Township of Kingston, PA
Luzerne County
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[Ord. No. 2018-5, 12/12/2018]
The purpose and intent of this Part is to implement an overall plan and program for public safety, economic and community development and the general welfare of Kingston Township. This Part shall control and promote the erection of signs which preserve the wholesome, attractive character of the Township; preserve and protect property values; preserve the architectural character and environment of the Township; avoid the uncontrolled proliferation of signs; encourage and support business activity through reasonable standards for advertising signs; and avoid undue concentrations of signs, which distract and endanger traffic safety.
[Ord. No. 2018-5, 12/12/2018]
1. 
Chapter 19 (Signs) of the Code of Ordinances of the Township of Kingston and all parts thereof, including Part 1 (General Provisions), Part 2 (Township Sign Regulations), and Part 3 (Administration and Enforcement), as enacted by Kingston Township Ordinance No. 1981-9, effective August 12, 1981, and as amended by Kingston Township Ordinance No. 1993-4, effective November 10, 1993, are hereby repealed in their entirety.
2. 
The provisions enacted by this Part shall be designated as Chapter 19 (Signs) of the Code of Ordinances of the Township of Kingston.
[Ord. No. 2018-5, 12/12/2018]
Words and terms used in this Part shall have the meanings given herein. Unless expressly stated otherwise, any pertinent word or term not part of this listing, but vital to the interpretation of this Part, shall be construed to have its legal definition, or in absence of a legal definition, its meaning as commonly accepted by practitioners, including civil engineers, surveyors, architects, landscape architects, and planners.
ABANDONED SIGN
A sign which has not identified or advertised a current business, service, owner, product, or activity for a period of at least 180 days, in the case of off-premises signs, or at least 360 days in the case of on-premises signs.
ADDRESS SIGN
A sign that designates the street number and/or street name for identification purposes, as designated by the United States Postal Service (also known as "nameplate sign").
ANIMATED SIGN
A sign depicting action, motion, or light or color changes through electrical or mechanical means.
AWNING
A cloth, plastic, or other nonstructural covering that projects from a wall for the purpose of shielding a doorway or window. An awning is either permanently attached to a building or can be raised or retracted to a position against the building when not in use.
AWNING SIGN
Any sign painted on, or applied to, an awning.
BALLOON SIGN
A lighter-than-air, gas-filled balloon, tethered in a fixed location, which contains an advertisement message on its surface or attached to the balloon in any manner.
BANNER
Any cloth, bunting, plastic, paper, or similar nonrigid material attached to any structure, staff, pole, rope, wire, or framing which is anchored on two or more edges or at all four corners. Banners are temporary in nature and do not include flags.
BEACON LIGHTING
Any source of electric light, whether portable or fixed, the primary purpose of which is to cast a concentrated beam of light generally skyward as a means of attracting attention to its location rather than to illuminate any particular sign, structure, or other object.
BUILDING FRONTAGE
The maximum linear width of a building measured in a single straight line parallel, or essentially parallel, with the abutting public street or parking lot.
CANOPY
A structure other than an awning made of fabric, metal or other material that is supported by columns or posts affixed to the ground and may also be connected to a building.
CANOPY SIGN
Any sign that is part of, or attached to, a canopy.
CHANGEABLE-COPY SIGN
A sign or portion thereof on which the copy or symbols change either automatically through electrical or electronic means, or manually through placement of letters or symbols on a panel mounted in or on a track system. The two types of changeable-copy signs are manual changeable copy signs and electronic changeable copy signs, which include: message center signs, digital displays, and Tri-Vision boards.
CHANNEL-LETTER SIGN
A sign consisting of fabricated or formed three-dimensional letters, individually applied to a wall, which may accommodate a light source.
CLEARANCE
The distance above the walkway, or other surface if specified, to the bottom edges of a sign. This term can also refer to a horizontal distance between two objects.
DIGITAL DISPLAY
The portion of a sign message made up of internally illuminated components capable of changing the message periodically. Digital displays may include but are not limited to LCD, LED, or plasma displays.
DIRECTIONAL SIGN
Signs designed to provide direction to pedestrian and vehicular traffic into and out of, or within, a site.
EXTERNAL ILLUMINATION
Artificial light, located away from the sign, which lights the sign, the source of which may or may not be visible to persons viewing the sign from any street, sidewalk, or adjacent property.
FESTOON LIGHTING
A type of illumination comprised of either:
A. 
A group of incandescent light bulbs hung or strung overhead or on a building or other structure; or
B. 
Light bulbs not shaded or hooded or otherwise screened to prevent direct rays of light from shining on adjacent properties or rights-of-way.
FLAG
Any sign printed or painted on cloth, plastic, canvas, or other like material, with distinctive colors, patterns, or symbols, attached to a pole or staff and anchored along only one edge or supported or anchored at only two corners.
FLASHING SIGN
A sign whose artificial illumination is not kept constant in intensity at all time when in use and which exhibits changes in light, color, direction, or animation. This definition does not include electronic message center signs or digital displays that meet the requirements set forth herein.
FOOT-LAMBERT
A unit of emitted light (from a surface) stated in lumens per square foot and measurable with an illuminance meter, also known as a footcandle or light meter. One foot-lambert is equal to one lumen per square foot.
FOOTCANDLE
A unit of incident light (on a surface) stated in lumens per square foot and measurable with an illuminance meter, also known as a footcandle or light meter. One footcandle is equal to one lumen per square foot.
FREESTANDING SIGN
A sign supported by structures or supports that are placed on, or anchored in, the ground and that is independent and detached from any building or other structure. The following are subtypes of freestanding signs:
A. 
A sign permanently affixed to the ground at its base, supported entirely by a base structure, and not mounted on a pole or attached to any part of a building (also known as "monument sign").
B. 
A freestanding sign that is permanently supported in a fixed location by a structure of one or more poles, posts, uprights, or braces from the ground and not supported by a building or a base structure.
GAS STATION CANOPY
A freestanding, open-air structure constructed for the purpose of shielding service station islands from the elements.
GAS STATION CANOPY SIGN
Any sign that is part of, or attached to, the vertical sides of the gas station canopy roof structure. For the purposes of this Part, gas station canopy signs shall be considered wall signs.
GOVERNMENT/REGULATORY SIGN
Any sign for the control of traffic or for identification purposes, street signs, warning signs, railroad crossing signs, and signs of public service companies indicating danger or construction, which are erected by or at the order of a public officer, employee or agent thereof in the discharge of official duties.
HALO ILLUMINATION
A sign using a three-dimensional message, logo, etc., which is lit in such a way as to produce a halo effect (also known as "backlit illumination").
HISTORIC DISTRICT
A district or zone designated by a local, state, or federal government, within which buildings, structures, and/or appurtenances are deemed important because of their association with history, or because of their unique architectural style and scale.
HOLIDAY DECORATIONS
Signs or displays, including lighting, which are a nonpermanent installation celebrating national, state, and local holidays, religious or cultural holidays, or other holiday seasons (also known as "seasonal decorations").
ILLUMINATED SIGN
A sign with electrical equipment installed for illumination, either internally illuminated through its sign face by a light source contained inside the sign or externally illuminated by a light source aimed at its surface.
ILLUMINATION
A source of any artificial or reflected light, either directly from a source of light incorporated in, or indirectly from, an artificial source.
INCIDENTAL SIGN
A sign that displays general site information, instructions, directives, or restrictions that are primarily oriented to pedestrians and motor vehicle operators who have entered a property from a public street. These signs shall not contain any commercial advertising.
INCIDENTAL WINDOW SIGN
Signs displayed in the window displaying information such as the business's hours of operation, credit institutions accepted, commercial and civic affiliations, and similar information. These signs shall be informational only and shall not contain a commercial message.
INFLATABLE SIGN
A sign that is an air-inflated object, which may be of various shapes, made of flexible fabric, resting on the ground or structure and equipped with a portable blower motor that provides a constant flow of air into the device.
INTERACTIVE SIGN
An electronic or animated sign that reacts to the behavior or electronic signals of motor vehicle drivers.
INTERNAL ILLUMINATION
A light source that is concealed or contained within the sign and becomes visible in darkness through a translucent surface. Message center signs, digital displays, and signs incorporating neon lighting shall not be considered internal illumination for the purposes of this Part.
LEGIBILITY
The physical attributes of a sign that allow for an observer's differentiation of its letters, words, numbers, or graphics.
LIGHT TRESPASS
Light emitted by a lighting installation which extends beyond the boundaries of the property on which the installation is sited.
LIMITED-DURATION SIGN
A nonpermanent sign that is displayed on private property for more than 30 days, but not intended to be displayed for an indefinite period.
LUMINANCE
An objective measurement of the brightness of illumination, including illumination emitted by an electronic sign, measured in candles per square foot (cd/ft2).
MANUAL CHANGEABLE-COPY SIGN
A sign or portion thereof on which the copy or symbols are changed manually through placement or drawing of letters or symbols on a sign face.
MARQUEE
A permanent structure, other than a roof or canopy, attached to, supported by, and projecting from a building and providing protection from the elements.
MARQUEE SIGN
Any sign attached to a marquee for the purpose of identifying a use or product. If attached to a theater, performing arts center, cinema, or other similar use, it may also advertise films or productions.
MECHANICAL MOVEMENT SIGN
A sign having parts that physically move rather than merely appear to move as might be found in a digital display. The physical movement may be activated electronically or by another means, but shall not include wind-activated movement such as used for banners or flags. Mechanical movement signs do not include digital signs that have changeable, programmable displays.
MEMORIAL SIGN
A memorial plaque or tablet, including grave markers or other remembrances of persons or events, which is not used for a commercial message.
MENU SIGN
A permanent sign for displaying the bill of fare available at a restaurant, or other use serving food or beverages.
MESSAGE CENTER SIGN
A type of illuminated, changeable-copy sign that consists of electronically changing alphanumeric text, often used for gas price display signs and athletic scoreboards.
MESSAGE SEQUENCING
The spreading of one message across more than one sign structure.
MULTI-TENANT SIGN
A freestanding sign used to advertise businesses that occupy a shopping center or complex with multiple tenants.
MURAL (OR MURAL SIGN)
A large picture/image (including, but not limited to, painted art) which is painted, constructed, or affixed directly onto a vertical building wall, which may or may not contain text, logos, and/or symbols.
NEON SIGN
A sign illuminated by a neon tube, or other visible light-emanating gas tube, that is bent to form letters, symbols, or other graphics.
NONCONFORMING SIGN
A sign that was legally erected and maintained at the effective date of this Part, or amendment thereto, that does not currently comply with sign regulations of the district in which it is located.
OFF-PREMISES SIGN
An outdoor sign whose message directs attention to a specific business, product, service, event or activity, or other commercial or noncommercial activity, or contains a noncommercial message about something that is not sold, produced, manufactured, furnished, or conducted on the premises upon which the sign is located (also known as a "third-party sign," "billboard," or "outdoor advertising").
OFFICIAL TRAFFIC SIGN
Official highway route number signs, street name signs, directional signs, and other traffic signs erected and maintained on public highways and roads in the interest of public safety or for the regulation of traffic.
ON-PREMISES SIGN
A sign whose message and design relate to an individual business, profession, product, service, event, point of view, or other commercial or noncommercial activity sold, offered, or conducted on the same property where the sign is located.
PENNANT
A triangular or irregular piece of fabric or other material, commonly attached in strings or strands, or supported on small poles, intended to flap in the wind.
PERMANENT SIGN
A sign attached or affixed to a building, window, or structure, or to the ground, in a manner that enables the sign to resist environmental loads, such as wind, and that precludes ready removal or movement of the sign and whose intended use appears to be indefinite.
PERSONAL EXPRESSION SIGN
An on-premises sign that expresses an opinion, interest, position, or other noncommercial message.
PORTABLE SIGN
A sign designed to be transported or moved and not permanently attached to the ground, a building, or other structure.
PRIVATE DRIVE SIGN
A sign indicating a street or drive which is not publicly owned and maintained and used only for access by the occupants of the development and their guests.
PROJECTING SIGN
A building-mounted double-sided sign with the two faces generally perpendicular to the building wall, not to include signs located on a canopy, awning, or marquee (also known as "blade sign").
PUBLIC SIGN
A sign erected or required by government agencies or utilities, including traffic, utility, safety, railroad crossing and identification signs for public facilities.
REFLECTIVE SIGN
A sign containing any material or device which has the effect of intensifying reflected light.
REVOLVING SIGN
A sign which revolves in a circular motion, rather than remaining stationary on its supporting structure.
ROOF SIGN
A building-mounted sign erected upon, against, or over the roof of a building.
SANDWICH-BOARD SIGN
A type of freestanding, portable, temporary sign consisting of two faces connected and hinged at the top and whose message is targeted to pedestrians (also known as "A-frame sign").
SCOREBOARD
A sign contained within an athletic venue and intended solely to provide information to the attendees of an athletic event.
SECURITY SIGN
An on-premises sign regulating the use of the premises, such as a "no trespassing," "no hunting" or "no soliciting" sign (also known as "warning sign").
SHIELDED
The description of a luminaire from which no direct glare is visible at normal viewing angles, by virtue of its being properly aimed, oriented, and located and properly fitted with such devices a shields, barn doors, baffles, louvers, skirts, or visors.
SIGN
Any device, structure, fixture, painting, emblem, or visual that uses words, graphic, colors, illumination, symbols, numbers, or letters for the purpose of communicating a message. Sign includes the sign faces as well as any sign supporting structure.
SIGN AREA
The total dimensions of a sign surface used to display information, messages, advertising, logos or symbols. See § 106, Subsection 4, for standards for measuring sign area.
SIGN FACE
The part of the sign that is or can be used for the sign area. The sign area could be smaller than the sign face.
SIGN HEIGHT
The vertical dimension of a sign as measured using the standards in § 106, Subsection 5.
SIGN SUPPORTING STRUCTURE
Poles, posts, walls, frames, brackets, or other supports holding a sign in place.
SNIPE SIGN
A sign tacked, nailed, posted, glued, or otherwise attached to trees, poles, stakes, fences, public benches, streetlights, or other objects or placed on any public property or in the public right-of-way or on any private property without the permission of the property owner (also known as "bandit sign").
STOREFRONT
The exterior facade of a building housing a commercial use visible from a street, sidewalk or other pedestrianway accessible to the public and containing the primary entrance to the commercial establishment.
STREAMERS
A display made of lightweight, flexible materials, consisting of long, narrow, wavy strips hung individually or in a series, with or without a logo or advertising message printed or painted on them and typically designed to move in the wind.
STREET FRONTAGE
The side or sides of a lot abutting on a public street or right-of-way.
STREET POLE BANNER
A banner suspended above a public sidewalk and attached to a single street pole. These signs shall not contain any commercial advertising.
TEMPORARY SIGN
A type of nonpermanent sign that is located on private property that can be displayed for no more than 30 consecutive days at one time.
TRI-VISION BOARDS
An outdoor unit with a slatted face that allows three different copy messages to revolve at intermittent intervals.
VEHICULAR SIGN
A sign affixed to a vehicle in such a manner that the sign is used primarily as a stationary advertisement for the business on which the vehicle sits or is otherwise not incidental to the vehicle's primary purpose.
VENDING MACHINE SIGN
A sign displayed on a vending machine indicating the name of the product being sold and/or the price of such product.
WALL SIGN
A building-mounted sign which is either attached to, displayed on, or painted on an exterior wall in a manner parallel with the wall surface. A sign installed on a false or mansard roof is also considered a wall sign (also known as "fascia sign," "parallel wall sign" or "band sign").
WINDOW SIGN
Any sign that is applied, painted or affixed to a window or placed inside a window, within three feet of the glass, facing the outside of the building, and easily seen from the outside. Customary displays of merchandise or objects and material without lettering behind a store window are not considered signs.
[Ord. No. 2018-5, 12/12/2018]
1. 
The following signs are unlawful and prohibited:
A. 
Abandoned signs.
B. 
Snipe Signs. Signs shall only be attached to utility poles in conformance with state and utility regulations and the requirements of this Part.
C. 
Vehicular Signs. This regulation does not include the use of business logos, identification or advertising on vehicles primarily and actively used for business purposes and/or personal transportation.
D. 
Mechanical movement signs, including revolving signs.
E. 
Pennant strings and streamers.
F. 
Animated signs, flashing signs, or signs that scroll or flash text or graphics.
G. 
Inflatable devices or balloons signs, with the exception of balloons used in temporary, noncommercial situations.
H. 
Any signs that imitate, resemble, interfere with, or obstruct official traffic lights, signs, or signals.
I. 
Signs which prevent free ingress or egress from any door, window, or fire escape, or that prevent free access from one part of a roof to any other part. No sign other than a safety sign shall be attached to a standpipe or fire escape.
J. 
Signs which emit smoke, visible vapors, particulate matter, sound, or odor or contain open flames.
K. 
Reflective signs or signs containing mirrors.
L. 
Interactive signs.
M. 
Signs incorporating beacon or festoon lighting.
N. 
Any banner or sign of any type suspended across a public street, without the permission of the owner of the property and road.
O. 
Roof signs.
P. 
Signs erected without the permission of the property owner, with the exception of those authorized or required by local, state, or federal government.
Q. 
Any sign containing information which states or implies that a property may be used for any purpose not permitted under the provisions of the Township of Kingston Zoning Ordinance.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 27, Zoning.
R. 
Signs that exhibit statements, words, or pictures of obscene or pornographic subjects as determined by the Township of Kingston.
S. 
Any sign that promotes illegal activity.
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1. 
The following signs shall be allowed without a sign permit and shall not be included in the determination of the type, number, or area of permanent signs allowed within a zoning district, provided such signs comply with the regulations in this section, if any:
A. 
Official traffic signs.
B. 
Government/regulatory signs.
C. 
Signs inside a building, or other enclosed facility, which are not meant to be viewed from the outside, and are located greater than three feet from the window.
D. 
Holiday and seasonal decorations.
E. 
Personal expression signs of any sign type, including flags, provided that they do not exceed three square feet in area per side, are noncommercial in nature, and not illuminated.
F. 
Address signs: up to two signs stating address, number and/or name of occupants of the premises and do not include any commercial advertising or other identification.
(1) 
Residential districts: signs not to exceed three square feet in area.
(2) 
Nonresidential districts: signs not to exceed five square feet in area.
G. 
Public signs: signs erected or required by government agencies or utilities, including traffic, utility, safety, railroad crossing, and identification or directional signs for public facilities.
H. 
Signs or emblems of a religious, civil, philanthropic, historical or educational organization that do not to exceed four square feet in area.
I. 
Private drive signs: one sign per driveway entrance, not to exceed two square feet in area.
J. 
Security and warning signs: These limitations shall not apply to the posting of conventional "no trespassing" signs in accordance with state law.
(1) 
Residential districts: signs not to exceed two square feet in area.
(2) 
Nonresidential districts: maximum of one large sign per property, not to exceed five square feet in area. All other posted security and warning signs may not exceed two square feet in area.
K. 
Flags:
(1) 
Location. Flags and flagpoles shall not be located within any right-of-way.
(2) 
Height. Flags shall have a maximum height of 30 feet.
(3) 
Number. No more than two flags per lot in residential districts; no more than three flags per lot in all other districts.
(4) 
Size. Maximum flag size is 24 square feet in residential districts; 35 square feet in all other districts.
(5) 
Flags containing commercial messages may be used as permitted freestanding or projecting signs, and, if so used, the area of the flag shall be included in, and limited by, the computation of allowable area for signs on the property.
(6) 
Flags up to three square feet in area containing noncommercial messages are considered personal expression signs and are regulated in accordance with § 105, Subsection 1E.
L. 
Legal notices.
M. 
Vending machine signs.
N. 
Memorial signs, public monuments or historical identification signs erected by the Township of Kingston, including plaque signs up to three square feet in area.
O. 
Signs which are permanent architectural feature of a building or structure, existing at the time of adoption of this Part.
P. 
Signs advertising the variety of crops growing in a field. Such signs shall be removed after the growing season.
Q. 
Incidental signs, including incidental window signs.
R. 
Directional signs, provided they do not contain any commercial messaging.
(1) 
Area. No single directional sign shall exceed four square feet in area.
(2) 
Height. Directional signs shall have a maximum height of five feet.
(3) 
Illumination. Directional signs shall be nonilluminated.
S. 
Art and murals, provided such signs do not contain any commercial messaging.
T. 
Temporary signs in accordance with § 110, Regulations by Sign Type: Temporary Signs.
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1. 
Sign Location.
A. 
No sign shall be placed in such a position as to endanger pedestrians, bicyclists, or traffic on a street by obscuring the view or by interfering with official street signs or signals by virtue of position or color.
B. 
No sign may occupy a sight triangle.
C. 
Signs and their supporting structures shall maintain clearance and noninterference with all surface and underground utility and communications lines or equipment.
2. 
Sign Materials and Construction: Every sign shall be constructed of durable materials, using noncorrosive fastenings; shall be structurally safe and erected or installed in strict accordance with the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code; and shall be maintained in safe condition and good repair at all times so that all sign information is clearly legible.
3. 
Sign Area.
A. 
The area of a sign shall mean the area of all lettering, wording, and accompanying designs, logos, and symbols. The area of a sign shall not include any supporting framework, bracing or trim which is incidental to the display, provided that it does not contain any lettering, wording or symbols.
B. 
Where the sign consists of individual letters, designs, or symbols attached to a building, awning, wall, or window, the area shall be that of the smallest rectangle which encompasses all of the letters, designs and symbols.
C. 
Signs may be double-sided.
(1) 
On-Premises Signs.
(a) 
Only one side shall be considered when determining the sign area, provided that the faces are equal in size, the interior angle formed by the faces is less than 45° and the two faces are not more than 18 inches apart.
(b) 
Where the faces are not equal in size, but the interior angle formed by the faces is less than 45° and the two faces are not more than 18 inches apart, the larger sign face shall be used as the basis for calculating sign area.
(c) 
When the interior angle formed by the faces is greater than 45° or the faces are greater than 18 inches apart, all sides of such sign shall be considered in calculating the sign area.
(2) 
Off-Premises Signs.
(a) 
Only one side shall be considered when determining the sign area, provided that the faces are equal in size, the interior angle formed by the faces is less than 45°, and the two faces are not more than five feet apart.
(b) 
Where the faces are not equal in size, but the interior angle formed by the faces is less than 45° and the two faces are not more than five feet apart, the larger sign face shall be used as the basis for calculating sign area.
(c) 
When the interior angle formed by the faces is greater than 45°, or the faces are greater than five feet apart, all sides of such sign shall be considered in calculating the sign area.
D. 
Signs that consist of, or have attached to them, one or more three-dimensional or irregularly shaped objects shall have a sign area of the sum of two adjacent vertical sign faces of the smallest cube encompassing the sign or object.
E. 
If elements of a sign are movable or flexible, such as a flag or banner, the measurement is taken when the elements are fully extended and parallel to the plane of view.
F. 
The permitted maximum area for all signs is determined by the sign type and the zoning district in which the sign is located. (See §§ 113 through 118.)
4. 
Sign Height.
A. 
Sign height shall be measured as the distance from the highest portion of the sign to the mean finished grade of the street closest to the sign. In case of a sign located greater than 100 feet from a public street, height shall be measured to the mean grade at the base of the sign.
B. 
Clearance for freestanding and projecting signs shall be measured as the smallest vertical distance between finished grade and the lowest point of the sign, including any framework or other structural elements.
C. 
The permitted maximum height for all signs is determined by the sign type and the zoning district in which the sign is located. (See §§ 113 through 118.)
5. 
Sign Spacing. The spacing between sign structures shall be measured as a straight-line distance between the closest edges of each sign.
6. 
Sign Illumination.
A. 
Signs may be illuminated, unless otherwise specified herein, consistent with the following standards:
(1) 
Location. The summary table (§ 106, Subsection 6G) provides detailed information about what types of illumination are permitted in each zoning district.
(2) 
Light sources to illuminate signs shall neither be visible from any street right-of-way, nor cause glare hazardous or distracting to pedestrians, vehicle drivers, or adjacent properties.
(3) 
No more than 0.2 footcandle of light shall be detectable at the boundary of any abutting property.
(4) 
Hours of Operation:
(a) 
Signs on nonresidential properties may be illuminated from 5:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m., or 1/2 hour past the close of business of the facility being identified or advertised, whichever is later.
(b) 
Signs shall provide an automatic timer to comply with the intent of this section.
(5) 
Brightness: Message center signs and digital displays are subject to the following brightness limits.
(a) 
During daylight hours between sunrise and sunset, luminance shall be no greater than 5,000 nits.
(b) 
At all other times, luminance shall be no greater than 250 nits.
(c) 
Each sign must have a light-sensing device that will automatically adjust the brightness of the display as the natural ambient light conditions change, to comply with the limits set here within.
(6) 
Message Duration: The length of time each message may be displayed on a message center sign, digital display, or Tri-Vision board sign is based upon the visibility and speed limit unique to individual signs and adjacent road conditions. The following method should be used to calculate message duration for message center signs, digital displays, or Tri-Vision board signs.
(a) 
Determine the greatest distance from which the sign becomes visible on the road the sign is primarily intended to serve. If a sign is intended to be seen by more than one roadway, the road with the lower posted speed limit shall be used for determining message duration.
(b) 
Multiply the road's posted speed limit (mph) by 5,280 and then divide by 3,600 to obtain the speed limit in feet per second.
(c) 
Divide the visibility distance by the speed limit (feet per second).
(d) 
Add an additional 10% of this number to the total.
(e) 
The resulting amount of time is the minimum permitted message duration, except where this value is less than eight seconds, in which case the minimum message duration shall be no less than eight seconds.
B. 
Types of Illumination: Where permitted, illumination may be:
(1) 
External: Externally illuminated signs, where permitted, are subject to the following regulations:
(a) 
The source of the light must be concealed by translucent covers.
(b) 
External illumination shall be by a steady, stationary light source, shielded and directed solely at the sign. The light source must be static in color.
(2) 
Internal: Internally illuminated signs, where permitted, are subject to the following regulations:
(a) 
Internal illumination, including neon lighting, must be static in intensity and color.
(b) 
Message center signs are permitted in accordance with the regulations contained in § 106, Subsection 6C.
(c) 
Digital displays are permitted in accordance with the regulations contained in § 106, Subsection 6D.
C. 
Message center signs are subject to the following regulations, in addition to all other illumination requirements established in this section.
(1) 
Sign Type: Message center signs are permitted in the form of freestanding, monument, and wall signs, both on-premises and off-premises, in accordance with the regulations established in §§ 107 and 108.
(2) 
Height: A message center sign shall have the same height limits as other permitted signs of the same type and location.
(3) 
Area:
(a) 
When used as an on-premises sign, message center signs shall not exceed 50% of the sign area for any one sign, and shall not exceed more than 30% of the total area for all signs permitted on a property.
(b) 
When used as an off-premises sign, message center signs may be used for the full permitted sign area.
(4) 
Maximum Number: Where permitted, one message center sign is permitted per street frontage, up to a maximum of two message center signs per property.
(5) 
Message Display:
(a) 
No message center sign may contain text which flashes, pulsates, moves, or scrolls. Each complete message must fit on one screen.
(b) 
The content of a message center sign must transition by changing instantly (e.g., no fade-out or fade-in).
(c) 
Default Design: The sign shall contain a default design which shall freeze the sign message in one position if a malfunction should occur.
(6) 
Conversion of a permitted non-message-center sign to a message center sign requires the issuance of a permit pursuant to § 121, Permits and Applications.
(7) 
The addition of any message center sign to a nonconforming sign is prohibited.
(8) 
Public Service Announcements: The owner of every message center sign shall coordinate with the local authorities to display, when appropriate, emergency information important to the traveling public, including, but not limited to, Amber Alerts or alerts concerning terrorist attacks or natural disasters. Emergency information messages shall remain in the advertising rotation according to the protocols of the agency that issues the information.
D. 
Digital display signs are subject to the following regulations in addition to all other requirements established by this section:
(1) 
Sign Type: Digital displays are permitted in the form of freestanding, monument, and wall signs, both on-premises and off-premises, in accordance with the regulations established in §§ 107 and 108.
(2) 
Height: A digital display shall have the same height limits as for other permitted signs of the same type and location.
(3) 
Area:
(a) 
When used as an on-premises sign, digital displays shall not exceed more than 30% of the total sign area permitted on the site.
(b) 
When used as an off-premises sign, digital displays may be used for the full permitted sign area.
(4) 
Maximum Number per Property: Where permitted, one digital display sign is permitted per property.
(5) 
Message Display:
(a) 
Any digital display containing animation, streaming video, or text or images which flash, pulsate, move, or scroll is prohibited. Each complete message must fit on one screen.
(b) 
One message/display may be brighter than another, but each individual message/display must be static in intensity.
(c) 
The content of a digital display must transition by changing instantly, with no transition graphics (e.g., no fade-out or fade-in).
(d) 
Default Design: The sign shall contain a default design which shall freeze the sign message in one position if a malfunction should occur.
(6) 
Conversion of a permitted nondigital sign to a digital sign requires the issuance of a permit pursuant to § 121, Permits and Applications.
(7) 
The addition of any digital display to a nonconforming sign is prohibited.
(8) 
Public Service Announcements: The owner of every digital sign shall coordinate with the local authorities to display, when appropriate, emergency information important to the traveling public, including, but not limited to, Amber Alerts or alerts concerning terrorist attacks or natural disasters. Emergency information messages shall remain in the advertising rotation according to the protocols of the agency that issues the information.
E. 
Electrical Standards.
(1) 
Permits for illuminated signs will not be issued without an approved electrical permit, if required. Applications for electrical permits shall be filed at the same time as the sign permit application.
(2) 
All work shall be completed in full compliance with the Township of Kingston Electric Code as set forth in the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code.
(3) 
The electrical supply to all exterior signs, whether to the sign itself or to lighting fixtures positioned to illuminate the sign, shall be provided by means of concealed electrical cables. Electrical supply to freestanding signs shall be provided by means of underground cables.
(4) 
The owner of any illuminated sign shall arrange for a certification showing compliance with the brightness standards set forth herein by an independent contractor and provide the certification documentation to the Township of Kingston as a condition precedent to the issuance of a sign permit.
F. 
Glare Control: Glare control shall be achieved primarily through the use of such means as cutoff fixtures, shields, and baffles, and appropriate application of fixture mounting height, wattage, aiming angle, and fixture placement. Vegetation screens shall not be employed to serve as the primary means for controlling glare.
G. 
Illumination Standards by District.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The Illumination Standards by District Table is included as an attachment to this chapter.
[Ord. No. 2018-5, 12/12/2018]
1. 
Wall Signs.
A. 
No portion of a wall sign shall be mounted less than eight feet above the finished grade or extend out more than 12 inches from the building wall on which it is affixed. If the wall sign projects less than three inches from the building wall on which it is affixed, the eight-foot height requirement need not be met.
2. 
Canopy or Awning Signs.
A. 
A canopy or awning without lettering or other advertising shall not be regulated as a sign.
B. 
Canopy or awning signs must be centered within or over architectural elements such as windows or doors.
C. 
No awning or canopy sign shall be wider than the building wall or tenant space it identifies.
D. 
Sign Placement.
(1) 
Letters or numerals shall be located only on the front and side vertical faces of the awning or canopy.
(2) 
Logos or emblems are permitted on the top or angled portion of the awning or canopy up to a maximum of three square feet. No more than one emblem or logo is permitted on any one awning or canopy.
E. 
Sign Height.
(1) 
The lowest edge of the canopy or awning sign shall be at least eight feet above the finished grade.
F. 
Any ground-floor awning projecting into a street right-of-way must be retractable.
G. 
Awnings above the ground floor may be fixed, provided they do not project more than four feet from the face of the building.
H. 
Multi-tenant Buildings. If the awning or canopy sign is mounted on a multi-tenant building, all awning or canopy signs shall be similar in terms of height, projection, and style across all tenants in the building.
3. 
Projecting Signs.
A. 
No portion of a projecting sign shall project more that four feet from the face of the building.
B. 
The outermost portion of a projecting sign shall project no closer than five feet from a curbline or shoulder of a public street.
C. 
Sign Height. The lowest edge of a projecting sign shall be at least eight feet above the finished grade.
4. 
Window Signs.
A. 
Incidental window signs displaying pertinent business information, such as the business hours of operation and credit cards accepted, shall be excluded from area calculations for window signs.
5. 
Marquee Signs.
A. 
Such signs shall be located only above the principal entrance of a building facing a public street or parking lot.
B. 
No marquee shall be wider than the entrance it serves, plus two feet on each side thereof.
C. 
No marquee shall extend closer to the curb than three feet.
D. 
Sign Height.
(1) 
No portion of a marquee sign shall extend vertically above the eaveline.
(2) 
The lowest edge of the marquee sign shall be at least 10 feet above the finished grade.
6. 
Freestanding Signs.
A. 
The lowest edge of any freestanding pole sign shall be either less than four feet or greater than seven feet above the ground.
B. 
Freestanding ground signs shall be supported and permanently placed by embedding, anchoring, or connecting the sign in such a manner as to incorporate it into the landscape or architectural design scheme.
C. 
Sign Placement.
(1) 
All freestanding signs shall be set back five feet from the right-of-way, except for official traffic signs and government/regulatory signs.
(2) 
No freestanding sign may occupy an area designated for parking, loading, walkways, driveways, fire lane, easement, cartway of the right-of-way or other areas required to remain unobstructed.
7. 
Manual Changeable-Copy Signs: Manual changeable-copy signs are permitted only when integrated into a freestanding, marquee, wall, or portable sign.
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1. 
Location Permitted.
A. 
Off-premises signs are permitted in the following locations:
(1) 
{List zones/district permitted}.
2. 
Sign Size: An off-premises advertising sign is subject to the following size restrictions according to the posted speed limit of the road which the off-premises sign faces.
Posted Speed Limit
(mph)
<35
36-45
46-55
56-65
Limited Access
Maximum Sign Area
(square feet)
60
100
150
200
300
3. 
Height and Location of Sign.
A. 
The lowest edge of an off-premises sign shall be at least seven feet above the finished grade.
B. 
Off-premises signs shall have a maximum height of 30 feet.
4. 
Spacing. Off-premises signs shall be:
A. 
Set back from the ultimate right-of-way a distance equal to the height of the off-premises sign or 15 feet, whichever is greater.
B. 
Located no closer than 25 feet from any property line.
C. 
Located no closer than 50 feet from any building, structure, or on-premises sign located on the same property.
D. 
Located no closer than 1,500 feet from another off-premises sign on either side of the road, measured linearly.
E. 
Located no closer than 500 feet from any intersection, or interchange (on/off-ramp).
F. 
Located no closer than 1,000 feet from any property line abutting a public park, playground, religious institution, cemetery, school, or residential district.
G. 
Not attached to the external wall or otherwise affixed to any part of any building and shall not extend over any public property or right-of-way.
H. 
Not located on sewer rights-of-way, or water, electric, or petroleum pipelines.
I. 
Not located on a bridge.
5. 
Number of Signs Per Lot: There shall be no more than one off-premises sign per lot. Vertically or horizontally stacked signs shall not be permitted.
6. 
Content: Off-premises signs shall not display any message or graphic of an obscene or pornographic nature as determined by the Township of Kingston.
7. 
Double-sided Off-Premises Signs: Signs may be single- or double-sided, in accordance with § 106, Subsection 3, Sign Area.
8. 
Message Sequencing: Message sequencing is prohibited.
9. 
Construction and Maintenance.
A. 
All plans for off-premises signs shall be certified by a licensed engineer registered in Pennsylvania.
B. 
All off-premises advertising signs shall be constructed in accordance with industry-wide standards established by the Outdoor Advertising Association of America and the Institute of Outdoor Advertising, or their successor organizations. All off-premises advertising signs shall be structurally sound and maintained in good condition and in compliance with the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code.
C. 
The rear face of a single-face, off-premises advertising sign shall be painted and maintained with a single neutral color as approved by the Township of Kingston.
D. 
Every three years, the owner of the billboard shall have a structural inspection made of the billboard by a licensed engineer registered in Pennsylvania and shall provide to the Township of Kingston a certificate certifying that the billboard is structurally sound.
10. 
Identification of Sign Owner: All off-premises signs shall be identified on the structure with the name, address, and phone number of the owner of such sign.
11. 
Landscaping.
A. 
Landscaping shall be provided at the base of all off-premises signs. Trees and shrubbery, including evergreen and flowering trees, of sufficient size and quantity shall be used to achieve the purpose of this section.
B. 
Trees greater than four inches in diameter removed for construction of the sign shall be replaced on site at a ratio of one replacement tree for each removed tree using native species no less than three inches in diameter.
12. 
Additional Regulations. All off-premises signs shall comply with any and all applicable zoning regulations of the Township of Kingston, and any and all municipal, state and/or federal regulations. In the event any other applicable regulation is in conflict with the provisions of this section, the more-strict regulation shall apply.
13. 
Application/Plan Requirements. Plans submitted for off-premises advertising signs shall show the following:
A. 
The location of the proposed sign on the lot with the required sign setbacks from the property line and ultimate right-of-way.
B. 
The location and species of existing trees.
C. 
The distance to the nearest existing off-premises advertising sign.
D. 
The distance to the nearest right-of-way, property line, building, structure, on-premises sign, off-premises sign, intersection, interchange, safety rest area, bridge, residential district, or institutional use, sewer rights-of-way, and water, electric or petroleum pipelines.
E. 
Site plan containing all of the applicable requirements set forth in the Township of Kingston Zoning Code, as amended.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 27, Zoning.
F. 
Certification under the seal by a licensed engineer that the off-premises sign, as proposed, is designed in accordance with all federal, state, and local laws, codes, and professional standards.
14. 
Illumination and Changeable Copy of Off-Premises Signs.
A. 
Off-premises signs may incorporate manual changeable-copy signs.
B. 
Off-premises signs may be illuminated, provided that:
(1) 
All light sources are designed, shielded, arranged, and installed to confine or direct all illumination to the surface of the off-premises sign and away from adjoining properties.
(2) 
Light sources are not visible from any street or adjoining properties.
C. 
The following illumination types shall be permitted, subject to the regulations in § 106, Subsection 6, Sign Illumination:
(1) 
Message center sign.
(2) 
Digital display.
(3) 
External illumination.
(4) 
Internal illumination.
D. 
Off-premises signs may incorporate Tri-Vision boards.
(1) 
The length of time each message of the Tri-Vision board may be displayed before changing is based upon the visibility and posted speed limit unique to individual signs and adjacent road conditions. The message duration for Tri-Vision boards shall be calculated using the method described in § 106, Subsection 6A(6), Message Duration.
15. 
Safety. In applying for special exception relief, the applicant bears the burden of proof to establish that the proposed off-premises sign will not create a public health or safety hazard in the matter and location that it is proposed and in the manner by which it is to be operated.
[Ord. No. 2018-5, 12/12/2018]
1. 
Limited-duration signs, as defined in this section, located on private property are subject to the regulations set forth below. Limited-duration signs that comply with the requirements in this subsection shall not be included in the determination of the type, number, or area of signs allowed on a property. Unless otherwise stated below, the requirements listed below shall apply to both commercial and noncommercial signs.
2. 
Size and Number.
A. 
Nonresidential Zones:
(1) 
Large Limited-Duration Signs: One large limited-duration sign is permitted per property in all nonresidential zones. If a property is greater than five acres in size and has at least 400 feet of street frontage or has more than 10,000 square feet of floor area, one additional large limited-duration sign may be permitted so long as there is a minimum spacing of 200 feet between the two large limited-duration signs.
(a) 
Type:
1) 
Freestanding sign.
2) 
Window sign.
3) 
Wall sign.
(b) 
Area: Each large limited-duration sign shall have a maximum area of 16 square feet.
(c) 
Height: Large limited-duration signs that are freestanding shall have a maximum height of eight feet.
(2) 
Small Limited-Duration Signs: In addition to the large limited-duration sign(s) outlined above, one small limited-duration sign is permitted per property in all nonresidential zones. If a property is greater than five acres in size and has at least 400 feet of street frontage or has more than 10,000 square feet of floor area, one additional small sign may be permitted.
(a) 
Type:
1) 
Freestanding sign.
2) 
Window sign.
3) 
Wall sign.
(b) 
Area: Each small limited-duration sign shall have a maximum area of six square feet.
(c) 
Height: Small limited-duration signs that are freestanding shall have a maximum height of six feet.
B. 
Residential Zones:
(1) 
Large Limited-Duration Sign: One large limited-duration sign is permitted per property so long as the property is greater than five acres in size and has at least 400 feet of street frontage or has more than 10,000 square feet of floor area.
(a) 
Type:
1) 
Freestanding sign.
2) 
Window sign.
3) 
Wall sign.
(b) 
Area: Each large limited-duration sign shall have a maximum area of 16 square feet.
(c) 
Height: Large limited-durations signs that are freestanding shall have a maximum height of eight feet.
(2) 
Small Limited-Duration Sign: One small limited-duration sign is permitted per property.
(a) 
Type:
1) 
Freestanding sign.
2) 
Window sign.
3) 
Wall sign.
(b) 
Area: Each small limited-duration sign shall have a maximum area of six square feet.
(c) 
Height: Small limited-duration signs that are freestanding shall have a maximum height of six feet.
3. 
Permit Requirements.
A. 
A permit for a limited-duration sign is issued for one year and may be renewed annually.
B. 
One sign is allowed per permit. An applicant may request up to two permits per address, but is subject to the size and number requirements set forth in this section.
C. 
An application for a limited-duration sign permit must include:
(1) 
A description of the sign indicating the number, size, shape, dimensions, and colors of the sign, and the expected length of time the sign will be displayed;
(2) 
A schematic drawing of the site showing the proposed location of the sign in relation to nearby building and streets;
(3) 
The number of signs on the site.
4. 
Installation and Maintenance.
A. 
All limited-duration signs must be installed such that, in the opinion of the Township of Kingston Building Official, they do not create a safety hazard.
B. 
All limited-duration signs must be made of durable materials and shall be well maintained.
C. 
Limited-duration signs that are frayed, torn, broken, or that are no longer legible will be deemed unmaintained and required to be removed.
5. 
Illumination: Illumination of any limited-duration sign is prohibited.
6. 
Summary Table for Limited-Duration Signs.
Limited-Duration Signs
Nonresidential Districts
Residential Districts
Large limited-duration signs (maximum area 16 square feet)
Number: 1 per property; 2 if property is 5+ acres with 400 + feet of street frontage or has > 10,000 square feet of floor area
Height: Maximum 8 feet
Number:1 per property if property is 5+ acres with 400+ feet of street frontage or has > 10,000 square feet of floor area
Height: Maximum 8 feet
Small limited-duration signs (maximum area 6 square feet)
Number: 1 per property; 2 if property is 5+ acres with 400+ feet of frontage or has > 10,000 square feet of floor area
Height: Maximum 6 feet
Number: 1 per property
Height: Maximum 6 feet
[Ord. No. 2018-5, 12/12/2018]
1. 
Temporary signs, as defined in this section, located on private property, are exempt from standard permit requirements. Temporary signs that comply with the requirements in this section shall not be included in the determination of the type, number, or area of signs allowed on a property.
A. 
Unless otherwise stated below, the requirements listed below shall apply to both commercial and noncommercial signs.
B. 
Size and Number.
(1) 
Nonresidential Districts:
(a) 
Large Temporary Signs: One large temporary sign is permitted per property in all nonresidential districts. If a property is greater than five acres in size and has at least 400 feet of street frontage or has more than 10,000 square feet of floor area, one additional large temporary sign may be permitted so long as there is a minimum spacing of 200 feet between the two large temporary signs.
1) 
Type:
a) 
Freestanding.
b) 
Window.
c) 
Wall sign.
d) 
Banner.
2) 
Area:
a) 
Each large temporary freestanding, window, or wall sign shall have a maximum area of 16 square feet.
b) 
Each large temporary banner shall have a maximum area of 32 square feet.
3) 
Height:
a) 
Large temporary signs that are freestanding shall have a maximum height of eight feet.
b) 
Banners shall hang at a height no greater than 24 feet.
(b) 
Small Temporary Signs: In addition to the large temporary sign(s) outlined above, one small temporary sign is permitted per property in all nonresidential districts. If a property is greater than five acres in size and has at least 400 feet of street frontage or has greater than 10,000 square feet of floor area, one additional small sign may be permitted so long as there is a minimum spacing of 200 feet between both sets of small temporary signs.
1) 
Type:
a) 
Freestanding sign.
b) 
Window sign.
c) 
Wall sign.
2) 
Area: Each small temporary sign shall have a maximum area of six square feet.
3) 
Height: Small temporary signs shall have a maximum height of six feet.
(2) 
Residential Districts:
(a) 
Large Temporary Signs: One large temporary sign is permitted per residential property so long as the property is greater than five acres in size and has at least 400 feet of street frontage or has more than 10,000 square feet of floor area.
1) 
Type:
a) 
Freestanding sign.
b) 
Window sign.
c) 
Wall sign.
d) 
Banner sign.
2) 
Area:
a) 
Each large temporary freestanding, window, or wall sign shall have a maximum area of 16 square feet.
b) 
Each large temporary banner shall have a maximum area of 32 square feet.
3) 
Height:
a) 
Large temporary signs that are freestanding shall have a maximum height of eight feet.
b) 
Banners shall hang at a height no greater than 24 feet.
(b) 
Small Temporary Signs: One small temporary sign is permitted per residential property.
1) 
Type:
a) 
Freestanding sign.
b) 
Window sign.
c) 
Wall sign.
2) 
Area: Each small temporary sign shall have a maximum area of six square feet.
3) 
Height: Small temporary sign shall have a maximum height of six feet.
C. 
Duration and Removal.
(1) 
Temporary signs may be displayed up to a maximum of 30 consecutive days, two times per year.
(2) 
The Township of Kingston or the property owner may confiscate signs installed in violation of this Part. Neither the Township of Kingston nor the property owner is responsible for notifying sign owners of confiscation of an illegal sign.
D. 
Permission: The party posting the temporary sign is solely responsible for obtaining the permission of the property owner before posting their temporary sign.
E. 
Municipal Notification: Temporary signs are exempt from the standard permit requirements, but the date of erection of a temporary sign must be written in indelible ink on the lower right-hand corner of the sign.
F. 
Installation and Maintenance.
(1) 
All temporary signs must be installed such that in the opinion of the Township of Kingston's Building Official, they do not create a safety hazard.
(2) 
All temporary signs must be made of durable materials and shall be well maintained.
(3) 
Temporary signs that are frayed, torn, broken, or that are no longer legible will be deemed unmaintained and required to be removed.
G. 
Illumination: Illumination of any temporary sign is prohibited.
H. 
Summary Table for Temporary Signs.
Temporary Signs
Nonresidential Districts
Residential Districts
Large temporary signs (maximum area: 32 square feet for banner, 16 square feet for all other signs)
Number: 1 per property; 2 if property is 5+ acres with 400+ feet of street frontage, or has > 10,000 square feet of floor area
Height:
Ground: Maximum 8 feet
Banner: Maximum 24 feet
Number: 1 per property if property is 5+ acres with 400+ feet of street frontage or has > 10,000 square feet of floor area
Height:
Ground: Maximum 8 feet
Banner: Maximum 24 feet
Small temporary signs (maximum area: 6 square feet)
Number: 1 per property; 2 if property is 5+ acres with 400+ feet of street frontage, or has > 10,000 square feet of floor area
Height: Maximum 6 feet
Number: 1 per property
Height: Maximum 6 feet
[Ord. No. 2018-5, 12/12/2018]
1. 
General Provisions.
A. 
Illumination: Illumination of any portable sign is prohibited.
B. 
Hours of Display.
(1) 
Signs shall not be displayed on any premises before 6:00 a.m. and shall be removed each day at or before 10:00 p.m. However, all portable signs must be taken in during hours of nonoperation of the business being advertised.
(2) 
All portable signs must be taken in during inclement weather.
2. 
Sandwich-Board or A-Frame Signs. Sandwich-board signs that comply with the requirements in this subsection shall not be included in the determination of the type, number, or area of signs allowed on a property.
A. 
Number: One sandwich-board sign is permitted per establishment. For the purposes of this subsection, a parking garage or parking lot shall be considered an establishment.
B. 
Area: Each sign shall have a maximum area of seven square feet per sign face.
C. 
Height: Signs shall have a maximum height of 3.5 feet.
D. 
Sign Placement.
(1) 
If a sign is located on a public or private sidewalk, a minimum of 36 inches of unobstructed sidewalk clearance must be maintained between the sign and any building or other obstruction.
(2) 
The sign must be located on the premises, and within 12 feet of the primary public entrance, of the establishment it advertises. For the purposes of this subsection, a public entrance includes a vehicular entrance into a parking garage or parking lot.
(3) 
Portable signs shall be weighted, temporarily secured, or strategically placed so as to avoid being carried away by high winds.
E. 
Manual Changeable Copy.
(1) 
Manual changeable-copy signs are permitted when integrated into a sandwich-board sign.
(2) 
Commercial messages must advertise only goods and services available on the premises.
F. 
Vehicular Signs: Vehicular signs are subject to the regulations found in the Township of Kingston's Vehicle Code.
[Ord. No. 2018-5, 12/12/2018]
1. 
General Provisions. Street pole banner signs that comply with the requirements in this subsection shall not be included in the determination of the type, number, or area of signs allowed on a property.
A. 
Illumination: Illumination of any street pole banner is prohibited.
B. 
Area: Each street pole banner shall have a maximum area of 12.5 square feet and a maximum width of three feet. Up to two street pole banners are permitted per street pole.
C. 
Height:
(1) 
When the street pole banner's edge is less than 18 inches from the curb, the lowest edge of the street pole banner shall be at least 14 feet above the finished grade.
(2) 
When the street pole banner's edge is greater than 18 inches from the curb, the lowest edge of the street pole banner shall be at least eight feet above the finished grade.
D. 
Location.
(1) 
No street pole banner shall extend beyond the curbline.
(2) 
Street pole banners shall maintain a minimum of three-foot vertical clearance below any luminaires located on the pole measured from where the ballasts connect to the poles.
(3) 
Street pole banners shall not interfere with the visibility of traffic signals or signs.
(4) 
No street pole banner shall be located on a pole that has traffic or pedestrian control signals.
E. 
Installation and Maintenance.
(1) 
All street pole banners must be made of lightweight and durable fabrics with wind slits.
(2) 
Street pole banners that are frayed, torn, or faded so that they are no longer legible will be deemed unmaintained and will be required to be removed.
2. 
Permit Requirements.
A. 
A permit for a street pole banner is issued for one year and may be renewed annually.
B. 
An application for a street pole banner permit must include the following:
(1) 
A diagram or map of the specific poles to be used for street pole banner installation and the streets on which the poles are located.
(2) 
A proof of the street pole banner design, including the banner's dimensions.
(3) 
If brackets are to be installed, submit specifications for the bracket installation system.
[Ord. No. 2018-5, 12/12/2018]
1. 
In addition to the exempt signs described in § 105, Signs Exempt from Permit Requirements, the following numbers and types of signs may be erected in the {Insert names of applicable agricultural/rural/open space districts}, subject to the conditions specified here and in §§ 107 through 110.
A. 
Any limited-duration sign as defined and regulated in § 109, Regulations by Sign Type: Limited-Duration Signs.
B. 
Any temporary sign as defined and regulated in § 110, Regulations by Sign Type: Temporary Signs.
C. 
Signs associated with a residential use or parcel within an agricultural/rural zone shall comply with § 114, Signs in Residential Districts.
D. 
Parks and Open Space.
(1) 
Freestanding signs shall be permitted subject to the following regulations:
(a) 
Number: One sign per street access to a park or open space facility.
(b) 
Area: Each sign shall have a maximum area of 24 square feet per sign face.
(c) 
Height: Signs shall have a maximum height of 10 feet.
(d) 
Illumination: The following illumination types shall be permitted, subject to the regulations in § 106, Subsection 6, Sign Illumination.
1) 
External illumination.
(2) 
Signs located on the interior of the site used to identify various use areas, facility boundaries, on-site traffic direction, trail use information, the hours and rules for the use of the grounds, etc., are exempt from permit requirements, subject to the following:
(a) 
Area: Each sign shall have a maximum area of 10 square feet.
(b) 
Height: Signs shall have a maximum height of eight feet.
(c) 
Illumination: These signs shall be nonilluminated.
(3) 
Signs for recreation and sporting facilities shall be allowed, provided that the following criteria is met:
(a) 
Signs on the interior walls or fence of an open stadium or field shall be no greater than 24 square feet in size and shall be designed to be viewed from the inside of the stadium only, and nonilluminated.
(b) 
One freestanding scoreboard, not to exceed 200 square feet in area and 20 feet in height, is permitted per playing field.
1) 
Commercial messages shall not exceed 30% of the front face of the scoreboard.
2) 
The face of all scoreboards, including any attached commercial signs and panels, shall be permanently oriented toward the recreation and spectator area.
3) 
Illumination: The following illumination types shall be permitted subject to the regulations in § 106, Subsection 6, Sign Illumination:
a) 
Internal illumination.
b) 
External illumination.
c) 
Message center sign.
d) 
Digital display (not to exceed 30% of the total scoreboard area).
E. 
Freestanding signs for nonresidential uses shall be permitted, subject to the following regulations:
(1) 
Number: One sign at each street access, up to a maximum of two signs per lot.
(2) 
Area: Each sign shall have a maximum area of 32 square feet per sign face.
(3) 
Height: Signs shall have a maximum height of six feet.
(4) 
Illumination: These signs shall be nonilluminated.
F. 
Wall and projecting signs for nonresidential uses shall be permitted, subject to the following regulations:
(1) 
Number: One sign per tenant per building frontage up to a maximum of two signs per tenant.
(2) 
Area: Each sign shall have a maximum area of 20 square feet per sign face.
(3) 
Height: Signs shall have a maximum height equal to the eaveline or the bottom of the second-story windowsill, whichever is lower.
(4) 
Illumination: These signs shall be nonilluminated.
G. 
Window signs for nonresidential uses shall be permitted, subject to the following regulations:
(1) 
Area: A maximum of 15% of the total window area of any single building frontage may be used for signs.
(2) 
Illumination: These signs shall be nonilluminated.
H. 
Off-premises signs (where/if permitted) are subject to the regulations found in § 108, Regulations by Sign Type: Off-Premises.
I. 
Summary Table for Signs in Agricultural, Rural, and Open Space Districts.
Agricultural, Rural, and Open Space Districts
Wall and Projecting
Window
Freestanding
Maximum number
Nonresidential uses: 1 per tenant per building frontage, up to a maximum of 2 signs per tenant
N/A
Parks and open space: 1 per street access plus 1 freestanding scoreboard per playing field
Nonresidential uses: 1 per street access up to a maximum of 2 signs per lot
Maximum area (square feet)
Parks and open space: signs on the interior walls or fence of an open stadium: 24
Nonresidential uses: 20
Nonresidential uses: 15% of total window area
Parks and open space: 24 (entrance), 200 (scoreboard), 10 (signs interior to the site)
Nonresidential uses: 32
Maximum height
Nonresidential uses: the eaveline or the bottom of the second-story windowsill, whichever is lower
N/A
Parks and open space: 10 feet (entrance), 20 feet (scoreboard), 8 feet (signs interior to the site)
Nonresidential uses: 6 feet
[Ord. No. 2018-5, 12/12/2018]
1. 
In addition to the exempt signs described in § 105. Signs Exempt from Permit Requirements, the following numbers and types of signs may be erected in the {insert names of applicable residential districts}, subject to the conditions specified here and in §§ 107 through 112.
A. 
Any limited-duration sign as defined and regulated in § 109, Regulations by Sign Type: Limited-Duration Signs.
B. 
Any temporary sign as defined and regulated in § 110, Regulations by Sign Type: Temporary Signs.
C. 
Home Occupation.
(1) 
One freestanding sign shall be permitted subject to the following regulations:
(a) 
Area: Each sign shall have a maximum area of six square feet per sign face.
(b) 
Height: Signs shall have a maximum height of six feet.
(c) 
Illumination: These signs shall be nonilluminated.
(2) 
One wall or projecting sign shall be permitted, up to two square feet in area.
(a) 
Height: Signs shall have a maximum height equal to the eaveline or the bottom of the second-story windowsill, whichever is lower.
(b) 
Illumination: These signs shall be nonilluminated.
D. 
Freestanding signs for residential developments or apartment buildings containing more than 10 units shall be permitted, subject to the following regulations:
(1) 
Number: One sign per street frontage.
(2) 
Area: Each sign shall have a maximum area of 15 square feet per sign face.
(3) 
Height: Signs shall have a maximum height of eight feet.
(4) 
Illumination: The following illumination types shall be permitted, subject to the regulations in § 106, Subsection 6, Sign Illumination:
(a) 
External illumination.
E. 
Summary Table for Signs in Residential Districts.
Residential Districts
Wall and Projecting
Freestanding
Maximum number
Home occupations: 1 per lot
Home occupations: 1 per lot
Residential developments: 1 per lot
Maximum area (square feet)
Home occupations: 2
Home occupations: 6
Residential developments: 15
Maximum height
The eaveline or the bottom of the second-story windowsill, whichever is lower
Home occupations: 6 feet
Residential developments: 8 feet
[Ord. No. 2018-5, 12/12/2018]
1. 
In addition to the exempt signs described in § 109, Exempt Signs, the following numbers and types of signs may be erected for institutional uses, including schools, religious institutions, municipal buildings, hospitals, clubs, or permitted uses of a similar nature, subject to the conditions specified here and in §§ 107 through 112.
A. 
Any limited-duration sign as defined and regulated in § 109, Regulations by Sign Type: Limited-Duration Signs.
B. 
Any temporary sign as defined and regulated in § 110, Regulations by Sign Type: Temporary Signs.
C. 
Any portable sign as defined and regulated in § 111, Regulations by Sign Type: Portable Signs.
D. 
Any street pole banner as defined and regulated in § 112, Regulations by Sign Type: Street Pole Banners.
E. 
Signs associated with a park or open space use in an institutional district shall comply with § 113, Subsection 1D.
F. 
Signs associated with a residential use or parcel within an institutional district shall comply with § 114, Signs in Residential Districts.
G. 
Freestanding signs for institutional uses, other than parks and open space, shall be permitted, subject to the following regulations.
(1) 
Number: One sign per street access, up to two signs per property held in single and separate ownership.
(2) 
Area: Each sign shall have a maximum area based on the lot size of the property as follows:
(a) 
On lots less than two acres: 24 square feet.
(b) 
On lots of two acres or more but less than five acres: 40 square feet.
(c) 
On lots of five acres or more: 60 square feet.
(3) 
Height: Signs shall have a maximum height of 10 feet.
(4) 
Illumination: The following illumination types shall be permitted, subject to the regulations in § 106, Subsection 6, Sign Illumination:
(a) 
Internal illumination.
(b) 
External illumination.
(c) 
Message center sign.
H. 
Freestanding signs located on the interior of the site used to identify facilities, on-site traffic direction, hours of operation, and other information are exempt from permit requirements, subject to the following:
(1) 
Area: Each sign shall have a maximum area of 10 square feet.
(2) 
Height: Each sign shall have a maximum height of eight feet.
(3) 
Illumination: These signs shall be nonilluminated.
I. 
Building signs, including wall signs, awning or canopy signs, projecting signs, and window signs, are permitted for institutional uses. The total maximum sign area of all building signs shall be based on the lot size of the property and wall area of the building as follows:
(1) 
Area:
(a) 
On lots less than two acres:
1) 
Total sign area of all building signs shall not exceed 5% of the total wall area for all walls that directly face a public street or parking lot.
2) 
No single building sign shall exceed 24 square feet.
(b) 
On lots of two acres or more but less than five acres:
1) 
Total sign area of all building signs shall not exceed 6% of the total wall area for all walls that directly face a public street or parking lot.
(2) 
Height: Signs shall have a maximum height equal to the eaveline.
(3) 
Illumination: The following illumination types shall be permitted subject to the regulations in § 106, Subsection 6, Sign Illumination.
(a) 
Internal illumination.
(b) 
External illumination, lit from above.
(c) 
Halo illumination or backlit letters.
J. 
Optional: Upper-level building identification signs shall be permitted, subject to the following regulations.
(1) 
Number: Two signs per building.
(2) 
Area: Each sign shall have a maximum area of 200 square feet.
(3) 
Height: Signs shall have a maximum height of 10 feet and shall not extend vertically beyond the eaveline.
(4) 
Location: Signs shall be limited to buildings at least three stories in height and shall be located only on the top floor of such buildings.
(5) 
Illumination: The following illumination types shall be permitted subject to the regulations in § 106, Subsection 6, Sign Illumination:
(a) 
Internal illumination.
K. 
Summary Table for Signs in Institutional Districts.
Institutional Districts
Wall, Awning/Canopy, Projecting, and Window
Freestanding
Optional: Building Identification
Maximum Number
N/A
1 per street access, up to 2 per lot
2 per building
Maximum Area
Lots < 2 acres
5% of the total wall face area of walls that directly face a public street or parking lot. No single wall sign shall exceed 24 square feet.
24 square feet
200 square feet
Lots > 2 and <5 acres
6% of the total wall face area of walls that directly face a public street or parking lot. No single wall sign shall exceed 36 square feet.
40 square feet
Lots > 5 acres
7% of the total wall face area of walls that directly face a public street or parking lot. No single wall sign shall exceed 60 square feet.
60 square feet
Maximum Height
The eaveline
10 feet
The eaveline
[Ord. No. 2018-5, 12/12/2018]
1. 
In addition to the exempt signs described in § 105, Signs Exempt from Permit Requirements, the following numbers and types of signs may be erected in the {insert names of applicable Main Street districts}, subject to the conditions specified here and in §§ 107 through 112:
A. 
Any sign permitted in residential districts, for the appropriate uses, as defined and regulated in § 114, Signs in Residential Districts.
B. 
Any portable sign as defined and regulated in § 111, Regulations by Sign Type: Portable Signs.
C. 
Any street pole banner as defined and regulated in § 112, Regulations by Sign Type: Street Pole Banners.
D. 
The total area of all wall, awning/canopy, and projecting signs shall be limited to two square feet per one linear foot of building frontage that faces a public street or parking lot, subject to maximum size limitations based on sign type.
E. 
Wall signs for nonresidential uses shall be permitted, subject to the following regulations:
(1) 
Number: One sign per tenant per street frontage, up to a maximum of two signs per tenant. Where a property has entrances facing both a street and a parking lot, an additional sign is permitted to face the parking lot.
(2) 
Area: No single wall sign shall exceed 24 square feet in area.
(3) 
Height: Signs shall have a maximum height equal to the eaveline or the bottom of the second-story windowsill, whichever is lower.
(4) 
Illumination: The following illumination types shall be permitted subject to the regulations in § 106, Subsection 6, Sign Illumination:
(a) 
External illumination, lit from above.
(b) 
Halo illumination or backlit letters.
(c) 
Neon lighting.
F. 
Awning or canopy signs for nonresidential uses shall be permitted, subject to the following regulations:
(1) 
Height: Signs shall have a maximum height equal to the eaveline or the bottom of the second-story windowsill, whichever is lower.
(2) 
Illumination: The following illumination types shall be permitted, subject to the regulations in § 106, Subsection 6, Sign Illumination:
(a) 
External illumination, lit from above.
G. 
Projecting signs for nonresidential uses shall be permitted, subject to the following regulations:
(1) 
Number: One sign per ground-floor establishment, plus one sign per building entrance serving one or more commercial tenants without a ground-floor entrance.
(2) 
Area: Each sign shall have a maximum area of 12 square feet per sign face.
(3) 
Height: Signs shall have a maximum height equal to the eaveline or the bottom of the second-story windowsill, whichever is lower.
(4) 
Illumination: The following illumination types shall be permitted, subject to the regulations in § 106, Subsection 6, Sign illumination:
(a) 
External illumination, lit from above.
(b) 
Neon lighting.
H. 
Window signs for nonresidential uses shall be permitted, subject to the following regulations:
(1) 
Area: A maximum of 15% of the total window area of any single storefront may be used for permanent signs that are etched, painted or otherwise permanently affixed to the window. A maximum of 25% of the total window area of any single storefront may be covered by a combination of permanent and temporary window signs.
(2) 
Illumination: the following illumination types shall be permitted, subject to the regulations in § 106, Subsection 6, Sign Illumination.
(a) 
Neon lighting.
I. 
Marquee signs for nonresidential uses shall be permitted, subject to the following regulations.
(1) 
Number: One marquee structure per building.
(2) 
Area: The total area of all signs on a single marquee structure shall not exceed 150 square feet in area.
(3) 
Height: Signs shall have a maximum height equal to the eaveline.
(4) 
Illumination: The following illumination types shall be permitted, subject to the regulations in § 106, Subsection 6, Sign Illumination:
(a) 
Internal illumination.
(b) 
Message center sign.
J. 
Summary Table for Signs in Main Street Districts.
Main Street Districts
Wall and Awning/Canopy
Projecting
Window
Marquee
Maximum number
Wall: 1 per tenant per street frontage (up to 2 per tenant)
Awning/Canopy: N/A
(See § 107)
1 per ground-floor establishment, plus 1 per building entrance serving tenants without a ground-floor entrance
N/A
1 per building
Maximum area (total)
2 square feet per linear foot of building frontage facing a public street or parking lot, subject to maximum size limitations based on sign type
N/A
N/A
Maximum area (individual)
Wall: 24 square feet
Awning/Canopy: N/A
(See § 107)
12 square feet
15% of total window area (permanent signs); 25% total window area (all signs)
150 square feet
Maximum height
The eaveline or the bottom of the second-story windowsill, whichever is lower
N/A
The eaveline
[Ord. No. 2018-5, 12/12/2018]
1. 
In addition to the exempt signs described in § 105. Signs Exempt from Permit Requirements, the following number and types of signs may be erected in the {insert names of applicable Village Commercial districts}, subject to the conditions specified here and in §§ 107 through 112:
A. 
Any sign permitted in residential districts, for appropriate uses, as defined and regulated in § 114, Signs in Residential Districts.
B. 
Any portable sign as defined and regulated in § 111, Regulations by Sign Type: Portable Signs.
C. 
Any street pole banner as defined and regulated in § 112, Regulations by Sign Type: Street Pole Banners.
D. 
The total area of all wall, awning/canopy, and projecting signs shall be limited to 1.5 square feet per one linear foot of building frontage that faces a public street or parking lot, subject to maximum size limitations based on sign type.
E. 
Wall signs for nonresidential uses shall be permitted, subject to the following regulations:
(1) 
Number: One sign per tenant per street frontage, up to two signs per tenant. Where a property has entrances facing both a street and a parking lot, a second sign is permitted to face the parking lot.
(2) 
Area: Each sign shall have a maximum area of 12 square feet per sign face.
(3) 
Height: Signs shall have a maximum height equal to the eaveline or the bottom of the second-story windowsill, whichever is lower.
(4) 
Illumination: The following illumination types shall be permitted, subject to the regulations in § 106, Subsection 6, Sign Illumination:
(a) 
External illumination, lit from above.
(b) 
Halo illumination or backlit letters.
F. 
Awning or canopy signs for nonresidential uses shall be permitted, subject to the following regulations:
(1) 
Height: Signs shall have a maximum height equal to the eaveline or the bottom of the second-story windowsill, whichever is lower.
(2) 
Illumination: These signs shall be nonilluminated.
G. 
Projecting signs for nonresidential uses shall be permitted, subject to the following regulations:
(1) 
Number: One sign per ground-floor establishment, plus one sign per building entrance serving one or more commercial tenants without a ground-floor entrance.
(2) 
Area: Each sign shall have a maximum area of 10 square feet per sign face.
(3) 
Height: Signs shall have a maximum height equal to the eaveline or the bottom of the second-story windowsill, whichever is lower.
(4) 
Illumination: These signs shall be nonilluminated.
H. 
Window signs for nonresidential uses shall be permitted, subject to the following regulations.
(1) 
Area: A maximum of 15% of the total window area of any single storefront may be used for permanent signs that are etched, painted, or otherwise permanently affixed to the window.
(2) 
Illumination: These signs shall be nonilluminated.
I. 
Freestanding signs for nonresidential uses shall be permitted, subject to the following regulations:
(1) 
Number: One sign per street frontage, up to two signs per property held in single and separate ownership.
(2) 
Area: Each sign shall have a maximum area of 15 square feet, plus an additional five square feet per tenant, up to a maximum of 30 square feet.
(3) 
Height: Freestanding signs shall have a maximum height of 10 feet.
(4) 
Illumination: The following illumination types shall be permitted, subject to the regulations in § 106, Subsection 6. Sign Illumination:
(a) 
External illumination.
J. 
Summary Table for Signs in Village Commercial Districts.
Village Commercial Districts
Wall and Awning/Canopy
Projecting
Window
Freestanding
Maximum number
Wall: 1 per tenant per street frontage (up to 2 per tenant)
Awning/Canopy: N/A (See § 107)
1 per ground-floor establishment, plus 1 per building entrance serving tenants without a ground-floor entrance
N/A
1 per street frontage, up to 2 per lot
Maximum area (total)
1.5 square feet per linear foot of building frontage facing a public street or parking lot, subject to maximum size limitations based on sign type
N/A
N/A
Maximum area (individual)
Wall: 12 square feet
Awning/Canopy: N/A
(See § 107)
10 square feet
15% total window area (permanent signs); 25% total window area (all signs)
15 square feet plus 5 square feet per additional tenant up to 30 square feet
Maximum height
The eaveline
N/A
10 feet
[Ord. No. 2018-5, 12/12/2018]
1. 
Except as noted below, the following numbers and types of signs may be erected in any industrial district or the {insert names of the applicable commercial zoning districts}, subject to the conditions specified here and in §§ 107 through 112:
A. 
Any sign permitted in residential districts, for the appropriate uses, as defined and regulated in § 114, Signs in Residential Districts.
B. 
Any portable sign as defined and regulated in § 111, Regulations by Sign Type: Portable Signs.
C. 
Any street pole banner as defined and regulated in § 112, Regulations by Sign Type: Street Pole Banners.
D. 
The total area of all wall, awning/canopy, and projecting signs for nonresidential uses shall be limited to 1.5 square feet per one linear foot of building frontage that faces a public street or parking lot, subject to maximum size limitations based on sign type.
E. 
Wall signs for nonresidential uses shall be permitted, subject to the following regulations:
(1) 
Number: One sign per tenant per street frontage, up to a maximum of two signs per tenant. Where a store has entrances facing both a street and a parking lot, a second sign is permitted to face the parking lot.
(2) 
Area. Each sign shall have a maximum area of 32 square feet per sign face.
(3) 
Height: Signs shall have a maximum height equal to the eaveline.
(4) 
Illumination: The following illumination types shall be permitted subject to the regulations in § 106, Subsection 6. Sign Illumination:
(a) 
Internal illumination.
(b) 
External illumination, lit from above.
(c) 
Halo illumination or backlit letters.
(d) 
Neon lighting.
F. 
Awning or canopy signs for nonresidential uses shall be permitted, subject to the following regulations:
(1) 
Height: Signs shall have a maximum height equal to the eaveline.
(2) 
Illumination: The following illumination types shall be permitted, subject to the regulations in § 106, Subsection 6, Sign Illumination:
(a) 
External illumination, lit from above.
G. 
Projecting signs for nonresidential uses shall be permitted, subject to the following regulations:
(1) 
Number: One sign per ground-floor establishment, plus one sign per building entrance serving one or more commercial tenants without a ground-floor entrance.
(2) 
Area: Each sign shall have a maximum area of 20 square feet per sign face.
(3) 
Height: Signs shall have a maximum height equal to the eaveline.
(4) 
Illumination: The following illumination types shall be permitted, subject to the regulations in § 106, Subsection 6, Sign Illumination:
(a) 
External illumination, lit from above.
(b) 
Neon lighting.
H. 
Window signs for nonresidential uses shall be permitted, subject to the following regulations:
(1) 
Area: A maximum of 25% of the total window area of any single storefront may be used for permanent signs that are etched, painted, or permanently affixed to the window. A maximum of 35% of the total window area of any single storefront may be covered by a combination of permanent and temporary window signs.
(2) 
Illumination: The following illumination types shall be permitted, subject to the regulations in § 106, Subsection 6, Sign Illumination:
(a) 
Neon lighting.
I. 
Marquee signs for nonresidential uses shall be permitted, subject to the following regulations:
(1) 
Number: One marquee sign per building.
(2) 
Area: The total area of signs on a single marquee structure shall not exceed 200 square feet in area.
(3) 
Height: Signs shall have a maximum height equal to the eaveline.
(4) 
Illumination: The following illumination types shall be permitted, subject to the regulations in § 106, Subsection 6, Sign Illumination:
(a) 
Internal illumination.
(b) 
Message center sign.
(c) 
Digital display.
J. 
In addition to building signs, freestanding signs for nonresidential uses shall be permitted, subject to the following regulations:
(1) 
Number: One sign per street frontage, up to two signs per property held in single and separate ownership.
(a) 
For permitted gas stations, one additional freestanding sign per street frontage shall be permitted for the advertising of gas prices and identification of the gas station only, up to two additional signs per property.
(b) 
For permitted drive-through establishments, one additional freestanding sign shall be permitted for the advertising items for sale to users of the drive-through lane only.
(2) 
Area: Each sign shall have a maximum area of 50 square feet plus an additional 10 square feet per tenant up to a maximum of 100 square feet.
(3) 
Height: Signs shall have a maximum height of 20 feet.
(4) 
Illumination: The following illumination types shall be permitted, subject to the regulations in § 106, Subsection 6, Sign Illumination.
(a) 
Internal illumination.
(b) 
Message center sign.
(c) 
Digital display.
K. 
Optional: Upper-level building identification signs shall be permitted, subject to the following regulations:
(1) 
Number: One sign per building.
(2) 
Area: Each sign shall have a maximum area of 200 square feet.
(3) 
Height: Signs shall have a maximum height of 10 feet and shall not extend vertically beyond the eaveline.
(4) 
Location: Signs shall be limited to buildings at least three stories in height and shall be located only on the top floor of such buildings.
(5) 
Illumination: The following illumination types shall be permitted subject to the regulations in § 106, Subsection 6, Sign Illumination:
(a) 
Internal illumination.
L. 
Off-premises signs shall be permitted, subject to the regulations detailed in § 108, Regulations by Sign Type: Off-Premises.
M. 
Summary Table for Signs in Commercial and Industrial Districts.
General Commercial and Industrial Districts
Wall and Awning/Canopy
Projecting
Window
Marquee
Freestand- ing
Optional: Upper-Level Building Identifi- cation
Maximum number
Wall: 1 per tenant per street frontage (up to 2 per tenant)
Awning/Canopy: N/A (see § 107)
1 per ground-floor establishment, plus 1 per building entrance serving tenants without a ground-floor entrance
N/A
1 per building
1 per street frontage, up to 2 per lot (additional signs allowed for gas stations and drive-through establish- ments)
1 per building (> 3 stories high)
Maximum area (total)
1.5 square feet per linear foot of building frontage facing a public street or parking lot, subject to maximum size limitations based on sign type
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Maximum area (individual)
Wall: 32 square feet
Awning/Canopy: N/A (see § 107)
20 square feet
25% total window area (permanent signs); 35% (all signs)
200 square feet
50 square feet plus an additional 10 square feet per tenant up to 100 square feet
200 square feet
Maximum height
The eaveline
N/A
The eaveline
20 feet
The eaveline
[Ord. No. 2018-5, 12/12/2018]
1. 
In addition to all other requirements of this Part, the following regulations shall be applicable to any sign placed in a designated historic district:
A. 
No sign shall be erected or altered until an application has been reviewed and approved by the {Review Board} and after the Township of Kingston has issued a certificate of appropriateness.
B. 
Installation must not damage or require removal of historic materials and must be done in a manner such that signs can be removed without harm to the masonry or architectural detailing.
C. 
The {Review Board} shall ensure that the proposed sign is appropriate compared:
(1) 
To the style, period, type, size, and scale of the building and district for which it is proposed; and
(2) 
With other signs in the district.
D. 
Permit Requirements.
(1) 
All applications for a certificate of appropriateness must contain the following information:
(a) 
A current color photograph of the property.
(b) 
An illustration of the building facade showing the proposed sign.
(c) 
A scaled drawing showing the sign itself and including the size, materials, colors, lighting, lettering, and method of attachment. Material samples may be required.
(d) 
For ground signs, a site plan indicating the location of the sign.
(e) 
The type of illumination.
[Ord. No. 2018-5, 12/12/2018]
1. 
Unsafe or Unlawful Signs.
A. 
Upon written notice by the Township of Kingston, the owner, person, or firm maintaining a sign shall remove the sign when it becomes unsafe, is in danger of falling, or it becomes so deteriorated that it no longer serves a useful purpose of communication, or it is determined by the Township of Kingston to be a nuisance, or it is deemed unsafe by the Township of Kingston, or it is unlawfully erected in violation of any of the provisions of this Part.
B. 
The Township of Kingston may remove or cause to be removed the sign at the expense of the owner and/or lessee in the event that the owner or the person or firm maintaining the sign has not complied with the terms of the notice within 30 days of the date of the notice. In the event of immediate danger, the Township of Kingston may remove the sign immediately upon the issuance of notice to the owner, person, or firm maintaining the sign.
2. 
Abandoned Signs.
A. 
It shall be the responsibility of the owner of any property upon which an abandoned sign is located to remove such sign within 180 days of the sign becoming abandoned as defined in this section. Removal of an abandoned sign shall include the removal of the entire sign, including the sign face, supporting structure, and structural trim.
B. 
Where the owner of the property on which an abandoned sign is located fails to remove such sign within 180 days, the Township of Kingston may remove such sign. Any expense directly incurred in the removal of such sign shall be charged to the owner of the property. Where the owner fails to pay, the Township of Kingston may file a lien upon the property for the purpose of recovering all reasonable costs associated with the removal of the sign.
[Ord. No. 2018-5, 12/12/2018]
1. 
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to erect, alter, repair, or relocate any sign within the Township of Kingston without first obtaining a sign permit, unless the sign is specifically exempt from the permit requirements as outlined in § 105, Exempt Signs.
2. 
In order to apply for sign permit, the applicant must provide the following information, in writing, to the Township of Kingston:
A. 
Name of organization and location.
B. 
Name, address and telephone number of the property owner, and the signature of the property owner or duly authorized agent for the owner.
C. 
Contact person and contact information.
D. 
Description of the activities occurring on the site where the sign will be installed.
E. 
Description of any existing signage that will remain on the site.
F. 
Identification of the type of signs(s) to be erected by the applicant.
G. 
Site plan depicting the locations of proposed signage and existing remaining signage.
H. 
Two copies of a plan, drawn to scale, depicting:
(1) 
Lot dimensions, building frontage, and existing cartways, rights-of-way and driveways.
(2) 
The design of each sign face and sign structure, including dimensions, total area, sign height, depth, color scheme, structural details, materials, lighting scheme and proposed location.
(3) 
Building elevations, existing and proposed facades, parapet walls, eaveline and the location and size of all proposed and existing permanent signage.
(4) 
Current photographs showing existing signs on the premises and certifying the date on which photographs were taken.
I. 
If the sign is located in an historic district, confirmation that an application has been submitted to the Historic Architectural Review Board (if applicable).
J. 
A permit fee, to be established from time to time by resolution of the Township of Kingston, shall be paid.
3. 
The Township of Kingston shall have 10 business days from the receipt of a complete application to review the application.
4. 
A permit shall be issued on or before the end of the ten-business-day review period if the application for a new sign or renewal complies with the regulations contained herein.
5. 
If the Township of Kingston does not issue a determination within the ten-business-day period, the sign permit is deemed approved.
6. 
An application for a sign permit may be denied by the Township of Kingston within the ten-business-day review period if the application fails to comply with the standards contained herein. The Township of Kingston shall inform the applicant of the reasons for denying the application for a sign permit by certified mail.
7. 
Upon denial of an application for a sign permit, the applicant has 30 business days to revise and resubmit the application for review by the Township of Kingston. In the alternative, the applicant may also appeal the decision of the Township of Kingston to the governing body within the thirty-business-day time period. The Township of Kingston, at its next regularly scheduled meeting, shall review its denial of the application.
8. 
With the exception of lighting permits for digital signs, these permits shall not expire, provided that such signs are not abandoned or destroyed. In the instance that substantial repair or replacement becomes necessary (i.e., repairs that cost more than 50% of the replacement cost of the damaged sign), the organization must apply for a new sign permit and pay an additional fee, if required.
9. 
Optional: All illuminated signs shall require certification in order to demonstrate continued compliance with the brightness requirements set forth in § 106, Subsection 6, Sign Illumination. This certification must be renewed every three years. This will allow the Township of Kingston to adjust standards as needed based on changing technology and evaluation of impacts. The Township of Kingston reserves the right to assess the brightness of any sign at any time to ensure compliance with illumination requirements.
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Signs legally in existence at the time of the adoption of this Part which do not conform to the requirements of this Part shall be considered nonconforming signs.
2. 
All permanent signs and sign structures shall be brought into conformance with the sign regulations when and if the following occurs:
A. 
The sign is removed, relocated, or significantly altered. Significant alterations include changes in the size or dimension of the sign. Changes to the sign copy or the replacement of a sign face on a nonconforming sign shall not be considered a significant alteration.
B. 
If more than 50% of the sign area is damaged, it shall be repaired to conform to this Part.
C. 
An alteration in the structure of a sign support.
D. 
A change in the mechanical facilities or type of illumination.
E. 
A change in the material of the sign face.
F. 
The property on which the nonconforming sign is located submits a subdivision or land development application requiring municipal review and approval.
G. 
The property on which the nonconforming sign is located undergoes a change of land use requiring the issuance of either a use and occupancy permit or a change of use and occupancy permit by the Township of Kingston.
3. 
To determine the legal status of existing signs in each of the cases listed in § 122, Subsection 2, the applicant shall submit the following information to the Township of Kingston Zoning Officer:
A. 
Type(s) of existing sign(s) located on the property.
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Signs on the premises of legally nonconforming uses (such as an office in a residential area) may remain until the existing use of the premises is discontinued.
2. 
If a sign wears out or is damaged (including rust, faded colors, discoloration, holes, or missing parts or informational items), or is changed for any other reason, the number, size, and area of all signs relating to the premises shall not be increased beyond the characteristics of the sign or signs that existed on that property at the time this Part was adopted.
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Prosecution of Violation of Ordinance.
A. 
Any person failing to comply with a notice of violation or order served in accordance herewith shall be subject to a criminal action brought by the Township of Kingston before a District Justice under the provisions of the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure relating to a summary offense. Further, if the notice of violation or order is not complied with, the Township of Kingston may institute appropriate proceedings at law or in equity to restrain, correct or abate such violation of the provisions of this Part.
B. 
The rights and remedies provided hereby are cumulative and are in addition to any other remedies provided by law.
C. 
Nothing herein shall be interpreted to limit the authority of the Township of Kingston to revoke any approval previously granted due to any violations of this Part, which right is expressly reserved.
D. 
Any sign which is erected, altered or converted in violation of any provision of this Part is declared to be a public nuisance per se, and it may be abated by an order of a court of competent jurisdiction.
2. 
Penalties for Violations. Any person or entity who shall violate a provision of this Part or fail to comply therewith or with any of the requirements thereof shall be prosecuted for the commission of a summary offense in the manner more particularly provided in Subsection 1 hereof. The District Justice may levy criminal fines not to exceed $1,000 per violation upon the conviction of the person or entity of the summary offense so charged. Each day that a violation continues, after due notice has been served, shall be deemed a separate offense.
3. 
Removal of Prohibited Advertising Devices. In addition to the penalties prescribed in this Part, the Township may institute any appropriate action or proceeding after 30 days' written notice of a violation of this Part to the person or persons maintaining or allowing to be maintained such sign, to prevent, restrain, correct or abate a violation or to cause the removal of any sign erected or maintained in violation of the provisions of this Part, or the Township may have any such sign corrected or removed by its employees. In the event of such removal, the person or persons responsible for the erection or maintenance of such sign and the person or persons allowing such sign to be maintained shall be liable to the Township for the cost of removal or correction of such sign. Further, such cost of removal shall be collected, if unpaid, by the imposition of a municipal claim or lien entered in favor of the Township of Kingston against such person or persons.
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The provisions of this Part shall not affect any suit or prosecution pending or to be instituted to enforce any of the prior ordinances and regulations except as otherwise provided by law.
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It is hereby declared to be the intention of the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Kingston that the chapters, parts, sections, paragraphs, sentences, clauses or phrases of this Part are severable. If any section, paragraph, sentence, clause or phrase of this Part is declared unconstitutional, illegal or otherwise invalid by the judgment or decree of a court of competent jurisdiction, that invalidity shall not affect any of the remaining chapters, parts, sections, paragraphs, sentences, clauses or phrases of this codification.