PLAINFIELD, NJ - Thinking about a new sign for your Plainfield business, church or office? You might want to look at new guidelines for all types of signage, for awnings, walls, sidewalks, banners, windows and more. A revised sign ordinance will be considered at Tuesday’s (9/4) City Council agenda-fixing session, 7:30 p.m. in Municipal Court, 325 Watchung Ave. If moved to the agenda as expected, the ordinance will be up for second reading and final passage at the Tuesday, Sept. 11 regular meeting, 8 p.m. in the same location.

Sign regulation has been an ongoing issue in Plainfield as new types emerge. According to the Municipal Code’s land use rules, the city has updated the sign ordinance in 2002, 2007, 2010 and 2013. Those window signs with flashing lights have not been legal for years and are still prohibited. A 2010 Plainfield Plaintalker blog post details the prohibitions then, and the new ordinance still forbids “Signs with lights or illuminations which flash, move, rotate, scintillate, blink, flicker, vary in intensity, vary in color, or use intermittent electrical pulsation.”

However, large “monument” signs – one per property - may have changeable lettering, for information such as church meeting times.

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Permits are required for all signs, and owners of non-conforming signs (such as sidewalk signs with plastic frames instead of wood or steel) are encouraged to replace them with permissible ones.

The new Plainfield Signage Design Standardspdf guide was developed by Nishuane Group, LLC. Besides being vital for both old and new businesses, the guide may also be of interest to residents who have asked at public meetings for more appealing and consistent signage in the city’s business districts.

 

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