October 18, 2005
Members of the Real Estate Community
RE: Off-Premise “For Sale” Signage
As a follow up to the sign workshop held on September 8, 2005, please find this letter as a guideline for how the Town will be enforcing the Sign Ordinance as it related to off-premise real estate signs from this point forward.
As you may be aware, the consensus of the group at the September 8 meeting was that the Town should enforce the existing ordinance, as there were no suggestions received at the meeting, or any suggestions submitted to the Planning or Building Departments following the meeting suggesting any alternative methods of dealing with off-premise real estate signage.
As stipulated by the Zoning Ordinance, no off-premise signs are permitted in the Town of Londonderry without a Special Exception granted by the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Additionally, no signs are permitted within any road right-of-way. Real estate signs are permitted only on the lot of the property that is for sale, in accordance with the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance. The Town is now prepared to aggressively enforce the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance as stated below:
As staffing permits, the compliance officer will be seeking relief of off premise signs via RSA 676:17 which provides for civil penalties to be assessed through the court system at $275 for each day a violation remains for the first offense and $550 for subsequent offenses.
We appreciate your attention to this matter, and thank those of you who attended the September 8 workshop meeting.
Town Planner and Zoning/Code Enforcement Officer