Village of Bayville, NY
Nassau County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Incorporated Village of Bayville 9-14-1981 as L.L. No. 4-1981; amended in its entirety 1-14-1985 by L.L. No. 1-1985. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 62-1 Title.

This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Sign Law of the Incorporated Village of Bayville."

§ 62-2 Legislative intent.

The regulation and control of signs, displays and other advertising media intended to attract the attention of the general public are necessary in order to promote the health, safety, morals and general welfare of the residents of the Incorporated Village of Bayville; to protect and preserve property and property values therein; and to benefit trade and all matters related thereto. This chapter has been adopted to regulate, control and restrict the use of buildings, structures and land for such advertising purposes in order to promote the benefits so enumerated.

§ 62-3 Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the terms used herein are defined as follows:
AREA OF A SIGN
Shall be computed as including the entire area within a regular geometric form or combinations of regular geometric forms connecting all of the elements of the matter displayed. A sign may be single-surfaced or multisurfaced. The area of each surface shall be included in the calculation for the maximum permitted area of the sign.
BUSINESS SIGN
A sign intended to advertise the use of the property on which it is located for the distribution, production or sale of goods or the performance of services or the name of the proprietor, renter or lessee of the property or structure.
CONSTRUCTION SIGN
A temporary sign used to advertise the erection or alteration of a structure on the lot on which it is displayed.
DIRECTIONAL SIGN
A nonbusiness sign beneficial to public safety or traffic control in connection with a use on the lot on which it is displayed or beneficial to public convenience and safety in connection with directions to the location of a municipal, religious or noncommercial public facility.
FREESTANDING SIGN
A sign standing upon the ground, supported by one or more upright legs or posts standing upon the ground, with or without braces, and not attached to any structure.
INSIDE SIGN
See definition of "window sign."
NAME SIGN
A sign used solely for showing the name and address of the occupant of a residential structure on the property on which it is displayed.
PLANNING BOARD
The Planning Board of the Incorporated Village of Bayville.
PROFESSIONAL SIGN
A sign containing not more than the name, address and profession of the occupant of a structure on the property on which it is displayed.
PROJECTING SIGN
A wall sign projecting or extending more than 12 inches from the face of the building or structure to which it is attached.
PROPERTY
A portion or parcel of land devoted to a certain use or occupied by a building or group of buildings and the customary accessory uses, buildings and open spaces belonging thereto.
PUBLIC CONVENIENCE SIGN
A sign used to identify a charitable, hospital, institutional, municipal, nonprofit fraternal or membership, religious or school use of a structure on the lot on which it is displayed.
SIGN
Any device for visual communication, either illuminated or nonilluminated, that is used for the purpose of bringing the subject thereof to the attention of the public, whether displayed from the inside or affixed to the outside of a structure or separately constructed.
TRAFFIC SIGN
A sign erected by the Village of Bayville or by a town, county or state agency and used to inform, control or direct traffic.
WALL SIGN
A sign recessed in or affixed in any manner to a wall of a building or structure.
WINDOW SIGN
A sign erected or maintained in the interior of a building, visible from any public or private street or highway. Incidental advertising within an office or business establishment shall not be construed as a window sign, provided that the dimensions of said incidental advertising sign shall not exceed six square feet, and provided further that no window contains more than one such incidental advertising sign.

§ 62-4 Compliance required.

No signs shall be erected or maintained in the Village of Bayville except as provided in this chapter.

§ 62-5 Permit required.

It shall be unlawful for any person to erect, construct, paint, alter, relocate, reconstruct, display or maintain or cause to be erected, constructed, displayed or maintained any sign without first having obtained a sign permit from the Building Inspector of the Village of Bayville, except for the following types of signs for which no permit shall be required:
A. 
Directional signs.
B. 
Name signs.
C. 
Professional signs.
D. 
Traffic signs.
E. 
Signs with an area of less than one square foot.

§ 62-6 Permit fee and application.

[Amended 7-24-2000]
The fee for a sign permit shall be $35. Such fee shall accompany each application, which shall be in writing and shall be filed in duplicate with the Building Inspector. The form for such application shall be as prescribed by the 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 the sign is to be affixed or upon which the sign is to be erected.
C. 
A detailed drawing or blueprint showing a description of the construction details of the sign and showing the lettering and/or pictorial matter composing the sign, the method and position of lighting, the position of any extraneous devices and a location plan showing the position of the sign on any building or land and its position in relation to nearby buildings or structures and to any private or public street or highway.
D. 
Written consent of the owner of the building, structure or land to which the sign is to be affixed or upon which the sign is to be erected, in the event that the applicant is not the owner thereof.
E. 
Certification of an electrical inspection by a qualified person or firm, in the event that the sign is to be illuminated.

§ 62-7 Illumination.

Exterior lighting shall not exceed 12 watts per square foot, lamps shall not project more than two feet from the face of the sign and shall not extend above the top and sides of the sign more than six inches, and such illumination will not result in confusion with traffic signals either because of color or proximity.

§ 62-8 General regulations.

A. 
Signs may be erected or maintained only in connection with permitted uses.
B. 
A sign readable from two sides and with parallel faces shall be considered to be one sign.
C. 
No sign shall be erected or maintained so as to be distractive or hazardous or to obstruct visibility with respect to the safety of motorists or pedestrians proceeding along any public way or entering or leaving a lot.
D. 
No signs except directional signs or traffic signs shall be permitted on public streets or rights-of-way.
E. 
No signs shall project above the lowest point of the roof line of any building or painted onto the building itself.
F. 
Signs shall be properly maintained so as to present a legible appearance. All signs shall be maintained in good repair. Excessively weathered or faded signs shall be removed or put into a good state of repair. All business signs shall be removed by the owner of the property within 14 days from the date when business ceases. All temporary signs shall be removed at the expiration of the event or sale for which they are erected.
G. 
Signs shall be hung or erected in a secure and safe manner so as to present no danger of falling or collapse.
H. 
Flashing, rotating, revolving, reflecting, intermittent or mobile signs shall be prohibited.
I. 
Signs painted, erected, affixed or maintained on any tree, stone or other natural object shall be prohibited.
J. 
Business signs shall have a colonial or maritime motif.

§ 62-9 Certain types of signs restricted.

A. 
Business signs.
(1) 
Business signs shall relate solely to the business conducted on the lot and shall advertise only:
(a) 
The name of the owner or lessee.
(b) 
The name of the establishment.
(c) 
The type of establishment.
(2) 
There shall be no more than one business sign permitted per business, regardless of the method of display employed, except that this one sign may be a freestanding sign. Further, only one freestanding sign shall be permitted on any lot regardless of the number of separate or individual businesses located on such lot.
(3) 
Business signs shall be permitted only on the front face of a structure, except that on a corner lot situated in a business district a second business sign facing a side street may be permitted as a wall sign; provided, however, that such second sign faces property situated in a business district and that said second sign is of a similar design and contains similar wording to the permitted sign on the building front and is no greater in dimension than such permitted sign.
B. 
Construction signs.
(1) 
There shall be one construction sign permitted per lot upon which construction is taking place.
(2) 
The maximum area of a construction sign shall be four square feet.
(3) 
The maximum height of the bottom of a freestanding construction sign above the ground shall be two feet. The maximum height above the ground of all other construction signs shall be five feet.
(4) 
On developed property, construction signs shall be located not nearer to an adjacent street than the building line of the premises thereon.
(5) 
On undeveloped property, construction signs shall be located not nearer to an adjacent street than 25 feet.
(6) 
Construction signs shall be removed from the premises on which they are located prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy for the work to which they are related.
C. 
Directional signs.
(1) 
The maximum area of a directional sign shall be two square feet.
(2) 
The maximum height of the bottom of a directional sign above the ground shall be five feet.
(3) 
The number of directional signs on a lot applicable to a use thereon shall not exceed the number of approved entrances and exits thereto.
D. 
Freestanding signs.
(1) 
No freestanding sign or part thereof shall project over any property line.
(2) 
No such sign or part thereof shall extend more than eight feet above the average grade of the surrounding area.
(3) 
A freestanding business sign shall be located only in a front yard and shall be no closer to the side lot lines than the required side yard.
(4) 
There shall be only one freestanding sign permitted on any lot, regardless of the number of separate or individual businesses located on such lot.
(5) 
The maximum dimensions of freestanding signs shall be three feet high by five feet wide by four inches in thickness.
(6) 
The maximum height of the bottom of freestanding signs above the ground shall be five feet.
(7) 
No freestanding sign shall be erected on a lot containing a projecting sign.
E. 
Name signs.
(1) 
There shall be one name sign permitted for each family lawfully occupying a residential structure.
(2) 
The maximum area of a name sign shall be one square foot.
(3) 
The maximum height of the bottom of a name sign above the ground shall be five feet.
F. 
Professional signs.
(1) 
There shall be one professional sign permitted for each professional person occupying a structure.
(2) 
The maximum area of a professional sign shall be two square feet.
(3) 
The maximum height of the bottom of a professional sign above the ground shall be five feet.
G. 
Projecting signs. No projecting sign as heretofore defined shall be permitted in the Incorporated Village of Bayville.
H. 
Public convenience signs.
(1) 
There shall be one public convenience sign permitted per lot.
(2) 
The maximum area of a public convenience sign shall be 12 square feet.
(3) 
The maximum height of the bottom of the public convenience sign above the ground shall be five feet.
I. 
Wall signs.
(1) 
Except on corner lots, there shall be one wall sign permitted per lot.
(2) 
Except on corner lots, wall signs shall face the front street of the lot on which the building containing the sign is located.
(3) 
The size of the sign is determined by selecting an area on the structure with a continuous unbroken facade. By drawing an imaginary rectangle within the specific height and length limitations and computing the square footage, the signable area can be determined. A commercial or industrial business is allowed a sign size up to a maximum of 34 square feet, and an institutional business is allowed a sign size up to a maximum of 26 square feet. The size of a graphic display is computed by applying 1.5 square feet by the number of linear feet of storefront but should not exceed the signable area. When two or more businesses occupy the same building, an attempt must be made to coordinate sign size and style under this program.
(4) 
No wall sign shall project over the parapet or eaves of rooflines, whichever shall be the lower part of the building on which it is located.
(5) 
No wall sign or any part thereof shall project more than 12 inches from the wall to which it is affixed.
(6) 
The bottom edge of a business wall sign, or any appendage thereto, shall not be less than 10 feet above grade at such sign.
(7) 
A wall sign shall be permitted only on the front face of a structure, except that on a corner lot situated in a business district a second business wall sign of equal or lesser dimension facing a side street may be permitted; provided, however, that such second sign faces property situated in a business district and that said second sign is of similar design to the permitted sign on the building front.
(8) 
Nothing herein shall be construed to permit the painting of any sign on the building itself.
J. 
Window signs.
(1) 
The maximum dimensions of a business window sign shall be six square feet.
(2) 
The maximum dimensions of a nonbusiness window sign shall be the same as for the type of sign displayed.

§ 62-10 Nonconforming signs.

A. 
Upon the sale or transfer of any business where there is a sign not in conformity with this chapter, the new owner, within a reasonable time, shall remove the nonconforming sign and replace it with a conforming sign.
B. 
All existing nonconforming signs which are substantially damaged shall be replaced by a conforming sign.

§ 62-11 Penalties for offenses.

Any person committing an offense, including the owner, agent or general contractor of a building, premises or part thereof where an offense has been committed or does exist against any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a violation punishable by a fine of not more than $250 or imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both, for each offense.

§ 62-12 Garage or yard sales.

[Added 4-23-1990 by L.L. No. 2-1990]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to erect, construct, paint, alter, post, display or maintain or cause to be erected, constructed, painted, altered, posted, displayed or maintained in the Village of Bayville any sign announcing, advertising or declaring a garage sale, yard sale or other similar endeavor without first having obtained a garage sale sign permit from the Village Clerk of the Village of Bayville. Such permit shall be a letter signed by the Village Clerk or Deputy Village Clerk or Mayor, in their absence.
B. 
The fee for such a yard sale permit shall be $10 and shall be accompanied by a letter application setting forth the name and address of the place and time of the garage or yard sale, signed by one of the owners of the property where the sale is to take place, specifying the hours of sale on each day and the specific place where such signs will be posted. In addition, the applicant shall deposit the sum of $25 with the Village Clerk, who will hold said sum of $25 as security for the removal of such signs within 24 hours after the termination of such sale. The Village Clerk or Deputy Clerk, upon receipt of proof that all such signs have been removed upon termination of such sale, shall return said deposit of $25 to said applicant.
C. 
The penalties for offenses set forth in § 62-11 of this Code shall apply to any violations of this section.