Township of Ocean, NJ
Ocean County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Ocean by Ord. No. 1998-7. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Construction regulations — See Ch. 135.
Land use procedures — See Ch. 209.
Massage parlors — See Ch. 233.
Zoning — See Ch. 410.

§ 299-1 Permit required.

A. 
If a sign requiring a permit under the provision of the ordinance codified in this chapter is to be placed, constructed, erected or modified on a zone lot, the owner of the lot shall secure a sign permit prior to the construction, placement, erection or modification of such a sign.
B. 
No sign permit of any kind shall be issued for an existing or proposed sign unless such sign is consistent with the requirements of this chapter (including those protecting existing signs) in every respect.
C. 
Signs shall be erected, installed or created only in accordance with a duly issued and valid sign construction permit from the Building Inspector. Such permit shall be issued in accordance with the following requirements and procedures.
D. 
An application for construction, creation or installation of a new sign or for modification of an existing sign shall be accompanied by information detailed in this chapter. One application and permit may include multiple signs on the same zone lot.
E. 
The Building Inspector shall cause an inspection of the zone or lot for which such permit for a new sign or for modification of an existing sign is issued during the sixth months after the issuance of such permit or at such earlier date as the owner may request. If the sign construction is not substantially complete at the time of inspection, the permit shall lapse and become void. If the sign construction is complete and in full compliance with this chapter with the Building Inspector and Electrical Codes, the Building Inspector shall identify the sign as complete and acceptable on the permit. If the sign construction is substantially complete but not in full compliance with this chapter and applicable codes, the Building Inspector shall give the owner or applicant notice of the deficiencies and shall allow an additional 30 days from the date of inspection for the deficiencies to be corrected; in addition, a reinspection fee will be charged. If the deficiencies are not corrected by such date, the permit shall lapse.
F. 
No signs shall be erected in the public right-of-way except in accordance with this chapter.

§ 299-2 Definitions.

[Amended by Ord. No. 1999-19]
As used in this chapter, the following terms are defined:
ANIMATED SIGN
Any sign that uses movement or change of lighting, whether natural or artificial, to depict action or create a special effect or scene.
BANNER
Any sign of lightweight fabric or similar material. National flags, state or municipal flags or the official flag of any institution or business shall not be considered banners.
CHANGEABLE COPY SIGN OR READER BOARD
A sign or portion thereof with characters, letters or illustrations that can be changed or rearranged without altering the face of the surface of the sign. A sign on which the message changes more than six times per day shall be considered an animated sign and not a changeable copy sign for purposes of this chapter. A sign on which the only copy that changes is an electronic or mechanical indication of time and temperature shall not be considered a changeable copy sign for purposes of this chapter.
FREESTANDING SIGN
A sign which is attached to or a part of a completely self-supporting structure. The supporting structure shall be set firmly in or below the ground surface and shall not be attached to any building or any other structure, whether portable or stationary.
OFF-SITE SIGN
A sign which directs attention to a business, commodity, service, entertainment, person, property or attraction, sold, offered or existing elsewhere than upon the same lot upon which such sign is displayed.
PORTABLE SWINGER SIGN and "A" OR SANDWICH SIGN
An advertising device which is ordinarily in the shape of an "A" or some variation thereof, located on the ground, easily movable, not permanently attached thereto and which is usually two-sided.
PROJECTING SIGN
Sign that shall be affixed at an angle or perpendicularly to the wall of any building in such a manner to read perpendicularly or at an angle to the wall to which it is mounted.
ROOF SIGN
Any sign erected and constructed wholly on and over the roof of a building supported by the roof structure and extending vertically above the highest portion of the roof.
SIGN
Includes every device, frame, letter, figure, character, mark, plane, point, design, picture, logo, stroke, stripe, trademark or reading matter which is used or intended to be used to attract attention or convey information when the same is place in view of the public, in addition.

§ 299-3 Fee; application information.

[Amended by Ord. No. 1999-19]
The following procedures shall govern the application for, and issuance of all sign permits under this chapter:
A. 
All applications for sign permits of any kind shall be submitted to the Building Inspector on an application form or in accordance with the application specifications published by the Building Inspector with the following minimum information:
(1) 
Name, address and telephone number of the applicant;
(2) 
Location of building, structure, or lot to which or upon which the sign or other advertising structure is to be attached or erected;
(3) 
Position of the sign or other advertising structure in relation to nearby buildings or structures, including dimensional data;
(4) 
Two blueprints or ink drawings of the plans with color designations, specifications, method or construction and attachment to the building or in the ground;
(5) 
Name of person, firm, corporation or association erecting the structure;
(6) 
Written consent of the owner of the building structure or land to which or on which the structure is to be erected;
(7) 
Any electrical permit required and issued for sign. Application requesting electrical permit for proposed sign must accompany sign application;
(8) 
With respect to any off-site sign, written permission from the owner of the real property upon which the sign will be located must be provided.
B. 
Each application for a sign permit shall be accompanied by the applicable fees, which shall be established by the governing body of the Township from time to time by resolution.
C. 
The fees for sign permits and plans for the period beginning with this chapter shall be as follows:
[Amended 10-14-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-11]
Sign permit — initial, including inspection, per zone lot
$25 plus $0.25 per square feet
Revised sign permit
$15 plus $0.25 per square feet
Reinspection fee
$10
Banners (private sales event), "A" frame signs, each issuance
$5

§ 299-4 Permit issuance.

[Amended by Ord. No. 1999-19]
Within seven days of the submission of a complete application for a sign permit, the Building Inspector shall either:
A. 
Issue the sign permit of the sign(s) that is the subject of the application conforms in every respect with the requirements of this chapter; or
B. 
Reject the sign permit if the sign(s) that is the subject of the application fails in any way to conform with the requirements of this chapter. In case of a rejection, the Building Inspector shall specify in the rejection the section or sections of this chapter with which the sign(s) is inconsistent.

§ 299-5 Notice to comply; sign maintenance.

[Amended by Ord. No. 1999-19]
A. 
Sign identification. Every sign or other advertising structure hereafter registered shall show the permit number in a conspicuous place thereon, which is visible to the Inspector and is readable by the Inspector from the ground.
B. 
Premises maintenance. All freestanding signs and the premises surrounding the same shall be maintained by the owner thereof in a clean, sanitary and inoffensive condition and free and clear of all obnoxious substances, rubbish and weeds.
C. 
Unsafe and unlawful signs. If the Building Inspector shall find that any sign or other advertising structure regulated herein is unsafe or insecure, is a menace to the public, is abandoned or maintained in a dilapidated condition, or has been constructed or erected or is being maintained in violation of the provisions of this chapter, he/she shall give written notice to the permittee and property owner thereof. If the permittee and/or property owner fails to remove or alter the sign or advertising structure so as to comply with the standards herein set forth within 30 days of the date of written notice, such sign or other advertising structure may be removed or altered to comply by the Building Inspector; any expense incidental to such removal or alteration shall be charged to the owner of the property upon which the sign is located and shall constitute a lien upon the property.
D. 
The Building Inspector may cause any sign or other advertising structure which is in immediate peril to persons or property to be removed summarily without notice. Such signs or other advertising structures are declared to be a public nuisance. When any sign is removed by the Building Inspector or Code Enforcement Officer with or without notice, the owner or lessee thereof shall have the right to a post-seizure administrative hearing before the Township Committee to determine whether or not there was probable cause to remove this sign. In the event such a request is not made within 10 days of removal of said sign, the owner and/or lessee thereof shall be deemed to have waived such a right to a hearing.

§ 299-6 Obsolete signs; removal.

In the event a business ceases operation for a period of time in excess of 30 days, the sign owner or lessee, or the property owner, shall immediately remove any sign identifying or advertising said business or any product sold thereby; provided, however, this requirement shall not apply where under the provisions of this chapter an existing conforming sign may be altered to advertise a new business or product sold therein, and there is evidence that a new business will be in operation on the premises within 30 days. Upon failure of sign owner of lessee, or property owner, to comply with this section, the Building Inspector shall issue a written notice to the sign owner and any lessee, or property owner, fails to comply with such written notice to remove, the Building Inspector is authorized to cause removal of such sign, and any expense incidental to such removal shall be charged to the owner, of the property upon which the sign is located and shall constitute a lien upon the property. For the purpose of this section, the word "remove" shall mean:
A. 
The sign face, along with posts, columns or supports of freestanding signs, shall be taken down and removed from the property.
B. 
The sign face and supporting structures of projecting, roof or wall signs shall be taken down and removed from the property.
C. 
The sign face of painted wall signs shall be removed by painting over the wall sign in such a manner as to completely cover up and hide from sight the sign in question.

§ 299-7 Special zoning restrictions.

A. 
Commercial/Industrial District. No signage is allowed in commercially zoned areas except as follows and which are for those services only if properly allowed and legally offered on the premises. A permit is required for all permissible signs in accordance with this chapter.
(1) 
Roof signs shall not be permitted.
(2) 
It is unlawful to erect any freestanding sign which total height is greater than 30 feet above the level of the street upon which the sign faces. Freestanding signs located on property which abuts both a controlled access highway and a state or federal numbered highway may be not erected where the total height of such sign is greater than 30 feet above the plane of the pavement of the highest road at the intersection. Freestanding signs shall be permitted to be erected in the Township subject to the following:
[Amended 10-14-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-11]
(a) 
On-site freestanding signs are subject to the following:[1]
[1] 
Only one on-site freestanding sign shall be permitted on a lot.
[2] 
Display surface shall not exceed the following:
[a] 
Mall, shopping center, strip center: 80 square feet.
[b] 
Single building, 10,000 square feet or less: 20 square feet.
[c] 
Single building, 10,000 square feet or more: 40 square feet.
[3] 
Sign shall be set back 15 feet from existing street right-of-way and 50 feet from any residential district.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection A(2)(b)[3], regarding sign illumination, was repealed 10-14-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-11. This ordinance also repealed Subsection A(2)(b)[5], Changeable copy sign reader boards, which immediately followed this subsection.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection A(2)(a), Off-site freestanding signs are prohibited, was repealed 10-14-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-11.
(3) 
It is unlawful to erect any projecting sign that extends from the wall of a building upon which it is erected.
(4) 
Wall signs.
(a) 
Wall signs shall not project more than 12 inches from the surface upon which they are mounted; provided, the upper edge of the wall sign mounted on a mansard roof may project more than 12 inches so long as the sign is perpendicular to the ground.
(b) 
Where a building houses more than one business, wall signs shall be limited in number to one wall sign per business on each wall with a limit of two wall signs per business per building. The size of any one business sign shall be no larger than 32 square feet with the entire building wall having no more than 5% total signage of the affected wall, whichever is smaller.[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection A(4)(c), regarding references being made to the master signage plan, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 10-14-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-11.
(c) 
Where a building houses only one business, a maximum of three wall signs may be placed on one wall, but no more than four wall signs may be placed on the surface area of all wall signs on any one wall shall not exceed 160 square feet or 5% of the area of the wall on which they are located, whichever is smaller.[4]
[4]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection A(4)(e), regarding illuminated signs, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 10-14-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-11.
(d) 
Off-site wall signs are prohibited.
(5) 
Area identification signs.
(a) 
The size and location of the wall, or other structure which will contain the area identification sign, must be approved by the Building Inspector, who will approve such structure upon the criterion of traffic safety lines.
(b) 
The maximum display surface area on all area identification signs shall not exceed 16 square feet.
(6) 
Portable swinger, "A" frame, sandwich, attraction sign boards prohibited. It is unlawful for any person to display or erect any portable swinger, "A" frame, sandwich or temporary attraction sign board in the Township, except under the following conditions:
(a) 
One "A" frame sign may be allowed per business which sign shall be permitted for a period of one year from the issuance date of the sign permit with the express purpose of advertising, commodities, services or entertainment for a business located on or adjacent to where the sign is located. The sign may be no larger than two feet by three feet on each side.
[Amended 10-14-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-11]
(b) 
The Township will require a permit for this sale or promotional event issued by the Zoning Officer. Abuse of this section will not be allowed and the officer, in his/her official capacity, may refuse, reject or rescind any permit if he/she feels that abuse is occurring or has occurred without a permit.
[Amended 10-14-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-11]
(7) 
Banners. Banners shall be prohibited except when used in conjunction with the public and private events as follows:
(a) 
Election campaigns. Election campaign banners when said banners are not in place more than 21 days prior to and removed within 48 hours following the election to which the banner applies.
(b) 
Public events. Public event banners are not placed more than 21 days prior and shall be removed within 48 hours following the event to which the manner applies.
(c) 
Private sales event. Banners placed on private property for advertising a special sales event are exempt only on the following condition: No more than seven days in one calendar month. However, for a new business opening in this municipality, such signs advertising the grand opening of said business shall be permitted for a period of 30 days.
[Amended 10-14-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-11]
(8) 
Marquee sign. Marquee signs are prohibited except when used in conjunction with an indoor movie theater and attached to the outside wall of the affected building.
(9) 
Direction, identification and informal signs. Directional signs for the convenience of the general public to identify parking areas, loading zones, entrances, exits and similar signs shall not exceed four square feet in area and shall be limited to wall or freestanding signs are exempt from permit.
(10) 
Building markers. Memorial signs or tablet, names of building and dates of erection when cut into any masonry surface or when constructed of bronze or other incombustible materials not to exceed six square feet are exempt from permit.
(11) 
Awning signs.
(a) 
All frames are to be manufactured from tubular or structurally shaped steel or aluminum with finishes or coatings as required to insure against corrosion.
(b) 
Vinyl fabric coverings are to be 14 ounces per yard minimum weight with certification as to tensile strength and flame resistance to meet industry and NFPA and BOCA codes.
(c) 
Fastenings and/or structural attachments to buildings must be only to structural members and of sufficient size and strength to meet BOCA standards.
(d) 
All electrical components and/or lighting equipment are to be labeled and rated for protected outdoor use and installed by a licensed electrical contractor.
(e) 
All awning signs which project over or above backup walls are to be covered and weather protected with structural plastic, rustproofed metal or aluminum.
(f) 
Letter copy on awning signs is to be applied with manufacturer-approved processes.
(g) 
Awning signs may be attached to buildings or structures with the following projections and height limitations:
[1] 
Minimum clearance shall be eight feet unless projecting over a vehicle right-of-way, in which case clearance must be 14 feet six inches to avoid damage by trucks or other high vehicles.
[2] 
If the structure has fringe or valance, such fringe or valance may hang below the ceiling line no more than 12 inches.
[3] 
Such signs shall be limited to single-story buildings or to the first level only of multistory buildings.
[4] 
Awning signs may be attached to buildings requiring property setbacks not to exceed the property lines. In the case of buildings in shopping centers or multiunit developments, such signs may not exceed control curbs or safety zones unless clearance is adequate to ensure against damage.
B. 
Residential zones. No signage is allowed in residential zones except as follows and for those services only of properly allowed or legally offered on the premises. Exceptions shall not be construed as relieving the owner of such signs from the responsibility of complying with certain applicable provisions of this chapter.
(1) 
Construction signs. On-site building construction signs shall have a total, combined maximum display area not to exceed 16 square feet for residential lots and 32 square feet for commercial or industrial lots. These signs shall all be attached to a single or double post or a single freestanding sign as long as they are collectively grouped together. Only necessary signage will be allowed, and signage required by state, county and city law. Before the issuance of a certificate of occupancy, the builder/contractor shall be responsible for removing all signs, except the builder sign, as indicated on the construction permit, but said sign shall be required to be removed upon closing of the sale of the property.
(2) 
Home improvement signs. On-site home improvement signs may be placed in the yard where said improvements are being made. No sign shall be placed on any tree or rock. Home improvement signs shall be a freestanding sign not to exceed six nonilluminated square feet and may be placed during construction, but must be removed no later than 14 calendar days after construction is complete.
(3) 
Temporary subdivision signs. Permanent subdivision identification sign indirectly illuminated, not to exceed 32 square feet in area per surface may be erected at any principal entrance, not to exceed to entrances, to a subdivision, provided that in no event shall such sign remain for more than six months within 50 feet of an occupied residential dwelling.
(4) 
Permanent subdivision signs. Permanent subdivision signs may be placed at all major entrances. However, is that are to be maintained by the Township, then they shall be erected under the following conditions:
(a) 
Prior approval of the Township;
(b) 
All signs are placed in public right-of-way or on an acceptable easement authorized for signage;
(c) 
No more than two signs per entrance;
(d) 
Display surface area not to exceed 24 square feet;[5]
[5]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection B(4)(e), regarding signs not being illuminated, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 10-14-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-11.
(e) 
If the permanent subdivision sign is not to be maintained by the Township, then it shall be erected under the following conditions:
[1] 
Prior approval of the Township;
[2] 
All signs are placed in an acceptable easement authorized for signage, not on public right-of-way;
[3] 
No more than two signs per entrance;
[4] 
Display surface area not to exceed 24 square feet;[6]
[6]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection B(4)(f)[5], regarding signs not being illuminated, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 10-14-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-11.
(f) 
If the permanent subdivison sign is not to be maintained by the Township, then it shall be erected under the following conditions:
[1] 
Prior approval of the Township;
[2] 
All signs are placed in an acceptable easement authorized for signage, not on public right-of-way;
[3] 
No more than two signs per entrance;
[4] 
Display surface area not to exceed 24 square feet;[7]
[7]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection B(4)(g)[5], regarding signs not being illuminated, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 10-14-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-11.
(5) 
Real estate signs. On a lot, there may be placed a real estate sign, provided, such signs shall be limited to wall and freestanding signs whose permitted illumination and maximum display surface area shall be as follows:
[Amended 10-14-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-11]
(a) 
Residential: eight nonilluminated square feet;
(b) 
Nonresidential: 32 nonilluminated square feet.
(c) 
Temporary open house signs. Such signs, of a size not greater than six nonilluminated square feet, may be placed at a rate of one per company per intersection, for a period from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the day of the open house only; provided, that there shall be only one route designated by signs to a particular open house. No more than four directional open house signs may be placed within the town limits for any one open house on any one day.
(d) 
Sold signs/stickers. Such signs of a size not greater than 25% of the sign on which it is placed, may be placed at a rate of one per lot or tract, per company. All real estate signs and stickers shall be removed from said lot or tract within 30 days of said sale or within 30 days after the sold sign/sticker has been placed.
(6) 
Election signs. Political signs are permitted to be placed on private property, subject to the following conditions:
(a) 
Where signs are otherwise permitted, a political sign may be erected no sooner than 60 days before said election and said sign shall be removed within 48 hours following the final election to which it applies; the owner of the property on which said sign is placed shall be responsible for its removal.[8]
[8]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection B(6)(b), regarding political signs, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 10-14-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-11.
(b) 
Political signs may not be erected or placed on public property nor on rocks, trees, public fences, sign posts, light poles, utility poles or the like.
(7) 
Church signs. All signs for churches shall be subject to the commercial industrial provision of this chapter.
(8) 
Farm signs. Farm stands for the sale of farm produce grown on the premises may have two freestanding signs, each not larger than 12 square feet in area and not exceeding eight feet in height. In addition, one sign no larger than 20 square feet in area may be erected flat against the face of the farm stand or farm building where the produce or products are sold.
(9) 
Sign exempt from regulation under this chapter. The following signs shall be exempt from regulation under this chapter:
(a) 
Any public notice or warning required by a valid and applicable federal, state or local law, regulation or ordinance;
(b) 
Any sign inside a building not attached to a window to door that is not legible from a distance of more than three feet beyond the lot line of the zone or parcel on which such sign is located;
(c) 
Works of art that do not include a commercial message;
(d) 
Holiday lights and decorations with no commercial message;
(e) 
Any public notice or sign of an event sponsored by the Township of Ocean or the Ocean Township Board of Education.
[Added 10-14-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-11]

§ 299-8 Prohibited signs.

[Amended by Ord. No. 1999-19]
A. 
Prohibited sign features.
(1) 
No sign shall be erected, used or maintained which in any way simulates official, directional or warning signs erected or maintained by the State of New Jersey, by any county or municipality or by any public utility or similar agency concerned with the protection of the public health or safety.
(2) 
No portion of any sign shall be located within or suspended over a public right-of-way or pedestrian walkway, except as provided for by this chapter.
(3) 
No neon sign or similar illuminated advertisement shall be of such color or located in such fashion as to diminish or detract in any way from the effectiveness of any traffic signal or similar safety or warning device.
(4) 
The following advertisements are specifically prohibited: any advertisement which uses a series of two or more signs placed in a line parallel to the highway or in a similar fashion, all carrying a single advertisement message, part of which is contained on each sign.
(5) 
No sign shall have flashing lights.
[Amended 10-14-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-11]
(6) 
No sign may obstruct any window, door, fire escape, stairway or opening intended to provide light or ingress or egress to or from any building or structure, with the exception that 25% of any window may be occupied by a sign or signs, provided that the sign does not unreasonably obstruct light and visibility.
(7) 
Temporary signs in connection with special events are exempt from this requirement.
[Amended 10-14-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-11]
(8) 
Signs visible from the street using the word "stop" or "danger" or any other word, phrase, symbol, or character with the intent of simulating a public safety warning or traffic signal.
(9) 
Roof signs on buildings, structures and vehicles.
(10) 
Except where specifically permitted, signs advertising a product or service not sold on the premises, signs advertising or directing attention to another premises and any other signs unrelated to the premises on which the sign is erected.
(11) 
Signs placed in trees, fences, utility poles or light poles, signs attached to other signs and signs placed upon motor vehicles which are continuously or repeatedly parked in a conspicuous location to serve as a sign, but nothing herein contained is intended to prohibit the placement of signs directing traffic or identifying various locations within a lot or parcel on light poles and utility poles erected therein.
(12) 
Signs on vacant property advertising a proposed use without Township Committee approval.
B. 
Prohibited signs designated.
(1) 
Signs other than officially authorized signs tacked, pasted, painted or otherwise attached to poles, posts, trees, fences sidewalks or curbs.
(2) 
No sign other than traffic control devised or street signs shall be erected within or encroached upon the right-of-way of any street unless specifically authorized by other ordinances or regulations of the Township.
(3) 
Rotating or moving signs.

§ 299-9 Revocability of permits.

All rights and privileges acquired under the provision of this chapter or any amendment thereto, are mere licenses revocable at any time by the Township and all such permits shall contain this provision.

§ 299-10 Nonconforming signs.

For the purpose of this section, a nonconforming sign shall be defined as a sign existing at the effective date of this chapter which could not be built under the terms of this chapter.
A. 
On-site nonconfoming signs. All on-site nonconforming signs not otherwise prohibited by the provision of this chapter shall be removed or shall be altered to conform to the provisions of this chapter when the nature of the business conducted on the premises changes and the sign changes or is modified either in shape, size or legend.
B. 
Off-site nonconforming signs. Off-site nonconforming signs not otherwise prohibited by the provisions of this chapter shall be removed or shall be altered so as to conform with the provision of this chapter on or before April 1, 2001.
C. 
Nonconforming signs may not be enlarged or altered in a way which would increase its nonconformity.
D. 
Should any nonconforming sign be damaged by any means an extent of more than 50% of its replacement cost at time of damage, it shall not be reconstructed except in conformity with the provisions of this chapter.

§ 299-11 Right of appeal.

[Amended by Ord. No. 1999-19]
Any person aggrieved by any decision of the Code Enforcement Officer in conjunction with the enforcement or interpretation of this chapter, may appeal to the Land Use Board of Ocean Township within 30 days of the decision of the Building Inspector, at which time the Board shall provide the appellant with the opportunity to be heard. The Land Use Board shall hear said appeal within 30 days of the filing thereof and shall decide such appeal within 60 days of the hearing. If no decision is made within such period, the appeal shall be considered approved by the Board.

§ 299-12 Design construction and maintenance.

All signs shall be designed, constructed and maintained in accordance with the following standards:
A. 
All signs shall comply with applicable provisions of the building code and the electrical code of the Township. The Building Inspector may require the permittee to supply any and all information necessary to insure that the sign is being built or is to be built, erected or constructed in a safe and lasting manner.
B. 
Except for banners, flags, temporary signs and in all respects with the requirements of this chapter, 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.
C. 
All signs shall be maintained in good structural condition, in compliance with all building and electrical codes and in conformance with this chapter at all times.

§ 299-13 Master signage plan; commercial and industrial zoning.

No permit shall be issued for an individual sign requiring a permit in a commercial and/or industrial zoning district, where more than one business or industry will be located, unless and until a master signage plan for the zone lot on which the sign will be erected has been submitted to the Building Inspector and approved as conforming.
A. 
Master signage plan. For any commercial or industrial zoned lot on which the owner proposes to erect one or more signs requiring a permit, the owner shall submit to the Building Inspector a master signage plan containing the following:
(1) 
An accurate plot plan of the zone lot, at such scale as the Building Inspector may reasonably require;
(2) 
Location of buildings, parking lots, driveways and landscaped areas on zone lot;
(3) 
Computation of the maximum total sign area, the maximum area for individual signs, the height of signs and the number of freestanding signs allowed on the zone lot included in the plan under this chapter; and
(4) 
An accurate indication on the plot plan of the proposed location of each present and future sign of any type, whether requiring a permit or not.
B. 
Showing window signs on master signage plan. A master signage plan including window signs may simply indicate the areas of the window to be covered by window signs and the general type of the window signs and need not specify the exact dimension or nature of every window sign.
C. 
Limit on number of freestanding sign under master signage plan. The master signage plan, for all zone lots with multiple uses or multiple users, shall limit the number of freestanding signs to a total of one and shall provide for shared or common usage of such signs.
D. 
Other provisions of master signage plans. The master signage plan may contain such other restrictions as the owners of the zone lots may reasonably determine.
E. 
Consent. The master signage plan shall be signed by all owners or their authorized agents in such form as the Building Inspector shall require.
F. 
Procedure. A master signage plan shall be included in any development plan, site plan, planned unit development plan or other official plan required by the Township for the proposed development and may be proceeded simultaneously with such other plan.
G. 
Amendment. A master signage plan may be amended by filing anew master signage plan that conforms with all requirements of the chapter in effect.
H. 
Existing signs not conforming to master signage plan. If any new or amended master signage plan is filed for a property on which existing signs are located, it shall include a schedule for bringing into conformance, within one year all signs not conforming to the proposed amended plan or to the requirements of this chapter in effect on the date of submission.
I. 
Binding effect. After approval of a master signage plan, no sign shall be erected, placed, painted or maintained, except in conformance with such plan, and such plan may be enforced in the same way as any provision of this chapter. In case of any conflict between the provision of such a plan and any other provision of this chapter, the chapter shall control.

§ 299-14 Violations, enforcement and remedies.

[Amended by Ord. No. 1999-19]
A. 
Violations. Any of the following shall be a violation of this chapter and shall be subject to the enforcement and penalties provided by this chapter, by Chapter 410, Zoning, and by state law:
(1) 
To install, create, erect or maintain any sign in a way this is inconsistent with any plan or permit governing such sign or the zone lot on which the sign is located;
(2) 
To install, create, erect or maintain any sign requiring a permit without same;
(3) 
To fail to remove any sign that is installed, created, erected or maintained in violation of this chapter, or for which the sign permit has lapsed;
(4) 
To continue any such violation. Each such date of a continued violation shall be considered a separate violation when applying the penalty portions of this chapter;
(5) 
Each sign installed, created, erected or maintained in violation of this chapter shall be considered a separate violation when applying the penalty portion of this chapter.
B. 
Enforcement and remedies. Any violation or attempted violation of this chapter or of any condition or requirement adopted pursuant hereto may be restrained, corrected or abated as the case maybe by injunction or other appropriate proceedings pursuant to state law. A violation of this chapter shall be considered a violation of Chapter 410, Zoning, of the Township Code. The remedies shall include the following:
(1) 
Issuing a stop-work order for any and all work on any signs on the same zone lot;
(2) 
Seeking an injunction or other order of restraint or abatement that requires the removal of the sign or correction of the nonconformity;
(3) 
Imposing any penalties that can be imposed directly by the Township under Chapter 410, Zoning, of the Code of the Township of Ocean; seeking in court the imposition of any penalties that can be imposed by such court under Chapter 410, Zoning, of the Code of the Township of Ocean; and
(4) 
In the case of a sign that poses an immediate danger to the public health or safety; taking such measures as are available to the Township under the applicable provisions of Chapter 410, Zoning, of the Code of the Township of Ocean and building code for such circumstances; and
(5) 
The issuance of a municipal court summons by the Township's Zoning Officer and/or Code Enforcement Officer for a violation of this chapter.
C. 
The Township shall have other such remedies as are and as may from time to time be provided for or allowed by state law for the violation of Chapter 410, Zoning, of the Code of the Township of Ocean.
D. 
All such remedies provided in this chapter shall be cumulative to the extent that state law may limit the availability of a particular remedy set forth in this chapter for a certain violation or a part thereof, such remedy shall remain available for other violations or other parts of the same violation.

§ 299-15 Violations and penalties.

[Amended by Ord. No. 1999-19]
A. 
Any person who violated this chapter or fails to comply with any of its requirements shall upon conviction thereof be fined not more than $1,250. Each day such violation continues shall be considered a separate offense.
[Amended 10-14-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-11]
B. 
The owner of any real property and also the owner of any sign, if applicable, or the tenant of any building, structure, premises or part thereof, who commits, permits, participates in or maintains such a violation of this chapter may be found guilty of a separate offense for each and every day such violation continues and suffer the penalties herein provided.
C. 
Nothing herein contained shall prevent the Township from taking such other lawful action as is necessary to prevent or remedy an violation.

§ 299-16 Enforcement authority.

[Added by Ord. No. 1999-19]
This chapter may be enforced by Chapter 410, Zoning, of the Code of the Township of Ocean and/or Code Enforcement Officer as well as by any duly sworn police officer of the Township of Ocean.

§ 299-17 Exemptions.

[Added 12-10-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-12]
A. 
Notwithstanding any language to the contrary set forth in this chapter, the Township of Ocean, through the Township's governing body, shall be permitted to authorize, construct and/or maintain directional or other signage for the Township's marina businesses along and in the public right-of-way, subject to any outside agency approvals, despite the fact that said signage is located off site.
B. 
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this chapter, any marine business located within the Township of Ocean, which does not front upon a county or state roadway may request permission from the Township Committee to erect and maintain a sign which is not located on the property on which the marina operates its business. Any such application must comply with all other terms and conditions of this chapter and must have the legal authority for the location of said sign where requested. No such authorization shall be permitted without a written resolution of the Township Committee authorizing same and the Township Committee shall make such determination at its own discretion after the submittal of a sketch of the proposed signage by the business owner along with all other information necessary for the Township Committee to reach its determination.