Borough of Roselle, NJ
Union County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Roselle 7-29-1960 by Ord. No. 1037.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 46.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 66.
Zoning — See Ch. 118.
[1]
Editor's Note: The provisions of this chapter are derived from Chapter 15 of the Revised Ordinances of the Borough of Roselle adopted 7-29-1960 as Ord. No. 1037.
As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ERECT
To build, construct, attach, hang, place, suspend or affix, and also includes the painting of wall signs.
FACING or SURFACE
The surface of a sign upon, against or through which the message is displayed or illustrated on the sign.
GROUND SIGN
Includes any sign supported by uprights or braces placed upon the ground and not attached to any building.
ILLUMINATED SIGN
Any sign which has characters, letters, figures, designs or outline illuminated by electric lights or luminous tubes as a part of the sign proper.
INCOMBUSTIBLE MATERIAL
Any material which will not ignite at or below a temperature of 1,200º F. and will not continue to burn or glow at that temperature.
PROJECTING SIGN
Includes any sign which is attached to a building or other structure and extends beyond the line of the said building or structure or beyond the surface of that portion of the building or structure to which it is attached.
A. 
Any projecting sign which is greater in width than in height.
B. 
Any projecting sign which is greater in height than in width.
ROOF SIGN
Any sign erected, constructed and maintained wholly upon or over the roof of any building, with the principal support on the roof structure.
SIGN
Every sign, billboard, ground sign, wall sign, roof sign, illuminated sign, projecting sign and temporary sign, and includes any announcement, declaration, demonstration, display illustration or insignia used to advertise or promote the interests of any person when the same is placed out-of-doors in view of the general public.
STRUCTURAL TRIM
The molding, battens, cappings, nailing strips, latticing and platforms which are attached to the sign structure.
TEMPORARY SIGN
Includes any sign, banner, pennant, valance or advertising display constructed of cloth, canvas, light fabric, cardboard, wallboard or other light materials, with or without frames, intended to be displayed for a period not to exceed two months.
WALL SIGN
Includes all flat signs of solid-face construction which are placed against a building or other structure and attached to the exterior front, rear or side wall of any building or other structure.
It shall be unlawful for any person to erect, repair, alter, relocate or maintain within the Borough any sign as defined in this chapter without first obtaining an erection permit from the Building Inspector and making payment of the fee required by § 98-6. All illuminated signs shall, in addition, be subject to the provisions of the code of the National Board of Fire Underwriters.
Application for erection permits shall be made upon blanks provided by the Building Inspector and shall contain or have attached thereto the following information:
A. 
Name, address and telephone number of the applicant.
B. 
Location of building, structure or lot to which or upon which the sign is to be attached or erected.
C. 
Position of the sign in relation to nearby buildings or structures.
D. 
Two blueprints or ink drawings of the plans and specifications and method of construction and attachment to the building or in the ground.
E. 
Copy of stress sheets and calculations showing the structure is designed for dead load and wind pressure in any direction in the amount required by this chapter and all other laws and ordinances of the Borough.
F. 
Name of person, firm, corporation or association erecting the structure.
G. 
Written consent of the owner of the building, structure or land to which or on which the structure is to be erected.
H. 
Insurance policy or bond as required by § 98-14.
I. 
Such other information as the Building Inspector shall require to show full compliance with this chapter and all other laws and ordinances of the Borough.
A. 
The application for a permit for erection of a sign in which electrical wiring and connections are to be used shall be submitted to the Building Inspector as set forth in § 98-3. The plans and specifications respecting all wiring and connections shall comply with the code of the National Board of Fire Underwriters. The Building Inspector shall issue a permit if said plans and specifications comply with said code or shall disapprove the application if noncompliance with said code is found.
B. 
Flashing signs shall be prohibited.
It shall be the duty of the Building Inspector, upon the filing of an application for an erection permit, to examine such plans and specifications and other date and the premises upon which it is proposed to erect the sign, and if it shall appear that the proposed structure is in compliance with all the requirements of this chapter and all other ordinances of the Borough, he shall then issue the erection permit. If the work authorized under an erection permit has not been completed within six months after date of issuance, the said permit shall become null and void.
Every applicant, before being granted a permit hereunder, shall pay the Borough Treasurer a permit fee of $5 for each such sign regulated by this chapter.
All rights and privileges acquired under the provisions of this chapter or any amendment thereto are mere licenses revocable at any time by the Borough Council, and all such permits shall contain this provision.
If the Building Inspector shall find that any sign regulated herein is unsafe or insecure or is a menace to the public or has been constructed or erected or is being maintained in violation of the provisions of this chapter, he shall give written notice to the permittee thereof. If the permittee fails to remove or alter the structure so as to comply with the standards herein set forth within 10 days after such notice, such sign may be removed or altered to comply by the Building Inspector at the expense of the permittee or owner of the property upon which it is located. The Building Inspector shall not issue a permit to any permittee or owner who refuses to pay costs so assessed. The Building Inspector may cause any sign which is an immediate peril to persons or property to be removed summarily and without notice.
Every sign hereafter erected shall have painted in a conspicuous place thereon, in letters not less than one inch in height, the date of erection and the voltage of any electrical apparatus used in connection therewith.
The owner of any sign as defined and regulated by this chapter shall be required to have properly painted at least once every two years all parts and supports of the said sign, unless the same are galvanized or otherwise treated to prevent rust.
All signs shall be designed and constructed to withstand a wind pressure of not less than 40 pounds per square foot of area and shall be constructed to receive dead loads as required in the building construction standards[1] or other ordinances of the Borough.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 46, Building Construction.
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 owner, agent or person having the beneficial use of the building or structure upon which such sign may be found within 10 days after written notification from the Building Inspector, and upon failure to comply with such notice within the time specified in such order, the Building Inspector is hereby authorized to cause removal of such sign, and any expense incident thereto shall be paid by the owner of the building or structure to which such sign is attached.
The provisions and regulations of this chapter shall not apply to the following signs; provided, however, said signs shall be subject to the provisions of § 98-8:
A. 
No sold or rented sign shall remain on the premises more than 10 days following settlement.
[Amended 8-21-1996 by Ord. No. 2011]
B. 
Professional nameplates not exceeding one square foot in area.
C. 
Bulletin boards not over eight square feet in area for public, charitable or religious institutions when the same are located on the premises of said institutions.
D. 
Signs denoting the architect, engineer or contractor when placed upon work under construction and not exceeding 16 square feet in area.
E. 
Occupational signs denoting only the name and profession of an occupant in a commercial building, public institutional building or dwelling house and not exceeding two square feet in area.
F. 
Memorial signs or tablets, names of buildings and date of erection when cut into any masonry surface or when constructed of bronze or other incombustible materials.
G. 
Traffic or other municipal signs, legal notices, railroad crossing signs, danger signs and such temporary, emergency or nonadvertising signs as may be approved by the Borough Council.
H. 
Temporary signs as defined in § 98-1 but subject to all requirements and limitations set forth in § 98-25.
I. 
Temporary signs for religious institutions.
[Added 7-26-1995 by Ord. No. 1987]
(1) 
Temporary signs erected by religious institutions located in the Borough of Roselle installed and maintained at their own cost and expense for the purpose of advertising meeting dates for said religious institutions.
(2) 
Said signs shall be no larger in size than a standard No Parking sign as defined by § 98-1 et seq. and be no more than two in number.
J. 
It shall be unlawful to place signs for the advertisement of real estate sales on Borough property for more than a forty-eight-hour period from Monday through Sunday of any given week.
Every applicant for a permit referred to herein shall, before the permit is granted, file with the Building Inspector a continuing bond in the penal sum of $10,000, executed by the applicant and a surety company to be approved by the Borough Attorney and conditioned for the faithful observance of the provisions of this chapter and all amendments thereto and of all laws and ordinances relating to signs, and which shall indemnify and save harmless the Borough of Roselle from any and all damages, judgments, costs or expenses which the said Borough may incur or suffer by reason of the granting of said permit. Any person lawfully maintaining a sign regulated by this chapter on July 21, 1960 shall, within 30 days thereafter, comply with all the provisions set forth in this section. A liability insurance policy issued by an insurance company authorized to do business in the State of New Jersey, conforming to this section, may be permitted in lieu of a bond. A certificate of said insurance shall be filed with the Building Inspector and such insurance may be canceled only upon 10 days' written notice filed with the Borough.
No sign shall be erected, relocated or maintained so as to prevent free ingress to and egress from any door, window or fire escape. No sign of any kind shall be attached to a standpipe or fire escape.
No sign as regulated by this chapter shall be erected at the intersection of any streets in such a manner as to obstruct free and clear vision, nor at any location where, by reason of the position, shape or color, it may interfere with, obstruct the view of or be confused with any authorized traffic sign, signal or device, or which makes use of the words "STOP," "LOOK," "DRIVE-IN," "DANGER" or any other word, phrase, symbol or character in such manner as to interfere with, mislead or confuse traffic.
All signs which are constructed on street lines or within five feet thereof shall have a smooth surface, and no nails, tacks or wires shall be permitted to protrude therefrom, except electrical reflectors and devices which may extend over the top and in front of the advertising structures.
Gooseneck reflectors and lights shall be permitted on ground signs, roof signs and wall signs; provided, however, the reflectors shall be provided with proper glass lenses concentrating the illumination upon the area of the sign so as to prevent glare upon the street or adjacent property.
It shall be unlawful for any person to maintain any sign which extends over public property which is wholly or partially illuminated by floodlights or spotlights.
It shall be unlawful for any person to display upon any sign any obscene, indecent or immoral matter.
A. 
Construction.
(1) 
Materials required. All ground signs for which a permit is required under this chapter shall have a surface or facing of incombustible material; provided, however, that combustible structural trim may be used thereon.
(2) 
Letters, etc., to be secured. All letters, figures, characters or representations in cutout or irregular form maintained in conjunction with, attached to or superimposed upon any sign shall be safely and securely built or attached to the sign structure and shall comply with all requirements in § 98-17.
B. 
Location.
(1) 
Height limitation. It shall be unlawful to erect any ground sign whose total height is greater than 20 feet above the level of the street upon which the sign faces or above the adjoining ground level if such ground level is above the street level.
(2) 
Space between sign and ground and other signs and structures. Ground signs shall have an open space of not less than three feet between the base line of said sign and the ground level. This open space may be filled in with a platform or decorative latticework which does not close off more than 1/2 of any square foot of such open space. No ground sign shall be nearer than two feet to any other sign, building or structure.
(3) 
Setback line. No ground sign shall be nearer the street than the building line established by law.
C. 
Erection.
(1) 
Bracing, anchorage and supports. All ground signs shall be securely built, constructed and erected upon posts and standards sunk at least three feet below the natural surface of the ground and shall be supported and braced by timbers or metal rods in the rear thereof extending from the top thereof to a point in the ground at least a distance equal to 1/2 the height of such sign, measured along the ground, from the posts or standards upon which the same is erected.
(2) 
Supports, etc., to be creosoted. All posts, anchors and bracing of wood shall be treated to protect them from moisture by creosoting or other approved methods when they rest upon or enter into the ground.
D. 
Premises to be kept free of weeds, etc. All ground signs and the premises surrounding the same shall be maintained by the owner thereof in a clean, sanitary and inoffensive condition and free and clear of all obnoxious substances, rubbish and weeds.
A. 
Construction.
(1) 
Materials required. The provisions of § 98-21A(1) shall apply to wall signs.
B. 
Location.
(1) 
Limitation on placement and area. No wall sign shall cover wholly or partially any wall opening nor project beyond the ends or top of the wall to which it is attached, and any one wall sign or combination of signs shall not exceed an area of 300 square feet on the wall of any building.
(2) 
Projection above sidewalk and setback line. No wall sign shall be permitted to extend more than six inches beyond the building line nor be attached to a wall at a height of less than seven feet above the sidewalk or ground.
C. 
Erection.
(1) 
Supports and attachment. All wall signs shall be safely and securely attached to the building wall by means of metal anchors, bolts or expansion screws of not less than 3/8 inch in diameter embedded in said wall at least five inches; provided, however, that such signs may rest in or be bolted to strong, heavy metal brackets or saddles set not over six feet apart, each of which shall be securely fixed to the wall as hereinbefore provided. In no case shall any wall sign be secured with wire, strips of wood or nails.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 98-23, Roof signs, was repealed 8-20-1997 by Ord. No. 2053.
A. 
Construction.
(1) 
Every projecting sign, including the frames, braces and supports thereof, shall be designed by a structural engineer or manufacturer and shall be approved by the Building Inspector as in compliance with the building construction standards.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 46, Building Construction.
(2) 
Illumination. All illuminated projecting signs equipped with reflectors shall be provided with reflectors having proper glass lenses concentrating the illumination upon the area of the sign and preventing glare upon the street or adjacent property; no floodlight or spotlight nor reflectors of the gooseneck type shall be permitted on projecting signs.
(3) 
Limitation of glass. The lettering or advertising designs to be illuminated may be composed of glass or other transparent or semitransparent incombustible material. Any glass forming a part of any sign shall be safety glass or plate glass at least 1/4 inch thick, and in case any single piece or pane of glass has an area exceeding three square feet, it shall be wired glass. One section, not exceeding three square feet in area, constructed of wired glass or safety glass shall be permitted on each side of a sign.
(4) 
Movable parts to be secured. Any movable part of a projecting sign, such as the cover of a service opening, shall be securely fastened by chains or hinges.
(5) 
Area limitations. Except by special permission of the Council, projecting signs shall be limited in area as follows:
(a) 
Horizontal projecting signs, 50 square feet on each side.
(b) 
Vertical projecting signs, 100 square feet on each side.
(6) 
Thickness limitation. The distance measured between the principal faces of any projecting sign shall not exceed 18 inches.
B. 
Location.
(1) 
Projection over public property. Every projecting sign shall be placed at least 10 feet above the public sidewalk over which it is erected and a distance not greater than two feet from the face of the wall to which it is attached, measuring from the point of the sign nearest thereto, and no such sign or any part thereof shall extend nearer the curbline than one foot. Every projecting sign erected over public driveways, alleys and thoroughfares shall be placed not less than 15 feet above the level of same.
C. 
Erection.
(1) 
Bracing, anchorage and supports. Projecting signs exceeding 10 square feet in area or 50 pounds in weight shall not be attached to nor supported by frame buildings nor the wooden framework of a building. Said signs shall be attached to masonry walls with galvanized expansion bolts at least 3/8 inch in diameter, shall be fixed in the wall by means of bolts extending through the wall, shall contain proper-size metal washer or plate on the inside of the wall and shall comply with § 98-11.
(2) 
Anchorage with wire, etc., prohibited. No projecting sign shall be secured with wire, strips of wood or nails, nor shall any projecting sign be hung or secured to any other sign.
D. 
V-shaped signs prohibited. V-shaped signs, consisting of two single-faced signs erected without a roof or ceiling, shall not be permitted.
A. 
Construction.
(1) 
Materials and area limitations. No temporary sign of combustible material shall exceed four feet in one side of its dimensions or 100 square feet in area, provided such signs in excess of 60 square feet shall be made of rigid materials of wallboard or other light materials with frames.
(2) 
Weight limitation. Every temporary sign weighing in excess of 50 pounds must be approved by the Building Inspector as conforming to the safety requirements of the building construction standards.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 46, Building Construction.
B. 
Location.
(1) 
Projection from wall and over public property. No temporary sign shall extend over or into any street, alley, sidewalk or other public thoroughfare a distance greater than four inches from the wall upon which it is erected, with the exception of banners, which may be so extended, provided written permission from the owners of the property involved is filed with the Building Inspector.
C. 
Erection.
(1) 
Anchorage and support. Every temporary sign shall be attached to the wall with wires or steel cables, and no strings, ropes or wood slats for anchorage or support purposes shall be permitted.
D. 
Duration of permits. Permits for temporary signs shall authorize the erection of said signs and their maintenance for a period not exceeding two months.
E. 
Advertising permitted. The advertisement contained on any temporary sign shall pertain only to the business, industry or pursuit conducted on or within the premises on which such sign is erected or maintained. This provision shall not apply to signs of a civic, political or religious nature.
F. 
Bond or insurance requirements. Bond or insurance requirements on temporary signs shall be as provided in § 98-14.
No signs, billboards or other display structures shall be permitted in any residence district except nonilluminated real estate signs, professional nameplates, signs denoting the architect or engineer when placed upon work under construction, occupational signs, memorial signs or tablets, traffic or other municipal signs when erected pursuant to the limitations set forth in § 98-13.
A. 
Any sign in existence on July 21, 1960, which does not comply herewith may be continued, provided it does not create a public nuisance or endanger the public health, safety or welfare. Should the Building Inspector determine that any such use is unsafe, the provisions of § 98-8 shall apply.
B. 
Any lawful sign or other device regulated by this chapter on any building, structure, lot or land on July 21, 1960, which does not comply with the provisions of this chapter or the use regulations of the district in which it is situated may be continued on such building, structure, lot or land so occupied.
C. 
Should any nonconforming sign controlled by this chapter be removed or damaged in excess of 50% of its insurable or physical value by fire, explosion, act of God or the public enemy, said sign shall not be rebuilt or reconstructed except in conformity with the provisions of this chapter.
The Building Inspector is hereby authorized and empowered to revoke any permit issued by him upon failure of the holder thereof to comply with any provision of this chapter.
[Amended 1-8-1975 by Ord. No. 1338; 12-19-2001 by Ord. No. 2148]
Any owner, lessee, sign erector, contractor or agent who permits, takes part or assists in any violation of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, for each and every violation thereof and for each and every day that such violation thereof continues, be subject to a fine of not more than $1,000 or be subject to imprisonment in the county jail for a period of 90 days or by a period of community service not exceeding 90 days. The Court may impose all, some or any combination of these sanctions.