City of Greenwood, MO
Jackson County
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[Ord. No. 2006-02-13-01 § 6, 2-13-2006]
A. 
The criteria set forth in this Chapter are applicable to all new, altered or refaced signs within the City of Greenwood.
B. 
Statement Of Intent. The intent of this Chapter is to create the framework for a comprehensive and balanced system of sign regulations to facilitate an easy and pleasant communication between people and their environment and to avoid the visual clutter that is potentially harmful to traffic and pedestrian safety, property values, business opportunities and community appearance. With these purposes in mind, it is the intent of this Chapter to authorize the use of signs which are:
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Compatible with their surroundings;
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Appropriate to the activity that displays them;
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Expressive of the identity of individual activities and the community as a whole; and
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Legible in the circumstances in which they are seen.
[Ord. No. 2006-02-13-01 § 6, 2-13-2006]
As used in this Chapter, the following terms shall have these prescribed meanings:
ATTENTION-ATTRACTING DEVICE
Any device with flashing, blinking, rotating or moving action or any banner, searchlight or balloons designed or intended to attract the attention of the public to an establishment or to a sign.
BACKLIGHTED SIGN
Any sign which displays direct or indirect light from the back of such sign through a transparent, translucent or open material.
DETACHED SIGN
Any sign located on the ground or on a structure located on the ground and not attached to a building.
DIRECTLY ILLUMINATED SIGN
Any sign where the source of illumination of the sign is exposed to the human eye such as, but not limited to, an incandescent bulb or florescent tube.
DOUBLE-FACED SIGN
A sign which has two (2) display areas against each other or where the interior angle formed by the display areas is sixty degrees (60°) or less, where one (1) face is designed to be seen from one (1) direction and the other face from another direction.
INDIRECTLY ILLUMINATED SIGN
Any sign which is partially or completely illuminated at any time by a light source which is so shielded as to not be visible at eye level.
MARQUEE SIGN
Any sign attached flat against or under the marquee or permanent sidewalk canopy of a building but not on the upper surface of a marquee or canopy.
MESSAGE BOARD SIGN
A sign designed to convey readily changeable messages whether through electronic or physical methods for one (1) or more businesses or activities.
MONUMENT SIGN
A detached sign where the width of the base of the sign is a minimum of one-half the width of the widest part of the sign face or where the base consists of two (2) or more supports. The materials of the base of a monument sign shall be one (1) of the following: masonry, wood, anodized metal, stone or concrete.
MULTI-FACED SIGN
A sign structure with more than two (2) sign faces situated so that each sign face is facing a different direction.
MURAL
A figure, painting or design professionally applied to and made integral with a wall or ceiling surface and which does not convey any commercial information.
NEON TUBE
A directly illuminated sign which is a free-formed surface that creates words, numerals, figures, devices, designs, trademarks or logos and for which the light source is luminescent gas.
NON-CONFORMING SIGN SUPPORT
The supporting members of the sign such as frame, poles, brackets or structure by which a sign is mounted on or affixed to a building or the ground which do not comply with the standards established in the Building Code.
OBSOLETE SIGN
A commercial sign for a business or activity which is no longer operated on the premises.
POLE SIGN
A sign which is supported by one (1) or more poles, uprights or braces in the ground having a minimum ground clearance of eight (8) feet.
POLITICAL SIGN
A sign relating to a candidate, political party, ballot issue or other political issue to be voted upon in any public election or relating to the expression or communication of constitutionally protected speech, other than commercial speech, and excluding any permitted billboard.
POSTER PANEL OR BILLBOARD
A sign, generally known as outdoor advertising, mounted on a semi-permanent structure and depicting information not directly related to the property upon which it is placed. Except where a specific distinction is drawn, the term "billboard" includes "poster panel".
PROJECT IDENTIFICATION SIGN
A sign identifying only a project and developer.
PROJECTED SIGN
A sign produced by projecting one (1) or more images onto a building, wall or other surface through the use of light source.
PROJECTING SIGN
Any sign, including a time and/or temperature instrument located on the face of the building, extending more than one (1) foot from the face of the building to which it is attached.
ROOF SIGN
Any sign erected or maintained wholly upon or over the roof line.
SEMI-ILLUMINATED SIGN
Any sign located on a building face which is uniformly illuminated over its entire area, including the area of the sign, by use of electricity or other artificial light.
SIGN
Any framed, bracketed, free-formed, painted or engraved surface or projected image which is fabricated to create words, numerals, figures, devices, designs, trademarks or logos, which is mounted on or affixed to a building or the ground and which is sufficiently visible to persons not located on the lot where such device is located to attract the attention of such persons or to communicate information to them. "Sign" includes sign supports. Murals shall not be considered to be signs.
SIGN ALTERATION
The replacement, enlargement, reduction, reshaping or adding to a sign, frame, pole, brackets or any supporting member.
SIGN MAINTENANCE
The normal care and minor repair that is necessary to retain a safe, attractive and finished structure, frame, pole, brackets or surface. Changing copy or logo without increasing sign dimensions shall be considered maintenance if the information, product or service depicted remains the same and if the sign is to serve the identical establishment using the same business firm name as before the change.
SIGN REFACING
Changing or replacing the words, numerals or other surface of the sign to serve a different establishment or business, or to create a substantially different visual effect, without altering, moving or replacing the structure, frame, pole or bracket supporting the sign.
SIGN SUPPORT
The supporting members of the sign such as frame, poles, brackets or structures by which a sign is mounted on or affixed to a building or the ground.
SNIPE SIGN
Any sign of a material such as cardboard, paper, pressed wood, plastic or metal which is attached to a fence, window, tree, utility pole or temporary structure or any sign which is not securely fastened to a building or firmly anchored to the ground.
TIME AND/OR TEMPERATURE INSTRUMENT
A sign displaying only time and/or temperature information with no additional advertising or comments.
WALL SIGN
Any sign attached to and erected parallel to and within one (1) foot of the face or wall of a building, including signs painted on the walls of buildings. Awnings which are backlighted shall be considered wall signs.
[Ord. No. 2006-02-13-01 § 6, 2-13-2006]
Other than lawful non-conforming signs, no signs shall be permitted in any district except in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter. Any sign for which a permit is required is allowed to maintain non-commercial speech in addition to or in lieu of any other speech. Signs placed in the public right-of-way or on publicly owned land and which are not in compliance with the regulations of this Chapter are subject to removal by the City without notice or compensation. Signs placed on private property that are not in compliance with the regulations of this Chapter are subject to removal by the property owner or the property owner's agent without notice or compensation. These provisions may be applied to the person or business placing such sign, business or organization advertised in such sign or the owner of the property or vehicle on which such sign is placed. Violations of this Chapter are declared to be a misdemeanor.
[Ord. No. 2006-02-13-01 § 6, 2-13-2006]
A. 
Except as otherwise provided in this Chapter, no sign shall be installed, erected or set in place until a sign permit has been issued by the Public Works Department.
B. 
Applications for sign permits shall be filed upon forms prescribed by the City, accompanied by:
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Two (2) sets of plans drawn to scale indicating the sign size, location, method of illumination, colors, materials of the sign and structure and method of attachment.
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Payment of a fee established by resolution of the Governing Body.
C. 
All signs hereafter installed shall have permanently affixed thereto a label clearly visible at all times indicating the number of the sign permit issued therefor.
D. 
All signs are to be designed, fabricated and installed in a professional manner by a qualified and City licensed sign professional, except that temporary banners may also be installed by a business or property owner.
E. 
All materials and finishes are expected to be of high quality with an anticipated life span of ten (10) years or more. All electrical signs must have a UL label.
[Ord. No. 2006-02-13-01 § 6, 2-13-2006]
A. 
Except for the provisions of Subsections (A), (B), (C) and (D) of Section 430.110, the following signs are excluded from regulation under this Chapter:
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Signs not exceeding four (4) square feet in area that are customarily associated with residential use, limited to signs giving property identification names or numbers, names of residents, signs on mailboxes or newspaper tubes, signs posted on private property relating to private parking or signs warning the public against trespassing or danger from animals.
2. 
Signs erected by or on behalf of or pursuant to the authorization of a governmental body, including legal notices, identification and informational signs and traffic, directional or regulatory signs.
3. 
Official signs of a non-commercial nature erected by public utility companies.
4. 
Flags, pennants or insignia of any government, institution, organization or other body when not displayed in connection with a commercial promotion or as an advertising device and provided that not more than three (3) flags, pennants or insignia shall be displayed on any property.
5. 
Integral decorative or architectural features of buildings or works of art, so long as such features or works do not contain letters, trademarks, moving parts or lights.
6. 
Signs on or adjacent to doors of commercial or industrial buildings displaying information such as the names and address of the occupant, the hours of operation or instructions for deliveries. Such signs shall not exceed four (4) square feet in area, shall not contain letters exceeding six (6) inches in height and shall not be illuminated. Where multiple tenants share the same door, the sign may display the names and address of each tenant.
7. 
Signs painted on or otherwise permanently attached to currently licensed motor vehicles, which vehicles are not primarily used as signs.
8. 
Signs of a temporary nature affixed to or painted on the inside surface of a window, provided that such signs are not illuminated.
9. 
Signs at construction sites that are either:
a. 
Posted at the entrance to the job site explaining rules for contractors and others entering the site; or
b. 
Signs posted on construction site or painted onto construction trailers actively being used on the site, provided such signs are limited to the name, logo, address and phone number of a contractor working at the site. This provision is not intended to allow any signs that advertise a particular project, developer, owner or other business, nor is it intended to allow any sales, leasing or hiring information to be displayed.
[Ord. No. 2006-02-13-01 § 6, 2-13-2006]
A. 
The following signs are prohibited except as stated below or as otherwise specifically provided hereinafter:
1. 
Outdoor advertising (such as poster panels, billboards and off-site promotional signs), except where a special use permit has been obtained for such sign.
2. 
Attention-attracting devices, pennants and streamers; except where a temporary banner/sign permit specifically allowing such devices has been obtained as indicated in Section 430.110(I).
3. 
Snipe signs, portable signs or similar signs that are not permanently affixed to a building, structure or the ground, other than political signs, garage sale signs and real estate signs as specifically permitted by this Chapter.
4. 
Directly illuminated signs, except when used with fixtures specifically designed to illuminate signs. All direct lighting must be shielded and confined to the sign surface and must not be a nuisance to residential properties.
5. 
Electronic message signs, other than time and/or temperature instruments.
6. 
Pole signs.
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Roof signs.
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Signs in the public right-of-way; except for governmental signs, traffic signs, political signs as allowed in this Chapter and signs specifically allowed in the right-of-way by the provisions of this Chapter.
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Obsolete signs.
10. 
Abandoned non-conforming signs.
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Signs or murals containing statements, words or pictures of an obscene or indecent character which appeal to the prurient interest in sex or which are patently offensive and do not have serious literacy, artistic, political or scientific value.
12. 
Signs containing false or misleading advertising.
13. 
Signs falsely stating that property is zoned for specified land uses or signs stating that property will be zoned for specified land uses in the future.
14. 
Signs declaring that property is reserved for or is being held for a future land use which is inconsistent with the then existing zoning classification for the land.
[Ord. No. 2006-02-13-01 § 6, 2-13-2006]
A. 
Churches, schools, libraries, community centers or other public/semi-public facilities shall be allowed two (2) wall signs with not more than one (1) on a facade. No such sign shall have an overall area exceeding thirty-two (32) square feet. In lieu of one of the wall signs, one detached monument sign shall be permitted. Such monument sign shall be located on the premises and not less than ten (10) feet from the street right-of-way and each sign face shall not exceed fifty (50) square feet in area. The height of such sign shall not exceed six (6) feet above the average grade or six (6) feet above the nearest adjacent street grade, whichever is greater; provided that for each two-foot setback from the street right-of-way in excess of ten (10) feet, an additional foot may be added to the height of the sign to a maximum of eight (8) feet. These institutions shall be exempt from the requirement of payment of permit fees.
B. 
Contractors' identification signs of professional quality identifying the contractor(s) performing construction, remodeling or property improvement work are permitted without a sign permit on the property where the construction work is taking place. Not more than one (1) detached, non-illuminated sign, not exceeding eight (8) square feet, shall be permitted for each contractor. Such sign shall only be allowed while actual work is being performed. Sign permits shall not be required for such signs.
C. 
One construction site identification sign of professional quality may be permitted during the development of any project. Such sign may identify the project, the owner or developer, future tenants, the architects, engineers, realtors, contractors and subcontractors involved, funding sources and may contain related information including, but not limited to, sale or leasing information. Such sign shall not exceed six (6) feet in height or thirty-two (32) square feet in area per face, with a maximum of two (2) faces, and shall be set back at least ten (10) feet from the street right-of-way. All such signs shall be removed prior to issuance of any certificate of occupancy, temporary or final, for the last building in each phase of the project. Sign permits shall not be required for such signs.
D. 
Upon removal of construction site identification signs, a permanent sales or leasing sign of professional quality may be constructed or placed on the property. Said permanent leasing sign shall be non-illuminated, may be single- or double-faced, shall not exceed six (6) feet in height and shall not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet of sign surface per face. Building-mounted signs shall be limited to locations where a wall sign would be permitted. Such sign shall be set back a minimum of ten (10) feet from the public right-of-way. Any such signs may only contain the words "now renting" or "now leasing" or "for sale", along with the name of the complex, address or location, phone numbers, development company or owner and directional symbols. In the case of vacant land, one (1) sign facing each street frontage shall be permitted advertising the sale of that land. Sign permits shall not be required for such signs.
E. 
One parking lot directional sign shall be permitted at each entrance to a building site, at key intersections within the site and at each entrance to a drive-through facility. Ground-mounted signs shall not exceed five (5) feet in height, shall not exceed four (4) square feet of sign area per face and may be single- or double-faced. Wall-mounted signs shall not exceed two (2) square feet of sign area and shall be single faced. Such signs may indicate entrances, exits, addresses, direction of traffic flow and the location of loading docks, parking areas, leasing offices, ATMs, delivery doors, drive-through lanes and similar facilities. Up to twenty-five percent (25%) of the area of the sign may be used to display the name or logo of the developer, building or principal tenant. Sign permits shall not be required for such signs.
F. 
Garage sale and yard sale signs shall be permitted as follows; provided however, that not more than four (4) such signs shall be allowed per sale event. Sign permits shall not be required for such signs.
1. 
Sign area shall not exceed five (5) square feet per face with a maximum of two (2) faces per sign;
2. 
Sign height shall not exceed four (4) feet;
3. 
Signs shall only be placed on private property, provided that prior permission has been obtained from the owner of the property;
4. 
Signs may not be placed in any street right-of-way, median, highway interchange, public park or at other publicly owned facilities;
5. 
Signs permitted by this provision are limited to the days that the garage sale is in progress; and
6. 
Garage sale directional signs are limited to sales of used household furniture, clothing, appliances and similar household items but not including the sale of motor vehicles, recreational vehicles, boats, new merchandise or any product or service associated with a home occupation.
G. 
Off-site real estate directional signs of professional quality are permitted subject to the following requirements; provided however, that sign permits shall not be required for such signs.
1. 
Sign area shall not exceed three (3) square feet per face with a maximum of two (2) faces per sign,
2. 
Sign height shall not exceed four (4) feet,
3. 
Signs shall only be placed on private property, provided that prior permission has been obtained from the owner of the property,
4. 
Signs may not be placed in any street right-of-way, median, highway interchange, public park or at other publicly owned facilities, and
5. 
Real estate directional signs are limited to individually owned residential units that are for sale or for rent and cannot be used to advertise subdivisions, housing projects, model homes, commercial developments, apartments or vacant land.
[Ord. No. 2006-02-13-01 § 6, 2-13-2006]
A. 
One non-illuminated, detached real estate sign is permitted on any lot. Such sign shall be not more than eight (8) square feet in area with a maximum height of six (6) feet above grade. Such signs are permitted only on property that is actively being offered for sale, for rent or for lease and such signs shall not contain information about other property that is for sale, rent or lease. Such signs are limited to indicating that property is "for sale", "for rent" or "for lease" and may include the name and phone numbers of real estate agents or companies and brief descriptions of the property. Sign permits shall not be required for such signs.
B. 
In lieu of any sign permitted under Subsection (A), a structure being used as a residential real estate sales office may be permitted one non-illuminated, detached sign. Such sign shall be not more than twelve (12) square feet in area with a maximum height of six (6) feet above grade and shall be set back a minimum of ten (10) feet from the street right-of-way. Sign permits shall not be required for such signs.
C. 
In addition to construction site identification signs, each multi-family project may have one (1) banner-type sign not exceeding fifty (50) square feet. Such banners may be located only on the roof or walls of the project clubhouse or on one (1) of the individual multi-family buildings within the project. Said banner shall be in place for a maximum time period of sixty (60) days from the issuance of the sign permit and may not be renewed except that each complex may obtain additional permits for the above described banners after a three-year time period has passed from the issuance of previous sign permits for a banner for the subject multi-family project. Any such banners may only contain the words "now renting" or "now leasing" or "for sale", along with the name of the complex, address or location, phone numbers, development company or owner and directional symbols.
D. 
Project identification signs for a subdivision or residential project may be permitted at each entrance to the subdivision or project. All project identification signs shall be monument signs and, except as hereinafter provided, shall be located on the premises. Such signs shall not exceed six (6) feet in height above the average grade and the sign face shall not exceed fifty (50) square feet in area per face. If not sitting within the landscaped setback, the sign base shall be located within a curbed landscaped area extending a minimum of three (3) feet on all sides of the sign base. Where a project is situated on both sides of a public or private street, one (1) project identification sign may be located on each side of the street or, alternatively, one (1) project identification sign may be located in a landscaped median with the approval of the Planning Commission. Where a project identification sign is to be located in the public right-of-way, plans shall be submitted to the Planning Commission indicating the location, size and design of the project identification sign as well as a copy of the bylaws or other documentation of the association which will have permanent responsibility for maintenance of the sign and required landscaping. In addition to project identification signs permitted at entrances to the subdivision or project, project identification signs may be permitted on the premises adjacent to the intersection of two (2) thoroughfares or the intersection of a thoroughfare and a collector street.
[Ord. No. 2006-02-13-01 § 6, 2-13-2006]
A. 
To the extent that the residential land use is permitted in a commercial or industrial district, signs for a residential land use shall be permitted as in the applicable residential district.
B. 
District "C-O".
1. 
In District "C-O", not more than three (3) wall signs shall be permitted on each office building, no more than one (1) sign on any facade. No such sign shall have an overall area exceeding five percent (5%) of the area of the wall upon which it is mounted.
2. 
In lieu of one (1) of the wall signs, one (1) detached monument sign for each building shall be permitted. Such sign shall not exceed six (6) feet in height above the average grade and the sign face shall not exceed fifty (50) square feet in area per face if located at least ten (10) feet from the public street right-of-way or private street curb line. For each additional two-foot setback from the public street right-of-way or private street curb line over ten (10) feet, one (1) additional foot may be added to the height of the sign to a maximum of ten (10) feet. If not sitting within the landscaped setback, the sign base shall be located within a curbed landscaped area extending a minimum of three (3) feet on all sides of the sign base.
C. 
District "C-B".
1. 
Each business or commercial establishment shall be permitted not more than three (3) wall signs, not more than one (1) on each business facade. The area of such sign shall not exceed five percent (5%) of the total area of the business facade on which it is placed. Alternatively, multi-story buildings may be permitted three (3) wall signs per building, not more than one (1) sign per building facade, as indicated above for District "C-O". Such signs shall not extend above the height of the wall upon which they are mounted. In addition, one (1) non-illuminated wall sign, not more than nine (9) square feet in area, may be placed at each major entrance to a multi-tenant building.
2. 
In lieu of one (1) wall sign, one (1) projecting sign of the same area as the wall sign replaced shall be permitted, provided that no projecting sign shall extend more than three (3) feet from the face of the building. The lowest point of such sign must be a minimum of seven (7) feet above the ground or sidewalk.
3. 
Except in the case of a shopping center designed as one (1) unified entity and consisting of one (1) or several buildings, either attached or freestanding, one (1) detached monument sign shall be permitted in lieu of one (1) wall sign for each commercial building, which sign shall conform to the height, size and setback requirements applicable to monument signs in District "C-O".
4. 
In the case of a shopping center designed as one (1) unified entity and consisting of one (1) or several buildings, either attached or freestanding, one (1) additional detached monument sign may be permitted identifying the entire center. Such sign shall conform to the height, size and setback requirements applicable to monument signs in Districts "C-O".
5. 
For buildings with a non-retractable awning, canopy or covered walkway along one (1) or more sides of the building, a sign may be hung or mounted under the canopy or covered walkway identifying each business with an exterior ground-floor entrance. Such signs shall be located at or near the business entrance, shall be oriented toward pedestrians on the walkway and shall not exceed three (3) square feet in sign area per face. One (1) sign shall be permitted per business entry.
D. 
Districts "C-1", "C-2", "C-P" And Industrial Districts "M-1" and "M-2".
1. 
Each business or commercial establishment shall be permitted not more than three (3) wall or marquee signs, not more than one (1) on each business facade, the area of which sign shall not exceed ten percent (10%) of the total area of the facade upon which it is placed. Such sign shall not extend above the height of the wall or marquee on which it is mounted. In addition, one (1) non-illuminated wall sign, not more than nine (9) square feet in area, may be placed at each major entrance to a multi-tenant building. Alternatively, multi-story buildings may be permitted three (3) wall signs per building, not more than one (1) sign per building facade, as indicated above for District "C-O".
2. 
In lieu of one (1) of the attached signs, one (1) projecting sign shall be permitted for each establishment, provided that the area of such projecting sign shall not exceed ten percent (10%) of the total area of the facade upon which it is attached and shall not extend above the roof level of the building where the sign is located. The lowest point of such sign must be a minimum of seven (7) feet above the ground or sidewalk.
3. 
Except in the case of a shopping center designed as one (1) unified entity and consisting of one (1) or several buildings, either attached or freestanding, one (1) detached monument sign shall be permitted for each building in lieu of one (1) wall sign or projecting sign. Such sign shall conform to the height, size and setback requirements applicable to monument signs in District "C-O".
4. 
In the case of a shopping center designed as one (1) unified entity and consisting of one (1) or several buildings, either attached or freestanding, one (1) additional detached sign may be permitted identifying the entire center. A gasoline service station, designed as part of the center, may also have a detached monument sign. All other signs in the center shall consist of wall, projecting or marquee signs. The detached monument sign shall conform to the height, size and setback requirements applicable to monument signs in District "C-O".
5. 
Drive-through restaurants and car washes may have two (2) menu boards located in conjunction with each drive-through lane. Such sign shall not exceed eight (8) feet in height or thirty-two (32) square feet of sign area per face. Drive-in restaurants or food service establishments with walk-up service windows may have one (1) menu board per order station. Menu boards for drive-in service shall not exceed eight (8) square feet of sign area per face and menu boards for walk-up service shall not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet of sign area per face. All menu boards shall be oriented toward the location of the vehicle or pedestrian being served and shall not contain lettering that exceeds six (6) inches in height.
6. 
For buildings with a non-retractable awning, canopy or covered walkway along one (1) or more sides of the building, a sign may be hung or mounted under the canopy or covered walkway identifying each business with an exterior ground-floor entrance. Such signs shall be located at or near the business entrance, shall be oriented toward pedestrians on the walkway and shall not exceed three (3) square feet in sign area per face. One (1) sign shall be permitted per business entry.
E. 
Districts "C-1", "C-2", "C-B", "C-P". Where one (1) retail establishment (the "subtenant") leases space and conducts business within another retail establishment (the "primary tenant") but does not have an exterior business facade and an exterior door leading directly to the subtenant space, one (1) exterior wall sign may be permitted if the following conditions are met:
1. 
The subtenant's business establishment occupies at least one hundred (100) square feet of floor area and is staffed and open for business during predetermined hours.
2. 
The primary tenant's business establishment occupies at least twenty-five thousand (25,000) square feet of floor area.
3. 
The subtenant's business is a separate legal entity from the primary tenant's business, as opposed to a department, division or subsidiary of the primary tenant's business.
4. 
A sign criteria for the building or shopping center has been submitted to and approved by the Planning Commission which specifically provides for subtenant signage, including standards for the sign location, size, style, color and content. Such sign criteria shall include scale drawings of the facades of all primary tenants where subtenant signs are authorized showing the permitted locations for subtenant signs.
5. 
The total area for all signs on the same facade does not exceed the allowable signage area for that district.
F. 
The sign permit application for a subtenant sign shall include a scale drawing of the primary tenant's facade showing the location and size of the subtenant sign and all other signage on that facade. The application shall also include a copy of the lease agreement between the subtenant and the primary tenant or other documentation acceptable to the City Attorney that the two (2) businesses are separate legal entities. The provisions of this Section for subtenant signs shall not apply to businesses within an enclosed shopping mall or to businesses that are conducted primarily by automated machines.
G. 
Interior neon signs or tubes as defined in this Subsection shall be allowed only in Districts "C-1", "C-2", "C-P", "C-B", "M-1" and "M-2". If such signs or tubes are within forty-eight (48) inches of any window or door and visible from outside the building, then such sign or tubing shall not occupy an area greater than ten (10) square feet and only one (1) such neon sign area shall be allowed per business; provided however, that such signs under three (3) square feet shall not be required to have a sign permit. All such neon signs or tubes shall not blink, flash or otherwise be used to display intermittent lighting sequences or to simulate motion. Permitted neon tubes or signs shall be installed, wired and inspected in accordance with the adopted building codes of the City of Greenwood. Neon signs shall not be addressed towards residential areas.
H. 
Any neon sign or tubes removed for other than repair shall not be replaced with any other sign or surface which is not in compliance with existing laws and requirements.
I. 
In districts where automated teller machines (ATMs) are permitted, up to three (3) signs are permitted, no more than one (1) per machine/canopy face, identifying the ATM or the bank, financial institution or ATM network associated with that machine. Such signs shall not exceed eight (8) square feet in area. In addition, one (1) non-illuminated sign is permitted per ATM to identify the types of ATM cards accepted or special instructions to ATM users. Such sign shall not exceed four (4) square feet in area, shall be mounted flush to the side of the machine and shall not require a sign permit.
[Ord. No. 2006-02-13-01 § 6, 2-13-2006]
A. 
In the case of special use permit uses, all wall and detached signs shall be approved by City Council after recommendation from the Planning Commission, except where private sign criteria have been previously approved for the development.
B. 
The special use permit for signage shall be processed per the provisions of Section 400.210 of the Code.
C. 
Where appropriate, the sign regulations of the underlying zoning district or the most analogous zoning district may be followed.
[Ord. No. 2006-02-13-01 § 6, 2-13-2006]
A. 
No sign may be located such that it substantially interferes with the view necessary for motorists to proceed safely through intersections or to enter onto or exit from public or private streets or driveways. No detached sign/ground-mounted sign located on the triangle formed by two (2) curb lines at the intersection of two (2) streets (public, private or driveways) and extending for a distance of fifty (50) feet each way from the intersection of the curb lines on any corner lot within the City shall be permitted to exceed a height of more than thirty-six (36) inches above the road level of any street or alley in order that the view of the driver of a vehicle approaching the intersection shall not be obstructed.
B. 
No sign may be erected such that by its location, color, size, shape, nature or message it would tend to obstruct the view of, or be confused with, traffic signals or other signs erected by governmental agencies.
C. 
Freestanding signs, other than political, garage sale or real estate signs permitted by this Chapter, shall be securely fastened to the ground or to some other substantial supportive structure so that there is virtually no danger that either the sign or the supportive structure may be moved by the wind or other forces of nature and cause injury to persons or property. Sign structures may be required to have a building permit.
D. 
All signs shall be of sound structural quality, be maintained in good repair and have a clean and neat appearance. Land adjacent to such signs shall be kept free from debris, weeds and trash. If signs are not being maintained as described and the Director of Public Works deems them a public hazard or nuisance, such signs shall be ordered repaired or removed.
E. 
No part of any sign shall be located closer than ten (10) feet from a side or rear property line.
F. 
Time and/or temperature instruments may be permitted provided they are designed in harmony with the building and are architecturally compatible. Such signs shall be approved by City Council.
G. 
The dimensions of a backlighted sign, canopy or panel shall be measured by constructing a rectangle from the highest, lowest and widest points of such object, display or surface which displays a light source, except that the opaque surfaces immediately related to or a part of that same sign or panel shall also be calculated in the dimensions of the sign. Provided further, in calculating the dimensions of a continuous panel which spans at least eighty percent (80%) of any one (1) facade of a single or common structure with multiple tenants, the continuous opaque areas between, over and below the lighted areas for such independent operations shall not be calculated to determine the dimensions of the signs, canopies or panels.
H. 
The dimensions of a wall sign shall be measured by constructing a rectangle from the highest, lowest and widest points of such object, display or surface.
I. 
Any temporary banners/signs and attention-attracting devices may be permitted administratively by the Public Works Department, providing that all of the following performance standards are met:
1. 
An application is made and a fee paid in accordance with Section 430.040.
2. 
No more than one (1) banner/sign and/or attention-attracting device per location will be displayed.
3. 
The size and design of the banners/signs will be appropriate given the size of the building to which they are attached and/or the character of the surrounding neighborhood.
4. 
The banner/sign will be displayed for a maximum duration of fifteen (15) days per permit.
5. 
No more than two (2) banner/sign permits per calendar year shall be issued administratively at any location.
6. 
Issuance of more than two (2) permits in any calendar year must be approved by the City Council.
7. 
Churches and schools shall be exempt from the requirement of payment of fees as indicated in Section 430.070. Furthermore, up to four (4) banner/sign permits may issued per calendar year by the Public Works Department. Issuance of more than six (6) permits in any calendar year must be approved by the City Council.
[Ord. No. 2006-02-13-01 § 6, 2-13-2006]
All hotels and motor hotels and shopping centers, business parks, office parks or industrial parks shall be required to prepare a set of sign criteria governing all exterior signs in the development. Such criteria shall be binding upon all subsequent purchasers or lessees within the development. The size, colors, materials, styles of lettering, appearance of logos, types of illumination and location of signs shall be set out in such criteria. In all respects, the criteria shall be within the regulations set out in this Code and shall be for the purpose of assuring harmony and visual quality throughout the development. Final development plans (in the case of a planned zoning district) or building permits (in the case of a conventional zoning district) shall not be approved until the Planning Commission has approved the sign criteria. No sign permit shall be issued for a sign that does not conform to the criteria. For purposes of this Section, the terms "shopping centers, business parks, office parks or industrial parks" shall mean a project of one (1) or more buildings that has been planned as an integrated unit or cluster on property under unified control or ownership at the time that zoning was approved by the City. The sale, subdivision or other partition of the site after zoning approval does not exempt the project or portions thereof from complying with these regulations relative to the number of detached signs, harmony and visual quality of signs to be installed.
[Ord. No. 2006-02-13-01 § 6, 2-13-2006]
A. 
Political signs may be placed on private property only after permission has been granted by the owner of the property or his/her authorized agent. Political signs may be placed on the unpaved public right-of-way adjacent to private property, provided the owner or agent of the adjacent private property has granted permission and such signs comply with all other applicable Code provisions. Any such sign placed on public right-of-way adjacent to private property shall be included within the maximum number of signs permitted on that adjacent tract of land. No political signs are permitted on public right-of-way adjacent to public property.
B. 
Political signs shall be non-illuminated.
C. 
The maximum permissible area and number of political signs shall be as follows:
1. 
On land that is vacant, regardless of the zoning, or on land that is zoned for industrial, commercial, office or business uses, such signs shall not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet per face with a maximum of three (3) signs per tract. If a tract shall include land meeting the requirements of both Subsections (C)(1) and (C)(2), the entire tract shall be entitled to the maximum number and size of signs as specified in (C)(1).
2. 
On land that is platted or developed for residential uses, such signs shall not exceed three (3) square feet per face with a maximum of three (3) signs per lot.
D. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to place or allow to remain on any private or public property within the City any vehicle designed or used for the primary purpose of displaying a political sign in a stationary manner. A vehicle that is temporarily stationary or in motion may display political signs so long as such signs, as displayed when the vehicle is stationary, do not interfere with its ability to lawfully operate on the public right-of-way. A vehicle shall be considered temporarily stationary when such vehicle is engaged in the regular business, transportation or work of the owner, is temporarily parked or stopped between such usage and is not used merely, mainly or primarily to display political signs.
E. 
No political sign shall be positioned in a manner which may cause a reduction in intersection sight distances or create any other hazard to life or safety.
F. 
Political signs shall not be placed, painted, marked, written, posted or otherwise affixed to or on:
1. 
Any public building or any public bridge.
2. 
Any sidewalk, crosswalk, curb, paved portion of any street or highway or the median strip of any divided street or highway.
3. 
Any street sign or any traffic sign or signal or any railroad sign, signal or trestle.
4. 
Any telephone, telegraph, electric light, power, street lamppost or any other utility pole or line or any fire hydrant.
5. 
Any tree or other vegetation on public property including, without being limited to, those in the right-of-way.
6. 
Any public park or open space area, bench, drinking fountain or other public property.
G. 
With respect to political signs relating to a political campaign, the candidate for such office shall be presumed to be the person responsible for the posting of such sign, unless written notice has been given to the City of the name, address, telephone number and signed consent of such other responsible person. All notices concerning campaign sign violations shall be given to the candidate at the address listed on the election records or to the other properly designated responsible person. Political signs relating to an identifiable group or individual shall be presumed to be the responsibility of the Chairman of any organized political group publishing or represented by such sign or any individual identified on the sign as its sponsor. All other political signs shall be presumed to be the responsibility of the owner or person in control of the private property where the sign is located.
When the Director of Public Works shall determine that any political sign is in violation of the provisions of this Section, he/she shall cause personal, telephonic or written notice of such violation to be given to the responsible party by the most expedient means feasible. All such signs must be abated, removed or made to conform to the provisions of this Section within twenty-four (24) hours after such notice is given and this information must be given as part of the notice. In addition, such notice shall indicate that unless an objection is received from the responsible party within twenty-four (24) hours after receipt of that notice, all political signs that remain in violation shall be deemed to have been abandoned and will be subject to removal by the City without further notice or procedure. Provided however, that the City may cause any sign which is in violation of Section 430.130(F) to be removed summarily and without notice. The City may cause any political sign which is an immediate peril to persons or property to be removed summarily and without notice. Nothing in this Section shall be interpreted to make any person liable, criminally or civilly, for any sign posted by persons unknown to him/her or by persons over whom he/she has no control.
H. 
Political signs relating to a political campaign shall not be placed or erected prior to six (6) weeks before the applicable election or campaign and shall be removed no later than one (1) week after the general election.
[Ord. No. 2017-2935 § 1, 10-24-2017]
I. 
The Governing Body makes the following findings of legislative purpose and intent:
1. 
The expression of political speech is an important and constitutionally protected right.
2. 
Under certain circumstances, it may be necessary to restrict or regulate the time, place and manner of the expression of such speech in order to advance and protect other significant legitimate interests of local government.
3. 
Political signs have certain characteristics that distinguish them from many of the other types of signs permitted and regulated by the City. These characteristics include the fact that many of such signs, intended to be temporary in nature, do not meet the regular structural and installation requirements necessary to prevent them from being affected by weather and other natural forces and presenting a potential hazard to persons and property. Severe weather conditions, including, without limitation, thunderstorms with accompanying high winds, tornadoes, ice accumulation and flooding, are characteristic of local weather conditions.
4. 
The primary purpose of political signs placed along a roadway is to attract the attention of drivers and distract them from their primary responsibility of constant attention to traffic and road conditions. This concern is especially acute in residential areas where young children present a significant potential hazard for drivers. With respect to residential areas with their lower speed limits, it is concluded that a maximum number of three (3) political signs, each with a maximum area of three (3) square feet, is adequate to convey most political messages. Although it is recognized that certain individuals may wish to express political thoughts that require a larger area to adequately convey them, a greater number of or larger and more complex messages would further distract driver's attention, presenting an unacceptable safety risk and there exist in the community adequate other means of conveying such messages. In non-residential areas motorists frequently see and reasonably expect to see larger signs, so their attention is not as easily distracted and higher speed limits, larger lot areas and competing distractions require a larger size sign to adequately convey political messages and a larger size sign can be allowed consistent with safety requirements. Further, since permitted signage in residential areas is minimal, the aesthetic impact of signs in residential areas is much greater than in non-residential areas.
5. 
In addition to the safety and traffic interests affected by political signs, the Governing Body concludes that the unrestricted proliferation of political signs would create visual clutter and blight, have an adverse effect on the aesthetic quality of the City, with accompanying adverse economic effects and detract from the desirable visual environment that the City has made a strong effort to create through its land use regulations.
6. 
The Governing Body concludes that the interests to be protected by this regulation are sufficiently substantial to justify the content-neutral regulation of political speech represented by this Section and that this Section represents a reasonable accommodation of the City's interests with First Amendment rights.
[Ord. No. 2006-02-13-01 § 6, 2-13-2006]
A. 
If a building, structure or premise is vacated for a six-month period of time, the owner of said property shall be responsible for removing any commercial sign or signs located thereon with the exception of advertisements dealing with the sale or leasing of the facility. In addition, the owner shall be responsible for restoring the facade of the building, structure or premise.
B. 
If the time period set forth in Subsection (A) has elapsed and the sign or signs have not been removed, the Code Enforcement Officer shall send written notification by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the property owner of record indicating that the sign shall be removed. If the sign has not been removed within thirty (30) days after the receipt of the notice, the City may have the sign removed and the cost assessed to the property owner.
C. 
Where a sign has been removed by the City pursuant to Subsection (B), the City Clerk shall mail a statement of the cost of removal of said sign or signs to the last known address of the owner of record or person in charge of such property. If such costs are not paid within ten (10) days from the mailing of such notice, the Governing Body shall proceed to pass an ordinance levying a special assessment for such cost against the lot or piece of land and the City Clerk shall certify such assessment to the County Clerk for collection and payment the same as other assessments and taxes are collected and paid to the City.
[Ord. No. 2006-02-13-01 § 6, 2-13-2006; Ord. No. 2016-2915 § 5, 9-30-2016]
Any person violating the provisions of this Chapter shall, upon conviction, be adjudged guilty of a misdemeanor and be punished as provided in Section 100.220(E) of the City Code of the City of Greenwood, Missouri. Each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues after notice has been served shall constitute an additional or separate offense.