Township of Aleppo, PA
Allegheny County
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A. 
Any sign hereafter erected or maintained shall conform to the provisions of this article and any other municipal ordinance or regulations.
B. 
Definitions. As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
SIGN
Any signboard, ground sign, wall sign, illuminated sign, projecting sign, temporary sign, pylon or pole sign, marquee, awning, canopy or street clock, and includes any announcement, declaration, demonstration, display, illustration or insignia used to advertise or promote the interests of any person when the same is oriented toward the public right-of-way and the view of the general public.
The area of a sign shall be construed to include all lettering, wording and accompanying designs and symbols, together with the background, whether open or enclosed, on which they are displayed, but not including any supporting framework and bracing which are incidental to the display itself.
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The area of a sign painted upon or applied to a building shall be considered to include all lettering, wording and accompanying designs or symbols, together with any backing associated with the sign.
B. 
Where the sign consists of individual letters or symbols attached to or painted on a surface, building, wall or window, the area shall be considered to be that of the smallest rectangle or other regular geometric shape that can enclose such letters or symbols.
C. 
In computing square foot area of a double-face sign, only one side shall be considered, provided both faces are identical. If the interior angle formed by the two faces of the double-faced sign is greater than 45°, then both sides of such sign shall be considered in calculating the sign area.
A. 
Directly illuminated sign: a sign designed to give forth artificial light directly (or through transparent or translucent material) from a source of light within such sign, including but not limited to neon and exposed lamp signs. Directly illuminated signs are not permitted.
B. 
Indirectly illuminated sign: a sign illuminated with a light so shielded that no direct rays therefore are visible elsewhere on the lot where said illumination occurs. If such shielding device is defective, such sign shall be deemed to be a directly illuminated sign.
C. 
Flashing sign: an illuminated sign on which the artificial light is not maintained stationary and constant in intensity and color at all times when in use. Flashing signs are not permitted.
D. 
Nonilluminated sign: a sign which is not illuminated either directly or indirectly.
A. 
Freestanding sign: a self-supporting sign resting on or supported by means of poles or standards on the ground. The height of freestanding signs shall be measured from the average grade at the sign base to the top of the sign. Freestanding signs shall not overhang the sidewalk. Exposed wires, chains or other connections shall not be made part of the permanent support of the freestanding sign.
B. 
Building-mounted sign (flush): a sign mounted, affixed to, applied to and/or parallel to a wall or other vertical building surface. Parallel signs shall not extend beyond the edge of any wall or other surface to which they are mounted or shall not project more than eight inches from its surface.
C. 
Projecting sign: any sign mounted to a wall or other vertical building surface other than a parallel sign. Projecting signs shall not project more than two feet from the wall or surface to which they are mounted, shall not extend beyond the edge of any wall or any surface on which they are mounted, shall be at least eight feet to the bottom of the sign above ground level immediately below and shall not in any way interfere with normal pedestrian or vehicular traffic. No signs shall overhang or project above the public sidewalks, streets or alleys.
D. 
On-premises sign: a sign which directs attention to an activity conducted on the same lot.
E. 
Off-premises sign: a sign which directs attention to an activity not conducted on the same lot. Off-premises signs are not permitted except as noted in § 400-91A(2).
F. 
Business sign: an on-premises sign which directs attention to a business, commodity, service, industry or other activity which is sold, offered or conducted other than incidentally on the premises upon which such sign is located or to which it is affixed.
G. 
Window sign: a window sign is any business sign which is oriented to the public right-of-way and is attached to the outside or inside of a window. Only temporary window signs made from nonpermanent material such as paper are permitted. All window signs shall be limited in size to 20% of the total glass area of the window.
A. 
The following types of signs and flags and no other shall be permitted in residential districts and PRDs:
(1) 
On-premises signs and flags:
(a) 
Nonilluminated signs displayed strictly for the direction, safety or convenience of the public, including signs which identify real estate for sale or rental, restrooms, telephone booths, parking area entrances or exits, freight entrances or the like, provided the area of any one side of any such sign shall not exceed two square feet.
(b) 
Flags representing governmental, education or religious organizations.
(c) 
One nonilluminated sign posted in conjunction with doorbells or mailboxes, provided that the area on any one side of any such sign shall not exceed 36 square inches.
(d) 
One sign for home occupation or accessory nonmedical office indicating only names of persons and their occupations, provided that the area of any such sign shall not exceed 200 square inches. Provisions of § 400-94 are not applicable to signs permitted by this subsection.
(e) 
One nonilluminated or indirectly illuminated bulletin or announcement board or identification sign for a permitted institutional use, provided that the area on any one side of any such sign shall not exceed 20 square feet.
(f) 
One nonilluminated or indirectly illuminated sign in connection with a lawfully maintained nonconforming commercial or institutional use, provided that the area on any one side of any such sign shall not exceed 12 square feet.
(g) 
Except for PRDs, one temporary nonilluminated sign advertising the sale or rental of the premises upon which said sign has been erected, provided that the area of any such sign shall not exceed four square feet and such sign shall be removed upon settlement or rental of the property. All signs shall be located at least 15 feet away from property lines, unless the structure is located closer to the front line.
(h) 
Advertising the sale or rental of a unit in a PRD shall only be permitted as one sign in the window of the dwelling for sale or rental.
(i) 
One temporary nonilluminated sign erected in connection with the development or proposed development of the premises by a builder, contractor, developer or other persons interested in such sale or development, provided that the area of any such sign shall not exceed 20 square feet and such sign shall be removed within 20 days after construction was begun on the last structure.
(j) 
Temporary nonilluminated signs of mechanics or artisans may be erected and maintained during the period such persons are performing work on the premises on which such signs are erected, provided that such signs shall be removed upon completion of work by the mechanic or artisan, and the total areas of all such signs shall not exceed six square feet.
(k) 
Signs announcing "no trespassing"; signs indicating the private nature of the road, driveway or premises; and signs controlling the fishing or hunting on the premises, provided that the area of any one side of any such sign shall not exceed 200 square inches.
(l) 
Nonilluminated or indirectly illuminated memorial signs or historical signs or tablets.
(m) 
Identification signs at the main entrance to a residential development. Such sign shall not exceed 24 square feet, exclusive of the structure to which the sign is mounted.
(2) 
Off-premises signs. Off-premises signs are not permitted except as follows: (Signs permitted within this section may also be on premises.)
(a) 
Signs necessary for the direction, regulation, and control of traffic, street name signs, legal notices, warnings at railroad crossings, and other official signs which are similarly authorized or erected by a duly constituted governmental body.
(b) 
Temporary nonilluminated signs directing persons to temporary exhibits, shows or events and sponsored by a nonprofit organization may be erected, subject to the following requirements:
[1] 
Signs shall not exceed 20 square feet in area.
[2] 
Signs shall not be posted earlier than four weeks before the occurrence of the exhibit, show or event and shall be removed within one week after termination of the exhibit, show or event.
[3] 
Said signs shall be subject to applicable fees as set by the Township.
B. 
General regulations in residential districts.
(1) 
Freestanding roof signs are prohibited. Freestanding ground signs may not exceed six feet to the top of the sign.
(2) 
No sign shall violate the corner visibility restrictions of Exhibit No. 1.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Exhibit No. 1 is on file in the Township offices.
A. 
On-premises signs. No on-premises sign shall be permitted except as follows:
(1) 
All signs permitted at the standards prescribed therein except as otherwise provided in this section.
(2) 
Freestanding business signs, provided:
(a) 
Only one such sign shall be permitted on each property.
(b) 
The area of any such sign shall not exceed 20 square feet per half acre, up to a maximum of 80 square feet. Such sign may be double-faced.
(c) 
Freestanding signs mounted or otherwise affixed to the roof of a building are not permitted.
(d) 
The maximum height of freestanding business signs shall be 11 feet from curb level to top of sign, with a minimum of six feet from the bottom of the sign to grade where such sign is placed within 50 feet of an intersection.
(e) 
Gasoline service stations. Such stations shall be permitted one freestanding brand-name sign in compliance with Subsection A(2) herein. Such sign shall allow at least 10 feet from the bottom of the sign to grade. No flags, pennants, pinwheels, or temporary signs shall be permitted.
B. 
Building-mounted signs (flush): a sign mounted parallel to a wall or other vertical building surface. Parallel signs shall not extend beyond the edge of any wall or other surface to which they are mounted or shall not project more than eight inches from its surface.
C. 
Off-premises signs. All signs permitted in § 400-91A(2) at the standards prescribed therein shall be permitted in the WCV District.
D. 
Sign controls for freestanding directory signs in industrial parks. A sign listing the names of various business or professional establishments within a defined contiguous area to be erected primarily as a service to the motoring or the pedestrian public shall be permitted, subject to the following requirements:
(1) 
Such signs shall be located on a property serviced by the sign.
(2) 
Such signs shall be limited to one at the main entrance.
(3) 
Multiple-directory signs may list only a name, address and primary product or service of each firm or business and may contain a graphic directory (street map) to assist in locating destinations.
(4) 
The respective permitted areas of information on multiple-directory signs shall be limited to no more than three square feet per firm listed, no more than 10 square feet per graphic directory and no more than three square feet for a general sign title, provided that the total sign area does not exceed 36 square feet.
(5) 
Multiple-directory signs shall be located a minimum of 10 feet from the street curb.
(6) 
Multiple-directory signs shall be located a minimum of 25 feet from the nearest paved edge of any street access driveway intersection.
(7) 
Multiple-directory signs shall not extend above a height of eight feet.
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Flashing signs shall not be permitted in any district.
B. 
Political signs not to exceed six square feet in size shall be permitted. They may be erected four weeks prior to election and shall be removed within one week after the election.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
C. 
No sign shall be so located or arranged that it interferes with traffic by causing glare, by causing blocking of reasonable sight lines for streets, sidewalks or driveways, by causing confusion with a traffic control device (by reason of color, location, shape or other characteristic) or by any other means.
D. 
All signs, except temporary signs, shall be constructed of durable materials and kept in good condition and repair or must be removed by the landowner.
E. 
Signs existing at the time of passage of this chapter and which do not conform to the requirements of this chapter shall be considered nonconforming signs and, once removed, shall be replaced only with conforming signs; however, nonconforming signs may be repainted or repaired, provided such repainted or repaired sign does not exceed the dimension of the existing sign.
F. 
If an establishment has walls fronting on two or more streets, the sign area for each street may not be computed separately.
G. 
No signs except those of a duly constituted governmental body, including traffic signs and similar regulatory notices, shall be allowed within a right-of-way.
H. 
No portion of any freestanding or projecting sign shall be located over the public right-of-way. If this requirement cannot be met, then freestanding or projecting signs shall be prohibited on such properties.
I. 
Any vehicle to which a sign is affixed in such a manner that the carrying of such sign or signs no longer is incidental to the vehicle's primary purpose, but becomes a primary purpose in itself, shall be considered a freestanding sign and as such be subject to the provisions regarding freestanding signs in the district in which such vehicle is located.
All signs, as defined in § 400-87, over six square feet in total overall area shall require the issuance of a sign permit before erection or replacement.