Township of Montclair, NJ
Essex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners (now Council) of the Town (now Township) of Montclair 4-15-1980 by Ord. No. 80-12 as Art. VI of Ch. 192 of the 1979 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Maintenance of signs — See Ch. 247.
Garage sale signs — See Ch. 264.
Trapdoor and shaftway warning signs — See Ch. 153.
Handbills and posters — See Ch. 178.
Signs in parks — See Ch. 234.
Sidewalk cafe signs — See Ch. 276.
Site plan review — See Ch. 281.
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 301.
Use of newsracks for advertising signs — See Ch. 333, Art. II.
Zoning — See Ch. 347.
No signs shall be constructed within the street lines of any public street within the Township of Montclair, except as follows:
A. 
Signs erected by a governmental agency for the convenience or control of pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
B. 
Directional signs to direct vehicles carrying persons requiring emergency treatment for mental or physical distress to institutions affording such treatment within Township limits, including Mountainside Hospital. Such signs shall not exceed 20 inches in width and 24 inches in height, and not more than six such signs shall be erected within Township boundaries by any single institution.
C. 
Fraternal and civic organizations.
(1) 
Signs carrying emblem and meeting place of a fraternal or civic organization authorized by special resolution of the Township Council. Such signs shall not exceed 18 inches in height and 24 inches in width and shall be attached on one side, facing traffic, as long as space may be available, to a single support to be erected by the Township, the display portion of which shall be approximately 24 inches in width and 90 inches in height. Not more than one such structure shall be erected at the following locations within 750 feet, more or less, of the Township line, and not more than five signs shall be attached to each support:
(a) 
Bloomfield Avenue at the Glen Ridge line.
(b) 
Bloomfield Avenue at the Verona line.
(c) 
Grove Street at the Clifton line.
(d) 
Valley Road at the Clifton line.
(e) 
Orange Road at the southerly line.
(2) 
All existing signs of fraternal and civic organizations other than those authorized by this subsection shall be removed.
D. 
By special resolution, in such locations and dimensions as the Township Council may from time to time deem appropriate as being in the public interest and in furtherance of the Township public welfare; provided, however, that any signs so authorized under this subsection shall remain erected only so long as the governing body deems said signs to further the public purpose for which they were originally authorized.
[Added 9-27-1983 by Ord. No. 83-37]
E. 
No sign shall be erected without the prior approval of the Township Engineer as to location, size and manner of construction of said sign.
Any signs presently or hereafter erected or maintained within the street lines of any public street within the Township of Montclair may be removed by the Township Engineer, without notice, whenever such signs shall become dilapidated or unsafe.
[Amended 5-23-2000 by Ord. No. 00-19; 4-10-2007 by Ord. No. 07-17]
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not exceeding $2,000, imprisonment in the county/municipal jail for a term not exceeding 90 days, or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, or any combination thereof as determined by the Municipal Court Judge. Each day on which a violation of an ordinance exists shall be considered a separate and distinct violation and shall be subject to imposition of a separate penalty for each day of the violation as the Municipal Court Judge may determine.