The following is a brief overview of amendments to Bill 130656-A, which seeks to regulate non-accessory signs in the City of Philadelphia (such as the photo on the right - courtesy of Philly Mag.).
These amendments are the product of years of work, compromise and debate between Councilman Henon's office, the Nutter Administration, community and stakeholder groups and sign companies to place common-sense regulation in this area. These amendments follow a recall of the bill in late-April, after PENNDOT unilaterally waded into the discussion.
Changing sign content & customary maintenance.
Max area sign: 1,000 sq ft if street for viewing is less than 60’
Max area sign: 1,500 sq ft if street for viewing is 60’ or more
Two faces (max) per-structure.
Special effects allowed to extend six feet above and three feet to the side for a total embellishment area of 288-square-feet--may be 3D provided features extend less than five feet.
25’ from road intended to be viewed from.
Allow for height adjustments if visibility is diminished by road signs or noise barriers.
Digital billboards cannot be erected or maintained within 500’ of residential zone.
6,500 nits-per-day/450 nits-at-night
Conversions to digital and new construction of digital require removal of two legal, non-digital signs
Digital signs must be within 660’ of Interstate 95 or Interstate 76 and comply to other sections of the Philadelphia Code, which includes a long list of existing location prohibitions including (not part of this bill but, the law): 660 ft from bridges over the rivers, ramps on/off the Interstates, schools, parks, historical designations as well as some specific carve outs listed in the amendments.
Market East Advertising District is not subject to these controls
Licensing and fees
Pro-rated to enactment date
Five-year fee of $1-per-square-foor, thereafter.
Inventory submitted to Department of Licenses and Inspections must include:
- Identification number
- Account number
- x/y coordinates
- Number of sign faces
- Square feet
- Number of support columns
- Road from which it is intended to be viewed
- Height of each sign face
- Permit numbers
- Date of last inspection
- Self-certification of quality
License tag is to be affixed to each sign with identification number.
See below for locations in the City of Philadelphia. Data attributed to Dr. Amy Hillier, University of Pennsylvania.