Township of Evesham, NJ
Burlington County
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A. 
Purpose and intent. In all zoning districts except those included in any Historic District Overlay, within the jurisdiction of this chapter, signs may be used, erected, maintained, altered, relocated, removed, or demolished only in compliance with the provisions of this section and any and all ordinances and regulations of the municipality relating to the use, erection, maintenance, alteration, moving, or removal of signs or similar devices. Section 160-76 shall govern all signs within any Historic District.
B. 
General design standards and requirements.
(1) 
Permitted signs. The following regulations shall be observed for all signs in all zoning districts in the municipality:
(a) 
Only signs which promote or draw attention to a product, article or business, or service offered, sold, or rendered at or in the place or premises where such sign is located shall be permitted in the municipality, except for political signs as regulated by this section.
(b) 
Any signs not specifically permitted are hereby prohibited.
(c) 
Identification signs of a prototype design and corporation logos shall conform to the criteria for all other signs.
(d) 
A sign should complement the architectural style and scale of the building and should be designed as an integral architectural element of the site to which it principally relates. As an architectural element, the sign should reflect the period of architecture and should be in harmony with a building's character and use. It must not interfere with architectural lines and details and shall conform to landscape standards associated with signs. Components of signs (supporting structures, backs, etc.), not bearing a message shall be landscaped and constructed of materials that blend with the natural environment or shall be painted a neutral color, to blend with the natural environment.
(e) 
Any sign located along the right-of-way of a state or federal highway shall comply with any more restrictive requirements of the state and federal government relating thereto.
(f) 
No sign shall be placed in such a position as to endanger traffic by obscuring view or by confusing with official street signs or signals because of position, color, or reflective surface.
(g) 
No sign shall project over a public walkway, except where a local right-of-way abuts a structure, or for signs of governmental authority. For those exceptions where a sign is permitted, the lowest edge of such sign shall be at least eight feet above the sidewalk elevation.
(h) 
Every permitted sign must be constructed with durable materials, must conform to the requirements of the Uniform Construction Code (UCC), and must be kept in good condition and repair.
(i) 
Height. No portion of the top edge of any freestanding sign shall be greater than 22 feet above the elevation at the center line of the street in front of the property on which the sign shall be situated.
(j) 
Setback. Except where otherwise provided, no sign or any part thereof shall be located closer than 10 feet from any right-of-way line or lot line. Any new sign shall be not less than a distance of 50 feet from any existing adjacent freestanding sign, except as otherwise provided.
(k) 
Location. No freestanding sign shall block the view of any existing signs.
(l) 
Size calculation. Except where specifically prohibited, all signs may be double-faced, and the maximum area restrictions shall apply to each side of the sign. The area of the sign shall include each and every part of the sign, including moldings and frames. Where the sign is supported by a post or pylon whose surface is being used for advertising purposes, the area of this post, pylon or other supporting members shall be considered as part of the total allowable sign area. Wherever the name or advertising message on a sign is divided between a number of panels or parts, the total area of all of the panels or parts shall be considered as one sign, and where a sign consists of individual letters or numbers, the area of the sign shall be considered as the total area of the smallest rectangle or rectangles which can collectively enclose all of the letters or numbers.
(m) 
Shape. The face of every freestanding sign, except for political signs, shall be a regular geometric shape. It shall not contain characters or graphics exceeding three inches in relief from the sign face. The maximum distance between the faces of the double-faced sign shall not exceed 18 inches.
(n) 
Directory signs. Each shopping center or multitenanted facility may erect, at the discretion of the Board, no more than three directory signs on the property to provide a listing of occupants. Each sign shall not exceed 36 square feet in area and six feet in height. All directory signs shall be located a minimum of 200 feet away from major streets and highways.
(o) 
Construction of freestanding signs. Freestanding signs shall be supported by posts or pylons of durable materials which may include concrete, steel, treated wood, other suitable material or any combination of same. Supports for freestanding signs shall be set securely in the ground or concrete so that the sign will be capable of withstanding high winds. No other bracing or guy wire shall be permitted.
(p) 
Items of information. Freestanding signs and facade signs closer than 75 feet to the right-of-way of a major arterial, arterial or collector road shall contain not more than 13 items of information.
(q) 
Civic signs off-premises.
[1] 
Churches, schools, clubs, and nonprofit organizations shall also be allowed a maximum of two directional signs located off-premises. Such signs shall state the name of the church, school, club or organization and provide a directional arrow. The sign shall be of no more than two colors, shall not exceed two square feet and not more than four feet high and shall not be placed closer than 20 feet from an intersection, measured from the extension of the curbline or the edge of pavement at the intersecting street. The sign shall not be illuminated.
C. 
Facade signs.
(1) 
Location on buildings. All signs attached to a building shall be attached flat against the facade of the building and shall not project or extend beyond the edge of the facade to which it is attached. Signs erected flat against the side of a building shall not extend above the height of a vertical wall or eave to which they are attached. Signs located on a mansard facade shall be attached in the following manner:
(a) 
Flat against the mansard facade; or
(b) 
Attached to the base of the mansard facade and not projecting more than 18 inches from the facade at the top of the sign. It is recommended that these signs be shadowboxed in an architecturally compatible style to the building.
D. 
Illumination. Unless specifically prohibited, signs may be illuminated as provided for below:
(1) 
Wiring for illuminated signs shall be installed and maintained in accordance with the UCC of the Township.
(2) 
Where illuminated signs are permitted, illumination may be provided by floodlights, spotlights, ordinary incandescent bulbs, fluorescent tubes or mercury-vapor lamps. Free-form exposed neon lights are specifically prohibited. Regardless of the type of illumination employed, all illuminated signs, and or the light fixtures illuminating the signs, shall be properly shielded and so located as to prevent glare or blinding effects upon motor vehicle traffic and so as not to cause a nuisance to residents of the area.
(3) 
Whenever it is determined that the lighting on any sign now or hereafter erected constitutes a safety hazard to motor vehicle traffic in the vicinity, the appropriate Township official shall serve written notice upon the property owner and owner of the sign, directing the correction of the condition within 15 days from the date of the mailing of the notice. Failure to correct the condition or file an appeal within the time specified shall constitute a violation of this section by both the sign owner and property owner.
(4) 
Where illuminated signs are permitted, signs facing a residence or residential zone shall not be illuminated between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. the following morning, unless the business or uses advertised are open to the public later than 10:00 p.m., in which event any such establishment may keep a sign illuminated until the business is closed to the public but not thereafter.
E. 
Prohibited signs. The following signs are prohibited in all zones in the Township:
(1) 
Signs using red, yellow and green lights placed within 100 feet of any traffic control signal now or hereafter erected.
(2) 
Moving or revolving signs and signs using blinking, flashing, vibrating, flickering, tracer or sequential lighting.
(3) 
Signs using any material which sparkles or glitters, but nothing herein contained is intended to prohibit the use of reflective paint on signs directing traffic or identifying various locations within a lot or parcel. Signs which emit smoke, visible vapors or particles, sound or odor.
(4) 
Roof signs, except mansard facade signs.
(5) 
Signs or advertising matter of an indecent or obscene nature.
(6) 
Signs using words such as "stop," "look," "danger," etc., which are placed in a manner or position which constitutes a traffic hazard or otherwise interferes with the free flow of traffic.
(7) 
Signs which attempt to imitate or otherwise cause confusion with existing signs erected by any governmental board, body or agency.
(8) 
Signs obstructing doors, fire escapes or stairways or keeping light or air from windows used for living quarters.
(9) 
Flags, string of banners, pinwheels and any sign within the public right-of-way.
[Amended 12-4-2007 by Ord. No. 29-12-2007]
(10) 
Signs attached, affixed or painted on trees, fences, utility poles, light poles, attached to or painted on 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.
[Amended 12-4-2007 by Ord. No. 29-12-2007; 7-23-2013 by Ord. No. 22-7-2013]
(11) 
Any series of two or more signs placed along a street or highway carrying an advertising message, part of which is contained on each sign.
(12) 
Other than those presently existing outside the Pinelands Area, no new billboard or billboard-type signs shall be erected.
(13) 
No billboards shall be permitted in the Pinelands Area, except that:
(a) 
Preexisting billboards, in existence as of January 14, 1981, shall be permitted in the REG-1 and REG-2 Districts and in the Regional Growth Area portion of the OP District. Such preexisting signs shall also be permitted in the NPS/S District and in the Rural Development area portion of the OP District, provided the signs are located on a U.S. highway within 1,000 feet of a Pinelands Regional Growth Area or Pinelands Town. New signs, and preexisting signs not in conformance with this provision, are not allowed; and
(b) 
Off-site signs advertising agricultural commercial establishments shall be permitted, provided that:
[1] 
No more than two signs shall be placed in any one direction along each road directly approaching the establishment; and
[2] 
No sign along a four-lane state or federal highway shall exceed 50 square feet in area, and no sign along any other road shall exceed 32 square feet in area.
(14) 
Unless otherwise permitted by this chapter, portable signs of a nonpermanent nature are prohibited.
[Amended 7-23-2013 by Ord. No. 22-7-2013]
(15) 
Off-premises real estate directional signs.
F. 
Signs permitted without a zoning permit.
(1) 
Nonilluminated or internally illuminated directional signs identifying parking areas, loading zones, entrances, exits and similar locations. The number of directional signs shall not exceed the number of curb cuts on a lot. The signs may include a business name or professional name but shall not include any advertising message. In shopping centers and multitenanted facilities, individual tenants shall not have their business or professional names on the directional signs. Only the name of such center or development is permitted on the sign. Signs shall not exceed 2 1/2 square feet in area nor 4 1/2 feet in height.
(2) 
Nonilluminated or internally illuminated information or public service signs, such as those advertising the availability of rest rooms, telephone, or similar public conveniences, provided that such signs do not advertise any commercial establishment, activity, organization, product, goods or services, except those of public utilities. Informational signs provided for the guidance and convenience of the public within commercial properties may also be erected. Any sign covered by this subsection shall not exceed two square feet.
(3) 
Temporary and permanent traffic signs and signals installed by the Township, county and state for the purpose of directing and regulating the flow of traffic.
(4) 
Signs indicating public transportation stops when installed by the Township or a public transportation utility.
(5) 
Historic tablets, cornerstones, memorial plaques and emblems which do not exceed six square feet in area and which are installed by government agencies or civil or religious organizations.
(6) 
Trespassing signs; signs indicating the private nature of a road, driveway, or premises; and signs prohibiting or otherwise controlling the fishing or hunting upon a particular premises, provided that area of one side of any such sign shall not exceed two square feet.
(7) 
Flags or emblems of religious, educational, civic or governmental organizations flown from supports on the buildings or grounds occupied by the organization and the American flag whenever and wherever flown in accordance with the laws and rules promulgated by the federal government, except no American flags shall be used for advertising purposes.
(8) 
Name and number plates identifying residents and affixed to a house, apartment or mailbox, not exceeding 50 square inches in area.
(9) 
Lawn signs identifying occupants, not exceeding 1 1/2 square feet in area for each side. The signs shall not contain any advertising message and shall be nonilluminated except by a light which is an integral part of a lamppost if used as a support.
(10) 
Signs posted by governmental agencies or pursuant to governmental statute, order or regulation.
(11) 
Illuminated and nonilluminated signs which are an integral part of vending machines, including gasoline pumps and milk machines, provided that they do not exceed two square feet in area.
(12) 
Nonilluminated real estate signs announcing the sale, rental or lease of the premises on which the sign is located. The sign may be double-faced and, except as noted below, only one sign shall be permitted on each lot or parcel.
(a) 
The maximum size of the sign shall be in accordance with the following schedule:
[1] 
Residential zones: three square feet.
[2] 
Business zones: 10 square feet.
[3] 
Industrial zones: 40 square feet.
(b) 
The advertised use of the structure or real estate signs shall be in accordance with the zoning permitted in the district in which it is located. All real estate signs shall be removed within 14 days after closing or settlement on said property or the execution of a lease.
(13) 
Temporary signs for advertising public functions or fund-raising events for charitable or religious organizations shall be permitted for a period of 30 days prior to and during the event and shall be removed within five days after the event. The sign shall be nonilluminated, not larger than 12 square feet in area, not exceeding eight feet in height and may be erected flat against the building or freestanding.
(14) 
Temporary political signs for a period of 60 days prior to an election, which shall be removed within 15 days after the election. Political signs in residential zones shall not exceed 16 square feet, the dimension shall not exceed four feet on any side and they shall not exceed the height limitation for residential zones. Political signs in all other zones shall not exceed the maximum size and height limitation for the zone in which they are placed.
(15) 
Path-marking signs for garage sales, provided that not more than six signs not exceeding two square feet in size are posted no earlier than one week before the beginning of the sale, are removed the day following the sale and are not otherwise prohibited.
(16) 
The street address in block numbers may be placed on the top of the outside edge of the sign frame in a commercial zone except in an Historic District Overlay. The number shall be a uniform twelve-inch height on all freestanding signs and shall not be considered as part of the area of the sign.
(17) 
Relocation information signs for a period of 30 days. Relocation signs shall be restricted to the present location of the relocating business and the future location of the relocating business. The signs, one each at the present and the future business sites, shall not be in excess of standards set forth for the zone in which the business is located.
(18) 
(Reserved)[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection F(18), Construction signs, was repealed 12-4-2007 by Ord. No. 29-12-2007. See now Subsection M(5).
(19) 
Permanent and temporary window signs and internal signs visible from the exterior of the building; permanent window signs that do not exceed 10% of all available window signs. Temporary window signs and internal signs advertising or describing sales or special merchandise are permitted, provided that the same sign does not remain visible from the exterior of the building for a period of longer than 20 days and that all of the signs individually or collectively do not exceed 33 1/3% of all available window space on the wall on which the signs are located.
(20) 
A temporary facade sign, pending the erection of a permanent sign, when it has been determined by the Zoning Officer that a sign is permissible and a permit is issued, but for a period of no longer than 30 days.
(21) 
A-type signs and sandwich signs occupying an area not greater than 16 square feet of the sidewalk area in front of a business premises shall be allowed if an outdoor sales/display permit is first obtained and the use of such signs does not compromise the effective use of any pedestrian right-of-ways, handicap ramps, handicap spaces, handicap facilities or handicap accommodations.
[Added 12-4-2007 by Ord. No. 29-12-2007]
(22) 
Temporary signs of contractors, mechanics, painters and artisans, erected and maintained on the premises during the duration of the work only, one such sign per trade, each having an area of not more than six square feet and not greater than five feet in height. Each sign shall be removed promptly upon completion of the work to which it refers; however, under no circumstance shall the sign remain posted longer than three months. Such signs shall not be illuminated.
[Added 7-23-2013 by Ord. No. 22-7-2013]
G. 
Maintenance.
(1) 
All signs and displays shall be maintained in good order with periodic painting, repairing and cleaning. In the event that the Zoning Officer of the Township determines that any sign now or hereafter erected has fallen into a state of disrepair, has become dilapidated or constitutes a safety hazard, the sign owner and property owner shall be given written notice, by certified return receipt mail, to correct the condition within 20 days from the date of the mailing of the notice. Failure to correct the condition or file an appeal within the time provided shall constitute a violation of this section.
(2) 
If a sign other than a billboard advertises a business, service, commodity, accommodation, attraction, or other enterprise or activity that is no longer operating or being offered or conducted, that sign shall be considered abandoned and shall, within 30 days after such abandonment, be removed by the sign owner, owner of the property where the sign is located, or other party having control over such sign.
H. 
Unlawful cutting of trees or shrubs. No person may, for the purpose of increasing or enhancing the visibility of any sign, damage, trim, destroy, or remove any trees, shrubs, or other vegetation located:
(1) 
Within the right-of-way of any public street or road, unless the work is done pursuant to the express written authorization of the Township or agency having jurisdiction over the streets.
(2) 
On property that is not under the ownership or control of the person doing or responsible for such work, unless the work is done pursuant to the express authorization of the person owning the property where such trees or shrubs are located.
(3) 
In any area where such trees or shrubs are required to remain under a permit issued under this chapter.
I. 
Permits.
(1) 
All signs shall require sign permits except as otherwise set forth in this chapter.
(2) 
All applications for sign permits shall be made to the Department of Community Development on forms provided by the Township. All applications shall be signed by the owner of the sign and the property owner, or his designee, on whose premises the sign is to be erected. All applications shall contain a sketch of the proposed sign, drawn to scale, the wording or message and, where the sign will not be attached to a building, a plot plan showing the location of the proposed sign with dimensions to the nearest building and lot lines. As soon as the sign has been erected, the applicant shall notify the Department of Community Development for a final inspection.
(3) 
After a sign permit has been obtained, the copy, wording or pictures may be changed without the necessity of obtaining a new permit or paying any additional fees, as long as the new copy, wording or picture complies with the provisions of this section; but no change shall be made in the size or shape of a sign nor shall any structural alterations be made without first obtaining a new sign permit.
J. 
Nonconforming signs.
(1) 
Subject to the remaining restrictions of this section, nonconforming signs that were otherwise lawful on the effective date of this article may be continued except as provided below.
(2) 
No person may engage in any activity that causes an increase in the extent of nonconformity of a nonconforming sign. No nonconforming sign may be enlarged or altered in such a manner as to aggravate the nonconforming condition, nor may illumination be added to any nonconforming sign.
(3) 
If a nonconforming sign is destroyed by natural causes, it may not thereafter be repaired, reconstructed, or replaced except in conformity with all the provisions of this chapter, and the remnants of the former sign structure shall be cleared from the land. For purposes of this section, a nonconforming sign is "destroyed" if damaged to an extent that the cost of repairing the sign to its former stature or replacing it with an equivalent sign equals or exceeds 50% of the value (tax value if listed for tax purposes) of the sign so damaged.
(4) 
The message of a nonconforming sign may be changed as long as this does not create any new nonconformities.
(5) 
Subject to the other provisions of this section, nonconforming signs may be repaired and renovated as long as the cost of such work does not exceed within any twelve-month period 50% of the replacement value of such sign.
(6) 
If a nonconforming sign other than a billboard advertises a business, service, commodity, accommodation, attraction, or other enterprise of activity that is no longer operating or being offered or conducted, that sign shall be considered abandoned and shall be removed within 30 days after such abandonment by the sign owner, owner of the property where the sign is located, or other party having control over such sign.
(7) 
If a nonconforming billboard remains blank for a continuous period of 180 days, and an intent exists to terminate the use of that billboard, that billboard shall be deemed abandoned and shall, within 30 days after such abandonment, be altered to comply with this article or be removed by the sign owner, owner of the property where the sign is located, or other person having control over such sign. For purposes of this section, a sign is "blank" if:
(a) 
It advertises a business, service, commodity, accommodation, attraction, or other enterprise or activity that is no longer operating or being offered or conducted; or
(b) 
The advertising message it displays becomes illegible in whole or substantial part; or
(c) 
The advertising copy paid for by a party other than the sign owner or promoting an interest other than the rental of the sign has been removed.
(8) 
Removal of any nonconforming, prohibited or nonpermitted signs.
[Amended 7-23-2013 by Ord. No. 22-7-2013]
(a) 
The Township Zoning Officer shall give written notice for the removal of any nonconforming or permanent sign erected or maintained in violation of this chapter. Upon failure to comply with this notice within 10 calendar days of the date of the notice, the Township Zoning Officer shall issue a summons to the property and/or business owner into the Evesham Municipal Court.
(b) 
Temporary signs erected or maintained in violation of this chapter may be removed by the Zoning Officer without notice. If the temporary sign presents an immediate threat to the safety of the public, the Zoning Officer may remove any sign immediately and without notice.
(c) 
Any sign removal shall be at the expense of the property owner.
(9) 
Any existing billboard which does not conform to § 160-75E(13) shall not be permitted to continue beyond December 8, 1996.
K. 
Signs permitted in the residential and institutional districts.
(1) 
Religious institutions, nursing homes, private schools, service organizations and public buildings and facilities may have one freestanding informal sign or bulletin board, not more than 20 square feet in area, not to exceed five feet in height, on each major street bordering the property. In addition, incidental signs, not to exceed four, necessary to provide directions or describe the use, provided that each such sign does not exceed three square feet in area shall be permitted.
(2) 
For permitted or existing legal nonconforming business uses, one sign flat against the building or on a single freestanding post, such as a lawn sign, is permitted. The sign shall not exceed three square feet in area, and a freestanding sign shall not exceed five feet in height. Where more than one business use is conducted on the premises, the area of the sign may be increased by two square feet for each use up to a maximum of eight square feet. The information on the sign shall be limited to the name of the occupant, his business or profession and house number.
(3) 
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.
(4) 
Signs are permitted in connection with each housing or land development, as follows:
(a) 
At the main entrance to the development, one illuminated freestanding sign which shall state the name of the development and no other advertising material. Each sign shall not exceed 25 square feet in area and eight feet in height. At each entrance other than the main entrance, one nonilluminated freestanding sign not exceeding 15 square feet in area and not more than eight feet in height shall be permitted. If the signs are not to be maintained by a homeowners' association (or the equivalent), such signs shall be removed within 30 days of project completion and performance bonding provided by the developer.
(b) 
At the rental or sales office of the development, one temporary freestanding illuminated sign advertising the office, not to exceed 15 square feet in area and not more than five feet in height.
(c) 
Real estate signs, the sole purpose of which is to direct the public to a housing or land development shall be permitted four temporary freestanding nonilluminated signs, located outside the road or highway right-of-way, at key intersections. Each sign shall not exceed 15 square feet in area and eight feet in height above ground.
(5) 
Religious institutions, public school and municipal properties are permitted to have one electronic sign on the property. The maximum size of sign is 16 square feet. The message contained on the electronic sign may not change more than one time per hour. The electronic display may contain only one color. The sign shall be turned off between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. if any of the surrounding properties are a residential use or within a residential zoning district.
[Added 7-23-2013 by Ord. No. 22-7-2013]
L. 
Signs permitted in the OP Office Professional Districts.
(1) 
Each business use may have one sign flat against the front of the building facade, facing the street on which the lot fronts not to exceed 5% of the area of that side of the building to which the sign is attached.
(2) 
Each office center or office park may have one double-faced, freestanding, internally illuminated sign not exceeding six feet in height, nor 16 square feet in area for the advertisement of all or some of the tenants in the center or park.
(3) 
No colored lights may be used to illuminate the signs.
(4) 
On a corner lot an additional freestanding sign and an additional building facade sign may be permitted for each street on which the lot fronts; provided, however, that no additional signage shall be authorized on a side of such building, which side borders on a residential zone.
M. 
Signs permitted in the Commercial-1, -2 and -3 Districts.
(1) 
Uses in the C-1 District:
[Amended 8-10-2010 by Ord. No. 18-8-2010; 12-30-2014 by Ord. No. 39-12-2014]
(a) 
Each principal commercial building not part of a shopping center may have one freestanding and one attached sign, each of which having an area not exceeding 15% of the front facade of the principal building or 80 square feet, whichever is smaller.
(b) 
For buildings that have two street frontages, that are at a corner, or that have visibility from public areas from multiple directions within the site, two facade signs may be permitted, but the total aggregate area of both signs shall not exceed 15% of the front facade area or 80 square feet, whichever is less. The second facade sign may not be at the rear of a building when the rear is primarily a service and loading area.
(c) 
Facade signs shall consist of channel letters. "Box" signs existing at the time of adoption of this subsection (December 2014) may remain, until such time as they are replaced. Channel letters may be backlit or internally illuminated.
(d) 
Freestanding signs shall be set back at least 10 feet from all street and property lines.
(e) 
Where a principal use occupying at least 750 square feet of segregated area within a building has direct access from the outside, a sign not exceeding eight square feet in area identifying the name of the business or activity shall be permitted. Such additional sign(s) shall be either attached flat against the building at the entrance to the activity or suspended in perpendicular fashion from a roof over a common walkway. Suspended signs shall be no closer than eight feet at their lowest point to the finished grade below.
(f) 
For shopping center and planned commercial development sign standards, see § 160-75O.
(2) 
Uses in the C-2 district.
[Amended 8-10-2010 by Ord. No. 18-8-2010]
(a) 
Uses in the C-2 District shall be permitted one major sign type, either freestanding monument-style or attached (facade), each not exceeding 20 square feet in area.
(b) 
If freestanding, one sign is permitted per street frontage where there is access from the street to the site, with a maximum of two freestanding monument style signs. The sign shall be set back from all right-of-way and property lines a minimum distance of 10 feet. Sign height shall not exceed six feet.
(c) 
If attached (facade), one sign is permitted per street frontage, or if an end unit or freestanding building is visible from public areas from multiple directions within the site, then two facade signs may be permitted, each not to exceed 20 square feet. The second facade sign may not be at the rear of a building when the rear is primarily a service and loading area.
(d) 
Where a principal use occupying at least 750 square feet of segregated area has direct access from the outside, a sign not exceeding four square feet in area, identifying the name of the activity, may also be attached to the building at the entrance.
(e) 
For shopping center sign standards, see Subsection O of § 160-75.
(3) 
Uses in any C-3 District outside of an Historic District shall be permitted one major sign, either freestanding, attached, or projecting. If freestanding, the sign shall be set back from all street and property lines a distance equivalent to one linear foot for each two square feet of sign area, shall not exceed 20 square feet in area and a maximum height of five feet. If projecting, the sign shall not extend more than five feet from the building and shall not exceed 12 square feet in area, 15 feet to its highest point and no closer than eight feet at its lowest point to the walkway or finished surface below. Attached signs shall not exceed 12 square feet in area, 15 feet in height and a minimum of eight feet at its lowest point. Where a principal use occupying at least 750 square feet of segregated area has direct access from the outside, a sign not exceeding four square feet in area, identifying the name of the activity, may also be attached to the building at the entrance or suspended from a pent roof or a porch ceiling.
(4) 
Opening signs. Notwithstanding other provisions of this chapter, a newly established business, a business which is located in a commercial zoning district which has expanded its floor area or a business which has relocated may display temporary signs but only if such temporary signs meet the following criteria:
[Added 12-4-2007 by Ord. No. 29-12-2007]
(a) 
Only one temporary ground sign, window sign or wall sign for each street frontage shall be allowed.
(b) 
No such temporary sign may exceed 120 square feet of face area.
(c) 
Ground signs may not exceed six feet in height and must be set back from the curb face or edge of curbway a distance of at least 20 feet.
(d) 
Such temporary signs may only be displayed for a period of 30 days unless the Director of the Department of Community Development agrees to permit the sign to remain for an additional 45 days. Such additional time shall be allowed only if the Director first finds that the business owner has requested additional time, that the continued display of the temporary sign does not present any undue distraction to drivers of motor vehicles, and that the continued display of the temporary sign does not constitute a nuisance.
(e) 
Any temporary sign permitted to be displayed must be kept and maintained in good condition.
(5) 
Construction signs.
(a) 
One sign announcing the name of the architects, architectural firm, engineer, engineering firm and/or the contractor performing the work shall be allowed subject to the following restrictions:
[1] 
The sign may not exceed 25 feet in face area;
[2] 
The sign may only be displayed at the site under construction, alteration or repair; and
[3] 
The sign may not exceed the standards for the zone or the twenty-five-foot face area restriction, whichever is smaller.
(b) 
Any such sign must be removed prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy and as a condition to the issuance of any certificate of occupancy.
[Added 12-4-2007 by Ord. No. 29-12-2007]
(6) 
Now hiring banners.
(a) 
For new or relocated businesses only, one sign announcing that the business at that location is hiring may display a “now hiring” banner. Such banner shall be allowed subject to the following restrictions:
[1] 
The banner may not exceed 25 feet in face area;
[2] 
The banner may only be displayed at the site under construction, alteration or repair; and
[3] 
The sign may not exceed the standards for the zone or the twenty-five-foot face area restriction, whichever is smaller.
(b) 
Such banner may be displayed before or after the issuance of a certificate of occupancy but shall not be displayed for any period exceeding 75 days.
[Added 12-4-2007 by Ord. No. 29-12-2007]
(7) 
Service stations/gasoline fueling stations.
[Added 3-8-2016 by Ord. No. 3-2-2016]
(a) 
Where permitted, service stations/fueling stations may have one freestanding sign that includes the name of the business and the gas prices. The freestanding sign must be set back a minimum of 10 feet from the right-of-way line and may not exceed 60 square feet in area. The sign must be a minimum of 100 feet from the nearest other freestanding sign.
(b) 
The base and support structure of the freestanding sign shall be designed to complement the building and site design.
(c) 
The freestanding sign may be either externally illuminated with a shielded light source or internally illuminated such that only the letters, numbers, and symbols are illuminated (i.e., the copy is transparent and the background area is opaque).
(d) 
Gas prices may be displayed digitally on the gas price display sign. No other portion of this sign and no other signs on the property may be digital.
(e) 
Building facade signs for the service station and/or associated convenience store shall comply with the requirements for facade signs for the applicable zoning district as set forth in § 160-75M.
(f) 
Two additional facade signs consisting of channel letters identifying the name of the service station, a maximum of 20 square feet each, may be permitted on the fueling station canopy (if there is a surface that can accommodate such facade signs).
N. 
Signs permitted in the IP District.
(1) 
Office buildings, research and engineering activities shall be permitted one sign not larger than the equivalent of 5% of the area of the front wall of the building or 75 square feet, whichever is smaller. If attached, the sign shall be attached flat against the building and shall not be higher than the roofline; if freestanding, the sign shall not exceed 15 feet in height and shall be set back at least 30 feet from all property and street right-of-way lines. No sign shall be permitted on the side of any building bordering on a residential zone unless the residential zone and the business property are separated by a street.
(2) 
Each subdivided development park may have one sign along each arterial or collector road which the tract in question abuts, provided there exists at least 250 feet of unbroken frontage. Such sign(s) shall not exceed 20 feet in height, shall be set back from the street rights-of-way, driveways and property lines at least 50 feet, shall not exceed an area of 100 square feet, and shall be used only to display the development's or industrial park's name.
(3) 
Entrance, exit, shipping, receiving and other directional signs, each not to exceed six square feet in area and not to exceed three feet in height, shall be permitted.
O. 
Signs permitted in shopping and planned commercial developments.
[Amended 8-10-2010 by Ord. No. 18-8-2010; 12-30-2014 by Ord. No. 39-12-2014]
(1) 
One freestanding sign is permitted on each roadway frontage, except that tracts with more than 400 feet of continuous frontage along Route 70 or Route 73 may have up to two freestanding signs along one frontage, spaced at least 300 feet apart and consistent with the requirements below.
(2) 
Freestanding signs along the Route 70 and Route 73 right-of-way.
(a) 
Maximum height is 22 feet.
(b) 
Maximum sign copy area is 120 square feet. Maximum total sign area, including copy area, frame, and decorative features, is 180 square feet.
(3) 
Freestanding signs along county and municipal roadways.
(a) 
Maximum height is eight feet.
(b) 
Maximum sign copy area is 70 square feet. Maximum total sign area, including copy area, frame, decorative features and base, is 110 square feet.
(4) 
The base and support structure of freestanding signs shall be designed to complement the building and site design.
(5) 
Freestanding signs may be either externally illuminated with a shielded light source or internally illuminated such that only the letters, numbers, and symbols are illuminated (i.e., the copy is transparent and the background area is opaque).
(6) 
Freestanding and ground signs shall have a landscaped area around the base. The landscaped area shall be a minimum of 1.5 times the area of the sign. For example, a twenty-four-square-foot sign must have a minimum thirty-six-square-foot landscaped area at the base consisting of evergreen shrubs, ground cover and seasonal flowers.
(7) 
Facade signs.
(a) 
Each business use in a shopping center or planned commercial development containing less than 20,000 square feet may have a facade sign not exceeding 15% of the front facade area of said business or 80 square feet, whichever is smaller.
(b) 
Each business in a shopping center or planned commercial development containing more than 20,000 square feet may have a facade sign not exceeding 15% of the front facade area of said business or 120 square feet, whichever is smaller.
(c) 
For an end unit or freestanding building in a shopping center that has two street frontages or that is at a corner or that has visibility from public areas from multiple directions within the site, two facade signs may be permitted, but the second sign shall not exceed 15% of the front facade area or 80 square feet, whichever is less. The second facade sign may not be at the rear of a building when the rear is primarily a service and loading area.
(d) 
Illuminated facade signs may be externally illuminated with a shielded light source, backlit, or internally illuminated channel-type letters.
(8) 
Where a canopy or roof extends over a common walkway, each business use shall be permitted a sign not greater than four square feet in area identifying the name of the use or business. Such sign shall be attached flat against the building at the entrance to the business or shall be suspended in a perpendicular fashion from the roof or canopy over the walkway; suspended signs shall be no closer than eight feet at their lowest point to the walkway below.
P. 
Temporary signs. (A zoning permit is required for this type of sign.)[2]
[Added 7-23-2013 by Ord. No. 22-7-2013]
(1) 
A temporary sign may not exceed 12 square feet in size and must conform to § 160-75B(1)(a), (c), (f), (g), (h), (j), (k). These signs are limited to the commercial zoning district and shall not be permitted in residential zoning districts.
(2) 
One temporary sign is permitted for the advertisement of an award granted to a business for a duration not to exceed three months within any calendar year. An award may be of a nature of "Best of South Jersey" or similar recognition of a business or service offered. The sign shall be located on the premises of the business receiving the award.
(3) 
Temporary signs shall not be installed in any municipal, county or state right-of-way. Signs shall not be placed in a manner that restricts the use of any pedestrian path.
(4) 
Temporary signs shall only be constructed of a durable material and must be kept in good condition and repair. The temporary sign shall not be illuminated unless applicable electrical permits have been issued for the illumination work.
(5) 
No temporary sign shall be affixed to a utility pole, telephone pole, light standard, traffic sign, fire hydrant or other public utility or structure or posted, painted or otherwise affixed to trees, rocks or other natural features on any lot or within any street right-of-way or in another manner placed within any street right-of-way or placed on any property owned by the Township. Violations of this section will be removed and disposed of by Township personnel at the Township's discretion as deemed appropriate.
(6) 
The organization, owner and/or tenant owning or erecting or causing or permitting to be erected a temporary sign in violation of this subsection who does not cause such violation to be removed and/or corrected within 48 hours after receipt of notice, either oral or written, of the existence of such violation shall also be subject to receiving a summons to municipal court for noncompliance with this subsection. The erection, posting and/or placing of each individual sign shall constitute a separate offense.
(7) 
Temporary signs to promote special public events may be approved by the Township Manager or the Director of Community Development.
[2]
Editor's Note: Ordinance No. 20-7-2013, adopted 7-23-2013, provided the following regarding a pilot program for temporary signs:
"A. Temporary signs shall be limited to the greater number of signs based on the following:
(1) One sign per lot.
(2) One sign per 200 feet of frontage for lots with less than 1,000 feet frontage, and one sign per 400 feet for lots over 1,000 feet frontage.
(3) In the case of shopping centers, one sign per business in the shopping center or based on the road frontage as calculated in Subsection A(2) above, whichever yields the greater number.
B. All temporary sign applications must be signed by the owner of the shopping center and the tenant on whose behalf the sign is requested. All temporary signs shall be limited to a period of 90 calendar days during the eighteen-month pilot program. Temporary signs shall be removed from the outside and taken inside each night.
C. This pilot program does not provide vested rights to commercial properties to any signage in the future, and the Township Council reserves the right at any time to suspend the program, repeal this ordinance, or otherwise revisit and reevaluate this program."
A. 
Findings and purpose. The enhancement and improvement of the Township's historic district area and individually designated historic structures is in the best interest of the municipality, its residents and commercial business owners. Improvements to buildings located in the locally designated historic districts and individually designated historic structures will enhance the appearance of not only the central business district area, but also the adjacent residential areas and thereby help foster the economic vitality of not only the businesses in the historic districts by attracting more customers to that area, but the Township as a whole. Through the implementation of a series of building improvement initiatives, including improvements to the signage within the locally designated historic districts, the Township is attempting to enhance the appearance of the community as a whole. This chapter is intended to compliment Section 12A of this Code, specifically the "Historic Preservation Commission."
B. 
Sign requirements for office and commercial uses within a Historic District or an individually designated historic structure. Signs in the Historic District shall follow the Guidelines for the Design of New and Replacement Signs within the Designated Local, State and National Historic Districts of the Township of Evesham.
[Amended 7-23-2013 by Ord. No. 22-7-2013]
(1) 
Permitted signs. The following types of signs, subject to the limitations prescribed for them, shall be the only signs permitted for office and commercial uses authorized in the locally designated Historic District Zones or for individually designated historic structures in the Township of Evesham.
(a) 
Business signs.
[1] 
Each ground floor occupant of a business structure is permitted one business sign, facing each street upon which that business fronts or upon which ingress or egress to the business is affected.
[2] 
Business establishments situated on the second or third floors of business structures shall be permitted to have lettering on the glass of the ground floor entrance door and/or transom, not to exceed 10% of the total glass area of the door and transom; lettering on one of the office windows that faces the street, to be no more than 10% of that window area; and one ground sign for all second and third floor businesses and shall not to exceed eight square feet.
[3] 
The business sign may be a ground sign, wall sign, projecting sign, or permanent show window sign, subject to the following restrictions:
[a] 
Wall signs shall not be higher than the roofline of the building and shall not exceed 14 square feet in area.
[b] 
Ground signs shall be a maximum of 20 square feet (four feet by five feet) and shall be situated at least 10 feet from the edge of the cartway or curb of a public street or outside the public right-of-way, whichever is farther. Such a ground sign shall be used by all businesses located on the first floor of the building. Berms or landscaping shall not be allowed for the purpose of elevating signage, except as provided through the site plan review process. Ground signs shall not exceed six feet in height.
[c] 
No ground sign shall be located closer than 20 feet in any direction from any other business sign.
[d] 
All projecting signs shall be placed not less than 8 1/2 feet from the pedestrian travel way to the bottom of the sign. The lead projecting edge of the sign shall be no closer than four feet back from any curbline or the edge of the cartway. The area of the surface of the projecting sign shall be calculated by measuring the width of the facade of the subject building and multiplying that number by 1/3 to determine the maximum amount of square footage permitted. In no case, however, shall the projecting sign have more than 12 square feet of surface area per side. The structural supports for such signs shall comply with all applicable building construction codes and shall be reviewed and approved by the Municipal Construction Official.
(2) 
Opening signs.
(a) 
Notwithstanding other provisions of this chapter, a newly established business, a business which is located in a commercial zoning district which has expanded its floor area or a business which has relocated may display temporary signs but only if such temporary signs meet the following criteria:
[Amended 12-4-2007 by Ord. No. 29-12-2007]
[1] 
Only one temporary ground sign, window sign or wall sign for each street frontage shall be allowed.
[2] 
No such temporary sign may exceed 30 square feet of face area.
[3] 
Ground signs may not exceed six feet in height and must be set back 20 feet from the right-of-way, or the front building line, whichever is less.
[4] 
Such temporary signs may only be displayed for a period of 30 days unless the Director of the Department of Community Development agrees to permit the sign to remain for an additional 45 days. Such additional time shall be allowed only if the Director first finds that the business owner has requested additional time, that the continued display of the temporary sign does not present any undue distraction to drivers of motor vehicles, and that the continued display of the temporary sign does not constitute a nuisance.
[5] 
Any temporary sign permitted to be displayed must be kept and maintained in good condition.
(b) 
A business may request a temporary sign permit from the Township Zoning Officer so as to allow more than one temporary sign (window or wall) per frontage for a period not to exceed 10 days. These temporary signs shall be consistent with the requirements regarding square footage and placement as set forth in the preceding subsection.
(3) 
Construction signs. During the course of physical construction under a valid building permit issued by the Township of Evesham, a ground construction sign not to exceed 24 square feet in face area shall be permitted. Construction signs shall be no greater than six feet in height and located on the premises no less than 30 feet from the face of curb or edge of the cartway. If the distance is less than 30 feet, then the construction sign shall be mounted against the wall on the first floor level of the building. Said construction signs shall be permitted to stand no longer than the period during which construction is physically in progress under a valid building permit.
(4) 
Exterior directory signs.
(a) 
Exterior directory signs shall be allowed in any project where one or more tenants do not have an exterior entrance or do not qualify for an exterior sign. The purpose of the directory shall be for customer convenience, direction and safety. The number of directories shall be limited to one for each main entrance to the building. Directories shall not exceed the following sizes: 10 square feet per face, and total sign face areas shall not exceed 20 square feet when located within 55 feet of any public right-of-way. In the event that there is less than 55 feet in distances, then the exterior directory sign shall be one-sided and wall-mounted.
(b) 
Exterior directory signs shall be located either behind the main building line or a minimum of 75 feet from any public right-of-way. No exterior directory sign shall exceed six feet in height as measured from the surrounding grade.
(c) 
Building identification letters shall not exceed six inches in height, and tenant identification shall not exceed three inches. Each tenant listed shall occupy the same size and shape space.
(5) 
Real estate signs. In the Historic District Zone, one ground or wall sign advertising the sale or lease or real estate shall be permitted upon the premises of the property for sale or lease, provided said sign does not exceed four square feet in face of sign area. If not attached to a building, said sign shall not exceed five feet in height and shall be set back no less than 30 feet from the face of curb or edge of the cartway. Real estate signs shall be removed within five days of the closing of the sale, rental or lease of the premises or as determined by the Township Zoning Officer in the case of multiple lease or rental spaces in a single project.
(6) 
Show window signs. Show window signs shall be permitted in commercial businesses in the Historic District Zone. Show window signs shall not occupy more than 20% of the window opening. The area of the sign shall be calculated as indicated in § 160-75B(1).
(7) 
Site plan review. In all instances where site plan review is a requirement of any applicable municipal ordinance, the type of signs planned or proposed to be a permanent part of such development shall be presented at the time of the site plan review to the Historic Preservation Commission.
C. 
Sign requirements for institutional and residential uses within an Historic District or an individually designated historic structure; permitted signs and regulations. The following types of signs, subject to the limitations prescribed for them, shall be the only signs permitted for uses authorized for residential and institutional uses authorized in the Historic District Zones or individually designated historic structures in the Township of Evesham:
(1) 
Civic signs.
(a) 
Schools, clubs, and nonprofit organizations shall be permitted one civic sign facing each street upon which it fronts, in lieu of a business sign. Such signs shall generally be subject to the same restrictions as provided for business signs with regard to height, location, size, and type. The height, location and landscaping of all proposed ground signs shall require the review and approval of the Historic Preservation Commission.
(b) 
Churches shall be permitted one ground-mounted civic sign facing each street upon which it fronts, in lieu of a business sign. Churches shall also be allowed one wall-mounted sign facing each street upon which it fronts; provided, however, that a wall sign may designate only the name and/or denomination of the church. Such signs shall generally be subjected to the same restrictions as provided for business signs with regard to height, location, size and type. The height, location and landscaping of all proposed ground signs shall require the review and approval of the Historic Preservation Commission.
(c) 
Churches, schools, clubs, and nonprofit organizations shall also be allowed a maximum of two directional signs located off-premises. Such signs shall state the name of the church, school, club or organization and provide a directional arrow. The sign shall be of no more than two colors (example: brown with white letters), shall not exceed two square feet and not more than four feet high. The sign shall not be illuminated. The design, color scheme, and placement shall be subject to review and approval of the Historic Preservation Commission.
(2) 
Construction signs.
(a) 
A ground sign shall be permitted during the course of physical construction under a valid building permit issued by the Township of Evesham. For a single-family detached dwelling or a duplex, the sign face area shall not exceed eight square feet. For other uses or a multifamily project, the sign face area shall not exceed 12 square feet, and shall be only single-sided.
(b) 
Construction signs for single-family detached dwellings and duplexes shall be set back at least 10 feet behind the curb face or edge of the cartway, and shall not exceed eight feet in height. Said construction signs shall not be permitted to stand more than 90 days without the express approval of the Historic Preservation Commission, and are further subject to the lighting, construction and content requirements of this chapter. The sign shall not be put up until construction begins and shall remain on the site no more than 10 days after construction is completed.
(3) 
Real estate signs. In all areas of residential and institutional uses within the locally designated Historic District Zones or individually designated historic structures, one temporary ground sign shall be permitted upon the premises of the property for sale or lease. Said signs shall not exceed the dimensions of two feet by two feet, with a total maximum sign face area of four square feet per face, with a maximum of two faces on a single panel of material. The maximum height of said signs shall be five feet, and said signs shall be set back no less than 15 feet from the curb face or edge of the cartway.
D. 
Exempt signs.
(1) 
General. The following signs are exempt from the provisions of this chapter:
(a) 
Official public notices and notices posted by public officers in the performance of their duties.
(b) 
Governmental signs for the control or direction of traffic and other regulatory purposes.
(c) 
Flags or emblems of the United States, the State of New Jersey, or their political subdivisions, or religious, educational or civic organizations.
(d) 
Temporary signs for a period not to exceed 30 days, totaling not over two square feet of surface area on any lot, appertaining to campaigns, drives or events of civic, philanthropic, educational or religious organizations.
(e) 
Signs posted in conjunction with door bells or mailboxes, none exceeding 36 square inches in surface area.
(f) 
Small, nonilluminated instructional signs, none exceeding 1 1/2 square feet in surface area.
(g) 
Address signs, not more than one for each street frontage of each principal use on a lot and none exceeding 72 square inches in surface area, showing only the numerical address designations of the premises upon which they are situated. All address signs shall be prominently displayed and written in contrasting colors to the color of the structure or background against which said signs are placed in order to facilitate emergency identification for public service employees.
(h) 
Decals, numerals, names, addresses, hours, credit information, etc. attached to doors or windows and all of which occupy a total area of 1 1/2 square feet or less.
E. 
Nonconforming signs.
(1) 
Intent. Signs which were legally in existence prior to the adoption of this chapter which do not conform to the provisions of this chapter are declared nonconforming signs. It is the intent of this section to recognize that the eventual elimination, as expeditiously and fairly as possible, of nonconforming signs is as much a subject of health, safety and welfare as is the prohibition of new signs that would violate the provisions of this chapter. It is also the intent of this section that any elimination of nonconforming signs shall be effected so as to avoid any unreasonable invasion of established property rights.
(2) 
General nonconforming sign provisions. Subject to the exceptions hereinafter set forth, any nonconforming signs may be continued in operation and maintenance after the effective date of this chapter, provided that nonconforming signs shall not be:
(a) 
Changed or replaced with another nonconforming sign including changing the sign face (except on changeable-copy signs and billboards).
(b) 
Structurally altered so as to extend their useful life.
(c) 
Expanded.
(d) 
Relocated.
(e) 
Reestablished after damage of more than 50% of the sign at the time of such damage or destruction.
(f) 
Modified in any way that would increase the degree of nonconformity of such sign.
(g) 
Nothing in this chapter shall prevent the strengthening or restoring to a safe condition of any portion of a sign or structure declared unsafe by the Construction Official. Such signs may be improved only to the extent that such improvement does not exceed 50% of the existing sign structure.
(3) 
Termination of nonconforming signs.
(a) 
Any nonconforming sign or sign structure which is partially destroyed by fire, accident, or natural cause beyond 50% of its structure or surface shall thereafter be removed or reconstructed in conformance to the provisions of this chapter.
(b) 
Any nonconforming sign or sign structure which is improved and altered to comply with the provisions of this chapter shall thereafter be considered as conforming.
(c) 
For the purposes of this section, existing signs and sign structures prohibited by this chapter shall be treated as nonconforming.
(d) 
Upon the determination of the Township of Evesham that a sign remains nonconforming after termination of the allowable time periods provided for above, the Township shall notify the sign owner and/or the owner of the land upon which the nonconforming sign is located and such owner shall have 14 days after such written notice within which to remove said sign. At the end of the fourteen-day period, if the sign has not been removed or brought into compliance, the Township shall issue a summons into the Evesham Municipal Court.
(e) 
Abandonment of a nonconforming sign shall terminate immediately the right to maintain such a sign.
(f) 
Any nonconforming on-premises sign shall be removed or brought into compliance with this chapter immediately upon a change in the principal use of the site.
F. 
Prohibited signs.
(1) 
General. The following styles or types of signs or signage is specifically prohibited within the areas of the locally designated Historic District Zones or individually designated historic structures in the Township of Evesham:
(a) 
Animated signs; provided, however, that temporary street banner signs approved by the Mayor and Township Council shall be exempt from this prohibition.
(b) 
Flashing signs.
(c) 
Strips or strings of lights outlining property lines, sales areas, rooflines, doors, windows, wall edges, or other architectural features of a building; provided, however, that this prohibition shall not apply to Christmas lights displayed between Thanksgiving Day and five calendar days after New Year's Day of each calendar year.
(d) 
Signs on public property, other than those erected at the direction or with the permission of a public authority having competent jurisdiction.
(e) 
Signs which are not securely affixed to the ground, or otherwise affixed in a permanent manner to an approved supporting structure, including but not limited to portable signs; provided, however, that temporary signs specifically allowed under this chapter shall be exempt from this prohibition.
(f) 
Signs visible from a public right-of-way that use the word "stop" or "danger" or otherwise present or imply the need or requirement of stopping, caution, the existence of danger, or which for any reason are likely to be confused with any sign displayed or authorized by a public authority.
(g) 
Signs which blend with or can be confused with traffic signals.
(h) 
Signs which contain reflective materials, which present a hazard or danger to traffic or the general public.
(i) 
Signs which exhibit more than two faces; provided, further, that no double-face signs shall be permitted if the distance between the back of the faces is at any point greater than 12 inches.
(j) 
Advertising signs, including but not limited to billboard signs.
(k) 
Signs which contain works or pictures of an obscene, indecent, or immoral character which could offend public morals or decency.
(l) 
Signs which show pictures of human figures, animals, food, characters, or cartoons. It shall be permissible to include within the allotted sign square footage simplistic trade emblems if the same are nationally registered or reflect the principal trade activity of the applicable business, upon the specific review and approval of the Historic Preservation Commission. However, in no case shall the Historic Preservation Commission alter the color combination, graphic devise, lettering or combination of such so as to effectively alter a nationally registered trademark.
(m) 
Beacon lights.
(n) 
Signs which are structurally unsound or which are rendered structurally sound by guy wires or unapproved facing or bracing.
(o) 
Mobile or portable signs, attached to, suspended from or painted on any vehicle, including a trailer, which is parked on or visible from any street or public place. However, this prohibition shall not apply to those signs which are required to be affixed to service vehicles by the requirements of any state, federal, or local regulations; nor is this prohibition to be construed as prohibiting the identification of a firm or its principal products on a vehicle operating during the normal course of business.
(p) 
Pole signs, and snipe signs.
(q) 
Signs installed, erected, enlarged or structurally altered in violation of the provisions of this chapter.
(r) 
Roof signs.
(s) 
Any changeable-copy sign (manual) that does not have a locked, vandal-proof cover.
(t) 
Bench signs.
(u) 
Internally illuminated signs.
(v) 
Mural signs.
(w) 
Signs containing any form of neon illumination, located either on the outside of the building, or inside the business display window, except as set forth in Subsection G(1)(f) of this section.
(x) 
All signs which are not expressly permitted by this chapter or any other ordinance of the Township of Evesham.
(2) 
Portable and flashing signs.
(a) 
Due to the manifest traffic safety hazards, the use of portable and/or flashing signs, with or without changeable-copy board attached, are declared a public nuisance.
(b) 
Upon written notice by the Zoning Officer of the Township of Evesham to the owner or lessee of such flashing sign, such sign shall be removed within 14 days. Upon failure to comply with this notice, the Township Zoning Officer shall cite the sign owner or lessee into Evesham Municipal Court. If found in violation, the owner shall be responsible for all costs incurred in removing the sign in addition to any court-assessed fees and penalties.
G. 
Illumination.
(1) 
General. Externally illuminated signs shall adhere to the following provisions and restrictions in addition to those stated in the sign requirements by zone:
(a) 
The light for or from any externally illuminated sign shall be so shaded, shielded or directed that intensity will not be objectionable to surrounding areas, as determined by the Historic Preservation Commission. In the case of a wall-mounted sign, no more than 0.5 footcandle of illumination from the lights for the sign shall be no more than 10 feet from the front of the building.
(b) 
No sign shall have blinking, flashing or fluttering lights or other illuminating device which has a changing light intensity, brightness or color.
(c) 
No colored lights shall be used at any location in any manner so as to be confused with or construed as traffic control devices.
(d) 
Neither the direct nor reflected light from primary light sources shall create a traffic hazard to operators of motor vehicles on public thoroughfares.
(e) 
Exposed bulbs shall not be used on the exterior surface of any sign, except when approved by the Historic Preservation Commission.
(f) 
Exposed neon shall not be allowed, except in such instances that the Historic Preservation Commission determines that the sign is compatible to the architectural features of the building in question.
(g) 
Externally illuminated signs shall be permitted, with the specific design of the illumination to be approved by the Historic Preservation Commission.
H. 
Structural requirements. All signs shall comply with the pertinent requirements of the building code, as adopted by the Township of Evesham.
I. 
Inspection, removal and safety.
(1) 
Inspection. All signs shall be inspected periodically by the Township Zoning Officer for compliance with this chapter.
(2) 
Maintenance. All signs and components thereof shall be kept in good repair and in safe, neat, clean and attractive condition.
(3) 
Removal of sign. The Township Zoning Officer shall give written notice for the removal of any permanent sign erected or maintained in violation of this chapter. Upon failure to comply with this notice within 10 calendar days of the date of the notice, the Township Zoning Officer shall issue a summons to the property and/or business owner into the Evesham Municipal Court. Temporary signs erected or maintained in violation of this chapter may be removed by the Zoning Officer without notice. The Zoning Officer shall remove any sign immediately and without notice if the sign presents an immediate threat to the safety of the public. Any sign removal shall be at the expense of the property owner.
(4) 
Abandoned signs.
(a) 
Any sign which advertises or pertains to a business, product, service, event, activity, or purpose which is no longer conducted or that has not been in use for three months or which is no longer imminent, or any sign structure that no longer displays any sign copy for a like period, shall be deemed to be abandoned.
(b) 
Permanent signs applicable to a business temporarily suspended because of a change of ownership or management shall not be deemed abandoned unless the property remains vacant for a period of six months for nonconforming signs, or 12 months if the signs otherwise conform to all provisions or this chapter.
(c) 
Abandoned signs are prohibited and shall be removed by the owner of the property, his agent, or person having the beneficial use of the building or site upon which such sign or structure is erected within 30 days after written notification from the Township Zoning Officer.
(d) 
In the event of noncompliance with the aforesaid terms and provisions, then the Township Zoning Officer shall have the authority to issue a summons to the property and/or business owner and/or lessee to appear before the Evesham Municipal Court for a hearing.