Borough of Rockleigh, NJ
Bergen County
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[Editor's Note: The sign application checklist and the zoning checklist can be found in the Appendix to Chapter 30, Land Use Procedures.]
[1973 Code § 72-1]
This chapter shall hereafter be known and may be cited as the "Sign Regulations."
[1973 Code § 72-2]
As used in this chapter:
CONSTRUCTION OFFICIAL
Shall mean the person or organization acting as such pursuant to resolution of the Borough Council.
ERECT
Shall mean to build, construct, hang, attach, place, suspend, affix or paint.
PERSON
Shall mean any individual, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
PREMISES
Shall mean a parcel of land, the location, dimensions and boundaries of which are determined by the latest official record on the Borough Assessment Map, and occupied or intended to be occupied by one (1) building or one (1) unit group of buildings and its accessory buildings and uses, and including such open spaces as are required by Chapter 34, Zoning.
SIGN
Shall mean every sign, billboard, ground sign, monument sign, wall sign, roof sign, sign painted on a building or structure, illuminated sign, projecting sign, temporary sign, awning and canopy and, where placed out-of-doors or in such a place as to be capable of being seen by the general public, any announcement, declaration, demonstration, display, illustration, insignia, trade name or trademark used to advertise or promote the interest of any person.
a. 
Ground Sign shall mean a sign supported by uprights and not connected to or attached to any other structure or building.
b. 
Illuminated Sign shall mean a sign which has characters, letters, designs or any part of the outline or background thereof formed or artificially illuminated by electric lights or luminous tubes within the sign or contiguous to and attached to the display surface thereof or to the device supporting same or the structure to which same is attached.
c. 
Monument Sign shall mean a sign constructed of stone or masonry resting upon footings extending below the frost line and not connected to or attached to any other structure or building.
d. 
Projecting Sign shall mean a sign attached to and suspended from or supported by a building or post, with the greatest dimension of the sign in a plane vertical to the plane of the wall of the building or to the post to which it is attached.
e. 
Roof Sign shall mean a sign, all or a part of which projects above a horizontal plane perpendicular to the highest point in the lowest vertical wall of the principal portion of the building or structure upon which said sign is located, or which is supported in whole or in part by or upon the roof of a building or structure.
STRUCTURE
Shall mean any building, shed, garage, shanty, fence, booth, equipment, tank and all other constructed edifices, enclosures or devices.
[1973 Code § 72-3]
Except as hereinafter provided, it shall be unlawful for any person to erect, alter, relocate or maintain within the Borough any sign, as defined in this chapter, without first making application for and obtaining a permit therefor from the Construction Official.
[1973 Code § 72-4; Ord. No. 09-01-04]
a. 
Each application for a permit required under this chapter shall be accompanied by the fee required under the provisions of subsection 9-1.3a7.
1. 
Name, address and telephone number of the person making the application.
2. 
Location of the structure or premises upon which the sign is to be erected, altered, relocated or maintained.
3. 
A sketch of the proposed sign and its dimensions, construction, materials, type of illumination, if any, method of support, including materials to be used for support, and its exact location with regard to structures on the premises.
4. 
Name and address of the person who will do the work.
5. 
If the applicant is not the owner or lessee of the premises where such sign is or will be located, the consent of the owner or lessee thereof.
6. 
Such other information as the Construction Official shall require to demonstrate compliance with this chapter and all other laws and ordinances of the Borough.
b. 
A sign permit must be applied for and issued within eighteen (18) months from final approval by the Planning Board or Mayor and Council of any application. If a sign permit is not so applied for and issued within this time period, the Planning Board or Mayor and Council approval shall be deemed null and void and a sign permit cannot then be issued.
[1973 Code § 72-5; Ord. No. 07-12]
It shall be the duty of the Construction Official to examine the application and other data and the premises upon which it is proposed to erect the sign, and if it shall appear that the proposed sign is in compliance with all the requirements of this chapter and all other laws and ordinances of the Borough, he shall than issue the erection permit. If the work authorized under an erection permit has not been completed within one hundred twenty (120) days after the date of issuance, the permit shall become null and void.
[1973 Code § 72-6]
The provisions and regulations of this chapter shall not apply to the following signs:
a. 
In the A Zone under Chapter 34, Zoning, of the Borough Code, one (1) sign which shall not exceed three (3) square feet in area identifying the owner or lessee or a permitted use of the structure or premises upon which the sign is erected; provided, however, that the sign is not illuminated from within or without. Illumination primarily serving some other function than the illumination of the sign shall not be deemed illumination of the sign under this chapter.
b. 
During the period between the granting of a building permit and the granting of a certificate of occupancy under the Zoning Chapter, in the A Zone and B Zone, one (1) sign which shall not exceed six (6) square feet in area identifying the person or persons retained in connection with the construction authorized under the building permit, and in the C Zone under Chapter 34, Zoning, one (1) sign which shall not exceed one hundred (100) square feet in area or individual signs which shall not exceed six (6) square feet in area identifying the person or persons retained in connection with the construction authorized under this building permit.
c. 
Municipal signs, traffic signs, legal notices, danger and such temporary emergency or nonadvertising signs as may be approved by the Borough Council.
[1973 Code § 72-7]
Upon receipt of a duly issued permit as hereinbefore set forth, it shall be lawful to erect the following signs:
a. 
In the B Zone under Chapter 34, Zoning, one (1) sign which shall not exceed six (6) square feet in area.
b. 
In the C Zone under Chapter 34, Zoning, two (2) signs, wall or monument, limited to identifying the owner or lessee of the premises upon which the signs are located, which cumulatively shall not exceed one hundred fifty (150) square feet in area, and neither of which shall exceed one hundred (100) square feet in area; two (2) general directory ground signs, each of which shall not exceed five (5) feet in width and eight (8) feet in height in outer dimensions, identifying on each sign two (2) or more owners, lessors and lessees of premises in the C Zone; and nonilluminated directional ground signs located not less than five (5) feet from a right-of-way, containing only one (1) panel not exceeding thirty (30) inches in length and six (6) inches in width attached to or suspended from a wooden post or posts not exceeding six (6) feet in height. No sign shall be illuminated from within nor by illumination affixed to the sign or the structure from which the sign is suspended, nor shall it be illuminated between the hours of 10:00 p.m. local time each day and 6:00 a.m. local time the following day. Signs projecting more than six (6) inches from a structure are prohibited. A monument sign shall be constructed of materials designed to harmonize with the principal structure on the premises upon which the sign is located and shall have footings below the frost line. No application for a sign in the C Zone under Chapter 34, Zoning, shall be approved by the Construction Official until the same shall have been submitted to and approved by the Planning Board and the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Rockleigh.
c. 
In the A Zone and B Zone under Chapter 34, Zoning, one (1) real estate sign which shall not exceed three (3) square feet in area, advertising the sale or lease of the premises upon which the same is erected, which sign shall not be illuminated from within or without.
d. 
In the C Zone under Chapter 34, Zoning, one (1) real estate sign which shall not exceed one hundred (100) square feet in area, advertising the sale or lease of any premises within the C Zone, which sign shall not be illuminated from within or without. No application for a sign in the C Zone under Chapter 34, Zoning, shall be approved by the Construction Official until the same shall have been submitted to and approved by the Planning Board and the Mayor and Council.
[1973 Code § 72-8]
All signs attached to the face of a building or structure shall not project more than six (6) inches from the face of the building or structure and shall not extend beyond the end of the face of the building or structure. Individual lettering erected on a building or structure in such manner as to form a sign and not originally a part of the building or structure shall be measured on the basis of a rectangle for each letter, and the total area of the rectangles must not exceed the area by which signs are limited by this chapter. Provided that each side shall be uniform in area, appearance and content, a sign with two (2) or more sides shall be measured, for the purpose of determining the area thereof, on one (1) side only.
[1973 Code § 72-9]
Every permanent sign lawfully in existence at the time of the adoption of this chapter on March 8, 1965 and which advertises or promotes an activity conducted or product sold elsewhere than upon the premises upon which such sign may be found may be retained, provided it shall not be altered or moved and provided it shall be kept in repair and in reasonable appearance. Any other sign now existing and which violates any of the provisions of this chapter, shall, within a period of two (2) years from the effective date of this chapter be taken down and removed by the owner or lessee thereof or the person having the beneficial use of the premises upon which such sign may be found, and upon failure to remove the same the Construction Official is hereby authorized to cause the removal of such sign, and any expense incident thereto shall be paid by the owner or lessee thereof or the person having the beneficial use of the premises upon which such sign may be found.
[1973 Code § 72-10]
In addition to such signs as may be heretofore prohibited by this chapter or by any other ordinance of the Borough, the following types of signs shall be prohibited:
a. 
Signs in which the colors red and/or green are used either in direct illumination or in high reflection by the use of special preparations such as fluorescent paint or glass.
b. 
Any sign visible from a public right-of-way which uses an arrow or the word "Stop," excepting highway directional signs erected by public agencies.
c. 
Any sign of which all or any part thereof is in motion.
d. 
Any sign displaying flashing or intermittent lights, except Christmas tree lighting by residents or institutions on their premises.
e. 
Any sign that interferes with or obscures a sign erected by a public agency, traffic instruction or directions or other public information.
f. 
Roof signs.
[Ord. No. 01-02-04 § 72-16, adopted 3/9/2004]
Except for official traffic control devices or street name signs or other signs erected under the authority of the Mayor and Council, no person, persons or corporations shall be permitted to place signs, placards or advertisements of any description along, over or across the public highways or streets in the Borough or on the trees or telephone, telegraph or electric light poles of the streets.
[1973 Code § 72-11]
All signs may be inspected annually by the Construction Official for the purpose of ascertaining whether the same are secure or insecure or in need of removal, repair or repainting.
[1973 Code § 72-12]
The Construction Official is hereby authorized and empowered to revoked any permit issued by him upon failure of the holder thereof to comply with any provisions of this chapter and all permits shall contain a provision to this effect.
[1973 Code § 72-13]
If the Construction Official shall find that any sign is unsafe, insecure or in need of repair or violates any of the provisions of this chapter or of a permit granted for the erection thereof, he shall give written notice to the permittee, owner or lessee thereof or the person having the beneficial use of the premises, building or structure upon which such sign may be found. If the person fails to remove, alter or repair it within ten (10) days after such notice, such sign may be removed, altered or repaired by the Construction Official at the expense of said person.
[1973 Code § 72-14]
Any sign now or hereafter existing which no longer advertises a bona fide business conducted or a product sold shall be taken down and removed by the permittee, owner or lessee thereof or person having the beneficial use of the building, premises or structure upon which such sign may be found within ten (10) days after the written notification from the Construction Official, and upon failure to comply with such notice within the time specified in such order, the Construction Official is hereby authorized to cause removal of such sign, and any expenses incident thereto shall be paid by that person.
[1973 Code § 72-15; New]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be liable for the penalty established in Chapter 1, Section 1-5. Each day such violation is committed or permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense and shall be punishable as such hereunder.