[Added by Ord. No. 19-97]
The Main Street Commercial Historic District includes all such areas as shown on the Town of Boonton Zoning Map with Historic Preservation Overlay (§ 300-65).
[Amended 7-21-2014 by Ord. No. 15-14; 9-15-2014 by Ord. No. 18-14]
In addition to the types of signs described in prior provisions of this chapter, signs in the Main Street Commercial Historic District shall include any visible device appearing on or apparent from a building or structure that uses letters, symbols, color or form to advertise or announce the purpose of existence of a person or entity, or to communicate information of any kind to the public. The following types of signs are permitted in all areas of the Main Street Commercial Historic District:
Official notices, legal notices, and signs required by law.
Customary identification signs of recognized nonprofit service organizations. Such signs shall not exceed eight feet in height nor be more than nine square feet in area.
Signs for public and semipublic facilities such as schools, churches, hospitals, libraries, and public recreational facilities. The Planning Board in determining the area and height limitations to be imposed on these types of signs shall be governed by the standards established in other sections of this chapter.
Window signs are permitted. The total area of all window signs, including temporary window signs, shall not exceed 33 1/3% of the total area of the window, except where the store is vacant, the total area of all window signs may exceed 33 1/3%
Each store may have one neon sign not to exceed four square feet.
Notwithstanding the provisions of § 233-3B, ground signs in the Main Street Commercial Historic District shall be subject to the following regulations:
Any such sign shall be erected inside the property line.
Any such sign shall have an open space of not less than two feet and no more than 10 feet between the lower edge of such sign and the ground level, which space may be filled in with platform and decorative lattice of light wooden construction.
See § 233.3.1 for sandwich signs or A-frame signs.
[Added 7-18-2005 by Ord. No. 18-2005]
In residential historic districts, only one nameplate, situated within the property lines, shall be permitted on any given property. Each such nameplate may bear only the name and address of the principal occupant, home occupation or professional office, provided that the sign does not exceed 36 square inches in total area.
[Amended 7-20-2009 by Ord. No. 21-2009]
The following temporary signs are permitted in the Main Street Commercial Historic District. In no case may a temporary sign be illuminated.
Real estate signs advertising the prospective sale or rental of the premises or property upon which such signs are located. Such signs shall be removed within seven days of the sale or rental transaction and shall not exceed 12 square feet in area and each property shall not display more than one such sign, except that a corner property or through-lot may display one such sign on each street frontage.
Campaign signs announcing or advertising any political, educational, charitable, civic, professional, religious, or like campaign or event. However, such signs shall not be permitted for a period exceeding 31 days prior to such election or event, shall not exceed 12 square feet in area and shall be removed within 48 hours of the conclusion of the campaign or event.
Temporary window signs shall not be permitted without a permit. However, once a permit for a temporary sign is issued, no further permits for the same type or style of sign are required. Temporary window signs shall not exceed 25% of the total area of window space. The same temporary window sign shall not be displayed for more than 30 consecutive days and may be again displayed not sooner than 30 days after removal. Other than area restrictions, the provisions of this article shall not apply to signs advising of hours of operation, open/closed or help wanted signs. Temporary signs as defined herein shall be approved by the Historic Preservation Commission.
Temporary signage shall be of contrasting colors with style and lettering complementary to the architecture of the building to which it is affixed. Materials used for temporary signage shall be of vinyl, plastic, fabric or similar grade materials. Graphics generated by computer on paper, cardstock, etc., are also permitted. Handwritten signage on paper or cardboard with pens, markers, etc. shall be prohibited.
All signs affixed to the outside of buildings shall be illuminated only by an exterior source. No signs shall be lighted by using unshielded, incandescent, halogen or fluorescent lights, neon tubes or any other light source or mirrors reflecting a direct light source or similar devices.
No window may be outlined or otherwise illuminated by neon or other tubing.
Holiday lighting, including flashing lights are permitted the Friday after Thanksgiving until January 15.
All signs not expressly permitted under this chapter or not exempt from regulation hereunder in accordance with this chapter or applicable laws are prohibited in the Main Street Commercial Historic District. Such signs include, but are not limited to:
Signs located or worded so as to constitute a hazard to pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
Signs in the public right-of-way.
Flashing, animated, fluttering or rating signs (with the exception of barber poles) or signs with the optical illusion of movement, including running or chaser lights, except that flashing or runner lights are permitted on the marquee of the Darress Theater Building, also sometimes referred to as The State Theater.
Wind signs, such as pennants or spinners, except that flags shall be permitted, provided that they do not exceed 15 square feet or less than six square feet in size.
Internally illuminated signs using gas, chemical or fluorescent colors, including white, where tubing is visible. This includes all signs commonly described as "neon" signs, "neon-like" and/or fluorescent "neon" type signs.
LED (light-emitting diode) signs are prohibited; however, the use of LED technology as an indirect light source for signs is permitted provided the LED source is not visible or used to comprise any part of the sign lettering, logo or external display face. LED (light-emitting diode) price-point signs are permitted on freestanding service station pylon signs.
[Added 12-5-2011 by Ord. No. 22-2011]