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Chapter 24. Sign Code

Sec. 24-14. Signs on public property.

Signs in the public right-of-way. Except as described below, no sign shall be allowed in the public right-of-way. The following permanent or temporary signs may be allowed pursuant to city approval:

(1) Signs erected by or on behalf of a governmental body to post legal notices, identify public property, convey public information and direct or regulate pedestrian or vehicular traffic. Signs for public and quasi-public events are for those functions that are held by public or quasi-public organizations.

(2) Emergency warning signs erected by a governmental agency, a public utility company or a contractor doing authorized or permitted work within the public right-of-way.

(3) Special event signs pursuant to the terms of section 24-09.

(4) Directional signs designed to assist the general public in finding a route to a public use from city thoroughfares may be erected within the thoroughfare rights-of-way by the city at the expense of the identified use.

  1. Directional signs shall be applied for through the alternative sign permit process.
  2. Such signs may include, but are not limited to, the name and logo of each eligible use, a directional arrow and a distance indication.
  3. The number, type, design and placement of signs is subject to the approval of the plan commission at the recommendation of the director of planning and economic development and director of public works.

(5) Bus stop signs erected by a public transit company and taxicab stop signs.

(6) Informational signs of a public utility regarding poles, lines, pipes or other facilities.

(7) Any sign installed or placed on public property, except in conformance with all the requirements of this sign code, shall be forfeited to the public and subject to confiscation.

(8) Temporary signs may be approved by the director of public works.

(9) Permanent signs must be approved by the board of public works.

(Ord. No. 987, 1—3, 9-9-2003; Ord. No. 999, 1—3, 10-27-2003)