Village of Lake Grove, NY
Suffolk County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Lake Grove 11-16-1978 as Ch. 105 of the 1978 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Zoning — See Ch. 175.
A. 
The purpose of this chapter is to promote and protect the public health, welfare and safety of the people of the Incorporated Village of Lake Grove by regulating existing and proposed outdoor advertising and outdoor signs of all types.
B. 
It is intended hereby to protect property values, create a more attractive economic and business climate, enhance and protect the physical appearance of the community, preserve the scenic and natural beauty of designated areas and provide a more enjoyable and pleasing community.
C. 
It is further intended hereby to reduce sign and advertising distraction and obstructions that may contribute to traffic accidents, to reduce hazards that may be caused by signs overhanging or projecting over public rights-of-way, to provide more open space and to curb the deterioration of the natural beauty and community environment.
As used in this chapter, unless otherwise expressly stated, the following terms shall mean as follows:
ACCESSORY SIGN
Any sign related to a business or profession conducted or to a commodity or service sold or offered upon the premises where such sign is located.
ERECT
To build, construct, alter, repair, display, relocate, attach, hang, place, suspend, affix or maintain any sign, and also includes the painting of exterior wall signs, advertisements or announcements.
FRONT OR FACE OF A BUILDING
The outer surface of a building or structure which is visible from any private or public street, highway, driveway or parking lot.
ILLUMINATED SIGN
Any sign illuminated by electricity, gas or other artificial light, including reflective or phosphorescent light.
INSPECTOR
The Code Enforcement Officer empowered, authorized and charged with the duty and responsibility to inspect and enforce the provisions of all Village ordinances, local laws, rules and regulations enacted, adopted and promulgated by the Village Board.
LIGHTING DEVICE
Any light, string of lights or group of lights located or arranged so as to cast illumination on a sign.[1]
NONACCESSORY SIGN
Any sign unrelated to a business or profession conducted or to a commodity or service sold or offered upon the premises where such sign is located.
NONCONFORMING SIGN
A sign having previously been erected, maintained and approved, for which a license fee was paid to the Town of Brookhaven or any other municipality or governmental identity and a permit issued prior to the incorporation of the Village of Lake Grove on September 18, 1968, and before the adoption of Article XIII, entitled "Signs," of Chapter 20, Zoning Ordinance, of the Incorporated Village of Lake Grove on June 10, 1969,[2] and which sign does not now conform to the provisions and requirements of this chapter and/or is prohibited or unauthorized by this chapter.
PERSON
Any individual, firm, partnership association, corporation, company, institution or organization of any kind.
PROJECTING SIGN
Any sign which projects from the exterior of any building.
[1]
Editor's Note: The former definition of "mobile sign," which immediately followed this definition, was repealed 8-17-2006 by L.L. No. 2-2006.
[2]
Editor's Note: The Zoning Ordinance as adopted 6-10-1969 is included as Ch. 175 of this Code. Former Art. XIII of said ordinance was deleted as being superseded by this chapter.
[Amended 2-4-1999 by L.L. No. 1-1999]
All signs as provided and authorized in this chapter which are presently attached to, maintained or erected on any building or structure built or in the process of being built, or on the ground or premises of such building or structure, or any professional sign as delineated in this chapter, shall require a permit from the Village Clerk. All signs erected or maintained within the confines of the Village of Lake Grove shall conform to the following specific requirements, regardless of size or type:
A. 
All signs shall be colonial, monument-style design, to help establish and maintain a colonial Village atmosphere.
[Amended 5-3-2007 by L.L. No. 5-2007]
B. 
No sign shall exceed eight feet in height from the ground level unless otherwise authorized by special permit of the Village Board.
C. 
No freestanding or "sandwich" signs are permitted nor shall such be authorized.
The following signs are permitted:
A. 
Professional signs in residential districts.
[Amended 2-4-1999 by L.L. No. 1-1999]
(1) 
One sign not exceeding two square feet in area, bearing only the name and profession of the resident practitioner. Such sign may be illuminated by an electric lamp not exceeding 75 watts of power.
(2) 
Professional signs located on Hawkins Avenue and Stony Brook Road within the Incorporated Village of Lake Grove may be of a size not exceeding four square feet in area.
(3) 
No sign shall be self-illuminating. However, such sign may be illuminated by a single, independent electric lamp not exceeding 75 watts of power. Any illumination shall be in strict compliance with § 142-9 of this chapter.
B. 
Sale or rent signs. One "for sale," "for lease" or "for rent" sign, not larger than four square feet in area, advertising only the property upon which the sign is placed.
C. 
Subdivision signs. For each platted subdivision, two signs, each no larger than 20 square feet in area, advertising only the premises on which the sign is placed, may be approved, but such signs shall not exceed six feet in height from finished grade.
D. 
Municipal signs. Signs erected and maintained for a municipal governmental purpose when authorized by resolution of the Village Board. Subject to such conditions and safeguards as the Village Board may deem appropriate, no permit nor payment of a fee shall be required.
E. 
Public utility signs. Standard signs of public utilities, not exceeding 12 inches by 20 inches, placed to inform the public of the location of utility facilities available to the general public.
F. 
Signs placed or posted or erected denoting the name and address of the occupant of the premises, not to exceed two square feet in area. No permit shall be required and no fee paid.
G. 
Signs painted on the glass window of a residence or office, denoting the name of the occupants of a business or a professional person. No permit shall be required and no fee paid.
H. 
Signs denoting the architect, engineer or contractor, placed on premises where construction, repair or renovation is in progress, which signs shall not exceed 10 square feet in area.
I. 
Signs or bulletin boards customarily incident to a church or places of worship, libraries, museums, schools or religious, civic, veterans and service organizations. Such signs and bulletin boards need no permit nor shall a fee be paid, but such signs and bulletin boards must be located on the premises of such institution or organization only.
J. 
No freestanding or "sandwich" signs are permitted nor shall such be authorized.
[Added 2-4-1999 by L.L. No. 1-1999]
The following signs are allowed in any business or industrial district:
A. 
Detached or ground signs: one sign, not larger than 25 square feet and not exceeding eight feet in height from the ground level, advertising only the business conducted on the premises on which erected, which sign shall be completely detached from any building or structure.
[Amended 2-4-1999 by L.L. No. 1-1999]
B. 
Wall signs.
[Amended 5-16-1996 by L.L. No. 5-1996]
(1) 
A sign for each tenant or business, attached to or incorporated in each building wall which fronts or faces on a public or private street, driveway or parking lot, as herein defined, or a storefront within a mall or shopping center indicating the nature of the business conducted in such building may be allowed, provided that such sign shall not:
(a) 
Exceed in total area one square foot for each horizontal foot of such wall; nor
(b) 
Exceed in width 75% of the horizontal measurement of such wall.
(2) 
No such sign shall be permitted and no application approved for a sign erected or to be erected on or above the roof or to extend above the top of a building or structure.
C. 
Billboards. In business and industrial districts, no billboards shall be authorized except by special permit from the Village Board, and such billboards shall not exceed 50 square feet in area nor eight feet in height from the ground level, except as may be specifically authorized in the special permit issued by the Village Board.
D. 
In J Business 3 District (Commercial Shopping Center), a sign larger in height or other dimensions than as hereinabove provided may be authorized by special permit from the Village Board by filing an application therefor.
(1) 
With such application for a special permit, the following must be provided and attached thereto:
(a) 
A survey of the land upon which such sign is to be erected, showing the area of the property; the existing or proposed building to be erected, including accessory building or structures; adjoining streets in front, sides and rear, if any; and the location where the proposed sign is to be erected, in reference to the building erected or to be erected on the premises.
(b) 
A drawing or photo in color of the proposed sign, giving all dimensions of the sign and the height above ground.
(c) 
The type and degree of lighting, if any is proposed.
(2) 
Such sign shall conform to the provisions of § 142-3, shall be erected not less than 30 feet from any property line and in no event less than 50 feet from any street intersection, and shall comply with the provisions of § 142-4 of this chapter.
[Added 2-4-1999 by L.L. No. 1-1999]
A. 
Temporary signs shall be permitted only in nonresidential districts.
B. 
Temporary signs shall not exceed 32 square feet. The top of such sign shall not be more than nine feet above grade, and there shall be a clearance of not less than four feet above grade beneath said sign.
C. 
The Building Department of the Village of Lake Grove shall receive an application for a permit not less than five business days before a mobile or temporary sign is erected or located. Upon receipt of the same, an inspection shall be conducted and a permit issued if said sign is in compliance with all applicable portions of this chapter.
D. 
For the purposes of this subsection, the term "premises" shall mean an entire shopping center or commercial center.
E. 
The applicant may apply for a permit for any length of time, up to and including 30 days. Such permit may be renewed twice within a twelve-month period, not to exceed 90 days.
F. 
Permits shall not be assignable or transferable. No portion of an application fee shall be refundable once the permit is written.
G. 
Temporary signs shall not be illuminated or electrified.
[Amended 8-17-2006 by L.L. No. 2-2006]
H. 
No temporary sign shall be placed in a defined parking stall in an established shopping center.
[Amended 8-17-2006 by L.L. No. 2-2006]
I. 
All other setback requirements set forth in this chapter shall be applied to mobile and temporary signs located in other than established shopping centers.
J. 
Only one mobile or temporary sign shall be permitted per 150 feet of road frontage of the lot upon which the signs are to be located.
K. 
The permit for a temporary sign shall be applied for by the entity whose business is advertised upon such sign. However, the owner of such sign, if different from the advertised entity, may apply for said permit on behalf of the advertised entity.
[Amended 8-17-2006 by L.L. No. 2-2006]
L. 
Unless specifically excepted, mobile and temporary signs shall meet all other requirements in this chapter.
M. 
The fee shall be as set forth in the fee schedule of the Village of Lake Grove.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The current fee schedule is included in the Appendix as Ch. A180, Fees.
All signs permitted by this chapter shall be erected and maintained pursuant to the following setback requirements:
A. 
No sign may be placed within the Village right-of-way.
[Amended 2-4-1999 by L.L. No. 1-1999]
B. 
Not less than 25 feet from any property line when permitted pursuant to § 142-5D; provided, however, that if the average front setback of existing buildings on the same side of the street within the same block is less than 25 feet, then not less than the established average setback.
All such signs shall at all times be maintained in suitable condition and repair. Failure to properly maintain such signs shall constitute cause for revocation of the permit by the Village Board and, in addition, shall be subject to any other penalties or remedies as provided in this chapter.
The prohibitions contained in this section shall apply to all signs in all use districts, regardless of designation by the Incorporated Village of Lake Grove:
A. 
All illuminated signs or lighting devices shall employ only lights emitting a light of constant intensity, and no sign shall be illuminated by or contain flashing, intermittent, rotating or moving light or lights. In no event shall an illuminated sign or lighting device be so placed or directed as to permit the beams and illumination therefrom to be directed or beamed upon a public street, highway, sidewalk or adjacent premises so as to cause glare or reflection that may constitute a traffic hazard or nuisance.
B. 
No projecting sign shall be erected or maintained from the front or face of a building a distance of more than 12 inches, including those projecting from the face of any theater, hotel or motel marquee.
C. 
No sign or any part thereof shall contain or consist of banners, posters, pennants, ribbons, streamers, spinners or other similar moving, fluttering or revolving devices. Said devices, as well as strings of lights, shall not be used for the purpose of advertising or attracting attention when not part of the original approved and duly permitted sign.
D. 
No nonaccessory sign shall be erected, maintained or permitted on any premises, residential or commercial, advertising any service or commodity not being sold nor pertaining to the business or use of the building or structure on the grounds or plot upon which it is so erected.
E. 
No "for sale," "for rent" or "for lease" sign shall be permitted except on the premises, structure, lot or plot of land actually being offered for sale, rent or lease.
F. 
The posting, nailing, attaching of any sign, poster, announcement, banner or any type of notice or advertisement to a tree or public utility pole, or the suspension from a tree or utility pole or across a street, road or highway, is strictly prohibited, and no permit or authorization shall be granted by any board, commission, officer, employee or agent of the Village of Lake Grove for such purpose.
G. 
[1]No signs shall be attached to any parked van or other motor vehicle advertising, announcing or otherwise calling attention to a sale or business, in any parking lot or driveway or stationary at the curb of any road, highway or upon any premises.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection G, regarding mobile signs, was repealed 8-17-2006 by L.L. No. 2-2006, and former Subsection H was relettered as Subsection G.
A. 
Signs required.
(1) 
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, partnership or corporation to sell or offer for sale at retail, for use in internal-combustion engines, including boat engines, any gasoline or other petroleum products unless such seller shall post and keep continuously posted on the individual pumps or other dispensing device from which gasoline or other petroleum products are sold or offered for sale, a sign or a placard permanently attached thereto, 12 inches in height and 12 inches in width, stating clearly and legibly in numbers of uniform size the selling price per unit of measure of such gasoline or other petroleum products sold or offered for sale from such pump or other dispensing device, together with the name, brand, mark or symbol and grade and quality classification, if any, of such gasoline or other petroleum products, together with the amount of federal tax, state tax and local tax, if any, to be collected with the sale of each such unit of measure.
(2) 
In lieu of stating the amount of the federal, state and local tax, if any, to be collected in connection with the sale of each unit of measure, the sign or placard may state that the total selling price per unit of measure includes all taxes required to be collected.
B. 
Other signs prohibited. No sign or placard stating or referring directly or indirectly to the price of such gasoline or other petroleum product, other than as provided in Subsection A of this section, shall be posted, placed or maintained at, on, near or about the premises where such gasoline or other petroleum products are sold or offered for sale.
C. 
Owner, operator or manager of premises. The person, firm, partnership or corporation selling or offering for sale at retail gasoline or other petroleum products, in accordance with this section, shall be the owner or manager or person operating the premises from which such gasoline or petroleum products are sold or offered for sale, or all or any of them.
A. 
Any nonconforming sign, as hereinabove defined, which had been approved and for which a fee was paid to and a permit issued by the Town of Brookhaven, and which is now in violation of or not conforming to nor permitted under the provisions of this chapter may continue to be maintained and used as is for a period not to exceed 10 years from the date that the last permit fee was paid to and a permit issued by the Town of Brookhaven, provided that the annual permit fee for such sign as required in this chapter shall have been duly paid to the Village of Lake Grove until the expiration of the ten-year period as herein set forth.
B. 
At the expiration of the ten-year period as herein provided, said sign shall no longer be permitted and must be removed or made to comply with and conform to the requirements and specifications as provided in this chapter.
A. 
No sign for which a permit is required shall be erected, maintained and displayed until an application for a permit shall be made to and approved by the Village Clerk, and a fee shall be paid as set forth in the fee schedule of the Village of Lake Grove,[1] and a permit shall be duly issued by the Village Clerk.
[Amended 5-2-1991 by L.L. No. 3-1991]
[1]
Editor's Note: The current fee schedule is included in the Appendix as Ch. A180, Fees.
B. 
Fees not required.
(1) 
No permit shall be required and no fee paid for a "for sale," "for rent" or "for lease" sign for a one-family home by the resident owner of the premises.
(2) 
No permit shall be required nor a fee paid for a sign indicating the name and address of the occupant of a private residence nor for a post office box.
C. 
A "for sale," "for lease" or "for rent" sign placed in the name of a real estate broker shall require a fee as set forth in the fee schedule of the Village.
D. 
All required permits for signs as herein provided shall be for a period of one year or from the date of issuance to December 31 of each year. The fee for the renewal of a permit, as set forth in the fee schedule of the Village, shall be due and payable on January 2 of each year.
[Amended 10-20-1994 by L.L. No. 10-1994]
Any person, firm, partnership or corporation violating any provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a violation and shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine not exceeding $250 or by imprisonment not exceeding 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. An action or proceeding may be brought in the name of the Village of Lake Grove in a court of competent jurisdiction to compel compliance with or to restrain the continued violation of the provisions of this chapter.