Sign Placement

Signs placed within the City are regulated by the City of Woodland Municipal Codes. The City of Woodland Zoning Ordinance provides detailed understanding of size, placement, and features that all signs must comply with. Please contact the Planning Division for assistance prior to ordering or placing a sign on your property.

What are the sign guidelines?

The sign guidelines are outlined in Section 25-24-30) of the City of Woodland Municipal Code.

Sign Removal;
Temporary signs can be removed when placed within the public right-of-way (street poles, street landscaping, sidewalks, etc). See section 25-24-80 of the City of Woodland Municipal Code.

Permits required;
Most signs require a permit by both Planning Division and Building Division. Please contact the Community Development Department to obtain information on obtaining a approval for your sign.

What signs are exempt from the ordinance?
The following types of signs are permitted in all zones and shall neither require a building permit nor be considered part of the allowable aggregate area. Such signs shall be erected and maintained in accordance with the provisions of this article unless otherwise provided.

(1) Nameplate;

(2) One “open” and “closed” sign not to exceed two square feet in area per frontage;

(3) Private information signs not exceeding one square foot, such as “beware of dog” or “no soliciting,” that contain no advertising message;

(4) Traffic and other municipal signs, signals and notices which relate to the public welfare and safety which are erected by the city, county or state. Such signs shall be exempt from this article’s restrictions;

(5) Signs directing on-premise traffic and parking when less than three square feet each subject to community development department approval. Such signs are exempt from setback restrictions, when not exceeding three feet in height, but are not permitted within the public right-of-way;

(6) Memorial signs or tablets erected by governmental or historical agencies or names and dates carved or affixed to buildings upon construction, or any sign of obvious historical value;

(7) The flag of any country, state, school or non-profit organization;

(8) Signs showing the location of public telephones and signs placed by public utilities to show the locations of underground facilities;

(9) Signs of a public, non-commercial nature used to indicate danger or to serve as an aid to public safety relating to road work or other construction activities;

(10) Accessory signs not exceeding three square feet in total aggregate area;

(11) Holiday graphics are exempt from this article;

(12) Building name signs less than ten square feet in area on each street fronting elevation.

What signs are prohibited?

(1) Signs which move or simulate motion are prohibited. This shall include flashing, blinking, animated, rotating signs, or signs whose illumination or surface change with time but shall not include time and temperature signs, or wall-mounted barber poles which project less than one foot;

(2) Signs which emit audible sounds, odor or visible matter;

(3) No statuary signs are permitted;

(4) Attention getting devices, except as provided for in Section 25-24-40(f)(5) of the City of Woodland Municipal Code;

(5) Portable signs (except as noted in Section 25-24-40(h) of the City of Woodland Municipal Code) unless they are displayed for pedestrian and vehicular special event by a religious, charitable or civic organization, and are limited to a time period not to exceed ten days. Portable price signs are permitted on a permanent basis for gasoline service stations as regulated in Section 25-24-40(b)(1)(B) of the City of Woodland Municipal Code;

(6) Signs which constitute pedestrian or vehicular traffic hazards are prohibited. A sign shall be considered a traffic hazard:
(A) When its location is such as to interfere with traffic sight distances, traffic flow or the visual access to the name or address of a nearby business or residence or a street or traffic sign;
(B) When its color, configuration, text or location are such that they could be mistaken for or otherwise imitate a traffic sign or signal;
(C) If it is in the public right-of-way unless the sign conforms to Section 25-24-40(c)(3) of the City of Woodland Municipal Code.

(7) Signs which bear or contain statements, words or pictures of an obscene nature;

(8) Any sign affixed to any vehicle or trailer on a public right-of-way or public property, unless the vehicle or trailer is intended to be used in its normal business capacity and not for the sole purpose of attracting people to a place of business. All vehicles used as part of normal business service or activity must be stored on-site. This section is not intended to prohibit typical business identification lettered on a motor vehicle or construction trailer. This provision shall be enforced by the city police department.

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