Town of Boonton, NJ
Morris County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[Amended by Ord. No. 19-97; 11-18-2002 by Ord. No. 19-2002]
A. 
As used in this chapter, the term "ground sign" shall mean a freestanding sign, supported by poles, masts or similar supports anchored within the ground, but not attached to any building or other structure.
B. 
No ground sign may be erected to a height exceeding 10 feet above the ground level, and the total area thereof shall not exceed 40 square feet.
C. 
All ground signs must be set back at least five feet from the front property line and at least three feet from side and rear lines; and shall have an open space of not less than two feet and no more than four feet between their lower edge and the ground level. Every ground sign shall be stoutly constructed and anchored in accordance with the BOCA National Building Code.
D. 
The owner(s) and/or person(s) responsible for maintenance of any ground sign, regardless of its location within the Town of Boonton, shall keep each such sign and the premises upon which it is located clean, sanitary, inoffensive and free and clear of all noxious substances.
E. 
No picture, bill, poster or advertisement of an obscene, indecent, licentious or immoral character shall be displayed on any advertising structure.
F. 
Billboards are expressly prohibited as a permitted use within the Town of Boonton.
[Added 7-21-2014 by Ord. No. 15-14]
A. 
Signs shall be no more than 45 inches high by 24 inches wide and must be related to the business and properly maintained.
B. 
One sign is permissible per business.
C. 
Signs shall be placed next to the building – not by the curb or in the middle of the walkway as to obstruct pedestrians.
D. 
Signs shall be displayed at the beginning of the business day and shall be removed and secured inside the building at the end of the business day.
E. 
All sidewalk signs must be registered with the Town Clerk with a picture attached to the application.
F. 
Signs shall be constructed of wood, plastic, metal or chalkboard.
G. 
This chapter shall be enforced by the Code Enforcement Officer. Any illegal sidewalk sign shall be subject to a summons by the Code Enforcement Officer, or any other duly authorized representative of the Town, and said sign shall be removed at the owner’s expense.
[Amended by Ord. No. 19-97]
A. 
Wall bulletin or wall sign as used in this chapter shall mean any sign, bulletin or poster erected on or in a plane parallel with the facing of the building wall and that may be affixed to the front, rear or side surface of any building. A wall bulletin or wall sign shall not extend beyond the building line more than four inches, and all such wall bulletins and signs must be safely and adequately anchored to said building.
B. 
A wall bulletin or wall sign shall include any sign painted or posted directly upon the outer surface of the building, as well as any sign, of any material whatsoever, fastened hereon by nails or other means.
[Amended by Ord. No. 19-97]
A. 
Projecting signs shall be divided for the purpose of this chapter into two classes: first, projecting signs which are those affixed at angles to the building, wall or structure; and, second, flat signs which are those attached in a rigid manner and lying parallel to and in the same plane as the wall and extending more than 12 inches from the face of the wall. All projecting signs of any nature shall be of metal frame.
B. 
No sign shall be more than one foot in thickness and the lowest point thereof shall be not less than 10 feet above the sidewalk. No sign shall project more than six feet from the building or structure to which it is attached, and in no event shall project within one foot of the curb line, and no sign shall be erected closer than five feet to the adjoining property line, except in the business district.
C. 
No projecting sign shall be higher than the highest point of the structure to which it is attached, excluding any chimney.
D. 
No extension or additional sign of any kind shall be hung from or attached to any projecting sign.
E. 
This chapter shall not apply to signs commonly in use by professional persons and attached to their residence or place of business which do not exceed three square feet in area.
No roof signs shall be erected.
[Amended by Ord. No. 4-95; Ord. No. 19-97]
A. 
Temporary banners may be erected, maintained and suspended across a street for a period not to exceed 10 days, when properly attached to the buildings or other supports on either side of the street, provided a permit is first obtained from the Mayor and Board of Aldermen. In all such cases the consent of an owner or agent of the building to which the supports are attached must accompany the application. In no case shall the lower part of such banner be less than 16 feet above the surface of the street.
B. 
Awning signs shall be painted directly upon the hanging border.
A. 
Marquee and marquee signs and similar structures must be of fireproof construction and must be limited to places of public assemblage, except by special permission of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.
B. 
Marquee signs may extend to within one foot of the curb line but no such sign shall be less than 10 feet in the clear above the level of the sidewalk at its lowest level and on authorized marquee awnings there may be placed an illuminated sign which may extend the entire length and width of the awning provided such sign does not extend more than five feet above nor one foot below such awning, but under no circumstances shall the sign have a vertical height greater than six feet.
[Added by Ord. No. 18-98]
Signs in all zones that are primarily residential, (namely as R-1, R-2, or R-3) may be illuminated by external light sources only. No internally illuminated signs or neon signs will be permitted. In addition, no blinking, flashing, or chaser lights will be permitted, except during the holiday season which shall be from the Friday after Thanksgiving through January 15 of the following year.