL SIGN
Any sign or copy-change sign incidental to places of worship, libraries, schools or museums.
LIGHTING DEVICE
Any light, string of lights or group of lights located or arranged so as to cast illumination on a sign.
MULTIPLE COMMERCIAL BUILDING
A single structure that contains two or more commercial establishments and that may or may not contain offices.
MULTIPLE-OFFICE BUILDING
A structure containing two or more offices exclusively.
NAMEPLATE
A plate or sign bearing the name of the person as herein defined, doing business upon the premises where the nameplate is located.
NEON SIGN
A sign which is illuminated by means of neon or other gas-filled tubes.
OFFICE
Clinic or health-care office, or insurance or investment office, or professional or public office.
OFFICE BUILDING
See "multiple-office building" and "single-office building."
OFFICE COMPLEX
Two or more structures containing one or more offices exclusively.
PERSON
Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company, institution or organization of any kind.
PERSONAL SERVICES
Barbershops, decorating studios, dry-cleaning outlets, funeral homes, gasoline service stations, grooming salons, hair salons, hotels, motels, motor inns, photography studios, repair shops, tailoring establishments and travel agencies.
PORTABLE SIGN
A sign, whether on its own trailer, wheels, motor vehicle or otherwise, designed to be movable and not structurally attached to the ground, a building, a structure or another sign.
PROJECTING SIGN
A sign which projects from the exterior of any building and is not parallel to the building.
SIGN
Any material, structure or device or part thereof composed of lettering, pictorial matter, logo, contrasting colors or the material upon which colors, lettering, or pictorial matter or a logo is placed, when located out of doors or on the exterior of any building or inside a building in view of the general public from a street, way or waterway for display of an advertisement, announcement, notice, directional matter or name, and includes awning signs, sign frames, billboards, signboards, painted wall signs, hanging signs, illuminated signs, neon signs, pennants, fluttering devices, projecting signs or freestanding signs, and shall also include any announcement, declaration, demonstration, display, illustration or insignia used to advertise or promote the interest of any person or business. Any color(s), color stripe(s) or material(s) applied to a building or other structure, for the purpose of identifying or promoting a business, organization, brand, logo, or insignia, shall be deemed a sign and shall be subject to the regulations of this chapter.
[Amended 4-28-2009 by L.L. No. 8-2009]
SIGN CORNICE
An architectural feature, usually a flat, rectangular, horizontal panel or band, found on many traditional commercial buildings above a storefront, door or window on which painted signs, signs with raised lettering, wood sign boards, and signs fabricated of other materials are mounted or displayed. Sign cornices are usually painted the trim color of the building to which they are attached. When a sign cornice is painted a contrasting color for the purpose of identifying or promoting a business, organization, brand, logo, or insignia, such use of color shall be deemed a sign and shall be subject to all regulations of this chapter.
[Added 4-28-2009 by L.L. No. 8-2009]
SIGN DIRECTORY
A listing of two or more business enterprises on one sign.
SIGN FIELD
Any frame and/or field of color, material, or texture surrounding lettering, pictorial matter, or logo that contrasts in color, material, or texture with the building or structure to which the sign is attached.
[Added 4-28-2009 by L.L. No. 8-2009]
SINGLE COMMERCIAL BUILDING
A structure containing a single commercial establishment, and that may or may not contain offices.
SINGLE-OFFICE BUILDING
A structure containing one office exclusively.
SQUARE FOOTAGE OF A PAINTED SIGN
The entire sign surface area, including lettering, pictorial matter, logo, sign field, and frame, used for the purpose of identifying or promoting a business, organization, brand, logo, or insignia.
[Added 4-28-2009 by L.L. No. 8-2009]
SQUARE FOOTAGE OF A SIGN
The entire sign surface area within a single, contiguous perimeter enclosing all elements, which form an integral part of the sign and are intended for the purpose of identifying or promoting a business, organization, brand, logo, or insignia. Both faces of a double-faced sign shall be included as surface area of such a sign.
[Amended 4-28-2009 by L.L. No. 8-2009]
TEMPORARY SIGN
A sign related to a single activity or event having a duration of no more than 30 days.
WINDOW SIGN
A sign visible from a sidewalk, street or other public place, painted or affixed on glass or other window material, or located inside within four feet of the window.

§ 168-4 Exceptions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the term "sign" does not include signs erected and maintained pursuant to and in discharge of any governmental function or required by any law, ordinance or governmental regulation.

§ 168-5 General regulations.

The prohibitions and regulations contained in this section shall apply to all signs, regardless of designation, located in the Village of Pittsford, New York:
A. 
A sign located on the fringe only of a roll-type awning shall constitute the permitted sign for that elevation and shall conform to all provisions of this chapter.
B. 
Any illuminated sign or lighting device shall employ only lights emitting a light of constant intensity. No sign shall be internally lighted, and no sign shall be illuminated by or contain flashing, intermittent, rotating or moving light or lights. In no event shall an illuminated sign or lighting device be placed or directed so as to permit the beams and illumination therefrom to be directed or beamed upon a public street, highway, sidewalk or adjacent premises so as to cause glare or reflection that may constitute a traffic hazard or nuisance.
C. 
No gas-filled tubes (neon) shall be permitted on any exterior elevation of any building. No other gas-filled tube (neon) signs visible from a public street or waterway shall be permitted except as provided in § 168-7F(6).
D. 
No projecting sign shall be erected or maintained from any elevation of a building nor shall any sign be erected or maintained in or upon any public or private street, sidewalk or other right-of-way. Unless otherwise provided below, all signs shall be affixed to a building and must be placed parallel to the building or elevation and may not extend beyond the sides of the building or above any roof ridge or solid parapet wall or elevation. Signs shall not be painted or pasted on the walls of any building.
E. 
No signs shall be placed on or attached to any roof of any building, except that aviation directional signs, painted on the surface of a roof, will be allowed if they comply with federal and state regulations.
F. 
No portable or temporary sign shall be placed on any elevation of a building or parked or otherwise located on any premises except as provided in § 168-6A(3).
[Amended 1-28-2014 by L.L. No. 2-2014]
G. 
No pennants, ribbons, streamers, spinners or other similar moving, fluttering or revolving devices, as well as strings of lights with bulbs larger than 2.5 volts, shall be permitted.

§ 168-6 Signs permitted without a permit.

[Amended 4-28-2009 by L.L. No. 8-2009]
A. 
The following signs are permitted without a permit in all districts:
(1) 
Signs denoting that property is for sale, lease or rental of the premises upon which the sign is located. The square footage of said sign shall not exceed four square feet if it is a one-sided sign or four square feet each side if it is a two-sided sign. Such sign shall not be closer than three feet to any lot line and shall not be located in or be closer than 18 inches from a property line abutting a public right-of-way and shall not project more than five feet in height above grade and shall be removed within 24 hours after the time of the sale or rental. No more than one such sign is permitted per street frontage.
[Amended 2-22-2011 by L.L. No. 2-2011]
(2) 
Signs denoting the name and address of the residents of the premises. The square footage of such signs shall not exceed one square foot.
(3) 
Signs denoting the architect, engineer or contractor, placed on the premises where construction, repair or renovation is in progress. The square footage of such sign shall not exceed four square feet if it is a one-sided sign or four square feet per side if it is a two-sided sign. Such sign shall not be located in or be closer than 18 inches from a property line abutting a public right-of-way.
[Amended 2-22-2011 by L.L. No. 2-2011]
(4) 
Historic signs or tablets and signs denoting only the date of erection and other historic information of homes and buildings. Such signs or tablets shall be made of cast metal. The square footage of such sign shall not exceed four square feet.
B. 
Signs permitted without a permit in the B-2 District. In gasoline service stations or public garages, each fuel pump may carry lettering indicating the brand name and type of fuel dispensed, provided that the lettering or any device carrying the lettering does not extend beyond the extremities of the pump and is not internally illuminated. In addition, each pump may carry one sign not to exceed one square foot in size indicating the price per gallon of the fuel to be dispensed. The square footage of said signs shall not be included in calculating the allowable square footage of signs. Nevertheless, the provisions of this subsection shall not be more restrictive than the applicable provisions of federal, state and county statutes governing such pricing signs on pumps now in existence or as the same may be amended from time to time.

§ 168-7 Commercial signs.

[Amended 1-14-2003 by L.L. No. 1-2003; 12-13-2005 by L.L. No. 8-2005; 4-28-2009 by L.L. No. 8-2009]
The following commercial signs are permitted in any nonresidential district but require a permit as herein provided. Said signs shall denote only the name of the owner, street address, trade names, trademarks, products sold and/or the business(es) or activity conducted on the premises where such sign is located and may be erected as provided herein.
A. 
Single commercial building. Signs shall be permitted as follows:
(1) 
One permanent sign for said commercial establishment per building elevation facing a public street or waterway. The total square footage for each sign shall not exceed one square foot per linear foot of building frontage facing said public street or waterway, and in no case shall it be greater than 30 square feet on the principal elevation nor greater than eight square feet on each other elevation facing a public street or waterway.
B. 
Multiple commercial building. Signs shall be permitted as follows:
(1) 
Where an entrance serves a single commercial establishment: one sign, located on the same elevation as the entrance to said commercial establishment. The total square footage for the sign shall not exceed one square foot per linear foot of building frontage of said elevation occupied by said commercial establishment, and in no case shall it be greater than 30 square feet.
(2) 
Where an entrance services more than one commercial establishment: one sign per commercial establishment, located on the same elevation as the entrance to said commercial establishments.
(a) 
All such signs shall be located in a group, the square footage of which shall not exceed one square foot per linear foot of building frontage of said elevation occupied by said uses, and in no case shall it be greater than 30 square feet. The total square footage of each sign within the group shall not exceed one square foot per linear foot of building frontage of said elevation occupied by that commercial establishment.
(b) 
The individual sign components comprising the group shall be compatible one with the other in style, materials, color and lettering.
C. 
Commercial complex. Signs shall be permitted as follows:
(1) 
One freestanding sign, denoting only the name and/or the address of said commercial complex. The square footage of each sign shall not exceed 16 square feet on one side, not to exceed two sides, shall not exceed five feet in height from grade and shall in no way obstruct vehicular or pedestrian visibility.
(2) 
One directory sign, which sign shall be one-sided and shall not exceed in size the number of commercial establishments and offices listed times one square foot. The individual sign components comprising the directory shall conform to one another in size, style, materials, color and lettering and shall contain only identification and direction to several commercial establishments and offices. Said directory sign may be freestanding; if freestanding, said sign shall not exceed five feet in height from grade and shall in no way obstruct vehicular or pedestrian visibility. The location of freestanding directory signs shall be by approval of the Planning Board.
(3) 
One sign per commercial establishment within the complex:
(a) 
Where an entrance serves a single commercial establishment: one sign, located on the same elevation as the entrance to said commercial establishment. The total square footage for the sign shall not exceed one square foot per linear foot of building frontage of said elevation occupied by said commercial establishment, and in no case shall it be greater than 30 square feet.
(b) 
Where an entrance serves more than one commercial establishment: one sign per commercial establishment, located on the same elevation as the entrance to said commercial establishments.
[1] 
All such signs shall be located in a group, the square footage of which shall not exceed one square foot per linear foot of building frontage of said elevation occupied by said uses, and in no case shall it be greater than 30 square feet. The total square footage of each sign within the group shall not exceed one square foot per linear foot of building frontage of said elevation occupied by that commercial establishment.
[2] 
The individual sign components comprising the group shall be compatible one with the other in style, materials, color and lettering.
D. 
(Reserved)
E. 
Hotel and gasoline service station. Signs shall be permitted as follows:
(1) 
In lieu of the building-mounted sign permitted by this chapter, a freestanding one- or two-sided sign may be erected for the purpose of identifying the name of a hotel or gasoline service station. Each side of the sign shall not exceed 16 square feet in area per side, and the sign shall have a maximum height of five feet.
F. 
Additional allowable signage: commercial. The following commercial signs shall be permitted, with a permit as herein provided, in addition to the signs permitted in § 168-7A through E. The square footage of the signs in § 168-7F shall not be included in calculating the allowable square footage of signs for a location.
(1) 
One permanent sign per commercial establishment shall be permitted at each auxiliary entrance or stairway to an entrance to said commercial establishment. The square footage of each sign shall not exceed four square feet.
(a) 
Exception. Where an auxiliary entrance into a single commercial building faces a public street or waterway, only one sign for said commercial establishment shall be permitted on that elevation.
(2) 
One permanent sign per commercial establishment shall be permitted upon each glass door of that commercial establishment. The square footage of each sign shall not exceed 20% of the square footage of the glass surface to which it is attached or behind which it is located.
(3) 
One permanent window sign per commercial establishment shall be permitted in one window or behind one glass wall of that commercial establishment. The square footage of said sign shall not exceed 20% of the square footage of the glass surface to which it is attached or behind which it is located.
(4) 
One warning sign, clearance sign or notice, having a square footage of no more than two square feet, necessary for the safety of the public shall be permitted.
(5) 
(Reserved)
(6) 
One permanent address sign per street address shall be permitted. The address sign shall contain numbers and letters and shall be no greater than six inches in height. Said sign shall contain a street address only.
(7) 
Historic building name: see § 168-10.
(8) 
"Open" or "welcome" flags.
[Added 7-22-2014 by L.L. No. 12-2014]
(a) 
Cloth flags stating "open" or "welcome" shall be allowed in commercial districts on a limited basis. The requirements shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
[1] 
The bottom of the flag shall be located a minimum of eight feet above the sidewalk.
[2] 
The flag shall not extend more than two-thirds the width of the sidewalk, measured from the buildings. Where no sidewalk exists, the Building Inspector will determine if and where a flag might be located.
[3] 
Flags will only be displayed while the business is open.
[4] 
Flags and flagpoles will be maintained in good condition and will be safely displayed.
[5] 
Flags and flagpoles will be subject to any other conditions required by the Building Inspector.
[6] 
The maximum flag size shall be three feet by five feet.
(b) 
Businesses desiring to install and maintain an "open" or "welcome" flag will obtain the approval of the Building Inspector prior to installing, mounting or displaying such a flag.
(c) 
It will be the sole determination of the Building Inspector to allow or disallow the installation and/or continued use of an "open" or "welcome" flag.

§ 168-8 Office signs.

The following office signs are permitted in any nonresidential district, but require a permit as herein provided. Said signs shall denote only the name of the owner, street address, trade names, trademarks and/or the business(es) or activity conducted on the premises where such sign is located and may be erected as provided herein:
A. 
Single-office building. Signs shall be permitted as follows:
(1) 
One permanent sign for said office use. The total square footage for such sign shall not exceed one square foot per linear foot of the building frontage upon which such sign is erected, and in no case shall it be greater than 30 square feet.
B. 
Multiple-office building. Signs shall be permitted as follows:
(1) 
One permanent sign, naming the office building, the total square footage of which shall not exceed one square foot per linear foot of building frontage upon which such sign is erected, and in no case shall it be greater than 30 square feet.
(2) 
One sign per office or professional at the principal entrance for said use(s). The square footage of each sign shall not exceed one square foot. All signs at the same entrance shall be located in a group or in a directory sign. All signs on the same building shall be compatible with one another in style, materials, color and lettering.
(3) 
A sign permit shall be issued for the multiple-office building sign plan to include plans for any building name, address sign and directory signs. Copy changes within directory signs shall not require a new sign permit.
C. 
Office complex. Signs shall be permitted as follows:
(1) 
One freestanding sign, denoting only the name and/or address of said office complex, at each entrance from a public way. The square footage of each sign shall not exceed 16 square feet on one side, not to exceed two sides, shall not exceed five feet in height from grade and shall in no way obstruct vehicular or pedestrian visibility.
(2) 
One directory sign, which sign shall be one-sided and shall not exceed in size the number of offices listed times one square foot. The individual sign components comprising the directory shall conform one to another in size, style, materials, color and lettering and shall contain only identification and direction to several offices. Said directory sign may be freestanding; if freestanding said sign shall not exceed five feet in height from grade and shall in no way obstruct vehicular or pedestrian visibility. The location of freestanding directory signs shall be by approval of the Planning Board.
(3) 
One nameplate per office or professional. The square footage of each nameplate shall not exceed one square foot. Nameplates shall be used only for identification in connection with a professional or office use conducted on the premises. Such nameplate(s) shall be attached flat to a wall or door of the structure. Where more than one nameplate is to appear at an entrance or where several entrances of a single structure or several structures within a single complex will have such nameplates, said nameplates shall conform one to another in size, style, materials, color and lettering.
(4) 
A sign permit shall be issued for the office complex sign plan, including plans for any standing sign, directory sign and nameplates. Copy changes within the directory sign or upon nameplates shall not require a new sign permit.
D. 
Office in a single or multiple commercial building. Signs shall be permitted as follows:
(1) 
For each office, one sign, affixed next to or upon the street entrance door to said office, the square footage of which shall not exceed one square foot in size. All signs at the same entrance shall be located in a group or in a directory sign. All sign(s) shall be compatible in style, materials, color and lettering with the commercial sign(s) located on said building.
(2) 
A sign permit shall be issued for any directory sign(s). Copy changes within a directory sign shall not require a new sign permit.
E. 
Office in a commercial complex. Signs shall be permitted as follows:
(1) 
For each office, one sign, affixed next to or upon the street entrance door to said office, the square footage of which shall not exceed one square foot in size. All signs at the same entrance shall be located in a group or in a directory sign. All sign(s) shall be compatible in style, materials, color and lettering with the commercial sign(s) located on said building.
(2) 
A sign permit shall be issued for any directory sign(s) affixed to a building. Copy changes within said directory sign(s) shall not require a new sign permit.
(3) 
Each office may be included in the directory sign for the commercial complex within which said office is located, as provided in § 168-8D(2).
F. 
Additional allowable signage: office. The following office signs shall be permitted, with a permit as herein provided, in addition to the signs permitted in § 168-8A through E. The square footage of the signs in § 168-8F shall not be included in calculating the allowable square footage of signs for a location.
(1) 
One permanent sign per office use shall be permitted at each auxiliary entrance or stairway to an entrance to said office. The square footage of said sign(s) shall not exceed one square foot.
(2) 
One permanent sign per office use shall be permitted upon each glass door of that office use. The square footage of each sign shall not exceed 20% of the square footage of the glass surface to which it is attached or behind which it is located.
(3) 
One permanent window sign per office use shall be permitted in one window or behind one glass wall of that office use. The square footage of said sign shall not exceed 20% of the square footage of the glass surface to which it is attached or behind which it is located.
(4) 
One warning sign, clearance sign or notice, having a square footage of no more than two square feet, necessary for the safety of the public shall be permitted.
(5) 
Two signs indicating or calling attention to traffic entrances and exits shall be permitted, provided that, if said signs are illuminated, such illumination shall cease at the close of business hours or 11:00 p.m., whichever is earlier, and that the square footage of each sign shall not exceed four square feet. Such signs shall contain the words "IN," "OUT," "ENTRANCE" or "EXIT" only, shall not be nearer than five feet to any lot line and shall not project more than five feet above grade.
(6) 
One permanent address sign per street address shall be permitted. The address sign shall contain numbers and letters and shall be no greater than six inches in height. Said sign shall contain a street address only.
(7) 
Historic building name: see § 168-10.

§ 168-9 Signs permitted in any R-4 District.

One nameplate per use shall be permitted but shall require a permit as herein provided. The square footage of said nameplate shall not exceed one square foot. Said nameplate shall be used only for identification of a profession or business conducted on the premises. Such nameplate shall be attached flat to a wall or structure. If more than one nameplate shall be attached to the structure, all such nameplates shall be located in a group. The individual components comprising the group shall be compatible with one another in style, materials, color and lettering.

§ 168-10 Historic name on a building.

In any nonresidential district a building which was constructed prior to 1900 may have one sign indicating the historic name of said building, but a permit is required as herein provided, subject to the following provisions and to prior approval of the Architectural and Preservation Review Board:
A. 
The architectural integrity of the building shall have been maintained or restored.
B. 
The historic name shall reflect the name or use of the building prior to 1900, but in no way shall the historic name repeat or reflect the name of any current use of the structure.
C. 
The style, materials, color and lettering shall relate to the period reflected by said name.
D. 
The total square footage for said sign shall not exceed 1/2 square foot per linear foot of building frontage upon which said sign is erected and in no case shall it be greater than 15 square feet, or a total square footage deemed to be architecturally and historically appropriate by the Architectural and Preservation Review Board.
E. 
The architectural integrity of the building and the architectural and historic appropriateness of the name, size and placement of said sign on the building as well as the style, materials, color and lettering are subject to prior approval of the Architectural and Preservation Review Board.
F. 
The square footage of said sign shall not be included in calculating the allowable square footage of signs for that location.

§ 168-11 Institutional signs.

The following institutional signs are permitted in any district but require a permit as herein provides:
A. 
One sign or copy-change sign customarily incidental to places of worship, libraries, schools or museums, when said institutional use is the only use occupying the structure. The square footage of such sign or copy-change sign shall not exceed 12 square feet and shall be located on the premises of such institution. Said sign need not be attached to the structure. When an institutional use is not the only use occupying a structure, then said sign or copy-change sign shall be attached to the structure as provided in § 168-5.

§ 168-12 Temporary banners.

[Amended 11-14-1995 by L.L. No. 3-1995; 1-13-2009 by L.L. No. 2-2009; 2-22-2011 by L.L. No. 2-2011; 11-13-2012 by L.L. No. 4-2012; 4-23-2013 by L.L. No. 2-2013; 1-28-2014 by L.L. No. 2-2014; 3-11-2014 by L.L. No. 6-2014]
A. 
The Village Board of Trustees supports community events held within the Village of Pittsford. These events benefit Village and town residents and Village merchants. In order to allow the announcement of events in an orderly manner, event signs are subject to the following regulations.
(1) 
Banners.
(a) 
Banners shall be limited to announcing municipal events approved by and held within the Village.
(b) 
Banner design, location, and mounting shall be approved by the Village of Pittsford Building Inspector.
(c) 
Banners shall be placed only within the Central Business District. Banners will require a permit from the Building Inspector.
(d) 
Banners shall be limited to two weeks prior to an event and shall be removed within two days after the event.
B. 
Political signs, which are defined as signs that by their content promote or support the candidate or candidates for any public office or which advocate a position on an upcoming ballot proposition, are also permitted. These political signs shall be nonilluminated signs, which shall not exceed six square feet in size and shall not be closer than three feet to any lot line and shall not be located in or closer than 18 inches from a property line abutting a public right-of-way, and shall not measure more than six feet in height above grade level. Such political signs may be erected not more than 90 days prior to the election or proposition to which they relate and shall be removed by the owner or occupant of the property not later than seven days thereafter.
C. 
Temporary signs as provided for in this section are permitted without Board approval and without a permit.

§ 168-13 Permit required.

[Amended 1-11-2000 by L.L. No. 1-2000; 4-23-2013 by L.L. No. 2-2013]
After the effective date of this chapter and except as otherwise herein provided, no person shall erect any sign as defined herein without first obtaining prior approval from the Architectural and Preservation Review Board and a permit from the Village Building Inspector.

§ 168-14 Application for permit.

[Amended 4-23-2013 by L.L. No. 2-2013]
Application for the permit shall be made in writing, in duplicate, to the Pittsford Building Inspector and shall contain the following information:
A. 
The name, address and telephone number of the applicant.
B. 
The location of the building, structure or land to which or upon which the sign is to be erected.
C. 
A detailed scale drawing or blueprint showing a description of the construction details of the sign and showing the lettering and/or pictorial matter composing the sign; position of lighting or other extraneous devices; a location plan showing the position of the sign on any building or land; the linear measurement of the foundation of the elevation upon which the sign is to be erected; and the position of the sign in relation to nearby buildings or structures and to any private or public street or highway or waterway.
D. 
Written consent of the owner of the building, structure or land to which or on which the sign is to be erected, in the event that the applicant is not the owner thereof.
E. 
A copy of any required or necessary electrical permit issued for said sign or a copy of the application therefor.

§ 168-15 Fees.

Fees shall be determined by resolution of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Pittsford, New York.

§ 168-16 Issuance of permit.

[Amended 1-11-2000 by L.L. No. 1-2000; 4-23-2013 by L.L. No. 2-2013]
It shall be the duty of the Village Building Inspector, upon the filing of an application for a permit to erect a sign, to examine such plans, specifications and other data submitted with the application and, if necessary, the building or premises upon which it is proposed to erect the sign or other advertising structure. In all cases where it shall appear that the proposed sign is in compliance with all the requirements of this chapter and other laws and ordinances of the Village of Pittsford, the Village Building Inspector shall then submit the application for a sign permit to the Architectural and Preservation Review Board for approval. Upon approval by the Architectural and Preservation Review Board, the Building Inspector shall issue a sign permit. If the sign authorized under any such permit has not been completed within six months from the date of the issuance of such permit, the permit shall become null and void, but may be renewed, within 10 days from the expiration thereof, for good cause shown upon the payment of an additional fee.

§ 168-17 Renewal of permit.

Except as otherwise provided herein, a permit required by and issued pursuant to any of the provisions herein shall be valid for a period of five years from the date of such permit. Prior to the expiration of the five-year period, the owner of such sign shall apply to the Building Inspector for a renewal of the permit. If the Building Inspector, after inspection, finds that the sign is kept in good repair and in accordance with the original permit, he shall issue a renewal of such permit which shall again be valid for a period of five years. Application for renewal shall be made every five years in accordance with these provisions.

§ 168-18 Revocation of permit.

A. 
No sign, whether new or existing, shall hereafter be erected or altered, except in conformity with the provisions of this chapter. However, notwithstanding any provisions contained herein, the sign must be kept clean, neatly painted and free from all hazards, such as but not limited to faulty wiring and loose fastenings, and must be maintained at all times in such safe condition so as not to be detrimental to the public health or safety.
B. 
In the event of a violation of any of the foregoing provisions, the Building Inspector shall give written or personal notice, specifying the violation, to the named owner of the sign and the named owner of the land upon which the sign is erected sent to the addresses as stated in the application for the sign permit, to conform or remove such sign. The sign shall thereupon be conformed by the owner of the sign and the owner of the land within 30 days from the date of said notice. In the event that such sign shall not be so conformed within 30 days, the Building Inspector shall thereupon revoke the permit, and such sign shall be removed by the named owner of the sign and/or the named owner of the land.
[Amended 4-23-2013 by L.L. No. 2-2013]

§ 168-19 Removal of certain signs.

[Amended 4-23-2013 by L.L. No. 2-2013]
A. 
Any sign existing on or after the effective date of this chapter which no longer advertises an existing business conducted or product sold on the premises shall be removed by the owner of the premises upon which such sign is located after written notice as provided herein. The Building Inspector, upon determining that any such sign exists, shall notify the owner of the premises, in writing, to remove said sign within 30 days from the date of such notice. Upon failure to comply with such notice within the prescribed time, the Building Inspector is hereby authorized to remove or cause removal of such sign and shall assess all costs and expenses incurred in said removal against the land or building on which such sign is located.
B. 
If the Building Inspector shall find that any sign regulated by this chapter is unsafe or insecure or is a menace to the public, the Building Inspector shall give written notice to the named owner of the sign and the named owner of the land upon which the sign is erected, who shall remove or repair said sign within 30 days from the date of said notice. If said sign is not removed or repaired, the Building Inspector shall revoke the permit issued for such sign, as herein provided, and may remove or repair said sign and shall assess all costs and expenses incurred in said removal or repair against the land or building upon which such sign was located. The Building Inspector may cause any sign which is a source of immediate peril to persons or property to be removed summarily and without notice.

§ 168-20 Nonconforming signs.

All signs which have been erected and are in existence as of the effective date of this chapter which do not conform to this new chapter shall be known as "preexisting nonconforming signs." Such preexisting nonconforming signs need not comply with the provisions of this chapter except as follows:
A. 
A change in the size or location of a preexisting nonconforming sign displayed by a particular commercial establishment, office or institution shall terminate the protected status of that preexisting nonconforming sign.
B. 
A change in the type of use in the premises for which the preexisting nonconforming sign(s) has been maintained shall terminate each sign's protected status as a preexisting nonconforming sign.
C. 
When the use of a preexisting nonconforming sign is abandoned for a period of six months, its protected status as a preexisting nonconforming sign shall terminate.
D. 
A change in the ownership of a preexisting nonconforming sign alone shall not terminate its protected status. The owner or legal possessor of a preexisting nonconforming sign shall have the right to repair it or restore it, but only to its original condition. Such repairs or restoration shall not terminate its protected status, unless the said type of use shall have been abandoned as hereinabove provided.

§ 168-21 Variances.

The Zoning Board of Appeals of the Village of Pittsford may, in appropriate cases, after public notice and hearing and subject to appropriate safeguards, vary or modify the application of this chapter in harmony with its general purpose and intent to prevent undue hardship.

§ 168-22 Review and appeal.

[Amended 4-23-2013 by L.L. No. 2-2013]
Any person aggrieved by any decision of the Building Inspector or the Architectural and Preservation Review Board relative to the provisions of this chapter may appeal such decision to the Zoning Board of Appeals as provided in the zoning regulations of the Village of Pittsford and shall comply with all procedural requirements prescribed by such Zoning Board of Appeals upon payment of a fee as determined from time to time by the Board of Trustees.

§ 168-23 Applicability and construal.

This chapter is applicable within the Village of Pittsford, New York, and shall be construed as an exercise of powers of such municipality to regulate, control and restrict the use of buildings, structures and land for outdoor advertising purposes, displays, signs and other advertising media in order to promote the health, safety, morals and general welfare of the community, including the protection and preservation of the property of the municipality and its inhabitants and of peace and good order, for the benefit of trade and all matters related thereto.

§ 168-24 When effective; effect on prior provisions.

This chapter will take effect pursuant to the applicable provisions of the Village Law of the State of New York. However, to the extent that the provisions of the former Village of Pittsford Sign Ordinance[1] are the same as those contained in the revised Village Sign Law, said provisions of the former Sign Ordinance shall be, in effect, continued and be in full force and effect as of the date of the adopting of said former Sign Ordinance.
[1]
Editor's Note: The former Sign Ordinance was adopted 12-11-1973.

§ 168-25 Unlawful acts; assessment of costs.

It shall be unlawful to erect, alter and/or maintain a sign in violation of the provisions of this chapter. Expenses and costs necessarily incurred by the village to enforce said provisions shall be assessed against the property on which a violation is found to exist.

§ 168-26 Temporary new business signs.

[Added 11-14-1996 by L.L. No. 3-1995; amended 4-23-2013 by L.L. No. 2-2013; 7-22-2014 by L.L. No. 9-2014]
In addition to the other provisions of this chapter, newly located or relocated businesses in the Village shall have the right to announce the location or relocation with a special permit sign. The following conditions apply to such a sign:
A. 
The sign may be exhibited during a period of time of no more than 90 days commencing at the time the business temporary sign permit is issued.
B. 
The sign may be a two-sided portable sign or a two-sided freestanding sign, neither of which shall be located in the public right-of-way. The sign may be affixed to or parallel to the wall of the building in which the business is located and in any such case it is to be easily removable.
C. 
The size of the sign shall be no greater that the provisions for sign size in § 168-7 of this chapter, and portable signs shall be no larger that six square feet on each side.
D. 
The temporary sign permit shall be issued by the Building Inspector upon written application showing the location of the sign, its size and lettering proposed as well as the name, address and telephone number of the applicant. In issuing such temporary permits, the Building Inspector shall be guided by the legislative intent contained in § 168-1 and § 168-23 of this chapter.
E. 
All other provisions of Chapter 168, not inconsistent herewith, shall apply.

§ 168-27 Penalties for offenses.

[Added 5-14-1996 by L.L. No. 6-1996]
A. 
Criminal penalty. Any person who violates any provision of this article shall upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine not to exceed $250 or to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 15 days, or both.
B. 
Civil penalties; construal.
(1) 
Obedience to the provisions set forth herein may be enforced by criminal information for the penalties herein prescribed, as well as by prosecution of the offender as provided in Subsection A of this section, or by civil action for a penalty or by civil remedy at law or equity by way of injunction or otherwise to abate or prevent a violation of the provision of this article.
(2) 
Neither a judgment in nor the pendency of a criminal prosecution for an alleged violation of the provisions of this article nor a judgment in or the pendency of a civil action of law or in equity shall be a bar to the other form of proceeding.
(3) 
The imposition of a penalty for a violation of this article shall not excuse the violation or permit it to continue, and the remedies herein provided for penalties and civil action to enjoin or abate a violation shall be cumulative.