Signs

Sign Regulations

  1. The following commercial signs are permitted in Fox Chapel:

  1. Official traffic signs and street name signs.  Official signs identifying public buildings of the Borough of Fox Chapel.

  2. Accessory use or name signs indicating the name, profession, or activity of the occupant of a dwelling, or signs indicating the private nature of a driveway or premises, provided that the area on one side of any such sign shall not exceed one (1) square foot, further provided that no such sign shall have more than two sides, and further provided that not more than two (2) such signs shall be erected on any one premises, not more than one (1) of which may indicate a home occupation.

  3. One (1) identification sign each for schools, churches, clubs, or similar institutions, provided that the area on one side of any such sign shall not exceed ten (10) square feet, and that no such sign shall have more than two (2) sides.  In addition said institutions may erect signs not exceeding one (1) square foot in area indicating directions to motorists.

  4. Real estate signs advertising the sale, rental, or development of premises, provided that the area on one side of such sign shall not exceed ten (10) square feet, and that no such sign shall have more than two (2) sides.  Real estates signs shall be located at least twenty (20) feet from the edge of the pavement of any street.  All real estate signs must be removed upon the signing of a sales agreement for the sale of the property.

  5. Temporary signs of building contractors and artisans, not to exceed ten (10) square feet.  Such signs must be removed upon completion of work.

  1. No sign shall be placed in such a position that it will cause danger to traffic on a street by obscuring the view.

  2. No sign shall be of a flashing type, except traffic control devices.

  3. All signs shall be kept in good repair, and shall not be permitted to become unsightly.

  4. No sign, other than official traffic or information signs, shall be erected in or project into any public park, street, or highway, or over or into any sidewalk of the Borough of Fox Chapel.

  5. No sign shall be nailed, wired, or otherwise affixed to a tree or to an official traffic sign or street name sign.

Other Signs
All other signs shall comply with the following:

  1. Each sign shall have no more than two (2) sides with a maximum area of sixteen (16) square feet per side.

  2. The area of all signs on a property shall not exceed eighty (80) square feet.

  3. The highest point of any sign shall not exceed six (6) feet above the ground; provided, however, that any sign may be located higher than six (6) feet, if necessary to be visible from the closest street, road or lane, when located as close as is permitted to such street, road or lane.

  4. Signs shall not be posted on any property without the consent of the owner of such property.  The Borough may maintain a registry of owners who have indicated a preference with respect to signs on such owner’s property.  If an owner has requested that no signs be permitted on the property of the owner, the Borough may remove any such sign.  Any request of an owner will be revocable at any time by the owner.   Homeowners must complete an Authorization to Remove Signs to be placed on the Borough’s registry.

  5. All signs shall be posted in a safe and secure manner and must be maintained in good condition.  The owner of the property on which a sign or signs are posted shall: (i) remove signs that do not comply with Borough regulations or make or cause to be made, as and when necessary, all repairs and replacements so as to bring such sign or signs into compliance and (ii) shall not permit said sign or signs to become deserted or abandoned and will be removed prior to either condition being present.  A sign will generally be considered to be deserted or abandoned if it relates to a specific event and a reasonable amount of time has passed following the occurrence or completion of the event.

  6. No sign shall be placed in such a position that it will cause danger to traffic on a street by obscuring the view.

  7. No sign shall be of a flashing type, except traffic control devices.

  8. No sign, other than official traffic or information signs erected by the Borough, shall be erected in or project into any public park, street or highway or over or in or into any sidewalk of the Borough of Fox Chapel.

  9. No posters, signs, cards, advertising matter or any objects whatsoever may be placed upon the poles or elsewhere within or along the streets, roads and public ways of the Borough.

  10. No sign shall be nailed, wired or otherwise affixed to a tree or to an official traffic sign or street name sign.

  11. Temporary signs may be erected on property in the I-O District.  Such temporary signs may be displayed for no more than sixty (60) days per calendar year, will be limited to one per property and can be no larger than four (4) feet in height and thirteen (13) feet in width.

  12. Signs may not be artificially illuminated.

All signs must also comply with all Borough ordinances which may be applicable to that particular sign.