Section 101 Title. This Ordinance shall be known as the Sign Ordinance of the City of Connellsville, Fayette County, Pennsylvania.
Section 102 Purpose. The purpose of this Ordinance is to protect the safety and orderly development of the community through the regulation of signs and sign structures.
Section 201. For the purpose of this Ordinance, certain terms and words are hereby defined. Words used in the present tense shall include the future; the singular number shall include the plural and the plural, the singular; the word, "building", shall include the word, "structure", and the word "shall", is mandatory and not directory; "occupied" or "used" shall be considered as though followed by the words "or intended, arranged or designed to be used or occupied".Except where specifically defined, all words used in this Ordinance shall carry their customary meanings.
Section 301 Conformance to Codes. Any sign hereafter erected shall conform to the provisions of this Ordinance and the provisions of the International Building Code and of any other ordinance or regulation within the City of Connellsville.
Section 302 Signs in Rights-of-Way.
No sign other than an official traffic sign or similar sign shall be erected within two (2) feet of the lines of any street, or within any public way, unless specifically authorized by other ordinances or regulations of the City of Connellsville or by specific authorization of the City Code Official.
Section 303 Traffic Visibility.
No sign or sign structure shall be erected at the intersection of any street in such a manner as to obstruct free and clear vision, nor at any location whereby its position, shape or color may interfere with or obstruct the view of or be confused with any authorized traffic sign, signal or device.
Section 304 Maintenance, Repair and Removal.
Every sign permitted by this Ordinance shall be kept in good condition and repair. When any sign becomes insecure, in danger of falling or is otherwise deemed unsafe by the City Code Official, or if any sign shall be unlawfully installed, erected or maintained in violation of any of the provisions of this Ordinance, the owner thereof or the person or firm using same shall, upon written notice by the City Code Official forthwith in the case of immediate danger, and in any case within not more than ten (10) days, make such sign conform to the provisions of this Ordinance, or shall remove it. If within ten (10) days the Order is not complied with, the City Code Official shall be permitted to remove or cause such sign to be removed at the expense of the owner and/or the user of the sign.
Section 305 Obsolete Sign Copy.
Any sign copy that no longer advertises or identifies a use conducted on the property on which said sign is erected must have the sign copy covered or removed within thirty (30) days after written notification from the City Code Official; and upon failure to comply with such notice, the City Code Official is hereby authorized to cause removal of such sign copy, and any expense incident thereto shall be paid by the owner of the building, structure or ground on which the sign is located.
Section 306 Nonconforming Signs.
Any sign legally existing at the time of the passage of this Ordinance that does not conform in use, location, height or size with the regulations of the zone in which such sign is located, shall be considered a legal nonconforming use or structure and shall be permitted to continue in such status until such time it is either abandoned or removed by its owner, subject to the following limitations:
Section 401 Exempt Signs.
The following signs shall be exempt from the provisions of this Ordinance. No sign shall be exempt from the provision of Article III, Section 303 regarding traffic visibility.
Section 501 Prohibited Signs. The following devices and locations shall be specifically prohibited:
Section 601 Permits Required.
Unless specifically exempted by this Ordinance, a permit must be obtained from the City Code Official for the erection and maintenance of all signs erected or maintained within the City of Connellsville and in accordance with other ordinances of the City of Connellsville. Exemptions from the necessity of securing a permit, however, shall not be construed to relieve the owner of the sign involved from responsibility for its erection and maintenance in a safe manner and in a manner in accordance with all the other provisions of this Ordinance.
Section 602 Construction Documents.
Before any permit is granted for the erection of a sign or sign structure requiring such permit, construction documents shall be filed with the City Code Official showing the dimensions, materials and required details of construction, including loads, stresses, anchorage, and any other pertinent data. The permit application shall be accompanied by the written consent of the owner or lessee of the premises upon which the sign is to be erected and by engineering calculations signed and sealed by a registered design professional where required by the International Building Code.
Section 603 Changes to Signs.
No signs shall be structurally altered, enlarged or relocated except in conformity to the provisions herein, nor until a proper permit, if required, has been secured. The changing or maintenance of movable parts or components of an approved sign that is designed for such changes, or the changing of copy, business names, lettering, sign faces, colors, display and/or graphic matter, or the content of any sign, shall not be deemed a structural alteration.
Section 604 Permit Fees.
Permit fees to erect, alter or relocate a sign shall be in accordance with the fee schedule adopted for the City of Connellsville.
Section 701 Advertising Signs and Outdoor Advertising Structures. Advertising signs and outdoor advertising structures shall be permitted in only commercial districts and in industrial districts, and confined to the Route 119/Memorial Boulevard corridor and
shall be permitted only if in accordance with the following requirements:
Section 702 Real Estate Signs.
Real estate signs, advertising a sale, rental or lease of the premises on which they are maintained and not over twelve (12) square feet in aggregate area shall be permitted in any district on any lot fifty (50) feet or less in width. Larger signs shall be permitted for two or more lots in single ownership or for properties with frontages in excess of one hundred (100) feet provided that such signs shall not exceed a maximum area of two hundred fifty (250) square feet and provided that such signs shall be set back from every street lot line at least a distance in feet equal to the number of square feet in the area of the sign, but such setbacks shall not be less than the least depth of the required front yard, and need not be more than one hundred (100) feet, provided, however, that such real estate sign, not exceeding six (6) square feet in area and when attached flat against the building to which it pertains, shall be permitted in any case.
Section 703 Business Signs.
Business signs shall be permitted in commercial and industrial districts. In any district, business signs of the wall sign type, associated with a nonconforming use, shall be permitted if located on the same premises as such use and if it does not exceed in the aggregate twenty (20) square feet in area or two (2) feet in height or width. All business signs shall be set back from the established right-of-way line of any street or highway at least twenty-five (25) feet and shall not be located closer than six (6) feet to any other property line.
Section 704 Identification Signs.
Identification signs shall be permitted in any district in accordance with the following requirements:
Section 705 Announcement Signs.
A church, school, community center or other public or semi-public institution or building and a nursery school, child care clinic, tourist home, mortuary and other similar activity, where permitted, may have for its own use an announcement sign or bulletin board not over fifteen (15) square feet in area, which if not attached flat against the building, shall be at least twelve (12) feet from the established right-of-way line of any street or highway.
Section 706 Temporary Signs.
Any sign used on a temporary basis to advertise a yard sale, garage sale, porch sale, auction, bridal shower, birthday party, reception, private celebration or private sale shall be permitted for a total period of five days. Signs shall be removed and discarded by the applicant no later than 12:00 o’clock midnight on the fifth day of the permitted sign period. Fines shall be imposed at the per diem rate of $100.00 for all violations.
Any temporary sign used to advertise a future business location shall be registered at the Connellsville Municipal Building. Said signs shall be permitted for a total period of thirty days. The applicant must remove the sign no later than 12:00 o’clock midnight on the thirtieth day of the permitted sign period. All violations shall be subject to a per diem fine of $10.00.
Section 801 Illumination of Signs.
All the signs referred to in this Ordinance may be illuminated, provided the source of light is not visible to and is arranged to reflect away from the adjoining premises. No sign or lighting shall be placed so as to cause confusion or conflict with traffic control signs or lights. No illuminated sign shall be exempt from the requirements set forth at ARTICLE V herein.
Section 901 Master Sign Plan Required.
All landlord or single owner controlled multiple-occupancy development complexes on parcels exceeding eight (8) acres in size, such as shopping centers or planned industrial parks, shall submit to the City Code Official a master signed plan prior to issuance of new sign permits. The master signed plan shall establish standards and criteria for all signs in the complex that require permits, and shall address, at a minimum, the following:
Section 902 Development Complex Sign.
In addition to the free-standing business identification signs otherwise allowed by this Ordinance, every multiple-occupancy development complex shall be entitled to one (1) free-standing sign per street front, at the maximum size permitted for business identification free-standing signs, to identify the development complex. No business identification shall be permitted on a development complex sign. Any free-standing sign otherwise permitted under this Ordinance may identify the name of the development complex.
Section 903 Compliance with Master Sign Plan.
All applications for sign permits for signage within a multiple-occupancy development complex shall comply with the master sign plan.
Section 904 Amendments. Any amendments to a master sign plan must be signed and approved by the owner(s) within the development complex and approved by the City Code Official before such amendment will become effective.
ENACTED AND ORDAINED this 8th day of May, 2006.
___Judy D. Reed_____
_David M. Pinkosky__