The purpose of the Sign Regulations is to promote the public health, safety and general welfare through a comprehensive system of reasonable, consistent, and non-discriminating sign standards and requirements. This provides each person or business an opportunity to convey messages while protecting the City against excessive clutter by regulating the size, location, placement, manner, illumination source, and design quality under which signs may be displayed. These regulations help to ensure that signs are consistent with the overall building design and in harmony with the surrounding residential and nonresidential neighborhoods, and provide safety of motorists and pedestrians by minimizing distractions caused by excessive and intrusive signs.
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(The Sign Regulations are also available in the Zoning Ordinance.)
Sign Submittal, Review, and Permits
Within ten (10) working days of receiving an application for a sign permit or a Master or Common Signage Plan, the Zoning Administrator shall review it for completeness. If the Zoning Administrator finds that it is complete, the application for plan review shall then be processed. If the application is incomplete, the Zoning Administrator shall provide to the applicant a notice of the specific ways in which the application is deficient, with appropriate references to the applicable sections of this chapter.
Submittal and Review
In addition to the sign permit application, a detailed sign and construction package shall be submitted (see Required Information). Sign permits are reviewed for zoning, size, design, and placement.
Once the sign specifications have been approved, if it is a new illuminated cabinet, an electrical permit will be required for the connection of the sign cabinet to the structure.
Sign permits are reviewed for zoning, building, and electrical code compliance. The following information is required when applying for a sign permit:
- Completed sign permit application.
- If applying for more than one sign, all signs may be submitted on the same application.
- Wall-mounted signs require construction details of the sign including the materials and anchoring.
- Photo or drawing of building showing the location of the sign on the building.
- Illustration or photo of sign showing the dimensions.
- Freestanding signs require construction details of the sign and/or sign cabinet and structure including materials and footing.
- Site plan showing the width of street frontage and location of proposed sign.
- Illustration or photo of sign showing the dimensions including from property lines, rights-of-way, buildings, and driveways.