Sec. 25-24-15. Definitions.

Note: The uses of examples in the following definitions are for illustration purposes and are not intended to be all inclusive in nature.
"Abandoned sign" means a sign located on a parcel of land or on a structure either of which is vacant for a period of ninety days, a sign pertaining to a past occupant or business different from the present occupant of or business on the premises, a sign pertaining to a past event or any sign abandoned as the term is used in state law. Sign of obvious historic value are exempt (Section 25-24-20(c)(6)).
"Accessory sign" means a separate sign that provides specific information concerning the business which is not indicated on the major sign(s). Accessory signs indicate such services as store hours, accepted credit cards, quality ratings or affiliations, vacancies, etc.
"Aggregate area" means the total area of all permanent signs on the premises.
"Alley access" means a public thoroughfare less than thirty feet in width, which affords only a secondary means of access to abutting property.
"Arcade" means a covered passageway with business establishments along at least one side.
"Attention getting devices" means any flag, streamer, spinner, light, balloon, or similar device or ornamentation used for purposes of attracting attention for promotion or advertising.
"Attached sign" means a sign which is affixed to and made an integral part of a building or structure. Attached signs include, but are not limited to wall signs, roof signs, and projecting signs, to distinguish them from freestanding and ground signs.
"Attraction board" means a sign constructed so that letters or other advertising material can be changed, and which relates to businesses or organizations which depend, on a large part, upon trade and attendance generated by temporary, independent and frequently changing events or showing, such as those engaged in providing live or filmed entertainment or sporting events.
"Awning" means a shelter supported entirely from the exterior wall of a building and composed of non-rigid materials except for the supporting framework. (See also "Canopy").
"Billboard" means a sign which directs attention to a product, place, activity, person, institution, business, or subject which is not entirely related to the premises on which the sign is located. Included are signs erected upon benches.
"Building frontage" is that portion of a building, which faces a street, parking lot, pedestrian mall, arcade or walkway. The primary business frontage is one which contains a customer entrance or which includes a glass-enclosed showroom facing the street. If a building has more than one business, frontage is that portion of a building, which faces a street, parking lot, pedestrian mall, arcade or walkway. The primary business frontage is one which contains a customer entrance or which includes a glass-enclosed showroom facing the street.
"Canopy" means a structure attached to or supported by a building, designed for shelter over a pedestrian or vehicular way and which may or may not project over public property. Canopy is synonymous with marquee.
"Changeable copy sign" means an announcement sign, bulletin board, or sign which makes provision for frequent changing of individual letters and other copy.
"Conformance" means a sign shall be said to conform when it meets all the standards and regulations established by this article and the Uniform Building Code, as adopted by the city of Woodland.
"Construction sign" is a sign located on a construction site during the course of construction, which identifies the architects, engineers, contractors, financiers or other persons and other individuals or firms involved with the construction, or announcing the building, enterprise or function for which the construction is intended.
"Convenience sign on premise" is a sign which facilitates traffic flow and safety, not erected by a governmental agency, such as entrance-exit, caution, parking, (i.e., McDonald’s entrance).
"Copy" means any graphic, letter, numeral, symbol, insignia, text, sample, model, device, or combination thereof which relates to advertising, identification, or notification.
"Directional sign" means any on-premise sign that includes information assisting in the flow of pedestrians or vehicular traffic such as enter, exit, one-way, and parking.
"Erect" means to construct, place, relocate, enlarge, alter, attach, suspend, paint, post, display, hang, or affix.
"Ground sign" means a sign which is supported by itself, one or more uprights, poles, or braces in or upon the ground or by a structure other than a building.
Height of a Freestanding Sign. See "Sign heights."
"Illuminated sign" means a sign which is illuminated by an artificial light source provided for that function.
"Lot frontage" means the property line of a lot abutting on a public street which affords access to the lot. In the case of a corner lot and other lots which are bordered on more than one side by a street, lot frontage is the lot line on the primary business frontage.
"Maintenance" means the upkeep of signs, and their support structures, in a condition of good repair. This includes the replacement or repainting of sign faces which have been damaged or have otherwise lost their ability to convey the message intended. Maintenance does not include the changing of location, orientation, size, or height of a sign.
"Major architectural feature" means ornamentation or decorative features attached to or protruding from an exterior wall. Architectural features of a building shall include cornices, eaves, gutters, belt courses, sills, lintels and dentils, windows, chimneys, and decorative ornaments.
Marquee. See "Canopy."
"Nameplate" means a sign which displays only the name, address, and occupation of the occupant of the premises, is not illuminated and does not exceed two square feet in area.
"Neighborhood identification sign" is a ground sign situated where a street enters a residential neighborhood, which serves only to identify the neighborhood.
"Nonconforming sign" means any sign which was lawfully erected or maintained prior to time of adoption of this chapter that does not comply with requirements of the ordinance codified in this article.
"Nonprofit" means any person(s), partnership, association, corporation or other group whose activities are conducted for unselfish, civic, or humanitarian motives, or for the benefit of others, and not for the gain of any private individual or group and may include, but shall not be limited to patriotic, philanthropic, social service, welfare, benevolent, educational, civic, fraternal, cultural, charitable, scientific, historical, athletic, or medical activities.
"Off-premises sign" is any sign not located on the same development/parcel as the entity it advertises.
"Political sign" means is any sign, which is intended to influence the vote for the passage or defeat of a measure, or nomination, election or defeat of a candidate.
"Portable sign" is a sign which is movable, not structurally attached to the ground, nor to a building, structure, or sign. For example, "A"-frame, sandwich signs, and wheeled signs.
"Premises" means a defined area of real property occupied by a single business, institution, or use.
"Projecting sign" is any sign erected and supported on the wall of a building or structure, or suspended from an overhang, with display surfaces generally perpendicular not parallel to the wall.
"Property line" means any line bounding a lot as herein defined. The property lines bounding the lot (see lot line, Article 3, Definitions).
"Roof sign" means a sign erected upon or above a roof or parapet wall of the building.
"Shingle sign" means a type of projecting sign under or over a canopy regulated by site, design, material and location.
"Sign" means any device, fixture, placard, or structure that uses any color, form, graphic, illumination, symbol, or writing to advertise, announce the purpose of, or identify the purpose of a person or entity, or to communicate information of any kind to the public.
"Sign face" means the part of the sign that is or can be used to identify, advertise, or communicate information, or visual representation that attracts the attention of the public for any purpose.
"Sign permit" is the permit issued by the community development director to evidence approval by any of the bodies or persons authorized by this article to erect a sign.
"Sign area" means the entire area within a single continuous perimeter composed of straight lines or curves which enclose the extreme limits of the message including all background or structural material. The area of multi-faced signs shall be the sum of the maximum display surface which is visible from any ground position at one time.
"Sign height" means the vertical distance measured from the grade of the nearest street curb, or street grade other than on an elevated roadway, to the uppermost point of the freestanding sign or structure. (Provide Illustration).
"Statuary sign" means any sign, which is the modeled, outlined, or sculptured likeness of a living creature or inanimate object, is also a statutory sign. Also embossing which projects more than four inches beyond a sign face shall be considered statuary.
"Temporary sign" means a sign designed and displayed for a seasonal or brief activity such as, but not limited to sales, specials, promotions, holidays, business grand openings.
"Temporary directional sign" means a sign which directs persons to an event location, or offering, which is not permanent in nature, such as a new housing development.
"Time and temperature sign" means a sign which provides information about time and temperature in the public interest without transmitting any advertising message.
"Wall sign" means any sign erected on and parallel to the wall face of a building. This shall include permanent window signs.
"Wall" is a surface which has a slope steeper than one foot horizontal to two feet vertical.
"Window sign" means any sign affixed to or within three feet of the inside of a window in view of the general public. (Amended during the March 2009 supplement.)