Town of Westerly, RI
Washington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Westerly as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Destroying public notices — See Ch. 182, § 182-13.
Signs — See Ch. 260, § 260-85.
[Adopted 8-13-1991 by Ch. No. 983 as § 8-27 of the 1991 Code (as amended through Ch. No. 1214)]
[Amended 9-27-2010 by Ch. No. 1730]
No person or organization shall post or otherwise affix, paint, print, mark or cause to be posted or affixed, painted, printed or marked any sign, bill, poster, notice or advertisement upon any tree, fence, board, post, pole, telephone or utility pole, traffic regulating sign or any utility structure or the like or upon any street or highway, except with the approval, in writing, of the Chief of Police and subject to such written conditions as the Chief of Police may impose respecting the same.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ORGANIZATION
Any corporation, public or private, profit or nonprofit or any unincorporated group or organization conducting or sponsoring an event or events, or any political or campaign organization or the like.
[Amended 5-10-2004 by Ch. No. 1490]
Any person or organization, as defined above, violating this article shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined not less than $25 nor more than $50 for each offense.
[Adopted 8-13-1991 by Ch. No. 983 as §§ 11-51 through 11-53 of the 1991 Code]
Signs or advertising devices shall not be erected without a permit being first granted for that purpose, and any person desiring any permit required by this article shall file an application therefor on a form furnished by the Inspector of Zoning. Such application shall be made by the owner or lessee, or by an authorized agent of the owner or lessee.
A. 
There shall be filed with such application plans in duplicate, showing clearly and fully all dimensions, kind of material, method of construction, location of sign in relation to building and such other information as may be required by the Inspector of Zoning.
B. 
The Inspector of Zoning shall not grant any such permit until he shall have submitted the application therefor to the Department of Public Works and the latter shall have approved the definite location thereof and the method and type of construction.
The granting of a permit to erect and maintain signs or advertising devices is upon the condition, and every such permit shall be granted upon the condition, that the lessee and every owner or person maintaining any such sign shall be liable for and save the Town harmless and indemnified against any liability on its part on account of any damage to person or property caused by the construction or maintenance of such sign over the sidewalk or any negligence relative thereto.
No right shall be acquired under any general or special permission to erect and maintain any sign or advertising device which shall prevent the Town, at any time, from withdrawing permission for the construction or maintenance of signs over the sidewalk or from changing the conditions, limitations or requirements under which permission may be had for the same or from repealing or amending this article or any ordinance in amendment thereof or in addition thereto.
Any wall sign, bulletin or device erected for the purpose of advertising or for identifying a business shall be against the face of the wall of the building on which it is erected and shall be attached to the walls of the building in a manner approved by the Department of Public Works and if any part of the same is not tight against the wall, space back of the same shall be firestopped as required in a manner approved by the Department of Public Works. No part of such sign or any accessory thereto shall project in front of the building line except that if the face of the wall is coincident with the building line, such sign may extend not more than six inches beyond such line.
Any projecting sign, bulletin or device erected for the purpose of advertising or for the identification of a business shall not extend above the top of a cornice, parapet wall or extend more than six feet beyond the building line and in no case more than three-fourths of the sidewalk. No such sign shall be less than 10 feet in the clear above the level of the sidewalk beneath such sign.