City of Crestwood, MO
St. Louis County
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[Ord. No. 3932,[1] § 2, 9-27-2005; Ord. No. 4398, § 1, 2-12-2013]
Terms used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, mean:
BANNER
Any sign constructed of lightweight fabric or similar material. Flags shall not be considered banners so long as they are the official flag of a nation, state, City or institution.
BILLBOARD
An outdoor sign, advertising an article or product not manufactured, assembled, processed, repaired, or sold upon the premises upon which the sign is located or advertising a service not rendered upon the premises upon which the sign is located.
BOX SIGN
A wall sign in which all components are contained within a frame and not composed of individual letters.
DIRECTIONAL SIGN
A post sign indicating the direction to a business.
ELECTRONIC MESSAGE CENTERS
Any sign, or portion of a sign, that displays an electronic image, which may or may not include text, where the rate of change is electronically programmed and can be modified by electronic processes. Electronic message centers include computer programmable, microprocessor, or controlled electronic displays and the images can be produced from LED technology, fiber optics, light bulbs, or other illumination devices within the display area. Electronic message centers do not include projected images or messages projected onto buildings or other objects.
ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL
The Director of Public Works or his designee.
ERECT
To build, construct, attach, hang, place, suspend or affix, and shall also include the painting of wall signs.
FACING or SURFACE
Any surface of a sign upon, against or through which the message is displayed or illustrated on the sign.
FLAG
A cloth with colors, patterns, etc., used as a symbol of a nation, state, City, or institution.
GROUND SIGN
Any sign which has the top part of its face less than 10 feet above the ground and which is erected upon or supported by the ground, a ground planter box or other supports.
ILLUMINATED SIGN
Any sign, which has characters, letters, figures, designs or outlines illuminated by electric lights or luminous tubes as a part of the sign proper.
INCOMBUSTIBLE MATERIAL
Any material, which will not ignite at or below a temperature of 1,200° F. and will not continue to burn or glow at that temperature.
LIGHT POLE SIGN
A sign that has the lowest part of its face at least eight feet above the ground and which is supported by a pole with a light designed for illuminating a street and adjacent area.
MARQUEE SIGN
Any structure attached to a building at the inner end and supported on the other end, or a free standing structure, with one or more supports, onto which signs may be affixed or incorporated.
MONUMENT SIGN
A sign, which may be located at a shopping center, composed of stone, masonry or plastic masonry on which individual signs may be placed.
OCCUPATIONAL SIGNS
All industrial, commercial and mercantile signs advertising the business on its premises or any of its activities, including permanent theater signs used to advertise performances.
PENNANT
Any lightweight plastic, fabric, or other material whether or not containing a message of any kind, suspended from a rope, wire, or string, usually in series, designed to move in the wind. Flags are not considered pennants for the purposes of this definition.
POLE SIGN
Any sign, which has the lowest part of its face, at least 10 feet above the ground and which is supported by a freestanding pole except as noted in § 22-17.
PORTABLE SIGNS
Any sign not permanently affixed to the ground or other permanent structure. Also, a sign designed to be transported, including, but not limited to: signs designed to be transported by means of wheels, signs converted to A- or T-frames, menu and sandwich board signs, balloons, umbrellas used for advertising, and signs attached to or painted on vehicles parked and visible from the public right-of-way. Any sign designed to be transported, which has had its means of transportation removed (wheels, trailer, etc), shall still be considered a portable sign.
PROJECTING SIGN
Any sign projecting outwardly from the building.
READER BOARD
Any sign that has changeable or removable lettering, with the exception of marquee signs.
RESIDENTIAL SUBDIVISION IDENTIFICATION SIGN
Any sign identifying the name of a residential subdivision, which may include a logo and the names of the streets within the subdivision.
ROOF SIGN
Any sign painted, erected, constructed and maintained upon the roof of any building, including wall signs or projecting signs attached to a building wall that extend above the roof line.
SHOPPING CENTER
An area containing three or more shops, stores and other places of business and located in the C-1 local business district or in an approved planned development commercial district or mixed development district under the Zoning Ordinance, and providing off-street parking facilities in common for all businesses and their customers.
SIGN
Any letter, figure, design, symbol, trademark, panel, device or structure designed or intended to convey information to the public in written or pictorial form, including without limitation, billboard, banner sign, directional sign, ground sign, monument sign, portable sign, pole sign, wall sign, roof sign, projecting sign, temporary sign, marquee, awning, canopy, time and weather information and street clock, when placed out of doors or in show display windows intended to be visible from the outside.
SIGN AREA
The total area of the space to be used for advertising purposes, including the spaces between open-type letters and figures, including the background structure, or other decoration or addition which is an integral part of the sign. Sign supports shall be excluded in determining the area of a sign. The total allowable area for a double faced sign, where the two faces are not substantially parallel, shall be equal to the allowable area for a single faced sign.
STRUCTURAL TRIM
The molding, battens, cappings, nailing strips, latticing and platforms, which are attached to the sign structure.
TEMPORARY SIGNS
Signs which are not permanent in nature and typically are installed for a period of 90 days or less.
THEATER SIGNS
Any marquee sign or free standing sign specifically used in conjunction with the operation of a theater.
WALL SIGN
Any sign affixed to the front, side or rear wall of any building and parallel to the face of the wall.
WINDOW SIGN
Any sign that is intended to be viewed through a show display window.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also provided for the repeal of former Ch. 22, Signs, derived from Ord. No. 3593, adopted 1-11-2000.
[Ord. No. 3932, § 2, 9-27-2005; Ord. No. 4353, § 1, 5-22-2012; Ord. No. 4777, § 1, 8-22-2017]
(a) 
Definition. The planning, zoning and architectural review commission shall act as and perform all of the duties of the sign commission, as described in this chapter, and any reference herein to the "sign commission" shall mean the "planning, zoning and architectural review commission."
(b) 
Powers. The planning, zoning and architectural review commission shall hear all appeals of permits denied or granted by the enforcement official.
[Ord. No. 3932, § 2, 9-27-2005; Ord. No. 4634, § 6, 3-8-2016; Ord. No. 4777, § 2, 8-22-2017]
(a) 
Any person whose application for a permit for a sign has been denied may file an appeal with, and seek a sign variance from, the sign commission. An application for a sign variance shall be accompanied by a filing fee in an amount established by the Board of Aldermen. The commission may not grant a sign variance unless it finds that the granting of such a sign variance will alleviate a hardship or difficulty, that such hardship or difficulty is of such substance and magnitude as to warrant such a sign variance, that the public interest is secured and that the spirit of the sign code is observed. The commission may impose such conditions, as it deems necessary to safeguard surrounding property and to prevent a misuse of the sign variance. Any person whose request for a sign variance has been denied by the sign commission may seek a review of such denial by the Board of Aldermen by filing a written request for review with the City Clerk within 15 days of receipt of notification of denial from the Department of Public Works. The same standards for granting a sign variance by the sign commission shall apply for review by the Board of Aldermen. Five affirmative votes shall be required for the Board of Aldermen to approve a sign variance.
(b) 
Variances shall only be granted for the size, location, and number of signs. Variances will not be granted for prohibited signs.
(c) 
Any person aggrieved by the approval of any permit by the enforcement official may appeal to the sign commission when it is alleged that such permit violates any provision of the sign code. The sign commission may revoke such permit upon a finding that such sign does not comply with all of the requirements of the sign code.
[Ord. No. 3932, § 2, 9-27-2005]
(a) 
No sign shall be erected, nor the location of any existing sign changed, until the enforcement official has issued a permit.
(b) 
An application for a sign permit shall be accompanied by plans and specifications. The plans and specifications must be drawn to scale and shall include the dimensions, material, and details of construction of the proposed sign, together with an accurate colored rendering of the proposed sign. A site plan of the property where the sign is to be located indicating the location of the sign must also be provided.
(c) 
Before a permit can be granted for the installation of any sign, the applicant for said permit must submit evidence of an agreement signed by the owner or owners of said property granting permission to the applicant to install said sign and binding said owner or owners, their heirs and assigns irrevocably, to permit the City through its agents to enter on said real property for the purpose of removing said sign or signs as provided under the provisions of this chapter and waiving, and holding the City harmless from any damage to said real property occasioned by said sign removal.
(d) 
The enforcement official may prescribe suitable regulations not inconsistent with the provisions of this section concerning the form and content of all applications for the various types of permits herein required.
(e) 
The following signs are exempt from the preceding requirements contained in Subsection 22-4(a) — (d):
(1) 
A sign advertising the sale or lease of a lot or space on which the sign is placed. Such signs may not be illuminated signs and may not exceed eight square feet in area in residential districts and 32 square feet in nonresidential districts. Only one real estate sign may be placed on the lot or premises to which it pertains, except that two such signs may be placed on double frontage lots. A real estate sign shall be removed within seven days after the buyer and seller are mutually bound to conclude the sale or lease of the lot or space to which the sign pertains. One additional sign is permitted on residential properties, from the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., indicating the presence of an open house.
(2) 
Temporary signs not over 25 square feet in area, for public, charitable or religious institutions, which are located on the premises of said institutions;
(3) 
One construction sign per project identifying the parties involved in the construction to occur or occurring on the lot or premises on which the sign is placed. Such signs may not be illuminated signs and may not exceed 16 square feet in surface area in residential districts, or 32 square feet in surface area in commercial districts. Such signs may identify the owner's name, the architect or engineer for the project, the contractor or contractors for the project, the financing arrangements for the project, and the purpose for which the project is intended. No products or services may be advertised on the construction signs. One construction sign may be placed on each part of the lot or on each face of the building which borders or is oriented to a public street. A construction sign shall be removed within 14 days after use commences for the project for which the sign pertains.
(4) 
Memorial signs or tablets, names of buildings and date of erection when cut into any masonry surface or when constructed of bronze or other incombustible materials;
(5) 
Traffic or other municipal signs, legal notices, railroad crossing signs, danger, emergency, or nonadvertising signs;
(6) 
Political signs or posters announcing candidates seeking public political office and/or political and public issues, provided that such signs shall not exceed eight square feet. There may be one sign per candidate or issue for each yard with street frontage. Multiple signs promoting candidates for the same position shall be allowed, provided that there is no more than one sign per candidate per street frontage.
When such signs promote a candidate for political office or an issue that will be voted upon at a pending election, the signs may be displayed no earlier than 30 days prior to the election and no later than two days after the election. When such signs are placed on City property used as a polling place, the signs are only allowed from 8:00 p.m. on the day prior to the vote until 7:00 a.m. of the day following the vote. Signs placed on City property outside of these times will be promptly removed.
(7) 
Professional name plates not exceeding three square feet in area;
(8) 
Window signs, as provided for in § 22-15.
(9) 
Occupational signs not over four square feet in area (on building);
(10) 
Signs erected inside a building.
(11) 
Directional signs indicating the location of an open house from the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. only on the day of an open house in a residential area. Such signs shall not exceed four square feet in area.
[Ord. No. 3932, § 2, 9-27-2005; Ord. No. 4634, § 5, 3-8-2016]
(a) 
No permit fees are required for the erection of signs listed in Subsection 22-4(e).
(b) 
Before the issuance of each required sign permit, a fee in the amount established by the Board of Aldermen shall be paid to the City.
(c) 
For each temporary sign requiring a permit, the fee shall be in the amount established by the Board of Aldermen.
(d) 
The permit fees herein provided for shall cover the inspection of the location of the proposed sign and the inspection during and after construction, and all monies so collected by the enforcement official shall be deposited in the general revenue fund of the City.
(e) 
The provisions of the building code and electrical code of the City shall govern the construction, alteration and maintenance of all signs.
(f) 
If the sign is illuminated, an electrical permit and inspection by a county electrical inspector shall be required. A fee covering the electrical permit and inspection shall be charged as provided by the electrical code.
(g) 
Fees provided for in Subsections (a) through (f) of this section may be waived for charitable organizations if approved by the enforcement official.
[Ord. No. 3932, § 2, 9-27-2005; Ord. No. 4211, § 1, 10-27-2009; Ord. No. 4353, § 2, 5-22-2012]
(a) 
The following signs and advertising devices are prohibited in the City:
(1) 
Conflicting signs. Signs or devices, which by color, location or design resemble or conflict with traffic control signs or devices;
(2) 
Exterior use of advertising devices such as: Pennants affixed on poles, wires, or ropes, streamers, wind operated devices, inflatables, search lights, flashing lights, and any other type of fluttering devices, except as provided for in § 22-22; Pennants, streamers, and/or balloons may be affixed to a residential "for sale" sign, only on the day of an open house, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.;
(3) 
Letters or pictures in the form of advertising printed or applied directly on the wall of a building;
(4) 
Reserved;
(5) 
Paper posters and painted signs applied directly to the wall of a building or pole or other support, except for those properties adjacent to Grant's Trail upon approval by the sign commission as set forth in Subsection 22-7(6) of this chapter;
(6) 
Signs painted on the inside or outside of windows, not including etched glass;
(7) 
Signs advertising an article or product not manufactured, assembled, processed, repaired or sold upon the premises upon which the sign is located, unless otherwise permitted by ordinance;
(8) 
Signs advertising a service not rendered on the premises upon which the sign is located, unless otherwise permitted by ordinance;
(9) 
Revolving signs of any type;
(10) 
Signs in residential districts for home occupations;
(11) 
Signs with more than two faces;
(12) 
Roof signs;
(13) 
Banners, pennants or flags suspended from an awning;
(14) 
Exterior banner signs, except as provided in § 22-12;
(15) 
Signs placed in such as way as to create a traffic hazard; and
(16) 
Portable signs, except as provided in § 22-25.
[Ord. No. 3932, § 2, 9-27-2005; Ord. No. 4211, § 2, 10-27-2009; Ord. No. 4398, § 2, 2-12-2013]
(a) 
The following signs and devices require approval of the sign commission prior to receiving a permit:
(1) 
Box signs used as wall signs.
(2) 
Signs on parking lot light standards.
(3) 
Theater signs.
(4) 
Signs containing flashers, animators, or mechanical movement or contrivances of any kind, exempting clocks, time and weather information. Clocks, time and weather information are a permitted sign.
(5) 
Professionally painted signs on sheet metal and affixed to the wall, but limited to the rear of commercial businesses whose property is adjacent to Grant's Trail. Such signs, if approved by the sign commission, cannot exceed 50 square feet in size.
[Ord. No. 3932, § 2, 9-27-2005]
(a) 
All signs must be located on the property of the business or building they advertise, unless otherwise approved by ordinance.
(b) 
Setback lines are designated for pole signs in § 22-17; for ground signs in § 22-16; and for temporary signs in § 22-13.
(c) 
No sign shall be located on public property other than residential subdivision identification signs provided in Subsection 22-20(4). Directional signs, as described in Subsection 22-4(e)(11), may also be placed in the public right-of-way.
[Ord. No. 3932, § 2, 9-27-2005; Ord. No. 4353, § 3, 5-22-2012]
(a) 
Each building occupied by one business shall be allowed a maximum of two signs, which may be a wall sign, a projecting sign, a ground sign or a pole sign, provided that there shall not be more than one sign per type, except as detailed in subsection (b).
(b) 
For a business located on a lot with multiple street or parking frontage, one wall sign may be permitted on each street/parking side of the building; one projecting sign may be permitted on each street/parking side of the building and one pole sign or ground sign on such lot may be permitted, provided that there shall not be more than two types of signs.
(c) 
Where more than one business has a separate exterior entrance to a building, each business shall be allowed two signs, one of which may be a wall sign and the other of which may be an under-canopy sign or a sign as described under § 22-18, if applicable.
(d) 
Two nonilluminated small-scale "store hours" signs may be lettered on the glass show window or entry door of each storefront of a business.
(e) 
A canopy or awning sign may be substituted for a permitted wall sign upon determination by the sign commission of a hardship warranting such sign, provided that such sign is in compliance with all of the requirements of this chapter and such sign:
(1) 
Maintain a clearance of at least 13 feet above grade where there will be vehicular traffic beneath it or maintain a clearance of 10 feet above grade where there will be pedestrian traffic beneath it.
(2) 
Is painted or is of the same material as the awning or canopy when the sign is applied to cloth or similar material.
(3) 
Is not internally illuminated.
(f) 
The limitation as to the number of signs shall not include window signs, directional signs, or signs directly relating to the ordering area at a drive-thru restaurant.
[Ord. No. 3932, § 2, 9-27-2005]
The size of letters of all signs shall be proportionate or harmonious in size to the overall area of each sign.
[Ord. No. 3932, § 2, 9-27-2005]
(a) 
Decorations and displays denoting holidays, events, seasons of the year or similar occasions shall be permitted, subject to the following requirements:
(1) 
No such display shall be in place for more than 90 days.
(2) 
No pennants or streamers shall be allowed.
(3) 
A display shall not convey a commercial message, but may bear the name of a business or product.
(4) 
Such sign or display shall conform with all applicable requirements of this Code.
[Ord. No. 3932, § 2, 9-27-2005]
(a) 
Banner signs, outside of a building, are prohibited except for the following:
(1) 
Temporary promotional banners as provided in Subsection 22-13(d);
(2) 
Temporary banners as provided for in Subsection 22-22 (special events);
(3) 
Temporary banners as provided for in Subsection 22-13(c) grand openings.
(b) 
Banners inside buildings may be used as windows signs, as provided for in § 22-15.
[Ord. No. 3932, § 2, 9-27-2005]
(a) 
Temporary ground signs advertising or announcing a future commercial or industrial development of the property on which such signs are located may be maintained subject to the provisions of this chapter, provided such signs do not exceed 100 square feet in area or remain longer than six months.
(b) 
Temporary ground signs shall be located so that no part of the sign projects within a five-foot setback line from the street right-of-way.
(c) 
Temporary banner signs, used outside a building, relating to grand openings, under new management, or events sponsored by charitable organizations shall be allowed in addition to the quantity allowed under § 22-9, for a period of up to 30 days.
(d) 
Temporary banner signs, used outside a building, regarding promotional events shall be permitted at the discretion of the enforcement official. Such banner signs, if approved, shall be allowed in addition to the quantity allowed under § 22-9, for a period of up to 30 days.
[Ord. No. 3932, § 2, 9-27-2005]
(a) 
A wall sign shall comply with the following requirements:
(1) 
A wall sign shall consist of individual letters with faces and returns of complimentary colors. Such sign shall not project beyond the building for a distance of more than 12 inches. If illumination is to be provided, the sign shall be internally illuminated, or backlighted, so as to prevent glare upon the street or adjacent property.
(2) 
A wall sign shall be constructed of incombustible materials, except that moldings and capping may be made of wood. A wall sign shall be safely and adequately attached to the building. No wall sign shall cover the doors or windows of a building, or otherwise prevent free ingress and egress to or from any window, door or fire escape of a building.
(3) 
A wall sign shall not extend downward nearer than eight feet to the ground.
(4) 
No wall sign shall extend above the roof line.
(5) 
A building occupied by a single occupant that is not on a corner lot may have a wall sign with an area up to 20% of the area of the front wall of the building on which the sign is to be installed. The maximum permitted sign area on any one building occupied by a single user shall not exceed 250 square feet.
(6) 
A building occupied by a single occupant that is located on a corner lot may have one wall sign on each street frontage, not exceeding the size limitations as set forth in subsection (5) of this section for each sign.
(7) 
A building with multiple occupants that is not on a corner lot shall be permitted to have one wall sign no greater than 150 square feet, depicting the name or use of the building. In addition, each occupant who has a separate exterior business entrance may erect a wall sign which may be 20% of the front wall area of such business, but not greater than 100 square feet. Such a wall sign may only be located on the portion of the building directly in front of the business said sign is advertising.
(8) 
A building with multiple occupants that is on a corner lot shall be permitted to have one wall sign no greater than 150 square feet, on each street frontage, depicting the name or use of the building. In addition, each occupant who has a separate exterior business entrance located at the corner of the building may erect one wall sign on each street frontage, of up to 20% of the wall area facing the street, but not greater than 100 square feet for each sign. Such a wall sign may only be located on the portion of the building directly in front of the business said sign is advertising.
(9) 
Box wall signs are not a permitted sign, but can be approved by the sign commission on a case-by-case basis.
[Ord. No. 3932, § 2, 9-27-2005]
(a) 
All window signage shall comply with the following requirements:
(1) 
Decals indicating store acceptance of charge cards or affiliations with organizations may be affixed to the window glass or door glass.
(2) 
Vinyl lettering depicting the name, address, and telephone number of the business may be located on the door glass, provided that the lettering does not cover more than 20% of the door glass within which the lettering is placed.
(3) 
The total amount of window signage shall not be greater then 25% of the total window area of the business when visible from Watson Road or the principal street.
(4) 
For multiple occupant buildings, the preceding regulations apply to each occupant.
[Ord. No. 3932, § 2, 9-27-2005]
(a) 
No ground sign shall be at any point over 10 feet above the ground level.
(b) 
Every ground sign shall be stoutly constructed and anchored in a secure and substantial manner.
(c) 
The ends of all such signs shall be at least six feet from any wall or fence or any obstruction, which would prevent a clear passage around.
(d) 
No ground sign shall exceed 75 square feet for each face. Not more than one ground sign shall be erected on any one lot or tract of land.
(e) 
No ground sign when erected on a lot fronting on intersecting streets shall be erected within 60 feet of the intersection of the streets.
(f) 
Ground signs shall be located such that no part of the sign projects beyond a five-foot setback from the street right-of-way.
(g) 
In the case of a multiple occupant building, one ground sign shall be permitted depicting the name or use of the building. Such a sign may include names of the occupants of the building. No such sign shall be permitted for an individual occupant of the building.
[Ord. No. 3932, § 2, 9-27-2005; Ord. No. 4353, § 4, 5-22-2012; Ord. No. 4398, § 3, 2-12-2013]
(a) 
Pole signs shall not exceed 100 square feet for each face, including air space between parts of the sign situated on private property.
(b) 
The maximum height of any pole sign shall be 2 1/2 times the largest sign face dimension but not higher than 28 feet. The height restriction may be waived or modified by the code official if existing signage for an adjacent business would block a proposed sign.
(c) 
The pole sign shall be so located that no part of the sign projects beyond a five-foot setback line from the street right-of-way.
(d) 
No pole sign shall extend downward nearer than 10 feet to the ground or pavement.
(e) 
A pole sign shall be constructed of incombustible material.
(f) 
Pole signs shall be proportioned so that the ratio of the width-to-height of the sign face does not exceed 2:1, or that the ratio of height-to-width does not exceed 1.33:1.
(g) 
Double-faced pole signs shall be constructed with parallel faces having identical size and shape so that the back of a sign face is not visible.
(h) 
The size of a support pole shall be proportioned and harmonious to the overall size of the sign. The support pole shall be a color compatible with the sign face and frame.
(i) 
A pole sign may include an electronic message center. The size of the electronic message center shall be limited to 75% of the area of the primary pole sign, not to exceed 50 square feet.
(j) 
Clocks and time and weather information devices shall be permitted on a pole sign with a maximum area of 10 square feet. These types of signs shall be permitted in addition to the above noted permitted sign area.
(k) 
One pole sign for each building fronting a public street, which is occupied by only one occupant, shall be allowed.
(l) 
In the case of a multi-occupant building, one pole sign depicting the name or use of the building shall be allowed. Such a sign may include a list of the occupants of the building.
[Ord. No. 3932, § 2, 9-27-2005]
(a) 
For the purpose of this provision, a shopping center shall be a center having a total leasable area of more than 20,000 square feet.
(b) 
Any shopping center may erect a monument having a maximum height of 25 feet above grade on the property of the shopping center, which shall be so located as not to obstruct the view for exiting the shopping center, and composed of stone, masonry, plastic masonry, or such other materials as are deemed consistent with the shopping center improvements, on which individual signs may be placed in accordance with the following standards:
(1) 
Maximum total sign area of all signs: 200 square feet. This provision may be modified by the code official and/or the sign commission to ensure that all proposed tenants are provided adequate signage.
(2) 
Minimum sign letter size: eight inches.
(3) 
The background of each sign shall be compatible with the background of all other signs on the monument.
(4) 
The total area of all of the signs located on such monument shall not exceed 75% of the total area of the monument. In making such determination, the area of each sign shall be calculated on the basis of the total area of the background of each sign.
(5) 
The content of such signs shall be limited to the name of the shopping center and the name of the occupants of such shopping center.
[Ord. No. 3932, § 2, 9-27-2005]
(a) 
For the purpose of this provision, an office building shall be any building where more than 50% of the building's leasable space is occupied for office usage.
(b) 
Any building qualifying as an office building hereunder may erect a monument having a maximum height of 15 feet above grade on the property of the office building, but in no case shall the sign be higher than the roof line, and shall be so located as not to obstruct the view for exiting the office building, and composed of stone, masonry, plastic masonry, or such other materials as are deemed consistent with the office building improvements, on which individual signs may be placed in accordance with the following standards:
(1) 
Maximum total sign area of all signs: 150 square feet.
(2) 
Minimum sign letter size: eight inches.
(3) 
The background of each sign shall be compatible with the background of all other signs on the monument.
(4) 
The total area of all of the signs located on such monument shall not exceed 75% of the total area of the monument. In making such determination, the area of each sign shall be calculated on the basis of the total area of the background of each sign.
(5) 
The content of such signs shall be limited to the name of the office building and the name of the tenants of such office building.
[Ord. No. 3932, § 2, 9-27-2005]
(a) 
For each residential subdivision entry street, a residential subdivision identification sign may be installed by a subdivision governing body and or subdivision residents, subject to the following regulations:
(1) 
Type of sign. Any such sign shall be a ground sign or a light pole sign, as defined in § 22-1.
(2) 
Area of sign.
a. 
Any such ground sign shall not exceed 25 square feet in area, excluding any supports.
b. 
Any such light pole sign shall not exceed five square feet.
(3) 
Submission of plans. The plan for any proposed residential subdivision identification sign shall be submitted to the enforcement official, who may impose such specifications, as deemed necessary, for safety purposes prior to granting approval.
(4) 
Location and placement. Any such sign shall be located on private property. If authorization for placement on private property cannot be obtained, such sign may be located between the curb and edge of the public right-of-way, the specific location of which shall be determined by the enforcement official in accordance with subsection (5) hereof and in the case of a proposed ground sign, upon the filing of a duly authorized agreement of indemnification of the City by the governing body or residents of the subdivision to protect the City against any claims arising out of the condition of the sign.
(5) 
Any such sign shall not obscure the visibility or line of sight of the operator of a vehicle at the intersection at which the sign is proposed to be located.
[Ord. No. 3932, § 2, 9-27-2005]
(a) 
Billboards shall be permitted in industrially or commercially zoned areas within 660 feet of the nearest edge of the right-of-way and visible from any part of the traveled way of a highway which is a part of the interstate or primary system in this state, subject to the following regulations:
(1) 
Size. The maximum sign area for any one billboard shall be 1,200 square feet with a maximum height of 30 feet above pre-existing grade and a maximum length of 60 feet. Maximum size limitations shall apply to each side of a billboard.
(2) 
Lighting.
a. 
No revolving or rotating beam or beacon of light that simulates any emergency light or device shall be permitted as part of any billboard. No flashing, intermittent, or moving light or lights will be permitted except scoreboards and other illuminated signs designating public service information, such as time, date or temperature, or similar information, will be allowed.
b. 
External lighting, such as floodlights, thin line and gooseneck reflectors are permitted, provided that the light source is directed solely upon the face of the sign and is effectively shielded so as to prevent beams or rays of light from being directed into any portion of the main traveled way of the highway or onto adjacent property, and the lights are not of such intensity so as to cause glare, impair the vision of the driver of a motor vehicle, or otherwise interfere with the driver's operation of a motor vehicle.
c. 
No sign shall be so illuminated that it interferes with the effectiveness of, or obscures, an official traffic sign, device or signal.
(3) 
Spacing.
a. 
On interstate highways and freeways on the federal aid primary system, no billboard shall be erected within 1,500 feet of an existing billboard on the same side of the highway.
b. 
On non-freeway federal-aid primary highways, no billboard shall be erected within 100 feet of an existing sign or billboard.
c. 
No billboard shall be located in such manner as to obstruct or otherwise physically or visually interfere with the effectiveness of an official traffic sign, including directional signs, signals or devices, or obstruct or physically interfere with a motor vehicle operator's view of approaching, merging or intersecting traffic.
(4) 
Location. To provide a safety zone and to prevent injury or property damage to residentially zoned properties resulting from billboard collapse, no portion of a billboard shall be located within 250 feet of any residentially zoned property.
(5) 
Other regulations. All other provisions of this chapter relating to the design and construction of signs and permit requirements shall apply equally to billboards authorized under this section.
[Ord. No. 3932, § 2, 9-27-2005]
(a) 
The following signs are permitted for a special promotional event authorized under Subsection 26-188(b)(5) of the zoning code:
(1) 
Pennants and streamers that are securely fastened;
(2) 
Search lights;
(b) 
The enforcement official must approve all proposed signage prior to the event.
[Ord. No. 3932, § 2, 9-27-2005]
Advertising signage shall be permitted on bus shelters within the City upon the approval of the enforcement official. The size of the sign shall be limited to 24 square feet. A permit for each sign shall be required.
[Ord. No. 3932, § 2, 9-27-2005; Ord. No. 4398, §§ 4 — 6, 2-12-2013]
(a) 
Manual reader board signs shall not be permitted for use except by churches, schools, libraries, governmental agencies, and civic organizations, except as authorized under Subsection 22-17(i).
(b) 
Manual reader board signs shall not exceed 40 square feet in area except those authorized under Subsection 22-17(i). Movie theater signs require the approval of the sign commission.
(c) 
Electronic message centers:
(1) 
Electronic message centers shall not exceed 75% of the area of the primary sign, not to exceed 50 square feet;
(2) 
All electronic message centers shall come equipped with automatic dimming technology which adjusts the sign's brightness in direct correlation with nature ambient light conditions at all times;
(3) 
No electronic message center shall exceed a brightness level of 5,000 footcandles per square meter during daylight hours or 500 footcandles per square meter between dusk and dawn;
(4) 
Prior to the issuance of any permit, the owner shall provide the City with a certification from the sign manufacturer stating that the sign is capable of complying with requirements (2) and (3) above;
(5) 
Electronic message centers must be designed and equipped to immediately freeze the display in one position or discontinue if a malfunction occurs;
(6) 
All displays must be static with a minimum duration of five seconds for text and 20 seconds for images. The transition from one static display to another must be instantaneous with no special effects;
(7) 
No sounds can be emitted from an electronic message center;
(8) 
The owner of an electronic message center shall arrange for an annual certification of the lumens showing compliance by an independent contractor and provide said certification to the City of Crestwood;
(9) 
The requirements for electronic message centers are only applicable to signs installed after the effective date of this Code section. Existing electronic message centers which were approved by the sign commission prior to the effective date of this Code section are allowed to continue to operate until such time as the sign becomes non-operational or is substantially modified.
[Ord. No. 3932, § 2, 9-27-2005]
(a) 
Portable signs are prohibited except that vehicles that are used in the normal day-to-day operation of the business may have a sign attached or painted on such vehicle identifying the name, address and type of business.
(b) 
A business may park up to two vehicles of the light delivery type (rated less than one ton manufacturers rated hauling capacity) containing such signage in front of the business identified on the vehicle. Additional vehicles may be approved by the sign commission.
[Ord. No. 3932, § 2, 9-27-2005]
(a) 
A projecting sign shall comply with the following requirements:
(1) 
A projecting sign not exceeding 25 square feet in area for each building fronting a public street shall be allowed, provided that, if a building is occupied by only one user and the front wall area adjoining the public street on which the building is located exceeds 500 square feet, such building may have a projecting sign with an area equal to 10% of the area of the front wall of the building but shall not exceed 250 square feet.
(2) 
A building located on a corner lot may have one projecting sign on each street side of the building, but not exceeding the size limitations as set forth in subsection (1) of this section for each sign.
(3) 
No projecting sign shall extend more than four feet six inches from the building, including structural supporting or extending members attached to the building.
(4) 
No projecting sign shall project nearer to the curb line than two feet.
(5) 
No projecting sign shall extend downward nearer than 10 feet to the ground or pavement.
(6) 
No projecting sign shall extend above the roof line.
(7) 
Every projecting sign shall be constructed of noncombustible material and braced to withstand a horizontal wind pressure of not less than 30 pounds for every square foot of surface exposed and shall be securely attached to the building wall in an approved manner.
[Ord. No. 3932, § 2, 9-27-2005]
(a) 
Small post signs indicating the direction to a business (exit and entrance) may be erected and maintained subject to the following:
(1) 
The enforcement official shall investigate and make a determination that the sign will serve a public purpose.
(2) 
Such sign shall not exceed eight square feet in area and shall be installed in a manner and at a height so as not to interfere with the ordinary and lawful use of the street. Such sign may include the corporate logo of the business.
[Ord. No. 3932, § 2, 9-27-2005]
(a) 
Marquees and marquee signs may extend to a point two feet back of the curb line, but no such marquee or marquee sign shall extend downward nearer than 11 feet above the level of the sidewalk at its lowest level.
(b) 
An illuminated sign which may be placed on a marquee which may extend the entire length and width of the marquee, provided such sign does not extend more than nine feet above nor one foot below such marquee, but under no circumstances shall the sign or signs have a vertical height greater than nine feet.
(c) 
No additional sign shall be attached to a marquee.
[Ord. No. 3932, § 2, 9-27-2005]
(a) 
Any under canopy sign bearing only the name of the business to which the sign is attached and which sign does not exceed four square feet in area shall be allowed.
(b) 
No under canopy sign shall project horizontally beyond the canopy or nearer to the curb line than two feet.
(c) 
No under canopy sign shall extend downward nearer than 10 feet to the ground or pavement.
(d) 
Every under canopy sign shall be constructed of noncombustible material and shall be securely attached to the canopy in an approved manner.
[Ord. No. 3932, § 2, 9-27-2005]
Gooseneck reflectors and lights are permitted on ground signs and wall signs if the reflectors are provided with proper glass lenses concentrating the illumination upon the area of the sign so as to prevent glare upon the street or adjacent property.
[Ord. No. 3932, § 2, 9-27-2005]
No sign shall be erected or maintained so as to prevent free ingress to or egress from any door, window or fire escape. No sign of any kind shall be attached to a standpipe or fire escape.
[Ord. No. 3932, § 2, 9-27-2005]
It shall be unlawful for any person to display upon any sign or other advertising structure any obscene, indecent or immoral matter, as defined in RSMo. 573.010.
[Ord. No. 3932, § 2, 9-27-2005]
All signs shall be maintained in good repair, free of rust, peeling, flaking, fading, broken or cracked surfaces and broken or missing letters. Every supporting structure shall be kept in an upright condition.
[Ord. No. 3932, § 2, 9-27-2005]
(a) 
The following signs are subject to removal in accordance with the procedures hereof:
(1) 
Signs which are found to be unsafe and capable of creating a hazard to persons or property;
(2) 
Signs which are prohibited under § 22-6 hereof;
(3) 
Signs which are erected without a permit, if required under the sign code;
(4) 
Signs for which required fees have not been paid.
(5) 
Signs that are not maintained in accordance with the requirements of this Code.
(b) 
The enforcement official shall give written notice to the owner or the managing agent of the property on which any such sign is located, directing its removal within seven days and informing such owner or managing agent that, if the sign is not removed within such designated period, the enforcement official shall cause it to be removed and the costs charged as a special tax bill. If the sign is not timely removed, the enforcement official shall cause the same to be removed and certify the costs to the City Clerk. The City Clerk shall issue a special tax bill therefore against the property, which shall be a first lien on the property from the date of issuance until paid and shall be prima facie evidence of the recitals therein and of its validity. No clerical error or informality in such tax bill, or in the proceedings leading to its issuance, shall be a defense. Any such tax bill, if not paid, shall bear interest at the rate of the prime rate plus 1%.
(c) 
The enforcement official is authorized to go upon any premises for the purpose of removal of any sign under the provisions hereof. Signs so removed shall be retained by the City for a period of 30 days and, if payment of all expenses of the City in connection with such removal are paid within such period, shall be returned to the owner. If not so claimed within such period of time, the City may dispose of such sign in any manner, by destroying or selling same.
(d) 
In addition to the procedures herein authorized, any person failing to remove any such sign, upon notification to do so, shall, upon conviction, be subject to the penalties provided for violation of City ordinances.