Township of East Caln, PA
Chester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of East Caln as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Zoning — See Ch. 225.
[Adopted 12-4-1996 by Ord. No. 1996-6]

§ 167-1 Title.

This article shall be known as, and may be cited as, the "East Caln Township Temporary Sign Ordinance."

§ 167-2 Definitions.

The following terms shall have the following meanings in this article:
CONTRACTOR(S) SIGN
A sign which provides the name of the contractor(s) engaged in a construction project occurring on the premises on which the sign is located. The sign may contain additional information about the contractor(s), which term shall also include the architect(s) and engineer(s) responsible for the project.
ELECTION SIGN
A sign which directs attention to a candidate or candidates for public office, a political party or a ballot issue.
GARAGE/YARD SALE SIGN
A sign which directs attention to the sale of personal goods on the premises on which the sign is located in accordance with § 225-31D of the East Caln Township Zoning Ordinance of 1992 [Chapter 225], as amended.
REAL ESTATE DIRECTIONAL SIGN
A sign which provides information about a contemporaneous real estate activity involving a property other than the one upon which the sign is located, such as a sign directing the public to a property for sale, lease, or in the process of development.
REAL ESTATE SIGN
A sign which provides information about contemporaneous real estate activity involving the property on which it is located, such as sign advertising the sale, lease or development of the property.
SIGN
A device for visual communication that is used to bring a subject to the attention of the public.
SPECIAL EVENT SIGN
A sign which provides information about a special event such as an auction, flea market, festival, carnival, meal or fund raising event, but no including any sign advertising the commercial use of property such as a "sale" sign at a place of business.
TOWNSHIP
East Caln Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

§ 167-3 Sign permit required.

A. 
A sign permit must be acquired from the Township prior to the erection or installation of any special event and real estate directional sign. All other signs authorized by this article shall not require a permit, but shall comply in all other respects with the requirements of this article.
B. 
Application for a sign permit shall be filed in duplicate and on forms furnished by the Township and shall be accompanied by detail drawings and specifications and such other information deemed necessary by the Township to determine the location and details of the construction of such sign.
C. 
The fee, as established by the Township Board of Supervisors in the Township's fee schedule resolution shall accompany all sign permit applications.

§ 167-4 Regulations established.

The erection or installation of all signs authorized by this article shall comply with the following:
A. 
General.
(1) 
Every sign shall be constructed of durable material and kept in good condition and repair.
(2) 
Sign placement shall not interfere with the clear sight triangle of any intersection or driveway or obstruct any traffic control device or permitted within any street right-of-way.
(3) 
Signs shall be removed immediately upon termination of their authorized duration and the site shall be restored to its original condition.
(4) 
Signs shall not be illuminated, either internally or externally.
(5) 
Flashing, animated or moving signs shall not be permitted.
B. 
Specific.
(1) 
Contractor(s) sign.
(a) 
On a nonresidential property one sign is permitted during a construction project. The sign shall not exceed 32 square feet in area and the height of the sign and supporting structure shall not exceed eight feet.
(b) 
On a residential property one sign is permitted during a construction project. The sign shall not exceed four square feet in area and the height of the sign and supporting structure shall not exceed three feet.
(2) 
Election sign. Election signs shall be permitted provided:
(a) 
Signs do not exceed two square feet in area and the height of the sign and supporting structure shall not exceed eight feet.
(b) 
Signs shall not be erected or installed more than 30 days prior to election day and shall be removed within seven days following election day.
(c) 
Only one sign for each 100 linear feet of roadway shall be permitted.
(d) 
Written consent of the owner of the property upon which the sign will be located shall be obtained prior to erection or installation of the sign.
(3) 
Garage/yard sale sign. Garage/yard sale signs shall be permitted provided:
(a) 
Signs shall not exceed four square feet in area and the height of the sign and supporting structure shall not exceed three feet.
(b) 
Only one sign shall be permitted on a property.
(c) 
Signs shall not be erected or installed more than one day prior to the garage/yard sale and shall be removed immediately upon the conclusion of such sale.
(4) 
Real estate directional sign. Real estate directional signs shall be permitted provided:
(a) 
Signs shall not exceed four square feet in area and the height of the sign and supporting structure shall not exceed 2 1/2 feet.
(b) 
Only one sign related to each real estate activity shall be permitted on a property.
(c) 
Written consent of the owner of the property upon which the sign will be located shall accompany the sign permit application.
(d) 
Real estate sign. Real estate signs shall be permitted provided:
[1] 
Signs shall not exceed four square feet in area and the height of the sign and supporting structure shall not exceed three feet.
[2] 
Only one sign shall be permitted on a property.
(e) 
Special event sign. Special event signs shall be permitted provided:
[1] 
The maximum area of a sign mounted on the building shall be 32 square feet or two square feet for each linear foot of building wall upon which the sign is mounted, whichever is smaller. No sign shall extend above the building wall.
[2] 
Freestanding signs shall not exceed 32 square feet in area and the height of the sign and supporting structure shall not exceed eight feet.
[3] 
Only one sign shall be permitted on a property.
[4] 
Signs shall not be erected or installed more than 30 days prior to the date of the event and shall be removed within seven days following the event.
[5] 
Written consent of the owner of the property upon which the sign will be located shall accompany the sign permit application.

§ 167-5 Violations and penalties. [1]

Any person, partnership or corporation who or which has violated or permitted the violation of the provisions of this article shall, upon being found liable therefor in a civil enforcement proceeding commenced by the Township, pay a judgment of not more than $600 plus all court costs, including reasonable attorney fees incurred by the Township as a result thereof. No judgment shall commence or be imposed, levied or payable until the date of the determination of the violation by the Magisterial District Judge. If the defendant neither pays nor timely appeals the judgment, the Township may enforce the judgment pursuant to the applicable Rules of Civil Procedure. Each day that a violation continues or each section of this article which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate violation.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).