Town of Williamstown, MA
Berkshire County
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Temporary signs may be erected and maintained only in accordance with the following provisions:
A. 
Permit conditions. No person shall erect, construct, repair, alter or relocate within the Town any temporary sign, except temporary real estate, and other so identified signs (§ 53-3.2A through F), without first obtaining a permit from the Sign Inspector as provided for in Article V and the guidelines below.
B. 
Materials. The Sign Inspector shall impose as a condition of the Temporary Permit such requirements as to the material, manner of construction, location, and method of erection of a sign as are reasonably necessary to assure the health, safety and convenience of the public.
C. 
Illumination. Illumination of temporary signs is not permitted.
D. 
Sign types. Temporary signs shall be limited to flush attached wall signs, freestanding signs or banners.
Temporary business signs identifying a special, unique, or limited activity, service, product, or sale of limited duration shall be subject to the following:
A. 
Number. There shall not be more than one permit for a temporary business sign issued for the same premises within one calendar year.
B. 
Area.
(1) 
Residential districts. In residential districts, temporary business signs shall not exceed three square feet in gross surface area for each exposed face nor exceed an aggregate gross surface area of six square feet.
(2) 
Nonresidential district. In nonresidential districts, temporary business signs shall not exceed six square feet.
C. 
Location. Temporary business signs shall be located only upon the zone lot upon which the special, unique or limited activity, service product or sale is to occur. Such signs may be located in any required yard, but shall not extend over any lot line or within 15 feet of any point of vehicular access from a zoning lot to a public roadway.
D. 
Height.
(1) 
Residential areas. In residential areas, temporary business signs shall not project higher than five feet, as measured from base of sign or grade of the nearest adjacent roadway, whichever is higher.
(2) 
Nonresidential areas. In nonresidential areas, temporary business signs shall not project higher than seven feet.
E. 
Special conditions.
(1) 
Timing. Temporary business signs shall be erected and maintained for a period not to exceed 14 days and shall be removed within two days of the termination of the activity, service, project or sale.
Temporary event signs announcing a campaign, drive, activity or event of a civic, philanthropic, educational or religious organization for noncommercial purposes shall be subject to the following:
A. 
Number, area, height and location.
(1) 
The permitted number, area, height, location and construction of temporary event signs shall be determined by the Sign Inspector with consideration given to the public safety and the minimum signage reasonably necessary and appropriate for the intended purpose.
(2) 
Prior to application, written permission must be obtained from property owner for placement on private property.
B. 
Special conditions.
(1) 
Timing. Temporary event signs authorized by the Sign Inspector may be erected and maintained through the duration of the campaign, drive, activity or event advertised plus one day before, and shall be removed within 24 hours of the termination of such campaign, drive, activity or event.
(2) 
Limit on number of permits. No more than two permits for temporary event signs shall be issued for the same premises within one calendar year.
A. 
Temporary political signs announcing political candidates seeking public office, political parties and/or political and public issues contained on a ballot shall be permitted. They may be erected or maintained for a period not to exceed 60 days prior to the date of the election to which such signs are applicable is scheduled to occur and shall be removed within seven days following the election.
B. 
Temporary political signs shall conform to the following requirements:
(1) 
Not more than one temporary political sign shall be erected on any zone lot.
(2) 
Maximum sign area shall be six square feet in nonresidential districts and four square feet in residential districts.
(3) 
Maximum sign height shall be seven feet in nonresidential districts and five feet in residential districts.
(4) 
The sign shall be placed so as not to create a public safety hazard.
[Added 5-20-2014 ATM, Art. 34; amended 5-19-2015 ATM, Art. 34]
Temporary portable A-frame or sandwich-board-type signage is permitted upon receipt of a special permit from the Sign Commission, subject to the following:
A. 
Number and timing.
(1) 
There shall be one permit for this signage type issued per establishment per year.
(2) 
These permits shall be renewed on an annual basis.
(3) 
Signs may be placed at the commencement of business hours and shall be removed at close of business, each day, for the duration of the permit.
B. 
Location.
(1) 
All signs must be placed completely within private property.
(2) 
No sign may obstruct a public sidewalk, way, or other means of egress.
C. 
Design
(1) 
Signs face may not exceed 24 inches by 36 inches, total size may not exceed 27 inches by 48 inches.
(2) 
Signs must be a dark background.
(3) 
Signs must be framed by wood or a similar material.