Borough of Chambersburg, PA
Franklin County
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[Adopted 5-14-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-06]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BANNER SIGN
Any sign intended to be hung either with or without frames, possessing characters, letters, illustrations or ornamentations applied to paper, plastic or fabric of any kind, but a single United States national flag or the flag of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania shall not be considered a "banner" for the purpose of this article.
ELECTRONIC MESSAGE SIGN
A sign which permits lights to be turned on or off intermittently or which is operated in a way whereby light is turned on or off intermittently, including any illuminated sign, whether or not such illumination is kept stationary or constant in intensity and color, at all times when such sign is in use, including any light-emitting diode (LED) or digital information, and which varies in color or intensity. Not to be included are time and temperature signs or those signs located in the legal right-of-way for health and safety reasons (e.g., official traffic signage). Intermittent messages must change in frequency greater than one time every 15 seconds.
FREESTANDING SIGN
A sign which is not supported by attachment to a building or a wall.
FACADE SIGN
Any sign mounted to a wall or other vertical building surface other than a wall sign.
SIGN
An identification, description, illustration or device, illuminated or nonilluminated, which is visible from any public place and draws attention to a product, service, place, activity, person, institution, business or solicitation or any emblem, painting, banner, pennant, placard or temporary display designed to advertise, identify or convey information, with the exception of national or state flags.
SIGN AREA
The area of all lettering, wording, and accompanying designs and symbols, together with the background on which they are displayed. Sign area excludes any supporting framework and bracing, provided that it does not contain any lettering, wording, designs, or symbols. Where the sign consists of a double face, only one side shall be considered for the purpose of calculating total sign area.
STREET BANNER SIGN
Any banner sign which is stretched across and hung over a public right-of-way.
WALL SIGN
A sign painted directly onto a building wall.
A. 
Parades and special events. In the case of a sign or banner installed to announce a Borough-approved parade or event having received a permit from the Borough Secretary, such signs may be installed, provided that:
(1) 
The sign must be removed within 10 days after the event; and
(2) 
The sign is either:
(a) 
A banner sign, facade sign or street banner sign having been approved by the Borough for any installation within the public right-of-way; or
(b) 
The sign is a freestanding sign situated in a Borough-owned parking lot, with permission of the Borough.
(3) 
The sign area does not exceed 32 square feet.
(4) 
The sign does not interfere with the safety of vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
B. 
Parks and recreation areas. In the case of a sign or banner installed to announce a Borough- or Recreation Department-approved parade or event having received a permit from the Borough Secretary if applicable, or the commercial sponsor of a Recreation Department- or Borough-approved event or celebration, such signs may be installed, provided that:
(1) 
Express written approval is obtained for the installation by the Recreation Department;
(2) 
The sign is maintained for no longer than 30 days, unless extended by permission of the Recreation Department;
(3) 
The sign is either:
(a) 
A banner sign affixed to a Recreation Department park facility or appurtenance, such as a park pavilion, wall or fence; or
(b) 
The sign is a freestanding sign wholly situated outside the right-of-way on public property.
(4) 
The sign area does not exceed 32 square feet;
(5) 
The sign does not interfere with the safety of vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
In the case of a sign, banner sign, or electronic message sign installed to control pedestrian or vehicular traffic for a limited duration of time, such signs may be installed without a permit, provided that:
A. 
The device meets all applicable state and federal laws; and
B. 
The device is maintained for no longer than 30 days, unless extended by permission of the Borough; and
C. 
The sign does not interfere with the safety of vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
Any officer or employee of the Borough designated for the purpose is hereby authorized to give notice, by personal service or by mail, to the owner or agent, as the case may be, of any installation which is in violation of these provisions, directing and requiring such owner or agent to remove such sign so as to conform to the requirements of this chapter within 48 hours after issuance of such notice. In case any person, firm or corporation shall neglect, fail or refuse to comply with such notice within the period of time stated therein, the Borough shall have the authority to remove the violating sign, and the cost thereof, together with 10% additional, may be collected from such person, firm or corporation in the manner provided by law.
Any person, firm or corporation who or which shall violate, fail, neglect or refuse to comply with the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $50 and costs of prosecution and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, to imprisonment for not more than five days, provided that each day's violation shall constitute a separate offense, and notice to the offender shall not be necessary in order to constitute an offense.