Borough of West View, PA
Allegheny County
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§ 290-21
Exempt signs. 

§ 290-22
Temporary signs. 

§ 290-23
Business signs. 

§ 290-24
General limitations. 

§ 290-25
Permit procedure. 

§ 290-21 Exempt signs.

The following signs shall be exempted from these regulations:

A. 

Directional, information or public service signs, such as those advertising the availability of rest rooms, telephones or similar public conveniences and signs advertising meeting times and places of nonprofit service or charitable clubs or organizations, provided that such signs do not advertise any commercial or industrial establishment activity or organization. Such signs shall not exceed two square feet in area.

B. 

Signs of schools, colleges, churches, hospitals or of institutions of a similar nature relating exclusively to the identity, activities and services of such institutions, provided that such signs shall not exceed 12 square feet in area and shall be limited to one such sign for each separate use.

C. 

Nameplates not exceeding two square feet in area.

§ 290-22 Temporary signs.

In all districts, temporary signs, including signs advertising land or premises available for purchase, development or occupancy, or announcements of special events, or signs of mechanics or artisans, shall be permitted, provided that:

A. 

Real estate signs shall not exceed six square feet in area. Not more than two such signs shall be erected for any property held in single or separate ownership. Such signs must be removed by the person or persons erecting them upon completion of the sale or rental of the property.

B. 

Other such signs shall not exceed 18 square feet in area, shall be limited to one per property and shall be removed immediately upon the completion of work. The site or building upon which the sign was erected shall be restored to its original condition upon removal of such signs.

§ 290-23 Business signs.

Business signs accessory to legal commercial uses shall be permitted, provided that:

A. 

All business signs shall advertise goods or services sold or produced on the premises on which the signs are located.

B. 

Signs erected on supports or suspended or projected from a building, including banners or flags, shall not exceed 40 square feet per face in area.

C. 

Signs erected by fastening a board or other prepainted material having prepainted or printed thereon letters, words or insignias, or by erecting or superimposing separate cutout letters on the walls of a building, or by placing said letters on a plane surface which projects from the walls of a building, shall not have a total area in excess of two square feet per front foot of the building or of the space occupied within the building on which they are erected. Where there is a corner building, only one side of the building shall be included in determining the front feet of a building, but in no case may such a sign on the side(s) of a corner building be in excess of two square feet times the lineal length of the longest side.

D. 

When individual letters are used separately on a plane surface, the spaces between said letters shall be included in computing the area of the sign.

E. 

Mounted signs shall be installed parallel to the supporting wall and shall project not more than 12 inches from the face of any such wall.

F. 

A nonconforming sign on a nonconforming use may be continued, but the area of such sign or signs shall not be increased.

G. 

The aggregate total area of all signs on each commercial parcel shall be a maximum of 60 square feet per face per principal use, or two square feet per front foot of the building, whichever is less. Where more than one principal use exists on a parcel, the aggregate or total sign area for all uses within the structure or building shall not exceed two square feet per front foot of the longest dimension of the building.

H. 

Signs shall not be painted directly on the surface of any building.

§ 290-24 General limitations.

The following regulations shall be observed:

A. 

No sign shall be erected within or project into the lines of a street right-of-way, except traffic signs and similar regulatory notices of a duly constituted governmental body.

B. 

No artificial light or reflecting device shall be used as a part of a sign where such light or device interferes with, competes for attention with or may be mistaken for a traffic signal.

C. 

Floodlighting shall be arranged so that the source of light is not visible from any point off the lot and so that only the sign is directly illuminated thereby.

D. 

No sign shall be erected except on the property to which it is related.

E. 

Billboards are permissible as a conditional use in commercial and industrial districts only.

[Amended 2-12-1986 by Ord. No. 1302]

F. 

Flashing, moving or oscillating lights are expressly prohibited.

G. 

No sign shall be erected containing information on it which states or implies that a property may be used for any purpose not permitted under the provisions of this chapter.

H. 

Every sign permitted must be constructed of durable material and kept in good condition and repair. Any sign which is allowed to become dilapidated shall be removed by the Borough at the expense of the owner or lessee of the property on which it is located.

I. 

Nonconforming signs, once removed physically, may be replaced only with conforming signs. Every sign erected shall also comply with the requirements for the zoning district in which said sign is erected.

J. 

No projected business sign shall be placed facing an abutting residential district, except when authorized as a special exception.

K. 

If any use of a building, structure or land, or a combination of buildings, structures or land, ceases for a period of six months, all signs accessory to such use shall be removed. Such signs may be removed by the Borough at the expense of the owner or lessee of the property on which such sign is located.

[Amended 2-2-1977 by Ord. No. 119]

L. 

Commercial sign structures (billboards, outdoor advertising signs) may be erected where permitted as a conditional use, provided that said commercial sign structures do not exceed 300 square feet in surface area and are spaced at intervals of not less than 1,000 feet along the same side of any street or highway within the Borough of West View. No commercial sign structure shall be located within 100 feet of any intersection.

[Added 2-12-1986 by Ord. No. 1302]

M. 

No sign shall be so illuminated as to permit spotlights or floodlights to shine into or have a blinding effect upon vehicular traffic. No sign shall be so illuminated as to constitute a nuisance by spilling light into any adjacent residential property.

[Added 2-12-1986 by Ord. No. 1302]

N. 

Maintenance. Every sign shall be kept in a state of good repair from the standpoint of safety, fire protection and appearance. The Zoning Officer shall require such maintenance and, in the event of failure of the sign owner to correct unsafe conditions or dilapidated appearance within 15 days, the Zoning Officer shall order the removal of the sign by the Borough at the owner's expense. All signs not owned by the person, firm or organization advertising thereon shall carry a clearly legible imprint showing the owner's name.

[Added 2-12-1986 by Ord. No. 1302]

§ 290-25 Permit procedure.

A. 

A permit from the Zoning Officer or his duly authorized representative shall be required before a business sign of any kind may be erected, altered or enlarged.

B. 

A permit may not be issued by the Zoning Officer or his duly authorized representative to erect, alter or enlarge any business sign until after approval thereof by the Borough Council.

C. 

All requests for the erection, alteration or enlargement of any business sign must be accompanied by a plan, drawn to scale, showing the exact size, shape and dimensions of such sign and its proposed location or placement upon any structure or property.

D. 

The applicant shall present evidence that all requirements for bonding and insurance, as required by the Borough, have been met.

E. 

Fees shall be charged for sign permits according to the Building Permit Fees Schedule.

[Added 11-5-1975 by Ord. No. 1179]