City of Richmond, MO
Ray County
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Section 407.010 General Provisions.

[App. B, Art. 55 §55-1; Ord. No. 762, 9-24-1970; Ord. No. 1251 §2, 9-4-1985; Ord. No. 2243 §I, 4-10-2012]
The provisions of the Building Codes of the City of Richmond, Missouri, shall regulate the construction, alteration and maintenance of all signs and outdoor display signs with their permanent and auxiliary devices insofar as they do not conflict with the provisions of this Chapter. The provisions of this Chapter shall apply within the City limits of the City of Richmond, Missouri, to all matters herein set forth.

Section 407.020 Definitions.

[App. B, Art. 55 §55-2.0; Ord. No. 762, 9-24-1970; Ord. No. 1251 §2, 9-4-1985; Ord. No. 1253 §3, 9-18-1985; Ord. No. 2243 §I, 4-10-2012]
For the purposes of this Chapter, certain terms or words used herein shall be interpreted or defined as follows, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
AWNING
Any structure entirely supported by the wall or canopy to which it is attached and which is covered by canvas, cloth or other similar temporary material and/or which can be retracted or rolled to the structure by which it is supported.
BILLBOARDS
All signs which advertise a product or business not located on the same lot or premises as the sign. This includes, but is not limited to, billboards, junior poster panels (billboards less than one hundred (100) square feet in surface area), and freestanding signs on separate parcels. Real estate, subdivision and subdivision real estate signs are excluded from this definition.
CANOPY
Any structure other than an awning attached to a building at the inner end and projected outward either supported or cantilevered. A portico shall be considered a canopy for the purpose of this Chapter.
DEVICE, ATTENTION-ATTRACTING
Wind-operated mechanisms, flashing lights and any other type of flashing object designed or intended to attract the attention of the public but shall not include three-dimensional signs or those otherwise defined under this Chapter.
ELECTRONIC MESSAGE BOARD
A type of sign that presents its message through illumination of flashing, intermittent, or moving lights forming the letters, numbers, or symbols of the message, whether or not the message appears to move across the sign face.
ERECT
To build, construct, attach, hang, place, suspend or affix a sign to a wall, pole or structure.
FACING OR SURFACE
Any area of a sign upon, against or through which the advertising message is displayed or illustrated on the sign, including structural trim, which displays or upon which is displayed any graphic, message, name or symbol of any kind for the purpose of advertising, announcing, directing or attracting attention from the outside of a building and which can be seen from a single location on an adjacent street, provided that the ends or thickness of a sign shall not be counted as a separate sign face unless an advertising message is displayed thereon.
FLAG, COMMERCIAL
A piece of cloth or other flexible material varying in size, shape, color and design, usually attached at one (1) edge to a staff or cord and that is imprinted with a primarily commercial message or design.
FLAG, OFFICIAL
A piece of cloth or other flexible material varying in size, shape, color and design, usually attached at one (1) edge to a staff or cord and used as the symbol of a nation, State or City, or as a symbol of a primarily non-commercial matter.
FRONTAGE
The length of the lot along the abutting street. The front of a lot abutting more than one (1) street is considered separate for each street.
INDEXING
Turning and stopping action of the sections of multi-prism sign designed to show several messages in the same area.
LEGAL POSTING
A sign intended to convey a legal right or restriction on a property, such as a "no trespassing" or "no hunting" sign; a sign intended to warn the public of a bona fide danger on the property, such as a "beware of the dog" sign; or a sign placed by order of a court or by a government official in the normal course of their duties, such as posting of a legal notice or a "building condemned" sign.
PERSON
Any individual, firm, agency, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
PREMISES
That portion of a lot or building occupied by a single occupant, exclusive of common area, if any, shared with adjacent occupants. Permitted sign area shall be separately calculated for multi-tenant, commercial buildings only when said tenants have a separate entrance for their exclusive use.
SHOPPING CENTER
Any area containing four (4) or more shops, stores and other places of business permitted in the "B" Local Business District under the zoning regulations and providing off-street parking facilities in common for all of the businesses and their customers.
SIGN
A device, flag, illustration, structure or part of a structure, including structural trim, which displays or upon which is displayed any graphic, message, name or symbol of any kind for the purpose of advertising or promoting the interest of any service, establishment, product or person. A cross or other religious symbol on a religious building or site shall not be considered a sign. Sign supports are not a part of the sign for the purpose of computing dimension.
SIGN, ANIMATED
Any sign which includes action or motion. For purposes of this Chapter, this term does not refer to flashing, changing or indexing, all of which are separately defined.
SIGN AREA
The area of the sign face. The "sign area" of a multi-faced sign is the sum of the sign areas of each face, including structural trim which can be seen from a single location on an adjacent street and which displays or upon which is displayed any graphic, message, name or symbol of any kind for the purpose of advertising, announcing, directing or attracting attention from the outside of the building. If a sign or letters are attached to a building or suspended in any manner whereby there is no apparent trim or confining border, the sign area shall be computed by drawing imaginary straight lines around generally rectangular margins and measuring the area so encompassed by these lines.
SIGN, AWNING AND CANOPY
A sign attached or illustrated on a canopy or awning, respectively.
SIGN, CHANGEABLE COPY
A sign on which copy or sign panels may be changed manually or electronically in the field, such as boards with changeable letters or changeable pictorial panels, or temperature and date sign, message center, or electronic message board, where different copy changes are shown on the same location.
SIGN, CONSTRUCTION
A temporary sign used during construction of new buildings or reconstruction of or additions to existing buildings, such as those identifying the project and denoting the owner, architect, engineer, contractor and/or financing institution of the project.
SIGN, CREDIT CARD OR CHARGE PLATE
Any sign advertising the acceptance of, or being a replica of, any credit card plate whether national, local or otherwise.
SIGN, DIRECTIONAL
A sign which indicates a direction for vehicular or pedestrian traffic or other movement.
SIGN, FLASHING
Any sign which contains an intermittent or flashing light source, or which includes the illusion of intermittent or flashing light by means of animation, or an externally-mounted intermittent light source. Automatic changing signs such as public service time, temperature and date signs or electronically controlled message centers are classed as "changeable signs" not "flashing signs".
SIGN, FLUTTERING
A sign which flutters and includes pennants, banners, non-official governmental flags or other flexible material which moves with the wind or by some artificial means.
SIGN, FREESTANDING
Any sign erected, constructed or maintained for the purpose of indicating the name of the business, services, articles and products offered on the same premises on which the sign is located when such sign is supported by one (1) or more uprights, posts, poles or braces placed upon or affixed in the ground and not attached to any building.
SIGN, GROUND
Any detached sign on the same lot or parcel for the purpose of indicating the name of the business, service, article or product offered, and which has its bottom portion erected upon or supported by the ground, a ground planter box or other support.
SIGN, INFLATABLE
A sign that is intended to be expanded by air or other gas for its proper display or support
SIGN, INSTITUTIONAL OR GOVERNMENTAL
A sign identifying an institution or government facility.
SIGN, MEMORIAL OR TABLETS
A sign that denotes the name of a building or site, date of erection, historical significance, dedication or other similar information.
SIGN, MONUMENT (COMMERCIAL SUBDIVISION OR DEVELOPMENT)
A freestanding sign erected to display multiple business uses which are located within a common commercial subdivision or development that shares an approved common and contiguous entrance.
[Ord. No. 2412 § 1, 1-25-2017]
SIGN, NON-CONFORMING
A legal non-conforming sign is a sign, including the framework and support, which was lawful when constructed, but has become non-conforming as a result of an amendment to this Chapter. No legal non-conforming sign shall be extended, enlarged or structurally altered; however, non-structural alterations or modifications designed to improve the appearance of the sign are permitted and encouraged.
SIGN, OCCUPATIONAL AND/OR IDENTIFICATION
A sign identifying the name of an organization and/or person(s) occupying a building.
SIGN, OFFICIAL
A sign placed by a governmental body, governmental agency, or public authority, such as traffic signs, signals, or regulatory devices or warnings; official emblems, public notices, or official instruments; signs of historical interest; signs designating areas of architectural or historic significance or gateways; or other similar signs or devices. Such signs are authorized within all rights-of-way or other properties controlled by such governmental body, agency, or authority.
SIGN, OFF-PREMISE
A sign or sign structure with a commercial message for an establishment, merchandise, service, or entertainment which is not located, sold, produced, manufactured or furnished at the location on which the sign is located.
[Ord. No. 2412 § 1, 1-25-2017]
SIGN, ON-SITE INFORMATIONAL
A sign located on a commercial, industrial, institutional, governmental or other site which gives parking, fire protection, traffic flow (other than directional signs), height clearance, pedestrian or other similar information and which does not advertise the business or use located on said site, except for drive-in restaurant menu signs which are permitted.
SIGN, POLITICAL
A temporary sign advocating or opposing any political proposition or candidate for public office.
SIGN, PORTABLE
A sign that is temporarily affixed to one (1) location, not to exceed thirty (30) days, and which has the capability of being moved from one location to another.
SIGN, PROJECTING
A sign, other than a wall sign, which is attached to and projects from a structure or building face. The area of double-faced projecting signs are calculated on one (1) face of the sign only.
SIGN, REAL ESTATE
A sign pertaining only to the prospective rental, lease or sale of the property on which it is located. Real estate signs are excluded from the definition of freestanding signs.
SIGN, ROOF
Any sign erected upon, against or directly above a roof or on top of or above the parapet of a building.
SIGN, SNIPE
Any sign of a material such as cardboard, paper, pressed wood, plastic or metal that is erected, placed, posted or otherwise displayed on a fence, tree, utility pole, street sign or post, traffic sign or post, street light poles, traffic signal poles or equipment boxes, other public property or right-of-way, or temporary structure or located within a public right-of-way, other than official signs authorized by this Chapter.
SIGN, SPECIAL DISPLAY
Signs promoting a special event of any church, not-for-profit institution or governmental agency.
SIGN STRUCTURE
The sign and all parts associated with its construction.
SIGN, SUBDIVISION
Any entry sign identifying a subdivision entry, subdivision name and/or street names within the subdivision.
SIGN, SUBDIVISION, REAL ESTATE
A temporary real estate sign advertising an entire residential subdivision.
SIGN, WALL
A sign attached to or erected against a wall of a building with the face parallel to the building wall and extending not more than one (1) foot therefrom including signs attached to a mansard or similar decorative roof.
TEMPORARY EVENT SIGN
Any sign concerning an activity having a specific duration or the end of which is related to a specific action, usually lasting for less than twelve (12) months at a time. Temporary event signs include, but are not limited to:
1. 
Political signs;
2. 
Real estate signs (but excluding "subdivision real estate signs", as defined in this Chapter);
3. 
Construction signs;
4. 
Signs promoting an auction, estate sale, or garage sale; and
5. 
Signs promoting a specific (non-commercial) life event such as a birth, birthday, or participation in a school activity.

Section 407.025 Applicability.

[Ord. No. 2243 §I, 4-10-2012]
A. 
The regulations and requirements of this Chapter apply to all signs that are or are intended to be viewed from a public right-of-way or adjacent property, or that are intended to be viewed from outdoor areas of public property.
B. 
Signs are allowed only in conformance with these sign regulations, or as otherwise provided for non-conforming signs under the provisions of this Chapter.

Section 407.030 Signs — Permit — Exemptions.

[App. B, Art. 55 §55-3.0; Ord. No. 762, 9-24-1970; Ord. No. 1251 §2, 9-4-1985; Ord. No. 2243 §I, 4-10-2012]
A. 
Requirement. It shall be unlawful for any person to erect, structurally alter, or relocate any sign or other advertising structure in this City without first obtaining a permit from the Zoning Administrator and making payment of the fee required in Section 407.160, except with respect to a sign specifically exempt herein.
B. 
Exemptions. A sign permit will not be required for the following listed signs. These exemptions apply only to the requirement of a sign permit and do not relieve the owner of the sign from compliance with all other requirements of this or other City Codes for the particular sign:
1. 
Temporary event signs;
2. 
Memorial signs or tablets;
3. 
Official signs;
4. 
Property address sign: A sign limited in content to the street name and address number of the building or property to which it is affixed, provided that the sign consists of lettering no larger than five (5) inches in height on a building or three (3) inches on a mailbox;
5. 
Accessory nameplates, address plates or identification signs not to exceed ten (10) square feet for non-residential buildings where said sign is a permanent part of the building and does not project beyond the building wall;
6. 
Subdivision entrance signs;
7. 
Copy change on legal existing signs;
8. 
Official flags;
9. 
Price signs less than one (1) square foot in area;
10. 
Special display;
11. 
Legal postings; and
12. 
Portable signs.
C. 
Permits shall not be required for the following activities:
1. 
Replacing or altering changeable copy on billboards, changeable copy signs, and similar signs; and
2. 
Sign painting, repairing, cleaning, or maintaining that does not involve a structural change to a sign.

Section 407.040 Signs and Devices Prohibited.

[App. B, Art. 55 §55-4.0; Ord. No. 762, 9-24-1970; Ord. No. 1251 §2, 9-4-1985; Ord. No. 2100, 10-22-2008; Ord. No. 2243 §I, 4-10-2012]
A. 
The following types of signs and devices shall be prohibited, except as noted in the special display section in Section 407.080(6) of this Chapter, to wit:
1. 
Attention-attracting devices;
2. 
Fluttering, except flags permitted herein;
3. 
Paper, cardboard or other similar non-permanent material signs located outside of a building, except for signs not requiring a permit;
4. 
Signs on parking lot light standards other than on-site informational and directional signs as provided for in Section 407.060;
5. 
Flashing signs;
6. 
Animated signs;
7. 
Snipe signs; and
8. 
Any sign or other advertising structure that displays or depicts any obscene, indecent, or immoral matter.

Section 407.050 Non-Conforming Signs.

[App. B, Art. 55 §55-5.0; Ord. No. 762, 9-24-1970; Ord. No. 1251 §2, 9-4-1985; Ord. No. 2243 §I, 4-10-2012]
A. 
Any existing sign which was lawfully erected and maintained prior to the effective date of this Chapter shall be exempt from this Chapter except as hereinafter provided, to wit:
1. 
Any lawfully existing non-governmental flashing sign shall stop flashing within thirty (30) days after enactment of this Chapter.
2. 
All temporary/portable signs shall conform to the provisions of this Chapter relating to requirements imposed for ground signs as provided in Section 407.100 of this Chapter within thirty (30) days of the passage of this Chapter.
3. 
Any sign in violation of Section 407.150(5) shall be prohibited.
4. 
Nothing in this Chapter shall prevent the ordinary maintenance or repair of a non-conforming sign or replacement of a broken part of a non-conforming sign. Whenever any non-conforming sign or part thereof is altered, replaced, converted or changed, the entire sign must immediately comply with the provisions of this Chapter.
5. 
Non-conforming signs which are destroyed or damaged or become in disrepair by fifty percent (50%) or more of their value shall not be rebuilt or repaired or maintained except in conformance with this Chapter.

Section 407.060 Signs in Residential Districts.

[App. B, Art. 55 §55-6.0; Ord. No. 762, 9-24-1970; Ord. No. 1251 §2, 9-4-1985; Ord. No. 2243 §I, 4-10-2012]
A. 
Subject to limitations hereinafter set forth, the following signs shall be permitted in residential districts:
1. 
Bulletin boards on religious organizations;
2. 
Temporary event signs;
3. 
Directional signs;
4. 
Official signs;
5. 
Memorial signs or tablet signs;
6. 
Subdivision real estate signs;
7. 
Subdivision entrance signs;
8. 
On-site informational signs;
9. 
Official flags;
10. 
Occupational signs; and
11. 
Special displays.

Section 407.070 Signs on Property in Commercial "B-1", "B-2", "B-3", "I-1", "I-2" and "S and O" Zoning Districts.

[App. B, Art. 55 §55-7.0; Ord. No. 762, 9-24-1970; Ord. No. 1251 §2, 9-4-1985; Ord. No. 1253 §2, 9-18-1985; Ord. No. 2243 §I, 4-10-2012]
A. 
Subject to limitations hereinafter set forth, only the following signs shall be permitted in zoning Districts "B-1", "B-2", "B-3", "I-1", "I-2" and "S and O":
1. 
All signs and flags permitted in residential districts;
2. 
Sign, ground;
3. 
Sign, canopy and/or awning;
4. 
Sign, occupational and/or identification;
5. 
Sign, wall;
6. 
Freestanding;
7. 
Sign, projecting;
8. 
Sign, portable;
9. 
Billboards subject to the restrictions set forth in Section 407.130 of this Chapter; and
10. 
Commercial flags.
11. 
Monument signs.
[Ord. No. 2412 § 2, 1-25-2017]
12. 
Off-Premise signs.
[Ord. No. 2412 § 2, 1-25-2017]

Section 407.080 Standards for Signs.

[App. B, Art. 55 §55-8.0; Ord. No. 762, 9-24-1970; Ord. No. 1251 §2, 9-4-1985; Ord. No. 2100, 10-22-2008; Ord. No. 2243 §I, 4-10-2012]
A. 
In addition to the other restrictions listed in this Chapter, the following standards and conditions shall be applicable to the signs listed herein:
1. 
Construction signs shall be subject to the following restrictions:
a. 
One (1) such sign shall be permitted on the work site of each street frontage of the project in question.
b. 
Construction signs that are attached to or on trailers on the construction site shall be permitted subject to the duration restrictions of other construction signs but not subject to the restriction of the above subparagraph (a).
2. 
Directional signs shall be subject to the following restrictions:
a. 
All sign supports and frames shall be of a permanent material.
b. 
Signs may be double-faced not to exceed six (6) square feet per face. Said dimensions shall be exclusive of sign trim or supports.
c. 
Signs shall be located so as not to obstruct the view of motorists.
d. 
At least fifty percent (50%) of any directional sign face shall contain one (1) of the following words, phrases or similar traffic directions:
(1) 
"Entrance" or "Entrance Only";
(2) 
"One Way";
(3) 
"Exit" or "Exit Only";
(4) 
"Do Not Enter";
(5) 
"No Exit" or "No Entrance";
(6) 
"Drive-in/thru Window";
(7) 
"Right Turn Only" or "No Left Turn";
(8) 
"Loading Area", "Parcel Pickup Area" or "Loading Zone";
(9) 
"Service Vehicles Only" or "No Trucks";
(10) 
Directional arrows.
e. 
In the remaining fifty percent (50%) of the sign face, there may be provided the name of the business center, development or name of the use or building, trademark, logo or similar matter.
f. 
There shall be no more than two (2) such signs per entry/exit unless said entry/exit is divided by a raised median in which case each side shall be treated as a separate entry/exit.
3. 
Religious organization signs, and institutional and governmental signs shall be subject to the following restrictions:
a. 
Religious organization signs may be allowed up to two (2) ground signs per religious organization, totaling not more than fifty (50) square feet in area, indicating activities and services therein provided.
b. 
Institutional and governmental signs, park signs, playgrounds, etc. shall not exceed one hundred (100) square feet in size for ground signs or pole signs.
c. 
No direct light shall be cast upon any residential property from sign illumination for any of the above signs.
4. 
Memorial signs or tablet signs shall be subject to the following restrictions:
a. 
All lawfully pre-existing memorial or tablet signs are exempt from this Chapter.
b. 
Any new memorial or tablet sign shall not exceed six (6) square feet unless such signs or tablets are placed by ordinance of, or commission of the United States Government, State of Missouri, or agencies thereof.
5. 
Garage sale, estate sale, and auction signs shall be subject to the following restrictions:
a. 
Non-illuminated.
b. 
No more than five (5) signs, no larger than two (2) feet by three (3) feet, shall be posted advertising the sale.
c. 
Signs may not be placed on utility poles, street signs or posts, traffic signs or posts, street lights or poles or on private property without permission from the owner.
d. 
Signs shall be located a minimum of ten (10) feet back from the pavement
6. 
Special displays signs shall be subject to the following restrictions: temporary signs pertaining to special events may be displayed by any church, not-for-profit institution or governmental agency, provided that such signs are not displayed for a period longer than fifteen (15) days, nor shall any such sign be permitted more often than once each sixty (60) days, nor shall such sign be larger than sixty (60) square feet.
7. 
Temporary advertising devices, such as banners, pennants affixed to poles, wires, or ropes, and streamers when used for special occasions, may be used no more than sixty (60) days per year.
8. 
Portable signs may be used for grand openings and other commercial events and shall not exceed forty (40) square feet, and shall be in place no more than thirty (30) days.
9. 
Subdivision real estate signs shall not exceed sixty-four (64) square feet per sign face and shall be maintained in good repair and shall be removed when ninety-five percent (95%) of the lots in said subdivision have been sold, subject to the following conditions:
a. 
One (1) sign per subdivision entrance; and
b. 
Each subdivision may have one (1) additional sign located within one thousand (1,000) feet of the exterior boundary of the subdivision.
10. 
Subdivision entrance signs shall conform to standards for ground signs and shall be subject to the following restrictions:
a. 
May be illuminated, provided such illumination does not shine directly onto adjacent residences.
11. 
Flags shall be subject to the following restrictions: no more than three (3) flags (whether official or personal) may be flown from a single flagpole at any one time. The flags' total area shall be included in the total allowed area of signage.
12. 
Temporary event signs. Signs for a temporary event as defined in this Chapter must comply with the following:
a. 
Duration. The sign may be placed upon initiation of the temporary event, and must be removed within ten (10) working days of the termination of the event. Initiation and termination of particular events shall be interpreted as follows:
(1) 
Election. Initiation upon the last day of qualification of candidates or certification of a ballot question and termination upon the election of a candidate to office or resolution of a ballot question.
(2) 
Real estate sale or lease. Initiation upon the actual availability of the property or premises for sale or lease, and termination upon execution and acceptance of a final sale for the real estate transaction.
(3) 
Building construction or remodeling. Initiation upon issuance of a building permit and termination upon issuance of the certificate of occupancy or approval for connection to electric power for the work authorized by the building permit, whichever is sooner.
(4) 
Auction, estate sale, or garage sale. Initiation upon three (3) days prior to the event and termination upon forty-eight (48) hours of the conclusion of the event.
(5) 
Special display signs. Initiation upon two (2) weeks prior to the event and termination upon forty-eight (48) hours of the conclusion of the event.
b. 
Size of temporary event signs.
(1) 
Single-, two-, and multi-family. Temporary event signs located on properties occupied by or zoned for single-family, duplex residences, or multi-family shall not exceed six (6) square feet in area and five (5) feet in height.
(2) 
Non-residential. Temporary event signs located on properties occupied by or zoned for office, commercial, industrial or other non-residential uses shall not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet in area and eight (8) feet in height.
13. 
Off-Premise Signs. One (1) or more off-premise sign shall be allowed in accordance with the following provisions:
[Ord. No. 2412 § 3, 1-25-2017]
a. 
Signs shall be limited to the advertisement of a specific event.
b. 
The total area of sign shall not exceed six (6) square feet in area.
c. 
Shall not be placed within right-of-way, on utility poles, street signs or street lights or poles or on private property without permission from the owner.
d. 
Shall not be placed for more than fifteen (15) days.

Section 407.090 Wall, Awning and Canopy Signs, Projecting Signs.

[App. B, Art. 55 §55-9.0; Ord. No. 762, 9-24-1970; Ord. No. 1251 §2, 9-4-1985; Ord. No. 2100, 10-22-2008; Ord. No. 2243 §I, 4-10-2012]
A. 
Wall, awning and canopy signs, and projecting signs relating only to service, name of business, articles and products offered within the building or store to which the sign is attached shall be permitted providing:
1. 
Shall not exceed ten percent (10%) of the area of the largest exposed wall of the building on which the sign(s) is/are to be installed and shall not extend above the roofline. The area limitation shall include any special display such as banners.
2. 
A wall sign shall not project beyond the plane of the wall.
3. 
An awning sign shall not project more than four (4) feet from the face of the building and shall have an eight (8) foot minimum clearance.
4. 
A projecting sign shall not exceed six (6) square feet and have an eight (8) foot clearance. The sign shall not project more than four (4) feet from the face of the building.

Section 407.100 Ground Signs (Pole Signs).

[App. B, Art. 55 §55-11.0; Ord. No. 762, 9-24-1970; Ord. No. 1251 §2, 9-4-1985; Ord. No. 2100, 10-22-2008; Ord. No. 2243 §I, 4-10-2012]
A. 
Ground signs shall be subject to the following restrictions:
1. 
Located so as to not obstruct vision at an intersection or a vehicular entry or exit from the property.
2. 
May be supported by posts or poles that do not exceed a height of ten (10) feet above the prevailing grade nor a length of ten (10) feet.
3. 
The maximum size of ground signs shall be one hundred (100) square feet and shall be set back a minimum of fifteen (15) feet from the back of the curb and located on private property.

Section 407.110 Freestanding Signs.

[App. B, Art. 55 §55-12.0; Ord. No. 762, 9-24-1970; Ord. No. 1251 §2, 9-4-1985; Ord. No. 2100, 10-22-2008; Ord. No. 2243 §I, 4-10-2012]
A. 
Freestanding signs shall be subject to the following restrictions:
1. 
One (1) freestanding sign shall be allowed for each building fronting a public street. The foregoing, however, is subject to the specific provisions of this Chapter regarding the total number of signs allowed for each business, as provided for in Section 407.140 of this Chapter.
2. 
The bottom of the sign shall be at least eight (8) feet above the main ground level on which the sign is placed and shall not exceed a height of fifty (50) feet above the nearest adjacent street level.
3. 
Every freestanding sign shall be constructed and anchored securely.
4. 
A freestanding sign may have an area not to exceed two hundred (200) square feet.

Section 407.120 On-Site Information Signs.

[App. B, Art. 55 §55-13.0; Ord. No. 762, 9-24-1970; Ord. No. 2243 §I, 4-10-2012]
A. 
On-site information signs shall be subject to the following restrictions:
1. 
Shall not be more than six (6) square feet per sign face, nor exceed a height of ten (10) feet from ground level; and
2. 
Shall be constructed of permanent, weather-proof materials.

Section 407.125 Monument Signs.

[Ord. No. 2412 § 4, 1-25-2017]
A. 
On-site monument signs shall be subject to the following restrictions:
1. 
All permanent monument signs shall be located at least ten (10) feet from all property lines.
2. 
Shall be located not more than seventy-five (75) feet from a main public roadway entrance or intersection into or adjacent to said common commercial subdivision or development.
3. 
Shall be separated by at least seventy-five (75) feet from freestanding signs located on adjoining properties.
4. 
Shall not exceed forty (40) feet in height.
5. 
Shall not exceed four hundred (400) square feet.
6. 
Shall be at least thirty (30) feet from the street intersection.

Section 407.130 Billboards.

[App. B, Art. 55 §55-14.0; Ord. No. 762, 9-24-1970; Ord. No. 1251 §2, 9-4-1985; Ord. No. 2243 §I, 4-10-2012]
A. 
Billboards shall be subject to the following restrictions:
1. 
Billboards shall not be located within three hundred (300) feet of any residentially zoned property.
2. 
Billboards shall not be erected within one thousand two hundred (1,200) feet of one another on the same side of the road.
3. 
The maximum gross area of any billboard shall not exceed two hundred (200) square feet. For purposes of this provision, each side of a billboard shall be considered a separate sign.
4. 
No billboard shall be attached to the roof or wall of any building.
5. 
Billboards may be illuminated by electrical lighting of the surface of the sign face; however, no flashing, blinking or intermittent lighting of billboard sign faces shall be allowed.
6. 
No junior poster panels shall be erected within one thousand two hundred (1,200) feet of one another on the same side of the road.

Section 407.140 Limitations of Signage per Business.

[App. B, Art. 55 §55-15.0; Ord. No. 762, 9-24-1970; Ord. No. 1251 §2, 9-4-1985; Ord. No. 2243 §I, 4-10-2012]
A. 
All wall, projecting, freestanding and ground signs shall be governed by the following restrictions:
1. 
There shall be no more than two (2) different types of signs on the same side of a building or site frontage, except:
One (1) multi-tenant building and shopping center freestanding sign shall be permitted for every three hundred (300) feet of frontage or fraction thereof.
2. 
The total signage of all signs except freestanding and ground signs shall not exceed ten percent (10%) of the rear of the largest exposed wall.

Section 407.150 General Restrictions on Sign Regulations and Maintenance and Violations of This Chapter.

[App. B, Art. 55 §55-16.0; Ord. No. 762, 9-24-1970; Ord. No. 1251 §2, 9-4-1985; Ord. No. 2243 §I, 4-10-2012]
A. 
Except as hereinafter provided, all signs shall be subject to the following general construction standards and maintenance standards:
1. 
The Zoning Administrator, or his/her designee, shall initiate the necessary procedures to remove any sign of immediate danger or hazard to person or property, as provided in the City's Building Code relating to the abatement of dangerous buildings.
2. 
No signs or other advertising structure regulated by this Chapter shall be erected in such a manner as to obstruct free and clear vision; or at any location where, by reason of its position, shape or color, it may interfere with, obstruct the view of, or be confused with any authorized traffic sign, signal or device; or which makes use of the words "stop", "look", "drive-in", "danger" or any word, phrase, symbol or character in such a manner as to interfere with, mislead or confuse traffic.
3. 
All outdoor signs and supports shall be weather-resistant and shall be maintained in good repair so as to prevent rust, peeling, flaking or fading. Broken panels, missing letters, flaking or peeling paint and other visual damage to a sign shall be repaired within forty-five (45) days of notice to repair. All signs shall be maintained in accordance with all City ordinances, including ordinances concerning nuisances and vegetation.
4. 
Illuminated signs shall be subject to the following restriction:
a. 
All illumination shall be oriented so as to prevent casting light onto residential properties.
5. 
Signs to be removed from premises. Prohibited signs may be removed immediately by an order of the Zoning Administrator. Any on-premises sign which advertises a business no longer conducted or a product no longer sold on the premises or lot shall be removed by the owner, agent, or person having beneficial use of the premises or lot upon which the sign is erected within thirty (30) days after the business or product is no longer in operation or being produced or sold on premises, or within ten (10) days of notification from the Zoning Administrator, or his/her designee, whichever occurs first.
6. 
All signs on a single parcel or lot occupied by multi-tenants and all signs in a commercial or industrial planned unit development shall be subject to the following restrictions:
a. 
Shall be of uniform height, proportions, background color(s), materials and location in relationship to the business and generally uniform thickness appearance and illumination.
b. 
For any new building or for any existing building which is more than fifty percent (50%) vacant, and which does not have approved uniform standards, the building owner shall submit with, or prior to, the first (1st) (or next) sign permit application, a list of requested uniform standards for said building for approval. No sign permit shall be issued except in conformity with the uniform standards.
c. 
Non-conforming signs owned by tenants under a current lease in a multi-tenant building shall not be affected.
7. 
No sign shall be erected or painted upon retaining walls, fences, rocks or natural objects.

Section 407.160 Application for a Sign Permit.

[App. B, Art. 55 §55-17.2; Ord. No. 762, 9-24-1970; Ord. No. 2243 §I, 4-10-2012; Ord. No. 2412 § 5, 1-25-2017]
Approved permits will be obtained at the office of the City Collector upon payment of the processing inspection fee of fifty dollars ($50.00) per Section 410.100, Fees.

Section 407.170 Enforcement.

[App. B, Art. 55 §55-18.0; Ord. No. 762, 9-24-1970; Ord. No. 1251 §2, 9-4-1985; Ord. No. 2243 §I, 4-10-2012]
A. 
Violation of any of the provisions of this Chapter is hereby declared to be unlawful; and, except as provided elsewhere herein, the Zoning Administrator, or his/her designee, shall be responsible for the enforcement of this Chapter and may at any time he/she deems necessary inspect any sign structure regulated by this Chapter.
B. 
Written Notice To Be Given Of Violations.
1. 
If it is found that a sign is in violation of this Chapter, the Zoning Administrator, or his/her designee, shall give written notice to the owner of the sign; or, if the owner cannot be located within thirty (30) days by the Zoning Administrator, to the owner of the premises on which the sign is located; or, if the sign erection is not complete, to the sign erector stating:
That failure to comply, or to make good faith efforts to comply with the terms of this notice shall constitute grounds for the Zoning Administrator to initiate prosecution of enforcement in the appropriate judicial forum as determined by the City Attorney.

Section 407.180 Appeals and Variances.

[App. B, Art. 55 §55-19.0; Ord. No. 762, 9-24-1970; Ord. No. 1251 §2, 9-4-1985; Ord. No. 2243 §I, 4-10-2012]
Within the purview of its jurisdiction, the Board of Zoning Adjustment is empowered to review or modify the Zoning Administrator's or his/her designee's order or determination with respect to signs covered by this Chapter and may consider variances as provided by State Statutes. Any applicant may appeal the non-issuance of a sign permit to the Board and a permit holder may appeal the revocation of a validly issued sign permit to the Board.

Section 407.190 Violation of Article.

[App. B, Art. 55 §55-20.0; Ord. No. 762, 9-24-1970; Ord. No. 1251 §2, 9-4-1985; Ord. No. 1253 §4, 9-18-1985; Ord. No. 2243 §I, 4-10-2012]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to violate any of the provisions of this Chapter.
B. 
Upon conviction, any person found guilty of violating any provisions of this Chapter shall be fined in an amount not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00) or imprisoned for not more than six (6) months, or both such fine and imprisonment.
C. 
Each and every day such violation is committed or continued shall constitute a separate offense and shall be punishable as such hereunder.

Section 407.200 Invalidity of a Part.

[App. B, Art. 55 §55-21.0; Ord. No. 762, 9-24-1970; Ord. No. 1251 §2, 9-4-1985; Ord. No. 2243 §I, 4-10-2012]
In case any Section, clause, sentence or paragraph or part of this Chapter shall for any reason be adjudged by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, such invalidity shall not affect, impair or invalidate the remainder of this Chapter.

Section 407.210 Conformance to Building Codes.

[Ord. No. 2243 §I, 4-10-2012]
A. 
In addition to the sign permit required by this Chapter, a building permit shall be obtained from the Zoning Administrator prior to installation or placement of any freestanding sign having a sign structure area greater than fifteen (15) square feet or any building sign having a sign face area greater than six (6) square feet. All signs for which a building permit is required shall be constructed and maintained in conformance with all Building Code and Electrical Code requirements.
B. 
Plans required for issuance of a building permit for a sign shall be certified as to conformance with all structural and wind-load resistive standards of the Building Code by a structural engineer registered in the State of Missouri, or be prepared using standard drawings prepared by a structural engineer or other qualified professional meeting or exceeding all requirements of the Building Code.
C. 
All electrical service to a sign shall comply with the Electrical Code.
D. 
Clearance from all electrical power lines shall conform to the requirements of the Electrical Code.