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Chapter 24. Sign Code

Sec. 24-09. Standards for limited permit and exempt signs.

Signs that are subject to the limited permit approval process must comply with the following standards. Signs that are identified as exempt are not required to receive a city-issued permit but must conform to the standards of this section.

TABLE 4: STANDARDS FOR LIMITED PERMIT AND EXEMPT SIGNS

Type of Signs

Building Marker

Definition. Any sign indicating the name of a building, date or incidental information about its construction.

Measurement. Maximum sign area three square feet. Building marker measurement shall be included within the maximum sign area total for use pursuant to Table 1.

Setback. Not applicable.

Illumination. Allowed with standard sign permit, not through a limited permit application.

Additional requirements.

  1. Must be mounted on building or affixed permanently at a location adjacent to the main building entrance.
  2. Must be cut into a masonry surface or made of bronze or other permanent material.

Banner (Building and Other) Temporary

Definition. A sign having the characters, letters, illustrations or ornamentations applied to cloth, paper, fabric or other lightweight material, with only such material for a backing. The definition of banner does not include flags.

Measurement. Banner measurement shall be included within the maximum sign area total for use pursuant to Table 1.

Setback. Banners on buildings: Not applicable

Other: As required by zoning ordinance setback for use or structure to which banner is attached.

Illumination. Permitted pursuant to section 24-07.

Additional requirements.

  1. All banners shall be regularly maintained. Deteriorated banners (torn, faded, sagging or in disrepair) shall not be displayed.
  2. Banners may be displayed for a maximum of 60 days cumulatively during one calendar year.
  3. Banners must be mounted to permanent structures and may not be displayed on temporary mounting such as fences, metal stakes, wood posts, trees or other improvised matter.

Construction/Future Tenant

Definition. A sign, erected on the lot on which construction is taking place or on a building undergoing tenant or occupant change, that advises the public of information regarding the construction, management, leasing, and future tenant of the building(s).

Measurement.

  1. Maximum sign face area 32 square feet for a freestanding sign.
  2. Maximum height eight feet for a freestanding sign.
  3. Maximum total sign area for a building sign as permitted by section, wall signs.
  4. Shall be included within the maximum sign area total for use.

Setback. Twenty feet from right-of-way for freestanding sign.

Illumination.

  1. Not permitted for freestanding signs.
  2. Allowed with standard sign permit for building signs.

Additional requirements.

  1. One sign per frontage on public right-of-way.
  2. May be erected up to 90 days prior to date of actual construction. Must be removed when a certificate of occupancy is issued, as applicable. If construction is not begunwithin 90 days or not continually progressed to completion, sign must be removed until construction begins.

Non-Permanent

(Exempt from permitting requirement)

 Definition. Any sign not supported by structures or supports that are placed on, or anchored in, the ground and that are independent from any building or other structure.

Measurement. Existing signs currently in use that are 50 square feet may continue to be utilized for a period not to exceed ten years from the date of the passage of this ordinance. Any new non-permanent signs may not exceed 40 square feet. All non-permanent sign measurements shall be included within the maximum sign area total for use pursuant to Table 1.

Illumination. Prohibited.

Additional requirements.

a.  No more than one per property.

b.  A multi-tenant commerical property may be allowed a maximum of one sign per tenant, subject to approval of a master sign plan.

c.  A non-commerical sign is considered on-premise signage and is entitled to the privileges that on-premise signs receive under this sub-section and exempt from the off-premise sign restructions of Section 24-11 Subsection 1.

Window/Door
(Building)

Definition. Any sign, pictures, symbol or combination thereof, designed to attract off-premise readers and communicate information about on-premises activity, commodity, event, sale, or service that is placed inside a window or door or upon the window panes or glass and is visible from the exterior of the window.

Measurement. Window and door signs shall be limited to 50 percent of window and door area. They will not be counted against total allowable signage for the property.

Setback. Not applicable.

Illumination. Permitted pursuant to section 24-07.

Flag

(Exempt from Permitting Requirement)

Definition. any fabric containing distinctive colors, patterns, or symbols used as a symbol of a business, corporation or other private entity.

Measurement.

  1. Maximum flag size 40 square feet.
  2. Maximum pole height 35 feet or not more than ten feet above the roof line of the primary building, whichever is less.
  3. Corporate or business flag measurement(s) shall be included within the maximum sign area total for use pursuant to Table 1.

Setback. must meet required zoning setbacks for use.

Illumination. Permitted pursuant to section 24-07.

Additional requirements.

  1. All flag poles shall be ground mounted.
  2. Flags may not be located in such a way as to intentionally attract the attention of the public for commercial purposes.
  3. All flags shall be flown on a pole, with a maximum of three poles per use.
  4. Additional poles will be considered under the alternative permit process.

Informational
(Exempt)

Definition A sign with a purpose secondary to the use on the lot on which it is located that provides directives and/or identifying messages.

Measurement.

  1. Maximum sign area per face three square feet.
  2. Maximum sign height as computed from the ground for freestanding signs three feet. Shall not be of height or location to interfere with vision of motorists entering or leaving premises.
  3. Maximum sign height on light pole mounted signs as approved by director of planning and economic development.
  4. Informational sign measurement shall be included within the maximum sign area total for use pursuant to Table 1.
  5. This shall not include informational signage that is included as part of a "master sign plan".

Setback. Must meet required zoning setbacks for use.

Illumination. Permitted pursuant to section 24-07.

Additional requirements.

  1. Informational signs may be mounted on buildings, fences, light poles, bollards or walls, or may be painted onto curbs and paved areas.
  2. Freestanding informational signs are limited to one per driveway and as needed internally based on function as determined by the director of planning and economic development.
  3. At least 60 percent of the sign area must be related to non-commercial information, the remaining sign area may identify the business, institution, shopping center or development by name, logo or both.
  4. An informational sign may not contain any commercial messages legible off-premises.

Philosophical Signs
(Exempt from Permitting Requirement)

Regulation.

Philosophical, personal, religious, educational or other non-commercial signs are exempt from the permitting process provided they do not pose a health or safety hazard. Philosophical signs shall not exceed six square feet in area and four feet in height, and are limited to one per frontage on a public right-of-way, except in residential.

Political Signs
(Exempt from Permitting Requirement)

Regulation.

  1. Residential districts. Measure or issue shall not exceed six square feet in area and four feet in height. These political signs shall be allowed in addition to other signs permitted in residential districts and shall not be counted when calculating compliance with the maximum allowable sign area of Table 1.
  2. Non-residential use. In non-residential zoning districts, , the measure or issue shall not exceed 32 square feet in area or six feet in height. These political signs shall be allowed in addition to other signs permitted in non-residential districts and shall not be counted when calculating compliance with the maximum allowable sign area of Table 1.
  3. Political signs may be placed on private property and only with the permission of the property owner. Political signs shall not be placed in any portion of public or street right-of-way or land under public ownership or interest.

Real Estate Signs
(Exempt from Permitting Requirement)

Definition. Any on-premises sign placed upon lot, subdivision or parcel of land or on a building advertising the lease, rental or sale of the building, parcel, lot or land.

Measurement.

Residential.

  1. Maximum area per sign face: Seven square feet, including riders.
  2. Maximum height: Five feet, including riders.
  3. One sign per frontage on a public right-of-way.

Non-Residential.

  1. Maximum area per sign face: 16 square feet.
  2. Maximum height: Eight feet for freestanding signs.

Setback.

  1. Residential: Within property line.
  2. Non-Residential: Five feet from right-of-way.

Illumination. Not permitted.

Additional requirements.

  1. Two riders are allowed per residential sign.
  2. Must be removed within ten days of sale, rental or lease.

Special Event
(Limited Permit)

Definition. A sign that carries a message regarding a special event or function which is of general interest as determined by the director of planning and economic development and does not include for-profit business promotional activities that are strictly commercial in nature. Measurement.

  1. Maximum sign area 200 square feet for sign spanning public right-of-way. Maximum sign area 16 square feet for special event sign.
  2. Sign shall not be included within the maximum sign area total for use.

Setback. As determined by zoning designation for lot.

Illumination. Not permitted.

Additional requirements.

  1. May be placed not more than seven days before event and must be removed within 48 hours after event.
  2. Limit of one sign per lot, per event.
  3. Special event directional signs may be posted not to exceed seven days prior to the event and must be removed within 48 hours of the end of the event. Directional signs shall not exceed four square feet per sign face and four feet in height.
  4. Signs spanning a public right-of-way shall be at least 15 feet above the highest point of the right-of-way.

Other Signs
(Exempt from permit requirements if set forth in a-c)

  1. Signs not exceeding six square feet in area that are customarily associated with residential use and that are not of a commercial nature, such as signs giving property identification names or numbers, names of occupants, signs on mailboxes, signs posted on private property relating to private parking, or signs warning the public against trespassing or danger from animals.
  2. Signs erected by or on behalf of, or pursuant to the authorization of, a governmental body, including legal notices, identification and informational signs and traffic, directional or regulatory signs.
  3. Official signs of a non-commercial nature erected by a public utility company.
  4. Yard/garage/estate sale signs that are posted on-premise on the day of the sale not to exceed three times in one calendar year. May also be displayed off-premises on the day of the sale only, not withstanding section 24-14.
  5. Signs in this section are limited to one per frontage on a public right-of-way and do not count against maximum sign area.

(Ord. No. 987, 1—3, 9-9-2003; Ord. No. 999, 1—3, 10-27-2003; Ord. No. 1050, 3, 5-24-2005; Ord. No. 1136, 1, 8-26-2008)