Article VII: Signs, Temporary, Information Regarding Location
Section 710: General
No signs shall be permitted without meeting the following criteria:

  1. Be in the public interest and not to the detriment of the public safety or
  2. Not be detrimental to surrounding
  3. Be of a character, size and location that will be in harmony with the orderly development of the district.
  4. All applicants for sign permits must submit a drawing showing all proposed dimensions: sign design, color, mounting method and location on property.
  5. All permitted signs shall be located outside Town Road the Rights of Way unless for purposes of traffic control, which is subject to the review and approval of the Panton Selectboard. Places and times for meetings of civic organizations and churches may be included as part of or next to exempt town welcome signs, at the edge or outside the Right of Way, and as provided for in Title 10, Chapter 21, Tourist Information All other signs adjacent to highways or within highway rights of way are subject to the provisions of Title 10, Chapter 21, Tourist Information Services.

Section 720: Off Premises Signs

Any sign located elsewhere than upon the lot containing the subject of the sign shall conform to State Statute and Regulation.

Section 730: Signs in Residential Districts

The following signs are permitted when located on the immediate property:

  1. One professional or home occupation sign, not exceeding four (4) square
  2. One temporary real estate sign, not exceeding six (6) square
  3. Signs identifying any non-residential building or use permitted in residential districts, not exceeding twelve (12) square feet.
  4. Directional or information sign, not exceeding four (4) square feet, or signs necessary for public safety or welfare, upon approval of the Planning Commission.

Section 740: Signs in Commercial Districts

The following signs are permitted when located on the immediate property:

  1. All signs permitted under Section
  2. One business sign not larger than one square foot for each lineal foot of frontage occupied by the establishment, but not to exceed twenty (20) square Such signs may be double sided if oriented perpendicular to the traveled roadway on which the business is located
  3. One directory sign not exceeding ten (10) square
  4. Any wall, projection, and/or ground steps shall not exceed the highest point of the building's roof.
  5. Every projecting sign shall:
    • Not exceed more than four (4) feet from the building
    • Not be less than ten (10) feet above the surface of a public walkway
    • Not exceed twelve (12) square
  1. Every ground sign shall:
    • Not exceed fifteen (15) feet in height above the finished
    • Be set back at least ten (10) feet from any street line or
    • Not exceed sixteen square feet in overall
  1. Sign Lighting
    • Only commercial businesses or approved bed and breakfast establishments may be permitted night lighting of signs.
    • Sign lighting must be confined to lighting the sign face and message area only, there shall be no off-site light glare or trespass and lighting shall not create a hazard for motorists.
    • All lighting shall be shielded so as to focus the light on the sign face only and be of suitable illumination to promote legibility and eliminate any glare or undesirable light
    • Any internal or window signs that are lit and visible to the public shall be lit only during business hours.
  1. Sign Review
  • The DRB may request submission of sign and sign lighting designs and specifications, including photometrics and illumination levels prior to approval of any commercial
  • All signs shall be designed in a manner that is consistent with the character of the district and neighborhood and shall be of sufficient legibility so as to ensure adequate visibility and safety when viewed from town roadways.
  1. Roof signs shall not be permitted in any zoning
  2. No off premise signs are allowed unless permitted under State of Vermont sign exemptions, as part of the town entry signage (for religious, cultural or service organizations) or as part of the Vermont Official Business Directory Sign system, as administered by the Travel Information

Section 760: Computation of Permissible Sign Area

When computing the total permissible sign area for any use:

  1. Existing signs shall be
  2. The total areas of all signs shall not exceed the requirements as set forth in these
  3. Signs consisting of freestanding letters, numerals, or other devices shall include any intervening spaces between them.
  4. Back-to-back signs may be counted as one

Section 770: Traffic, Hazard, Safety, and Obstruction

Every sign shall be designed and located in such a manner as to:

  1. Not impair public safety.
  2. Not restrict clear vision between a sidewalk and
  3. Not be confused with any traffic sign or
  4. Not prevent free access to any door, window or fire

Section 780: Illuminating and Flashing Signs

  1. Signs may be illuminated by a steady light provided that such lighting is shielded to not illuminate or reflect onto other properties and roadways.
  2. Flashing, oscillating, or revolving signs shall not be permitted, unless necessary for public safety or welfare.
  3. Message signs and internally illuminated signs may be permitted in commercial districts provided they meet the requirements as set forth in these regulations.