[HISTORY: Adopted by the Municipal Council of the Township of Irvington 1-13-1981 by Ord. No. MC 2622 as Ch. 75, Art. II, of the 1981 Revised Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to provide minimum standards to safeguard life, health, property and public welfare by regulating and controlling the design, quality of materials, construction, illumination, location and maintenance of all signs and sign structures, and to encourage signs which are well designed and pleasing in appearance and to provide incentive and latitude for variety, good design relationship and spacing and to enhance the economic value of the community and each area thereof through the regulation of signs and outdoor sidewalk merchandise displays and to reduce possible traffic and safety hazards through good signing.
[Added 6-24-1997 by Ord. No. MC 3073]
No person may place any sign, poster, placard, billboard, graphic display, freestanding sign and or device that advertises cigarettes or alcohol within 500 feet of a school, park, church or community center located in the Township of Irvington.
No sign, brace or guy wire shall be attached to any fire escape or fire escape support. Signs shall not be placed nearer than two feet from the ends of a fire escape platform. No table, sign, brace or guy wire shall obstruct access to a fire escape or other means of egress from a building, such as an exit corridor, exit hallway or exit doorway. No sign shall cover up a window, doorway or other opening providing light, ventilation or exit facilities which are required by the regulations of the BOCA Building Code.
[Added 6-14-1966 by Ord. No. MC 2132]
In all residential zones as delineated and set forth on the Town Zoning Map, no sign, temporary or otherwise, in excess of eight square feet in area shall be permitted. In the interpretation of the area of the sign, the size shall be the display surface available for advertising, including decorative trim, or, in the case of individual letters, the sum of the areas of the individual rectangular box dimensions of the letters.
[Added 9-26-1967 by Ord. No. MC 2172; amended 3-12-1968 by Ord. No. MC 2186; 12-23-1968 by Ord. No. MC 2207; 4-27-1971 by Ord. No. MC 2283]
On all residential premises wherein any dwelling is occupied by not more than six families, the display of any sign stating the premises are "for sale, rent, lease, let, transfer or available," or any other words indicating that the use or possession of such premises or transfer of an interest in such premises is available to another, is prohibited unless the following standards are complied with:
Signs shall not exceed 14 inches by 24 inches in area and shall consist of black lettering on a white background, which shall state only that the property is either for sale or for rent and may contain only such legends as "inquire within," a telephone number or the name of the owner of the property.
The sign must be removed within seven days after the execution of the agreement of sale, lease, let, rent, use or possession of such premises or transfer of any interest in same.
The erection, maintenance or display of any sign marked "sold" on any structure, plot or land or any real estate is permitted within the boundaries of the Town under the following conditions:
Signs shall not exceed 22 inches by 26 inches in area.
Signs shall consist of black lettering on a white background.
Signs may contain only the word "sold," the name and address of the realtor and the telephone number of the realtor.
The sign must be removed from the structure, plot or land within 14 days after the date of the sale, transfer of use or possession.
If any sign shall become unsafe, the Building Inspector shall notify the owner or such other person as may be responsible for the maintenance of the sign, to either remove the sign or make it safe. The owner shall comply with such notice within 15 days after service of same.
All signs shall be maintained in good condition at all times. The Building Inspector shall notify the owner of any sign which may become dirty or dingy to clean, paint, repair or replace the same, as the occasion may demand. The Building Inspector shall notify the owner failing to keep an illuminated sign illuminated properly to maintain the illumination or, if the portions of the sign affording illumination are in poor repair, to repair same. The Building Inspector shall notify the owner of a poorly maintained or unsightly sign to remove same. Any person feeling aggrieved by any such order of the Building Inspector may appeal to the Municipal Council within 10 days after being so notified.
No sign overhanging the roadway area shall be maintained unless specific approval of the Municipal Council is first obtained, by resolution duly passed. Where such approval is obtained, it shall be unlawful for any person to maintain such sign without such supports as to meet the approval of the Building Inspector as to public safety.
It shall be unlawful for any person to maintain a sandwich board, merchandise table, merchandise or equipment on the public sidewalk or in any entryway.
All awning signs shall be limited in their position to the fringe or valance. The height of letters or figures of such signs shall not exceed six inches. The subject matter shall cover only the name of the owner of the awning and the place and kind of business. Awnings shall have a clearance of eight feet from the sidewalk and shall be kept in good repair.
Defined. Temporary signs as regulated by this chapter shall include any sign, banner, pennant, valance or advertising display constructed of cloth, canvas, light fabric, cardboard, wallboard or other light materials, with or without frames, intended to be displayed for a short period of time only.
Size limitations generally. No temporary sign shall exceed four feet in one of its dimensions or 100 square feet in area; provided that any such sign in excess of 60 square feet in area shall be made of rigid materials, that is, of wallboard or other light materials with frames, subject to the provisions of § 513-4.
[Amended 6-14-1966 by Ord. No. MC 2132]
Signs weighing over 50 pounds. Every temporary sign weighing in excess of 50 pounds shall be approved by the Building Inspector as conforming to the safety requirements of the Building Code of the Town.
Location restricted. No temporary sign shall prevent free ingress to or egress from any door, window or fire escape, nor shall any such sign be attached to any fire escape.
Contents. The advertising contained on any temporary sign shall pertain only to the business, industry or pursuit conducted within the premises. This provision shall not apply to signs of a civic, political or religious nature.
[Added 6-14-1966 by Ord. No. MC 2132]
Any sign now or hereafter existing which no longer advertises a bona fide future event or purpose, a bona fide business conducted or a product sold shall be taken down and removed by the owner, agent or person having the beneficial use of the building or structure upon which such sign may be found, within 10 days after written notification from the Building Inspector, and, upon failure to comply with such notice within the time specified in such notice, the Building Inspector is hereby authorized to cause removal of such sign. Any person who violates this provision shall be subject to the provisions of § 513-17.
Show or display windows shall be maintained in a neat, uncluttered manner and shall not be used for the storage of merchandise or as a counter, table or rack for resale of merchandise.
Small announcement or professional signs not over one square foot in area are permitted in any district; except that a church, school, community center or other public or institutional building may have for its own use an announcement sign or bulletin board not over 12 square feet in area, which, if not attached flat against a building, shall be at least 12 feet from all street lines.
[Added 3-24-2015 by Ord. No. MC 3529]
Failure to obtain permits for signs will result in the removal of each sign. There will be a fee imposed for the removal of each sign in the amount of $100 per sign.
A permit fee of $2,500 shall be required to put up signs no sooner than 14 days prior to an election and shall be removed seven days after.
Any person, firm, corporation, limited liability company, partnership or other business entity or commercial establishment of any type whatsoever violating the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction, pay the below imposed fines:
In the event of any conflict between the provisions of this chapter and the provisions of the BOCA Building Code previously adopted, the provisions of this chapter shall prevail.