Chapter 25 ZONING ORDINANCE.
Article 24. Signs.
Sec. 25-24-30. Specific regulations.
(a) Wall and Permanent Window Signs.
(1) Wall and permanent window
signs shall be not be placed above the window sill or the second floor of the
building unless the business is conducted above the first floor in which case
the sign shall not be placed above the window sill of the third floor nor above
the maximum height allowed for the zone.
(2) Murals shall be reviewed by the
planning commission for consideration and approval. Any written message used for
advertising a business shall be counted as part of the allowable aggregate sign
area. In granting or denying approval, the planning commission shall consider
the extent to which the proposal fulfills the following standards:
mural shall demonstrate superior artistic quality or theme as opposed to direct
or indirect illustrative advertising.
(B) The mural or graphic shall be
designed to enhance or distinguish the architectural features of the structure
on which it is placed.
(C) The design and colors used shall be harmonious
with the surrounding environment and shall not be used for the exclusive purpose
of calling attention to the mural or graphic.
(D) Possible historic
(3) Permanent window signs shall be limited to twenty percent of the
ground floor frontage window area occupied by a given business. Theses signs
will be counted as part of the building overall sign allowance.
(1) Each parcel or group of contiguous parcels developed as a unit is
permitted one sign placed on one ground sign structure. Additional ground signs
are permitted only under the following conditions:
(A) Where a single
business or development unit has frontage and primary public access on parallel
streets, one ground sign is permitted for each separate street.
service stations are permitted one separate price sign not to exceed twenty
square feet in area or six feet in height. The price sign shall be permitted
even when pricing information is incorporated into the primary ground sign and
can take the form of a permanent illuminated ground sign or non-illuminated
portable sign. A price sign is required to have city approval for design and
(C) Fast-food restaurants with drive-up windows are permitted one
separate menu board adjacent to the drive-up lane.
(2) Accessory signs shall
not be attached to ground sign structures.
(3) Each premise in any
commercial or industrial zone shall not place more than one-half their permitted
aggregate sign area on a ground sign. When identifying two or more premise, the
total ground sign area shall not exceed the maximum aggregate indicated for the
appropriate zone in Table 1.
(4) Freeway oriented signs, within five hundred
feet of a freeway interchange right-of-way in the C-H Highway Commercial Zone,
shall be permitted a maximum height of sixty feet.
(5) A ground sign that
displays nameplates shall be considered as a single sign regardless of the
number of nameplates attached.
(c) Projecting Signs.
(1) An activity is
allowed one projecting sign only when neither ground sign or a roof sign is
present in the development.
(2) Projecting signs are subject to the
limitations in Table II and shall not be permitted closer than twenty feet from
Clearance Above Pavement
Maximum Projection From Building
(3) Projecting signs may project into the public right-of-way, not to
include alleys, if they conform to all other regulations. Refer to Section
25-24-50(d) for encroachment permits required for East Street (State Route
(4) Signs may not project within two feet of the curb
(5) Projecting signs may not exceed the maximum height limits
permitted for the zone. Further, they may not extend vertically above the second
floor window sill or when there is no second floor, they may not extend above
the parapet, eaves, or roof line.
(d) Canopy Signs.
canopies, and marquees that project into the public right-of-way may have only
individual cut-out-letters and/or symbols attached, painted, stenciled, or
otherwise placed on their faces.
(2) Awnings, canopies, and marquees may
have a nameplate suspended beneath without being considered a projecting sign.
Nameplates must be at least eight feet above the sidewalk and cannot extend
beyond the canopy or within two feet of the curb line.
(3) Signs attached
above awnings, canopies, and marquees that are connected to buildings shall not
extend beyond the maximum projections listed in Table II. No projecting sign
shall be permitted when signing is placed directly on canopies.
may not be attached above freestanding canopies.
(5) Awning signs shall not
cover more than fifty percent of the end panel area and not more than twenty
percent of the front (street facing) panel. These signs shall be counted as part
of the building’s overall sign allowance.
(e) Roof Signs.
roof sign is permitted, below the roof peak, for each business in the C-1, CBD,
C-2, C-3, C-H, and I zones only.
(2) Signs are not permitted above the roof
peak or parapet wall and not above the maximum height allowed for the
(3) The bottom of roof signs shall be mounted flush with the surface
of the roof and shall not interrupt roof lines or other major architectural
(f) Temporary Signs.
(1) Unless specified, do not require a
permit but must conform to all restrictions of this article.
signs are not counted as part of the permitted aggregate area for permanent
signs. However, the total area of temporary signs shall not exceed the total
permitted area for permanent signs.
(3) No single temporary sign shall
exceed one hundred square feet in area.
(4) Temporary signs shall not be
attached to ground, projecting, or roof signs unless the latter types of signs
are specifically designed for this use.
(5) Attention getting devices are
permitted for special events subject to zoning administrator approval, and
limited to a period of no more than three consecutive days and no more than
thirty days per year.
(6) One non-illuminated sign denoting the intended use
of the building, architect, engineer, contractor, builder, realtor, and
financial backer may be permitted upon premises during construction, provided,
that such sign does not exceed fifty square feet in area and is no more than ten
feet in height. Such signs shall be removed prior to the final inspection of the
(7) One temporary real estate sign for a subdivision may be
permitted on each arterial or collector street within that subdivision. When
there are no arterial or collector streets within the subdivision, one such sign
may be permitted on a local street within the subdivision. It shall not exceed
fifty square feet or is not more that ten feet in height. Such signs shall not
be illuminated. Such signs shall be removed after completion of sales activities
of the property or subdivision by the builder.
(8) One sign for each
parallel street frontage of a lot pertaining to the lease or sale of a building
or property provided it shall not exceed the following size and height
limitations and is not illuminated:
Ground Sign Maximum Area
R1, R2, NP
4 sq. ft.
RM, A-1, O-2
16 sq. ft.
C1, CBD, C2, C3, C-H
32 sq. ft.
50 sq. ft.
(9) Noncommercial signs expressing the opinion of the owner or
occupant of the appurtenant property regarding political, religious, social, or
economic topics of public interest shall be permitted so long as the messages
remain noncommercial in nature. Such signs shall not be placed on fences, trees,
utility poles, street furniture, or in the public
(10) Temporary Direction Signs. See subsection (i)(2) of this
(g) Political Campaign Signs.
4 sq. ft.
No limit per candidate and all signs shall be removed within five days
after the election.
(1) No signs or structural features shall extend into
the cross visibility area between three feet and seven feet above the grade of
the nearest street curb. The cross visibility area for:
(A) Intersection of
driveways and public rights-of-way is defined as a triangle having two sides ten
feet long and running along the driveway and public right-of-way, said length
beginning at their intersection and the third side formed by a line connecting
the two ends.
(B) Intersection of two public rights-of-way is defined as a
triangle having two sides "x" feet long and running along each public
right-of-way (measured from the face of curb) said length beginning at their
intersection and the third side formed by a line connecting the two
(C) Such signs shall not be placed on fences, trees, utility poles,
street furniture, or in the public right-of-way.
(h) Portable Signs (Not
withstanding provisions outlined above).
(1) Purpose. The purpose of this
section is to allow for A-Frame and other portable signs for pedestrian -- level
advertising of individual businesses in a professional and aesthetically
(2) Location of Sign. The sign is placed on a sidewalk,
public or private, within fifteen feet of the business entrance. Portable signs
are not permitted in landscape planters or within parking areas.
Maximum size of six square feet.
(4) Quantity. One sign per building. In the
case of multi-tenant buildings or shopping centers, multiple businesses may be
allowed on one sign and one sign per business may be allowed if the total number
of signs does not exceed one sign per twenty feet of building
(5) Content. Advertising of businesses immediately adjacent to the
sign. Content is limited to the name, logo, by-line, and hours of operation.
Advertising of sales and specific products is prohibited.
Area. A minimum clearance of five feet is maintained on the sidewalk at all
times to allow for pedestrian traffic. Signs are not to be placed where they
would in any way block the view of drivers of vehicles or pedestrians when
approaching intersection. Sign should, where possible be placed at least
eighteen inches from the edge of sidewalk to prevent injury to the sign or a
vehicle while the vehicle is parking.
(7) Display Hours. Portable sign can
be displayed on sidewalks only when the business is open for business. Signs
must be moved out of sight within the business property when the business is
(8) Maintenance. It is the business owner’s responsibility to
assure that once a sign is approved that it remains in good condition and
repair, i.e., no peeling paint, tacked on notices, or general unkempt
(9) Enforcement. Signs which do not comply with these
requirements can be removed by the city. Section 25-24-70 of the Zoning
(10) Quality Standards. See community design
(11) Attachments. No attached attention-getting devices such as
flags, balloons, or lights, except for temporary promotions as allowed by
subsection (f)(5) of this section.
(12) Developments with conditional use
permit restrictions prohibiting portable signs will still apply to that
(13) Sign Permit Process. See Section 25-24-50.
Frame. The ordinance allowing portable signs shall be subject to a sunset cause.
Two years after the effective date (February 13, 2004) amending the sign
ordinance, all portable sign will no longer be allowed unless the city council
amends the sign ordinance and continues to allow portable signs. Portable signs
existing at the time the sunset provision takes effect will no longer be allowed
and cannot be "grandfathered in signs."
(1) Billboards are allowed by use permit in the I zone if the
planning commission finds the following conditions to be present:
planning commission finds that the location of a billboard applied for is
consistent with the purposes of the sign regulations of this article as set
forth in Section 25-24-10;
(B) The sign shall be placed only along and
facing the following major highways: I-5 and State Route
(C) Freeway-oriented billboards within five hundred feet of the freeway
right-of-way shall not exceed six hundred seventy-two square feet in area or
forty feet in height. All other billboards shall not exceed three hundred square
feet in area; or
(D) No other billboard shall be closer than five hundred
feet along the same side of a street, except that no new billboard constructed
on or after March 17, 1994 shall be situated closer than one thousand feet from
any other billboard along the same side of the street. If a freeway oriented
billboard erected prior to March 17, 1994 is destroyed, it may be replaced in
the same location even if it is less than one thousand feet from another
billboard on the same side of the street, provided all other requirements are
(E) The sign shall not impair the visibility of another
(F) The sign shall have indirect lighting;
(G) The sign shall be
(H) The sign shall meet all other provisions of this
(I) The sign post and other surfaces should be of a finished
nature. The billboard application shall state the color of such
(J) The sign shall not extend over a building;
(K) Where the
base of the billboard support is visible from the public right-of-way,
landscaping and irrigation plans shall be considered during the conditional use
(2) Temporary directional signs are permitted for a period
not exceeding ten days per year. Where signs are to be displayed for longer
periods of time a zoning administrator permit is required. In every case such
signs must meet the following conditions:
(A) The location of the
directional sign applied for is consistent with the purposes of the sign
regulations of this article as set forth in Section 25-24-10;
(B) The sign
shall display only the name and directions to the event, location, or
(C) The sign shall be non-illuminated;
(D) The sign shall not
exceed the size and height limitations in Table 3;
(E) The sign is to be
placed only at points where a turning movement is to be made;
(F) The sign
shall not impair the visibility of another sign;
(G) The sign shall be
removed after completion of activities on the property or subdivision;
cash deposit to cover the removal of the sign is required before the sign is
erected, which is refundable upon proof that the sign has been
11 square feet to 50 square feet
1 square foot to 10 square feet
(3) Public Service Directional Signs.
(A) Guide signs are intended
to direct individuals to locations which are difficult to locate and are placed
as a public service, not for promotional purposes.
(B) Public service
directional signs require approval of the zoning administrator.
zoning administrator shall approve the erection and maintenance of all guide
signs. (Amended during the March 2009 supplement.)