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Article IX – Signs

Section 900 – Applicability and Intent

The purpose of this Section is to regulate the types and dimensions of signs in the various districts of the Township; to recognize the commercial communication requirements of all sectors of the community; to enhance the environment and the Township’s ability to attract sources of economic development and growth; and to enable the fair and consistent enforcement of these regulations.

  • Unless otherwise provided in this Section, the standards for review of applications for variances or Special Exceptions from the requirements of this Ordinance shall be the same as those standards which are provided for by Section 1200-J of this Zoning Ordinance.
  • Unless otherwise provided in this Section, the procedures for enforcement and for the grant of relief from any of the provisions of this Section shall be the same as the procedures which are provided for by the Zoning Ordinance.
  • Any sign erected after the enactment of this Ordinance shall conform to the provisions of this Ordinance and any other ordinance or regulation of the Township relating thereto.
  • This Section shall not relate to building design and shall not regulate government signs, the copy and message of signs, product dispensers and point of purchase displays, scoreboards on athletic fields, gravestones, religious symbols, the display of street numbers, or commemorative plaques.
  • Any outdoor advertising device, in addition to complying with the requirements of this Ordinance, must, where applicable, also comply with the provisions of the Outdoor Advertising Control Act of 1971, 36 P.S. §2718.101 et seq.
  • Signs located within the right-of-way of Pennsylvania state roads shall comply with the applicable regulations of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PENNDOT).

Section 901 - Definitions

Terms not defined in this Article shall have the same meaning given to them in Article VIII of this zoning code. All other words and phrases shall be given their common, ordinary meaning, unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

The following words and phrases when used in this Section shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection:

  • Abandonment - The relinquishment of property or the cessation of the use of property or of a sign for one hundred eighty (180) days by the owner with the intention neither of sale or resuming the use of the property or sign.
  • Accessory Use Sign - Any sign which identifies a home occupation.
  • A-Frame Sign - A portable sign having two separate surfaces meeting at the top to form an “A” and supported on these surfaces without any support by a pole.
  • Animated Sign - Any sign that uses movement or change of lighting to depict action or create a special effect or scene.
  • Awning Sign - See Canopy Sign.
  • Banner - Any sign of lightweight fabric or similar material that is permanently mounted to a pole or a building by a permanent frame at one or more edges. National flags, state or municipal flags, or the official flag of any institution or business shall not be considered banners.
  • Beacon - Any light with one or more beams directed into the atmosphere or directed at one or more points not on the same lot as the light source; also, any light with one or more beams that rotate or move.
  • Billboard- A permanent sign which directs attention to a business, commodity, service, or entertainment conducted, sold, or offered at a location other than the premises on which the sign is located.
  • Building Marker - Any sign indicating the name of a building and date and incidental information about its construction which is cut into a masonry surface or made of bronze or other permanent material.
  • Building Width - The horizontal distance of the building generally parallel to the street right-of-way line at the front of such building.
  • Bus Stop Shelter - Any structure used for the purpose of providing temporary shelter for persons waiting for public transportation vehicles.
  • Bus Stop Shelter Advertisement - Any advertisement, placard, or sign placed on or within a permitted bus stop shelter.
  • Canopy or Awning Sign - Any sign that is a part of or attached to an awning, canopy, or other fabric, plastic, or structural protective cover over a door, entrance, window, or outdoor service area.
  • Changeable Electronic Variable Message Sign (CEVMS) - Any sign which permits light 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 on which such illumination is not kept stationary or constant in intensity and color at all times when such sign is in use, including an LED (light emitting diode) or digital sign, and which varies in intensity or color. A CEVMS sign does not include a sign located within the right-of-way that functions as a traffic control device.
  • Changeable Copy Sign - A sign or portion thereof with characters, letters, or illustrations that can be changed or rearranged without altering the face or other surface of the sign. A changeable copy sign may be incorporated as part of another sign but shall not be used in addition thereto as a separate sign. A sign on which the only copy that changes is an electronic or mechanical indication of time or temperature shall be considered a “time and temperature sign” and not a changeable copy sign for purposes of this Section.
  • Commercial Message - Any sign wording, logo, or other representation that, directly or indirectly, names, advertises, or calls attention to a business, product, service, or other commercial activity.
  • Director - The Director of the Department of Licenses and Inspection of the Township or his or her designee.
  • Establishment - An economic unit generally at a single physical location where business is conducted, services provided, or industrial operations are performed.
  • Freestanding Sign - Any sign supported by structures or supports that are placed on or anchored in, the ground and that are independent from any building or structure.
  • Ground Sign - A sign, other than a freestanding sign, placed upon or supported by the ground, independent from any building or structure.
  • Identification Sign - A small sign containing name and address information only.
  • Incidental Sign - A sign, generally informational, that has a purpose secondary to the use of the property on which it is located, such as “no parking”, “entrance”, “loading only”, “telephone”, and other similar directives. No sign with a commercial message legible from a position off the lot on which a sign is located shall be considered incidental.
  • Inflatable Sign - An inflated object tethered or otherwise attached to the ground, structure or other object. This definition includes, but is not limited to inflated representations of blimps, products, cartoon characters, animals and the like.
  • Lot Frontage - The length of the front lot line measured at the street right-of-way line. The front of the building shall be the same side as that which is designated the mailing address. In the case of a corner lot, the side of the lot shall not be used to determine the size of the sign.
  • Marquee Sign - Any permanent structure projecting beyond a building or extending along and projecting beyond the wall of the building, generally designed and constructed to provide protection from the weather, including any sign attached to, in any manner, or made a part of a marquee. Changeable copy is permitted for theaters and similar establishments where it is required as a normal part of operating the establishment. Marquee signs shall be permitted only for establishments whose operation requires such signs.
  • Nameplate Sign - A sign indicating only the name and/or profession and address of the person(s) residing or legally occupying the premises.
  • Nonconforming Sign - Any sign that does not conform to the requirements of this Article.
  • Office Center - A group of establishments used primarily for conducting the affairs of a business, profession, service, government or like activity and managed as a single unit.
  • Off-Premises Sign - Any commercial sign, including human signs, advertising a product, service, business or activity sold, located or conducted elsewhere than on the premises on which the sign is located.
  • Outdoor Advertising Device - Any outdoor sign, display, light, figure, painting, drawing, message, poster, or billboard which is designed, intended, or used to advertise or inform.
  • Overhang Sign - A sign that is suspended from the underside of a horizontal surface and is supported by such surface.
  • Pennant - Any lightweight plastic, fabric, or other material, whether or not containing a message of any kind, suspended from a rope, wire, or string, usually in series, designed to move in the wind.
  • Portable Sign - Any sign not permanently attached to the ground or other permanent structure, or a sign designed to be transported, including, but not limited to A-frame signs and signs designed to be transported by means of wheels.
  • Principal Building - The building in which is conducted the principal use of the lot. Lots with multiple principal uses may have multiple principal buildings, but storage buildings, garages, and other clearly accessory uses shall not be considered principal buildings.
  • Projecting Sign - Any sign, except for canopy and awning signs, affixed to a building or wall in such a manner that its leading edge extends more than twelve (12) inches beyond the surface of such building or wall.
  • Roof Sign - Any sign erected and constructed wholly on and over the eaves of the roof of a building and supported by the roof structure.
  • Sales or Price Change Sign - A type of sign which has a high message turnover, such as those advertising “sales” and frequent price changes. These signs are most commonly found on the inside windows/doors of supermarkets, grocery stores, and beverage distributors. In most cases, these signs are constructed of paper, cardboard, or other lightweight materials.
  • Setback - The distance from the street right-of-way or lot line to the nearest part of the applicable building, structure, or sign, measured perpendicularly from the property line.
  • Shopping Center - A group of commercial establishments planned, constructed, and managed as a total entity with customer and employee parking provided on-site.
  • Sign - Any device, fixture, placard, or structure that uses any color, form, graphic, illumination, symbol, or writing to advertise, announce the purpose of, or identify the purpose of a person or entity, or to communicate information.
  • Sign Structure - The supports, uprights, braces, and framework of the sign.
  • Street - A public or private way, improved according to Township requirements, and used or intended to be used as a means of vehicular and pedestrian travel and access to abutting properties.
  • Street Line (street right-of-way line) - The line dividing the street and the abutting property. The street line shall be the same as the right-of-way line.
  • Temporary Sign - Any sign that (1) is used in connection with an event, situation, or circumstance that is designed or intended to take place or be completed within forty-five (45) days after the sign is first displayed or (2) is intended to remain on the location where it is placed or erected for not more than forty-five (45) days, and which may be used only for forty-five (45) days before as well as for the duration of the event, situation, or circumstance in connection with which it is to be used and must be removed within seven (7) days after completion of the event, situation, or circumstance in connection with which it is to be used.
  • Wall Sign - Any sign, except for a bus stop shelter advertisement, attached parallel to, but within twelve (12) inches of, a wall or erected and confined within the limits of an outside wall of any building or structure, which is supported by such wall or building.
  • Window Sign - Any sign, pictures, symbol, or combination thereof, designed to communicate information about an activity, business, commodity, event, sale, or service that is placed inside a window or upon the window panes or glass and is visible from the exterior of the window.

Section 902 - Sign Regulations

902-A. Determination of Size of Signs

The following principles shall control the computation of sign area and sign height:

  • Computation of Area of Individual Signs. The size of any single-faced sign shall be determined as follows:
    • When a sign consists of letters, numbers, and/or logos and is not a lettered board, the size of such sign shall be measured by the geometric shape formed by the extreme outside edge of the largest letters, numbers, or logos contained in the sign.
    • When a sign consists of a lettered board, the size of such sign shall be determined by calculating the area of the lettered board.
  • Computation of Area of Multi-faced Signs. The sign area for a sign with more than one face shall be computed by adding together the area of all sign faces visible from any one point. When two identical sign faces are placed back to back so that both faces cannot be viewed from any point at the same time, and when such sign faces are part of the same sign structure and are not more than forty-two (42) inches apart, the sign area shall be computed by the measurement of one of these faces.
  • Computation of Height. The height of a sign shall be computed as the distance from the base of the sign at normal grade to the top of the highest attached component of the sign. Normal grade shall be construed to be the lower of (1) existing grade prior to construction, or (2) the newly established grade after construction, exclusive of any filling, berming, mounding, or excavating solely for the purpose of locating the sign. In cases in which the normal grade cannot reasonably be determined, sign height shall be computed on the assumption that the elevation of the normal grade at the base of the sign is equal to the elevation of the nearest point of the crown of a public street or the grade of the land at the principal entrance to the principal structure on the lot, whichever is lower.
  • Computation of Maximum Total Permitted Sign Area Except where specifically stated otherwise, lots fronting on two or more streets are allowed the permitted sign area for each lot frontage. However, the total sign area that is oriented toward a particular street may not exceed the portion of the lot’s total sign area allocation that is derived from the lot, building, or wall area frontage on that street.

902-B. Prohibited Signs

It is unlawful to erect or maintain the following signs:

  • Animated, aerial, crane signs, or lighted moving signs including automatic color changing and rotating lamps.
  • Bench or sidewalk sign(s) or signs painted, attached or suspended from any outdoor bench, chair, or similar structure except for bus stop shelter advertisements as regulated by other ordinances.
  • Swinging signs
  • Signs, letters, posters, and advertisements which are tacked, pasted, tied, or otherwise affixed to poles, posts, buildings, fences, or other structures located on public property.
  • Portable signs, except as defined under 902-H.4. relating to temporary signs
  • Strings of lights not permanently mounted to a rigid background, except those exhibited during the period between November 1 and January 15 of the following year.
  • Inflatable signs and tethered balloons
  • Advertising cloth or paper banner or signs of any similar character suspended or hung on any property, except for temporary banners. Temporary banners shall be allowed only for the duration of the event, situation or circumstances in connection with which they are to be used and must otherwise comply with 902-H.4. relating to temporary signs.
  • Signs placed on vehicles or trailers which are parked or located for the primary purpose of displaying the signs. This does not apply to lettering on buses, taxis, or vehicles operating in the normal course of business.

902-C. General Restrictions and Standards

The following restrictions shall apply to all permitted signs:

  • No sign shall be located, designed, lighted, arranged, or placed in a position where it will cause danger to traffic or will interfere with traffic through glare; blocking of required sight lines for streets, sidewalks, or driveways; confusion with a traffic control device by reason of color, location, shape, or other characteristics; or through any other means.
  • All signs constructed or erected under the provisions of this Ordinance shall comply with the standards set forth in the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act.
  • Except for traffic signs, canopy signs, awning signs, projecting signs, and bus shelter signs, no sign shall be erected within the right-of-way lines of a public street, nor shall any sign be placed closer than five (5) feet from such right-ofway lines, (except as modified by Sections 902-E.1.(c), 902-E.2.(c), and 902-E.6. unless specifically authorized as a variance by the Zoning Hearing Board or by other ordinances of Upper Darby Township or other governmental agencies having jurisdiction or regulatory authority in the matter.
  • The bottom or lowest edge for a freestanding sign, awning sign, projecting sign, canopy sign, marquee sign, or similar type of sign shall be not less than eight (8) feet. Also see Section 902-A.3. relating to computation of height.
  • All external illuminated signs shall be turned off not later than one (1) hour after closing of the business or facility which they identify or advertise but if closing time is 1 A.M. or later all illuminated signs shall be turned off at closing time.
  • No illuminated sign shall be lighted on days when the business or use is not open.
  • Every sign must be kept in good condition and repair. Any sign which has been allowed to become dilapidated shall be removed by and at the expense of the landowner or lessee of the property on which it is located.
  • Each sign shall be removed within thirty (30) days of the time when the circumstances leading to its erection no longer apply, unless specifically stated otherwise in this Ordinance.
  • All provisions of this Ordinance shall apply to smokestacks, water towers, and other similar structures.
  • With the exception of billboards, the content of permanent signs shall refer to a use, business, service, or activity conducted on the same lot or premises on which the sign is located.
  • In cases where a sign (including billboards) has been abandoned for a period of six (6) months, the Director shall order the removal of such sign and sign support at the expense of the owner.

902-D. Design, Construction, and Maintenance

All signs shall be designed, constructed, and maintained in accordance with the following standards:

  • Every sign must be constructed of durable materials and shall be solidly and firmly attached, supported, and/or anchored to the supports or framework.
  • Except for banners, flags, and temporary signs, all signs shall be constructed of permanent materials and shall be permanently attached to the ground, a building, or another structure by direct attachment to a rigid wall, frame, or structure.
  • All signs shall be maintained in good structural condition, in compliance with all building and electrical codes, and in conformance with this Ordinance.

902-E. General Regulations for Specific Types of Signs

  • Freestanding signs
    • The bottom or lowest edge of any freestanding sign shall be no closer to the ground than eight (8) feet. No more than two (2) feet above the ground level can be devoted to and maintained for flowers, ground covers, and low spreading shrubs.
    • All applications for freestanding signs must include an accurate, scaled, current plot plan and site survey that shows legal rights-of-way, building locations, and proposed location of the sign.
    • All freestanding signs shall have a setback of not less than ten (10) feet from the street right-of-way line measured from the edge of the sign.
    • Landscaping shall be provided around the base of each freestanding sign for not less than two (2) feet in each direction beyond the face or edge of the sign.
  • Ground signs
    • The top edge of a ground sign shall be a maximum of six (6) feet above ground level.
    • Ground signs shall be supported and permanently placed by embedding, anchoring, or connecting the sign in such a manner as to incorporate it into the landscape or architectural design scheme.
    • All ground signs shall have a setback of not less than three (3) feet from the street right of way line.
  • Temporary signs
    • Temporary signs shall be placed so as not to obstruct vehicular or pedestrian traffic or create a safety hazard.
    • Such signs shall not obstruct access to or from any door, window, fire escape, or ventilating equipment, nor be attached to any standpipe or fire escape.
    • Temporary signs shall be removed within seven (7) days after completion of the event, situation, or circumstance for which they are used.
    • The size of these signs shall not exceed one-third (1/3) square foot of sign area for each linear foot of building width.
    • Temporary signs shall not be attached to fences.
  • Sales or price change signs
    • The size of sales or price change signs combined shall not exceed fifty (50) percent of the area of the door or window to which they are affixed.
    • All sales or price change signs shall be affixed to the inside of a window or door.
    • Sales or price change signs shall not be attached to fences or exterior walls.
  • Bus stop shelter advertisements These signs shall be regulated by other ordinances.
  • Canopy and awning signs
    All canopy and awning signs shall have a setback of not less than two (2) feet from the street curb line but cannot extend more than five (5) feet from the building line.
  • Overhang signs
    • Overhang signs shall be allowed only in shopping centers.
    • Such signs shall be suspended from the soffit or overhang which covers the walkway in a shopping center.
    • The size of such signs shall not exceed four (4) square feet.
    • There shall be not more than one (1) overhang sign per establishment.
  • Projecting signs
    Projecting signs located in the public right-of-way are permitted in the C-3 district only and shall meet the following requirements:
    • The maximum area for projecting signs is five (5) square feet.
    • Signs cannot project more than three (3) feet from the building wall.
    • A minimum clearance of eight (8) feet is required between the bottom of the sign and the sidewalk.

902-F. Signs for Which A Permit is Not Required (Exempt Signs)

The following signs are exempt from the need to secure a permit but are subject to the provisions of Section 900, Applicability and Intent, and Section 902-A, Determination of Size of Signs:

  • Public notice, warning, or official traffic signs required by a federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance.
  • Any sign inside a building, not attached to a window or door, that is not legible from a distance of more than three (3) feet beyond the lot line of the property on which such sign is located.
  • Building markers that only include building name, date of construction, or historical data on an historical site provided there is only one (1) per building. Such sign shall have a maximum area of six (6) square feet.
  • Flags of the United States, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Township of Upper Darby, foreign nations, or any other flag adopted or sanctioned by an elected legislative body of competent jurisdiction, provided that such flag does not exceed sixty (60) square feet in area and shall be flown from a pole not more than forty (40) feet in height from grade.
  • Incidental signs containing no commercial message of any kind, provided such signs do not exceed eight (8) square feet.
  • Signs advertising the sale or rental of the premises or lot upon which they are erected, provided that there is no more than one (1) such sign per lot frontage. Such sign shall be neither illuminated nor have a maximum area that exceeds six (6) square feet in residential districts and twenty (20) square feet in nonresidential districts. All such signs shall be removed on or before the date of settlement.
  • Any signs advertising a real estate open house or used as a directional sign for a real estate open house. Such signs shall be permitted only on private property and may not be erected without the permission of the owner of the property on which the sign is located. Real estate open house or directional signs shall not exceed four (4) square feet in size and may not be displayed more than two hours before the start of the open house time period and must be removed within two hours after the end of the open house time period.
  • Signs advertising the development of the premises where they are erected. Such signs shall not exceed six (6) square feet in residential districts and twenty (20) square feet in nonresidential districts. All such signs shall be removed on or before the date of settlement.
  • Nameplate signs on private residences provided they do not exceed one hundred forty-four (144) square inches.
  • Decorations for a recognized officially designated holiday provided they do not create a traffic or fire hazard.
  • Yard sale or garage sale signs, provided that they do not exceed two (2) square feet and shall be removed within twenty-four (24) hours after such sales.
  • Signs announcing a political, educational, charitable, civic, religious, or similar campaign or event. Such signs shall be removed immediately after the completion of such campaign or event.
  • Temporary Signs. Not more than one (1) sign per property shall be permitted. However, in the case of a corner property with more than one hundred (100) feet of lot frontage on each of two major roads (collector or arterial classification), an additional sign may be permitted at the second frontage. The area of each such sign shall not exceed sixteen (16) square feet.
  • Sales or price change signs.

902-G. Signs for Which A Permit is Required

The following signs, as described under each zoning district or group of districts, are allowed provided they comply with the standards and conditions set out in Section 902-E and in the case of a billboard, Section 902-H, and a sign permit has been obtained:

  • Signs in Residential Districts
    The following types of signs and no others shall be permitted in the R-C, R-C1, R-1, R-2, R-3, and R-4 districts:
    • Nameplate signs, not exceeding two hundred eighty-eight (288) square inches. Not more than one (1) such sign per dwelling shall be allowed.
    • Identification signs for apartment buildings or complexes, schools, churches, hospitals, and similar allowed uses including those uses allowed in the RO and CRO overlay districts other than individual dwellings, provided that:
      • Such signs shall be freestanding signs, ground signs, or wall signs only.
      • Not more than one (1) wall sign and one (1) freestanding or ground sign shall be allowed for each lot frontage.
      • The size of freestanding, ground, and wall signs shall not exceed sixteen (16) square feet.
    • Signs identifying nonresidential uses allowed as valid nonconforming uses provided that they meet the same requirements as set out in Section 902-G.1.(b) above.
    • Except for signs for uses provided for in Section 902-G.1.(c), illumination, where provided, shall be by external white light only.
  • Signs in a Recreation District (REC)
    The following types of signs and no others shall be allowed in the Recreation District:
    • Such signs shall be freestanding signs, ground signs, or wall signs only.
    • Not more than one (1) wall sign and one (1) freestanding or ground sign shall be allowed for each lot frontage.
    • The size of freestanding, ground, and wall signs shall not exceed sixteen (16) square feet.
    • Where provided, illumination shall be by external white light only.
  • Signs in Commercial Districts
    The following requirements apply to all signs advertising a commercial use in the C-1, C-2, C-3 and C-4 districts.
    • Sign uses as allowed in a residential district.
    • A maximum of three (3) attached signs are permitted for each establishment. The total area of the signs cannot exceed two (2) times the minimum width of the building and must be attached to the establishment being advertized. Individual establishments may also have one freestanding or ground sign for each street frontage. The maximum size of such signs cannot exceed one half (½) square foot of sign area for each linear foot of lot frontage.
    • For shopping or office centers, there shall be not more than one (1) freestanding or ground sign identifying the center at each lot frontage. The size of the sign identifying the center shall not exceed sixty (60) square feet. In addition, the size of the signs identifying individual establishments in the center must be affixed to the same sign identifying the center and shall not exceed eight (8) square feet for each sign.
    • All types of signs are permitted unless specifically prohibited in other sections of this code. All signs must comply with all other provisions of this code.
    • All signs must comply with all requirements of the Pennsylvania Construction Code.

902-H. Billboards

  • Billboards shall be permitted only in the C-2 and C-4 Districts.
  • No billboard shall be erected within five hundred (500) feet of another billboard.
  • The maximum size of billboards shall be three hundred (300) square feet.
  • The minimal distance from a street right-of-way shall be thirty-five (35) feet.
  • No billboard shall be placed within the sight triangle as described in the Township’s Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance, as now exists or may be later adopted.
  • The height of billboards shall not exceed the maximum building height in a district by more than twenty (20) feet.
  • All billboards shall be inspected as required in Section 902-K.

902-I. Changeable Electronic Variable Message Signs (CEVMS)

  • Changeable electronic variable message signs shall be in conformance with the maximum sign area requirements set forth in Sections 902-E, G and H.
  • A maximum of one (1) primary sign per premise may contain a changeable electronic variable message sign.
  • Only one (1) changeable electronic variable message sign is permitted on each side of the primary sign with a maximum of two(2) changeable electronic variable message signs on the primary sign. In no case shall the sign exceed the total maximum sign area established in Sections 902.E, G and H.
  • The changeable electronic variable message sign shall be a conforming sign located in a zoned or unzoned commercial or industrial area.
  • All messages/displays shall remain unchanged for a minimum of five (5) seconds.
  • The time interval used to change from one complete message/display to the next complete message/display shall be a maximum of one (1) second.
  • There shall be no appearance of a visual dissolve or fading, in which any part of one electronic message/display appears simultaneously with any part of a second electronic message/display.
  • There shall be no appearance of flashing or sudden bursts of light, and no appearance of animation, movement, or flow of the message/display.
  • Any illumination intensity or contrast of light level shall remain constant.

902-J. Nonconforming Signs

Signs which are nonconforming and signs which identify nonconforming uses shall be permitted in accordance with the following regulations:

  • A sign which is nonconforming as of the date of enactment of this Ordinance may be continued although such sign does not conform with the provisions of this Ordinance; however the size of any such nonconforming sign shall not be enlarged.
  • All nonconforming signs may be changed to or replaced by another nonconforming sign, providing the degree of nonconformity is not greater than that of the original sign. Whenever a nonconforming sign has been changed to a more restricted nonconforming sign, such sign shall not thereafter be changed to a less restricted nonconforming sign.
  • No nonconforming sign which has been damaged to more than fifty percent (50%) of its value or has been removed or discontinued for ninety (90) days shall be repaired, rebuilt, or replaced, except as a conforming sign or when authorized by a Special Exception.
  • If a nonconforming use of a building ceases or is discontinued for a continuous period of one (1) year or more and such nonconforming use is deemed to be abandoned as per Section 1010-C.3. of this Ordinance, any nonconforming sign on the premises shall also be considered abandoned, and any subsequent signs erected or maintained on the premises shall be in conformity with the provisions of this Ordinance.

902-K. Permits

  • It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation, or individual to erect signs listed in Section 902-G without first obtaining a permit from the Township.
  • No sign shall hereafter be erected or attached to, suspended from, or supported on a building or structure and no sign shall hereafter be altered, rebuilt, enlarged, extended, or relocated until a permit for the same has been obtained, except those specifically listed in Section 902-F relating to exempt signs.
  • Applications for a sign permit for the erection, alteration, or relocation of a sign shall be made to the Director upon a form provided by the Director and shall include the following information:
    • Name and address of the owner of the sign.
    • Street address or location of the property on which the sign is to be located, along with the name and address and the written consent of the property owner. Written consent may be shown by submission of a copy of the rental agreement for the sign use.
    • The type of sign proposed, as defined in this Ordinance.
    • A site plan showing the proposed location of the sign along with the location and square footage of all existing signs on the premises. Such plan shall also show building and lot dimensions, right-of-way, sidewalks, driveways, and parking areas.
    • Application must show compliance with all requirements of the Township Building Code including instances when a structural engineer’s design is required.
  • The applicant shall pay a permit fee based on the type of sign to be erected, in the amount provided by the Township fee ordinance as amended, with payment due at the time the application is filed.