Applications for Certain Signs and Related Structural Elements
Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:1)
Statement of Basis and Purpose
The Department of Buildings (DOB) proposes adding new Section 105-04 to its Rules, which will allow licensed sign hangers (Master Sign Hangers and Special Sign Hangers) to file applications in order to obtain permits to hoist, lower, hang, or attach certain wall-mounted, accessory signs and related structural elements (e.g. frames or columns) that comply with specified size and location requirements. Section 28-415.3 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York explains the difference between Master Sign Hangers and Special Sign Hangers. Master Sign Hangers hoist, lower, hang, or attach signs, irrespective of weight, upon or on the outside of a building. Special Sign Hangers hoist, lower, hang, or attach certain signs of limited size and weight upon or on the outside of a building. A “wall-mounted sign” is attached to or erected against the wall of a building or an independent wall structure. An “accessory” sign is a non-advertising sign that is clearly incidental to a zoning lot’s principal use; Zoning Resolution Section 12-10 further defines “accessory” use. This proposed rule is intended to encourage sign application filings with DOB by eliminating the need to hire registered design professionals in certain situations.
DOB’s authority for this rule is found in Section 643 and 1043(a) of the New York City Charter and Section 28-104.6 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York.
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