City of Maryville, MO
Nodaway County
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[R.O. 2008 §555.010; Ord. No. 5252 §1, 11-14-1994]
A. 
The purpose of this Chapter is to provide minimum standards to safeguard life, health, property and public welfare by regulating and controlling the design, quality of materials, construction, locations, electrification and maintenance of all signs and sign structures not located within a building.
B. 
No sign shall be erected in such a manner to confuse or obstruct the view or interpretation of any official traffic sign, signal or devise.
C. 
The regulations of this Chapter are not intended to permit any violations of other provisions of this code or of any other lawful ordinance.
D. 
This Chapter shall not affect any existing signs as of date of passage (November 14, 1994), except that where this Chapter calls for sign removal, that paragraph shall be enforced from day of passage (November 14, 1994).
[R.O. 2008 §555.020; Ord. No. 5252 §1, 11-14-1994]
A. 
The Code Enforcement Officer is hereby authorized and directed to enforce all the provisions of this Chapter.
B. 
Upon presentation of proper credentials, the Code Enforcement Officer or his/her duly authorized representative may enter at reasonable times, any building, structure or premises in the City to perform any duty imposed upon him/her by this Chapter. If the owner or occupant shall refuse to allow entry to the Code Enforcement Officer or his/her assistants, such Officer may apply to a court of competent jurisdiction for a search warrant or other legal process for the purpose of securing entry.
C. 
All appeals related to interpretation of Chapter 555: Signs and Advertising, shall be referred to the Board of Zoning Adjustment of the City of Maryville, Missouri.
D. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, improve, remove, convert, demolish, equip, use or maintain any sign or structure in the City or cause or permit the same to be done contrary to or in violation of any of the provisions of this Chapter.
[R.O. 2008 §555.030; Ord. No. 5252 §1, 11-14-1994; Ord. No. 6806 §§1 — 2, 1-23-2006; Ord. No. 6852 §§1 — 2, 8-7-2006; Ord. No. 7197 §1, 3-22-2010]
For the purpose of this Chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this Section:
ABANDONED SIGN
A sign, changeable copy sign, directory sign, door sign, freestanding sign, illuminated sign, interior sign, on-premise sign or window sign and the structure which supports same, that has either ceased to be used, which the owner no longer intends to use, which no longer advertises or identifies a use conducted on the property on which the sign is erected or which has no advertisement upon it.
ANIMATED SIGN
A sign employing actual motion or the illusion of motion including flashing on/off. Animated signs, which are differentiated from changeable copy signs as defined and regulated by this Chapter, include the following types:
Electrically activated. Animated signs producing the illusion of movement by means of electronic, electrical or electro-mechanical input and/or illumination capable of simulating movement through employment of the characteristics of one (1) or both of the classifications noted below: (This shall include electricity in any form including battery, solar power or other means of creating or producing an electrical charge.)
1. 
Flashing. Animated signs or animated portions of signs whose illumination is characterized by a repetitive cycle in which the period of illumination is either the same as or less than the period of non-illumination. For the purposes of this Section, flashing will not be defined as occurring if the cyclical period between on-off phases of illumination exceeds four (4) seconds.
2. 
Patterned illusionary movement. Animated signs or animated portions of signs whose illumination is characterized by simulated movement through alternate or sequential activation of various illuminated elements for the purpose of producing repetitive light patterns designed to appear in some form of motion.
Mechanically activated. Animated signs characterized by repetitive motion and/or rotation activated by a mechanical system powered by electric motors or other mechanically induced means.
AWNING
An architectural projection or shelter projecting from and supported by the exterior wall of a building and composed of a covering of rigid or non-rigid materials and/or fabric on a supporting framework that may be either permanent or retractable, including such structure that are internally illuminated by fluorescent or other light sources.
AWNING SIGN
A sign displayed on or attached flat against the surface or surfaces of an awning.
CHANGEABLE COPY SIGN
A sign that is designed so that characters, letters or illustrations can be charged or rearranged without altering the face or surface of the sign.
CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
The officer or other person charged with the administration and enforcement of this Chapter or his/her duly authorized deputy.
COPY
Copy or sign copy.
[Ord. No. 7327 §§1 — 2, 3-9-2011]
COPY OR SIGN COPY
Those letters, numerals, figures, symbols, logos and graphic elements comprising the content or message of a sign, but shall not include numerals, letters or symbols which are solely used to identify a street address.
[Ord. No. 7327 §§1 — 2, 3-9-2011]
COURTHOUSE SQUARE DISTRICT
The geographic area within the rectangle, the outer boundaries of which are defined by the centerline of Sixth Street on the north; the centerline of Vine Street on the east; the centerline of Jenkins Street on the south; and the centerline of Fillmore Street or the extension of the centerline of Fillmore Street on the west, which area includes the Courthouse Square.
CURB LINE
The line at the face of the curb nearest to the street or roadway. In the absence of a curb, the curb line shall be established by a City representative.
DISPLAY SURFACE
The area made available by the sign structure for the purpose of displaying the advertising message.
DIRECTIONAL SIGN
A sign that is designed and erected for the sole purpose of providing direction and/or orientation for pedestrian or vehicular traffic to a hospital or a government office or government-owned facility.
DIRECTORY SIGN
A sign on which the multiple names and locations of occupants or the use of a building is given.
DOOR SIGN
A sign painted or permanently affixed to the window surface.
ELECTRIC SIGN
Any sign containing electrical wiring, but not including signs illuminated by an exterior light source.
FLASHING SIGN
See "ANIMATED SIGN, ELECTRICALLY ACTIVATED".
FREESTANDING SIGN
A sign principally supported by a structure affixed to the ground and not supported by a building, including signs supported by one (1) or more columns, poles or braces placed in or upon the ground. This shall include but is not limited to pole signs, ground signs and monument signs which must also meet all additional requirements or limitations within the definition of the specific sign type.
GROUND SIGN
A sign placed at or near ground level not exceeding eight (8) feet in height and which is supported by one (1) or more upright poles or braces in or upon the ground.
ILLUMINATED SIGN
A assign characterized by the use of artificial light, either projecting through its surface(s) (i.e., internally illuminated) or reflecting at its surface(s) from an external source (i.e., externally illuminated).
INTERIOR SIGN
Any sign placed within a building, but not including "window signs" as defined by this Chapter.
LEGAL SETBACK LINE
A line established by this code beyond which no building may be built. A legal setback line may be a property line.
MAJOR SHOPPING CENTER
A tract of ground not less than five (5) acres in size, developed as a unified retail shopping center consisting of one (1) or more retail stores or shops.
MARQUEE SIGN
A sign attached or hung from a marquee.
MULTI-TENANT BUILDING
A non-residential building that contains more than one (1) occupancy and does not have separate and distinct entrances to each occupancy from the street.
NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE
The edition currently adopted by the City of Maryville, Missouri, as published by the National Fire Protection Association.
OFF-PREMISE SIGN
A sign erected, maintained or used in the outdoor environment for the purpose of the display of messages which does not pertain to the business, the services and/or products at the property on which it is displayed.
ON-PREMISE SIGN
A sign erected, maintained or used in the outdoor environment for the purpose of the display of messages pertaining to the business, the services and/or products at the property on which it is displayed.
POLE SIGN
A sign structure in the ground with at least eight (8) feet of clearance from ground to the lowest point of the sign.
POLITICAL SIGNS
Any sign of any kind promoting, supporting or opposing any candidate, office, issue or proposition to be voted upon at any public election.
PROJECTING SIGN
A sign other than a wall sign that is attached to or projects more than six (6) inches from a building face or wall and has the sign face at an angle to the face of the building.
PROJECTION
The distance by which a sign extends beyond the building line.
SIGN
Any medium, including its structure and component parts, which is used or intended to be used to attract attention to the subject matter for advertising purposes, which shall include paint on the surface of the building when used for the purposes of advertising. This shall include, but is not limited to, awning signs, electric signs, ground signs, monument signs, pole signs, projecting signs, temporary signs and wall signs. Wording or design directly upon the surface of a building or structure by paint, not for commercial advertising purposes, but rather done for philanthropic, aesthetic or educational reasons, including murals, shall not be considered a sign.
SIGN AREA
The area of the smallest rectangle which completely encloses the display surface of the sign.
SNIPE SIGN
Any temporary off-premises sign located or situated on public or private property.
STRUCTURE
That which is built or constructed, an edifice or building of any kind or any piece of work artificially built up or composed of parts joined together in some definite manner.
TEMPORARY SIGN
Any sign which has no structural support, footing, foundation, pier, pole, grade beam or any other accepted method of frost heave prevention extending below the frost line. It shall include any sign which is not designated or manufactured to be permanently anchored or affixed to the ground, building or structure, but rather is designed or primarily used as a sign which is moveable from place to place. This shall include, but is not limited to, signs affixed to a trailer or other portable structure and "A" frame or sandwich signs, yellow-flashing signs and banners.
WALL OR FASCIA SIGN
Any sign attached to or erected against the wall of a building or structure.
WINDOW SIGN
A sign painted or permanently affixed to the surface of a window.
[R.O. 2008 §555.050; Ord. No. 5252 §1, 11-14-1994]
Any person or persons erecting outdoor signs shall possess a valid General Contractor's license, except that a non-structural wall sign may be erected by the property owner, tenant or lessee.
[R.O. 2008 §555.060; Ord. No. 5252 §1, 11-14-1994]
No sign shall hereafter be erected, re-erected, constructed, altered or maintained, except as provided by this Chapter and with a permit for the same, issued by the Code Enforcement Officer. A separate permit shall be required for a sign for each business entity, and/or a separate permit for each group of signs on a single supporting structure. In addition, electrical permits shall be obtained for electric signs.
[R.O. 2008 §555.070; Ord. No. 5252 §1, 11-14-1994]
Application for a sign permit shall be made in writing upon forms furnished by the Code Enforcement Officer. Such application shall contain the location by street and number of the proposed sign structure, as well as the name and address of the owner and the sign contractor or erector. The Code Enforcement Officer may require the filing of plans or other pertinent information where, in his/her opinion, such information is necessary to insure compliance with this Chapter.
[R.O. 2008 §555.080; Ord. No. 5252 §1, 11-14-1994]
A. 
Repainting or cleaning of an advertising structure or the changing of the advertising copy or message thereon, unless a structural change is made, shall not require a sign permit, nor shall the following signs require a sign permit. These exceptions shall not be construed as relieving the owner of the sign from the responsibility of its erection and maintenance, and its compliance with the provisions of the Chapter or any other law or ordinance regulating the same. The following shall not require a sign permit.
1. 
Any sign placed or painted on the inside of a building or outside of any vehicle.
2. 
Nameplates or professional signs attached directly to the wall of a building or other structure.
3. 
Municipal signs, legal notices, trespassing signs or signs to aid safety.
4. 
Information or directional signs containing no advertising copy.
5. 
Real estate signs advertising the sale, rental or lease of the premises.
6. 
Tablets constructed of bronze, brass, stone or other non-combustible materials, when built or attached to the walls of a building provided that such tablet bears only the name of the owner, the name or use of the building or reading matter commemorating a person or event.
7. 
Signs announcing the name of the architect, engineer or contractors of a building under construction, alteration or repair and signs announcing the character of the building enterprise or the purpose for which the building is intended.
8. 
Signs to advertise public or civic welfare or charitable enterprises placed on posts or buildings.
9. 
All political signs except that all political signs shall comply with the provisions of Section 555.150.
[R.O. 2008 §555.085; Ord. No. 6938, 9-12-2007]
A. 
Signs for public or private temporary sales located in residential districts (e.g., garage, yard or porch sales) shall be subject to the following provisions:
1. 
A maximum of five (5) signs may be used for notifying the public of temporary garage sales and yard sales.
2. 
Each sign shall be no more than four (4) square feet (24" x 24") and each sign shall contain the following information:
a. 
General statement of a "garage sale" or "yard sale";
b. 
Location of the garage or yard sale;
c. 
Dates and times which garage/yard sale shall be occurring.
3. 
Sign height is limited to three (3) feet from the ground to the highest point of the sign. Signs cannot be affixed to stop signs, street signs, utility poles, speed limit signs or any other object permanently existing in the City right-of-way (R-O-W).
4. 
Signs must be placed in the ground utilizing a pole, stake, rod, etc.
5. 
Signs may be placed in the City of Maryville street R-O-W provided they are not obstructing the view of traffic from any direction and must be at least one (1) foot from the curbing of the road.
6. 
Garage sales, yard sales and the like shall be limited to operating hours of 6:00 A.M. — 7:00 P.M. on any given day.
7. 
All signs from said garage/yard sale sign(s) shall be installed no more than twenty-four (24) hours prior to start of sale and shall be removed from the locations within twenty-four (24) hours from the time of the end of the sale.
8. 
All signs must be non-illuminated.
9. 
No person shall post a sign in violation of this Section. Each violation of Subsections (1) through (8) of this Section shall be subject to a fine of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for each day said violation occurs.
[R.O. 2008 §555.090; Ord. No. 5252 §1, 11-14-1994; Ord. No. 6618 §1, 2-9-2004]
A. 
The fees for signs and other display structures for which permits are required under Section 555.050 shall be at the following rate:
1. 
Outdoor advertising other than a painted sign.
a. 
Sign permit: $1.00 per sq. ft.
Minimum: $10.00.
b. 
Temporary sign: $5.00.
2. 
Signs which are painted directly to the surface of a building or structure.
a. 
Permit: $5.00.
[R.O. 2008 §555.100; Ord. No. 5252 §1, 11-14-1994]
Every person advertising by means of outdoor advertising regulated by this Chapter shall file with the Public Works Department a complete report of the location and size of all existing signs owned or placed by them.
[R.O. 2008 §555.110; Ord. No. 5252 §1, 11-14-1994]
A. 
The owner of any property on which any sign is placed and the person maintaining the sign shall be equally responsible, individually and jointly, for the condition of the area in the vicinity of the sign and shall be required to keep it clean, sanitary and free from noxious or offensive substances.
B. 
If any sign herein regulated is or becomes insecure or in danger of falling, or otherwise unsafe, the City representative shall notify the person or persons maintaining the same to make such sign safe and secure, or to remove same. In the event that the sign is not made secure or removed within ten (10) days, the City may recover the cost of removal of such sign from the owner of the property on which the sign is located.
[R.O. 2008 §555.120; Ord. No. 5252 §1, 11-14-1994; Ord. No. 5552 §1, 7-14-1997; Ord. No. 6805 §§1 — 2, 1-23-2006; Ord. No. 6852 §§1 — 2, 8-7-2006; Ord. No. 6938, 9-12-2007; Ord. No. 7196 §1, 3-22-2010]
A. 
Types of signs permitted within the City are limited to those listed below, according to the land use zone in which they are located and are subject to classification based on definitions contained herein and in the City's Building Code.
1. 
Signs permitted in "R-1" and "R-2" Zones shall be limited to the following:
a. 
One (1) name plate sign mounted on the building not more than one (1) square foot in area.
b. 
One (1) non-illuminated "For Sale" or "For Rent" sign per lot and not more than four (4) square feet in area.
c. 
One (1) sign per church not more than forty (40) square feet in area on church premises indicating activities and services therein provided.
d. 
One (1) non-illuminated sign per building not more than sixteen (16) square feet in area showing the names of architects, engineers, builders, tenants or agents on the premises of a building being constructed, provided, that such sign shall be removed upon completion of the building.
e. 
Ground signs displaying information pertinent to an undeveloped subdivision, provided that no such sign be located closer than two hundred (200) feet to an occupied dwelling, shall be located entirely on private property and shall be removed upon completion of the subdivision. No sign shall have an area greater than fifty (50) square feet.
2. 
Signs permitted in "R-3" and "R-4" Zones shall be limited to the following.
a. 
For each apartment development there shall be permitted one (1) ground sign not to exceed fifty (50) square feet in area, located entirely on private property.
b. 
In addition, not more than two (2) non-illuminated ground signs advertising the rental or lease of the premises, each not exceeding four (4) square feet in area.
c. 
One (1) non-illuminating sign per building not more than sixteen (16) square feet showing the names of architects, engineers, builders, tenants or agents on the premises of a building being constructed provided such sign shall be removed upon completion of the building.
3. 
Within the Courthouse Square District, the provisions of this Subsection shall prevail over and supersede any sign regulation otherwise applicable to that area pursuant to zoning designation. Sign regulations in the Courthouse Square District shall be as follows:
a. 
Permitted signs. Within the Courthouse Square District, each commercial building shall be allowed a total of two (2) signs per exposed facade, each of which shall be designed in a manner that is suitable and complimentary to adjacent buildings and businesses. Only the following sign types are permitted in the Courthouse Square District:
(1) 
A wall sign in compliance with the following provisions:
(a) 
The display surface shall not exceed fifteen percent (15%) of the square footage of the building facade area up to a maximum of sixty (60) square feet of display surface;
(b) 
The top of the sign can be placed either up to eighteen (18) feet above the front sidewalk or to the top of the second (2nd) floor window sill, parapet or eave, whichever is higher;
(c) 
The sign shall not project more than twelve (12) inches from the building;
(d) 
The sign may be painted directly only upon a side or rear facade.
(2) 
A projecting sign in compliance with the following provisions:
(a) 
The sign area shall not exceed ten (10) square feet in area;
(b) 
The sign may be lit only by directed external illumination;
(c) 
The sign shall have a minimum eight (8) foot vertical clearance from the lowest point of the sign to the sidewalk elevation;
(d) 
Clearance between the building face and the projecting sign must be between two (2) inches and twelve (12) inches;
(e) 
The top of the sign can be placed either up to eighteen (18) feet above the front sidewalk or to the top of the second (2nd) floor window sill, parapet or eave, whichever is higher.
(3) 
A freestanding sign in compliance with the following provisions:
(a) 
The building's front facade must be set back at least thirty (30) feet from the front property line;
(b) 
The sign area shall not exceed forty (40) square feet;
(c) 
The height of the signboard, post or any supporting elements shall not exceed eighteen (18) feet.
(4) 
An awning sign (or matched set of awning signs) in compliance with the following provisions and any other awning regulations applicable by the City of Maryville:
(a) 
An awning with signage shall be located only on the ground floor;
(b) 
The signage may appear on either valance or awning, but not both;
(c) 
The lettering and graphics shall not exceed twelve (12) inches in height.
b. 
Additional permitted signs. In addition to signage permitted by Subsection (3)(a), the following additional signs are permitted:
(1) 
Retail businesses. Retail businesses shall be permitted one (1) portable, two-sided sandwich sign in compliance with the following provisions:
(a) 
A single side of the sign must not be greater than eight (8) square feet in area and the sign may be of a maximum total height of five (5) feet;
(b) 
The sign must not use electricity in any form;
(c) 
The sign may only be displayed during the business hours of the retail business;
(d) 
The sign shall not impede pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
(2) 
Multi-tenant buildings. Multi-tenant buildings are allowed one (1) directory sign per entrance, either wall-mounted or projecting, in accordance with the following provisions:
(a) 
Small signs for each tenant with an optional header, grouped together with the total sign area not to exceed sixty percent (60%) of the product of the number of businesses and the ten (10) square foot individual limit (e.g., 3 businesses = 3 x 10 = 30 x .60 = 18 square feet);
(b) 
The signs must share a unifying format, style or color;
(c) 
The signs must be located within four (4) feet of the entrance.
(3) 
Painted window or door signs. Signs in accordance with the following provisions:
(a) 
Each sign's total area shall not exceed twenty-five percent (25%) of the window or door area;
(b) 
The sign shall be silk-screened, vinyl, etched or hand-painted;
(c) 
Total window signage may not exceed one-third (⅓) of the area of the window.
(4) 
Temporary signs. Temporary signs shall be permitted in accordance with the following provisions:
(a) 
Each business shall be permitted to display one (1) temporary sign for a period of time not to exceed thirty (30) days;
(b) 
Permits shall not be required for real estate signs, development and construction signs, political signs, municipal signs, legal notices, trespassing signs, signs to aid safety, fliers posted by an individual (e.g., garage sale signs) and civic and charitable event signs. Otherwise, all temporary signs require a permit of five dollars ($5.00) pursuant to the provisions of this Code;
(c) 
All permitted temporary signs must have the date of removal printed clearly on the lower right-hand corner as viewed from the front;
(d) 
No temporary sign shall exceed twenty-four (24) square feet in area nor shall it be permanently fastened to pylons, piers, footings or other means of permanent installation;
(e) 
No more than six (6) temporary sign permits per year will be issued for any individual business;
(f) 
Temporary signs shall meet all other requirements of this Chapter;
(g) 
Snipe signs posted by individuals, in compliance with this Section, must be removed within ten (10) days of posting.
c. 
Prohibited signs. The following signs are prohibited and may not be placed, erected, installed or maintained in the Courthouse Square District:
(1) 
Off-premise signs, except for directional or snipe signs or signs as otherwise approved by this Chapter;
(2) 
Snipe signs (e.g., garage sale signs) which are attached to a public streetscape fixture, utility pole, light pole or other similar structure;
(3) 
Animated, changing, flashing or exterior neon signs;
(4) 
Signs located on rooftops, dormers or balconies;
(5) 
Permanently-placed sidewalk signs.
4. 
Signs in Zoning District "C-O" through "M-2", other than within General Business District "I" and General Business District "II", shall be limited to the following:
a. 
Pole signs. Pole signs shall not exceed a maximum height of twenty-five (25) feet.
b. 
Ground signs. Ground signs providing traffic or parking directions or other instructions shall not exceed ten (10) square feet.
c. 
Advertising signs (including pole signs and ground signs):
(1) 
For property having one hundred (100) feet of street frontage and ten thousand (10,000) square feet of total lot area, advertising signs shall not exceed seventy-five (75) square feet plus an additional one-half (½) square foot of signage for every foot of street frontage over one hundred (100) feet up to a maximum area of one hundred (100) square feet.
(2) 
For shopping centers over five (5) acres, a sign having area not to exceed one hundred (100) square feet.
(3) 
Undeveloped tracts over ten thousand (10,000) square feet. One (1) sign having an area not to exceed one hundred (100) square feet.
(4) 
All signs must be located according to the applicable setback requirements of the Zoning Code of the City of Maryville, Missouri. However, notwithstanding any setback requirements that may exist elsewhere in the Code, signs in Zoning District "M-1" and "M-2" shall be setback not less than fifteen (15) feet from the property line.
(5) 
(Reserved.)
d. 
Wall signs. Wall signs including signs painted directly to the surface of a building or structure shall be permitted on the wall or fascia, including mansard, of each side of a building not to exceed fifteen percent (15%) of the area of each wall and may project above the top of the wall or fascia a distance not to exceed twenty-five percent (25%) of the vertical dimension of the sign or three (3) feet.
5. 
The following sign(s) are prohibited and may not be placed, erected, installed or maintained within the City: Snipe signs (e.g., event announcement, for sale, or garage sale signs) which are attached to a public streetscape fixture, utility pole, light pole or other similar structure, except those installed and removed in conformance with Section 555.080 of this Code as it applies to garage, yard or porch sales.
[R.O. 2008 §555.125; Ord. No. 6801 §1, 1-9-2006]
A. 
As used in this Section, the term "shopping center" is defined as either:
1. 
A cluster or grouping of not less than five (5) stores, shops or other premises located in a "C-1", "C-2" or "C-3" zone, generally open to the public for the purpose of promoting business, mercantile or commercial interest by sales, the premises of which include or are surrounded by private walkways or a private parking lot; or
2. 
A tract of ground not less than five (5) acres in size developed as a unified retail shopping area consisting of one (1) or more retail stores or shops.
B. 
A shopping center shall be allowed an informational sign as defined in this Section for the sole purpose of informing the public of the name of each business or establishment doing business in or located at the shopping center. However, no other pole signs or advertising signs are allowed. The shopping center may have directional signs and such awning, directory, projecting, temporary, sandwich, wall or window signs as authorized by this Code.
C. 
Said informational sign shall be a freestanding sign for the center as a whole and shall meet the following requirements:
1. 
Only one (1) informational sign shall be allowed per shopping center unless the street frontage of the shopping center exceeds five hundred (500) continuous feet on one (1) street. If the street frontage of the shopping center exceeds this distance, then one (1) additional sign is permitted. No shopping center shall be allowed more than two (2) informational signs per street frontage.
2. 
The informational sign shall be a freestanding sign as defined by this Code and must be separate from any building or other facility located in the shopping center. The sign shall be constructed and installed with materials and architectural design characteristics consistent with the design of the shopping center.
3. 
Each informational sign shall be allowed a maximum of two (2) parallel surface faces. The surface face for each side of the sign shall not exceed one hundred (100) square feet.
4. 
The informational sign shall not exceed twenty-five (25) feet in height as measured from the ground level to the top of the sign or support structure, whichever is higher.
5. 
Notwithstanding any other Code requirements, the information sign shall be placed at least fifteen (15) feet from the property line or adjoining right-of-way and may be constructed with the sign face commencing at ground level. However, in the event the informational sign is allowed to be placed less than fifteen (15) feet from the property line or right-of-way, whether by a variance or other Code authorization, in that instance the sign shall be constructed with a minimum of eight (8) feet clearance between the bottom of the sign face and the ground level.
[R.O. 2008 §555.130; Ord. No. 5252 §1, 11-14-1994]
Where electrical signs are permitted, they shall be operated only at such times and in such manner so as no direct glare from any light source on such sign constitutes a nuisance to any owner or occupier of adjacent or neighboring property or to any other person.
[R.O. 2008 §555.140; Ord. No. 5252 §1, 11-14-1994]
A. 
The following shall apply to all temporary signs as defined in Section 555.030:
1. 
For each business or property there shall be permitted to display one (1) temporary sign for a period of time not to exceed thirty (30) days. No sign shall be erected unless a permit therefore has been issued.
2. 
No temporary sign shall exceed forty (40) square feet in area or six (6) feet in height nor shall any such sign be fastened to pylons, piers, footings or other means of permanent installation.
3. 
No temporary sign may remain in place for more than thirty (30) days.
4. 
Temporary signs to advertise charitable enterprises may remain in place for a period not to exceed seven (7) days with no charge made for permit application.
5. 
No more than four (4) temporary sign permits per year will be issued for any individual business or merchant.
6. 
Temporary signs shall meet all other requirements of this Chapter.
[R.O. 2008 §555.150; Ord. No. 5252 §1, 11-14-1994; Ord. No. 7039 §1, 8-11-2008]
A. 
Political Signs On Public Property Or Right-Of-Way. No political sign shall be placed in or on any public property or within the public right-of-way in any manner.
B. 
Political Signs In Residential Area. Political signs located in any area zoned for and predominately developed for residential use shall not exceed two (2) feet by two (2) feet on each side. No such sign within such area shall be placed or erected more than thirty (30) days prior to the election to which such sign pertains and such sign shall be removed within seven (7) days after such election.
C. 
Political Signs In Other Areas. Political signs located in any area zoned for use other than residential or in any area not then predominately developed for residential use may be any size but no such sign may be placed or erected more than thirty (30) days prior to the election to which such sign pertains and such sign shall be removed within seven (7) days after such election.
D. 
The owner or occupier of the property upon which any political sign is erected, placed or located shall be responsible for the removal of such sign within the time required by this Section.
E. 
The candidate on whose behalf any political sign is displayed, the chairman or any political committee for any such candidate or the chairman of any committee supporting or opposing any issue or proposition in any election concerning which a political sign is displayed shall be deemed prima facie responsible for the placement, erection and removal of any such sign as required by this Section.
[R.O. 2008 §555.160; Ord. No. 5252 §1, 11-14-1994]
The provisions of this Section shall not apply to notices posted by order of any court or to notices to the public required by law to be posted in public places.
[R.O. 2008 §555.170; Ord. No. 5252 §1, 11-14-1994]
Any sign that is moved to another location on the same or other premises shall be considered a new sign and a permit shall be secured for any work performed in connection therewith when required by this Chapter.
[Ord. No. 7196 §2, 3-22-2010; Ord. No. 7327 §§1 — 2, 3-9-2011]
A. 
The sign copy on any abandoned sign shall either be entirely removed from the abandoned sign or covered with an opaque material matching the background color of the abandoned sign by the owner of the real estate or at such owner's direction within sixty (60) days of the date upon which the use of the real estate which was advertised by the abandoned sign is terminated.
B. 
Within sixty (60) days of the mailing of written notification from the City to the owner of the real estate upon which an abandoned sign is located, regarding the requirement of removal of sign copy on any abandoned sign described in Subsection (A) hereof, then such sign copy shall be removed by said owner or at such owner's direction in the manner described in Subsection (A).
C. 
Any sign copy on any abandoned sign in violation of Subsection (A) or (B) hereof are hereby declared to be a common nuisance, and such common nuisance may be abated in the manner as nuisances are now or may hereafter be abated under the abatement provisions of Chapter 215 of this Code.
D. 
Violation of this Section may also be punished pursuant to Section 555.200 or its successor.
[R.O. 2008 §555.180; Ord. No. 5252 §1, 11-14-1994]
In all zones where permitted and adjacent to Highway 71 By-pass external freestanding business signs as regulated in each zone and each district, may be installed to a maximum height of sixty-five feet (65) and a maximum surface area of two hundred twenty-five (225) feet if the location is within one thousand two hundred (1,200) feet of the edge of the by-pass roadway and if the plans and descriptions are prepared by a registered engineer or architect and approved by the Code Enforcement Officer prior to the sign construction.
[R.O. 2008 §555.190; Ord. No. 5252 §1, 11-14-1994]
A. 
All signs which have been lawfully erected shall be deemed to be legal and lawful signs and may be maintained subject to the provisions of this Section.
B. 
Non-conforming signs which become deteriorated or dilapidated to the extent of over sixty percent (60%) of the physical value they would have if they had been maintained in good repair must be removed within sixty (60) days. Non-conforming signs which are damaged to the extent of sixty percent (60%) or less of their physical value must be repaired within sixty (60) days from date of notification or removed. Non-conforming signs which are damaged, other than by vandalism, to the extent of over sixty percent (60%) of their physical value must be removed within sixty (60) days of receiving such damage or brought into compliance with the provisions of this Chapter. Non-conforming signs which are damaged by vandalism to the extent of over sixty percent (60%) of their physical value must be restored within sixty (60) days, removed or brought into compliance with the provisions of this Chapter.
C. 
Non-conforming signs may not be enlarged or increased in height.
D. 
Non-conforming signs which are enlarged or increased in height in violation of this Section must be removed.
E. 
A non-conforming sign may not be relocated except when such relocation brings the sign into compliance with this Chapter. Non-conforming signs which are relocated in violation of this Section must be removed.
F. 
Freestanding signs including temporary signs, lawfully in existence on November 13, 1994, including freestanding signs existing pursuant to variances granted by the Board of Zoning Adjustment, which do not conform with the provisions of this Chapter shall be removed, altered or replaced so as to conform with the provisions of this Chapter no later than January 1, 1996. This Subsection does not apply to bill boards which were lawfully erected.
G. 
The sign face of a non-conforming sign may be altered if the sign face is not thereby enlarged beyond the maximum area allowed by this Chapter.
H. 
On-premise wall, canopy and awning signs lawfully in existence on December 20, 1993, including such signs existing pursuant to variances granted by the Board of Zoning Adjustment, which do not conform with the provisions of this Chapter shall be removed, altered or replaced so as to conform with the provisions of this Chapter no later than December 20, 2008.
[R.O. 2008 §555.200; Ord. No. 5252 §1, 11-14-1994]
Any person, firm or corporation who violates, disobeys, omits, neglects or refuses to comply with or resists the enforcement of any of the provisions of this Chapter shall be deemed guilty of a ordinance violation. Each day that the violation is permitted to exist after notification in writing by the Code Enforcement Officer and the expiration of time designed in said notice shall constitute a separate offense.