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(15) Sign Requirements for Municipal Property. 755
The sign requirements of this subsection (15) are intended to balance the public interest in maintaining a safe and attractive City; the interests of businesses and other entities in promoting their products, services and ideas; and the interests of the City and other governmental bodies in communicating public service and emergency messages on a city-wide basis through an integrated network of signage on municipal property.
The provisions of this subsection (15) apply to all municipal property, defined as any land, building, or structure (i) that is owned by the City; or (ii) in which the City possesses rights sufficient to permit it to authorize the placement of a non-accessory sign on such land, building, or structure for six months or more.
(c) Non-Accessory Signs on Municipal Property.
No prohibition or regulation of non-accessory signs set forth in this Title shall apply to municipal property. In the event of any conflict between any provision of this subsection (15) and any other provision of this Zoning Code, the provisions of this subsection (15) shall control.
The following requirements shall apply to any sign located on municipal property.
(.1) Maximum Size.
(.2) Maximum Height.
(.3) Sign Faces.
(.6) Prohibited Locations.
(e) Requirements for Digital Signs on Municipal Property.
In addition to the requirements set forth in subsection (15)(d), the following requirements shall apply to digital signs on municipal property.
(.1) The sign shall be capable of receiving and transmitting both programmed and real-time digital images and messages and shall be operated as a changing image sign;
(.2) The sign shall be integrated into the City's emergency response network and integrated with other digital signs on municipal property so as to enable the City to interrupt and override, on either a City-wide or localized basis, any regularly programmed messaging in order to communicate City emergency information (or emergency information from a federal, state, or other governmental unit);
(.3) The City shall be entitled to: (i) a percentage of the regularly scheduled programmable time for digital signs on municipal property; (ii) other available programmable time (or a portion thereof) when the operator of the integrated network of such signs otherwise has no advertising commitments; and (iii) the emergency information override and broadcast rights described in subsection (e)(.2) above; and
(.4) The operator of the integrated network of digital signs on municipal property has entered into a written agreement with the City that sets forth the operation requirements of such signs and network, including but not limited to, requirements regulating sign design, light intensity, mitigating light pollution, energy conservation, and similar environmental and public health and safety concerns, which agreement shall be subject to the approval of City Council when required under Section 8-201 of the Charter (relating to concessions) or any other section of the Charter.
(f) The Planning Commission shall promulgate such regulations as are necessary and appropriate to implement the provisions of this subsection (15).
(g) The Director of Finance is authorized (i) to create a separate fund, held by the City of Philadelphia, and to deposit into such fund any revenue collected by the City with respect to advertising signs erected on municipal property and (ii) to provide for the disposition of such funds to the School District of Philadelphia. 756
Added, Bill No. 130109 (approved May 15, 2013), effective July 14, 2013.
Added, Bill No. 170201 (approved May 22, 2017).