PA 18-28—HB 5515

Judiciary Committee

Planning and Development Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING THE AUTHORITY OF A ZONING COMMISSION TO REGULATE THE BRIGHTNESS AND ILLUMINATION OF ADVERTISING SIGNS AND BILLBOARDS

SUMMARY: This act specifically authorizes municipalities, through their zoning regulations, to regulate the brightness and illumination of advertising signs and billboards. The authorization applies to municipalities exercising zoning powers under CGS 8-2.

But, the act exempts certain advertising signs and billboards from such a zoning regulation or ordinance on brightness or illumination. Specifically, it exempts signs or billboards if they (1) are not equipped to calibrate brightness or illumination and (2) were installed before the regulation or ordinance was adopted. (Under existing law, unchanged by the act, zoning regulations cannot prohibit the continuance of a nonconforming use that was legal when the regulations were adopted or amended (CGS 8-2(a)).)

Existing law, unchanged by the act, authorizes municipalities to (1) regulate the placing, erecting, or keeping of signs on or over sidewalks, streets, and other public places and (2) adopt zoning regulations concerning the height, size, and location of advertising signs and billboards (CGS 7-148(c)(7) and 8-2(a)).

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2018