New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance

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25.6 Legal Nonconforming Signs

Signs that at one time conformed to the sign regulations of this Ordinance, but because of subsequent amendments to this Ordinance no longer conform to the sign regulations of this Ordinance, are considered legal nonconforming signs. Legal nonconforming signs may continue with the following conditions:

A.  The sign shall be properly maintained in a safe condition. An existing nonconforming sign may change the sign face, so long as the area of the sign face is not expanded or the sign or structure is not modified in any way that increases the nonconformity. Repainting, cleaning, or other normal maintenance or repair of a nonconforming sign is permitted but shall not modify the sign in any way that increases the nonconformity.

B.  Changes are permitted that will bring the nonconforming sign into conformance with the provisions of this Ordinance.

C.  If a nonconforming sign is damaged in such a manner that the estimated expense of repairs exceeds fifty percent (50%) of its replacement value, the sign shall be removed.

D. After the activity, business, or use to which a nonconforming sign relates has been discontinued for more than six (6) months, the nonconforming sign and/or sign structure shall lose its legal nonconforming status and the nonconforming sign shall be removed, unless teh sign falls under the exception outlined in Article 24, Section 24.17.

E. Classic signs may be exempt from provisions of this section, subject to compliance with Section 24.15, Classic Signs.

Ord. 29126 MCS, 8-4-22, ZD 16/22