New Jersey Revised Statutes § 27:5-9 - Requirements For A Permit

27:5-9. Requirements for a permit
5. Signs permitted by this act shall be by permit from the commissioner pursuant to conditions consistent with the regulations of the commissioner, and the following:

a. A sign may not attempt or appear to attempt to direct the movement of traffic or interfere with, imitate, or resemble any official traffic sign, signal or device, or include or utilize flashing, intermittent or moving lights, or utilize lighting equipment or reflectorized materials which emit or reflect colors, including, but not limited to, red, amber or green, except as may be authorized by the commissioner or by agreement between the commissioner and the Secretary of Transportation of the United States.

b. A sign may not interfere or be likely to interfere with the ability of the operator of a motor vehicle to have a clear and unobstructed view of the highway ahead or of official signs, signals or traffic control devices.

c. Illumination of a sign shall be effectively shielded so as to prevent light from being directed at any portion of the main-traveled way of the highway, or, if not so shielded, be of a sufficiently low intensity or brilliance as not to cause glare or impair the vision of persons operating motor vehicles on that highway, or otherwise impair the operation of a motor vehicle.

d. Signs shall be maintained in a safe condition with due regard for conditions of climate, weather and terrain, and as a condition of continued use or permit renewal, unsafe signs shall be remediated by maintenance or repair.

e. A sign may not be of a type, size, or character so as to endanger or injure public safety, health or welfare, or be injurious to property in the vicinity thereof.

f. A sign may not be painted, drawn, erected or maintained upon trees, rocks, other natural features or public utility poles.

g. Signs for which a permit has been issued shall display in a conspicuous position on the sign or its supporting structure, the name of the person holding the permit.

h. A sign or other object shall not in any way simulate any official, directional, traffic control or warning signs erected or maintained by any governmental agency.


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