[Added 9-16-2008 by L.L. No. 42-2008]
Editor's Note: This local law was vetoed by the County Executive 10-15-2008, which veto was overridden by the County Legislature 11-18-2008.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- DISPLAY SIGN
- A sign, sign screen, billboard or advertising device of any kind that exceeds 75 square feet in area or 25 pounds in weight.
- SIGN HANGING
- Installing, building, erecting, hanging, suspending, hoisting, lowering, attaching, or removing any kind of display sign on, upon or from any structure or any exterior walls or roof of any structure.
- Any stationary combination of materials built or erected, including, but not limited to, a building, bridge, framework, billboard, railroad trestle, awning or other object that has been put together from different parts.
It is unlawful for any person to engage in any business as a sign hanging contractor without obtaining a license therefor from the Office in accordance with and subject to the provisions of this article and Article I of this chapter.
The County Executive, with the approval of the legislative body, shall appoint a five-member Sign Hanging Licensing Board to serve for a three-year term. Said Board shall determine the fitness of applicants for a sign hanging license and shall investigate and report on all proposed suspensions or revocations of licenses as hereinafter provided. Said Board shall be composed of individuals having a personal knowledge of and interest in sign hanging, such as representatives of labor, management, trade or professional associations, and appropriate representatives of government. A Licensing Director shall be appointed by the Director and shall serve as secretary of the Board. The Director shall serve as a nonvoting ex-officio member of such Board.
For the initial appointment only, three members of the Board shall be appointed for three-year terms, one member for a two-year term, and one member for a one-year term. All appointments thereafter shall be for a three-year term.
Compensation. Each member of the Board shall be compensated at the rate of $100 for each official meeting of said Board attended, but not more than $1,500 in any calendar year.
Powers and duties. The Licensing Board shall have the following powers and duties:
To hold meetings at regular times and places for the efficient discharge of the responsibilities and duties of the Board.
To make rules for the conduct of its meetings and to keep a minute book of its proceedings, including a record of its examinations and other official actions.
To examine the qualifications and fitness of applicants applying for licenses under this article.
To develop oral, written and/or practical examinations in order to judge the qualifications of an applicant.
To authorize the Director to issue a sign hanging license.
To conduct meetings and, after a hearing at which all interested parties are afforded a sufficient opportunity to be heard, submit recommendations to the Director relating to the suspension or revocation of a sign hanging license for cause.
To keep records of licenses issued, suspended or revoked and to make such records available for public inspection.
To prepare a manual of rules and regulations for the conduct of examinations and to furnish copies thereof to persons desiring same.
To formulate and recommend to the Director a code of rules for adoption or amendment governing sign hanging, including the materials, workmanship and manner of executing such work. Before making such recommendation, the Board shall confer and meet with the representatives of the sign hanging industry and hold a hearing on the proposed rules. Reasonable prior notice of the time and place of such hearing shall be given by publication in the official newspapers of the County.
To formulate and recommend to the Director, for adoption or amendment, rules and standards for the issuance, suspension and revocation of licenses, including the conditions for the issuance of same, the type of examination required, the terms and fees and the conditions upon the circumstances under which the same may be revoked or suspended.
The Office shall issue a temporary license to any applicant for a sign hanging license if the Office has not, within 30 days after receipt of the application for such license, approved or disapproved the application.
The temporary license shall be for a period of 90 days. If, within such ninety-day period, the Office shall have failed to approve or disapprove the application, the Office shall then issue a regular license to the applicant. If the application is approved during the term of the temporary license, the Office shall issue a regular license to the applicant.
The fee for a temporary license shall be $50 per annum. The fee for a regular license issued to replace a temporary license shall be $150 for the first full year.
No license shall be required of an employee who performs labor or services for a licensed sign hanging contractor for wages or salary.