(Amended by Ordinance No. 176469, effective July 1, 2002.)
A. General. No person, firm or corporation can erect, mount, install, construct, enlarge, structurally alter, move, display or electrify or connect a sign or awning, or cause the same to be done without first obtaining an awning permit, a sign permit or sign registration as provided in this section. Certain installations are exempt from permit or registration. Exemption from permit or registration does not grant authorization for any sign, sign structure or awning to be erected or structurally altered in violation of the provisions of this Title. Permanent signs that were not erected prior to November 18, 1998 nor were erected subject to a valid permit subsequent to that date, must be removed March 31, 2001, or the owner of such sign must obtain a valid permit.
The following are exempt from permit and registration:
1. Lawn signs;
2. Non-electrified directional signs;
3. Temporary banners meeting the following standards:
a. Up to three banners are allowed per lot in all zones;
b. Each banner may be no larger than 32 square feet in area; and
c. No more than one banner can be hung on each building wall or on each separate structure.
4. Temporary fascia signs that are installed for 360 or fewer days;
5. Temporary freestanding signs that are installed for 360 or fewer days;
6. Temporary portable signs; and
7. Signs that are being re-erected following sign repair and sign maintenance. When a sign is removed for repair and maintenance, the person removing the sign must inform the Director, in writing, before the sign is removed, otherwise the re-erected sign will be considered a new sign.
B. Sign Permits. A sign permit must be obtained for all permanent signs other than signs on awnings. Indirect lighting for a sign requires a separate electrical permit. A sign permit must be one of the types listed below:
1. Permanent sign;
2. Permanent sign with internal or direct lighting or with other electrical component;
3. Structural alteration to a sign; or
4. Structural alteration to a sign including internal or direct lighting or other electrical components.
C. Awning Permits. An awning permit must be obtained for all awnings and awning signs. Lighting for an awning requires a separate electrical permit. An awning permit must be one of the types listed below:
1. Awning only;
2. Awning with sign; or
3. Sign addition to existing awning.
D. Registration. Temporary banners, balloon signs and portable signs must be registered in accordance with this section. Signs that have been registered under this subsection are exempt from the permit requirements of Subsection B, above.
1. Temporary banners and balloon signs.
a. Registration requirements and time periods. The following temporary signs must be registered. Registration is limited to the time periods specified.
(1) Balloon signs. Maximum registration period is one week per calendar year.
(2) Temporary banners. The registration period for temporary banners is 30 days. The number of banners registered on a site may not exceed one for any registration period. Temporary banner registrations on a site may not exceed six registration periods in any calendar year. An individual banner may be registered for up to 6 registration periods. The following temporary banners must be registered:
(a) Banners larger than 32 square feet in area;
(b) Banners not larger than 32 square feet in area, but in excess of 3 on a single site; or
(c) Banners not larger than 32 square feet in area, but in excess of one hung on the same wall or hung on the same structure.
b. Temporary banners and balloon signs existing as March 1, 2001 must be registered by April 30, 2001. Banners that are not registered must either be allowed without registration under this code, be permitted as a permanent sign, or be removed. Temporary balloon signs that are not registered must be removed.
2. Portable signs.
a. All portable signs must be registered as provided in this section. Portable signs must be registered for either one or two years. Portable signs may be re-registered. Owners of the sign may choose either registration period for initial registration or each renewal. A Portable Sign registration is valid for the size and address for which the sign was specifically registered. Changes to the size or address of the portable sign require a new registration.
b. Portable signs existing on March 1, 2001 must be registered by September 1, 2001. Portable signs that are not registered must be removed.
3. Temporary fascia and temporary freestanding signs. Temporary fascia and temporary freestanding signs erected for more than 360 days must be registered. The maximum registration period is 360 days.