§14-1902. Signs Extending Beyond the Building Line.
(1) No sign shall be erected or maintained beyond the building line
over, on, or in any of the streets of the City except in conformity with the
provisions of this Section. Any sign which does not so conform is hereby
declared a public nuisance.
No person shall
erect or maintain any sign extending beyond the building line:
(a) on City
Hall, or any street immediately bounding City Hall, and on either side of Broad
Street from Arch Street to Chestnut
(b) on any
street immediately bounding Logan Square;
(c) on any tree guard, or
support thereof, or on any utility pole on any
No person shall erect or maintain any projecting sign which
denotes any property as vacant, for sale, for rent, or otherwise available for
disposition on Market, Chestnut, Walnut, Locust, Spruce, and Pine Streets,
between the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers.
erected or maintained on:
(a) Market Street, between the Schuylkill and
Delaware Rivers shall project:
(.1) more than 12 inches except that
any occupant of any building, or part thereof, may maintain or erect one
illuminated sign projecting 5 feet if the sign is of neon or interior light type
only, all of the sign is at least 14 feet above the sidewalk, and the sign does
not exceed 150 square feet of surface area; except further, that any commercial
establishment which occupies not less than 100 front feet of a City block may
erect one illuminated sign projecting not more than 9 feet from the building if
the sign is of neon or interior light type only, all of the sign is at least 60
feet above the sidewalk, the sign does not exceed 100 feet in height, nor 600
square feet, and the prior written approval of the Department of Licenses and
Inspections and the Art Commission is obtained.
(b) Chestnut Street
between the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers shall project more than 18
(c) either side of Germantown Avenue from the 4100 block of
Germantown Avenue to Northwestern Avenue shall project more than 12 inches. This
requirement shall not apply to existing
(5) No sign
erected or maintained anywhere else in the City shall project;
than 6 inches when the lowest part thereof is less than 7 feet above the
(b) more than 2 feet when such part of the sign is between 7
feet and 10 feet above the sidewalk;
(c) more than two-thirds the width
of the sidewalk over which such sign projects to a maximum of 10 feet, when such
part of the sign is more than 10 feet above the sidewalk.
(a) Subject to the provisions of §
projecting sign shall be erected or maintained which contains a total gross area
of more than 800 square feet.
(b) No swinging sign shall be erected or
maintained which contains a total gross area of more than 50 square feet, 25
square feet on each face.
(c) No temporary sign shall be erected or
maintained which contains a total gross area of more than 150 square feet, 75
square feet on each side.
(d) The total area fronting on any one street
of any single building or structure in which any wall sign or signs may be
erected or maintained shall not exceed 800 square feet, except that if such
building or structure has a frontage on any one street in excess of 50 feet
and/or exceeds 50 feet in height, the total area may exceed 800 square feet by
17 square feet for each foot of frontage in excess of 50 feet and/or each foot
of height in excess of 50 feet.
(e) Any person owning, operating or
maintaining any building or structure so situated shall comply with the
requirements of § 14-1902(8)(d) and shall insure the compliance of his
tenants with such requirements by lease or otherwise.