City of St. Ann, MO
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Cross References — Buildings And building regulations, chs. 500 — 505; licenses, permits and miscellaneous business regulations, ch. 605; authority to place and maintain traffic signs §315.010 et seq.; streets, etc., ch. 530; zoning, ch. 400.

Section 525.010 Scope.

[CC 1988 §17-1; Ord. No. 1212 §3.0, 7-7-1986]
The regulations in this Chapter shall govern all signs.

Section 525.020 Definitions. [1]

[CC 1988 §17-2; Ord. No. 1212 §1, 7-7-1986; Ord. No. 1598 §1, 12-2-1991; Ord. No. 2678 §1, 10-12-2010]
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this Chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this Section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
ADVERTISING SIGN OR BILLBOARD
A sign intended to attract general public interest concerning a commercial enterprise, product, service, industry or other activity not conducted, sold or offered on the same premises upon which the sign is erected.
ANIMATED SIGN
A sign utilizing actual or apparent movement, change of illumination, intensity or direction, sound or any other means of attracting attention mechanically.
ARCHITECTURAL PROJECTION
A marquee, awning or other similar architectural projection extending beyond the main floor area of the structure with which it is associated.
BANNER
A sign of fabric, plastic, paper or other light, pliable material, not enclosed in a rigid frame.
BUSINESS SIGN
A sign which gives only basic information concerning the existence of a commercial enterprise, service or other activity, conducted, sold or offered on the premises upon which the sign is displayed.
CONSTRUCTION SIGN
A temporary sign used during construction of new buildings or additions or remodeling of old buildings.
DIRECTIONAL SIGN
A sign identifying entrances, exits, aisles, ramps and similar traffic-related information for the parcel on which the sign is located.
FREESTANDING SIGN
A sign supported by poles, posts or columns located on the ground.
HISTORIC SIGN
A sign approved by the Board of Aldermen as an historic sign in accordance with the standards set forth herein.
INFORMATION SIGN
A sign which identifies a group residence, multi-family development, a non-commercial activity, including historic markers, or a sign conveying cautionary and similar information.
LIVING SIGN
A structure, display, drawing, message, logo, costume, plaque or poster held by, under control of, or attached to a human being or animal, located outdoors, for the purpose of advertising a business, commodity, service, product or other commercial activity.
PORTABLE SIGN
A sign not permanently affixed to the ground or a structure on the premises it occupies.
PREMISES
Any tract of land which is improved with a building or buildings and accessory buildings or structures.
PROJECTING SIGN
A sign attached to a building or other structure which projects more than eighteen (18) inches from the building face and which is constructed with the reading faces not parallel to the building face.
REAL ESTATE SIGN
A sign pertaining to the sale, lease or rental of real estate.
ROOF LINE
The highest point of the main roof structure and not to include cupolas, pylons, projections or minor raised portions or architectural projections of the roof.
ROOF SIGN
A sign erected, constructed or maintained upon the roof of any building.
SHOPPING CENTER
A grouping of three (3) or more shops that have common parking facilities.
SIGN
Any device or structure erected to advertise or to convey information or a direction.
SIGN HEIGHT
The vertical distance measured from the nearest adjacent public street grade or upper surface of the curb, whichever permits the greatest height, to the highest point of such sign.
TEMPORARY SIGN
A sign, banner, pennant, valance or other advertising display intended to be displayed for a short period of time only.
VEHICLE SIGN
A sign mounted upon, painted upon, or otherwise erected on a trailer, truck, automobile or other vehicle so that it shall be visible from a street.
WALL SIGN
A sign mounted flat against the wall of a building or structure with the exposed face of the sign in a plane parallel to the face of such wall and which does not extend above the roof.
WINDOW SIGN
A sign affixed to the interior or exterior of a window.
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Cross Reference — Definitions And rules of construction generally, §100.020.

Section 525.030 Sign Area.

[CC 1988 §17-3; Ord. No. 1212 §2, 7-7-1986; Ord. No. 1320 §1, 2-1-1988]
A. 
The following regulations shall govern the determination of sign area:
1. 
Outline area of sign.
a. 
The outline area of a freestanding or wall sign shall include the area within a continuous perimeter of a plane enclosing the limits of writing, representation, logo or any figure or similar character together with the outer extremities of any frame or other material or color forming an integral part of the display which is used as a background for the sign.
b. 
The area of a freestanding or wall sign of individually cut out writing, representation, logo or any figure or similar character which is not enclosed by framing, and which projects from a sign support or main body of a sign, is two-thirds (2/3) of the sum of the areas of all of the parallelograms necessary to enclose each writing, representation, logo or any figure or similar character, including the space between individual letters, comprising a word, but not including the space between individual words.
c. 
The outline area of a freestanding sign shall not include the necessary supports for the sign when such supports do not extend above the sign and are not a part of the overall design of a sign.
d. 
The outline area of a wall sign shall not include any building, boundary wall or fence to which a sign is attached.
e. 
The outline area of a sign shall not include the area between separate cabinets or modules of sign or any pole covers, lighting fixture or landscaping, provided they contain no writing, representation, logo or any figure or similar character.
f. 
Sign supports shall be no more than twenty-four (24) inches from the sign face in any direction.
2. 
Double-faced signs. Only one (1) side of a double-faced sign shall be included in the sign area. Double-faced signs shall include only-those signs where the sign faces are parallel or where the interior angle formed by the faces of a V-shaped sign is sixty (60) degrees or less, both faces are of equal size and the distance between the sign faces does not exceed eighteen (18) inches.

Section 525.040 Sign Content.

[CC 1988 §17-4; Ord. No. 1212 §3.1, 7-7-1986]
No sign shall be permitted which does not pertain solely to the advertisement of the services rendered, business conducted or products sold on the premises on which such sign is located.

Section 525.050 Non-Conforming Signs.

[CC 1988 §17-5; Ord. No. 1212 §3.2, 7-7-1986; Ord. No. 1320 §2, 2-1-1988]
A. 
A non-conforming sign is a sign which existed lawfully on the date this Chapter (Ordinance Number 1212), July 7, 1986, or any amendment to this Chapter, including the provisions of this Section (Ordinance Number 1320), became effective, February 1, 1988, and which fails to conform to any of the provisions of this Chapter or any amendments thereto.
B. 
No non-conforming sign shall be enlarged, rebuilt, replaced in whole or part, structurally altered, relocated, or repaired unless it is made to comply with all requirements of this Chapter, as amended, provided that nothing herein shall be construed to prevent the repair of a non-conforming sign when damaged by storm or other adverse weather condition, provided further, that a non-conforming sign which is damaged to the extent of either fifty percent (50%) or more of its original cost or fifty percent (50%) or more of the sign structure shall be removed.
C. 
All non-conforming signs shall be removed, or brought into compliance with all requirements of this Chapter, as amended, not later than August 1, 1989. In the event a non-conforming sign is removed, destroyed, relocated or has its electric service rearranged by whatever cause prior to July 31, 1989, a replacement, relocated or rearranged sign shall comply with the requirements of this Chapter. The owner of the sign and the owner of the premises on which the sign is located shall be responsible for compliance with this requirement. Any non-conforming sign not brought into compliance may be removed by the City and the cost thereof charged to the owners of the premises on which the sign is located and the owner of the signs.
D. 
The Director of Building and Zoning shall maintain a photographic list of all signs in the City that are non-conforming. He/she shall notify the owners of the property upon which such signs are located, informing them of their non-conforming status and of the requirements hereof. The failure to notify the owner of the property or the failure of the owner to receive such notice shall not relieve such owner of the duty of complying with the provisions of this Chapter.

Section 525.060 Abandoned Signs. [1]

[CC 1988 §17-6; Ord. No. 1212 §3.3, 7-7-1986]
A. 
Signs located on property that becomes vacant and unoccupied for a period of three (3) months or more, or signs applicable to a business temporarily suspended because of a change of ownership or management for a period of three (3) months or more, or signs erected for an occupant or business unrelated to the present occupancy or business, or signs which pertain to a time, event or purpose which no longer applies, shall be deemed to have been abandoned.
B. 
Any sign or sign structure deemed abandoned for three (3) months shall be promptly removed by the owner of the sign or the owner of the premises.
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Cross Reference — Abandoned, discarded, etc., property, §215.780 et seq.; abandoning motor vehicles, §215.310; abandoning air-tight containers, §215.270.

Section 525.070 Condition of Signs.

[CC 1988 §17-7; Ord. No. 1212 §3.4, 7-7-1986]
A. 
No person shall maintain or permit to be maintained on any premises owned or controlled by him/her any sign which is in a dangerous or defective condition. Any such sign shall be promptly removed or repaired by the owner. The Director of Building and Zoning shall give ten (10) days' written notice to the owner of the premises on which the sign is located. Such notice may either be personally served or may be mailed to the last known address of such person.
B. 
Each sign shall be maintained in a safe, presentable and good condition including the replacement of defective parts, painting, repainting, cleaning and other acts required for the maintenance of the sign. The Director of Building and Zoning shall require compliance or removal of any sign determined by him/her to be in violation of this Section.
C. 
All signs shall be constructed and/or braced to withstand a horizontal wind load pressure of thirty (30) pounds per square feet of surface exposed and shall be securely attached to the supporting member or structure.
D. 
The face of all signs shall be vertical.

Section 525.080 Prohibited Signs.

[CC 1988 §17-8; Ord. No. 1212 §3.5, 7-7-1986; Ord. No. 1320 §3, 2-1-1988; Ord. No. 1935 §1, 2-24-1997; Ord. No. 1977 §1, 10-6-1997; Ord. No. 2129 §1, 4-3-2000; Ord. No. 2678 §2, 10-12-2010]
A. 
The following signs and advertising devices are declared to be unlawful:
1. 
Animated signs, except as authorized by Section 525.100(9)(b)(1).
2. 
Any sign painted on the walls of a building;
3. 
Any sign erected in a location not authorized under this Chapter;
4. 
Any sign erected so as to prevent free ingress to or egress from any door or window, or any other exit way required by the Building or Fire Codes of the City;
5. 
Any sign attached to any public utility pole, tree, fire hydrant, curb, sidewalk or other surface located on public property;
6. 
Any sign erected in any location where, by reason of its location, will obstruct the view of any authorized traffic sign, signal or other traffic-control device; nor may any sign, by reason of its shape, position or color interfere with or be confused with any authorized traffic signal, sign or device; further, no sign shall be erected in a location where it will obstruct vision of the public right-of-way to a vehicle operator;
7. 
Any sign advertising an article or product not manufactured, assembled, processed, repaired or sold or a service not rendered upon the premises upon which the sign is located, except as provided in Section 525.100(3), Section 525.100(6)(c) and Section 525.100(7)(o);
8. 
Vehicle signs, except for standard identification markings of four (4) square feet or less, which are painted on or permanently attached to a commercial vehicle;
9. 
Portable signs;
10. 
Temporary signs other than those allowed in Section 525.100(6);
11. 
Combustible materials for permanent signs;
12. 
Projecting signs;
13. 
Roof signs;
14. 
Signs having more than one face which do not qualify as a double-faced sign hereunder.
15. 
Living signs. No living sign shall be displayed on any part of any road, curb cut, entrance to public or private shopping center, strip mall or other commercial development. Nor shall a living sign be displayed in a manner which disrupts the flow of traffic or in any way distracts motorists.

Section 525.090 Exemptions.

[CC 1988 §17-9; Ord. No. 1212 §3.6, 7-7-1986; Ord. No. 1598 §2, 12-2-1991; Ord. No. 1879 §1, 6-3-1996]
A. 
Except as otherwise provided, the following signs are exempt from the sign area and height restrictions of this Chapter and the permit requirements of this Chapter:
1. 
Official traffic or governmental signs;
2. 
Flags of any nation, government or non-commercial organization limited to a height of fifty (50) feet and flag area not to exceed fifty (50) square feet;
3. 
Scoreboards on athletic fields;
4. 
Show window signs in a window display of merchandise when incorporated and related in content to such display and not attached to the window;
5. 
Signs of less than ten (10) square feet in outline area indicating the name of the building, date of erection, monumental citation, commemorative tablet and the like when carved into stone, concrete or similar material or made of bronze, aluminum or other permanent-type construction and made an integral part of the structure;
6. 
Small signs attached to a wall or building, not exceeding two (2) square feet in outline area, stationary and not illuminated, announcing only the name, occupation and/or address of building occupant;
7. 
Temporary decorations or displays celebrating the occasion of traditionally accepted patriotic, religious or local holidays or events;
8. 
Political signs, concerning candidates or issues, as follows:
a. 
Political signs may be erected providing that individual signs are not over three (3) square feet in size, not more than three (3) feet high and are not displayed more than thirty (30) days before the date of the election, and are removed within five (5) days after the date of the election to which the signs pertain.
b. 
No political sign permitted under this Section shall be placed upon any public property, any public right-of-way or utility or drainage easement and the City is hereby authorized to remove any political sign placed on such property, right-of-way or easement.
9. 
Residential garage or patio sale signs not to exceed three (3) square feet and three (3) feet in height;
10. 
Historic signs approved in accordance with the standards governing historic signs;
11. 
All signs located on the interior of a covered mall structure, provided that each such sign shall comply with the applicable provisions of the Building and Electrical Codes as are in effect at the time that any such sign is so located.

Section 525.100 Location, Number and Size.

[CC 1988 §17-10; Ord. No. 1212 §4, 7-7-1986; Ord. No. 1232 §1, 10-7-1986; Ord. No. 1320 §4(a — m), 2-1-1988; Ord. No. 1420 §1, 8-7-1989; Ord. No. 1598 §3, 12-2-1991; Ord. No. 1762 §1, 6-6-1994; Ord. No. 1879 §§2 — 3, 6-3-1996; Ord. No. 1888 §1, 8-5-1996; Ord. No. 1935 §2, 2-24-1997; Ord. No. 1977 §§2 — 3, 10-6-1997; Ord. No. 1982 §1, 11-3-1997; Ord. No. 2129 §2, 4-3-2000; Ord. No. 2337 §§1 — 2, 5-3-2004; Ord. No. 2678 §3, 10-12-2010; Ord. No. 2773 §1, 4-4-2012]
A. 
The following regulations shall govern the location, number and size of permitted signs:
1. 
Freestanding business signs.
a. 
Generally.
(1) 
Subject to other provisions of this Section, each building may have no more than one (1) freestanding sign facing each roadway on which the parcel has frontage. For the purpose of this regulation, an aggregation of two (2) or more structures connected by a wall, fire wall, facade or other structural element, except for a sidewalk, shall constitute a single building.
(2) 
No freestanding sign shall exceed one hundred (100) square feet in outline area nor be less than twenty-four (24) square feet; nor exceed in a width of fifteen (15) feet; nor exceed thirty (30) feet in height.
b. 
Special regulations and exceptions.
(1) 
The maximum size of a freestanding sign in Industrial Districts shall be limited to fifty (50) square feet in outline area, provided that a ground sign not more than eight (8) feet high may be seventy-five (75) square feet in outline area.
(2) 
(Reserved)
(3) 
A filling station, restaurant, hotel or motel with frontage on an interstate highway, service road or frontage road of such a highway may have one (1) freestanding sign having a maximum outline area of four hundred (400) square feet, a maximum width of thirty (30) feet and a maximum height of sixty-five (65) feet. In addition to this freestanding sign, a changeable copy or electronic message board sign having a maximum outline area of sixty-five (65) square feet will be allowed on the same sign support structure as long as said sign is not animated, traveling or otherwise indicating motion.
(4) 
A service station shall be permitted one (1) separate price sign attached to, but below, any one (1) permitted freestanding sign. The outline area of such price sign shall not exceed twenty (20) square feet.
2. 
Wall signs.
a. 
Generally.
(1) 
The outline area of a sign shall not exceed five percent (5%) of the exterior wall area of the particular business and shall not exceed one hundred fifty (150) square feet in outline area. Countable wall area shall include the entire surface of a wall, such as gable and similar areas and the vertical face of a mansard roof, whether real or artificial, which extends above the wall of the business on which the sign is attached. However, the countable area of mansard roofs shall be limited to the area not greater than four (4) feet above the eave line of the roof.
(2) 
Each business may have no more than one (1) wall sign on one (1) exterior wall of the building in which the business is located.
(3) 
A sign shall not extend beyond the wall of the building more than eighteen (18) inches horizontally, and shall not project above the roof.
(4) 
In addition to identifying a particular business, such signs may be used for the name and logo of the building and project.
b. 
Special regulations and exceptions.
(1) 
A business located on a corner lot or a lot with double frontage may have one (1) wall sign on any two (2) exterior walls of the building in which the business is located.
(2) 
Wall signs facing the property line of an adjoining property in any Residential District shall not be permitted if the adjoining property line is closer than fifty (50) feet to the wall in question.
(3) 
Hotels, motels, restaurants or automotive service stations having frontage on an interstate highway, service road or frontage road of such highway may have one (1) wall sign on each of three (3) exterior walls of the building, not to exceed an area of one hundred seventy-five (175) square feet or five percent (5%) of the wall elevation area, whichever is the smaller measurement.
3. 
Advertising signs or billboards.
[Ord. No. 2908 §1, 7-7-2014]
a. 
Advertising signs or billboards are prohibited except in commercially or industrially zoned areas within six hundred sixty (660) feet of the nearest edge of a highway right-of-way which is part of the interstate or primary system in the State of Missouri, as defined in Section 226.510, RSMo. and visible from any part of the traveled way of such highway, subject to the following restrictions:
(1) 
Size. The maximum sign area for any one (1) advertising sign or billboard shall be eight hundred (800) square feet, with a maximum height of fifty (50) feet above the preexisting grade and a maximum length of sixty (60) feet. Maximum size limitations shall apply to each side of an advertising sign or billboard.
(2) 
Lighting.
(a) 
No revolving or rotating beam or beacon of light that simulates any emergency light or device shall be permitted. No flashing, intermittent or moving light or lights shall be permitted, except as permitted in Section 525.100(A)(3)(a)(4)(e).
(b) 
External lighting, such as floodlights, thin line and goose neck reflectors are permitted, provided that the light source is directed solely upon the face of the sign and is effectively shielded so as to prevent beams or rays of light from being directed into any portion of the main traveled way of the highway or onto adjacent property, and the lights shall not be of such intensity as to cause glare, impair the vision of the driver of a motor vehicle, or otherwise interfere with the driver's operation of a motor vehicle.
(c) 
No sign shall be so illuminated that it interferes with the effectiveness of or obscures an official traffic sign, device or signal.
(3) 
Spacing and location.
(a) 
No advertising sign or billboard shall be erected within one thousand (1,000) feet of an existing advertising sign or billboard on the same side of the highway, or within fifty (50) feet of any front, side or rear property line.
(b) 
No advertising sign shall be located in such manner as to obstruct or otherwise physically or visually interfere with the effectiveness of an official traffic sign, including directional signs, signals or devices, or obstruct or physically interfere with a motor vehicle operator's view of approaching, merging or intersecting traffic.
(c) 
To provide a safety zone and to prevent injury or property damage to residentially developed properties resulting from the collapse of an advertising sign, no portion of an advertising sign shall be located within three hundred (300) feet of any residentially developed property.
(4) 
Other regulations.
(a) 
Any permitted advertising sign shall conform to the provisions of Sections 525.110 and 525.120 of this Chapter.
(b) 
An advertising sign shall be constructed only with a single pylon support. This requirement shall apply to all advertising signs existing at the adoption of this provision which is proposed to be modified either in terms of size or height.
(c) 
No permit hereunder shall be issued without the applicant having obtained a permit from the Missouri Department of Transportation.
(d) 
Any person who shall violate any provision hereof or who fails to comply with any order of the Building Commissioner issued pursuant to the terms of Chapter 525 shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to the penalties provided for violation of City ordinances.
(e) 
A permit for an electronic billboard may be issued, provided that any such electronic billboard:
i. 
Complies with the requirements established by all applicable State and Federal laws, including Sections 226.500 through 226.600, RSMo.;
ii. 
Complies with the requirements established by all applicable State and Federal regulations;
iii. 
Is located on a lot adjacent to an interstate highway;
iv. 
Is located on a lot no less than one (1) acre in size;
v. 
Is located more than two hundred (200) feet from any residentially zoned property; and
vi. 
Complies with any conditions placed upon the granting of the permit by the Director of Public Services which he/she determines to be beneficial to the general health, safety and welfare of the City's residents.
4. 
Information signs.
a. 
Each lot may have no more than one (1) freestanding information sign facing each roadway on which the lot has frontage. Such freestanding information sign shall not exceed ten (10) square feet in outline area; shall not exceed a width of six (6) feet; and shall not exceed ten (10) feet in height.
b. 
The height of all information signs shall not exceed six (6) feet when located within the minimum front yard setback of the particular zoning district.
c. 
A permitted information sign may either be freestanding or a wall sign. No such wall sign shall project above the lowest elevation of the roof. In the case of a boundary wall, only a wall sign shall be permitted, which shall not extend more than four (4) inches beyond the surface of the boundary wall.
5. 
Directional signs.
a. 
Directional signs shall not exceed eight (8) square feet in outline area. Freestanding directional signs shall not exceed eight (8) feet in height.
b. 
No directional sign shall be located on or over a public right-of-way without approval of the appropriate Highway Department.
c. 
The height of all directional signs shall not exceed three (3) feet when located within the minimum front yard setback of the particular zoning district.
d. 
A permitted directional sign may either be freestanding or a wall sign. No such wall sign shall project above the lowest elevation of the roof. In the case of a boundary wall, only a wall sign shall be permitted, which shall not extend more than four (4) inches beyond the surface of the boundary wall.
6. 
Temporary signs.
a. 
Contractor and construction signs. One (1) non-illuminated sign identifying the contractor or subcontractor engaged in the construction or repair of a building may be permitted in a Residential District. The sign shall not exceed three (3) square feet in area and shall not exceed a height of three (3) feet. The sign shall be placed after work has begun and shall be removed within five (5) days of the completion of the construction.
b. 
Development signs. Signs indicating or identifying a proposed future development shall be allowed in all Commercial and Industrial Districts. One (1) detached sign shall be allowed per parcel proposed for development. The outline area of each sign shall not exceed thirty-six (36) square feet for the first acre or portion thereof. When the lot or parcel proposed for development exceeds one (1) acre in size, the outline area may be increased by six (6) square feet for each additional acre, or portion thereof, up to a maximum of seventy-two (72) square feet of outline area. Development signs shall not be erected within twelve (12) feet of the public right-of-way or exceed a height of ten (10) feet. The sign or signs shall be removed within ten (10) days after completion of the proposed development.
c. 
Subdivision signs. Temporary subdivision signs may be located in any zoning district in accordance with the following schedule:
Number of Lots
Number of Signs
Less than 50
One (1)
50 to 299
Two (2)
300 or more
Three (3)
In addition to the foregoing, a subdivision containing twenty-five (25) lots or more may have one (1) temporary off-premises subdivision sign which shall be located only on property whose owner has given written permission for such sign.
Such signs may remain for a period of two (2) years or until such time as all the lots are sold, whichever occurs first. Subdivision signs shall not exceed fifty (50) square feet in outline area. Height shall not exceed ten (10) feet and no such sign shall be erected closer than twelve (12) feet to the public right-of-way. All such signs shall be maintained in good repair.
d. 
Residential real estate signs.
(1) 
A sign advertising the sale, lease or exchange of residential property shall not exceed three (3) square feet in outline area and may contain the name, address and telephone number of the owner or owner's agent. Only one (1) such sign shall be permitted for any residential parcel being offered for sale, lease or exchange, except where that residential property is located on a street that is between an intersecting street and a dead-end, then such residential property is permitted one (1) additional off-premise sign placed on private property with the property owner's approval. All such signs shall be removed within five (5) days following the attachment to such signs showing that the property has been sold, leased or exchanged or within five (5) days following the closing date of the sale, lease or exchange of the property, whichever is earlier.
(2) 
Up to two (2) open house signs, including open house directional signs, relating to residential real estate being offered shall be permitted during the time the property is open to the public for inspection. One (1) such sign may be displayed on the property being offered and one (1) such sign may be displayed off-premises, provided that the party placing such off-premises sign has written authorization from the owner of the property on which the open sign is to be located. A permit shall be obtained from the Director of Building and Zoning prior to displaying any such off-premises sign and such sign shall contain the name of the real estate firm and agent, if any, the address of the property and the permit number. An open house sign shall not exceed eighteen by twelve (18 x 12) inches in size.
e. 
Non-residential real estate signs. A sign advertising the sale or lease of non-residential real estate or a sold sign on such property may be erected. The sign shall only pertain to the sale or lease of the property on which the sign is located. The sign may be attached to the wall and shall not exceed five percent (5%) of the area of the wall or may be a freestanding sign and shall not exceed thirty-five (35) square feet in outline area. Such freestanding sign shall not exceed ten (10) feet in height.
7. 
Supplementary regulations.
a. 
No sign shall be located as to impair the visibility of any official highway sign or marker. No sign shall be so placed as to unnecessarily obstruct the visibility of any other sign.
b. 
Signs identifying a business, project or complex may be placed on any window in addition to other permitted signs. However, the outline area of the sign shall occupy no more than fifty percent (50%) of the outline area of any window on the ground or first floor level of the building and no more than twenty percent (20%) of any window on any other level of the building. A sign permit shall not be required for window signs which are not greater than ten (10) square feet in outline area.
c. 
Sign illumination shall be so arranged as not to cast light directly from any source illumination on any public right-of-way or on adjoining properties. All electrical lines to illuminated signs shall be underground and shall conform with the applicable Building and Electrical Codes.
d. 
Any development may have a sign displaying time and temperature not to exceed eighteen (18) square feet in outline area. Such sign may be attached to, and shall be below, any permitted freestanding sign on the parcel, or may be a wall sign which shall not project above the lowest elevation of the roof.
e. 
Banners, pennants and lights, or similar devices for attracting attention shall be permitted only in conjunction with a grand opening for each business for a period not in excess of thirty (30) days, or with special promotions. The use of such devices for special promotions shall be limited to three (3) such events for each business in a calendar year with a maximum time period of fourteen (14) days for each event.
f. 
Signs placed on vending machines or service station pumps advertising products sold or services offered from the particular machine or pump are permitted. However, no vertical or horizontal projection from the surface of the machine or pump is permitted.
g. 
A restaurant with a drive-up or drive-through food pickup facility may have either one (1) freestanding or one (1) wall menu sign not to exceed forty-eight (48) square feet in area associated with the order station. No freestanding menu sign shall exceed eight (8) feet in height or width or be illuminated in any manner other than from an internal source.
h. 
A financial institution with an outdoor automatic teller or similar facility may have either one (1) freestanding or one (1) wall sign not to exceed forty-eight (48) square feet in outline area associated with the facility. No freestanding sign for such a facility shall exceed eight (8) feet in height or width or be illuminated in any manner other than from an internal source.
i. 
Electronic message center signs are permitted in the "C-1", "C-2" and "C-3" commercial districts provided that the approved signs are within the total allowable sign area and location defined elsewhere in Section 525.100, do not exceed twenty (20) square feet in area, that there is only one (1) electronic message center per business location.
j. 
A service station with a canopy may have no more than one (1) sign which may include the name and logo of the business and one (1) sign which may include the words "self-service" and "full-service" attached on each of any two (2) sides of the vertical face of the canopy, excluding canopy supports. The outline area of each sign shall not exceed ten (10) square feet in outline area. Each sign shall be a flat sign permanently affixed to the vertical face of the canopy and shall not project above or below the vertical face of the canopy more than one (1) foot. No projections shall be permitted from any other side of the vertical face of the canopy. Such signs shall only be illuminated by internal and non-intermittent light sources. For service stations located on corner lots, such signs may be located on each of any three (3) sides of the vertical face of the canopy, excluding canopy supports.
k. 
An identification sign shall be permitted at each main entrance to a commercial or a residential subdivision which is in excess of eight (8) acres in size. No such sign shall exceed fifty (50) square feet in outline area, nor exceed a width of ten (10) feet, nor exceed ten (10) feet in height. The sign may include the name or logo, or both, of the development or subdivision. Signs of brick and/or stone masonry are encouraged.
l. 
A church or temple located in any residence district shall be permitted one (1) freestanding or wall sign on the same premises. However, a church or temple in any residence district which has a minimum frontage of four hundred (400) feet on each of two (2) or more roadways shall be permitted one (1) freestanding or wall sign on the same premises fronting on each of two (2) such roadways. The permitted freestanding sign shall not be more than fifteen (15) feet in height nor shall any lettering contained thereon extend more than ten (10) feet in height. The portion of such sign consisting of a board or surface for information shall not exceed thirty-five (35) square feet in area, exclusive of one (1) religious symbol without lettering, which may have an additional outline area not exceeding twenty (20) square feet.
m. 
Hospitals, recreational facilities, schools, libraries, auditoriums and similar facilities for public assembly located in any residence district and having a minimum frontage of two hundred fifty (250) feet on a roadway shall be permitted one (1) freestanding sign or wall sign not to exceed fifty (50) square feet in outline area facing on each roadway meeting the above minimum frontage requirements. The permitted freestanding sign shall not exceed fifteen (15) feet in height.
n. 
Accent lighting shall be permitted on buildings in the "C-1", "C-2", "C-3" and "M-1" Zoning Districts, provided that such lighting shall not be animated, blinking, flashing or utilize change in intensity or direction of light or involve sound or other means of attracting attention mechanically. This provision shall not prohibit temporary displays of light for traditional holidays or celebrations.
o. 
Airport patron parking lots located within six hundred (600) feet of an interstate highway shall be permitted one (1) freestanding sign not exceeding one hundred sixty (160) square feet in area and sixty (60) feet in height. If such sign would not be visible to highway travelers if located on the property comprising the parking lot, such sign may be placed on a public right-of-way, where such right-of-way is the only public entrance drive to the facility and is not a through street. The specific location shall be approved by the Board of Aldermen, subject to such terms and conditions as provided by the Board of Aldermen.
8. 
Historic signs. Upon application, the Board of Aldermen may approve a sign as an historic sign upon determination by the Board that the sign qualifies as a landmark by reason of its unique character and appearance, provided that in order to be eligible for classification as an historic sign, such sign shall conform with the following requirements:
a. 
The sign shall be free standing, with a minimum age of forty (40) years which has continuously been located on the same property within the City since its original construction;
b. 
The sign has been recognized as historically significant by at least one (1) public agency which has an active historic preservation program, or the sign has been registered as a national historic landmark.
The Board of Aldermen may prescribe special conditions for any such sign, relating to its restoration and preservation.
9. 
Signs in "C-3" Regional Shopping District. The following regulations shall govern all signs in the "C-3" Regional Shopping District:
[Ord. No. 2936 §1, 1-5-2015]
a. 
Wall signs.
(1) 
An anchor store, as defined in the City Zoning Code, may have not more than two (2) wall signs on each exterior wall. The outline area of each sign shall not exceed five percent (5%) of the exterior wall on which it is located and shall not exceed two hundred fifty (250) square feet in outline area.
(2) 
Each business, other than an anchor store, may have not more than one (1) wall sign on each exterior wall. The outline area of each sign shall not exceed five percent (5%) of the exterior wall on which it is located and shall not exceed two hundred (200) square feet in outline area.
b. 
Identification signs.
(1) 
A covered mall development, as defined in the City Zoning Code, may have an identification sign at a curb cut entrance along each public roadway on which the development has frontage. Any such sign shall be freestanding, shall be set back from the road right-of-way at least thirty (30) feet, shall not exceed one hundred (100) square feet in outline area and shall not exceed thirty (30) feet in height. Such sign shall contain only the name and/or logo of the development. In addition to the foregoing, a covered mall shopping center may have one (1) freestanding business sign which shall not exceed fifty (50) feet in height, thirty-five (35) feet in width and an outline area of five hundred (500) square feet, together with a non-traveling electronic message board attachment. Said message board shall incorporate a delay between messages, but the individually displayed messages may otherwise be animated.
(2) 
A freestanding use which is associated with a covered mall development may have an identification sign at a curb cut entrance along each public roadway on which the development has frontage. Any such sign shall be freestanding, shall be set back from the road right-of-way at least thirty (30) feet, shall not exceed one hundred (100) square feet in outline area and shall not exceed thirty (30) feet in height. Such sign shall contain only the name and/or logo of the development.
(3) 
A covered mall development, as defined in the City Zoning Code, may have signs identifying store locations within the parking lots and along interior drives of such development. Any such sign shall not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet in outline area, shall not exceed eight (8) feet in height and shall be placed so as not to interfere with the visibility of vehicular traffic.
(4) 
An anchor store, as defined in the City Zoning Code, may have an identification sign in the form of a wall sign at each main exterior entrance. Such sign shall contain only the name of the store and shall not exceed fifty (50) square feet in outline area.
c. 
Sign package.
(1) 
Properties in the "C-3" District shall be eligible for modified signage criteria as provided in a sign package. A sign package may be submitted to the Director of Building and Zoning by a property owner or entity acting on behalf of a property owner.
(2) 
A sign package shall include, but is not limited to, the following items:
(a) 
The number of proposed signs.
(b) 
Location, size, height, construction material and placement of signs.
(c) 
Elevations of all signs.
(d) 
Material specifications for proposed signs including sign materials and colors. This shall also include any light source for a proposed sign.
(e) 
Landscaping of freestanding/monument signs.
(f) 
Dimensions, height, square footage of all existing signs; photographs of each existing sign shall also be submitted.
(g) 
Sign package review fee of two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00).
(3) 
The Director of Building and Zoning may approve, deny, or approve with modifications a sign package. There shall be no appeal process for the Director's decision.
(4) 
Sign permits will be required for all signs approved as part of a sign package.

Section 525.110 Permits — Inspections. [1]

[CC 1988 §17-11; Ord. No. 1212 §5.1, 7-7-1986]
Unless excepted by this Chapter or the Building Code, no sign shall be erected, constructed, posted, painted, altered, maintained or relocated until a permit has been issued by the Director of Building and Zoning. Before any permit is issued, an application on forms provided by the City shall be filed, together with drawings and specifications as may be necessary to designate the location, construction, materials, manner of illuminating, and securing or fastening, and the wording or delineation to be carried on the sign. All signs that are to be illuminated by one (1) or more sources of artificial light shall require a separate electrical permit and inspection.
[1]
Cross Reference — Licenses, Permits and miscellaneous business regulations, ch. 605.

Section 525.120 Conformance With Building Code — Removal of Dangerous Signs. [1]

[CC 1988 §17-12; Ord. No. 1212 §5.2, 7-7-1986]
Structural and safety features and electrical systems shall be in accordance with the requirements of the City's Building Code. In case of conflict between provisions of this Chapter and the Building Code, this Chapter shall apply. No sign shall be approved for use unless it has been inspected by the Director of Building and Zoning and is found to be in compliance with the approved plans and the requirements of this Chapter and applicable technical codes. Signs found to be in violation shall be promptly corrected. Any sign in violation which is determined to be an immediate danger to public health and safety may, after notice to the property owner and the sign owner, be dismantled and removed by the City. The expense incurred by the City shall be charged to the owner of the property on which the sign is erected and the sign owner.
[1]
Cross Reference — Building code, §500.010 et seq.

Section 525.130 Fees for Permits, Inspections.

[CC 1988 §17-13; Ord. No. 1212 §5.3, 7-7-1986; Ord. No. 1244 §1, 11-26-1986; Ord. No. 1607 §6, 2-3-1992; Ord. No. 2287 §4, 5-5-2003]
The fee for sign permits shall be assessed at the rate of fifty cents ($0.50) per square foot of a sign, but not less than fifteen dollars ($15.00). The fee for each inspection under the Sign Code shall be forty dollars ($40.00).

Section 525.140 Penalty.

[CC 1988 §17-14; Ord. No. 1212 §5.4, 7-7-1986]
Any person, firm, association, or corporation who shall violate any provisions of this Chapter or fails to comply with any order of the Director of Building and Zoning issued pursuant to the terms of this Chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to the penalties provided for violation of City ordinances by Section 100.090 of this Code.