Town of North Collins, NY
Erie County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of North Collins 9-13-1967 (Ch. 155 of the 1991 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Numbering of buildings — See Ch. 108.
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 121.
Site plan review — See Ch. 206.
Zoning — See Ch. 265.

§ 200-1 Legislative intent.

By the adoption of this chapter, the Town Board of the Town of North Collins declares that its intent in so doing is to regulate, control and license the erection and maintenance of all billboards, advertising signs and display signs of any nature within the limits of the Town of North Collins. The Town Board of the Town of North Collins hereby declares that the indiscriminate erection of such signs without the Town's control of their size and location is detrimental to the appearance of the Town and may be a hazard to the safety of persons within the limits of the Town.

§ 200-2 Applicability.

This chapter shall apply to any outdoor sign, billboard or advertising display of any type within the limits of the Town of North Collins, whether it is erected independently or affixed to the exterior wall of a building.

§ 200-3 Permit required.

No person, corporation or other entity may erect any type of sign or continue the use of any such sign now in existence without first securing a permit for the erection of the sign or the continuing of the use of such sign from the Town Clerk of the Town of North Collins.

§ 200-4 Application for permit.

Before such permit shall be granted, the person, corporation or other entity desiring to erect or continue such sign shall file with the Town Clerk of the Town of North Collins a written and signed application therefor, setting forth in detail all facts concerning such sign and its location.

§ 200-5 Term; fee.

[Amended 8-5-1981 by L.L. No. 1-1981; 12-4-1991 by L.L. No. 2-1991]
Each permit issued by the Town Clerk shall be valid for a period of five years from the date of issuance. The fee for the issuance or renewal of a permit shall be as set forth from time to time by resolution of the Town Board.

§ 200-6 House signs.

No permit shall be necessary for the erection or continuance of use of any sign not over two square feet in display area affixed to the wall of a residence describing the business or profession carried on by the owner of the residence on the premises.

§ 200-7 Church and school signs.

No permit shall be necessary for the erection or the continuing of the use of any announcement of a church, parish house, school, club or public building, provided that such sign shall not exceed 12 square feet in area and shall be affixed to the exterior wall of said building or shall be not less than 15 feet from the street line.

§ 200-8 Sale or rental signs.

No permit shall be necessary for the erection of a sign advertising the sale or rental of the property on which the sign is located. Such signs shall be not over six feet in area, and only one such sign shall be permitted on such premises.

§ 200-9 District regulations for permitted signs.

[Amended 8-10-1977 by L.L. No. 2-1977; 8-5-1981 by L.L. No. 1-1981; 3-15-2006 by L.L. No. 2-2006]
A. 
Signs shall be permitted in districts as accessory structures or uses requiring a permit as follows:
(1) 
Residential districts. The following signs shall be permitted in residential districts in addition to those specifically permitted elsewhere:
(a) 
One permanent subdivision sign which identifies the subdivision which sign shall not exceed 32 square feet in area and four feet in height, indicating the name of the subdivision or residential development. Said sign shall not be located in the public right-of-way.
(b) 
One sign or bulletin board which may be illuminated, not exceeding 32 square feet in face area, located on the premises of a public, charitable or religious institution shall be permitted, but not less than 25 feet from any lot line and no more than six feet in height above the finished grade.
(2) 
Community facilities, Agricultural, Business and Manufacturing District signs, which may be illuminated, shall be permitted on all community facilities, business and industrial properties, subject to the following regulations.
(a) 
Total maximum face area of all signs other than temporary or portable signs permitted shall be as indicated in the following table. The total maximum face area of all signs permitted for establishments or enterprises occupying a building shall be related to the length of the building facing the nearest street. Where a building fronts on more than one street, the frontage shall not exceed the length of the longest side on one street.
Total Maximum Sign Face Area
(square feet)
Street Frontage
(feet)
Zoning District
Less Than 40
40 to 80
81 to 120
121 to 160
161 to 200
201 to 240
241 to 280
281 to 320
321 to 360
361 and Over
R-1 District
20
40
60
80
100
120
140
160
180
200
R-2 District
20
40
60
80
100
120
140
160
180
200
R-M District
20
40
60
80
100
120
140
160
180
200
R-A District
60
120
180
240
300
360
420
480
540
600
R-C District
60
120
180
240
300
360
420
480
540
600
C-1 and C-2 Districts
60
120
180
240
300
360
420
480
540
600
M-1 and M-2 Districts
60
120
180
240
300
360
420
480
540
600
(b) 
The area of a pictorial design, illustration, forms of humans, animals, products and trademarks shall be charged against the maximum sign face area permitted.
(c) 
Types and numbers of signs permitted within total maximum face area; design requirements.
[1] 
Wall signs. Wall signs shall be permitted for each separate establishment or enterprise occupying a building or unit thereof, but shall not project beyond the ends of the building or its parapet or the highest point of the roof, whichever is higher.
[2] 
Ground signs. One ground sign for each multiple development, as hereinafter defined, or individual building not a part of such development shall be permitted. Such signs:
[a] 
Shall be no higher than four feet above the average finished grade.
[b] 
Shall have a total face area not exceeding 100 square feet.
[c] 
Shall be located not less than 25 feet from any adjacent business or industrial lot or 50 feet from an adjacent residential lot or 15 feet from a street right-of-way.
[3] 
Pole signs. One pole sign for each individual building not a part of a multiple development, as hereinafter defined and regulated, shall be permitted in the Agricultural, Commercial and Manufacturing Districts.
[a] 
Such signs shall be supported wholly by a pole or poles.
[b] 
Such signs shall not exceed 25 feet in height, nor shall the lowest member, excluding the pole, be less than eight feet from the finished grade of a paved walk, drive or parking area.
[c] 
Such signs shall be located not less than 50 feet from an adjacent residential lot.
[d] 
Such signs shall not project over any public right-of-way or encroach upon the property of another.
[e] 
The maximum total face area shall be determined by the street frontage of the lot as indicated in the following table. Where the lot fronts on more than one street, the frontage shall be the length of the longest side. Total pole sign area shall be charged against the maximum face area indicated in § 200-9A(2)(a) above.
Total Maximum Sign Face Area of Pole Signs
(square feet)
Street Frontage
(feet)
Zoning District
Under 200
200 to 349
350 to 499
500 to 750
Over 750
R-A District
32
64
96
128
160
R-C District
32
64
96
128
160
C-1 and C-2 Districts
64
96
128
160
192
M-1 and M-2 Districts
64
96
128
160
192
[4] 
Under-canopy/fascia signs. Not more than two signs for each establishment or enterprise shall be permitted. However, a fascia sign and an under-canopy sign suspended from and parallel to the fascia shall not be permitted. Such signs:
[a] 
Shall identify only the name and/or type of establishment and address.
[b] 
Shall have a vertical dimension not exceeding 18 inches.
[c] 
Shall not have a member less than eight feet above the finished grade.
[d] 
Shall not exceed nine square feet for a single face.
[5] 
Multiple development.
[a] 
For the purpose of this subsection, a "multiple development" shall be defined as four or more offices or commercial or industrial establishments or enterprises, or combinations thereof, which are located in a single building or in two or more buildings developed as part of a single integrated development.
[b] 
In multiple developments, each individual establishment or enterprise shall be permitted to have wall, under-canopy/fascia and ground signs, subject to the regulations herein, and one pole sign advertising the name of the development only. The face area of the pole sign may be at least 96 square feet regardless of the street frontage specified in Subsection A(2)(c)[3] above.
B. 
Billboard signs. Billboard signs are not permitted.
C. 
Application for use permits.
(1) 
Except as otherwise provided herein, a use permit required by and issued pursuant to the provisions hereof shall be valid for a five-year period as provided in § 200-5. Prior to the expiration of the five-year period, the owner of such sign shall apply to the Town Clerk for a renewal of the use permit. The Town Clerk shall refer the matter to the Code Enforcement Officer and if the Officer, after inspection, finds that the sign is in good repair and conforms to the original permit and makes such report to the Town Clerk, then upon receipt of the required fee as established by the Town Board from time to time, the Town Clerk shall issue a renewal permit which shall be valid for a further five-year period. Application for further renewals shall be made every five years in accordance with these provisions. Any sign for which a use permit has expired shall be removed.
(2) 
No sign erected and permitted pursuant to a use permit as required nor any sign erected and existing prior thereto shall be altered, rebuilt or modified unless it conforms to the requirements hereof and a new use permit therefor is issued.
(3) 
If the use permit for a sign has expired or if after inspection upon application for a renewal use permit, or at any other time the Code Enforcement Officer finds that a sign is not in good repair or does not comply with the use permit issued or with the provisions of this chapter, he shall order the owner or lessee of the premises upon which it is located to bring it into compliance with the use permit or to remove the same within 30 days following the date of personal service or mailing of such notice. Such order shall be written and served by personal service or by certified mail directed to the last known address of the owner, lessee, user or holder. Failure to comply with such an order shall constitute a violation of this chapter.
(4) 
A building permit issued for the erection, alteration, modification or repair of any sign conforming to the requirements of this chapter shall constitute the use permit herein required. The term of the use permit shall not be limited by any restriction contained in the building permit for commencement of the work thereby authorized.
(5) 
The fee for a sign use permit and/or the renewal thereof shall be established by Town Board resolution.

§ 200-10 Election signs.

[Amended 12-4-1991 by L.L. No. 2-1991]
No permit shall be necessary for the erection of signs pertaining to any election. It shall, however, be a violation of this chapter if such election signs are not removed from public view before two weeks after Election Day of any election year.

§ 200-11 Penalties for offenses.

[Amended 12-4-1991 by L.L. No. 2-1991]
The owner of any premises where a sign is erected or continued in use in violation of this chapter or for which a permit is required and not obtained shall be guilty of an offense and shall be subject to a fine of not more than $250 or imprisonment for a period of up to 15 days, or both.