City of Camden, NJ
Camden County
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§ 471-4

§ 471-5
Permits required. 

§ 471-6
Construction permit fee.  

§ 471-7
Square-footage license for off-premises signs.  

§ 471-8

§ 471-9
Approval and issuance of licenses and permits.  

§ 471-10
Expiration; payment of annual fee.  

§ 471-11
Licenses not transferable. 

§ 471-12
Licenses and permits subject to other laws. 

§ 471-13
Removal of old posters and debris. 

§ 471-14

§ 471-15
License fees for revenue. 

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:

Includes fences, billboards, signboards, poster advertising boards, signs and sign structures of all kinds erected, placed or painted upon the ground or upon the roofs of buildings or on the sides of buildings or any other structure used for advertising purposes.

No person shall construct, reconstruct, maintain or repair any advertising structure, except subject to the provisions of this article, without first making application for a permit as herein provided, specifying therein the area of advertising to be devoted or used for such billboard or advertising purpose.

[Amended 12-26-1974 by Ord. No. MC-938]

Every person who shall erect or construct a billboard, signboard or poster advertising board in the city shall pay a minimum permit fee of $50.


For any billboard, signboard or poster advertising board which shall be erected or constructed in excess of 50 square feet, the permit fee shall be $100.

[Amended 12-28-1974 by Ord. No. MC-938]

No person shall erect or construct or shall maintain a billboard, signboard or poster advertising board already erected or hereafter to be erected in the city without first obtaining a license as hereinafter provided and paying therefor, in addition to the permit fee specified in § 471-6, an annual license fee of $1 for each square foot of advertising space, provided that the minimum annual license fee shall be $50.

[Amended 10-13-2005 by Ord. No. MC-4117]


The license requirement of this section shall not apply to any person who operates or maintains any such billboard or advertising structure on his own premises only for the purpose of advertising his own business.

[Amended 12-8-1983 by Ord. No. MC-1994]

Written application for a license or permit under this article shall be made to the Bureau of License Inspections upon forms furnished by the city and shall contain such information as the Bureau of License Inspections shall specify.

[Amended 12-26-1974 by Ord. No. MC-938]

No permit or license shall be granted hereunder until the Building Inspector shall be satisfied by due and proper proof that the billboard or advertising structure proposed to be erected and maintained has been properly constructed and safeguarded against accidents, windstorms or other dangerous elements.


The Bureau of License Inspections may issue the permit and annual license, or either, specified in this article after approval thereof shall be given by said Building Inspector and after payment of the required fee.

[Amended 12-8-83 by Ord. No. MC-1994]


For stand-alone billboard structures and billboard structures mounted on rooftops, proper proof that the advertising structure has been properly maintained and safeguarded against accidents, windstorms or other dangerous elements shall be in the form of a written certification issued by a New Jersey licensed engineer.

[Added 7-14-2009 by Ord. No. MC-4484]

[Amended 12-26-1974 by Ord. No. MC-938]

All licenses issued hereunder shall be for the calendar year and shall expire on December 31 of the year for which issued, unless sooner revoked.


Annually, on or before the first day of January in each year, beginning with the calendar year succeeding that in which the original permit and license were granted, each licensee under this Article shall pay the annual license fee specified in § 471-7 of this Article for all advertising structures proposed to be erected or maintained by such person during the current calendar year.

Licenses issued under this Article shall not be transferable.

Licenses and permits issued under this Article shall be subject to the ordinances and police regulations of the city.

Every person owning or maintaining an advertising structure shall take away and remove all old posters and other debris therefrom and shall not permit the same to remain on the street or to accumulate upon the lot or roof upon which the structure may be maintained or to be blown about by the wind.

[Amended 12-8-1983 by Ord. No. MC-1994]

Every permit and license issued under this Article shall be revocable at any time on written notice given by the Chief Building Inspector, as head of the Bureau of the Construction Code Official, as described in §§ 471-8 and 471-9, to the applicant who has secured the same.


Every sign, device or advertising structure theretofore authorized under any such permit or license shall, on such revocation, be forthwith removed on three days' written notice to the person who has erected or who is maintaining the same.


In case of failure so to do, the aforesaid Building Inspector shall remove the same at any time after said three days shall have expired, at the expense of the person who theretofore erected or who is then maintaining such sign, device or structure.


The grounds for revocation of any such permit or license shall be a violation of the terms of this Article or other applicable provisions of this chapter or a violation of the building standards

Editor's Note: For the building standards, see Ch. 190, Construction Codes, Uniform.
of the city or of any other applicable ordinance of the city. No such revocation shall be made unless the grounds thereof are stated in the notice to be given as herein provided, and then only after a hearing before the aforesaid building inspector, provided that any such revocation or removal shall not relieve any violator of this chapter from the fines and penalties provided in § 471-17 or from the fines and penalties provided by any other applicable ordinance of the city.

All license fees imposed under this Article are for revenue.