Town of North Hempstead, NY
Nassau County
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The following signs shall be permitted in any use district in accordance with the requirements of this article:
A. 
Professional nameplate. In residential districts, professional nameplates bearing the name and profession of the resident, not exceeding two square feet in area or more than one such sign in number, and which may be illuminated by an electric lamp not exceeding 15 watts of power contained within the sign; in nonresidential districts, on professional office buildings having two or more occupants, only one wall or ground sign containing the names of all occupants shall be permitted.
B. 
Sale or rent sign advertising the sale or rental only of the real property on which it may be located, provided there be only one such sign, not to exceed four square feet in area and located not less than 20 feet from any property line. Where such sign is not attached to a building, it shall be attached to a standard sunk in the ground, and no part of said sign shall be more than five feet above the ground.
C. 
Building contractor's, subcontractor's, architect's or engineer's sign, maintained on a building only while the same is under construction, provided that there be only one such sign not exceeding four square feet in area.
D. 
Institutional identification sign placed upon a building or lot of a church, hospital, school or public agency, provided that there be only one such sign, not exceeding 16 square feet in area.
E. 
Informational signs, directional or traffic signs, or other signs which are erected and maintained only by a governmental agency for the general welfare.
F. 
Temporary signs, posters or displays placed by any governmental agency, church or civic organization if such signs are related directly to public, religious or patriotic matters, and otherwise comply with the provisions of this article.
G. 
Subdivision sign, advertising an approved subdivision, located on the premises and not less than 25 feet from any lot line, provided that there be only one such sign not to exceed 50 square feet. No renewal of such sign permit shall be issued beyond a period when development of the subdivision has reached 90% of completion.
H. 
Danger sign, warning of the condition or danger of travel on a street, may be erected and maintained for a temporary period, provided that such sign does not exceed two square feet in area.
I. 
Directional sign, directing persons to a parking area, placed on a side wall of a building, may be erected subject to authorization by the Board of Zoning and Appeals pursuant to Article XXIV of this ordinance.
J. 
Signs in business or industrial districts. The following signs shall be permitted only in business or industrial districts in accordance with the requirements of this article:
(1) 
Wall sign, attached to and parallel to a building wall on a public street or parking area and advertising only the business conducted in such building; provided that:
(a) 
There be only one such sign for each wall on any wall where such sign is permitted.
(b) 
The sign on the building wall facing upon a public street shall not exceed 4 1/2 feet in vertical measurement or two square feet per linear foot of wall width. The sign on the building wall facing upon a parking area shall not exceed two feet in vertical measurement or one square foot per linear foot of wall width, but in no case shall exceed 24 square feet in area.
(c) 
The sign is not wider than the building upon which it is placed.
(d) 
The sign or any part thereof, including lighting devices and reflectors, does not project more than one foot from such wall, but in no case shall extend into any right-of-way.
(e) 
The sign does not extend higher than the roof of any building.
(f) 
The sign is not higher than the distance between the head of the windows of one story and the lower sill course of the windows of the next higher story, or the top of the parapet wall if a one-story building, and in no event shall the top of the sign be higher than 18 feet above the mean level of the ground.
(g) 
Any such sign shall be maintained in a good state of repair, in working order and neatly painted; all projecting lighting devices, including reflectors and all parts thereof, shall be painted aluminum on the outside.
(h) 
The provisions of Subsections J(1)(a) through J(1)(g) above shall not prohibit a sign projecting not more than one foot from the wall of any building and not more than one foot by one foot in area used to indicate the location on the premises of a public telephone or other public utility facility for the use of the general public.
(i) 
All signs in shopping centers shall be uniform in appearance, construction and dimensions.
[Added 8-26-1980 by L.L. No. 13-1980]
(2) 
Detached or ground sign, advertising only the business conducted on the premises upon which the sign is located, provided that:
(a) 
There be only one such sign detached from a building.
(b) 
Such sign shall not exceed 24 square feet in area or 15 feet in height from the mean level of the ground.
(c) 
Such sign shall be located not less than 10 feet from any property line.
(d) 
An open space of at least three feet in height shall be maintained between the bottom of the sign and the ground.
(e) 
The area between the sign and front property line shall be maintained free of weeds and debris.
(3) 
A tower sign, advertising only the business conducted in such building, provided that:
(a) 
Said sign is an integral part and made of the same material as the front of the building.
(b) 
There be only one such sign.
(c) 
The sign shall not exceed 100 square feet in area nor 10 feet in any dimension.
(d) 
The top of the sign shall not exceed 35 feet in height from the mean level of the ground.
(e) 
There shall be no moving parts or any flashing, changing, intermittent or varying illumination in connection therewith.
(4) 
Window signs, provided that the total area of all such window signs located in a window does not exceed one-third (1/3) of the total area of such window. For purposes of this subsection, a "window sign" shall mean a sign of any material which is either temporarily or permanently attached or affixed to the interior or exterior surface of a display window and is used for advertisements, announcements or notices, directional matters, company names or trade names and which is related to the business, products or services provided. Window signs shall not require permits as otherwise provided herein.
[Added 8-26-1980 by L.L. No. 13-1980]
K. 
Gasoline station signs. Notwithstanding § 70-196J(1) and J(2) of this Article, the following signs, deemed customary and essential, shall be permitted as accessory to an existing gasoline station in any use district:
(1) 
Signs which are an integral part of gasoline pumps.
(2) 
Signs over bays, not to exceed two feet in height, containing the words "lubrication," "washing" or other similar customary words.
(3) 
Signs showing the selling price of gasoline, not to exceed one such sign for each gasoline pump and attached thereto, and measuring not less than seven inches in height and eight inches in width nor more than 12 inches square.
(4) 
Ground signs, not to exceed two in number, 24 square feet in area per sign face or 18 feet in height above the mean level of the ground, not to extend or project beyond any lot line.
(5) 
Temporary signs, not to exceed two in number of 10 square feet per sign face; such signs shall advertise some special seasonal service and shall remain in view only during the periods October 1 to December 1 and/or April 1 to June 1.
(6) 
Wall signs, in conformance with Subsection J(1).
(7) 
The subject matter of any sign shall relate only to the business occupying the lot.
L. 
Marquee sign, erected and maintained in connection with a hotel or theater, provided that such sign shall not exceed 15 inches in height nor extend beyond the permissible outer limits of said marquee nor be less than 10 feet above the mean level of the ground.
M. 
Billboards or poster panels for hire shall be permitted only in industrial districts, provided that:
(1) 
Only one such sign shall be permitted on the lot.
(2) 
Such sign shall not exceed 15 feet in height from the top to the mean level of the ground.
(3) 
Such sign shall not exceed 300 square feet in area.
(4) 
There shall be not less than three feet of open space between the bottom of such sign and the ground surface.
(5) 
Such sign shall be located at least 20 feet from any lot line and at least 50 feet from any residence district.
A. 
No sign shall be erected on the roof of any building or structure, nor shall any part of a sign project higher than the roof line.
B. 
No sign shall be painted on the surface of the walls or roofs of any building or structure.
C. 
No sign shall be constructed of cloth, oil cloth, paper or other destructible material for display outside of any building except signs permitted under § 70-196F.
D. 
No banners and/or pennants, ribbons, streamers, spinners or other similar moving, fluttering or revolving devices constructed of cloth, oil cloth, paper, plastic or other destructible or indestructible material shall be erected or maintained across any street or attached to or upon any building or part thereof or upon any premises.
[Amended 3-19-1974 by L.L. No. 4-1974]
E. 
No sign or any part thereof, including lighting devices and reflectors, shall be placed so as to frame or outline two or more sides of any wall of a building.
F. 
No sign designed generally for the use of vertical lighting shall be erected.
G. 
No sign which directs attention to a business, service, entertainment or commodity conducted, sold or offered, elsewhere than upon the premises shall be erected or maintained.
H. 
No sign shall be attached to any tree, fence or utility pole.
I. 
No sign shall be erected which directs, emits, radiates or reflects any beam, ray, gleam or glare of light away from the lot on which such sign is located.
J. 
All signs which direct, emit, radiate or reflect any beam, ray, gleam or glare of light on an abutting residential district shall be extinguished within one-half (1/2) hour after the close of business and in no event later than 11:00 p.m. The close of business shall be deemed to be that time at which the premises are closed to the general public. Lights within business establishments may be kept on during the entire night, provided that the total amount of illumination does not exceed 20 footcandles.
K. 
No sign shall be erected or maintained which might be confused as any traffic sign or which might interfere with the vision or discernment of any traffic sign or which might cause danger to public travel.
L. 
Except as otherwise permitted in this ordinance, no sign shall be erected or maintained which extends or projects into any right-of-way.
M. 
No sign, display or advertising device not heretofore classified in this Article shall be permitted in any use district.
N. 
No sign shall be permitted within 500 feet of the border of any state park or parkway unless the applicant first complies with the appropriate provisions of the Conservation Law.
O. 
There shall be no moving parts or any flashing, changing, intermittent or varying illumination in connection therewith.
[Added 10-15-1968]
A. 
Application.
(1) 
Before any sign permitted by this Article shall be erected or maintained, an application, in writing, shall be signed and filed with the Building Official by the owner of the property or by his agent duly authorized thereunto, in writing, on a form furnished by the Building Official, and the requisite fee shall be paid at that time.
(2) 
Before any wall sign shall be erected, altered, repainted, relettered, relocated, reconstructed, repaired, removed and replaced or maintained, an application shall be filed in accordance with this section, which shall specify the nature and purpose of the proposed sign, its location, the material of which it is or shall be constructed and the place where same is to be erected and the work which is to be done thereon and such other information as shall be required by the Building Official.
B. 
Approval. The Building Official shall approve the application if there is compliance with this ordinance, whereupon a permit shall be issued.
C. 
Expiration. Any sign permit shall expire on the last day of the month one year after it is granted and shall be renewed at that time for a period not to exceed three years, except as otherwise provided.
[Amended 3-25-1986 by L.L. No. 3-1986]
D. 
Permit number. Each sign for which a permit is required shall bear the permit number assigned by the Building Official.
E. 
Fees. All fees are defined per the schedule adopted by Town Board resolution.
[Amended 3-25-1986 by L.L. No. 3-1986; 4-11-2006 by L.L. No. 5-2006]
[Amended 2-13-1973]
A. 
No person, firm or corporation shall engage in the business of advertising by erecting or maintaining billboards, wall signs, ground signs, tower signs, gasoline station signs or marquees without first having procured a license from the Building Official to conduct such business.
B. 
Application for a license shall be made on forms to be furnished by the Building Official who shall examine such applicant at such time and place as he shall designate as to his or its qualifications and competency to engage in the business. The examination shall be practical and elementary in character but sufficient to test the qualifications of the applicant in the most approved methods in connection with said business. Said license shall not be transferable, and any license granted may be revoked by the Building Official if the licensee violates any provision of this Article. When a license is revoked, a new license shall not again be granted to the same licensee for at least 30 days.
C. 
All fees are defined per the schedule adopted by Town Board resolution.
[Amended 4-11-2006 by L.L. No. 5-2006]
D. 
Said person, firm or corporation engaged in the business of advertising shall, before beginning operation under said license, file with the Town Board of the Town of North Hempstead a bond in the amount of $10,000 with sureties to be approved by said Board conditioned for the faithful observance of this Article and to save and keep harmless the Town of North Hempstead from all damages, liabilities, losses or judgments that may be recovered against the Town by reason of the negligent erection or maintenance of any such billboard, wall sign, ground sign, tower sign, gasoline station sign and marquee and/or reimburse the Town for any removal expense caused by the failure of the licensee to remove any such sign.
A. 
A nonconforming sign may not be replaced by another nonconforming sign. All nonconforming signs in existence on the effective date of this amendment shall, at the expiration of five years from said date, become prohibited and unlawful structures and shall be removed, except that such nonconforming signs which are constructed substantially from or with metal members shall become prohibited and unlawful structures at the expiration of 10 years from the effective date hereof and shall thereupon be removed.
B. 
Any existing sign which advertises a business or industrial use not in operation for a period of at least six months shall be removed, except for those signs permitted under § 70-196M.
[Added 12-19-1972; amended 2-27-1973]
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to erect, affix or maintain a political sign on any tree, traffic device, telephone or lighting pole within the Town of North Hempstead. It shall also be unlawful to erect and/or maintain any freestanding political signs in any use district regulated by the Building Zone Ordinance of the Town of North Hempstead. However, political wall signs shall be permitted within the Town of North Hempstead in compliance with the following conditions:
A. 
A "political sign" is defined as any advertising or identification sign or device, the purpose of which is to identify or promote the election of any person seeking public office or any organization established or formed for the purpose of promoting the election of such person.
B. 
Sign allowance. Wall signs shall be permitted in business and industrial districts and shall comply with the provisions of Article XXI, § 70-196J(1)(b) of this ordinance.
C. 
No sign shall be erected prior to six weeks before election for which the permit was obtained.
D. 
All political signs shall be removed within 10 days after the election for which the permit was obtained.
E. 
No sign shall obstruct traffic.
F. 
A permit must be obtained for the erection of political wall signs from the Building Department of the Town of North Hempstead, but no permit shall be issued for the erection of a political wall sign on any vacant or abandoned building or structure.
G. 
Permit requirement. It shall be unlawful to erect a political wall sign without first having secured a permit therefor from the Building Department of the Town of North Hempstead.
H. 
Fees. A permit shall be issued from the Building Department, provided that the person, firm or corporation shall deposit a performance bond of $1,000 or $50 in cash with the Building Department to assure the removal of said political wall sign within 10 days after the election for which the permit was obtained.
I. 
This section shall not prohibit the use of painted panels or poster panels for political advertising on existing billboards constructed pursuant to § 70-196M of this ordinance.