Village of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
Westchester County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Handbills and posters — See Ch. 162.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 252.
Zoning — See Ch. 295.
[Adopted 12-16-1942]
[Amended 11-9-1948; 11-16-2010 by L.L. No. 9-2010]
A. 
Flat signs, lights or transparencies parallel to the front of the building to which they are attached, and fastened thereto for their entire length, may be erected, provided that no such sign, light or transparency shall be more than 30 inches in height or project more than nine inches over the sidewalk.
B. 
Signs perpendicular to the front of the building to which they are attached may be erected, provided that every such sign must not project more than 4 1/2 feet from the building wall and must be at its lowermost part not less than nine feet above the ground.
C. 
No sign, light or transparency permitted by Subsections A and B shall be at any point higher than the building to which it is attached, nor shall any extension or additional sign or light of any kind be hung from or attached to any such permitted sign, light or transparency.
D. 
Theater signs and fixed canopies or marquees shall not be governed by the provisions of the preceding subsection but shall comply with all the following requirements:
(1) 
A fixed canopy or marquee may be erected over the main entrance to a theater, provided:
(a) 
That no part thereof shall be less than nine feet above the sidewalk at any point thereof.
(b) 
That no part thereof shall be nearer than two feet to the perpendicular projection of the street curb.
(c) 
That such canopy or marquee shall not be greater in length along the front of the building of which it is a part than 60% of the total width of the building at the building line.
(d) 
That the vertical height thereof shall at no place exceed three feet.
(2) 
A vertical sign bearing only the name of the theater may be erected above such canopy or marquee; provided, however, that such sign shall not:
(a) 
Exceed two feet in thickness at any point.
(b) 
Extend upward above the parapet of the front wall in excess of two feet.
(c) 
Extend outward from the front building line in excess of two feet.
The erection, after the adoption of this article, of any sign, light or transparency of any kind projecting over a sidewalk within the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, except those referred to in § 234-1 hereof, is prohibited.
[Amended 11-9-1948]
All permitted illuminated signs, including the uprights, supports and braces for the same, shall be constructed of metal or other noncombustible material, and shall be properly and firmly attached to the building. Red, green and flash-type lights are prohibited. No permitted sign shall be erected or maintained so as to obstruct any window or fire escape.
No person, firm or corporation shall erect or place in position any signs or lights except in accordance with the provisions of this article. A permit signed by the Building Inspector shall be obtained before any sign, light or transparency is erected.
A. 
Every application for a permit shall be in writing and signed by the owner or lessee of the building to which it is proposed to attach such sign or lights, and shall be accompanied by a statement of the specifications for such sign or lights and a plan of the same showing the method of attachment to the building, which statement and plan shall be in duplicate. The permit shall be issued to the owner or lessee of the building.
B. 
The owner or lessee of every existing sign that projects over a street or sidewalk of the village, and every applicant for a permit for a new sign, shall furnish a public liability bond issued by an approved surety company in an amount to be determined by the Village Board by resolution and set in the fee schedule.[1] The term of the bond shall be for the calendar year and it shall be renewed annually not later than the first day of January so long as the sign remains in place.
[Amended 9-21-1999 by L.L. No. 4-1999]
[1]
Editor's Note: The fee schedule is on file in the village offices.
[Amended 4-17-1972]
A. 
The fee for a permit to erect a sign, light or transparency shall be determined by the Village Board by resolution and set in the fee schedule.
[Amended 9-21-1999 by L.L. No. 4-1999]
B. 
The Village Manager shall have the right to modify or amend such fee, from time to time, and to establish the administrative procedure regarding the application and payment for such permit.
No permit shall be issued for a sign with lights, if the same is intended to be attached to a building which adjoins a building occupied exclusively as a private dwelling, until the written consent of the owner of such dwelling shall be obtained and filed with the application for a permit.
Every person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this article shall be subject to a penalty not exceeding $10 for each offense. Each day a violation continues to exist shall be deemed a separate offense.
[Adopted 4-29-1958]
Notwithstanding the provisions of any other ordinance, only the following provisions shall apply to the erection, alteration and maintenance of signs projecting from the wall of a building occupied by a federal or state-chartered bank or savings and loan association.
A. 
Every such sign must not project more than 4 1/2 feet from the building wall and it must be at its lowermost part not less than nine feet above the ground.
B. 
No such sign may be erected except pursuant to a permit obtained from the Building Inspector as provided in this article.
A. 
Application for an erection permit must be made in writing upon forms provided by the Building Inspector and must contain or have attached thereto the following matter provided at the expense of applicant:
(1) 
The name, address and telephone number of the applicant, who shall be the one for whose benefit the sign is being erected.
(2) 
The address of the building from which the sign will project.
(3) 
Written consent of the building owner to erection of the sign.
(4) 
The name of the person, firm, association or corporation erecting the sign.
(5) 
Two blueprint or ink drawings of the plans and specifications and method of construction and attachment to the building.
(6) 
Two copies of stress sheets and calculations prepared by a licensed professional engineer, giving dead-load and wind-pressure specifications for the sign.
(7) 
A certification by a professional engineer licensed by the State of New York that the sign, including the uprights, supports and braces for the same, has been designed, constructed and will be erected under his supervision to resist wind, seismic and fire hazards.
(8) 
A certification by an insurance company authorized to do business in the State of New York that it has issued a liability insurance policy which agrees to indemnify, save and keep harmless the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson and/or any of its employees in the amount of $250,000, from any and all costs, damages or expenses of any kind whatsoever which may be suffered by said village and/or any of its employees by reason of the granting of this permit or by reason of the negligence of any person, firm, association or corporation in constructing, erecting, altering or maintaining such sign. Such policy must also insure the permittee in the amount of $250,000 against any legal liability of the permittee arising from the construction, erection, alteration or maintenance of such sign. The certification shall also contain a promise by the insurance company to notify the village of the termination, cancellation or change in any of the provisions of the policy. This permit shall be valid only so long as the liability insurance policy described herein is in effect.
B. 
Fees, issuance and conditions of permit.
(1) 
The fee for the erection permit shall be determined by the Village Board by resolution and set in the fee schedule.[1] Thereafter, on the anniversary date of the issuance of said permit, an annual fee to be determined by the Village Board by resolution and set in the fee schedule shall be payable to the Village Manager, who shall issue a receipt for the same.
[Amended 9-21-1999 by L.L. No. 4-1999]
[1]
Editor's Note: The fee schedule is on file in the village offices.
(2) 
No such sign may be altered except pursuant to a permit obtained from the Building Inspector. Application forms for such a permit may be obtained from him. An alteration application fee to be determined by the Village Board by resolution and set in the fee schedule shall be paid. Any information required in § 234-9 or subdivisions thereof may also be required in connection with the application provided for herein.
[Amended 9-21-1999 by L.L. No. 4-1999]
(3) 
It shall be the duty of the Building Inspector, upon the filing of an application for an erection or alteration permit, to examine the plans, specifications and other data and the premises upon which it is proposed to erect or alter the sign. If he finds that the proposed sign complies with this article and all applicable rules and regulations, he shall issue the permit. This permit shall become null and void unless the erection or alteration of the sign is completed within six months after date of issuance.
(4) 
All fees are paid for the purpose of compensating the village for the expense of processing the application form and inspections of signs, and they may not be returned.
A. 
The Building Inspector shall inspect such signs annually and at such other times as he deems necessary. Access to any premises necessary to make such an inspection shall be afforded at reasonable hours.
B. 
If the Building Inspector shall find that any such sign is unsafe or insecure or has been constructed, erected, altered or maintained in violation of the provisions of this article or any applicable rules or regulations, he shall give written notice to the offender. If the latter fails to remove, repair or alter the sign or otherwise comply with this written notice within 10 days after it is given, such sign may be removed or altered to comply by the Building Inspector at the expense of the offender or owner of the sign. The Building Inspector may remove any sign summarily and without notice at the expense of the sign owner where it is an immediate peril to persons or property.
C. 
A violation of this article shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $100. Each day on which a violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.