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City of Davenport, IA
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The purpose of this chapter is to establish a comprehensive system of sign controls regarding the construction, installation, and maintenance of signs that will:
A. 
Promote and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the City by ensuring the compatibility of signs with surrounding structures and land uses.
B. 
Create a more attractive business and economic climate by enhancing and protecting the orderly and effective display of signs, and discourage sign clutter.
C. 
Protect the public from hazardous conditions that result from the indiscriminate use and placement of signs, structurally unsafe signs, signs that obscure the vision of pedestrians or motorists, and signs that compete or conflict with necessary traffic signals, government signs, and warning signs.
All signs constructed, erected, modified, or altered must comply with the following standards.
A. 
Prohibited Installations.
1. 
No sign may be erected in a location that violates the building code, fire code, and other applicable City codes or ordinances.
2. 
No sign may obstruct the following sight triangles:
a. 
Signs are prohibited within a thirty-foot visibility triangle at the intersection of two streets as measured along the back of curb or edge of roadway pavement, as applicable.
ii. 
Signs are prohibited within a ten-foot visibility triangle at the intersection of a street and an alley or at the intersection of a street and a private driveway as measured along the back of curb or edge of roadway pavement, as applicable, or along the driveway edge.
iii. 
Signs are prohibited within a ten-foot visibility triangle at the intersection of two alleys as measured along the edge of alley pavement.
3. 
Only signs that have been placed by or authorized by federal, state, or the City may be installed on public property. Any sign installed on public property, including rights-of-way, without prior authorization, will be removed by the City without notice and disposed of.
4. 
No permanent sign may be erected on private property without the consent of the property owner or his/her authorized agent. Any sign installed on private property without authorization may be removed by the property owner without notice and disposed of.
5. 
No sign may be erected in a manner that obstructs access to any ingress or egress, fire escapes, fire hydrants, fire department connections, or standpipes and similar fire safety connections.
B. 
Construction Standards.
1. 
Supports and braces must either be designed as an integral part of the overall sign or obscured from public view to the extent feasible.
2. 
All signs attached to a building must be installed and maintained so that wall penetrations are watertight and the structure does not exceed allowable stresses of supporting materials.
3. 
All signs must be designed and constructed in compliance with the building code, electrical code, and all other applicable codes and ordinances.
4. 
All permanent signs must be constructed of rigid, weather-proof materials.
5. 
No sign may be painted on a wall or any other structure. As of the effective date of this ordinance, existing painted on wall signs, called ghost signs, are exempt from this prohibition. Such signs may only be restored to the original graphic, therefore no new information may be added to such ghost signs.
6. 
Glass comprising any part of a sign must be safety glass.
7. 
All letters, figures, characters, or representations in cut-out or irregular form, maintained in conjunction with, attached to, or superimposed upon any sign must be safely and securely built into or attached to the sign structure.
8. 
Audio components are prohibited, with the exception of the following:
a. 
Menu boards, limited to communication between the customer and service window.
b. 
Permitted gas station pump video screens.
C. 
Electrical Wiring.
1. 
All electrical fixtures, devices, circuits, conduits, raceways, or similar features must be installed and maintained in compliance with the current City electrical code.
2. 
Conduits, raceways, and other components of a sign illumination system must be designed as an integral part of the overall sign structure and obscured from public view to the extent technically feasible.
D. 
Required Maintenance.
1. 
All signs must be kept in a safe and well-maintained condition and appearance, and must be repainted or otherwise maintained by the property owner or business owner to prevent corrosion or deterioration caused by the weather, age, or any other condition.
2. 
All signs must be maintained to prevent any kind of safety hazard, including faulty or deteriorated sign structures, a fire hazard, or an electrical shock hazard.
3. 
All unused sign hardware or wiring must be removed.
4. 
No sign frame may remain unfilled or allow any internal part or element of the sign structure to be visible.
5. 
If a sign is maintained in an unsafe or unsecured condition, it must be removed or the condition corrected. If the sign is not removed or the condition is not corrected within the required time period, the City may enforce this order through permitted enforcement procedures of Chapter 17.18.
6. 
The City may remove any sign that is an immediate public peril to persons or property summarily and without notice. The owner of such sign is responsible for all costs of removal.
7. 
Where possible by the design of a sign structure, a permanent sign that becomes obsolete after the associated activity or use is discontinued or abandoned must remove all sign copy from the sign structure and the panels must be removed and replaced with a blank panel. This requirement is not satisfied by reversing (i.e., turning such copy so that it faces inward), painting over, covering with vinyl or other fabric, or otherwise means of obfuscating such copy.
8. 
When an electronic message sign becomes obsolete after the associated activity or use is discontinued or abandoned, the electronic component must be turned off.
A. 
Any sign illumination, including gooseneck reflectors, external illumination, and internal illumination, must be designed, located, shielded, and directed to prevent the casting of glare or direct light upon roadways and surrounding properties, and prevent the distraction of motor vehicle operators or pedestrians in the public right-of-way.
B. 
The sign face of internally illuminated signs must function as a filter to diffuse illumination. The sign face must cover all internal illumination components so that no exposed bulbs are visible.
C. 
All external illumination of a sign must concentrate the illumination upon the printed area of the sign face.
D. 
The use of bare bulbs as external illumination is only permitted for marquee signs.
E. 
No sign illumination may be combined with reflective materials, such as mirrors, polished metal, or highly-glazed tiles, which would increase glare.
F. 
The maximum allowable foot-candle at the lot line is one foot-candle unless such signs are allowed to extend over the lot line, where the maximum of one foot-candle is measured at the back of curb or edge of pavement.
G. 
For electronic message signs, the maximum brightness is limited to 5,000 nits when measured from the sign's face at its maximum brightness, during daylight hours, and 500 nits when measured from the sign's face at its maximum brightness between dusk and dawn, i.e., the time of day between sunrise and sunset. The sign must have an ambient light meter and automatic or manual dimmer control that produces a distinct illumination change from a higher allowed illumination level to a lower allowed level for the time period between one-half hour before sunset and one-half hour after sunrise.
All signs not expressly permitted by this ordinance are prohibited. In addition, the following sign types are specifically prohibited.
A. 
Banners wrapped around a permanent sign structure, such as a freestanding sign or projecting sign.
B. 
Balloon signs. Inflatable advertising displays designed to inflate or move by use of a fan or blower are considered a balloon sign.
C. 
Feather Flags/Sails.
D. 
Flashing signs.
E. 
Moving signs, including any sign that rotates, revolves, or has any visible moving part, or any sign that gives the appearance of movement, including signs designed to be moved by wind or other natural elements. This excludes clocks and barber poles.
F. 
Off-premise commercial signs — temporary. (Also known as push signs or snipe signs.)
G. 
Portable reader-board signs.
H. 
Roof signs. This prohibition does not apply in the C-D District, where roof signs are allowed.
I. 
Strobe lights, moving or fixed spotlights, floodlights/searchlights.
J. 
Signs that constitute a traffic hazard, including signs that:
1. 
Interfere with, obstruct the view of, or may be confused with any authorized traffic sign, signal, or device because of its position, shape, or color, including signs illuminated in red, green, or amber color designed to resemble a traffic signal.
2. 
May be confused with any public safety lighting, including signs illuminated in red and blue colors.
3. 
Make use of the words STOP, LOOK, DETOUR, DANGER, CAUTION, WARNING, or any other word, phrase, symbol, or character in a manner used to direct traffic that would mislead, interfere with, or confuse traffic.
K. 
Signs placed, mounted, installed, or painted on a vehicle for the primary purpose of attracting attention to an occupant's presence within a building at which the vehicle is being parked. This prohibition does not include signs painted on or applied to vehicles, trucks, or buses that are being operated and stored in the normal course of business, such as signs located on delivery trucks, moving vans, and rental trucks, provided that the primary purpose of such vehicles is not the display of such sign, and that they are properly parked or stored in areas related to their use as vehicles and all such vehicles are in operable condition. Vehicle for-sale signs are exempt from this provision.
L. 
Video display signs.
A. 
Alteration and Maintenance on Existing Signs. The following activities are exempt from requiring a sign permit:
1. 
Painting, cleaning, or other normal maintenance and repair of a sign, not involving structural changes, or changes in the electrical components of the sign, including the removal and replacement of electrical components. Any activity that increases the sign area, sign height, or any sign dimension, or moves the location of a sign, requires a sign permit. The changing of a sign face requires a sign permit.
2. 
Changing the copy of a changeable message sign or electronic message sign.
B. 
Ancillary Signs.
1. 
Logos and labels located on mechanical equipment, recycling bins, trash containers, and the like, which are part of the equipment as manufactured and/or installed, are exempt.
2. 
A maximum of one sign mounted on each gas station pump island is permitted and is limited to 1.5 square feet in sign area. All such signs must be oriented to face the vehicle fueling. Such signs may be electronic but must meet the following standards:
a. 
Signs may include an audio component, which may only be activated when gas is available for purchase.
b. 
Electronic signs cannot be mounted on any pump island within 15 feet from any lot line.
C. 
Permanent and Temporary Signs.
1. 
A-Frame Sign.
a. 
A-frame signs are permitted in the C-1, C-2, C-3, C-D, C-V, and I-MU Districts.
b. 
One A-frame sign is permitted per establishment, including one for each tenant in a multi-tenant development. A minimum fifteen foot separation is required between all A-frame signs.
c. 
An A-frame sign must be placed within 15 feet of the primary entrance of the business, and must not interfere with pedestrian traffic or violate standards of accessibility as required by the ADA or other accessibility codes.
d. 
A-frame signs may be placed in the sidewalk or parkway concurrent with the lot of the establishment being advertised and must comply with all provisions of Chapter 12.36 of the Davenport Municipal Code.
e. 
A-frame signs are limited to six square feet in area per side and four feet in height.
f. 
The placement of A-frame signs outdoors is limited to business hours only. A-frame signs must be stored indoors at all other times.
g. 
A-frame signs must not be used outdoors when high winds or heavy rain conditions exist.
h. 
Illumination of A-frame signs is prohibited.
i. 
No A-frame sign may have any type of electronic component.
A-FRAME SIGN
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2. 
Attention-Getting Devices. Attention-getting devices are signs, devices, or ornamentations designed for the purpose of attracting attention or promoting on-site goods or services. Attention getting devices include banners, and temporary on-premise pole signs. Federal, state, or local flags, or flags of fraternal, religious, and civic organizations, and temporary holiday decorations are not considered attention-getting devices.
a. 
Attention-getting devices are permitted for nonresidential uses.
b. 
Each establishment may have one freestanding and one wall-mounted attention-getting device installed or mounted simultaneously.
c. 
Attention-getting devices are limited to the following display periods:
i. 
When the attention-getting device advertises an event that has a specific start and end time: A total display period of 30 days prior to the start of the event, the time period of the event, and three days following the end of the event.
ii. 
All other attention-getting device advertises (non-time specific): 21 days.
iii. 
A maximum of two display periods per year per establishment is permitted with a minimum of 30 days between displays.
d. 
Attention-getting devices for multi-tenant sites are subject to the following rules:
i. 
The display period and separation period apply to each establishment individually rather than the site as a whole.
ii. 
For multi-tenant sites, the property owner(s) and/or tenants must coordinate display of attention-getting devices among tenants.
e. 
Freestanding attention-getting devices are subject to the following:
i. 
One freestanding attention-getting device is allowed for every 75 feet of street frontage. There must be a fifteen foot separation between freestanding attention-getting devices.
ii. 
Freestanding attention-getting devices are limited to a maximum height of six feet and 32 square feet in area.
iii. 
All freestanding attention-getting devices must be located a minimum of five feet from a lot line, as measured from the outermost portion of the sign.
f. 
Wall-mounted attention-getting devices are limited to 32 square feet.
ATTENTION-GETTING DEVICES
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3. 
Construction Activity Sign. On a lot where active construction is taking place, one temporary sign is permitted per each street frontage. Such temporary signs are subject to the following:
a. 
Such temporary signs are permitted in all districts on sites with active construction projects.
b. 
Such temporary signs may be installed only after approval of a building permit for such activity. Signs must be removed once construction is complete or the building permit expires, whichever occurs first.
c. 
Such temporary signs may be constructed as either freestanding signs, wall signs, or installed on fences, and subject to the following:
i. 
Signs are limited to 64 square feet in area.
ii. 
Freestanding signs are limited to eight feet in height.
iii. 
Freestanding signs must be located a minimum of five feet from any lot line.
iv. 
Signs may not be illuminated.
4. 
Government Sign. Federal, state, or local governments or taxing bodies may install signs in the public interest in any number, configuration, or size in any district or in the right-of-way. Such signs may be illuminated as required by the agency. Temporary roadway work, utility work, or emergency information signs may be electronic message signs.
5. 
Light Pole Banner. Light pole banners on private property are allowed as follows:
a. 
Light pole banners are permitted for light poles on private property and must be mounted so that they are held taut between support posts.
b. 
Light pole banners are limited to a maximum area of 15 square feet.
c. 
Light pole banners must be mounted to project perpendicular from light poles.
d. 
Light pole banners must not be used as a temporary off-premise sign.
e. 
Light pole banners must be mounted at least eight feet above grade.
6. 
Memorial or Historic Event. Commemoration of a historic person, event, structure, or site allows one additional permanent sign as follows:
a. 
Such signs are permitted in any district.
b. 
Such signs may be constructed as either freestanding or wall signs, subject to the following:
i. 
Signs are limited to six square feet.
ii. 
Signs are limited to four feet in height.
iii. 
Signs must be located five feet from any lot line.
iv. 
Wall mounted signs must be inlaid so as to be an integral part of the structure, cut into stone or masonry, or be a permanently affixed plaque of bronze or aluminum.
v. 
Signs may be externally illuminated.
c. 
Such signs are limited to one per street frontage, which may be inlaid into the facade associated with that street frontage.
7. 
Multiple Tenant Building Entryway. Multiple tenant buildings, such as multi-family dwellings and non-residential developments with multiple tenants, are permitted a permanent sign for the entryway subject to the following.
a. 
Signs may be constructed as either freestanding or wall signs, subject to the following:
i. 
Signs are limited to six square feet in area.
ii. 
Freestanding signs are limited to five feet in height, and must be located within five feet of the building entry and a minimum of five feet from any lot line.
iii. 
Freestanding signs must be installed so that they are primarily viewable from the building entryway and not intended to be viewed from a public right-of-way.
iv. 
Signs may only be internally illuminated.
b. 
Signs are limited to one per building entry.
8. 
Noncommercial Message. Signs used for the expression of noncommercial ideas and messages are permitted in all districts. Examples include but are not limited to signs advocating a public issue, recommending a candidate for public office, alerts, or warnings.
a. 
Noncommercial message signs may be constructed as either freestanding, wall, or window signs, or mounted on fences. There is no limit on the number of signs permitted.
b. 
Freestanding and wall/fence-mounted noncommercial message signs are limited to 32 square feet in area. Freestanding noncommercial message signs are limited to six feet in height.
c. 
Window-mounted noncommercial message signs must meet the coverage limitations of window signs. If no coverage is specified, the limitation is 30% of the window area.
d. 
Freestanding noncommercial message signs must be located five feet from any lot line.
e. 
Noncommercial message signs posted on private property must have the permission of the property owner.
f. 
Noncommercial message signs cannot be illuminated.
g. 
Noncommercial message signs cannot be used as a temporary off-premise sign.
9. 
Parking Lots and Structures: Additional Signs. Parking lots and structures are permitted additional signs, whether such parking lots or structures are a principal or ancillary use.
a. 
An additional sign is permitted at each entrance/exit, driveway intersection, drive-through lane, and other circulation points.
b. 
Signs are limited to the following maximum dimensions: two feet in length and two feet in height.
c. 
A freestanding sign is limited to five feet in height and must be five feet from any lot line that abuts a street.
d. 
Signs located at an entrance/exit, driveway intersection, drive-through lane, and other circulation points may be internally illuminated.
10. 
Real Estate Activity. When a structure or lot is offered for sale, lease, or rent, such lot is permitted an additional temporary sign as follows:
a. 
Such signs are permitted in all districts. Signs must be located on the site of the property for sale, lease, or rent.
b. 
Signs are limited to one per street frontage.
c. 
Signs may be constructed as either freestanding, wall, or window signs.
d. 
Signs are limited to 12 square feet in residential districts and 32 square feet in all other districts.
e. 
Freestanding signs are limited to six feet in height and must be located within five feet from any lot line.
f. 
Such signs may not be illuminated.
g. 
Signs must be removed within five days of final closing, lease, or rental. If such signs are used in conjunction with a promotional activity related to the sale, lease or rent, such signs may be installed 48 hours prior to event and must be removed within 24 hours of the end of the event
11. 
Window Sign.
a. 
Window signs are permitted for all nonresidential uses in all districts.
b. 
All window signs, whether temporary or permanent, are limited to no more than 30% of the surface of each window area. Window area is counted as a continuous surface until divided by an architectural or structural element. Mullions are not considered an element that divides window area.
c. 
Window signs include neon or LED signs. Flashing neon or LED is prohibited.
WINDOW SIGN
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This section describes the types of signs allowed with a sign permit. Specific regulations on each sign type may include further restrictions on which districts and/or uses within a district may utilize these sign types. Signs must also comply with all provisions of Chapter 12.36 of the Davenport Municipal Code
A. 
Awning Sign.
1. 
Awning signs are permitted for multi-family dwellings and nonresidential uses in any district.
2. 
Awning signs must maintain a minimum vertical clearance of eight feet.
3. 
Awning signs may encroach into the public right-of-way but can only encroach a maximum of 2/3 the distance from the lot line to the back of curb.
4. 
Awning signs must be made of a durable, weather-resistant material such as canvas, canvas-like material, nylon, vinyl-coated fabric, or permanent building material such as metal.
5. 
Sign copy on any awning sign surface is limited to 25% of each surface area. A valance is considered a separate surface area.
6. 
Solid awnings are permitted lettering attached to and located above the top of the awning to a maximum height of 18 inches.
7. 
Awning signs may be externally illuminated and lighting must be focused on the printed area.
8. 
Back-lit awnings are prohibited.
AWNING SIGN
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B. 
Canopy Sign. Canopy signs are divided into two types: non-structural and structural.
1. 
Non-Structural Canopy Signs.
a. 
Non-structural canopy signs are permitted for multi-family dwellings and nonresidential uses in all districts.
b. 
Non-structural canopy signs must maintain a minimum vertical clearance of eight feet.
c. 
Non-structural canopy signs may encroach into the public right-of-way but can only encroach a maximum of 2/3 the distance from the lot line to the back of curb Support posts must maintain a minimum separation of five feet between posts and five feet between the posts and any building wall.
d. 
Non-structural canopy signs must be made of a durable, weather-resistant material such as canvas, canvas-like material, nylon, or vinyl-coated fabric.
e. 
Sign copy on any canopy sign surface is limited to 25% of each surface area.
f. 
Non-structural canopy signs may be externally illuminated and lighting must be focused on the printed area.
g. 
Back-lit canopies are prohibited.
2. 
Structural Canopy Signs.
a. 
Permissions for Structural Canopy Signs. Structural canopy signs are permitted as follows:
i. 
Structural canopy signs attached to the principal structure are permitted for multifamily dwellings and nonresidential uses in all districts.
ii. 
Freestanding structural canopy signs are permitted for gas stations and drive through facilities in any district.
b. 
Structural Canopy Signs Attached to Principal Structure Structural canopy signs attached to the principal structure are subject to the following:
i. 
Structural canopy signs attached to the principal structure may encroach into the public right-of-way but can only encroach a maximum of 2/3 the distance from the lot line to the back of curb.
ii. 
Support posts must maintain a minimum separation of five feet between posts and five feet between the posts and any building wall.
iii. 
Structural canopy signs attached to a building must maintain a minimum vertical clearance of eight feet.
iv. 
For structural canopies attached to a principal building, sign copy is limited to 25% of each surface area. Such signs are permitted lettering attached to and located above the top of a structural canopy to a maximum height of 18 inches.
v. 
Structural canopy signs attached to the principal structure must be made of permanent building material, such as metal or brick.
vi. 
Structural canopy signs may be internally or externally illuminated. If externally illuminated, the lighting must be focused on the sign.
c. 
Freestanding Structural Canopy Signs. Freestanding structural canopy signs are subject to the following:
i. 
Freestanding structural canopy signs are subject to the setback requirements of the district where they are located or 10 feet from a lot line, whichever is greater.
ii. 
Freestanding structural canopy signs are limited to a maximum height of 25 feet. Height is measured to the top of a flat roof or in the case of a pitched roof to the mean between the eaves and peak.
iii. 
For freestanding structural canopies, sign copy is limited to a maximum of 25% of the area of each facade. No sign may be mounted above the top of the roof of the structural canopy, but a sign mounted on the structural canopy facade may extend a maximum of six inches above the roofline.
iv. 
Freestanding structural canopy signs must be made of permanent building material.
v. 
Freestanding structural canopy signs may be internally or externally illuminated. If externally illuminated, the lighting must be focused on the sign. Freestanding structural canopies are permitted an illuminated band along each facade of the canopy, which is limited to 10% of the overall height of the facade of the canopy.
CANOPY SIGN: NON-STRUCTURAL
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CANOPY SIGN: STRUCTURAL — ATTACHED
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CANOPY SIGN: STRUCTURAL — FREESTANDING
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C. 
Electronic Message Sign.
1. 
Electronic message signs are permitted as follows:
a. 
In commercial and industrial districts.
b. 
In the S-IC District.
c. 
The following uses in any district: conservation area, cultural facility, educational facility - primary or secondary, educational facility - university or college, government office/facility, park/playground, places of worship.
d. 
Gas stations in any district are permitted an electronic message sign to display copy graphic that is required to be displayed by law, such as fuel prices.
2. 
Electronic message signs located within or adjacent to a residential district must be turned off between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. The Zoning Administrator may restrict or expand these hours as part of the sign permit based on the times the use is open to the public.
3. 
Electronic message signs are permitted as part of a freestanding, marquee, or projecting sign, and are subject to the requirements for that sign type within the district.
4. 
Electronic message signs must be integrated into the design of the larger sign structure. The electronic component is limited to a maximum of 70% of the total area of a sign. The larger sign structure must contain additional copy; it cannot be a blank sign structure once the electronic message sign component is discounted.
5. 
Only one electronic message sign per lot is permitted. For the purposes of this regulation, a multi-tenant development where the development as a whole is comprised of separate lots of record, the entire development, including outlot parcels and inline development, is considered one lot.
6. 
Each message or image displayed on an electronic message sign must be static for a minimum of two seconds plus one second for transition of messages; such transition may include scrolling, fading in, dropping in, or similar moving copy changes. Multi-color messages and static images are permitted.
7. 
Electronic message signs cannot operate as a commercial off-premise sign. This does not include public service messages.
8. 
Video display screens are prohibited.
ELECTRONIC MESSAGE SIGN
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D. 
Freestanding Sign.
1. 
Freestanding Sign Types. Freestanding signs are regulated as three types in this ordinance:
a. 
Freestanding signs - standard are permitted for multi-family dwellings and nonresidential uses (includes a nonresidential use comprised of two commercial establishments sharing a common building or which are in separate buildings that share a common access/entranceway or parking area) in any district.
b. 
Freestanding signs - multi-tenant retail center are permitted for multi-tenant retail centers in any district. A multi-tenant retail center is a commercial development under unified control consisting of three or more separate commercial establishments sharing a common building, or which are in separate buildings that share a common access/entranceway or parking area.
c. 
Freestanding signs - residential subdivision are permitted for residential subdivisions in any district.
2. 
General Regulations. The following regulations apply to all types of freestanding signs:
a. 
Freestanding signs must be of monument construction in all districts except the I-1 and I-2 Districts. Monument or pole sign construction is allowed the I-1 and I-2 Districts. Such sign types are defined as follows:
i. 
Freestanding monument sign: A sign that is placed on or supported by the ground, independent of a structure on the lot, designed with a monument base that is an integral part of the sign structure. A freestanding monument sign must be designed so that the width of the top of the sign face is a minimum of 70% and a maximum of 130% of the width of the base, unless designed with decorative posts as follows:
(A) 
In order to create flexibility for monument signs installed where the ground is not level, structural (non-decorative) posts may extend out of the ground but are limited to a maximum of six inches above the adjacent ground where they are installed.
(B) 
A monument sign may be designed with decorative posts that are part of the overall sign structure and sign design. Such decorative posts may extend out of the ground for a maximum of three feet above the adjacent ground where they are installed.
MONUMENT SIGN
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ii. 
Freestanding pole sign: A type of freestanding sign that is affixed, attached, or erected on one or more poles, uprights, or braces from the ground and not supported by a building. Pole signs are any freestanding signs that do not meet the design and construction standards of this ordinance for a monument sign. Permitted attention getting devices or other freestanding temporary signs are regulated separately by this ordinance.
b. 
Freestanding signs must be set back a minimum of five feet from any lot line. No freestanding sign may project into, over, or otherwise encroach on a public right-of-way or public easement.
c. 
Freestanding signs may be internally or externally illuminated. If externally illuminated, all light must be directed onto the sign face.
d. 
Freestanding signs must be constructed of brick, wood or simulated wood, stone, concrete, metal, plastic, or high-density urethane (HDU) foam board or similar durable foam construction.
e. 
All freestanding signs must be landscaped at the base of the sign as follows:
i. 
Landscape must extend a minimum of two feet from the sign base on all sides with small shrubs a minimum of 18 inches in height at planting in a single row around the perimeter of the sign base. The remainder of the required landscape area must be planted with trees, perennials, or other live ground cover.
ii. 
If a sign is designed with a decorative base and such decorative base extends to the ground, the single row of shrubs around the perimeter of the sign base is not required. Landscape must extend a minimum of two feet from the sign base around a minimum of 50% of the perimeter of the sign base, and must be planted with shrubs, trees, perennials, or other live ground cover.
iii. 
If landscape is required on a site, ground sign landscape is included in the total amount of landscape required on a site. Where a sign is installed in any landscape area of a site, the specific landscape requirements of this section do not apply and the sign landscape must be integrated into the overall site landscape plan. Sign landscape must be shown on the landscape plan.
iv. 
All landscape must be maintained in good condition, and free and clear of rubbish and weeds.
3. 
Freestanding Signs - Standard Regulations. Freestanding signs - standard are subject to the following.
a. 
One freestanding sign - standard is permitted per lot.
b. 
Freestanding sign - standard are limited to a maximum area of 100 square feet.
c. 
Freestanding sign - standard are limited to a maximum height of 10 feet in the residential districts, and in the C-T, C-l, C-D, C-V, and S-AG Districts. In all other districts where allowed they are limited to 25 feet.
4. 
Freestanding Signs - Multi-Tenant Retail Center Regulations. Freestanding signs - multi-tenant retail center are subject to the following.
a. 
One freestanding sign - multi-tenant retail center is permitted per street frontage of a lot. An additional freestanding sign is permitted for each additional access point to the lot, however a minimum separation of 75 feet is required between signs. For the purposes of this regulation, a multi-tenant development where the development as a whole is comprised of separate lots of record, the entire development, including outlot parcels and inline development, is considered one lot.
b. 
Freestanding signs - multi-tenant retail center permissions are as follows:
i. 
Maximum sign area of 100 square feet of area per sign.
ii. 
Maximum sign height of 10 feet in the C-T, C-l, C-D, C-V, and S-AG Districts. In all other districts where allowed they are limited to 25 feet.
5. 
Freestanding Signs - Residential Subdivision Regulations. Freestanding signs - residential subdivision are subject to the following sign area, sign height, and sign number permissions.
a. 
One freestanding sign - residential subdivision is permitted for each entry point to the development. A minimum separation of 100 feet is required between signs.
b. 
Freestanding signs - residential subdivision are permitted a maximum sign area of 100 square feet per sign and a maximum sign height of 10 feet per sign.
E. 
Marquee.
1. 
Marquees are permitted for commercial uses in C-3, C-D, and C-V Districts.
2. 
Marquees must be supported solely by the building to which they are attached. No exterior columns or posts are permitted as supports.
3. 
The roof of a marquee may not be used for any purpose other than to form and constitute a roof and must be constructed of noncombustible material.
4. 
Water from the roofs of a marquee may not drain, drip, or flow onto the surface of a public right-of-way. Sufficient downspouts, drains, and gutters must be installed as part of each marquee to prevent water from the roof of the marquee from flowing onto the surface of a public right-of-way.
5. 
Marquees must be erected over a building entrance and are limited to the width of the building entrance plus an additional five feet on each side of the entrance doors covered by the marquee.
6. 
All marquees must maintain a minimum vertical clearance of eight feet, and the roof of the marquee structure must be erected below the second floor windowsill, and must not conceal any significant architectural features or ornamentation of the building.
7. 
Marquees may encroach into the public right-of-way but must be located at least two feet from the curb line.
8. 
Marquees are permitted lettering attached to and located above the roof of a marquee to a maximum height of 48 inches.
9. 
Marquees are permitted an electronic message component if the district allows electronic message signs. Marquees are also permitted a changeable message board as part of the marquee structure. However, the marquee may only have either a changeable message board sign or an electronic message sign.
10. 
Marquees may be internally illuminated. Marquee bare-bulb illumination is permitted.
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F. 
Menu board.
1. 
Menu boards are permitted for all drive-through facilities in any district.
2. 
Menu boards are limited to a maximum of two per drive-through lane.
3. 
Menu boards are limited to 80 square feet in sign area and eight feet in height. The menu board may be designed as separate freestanding signs grouped together and may include the use of preview boards designed as separate freestanding signs installed a distance earlier in the drive-through lane, however the total area of all signs must not exceed 80 square feet.
4. 
Menu boards are permitted an additional 10 square feet of sign area for temporary signs attached to the top or sides of the menu board.
5. 
Menu boards must be located a minimum of 15 feet from any residential district lot line. This is measured from sign face to lot line, including any public right-of-way.
6. 
Menu boards may be internally illuminated. Menu boards may also contain an electronic screen for interaction with each customer.
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G. 
Projecting Signs.
1. 
Projecting signs are permitted in the commercial districts and the I-MU District.
2. 
Projecting signs in the C-T, C-l, and C-V Districts are limited to 12 square feet. Projecting signs in all other districts where allowed are limited to 24 square feet.
3. 
One projecting sign is permitted per establishment with frontage on a street. For a corner lot, one projecting sign is permitted for each street frontage.
4. 
Projecting signs may encroach into the public right-of-way but can only encroach a maximum of 2/3 the distance from the lot line to the back of curb or four feet from the building facade, whichever is less.
5. 
Projecting signs must maintain a minimum vertical clearance of eight feet. No projecting sign affixed to a building may project higher than the building height, including the sign support structure.
6. 
Projecting signs must be constructed of wood or simulated wood, metal, durable, weather-resistant material like canvas, canvas-like material, nylon or vinyl-coated fabric, plastic, or high-density urethane (HDU) foam board or similar durable foam construction. Projecting signs constructed of canvas or similar material must be mounted so that they are held taut between support posts.
7. 
Projecting signs may be internally or externally illuminated. If externally illuminated, all lighting must be directed onto the sign face from above.
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H. 
Roof Sign.
1. 
Roof signs are permitted only in the C-D District. They are prohibited in all other districts.
2. 
Roof signs are limited to a maximum width of 75% of the roof width (measured along the facade the sign is mounted parallel to) and a maximum height of 15 feet (measured from the roof to the uppermost point of the sign).
3. 
A maximum of one roof sign is permitted per building.
4. 
A roof sign may be installed only on a flat roof.
5. 
A roof sign must be set back at least three feet from the outermost walls of the roof.
6. 
Roof signs must be safely and securely attached to the roof structure and must not interfere with any roof access points.
ROOF SIGN
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I. 
Wall Sign.
1. 
Wall signs are permitted for all nonresidential uses in any district.
2. 
Wall signs are permitted on all facades of a structure. On a site consisting of multiple structures, each structure is permitted wall signs per the regulations of this section. The square footage from different structures cannot be combined to create a larger sign on any one structure.
3. 
For a single tenant structure, the maximum total wall sign area is one square foot per linear foot of building wall where the wall sign(s) will be mounted or 40 square feet, whichever is greater. The square footage from different facades cannot be combined to create a larger sign on any one facade.
4. 
For a structure that contains multiple tenants, each tenant that has exterior business facade area is permitted a total wall sign area of one square foot per linear foot of business frontage or 40 square feet, whichever is greater, along their individual frontage(s).
5. 
The number of individual wall signs on a facade is not limited, however the cumulative sign area of all signs on a facade cannot exceed the maximum allowable total wall sign area per facade.
6. 
Wall signs may be internally or externally illuminated. If externally illuminated, all light must be directed onto the sign face.
7. 
Wall signs must be safely and securely attached to the building wall. Wall signs must project 18 inches or less from the building wall. Wall signs may encroach into the public right-of-way no more than 18 inches.
8. 
No wall sign affixed to a building, including sign support structure, may project beyond the ends or top of the wall or higher than the roofline of the structure to which it is attached.
9. 
Wall signs must be constructed of wood or simulated wood, metal, plastic, or high-density urethane (HDU) foam board or similar durable foam construction. Canvas and similar material wall signs and painted wall signs are prohibited.
10. 
Wall signs are permitted on architectural appurtenances, such as chimneys or penthouses, which are part of the structure. Wall signs must not cover any window, windowsill, transom sill, or significant architectural feature of the structure.
11. 
On existing buildings, a parapet wall must not be constructed for the sole purpose of increasing the allowable height of a wall sign. For new buildings, when a sign is mounted on a parapet wall, that parapet wall must be consistent with the architectural design of the building, including building materials.
12. 
Signs may be projected onto a wall and do not count toward total wall sign area. Such signs must remain static and cannot flash, rotate, or move. No such projected wall sign can project an electronic video. No such projected sign may glare onto adjacent properties.
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Table 17.12-1: Summary of Sign Permissions catalogs the types of permitted signs, both permanent and temporary, and indicates whether such sign requires a sign permit. This table is provided for reference purposes. In the case of any conflict with the regulations of this chapter and this ordinance, the specific sign regulations control over this table. All signs must comply with all provisions of Chapter 12.36 of the Davenport Municipal Code.
Table 17.12-1: Summary of Sign Permissions
Sign Type
Exempt Sign
(Section 17.12.050)
Permit Required
(Section 17.12.060)
Permitted Locations
A-Frame Sign
C-1, C-2, C-3, C-D, C-V, and I-MU Districts
Attention-Getting Device
Nonresidential uses
Awning Sign
Multi-family dwellings and nonresidential uses in all district
Canopy Sign: Non-Structural Canopy Signs
Multi-family dwellings and nonresidential uses in all district
Canopy Sign Structural: Attached to Principal Building
Multi-family dwellings and nonresidential uses in all district
Canopy Sign Structural: Freestanding
Gas stations and drive through facilities in any district
Construction Activity Sign
On a lot where active construction is taking place in all districts
Electronic Message Sign
Commercial and industrial districts S-IC District. Following uses in any district: conservation area, cultural facility, educational facility - primary or secondary, educational facility - university or college, government office/facility, public park, places of worship Gas stations in any district
Freestanding Signs - Standard
Multi-family dwellings and nonresidential uses in all districts
Freestanding Signs - Multi-Tenant Retail Center
Multi-tenant retail centers in all districts
Freestanding Signs - Residential Subdivision
Residential subdivisions in all districts
Government Sign
All districts
Light Pole Banner
Light pole banners on private property in all districts
Marquee
Commercial uses in C-3, C-D, and C-V Districts
Memorial or Historic Event
Where a structure or lot is related to a historic person, event, structure, or site in all districts
Menu board
Drive through facilities in all districts
Multiple Tenant Building Entryway
Entryways for multiple tenant buildings (multi-family dwellings and non-residential and mixed-use developments) in all districts
Noncommercial Message
All districts
Parking Lots and Structures
Parking lot/structures for each entrance/exit, driveway intersection, drive-through lane, and other circulation points in all districts
Projecting Signs
Commercial districts
Real Estate Activity
When a structure or lot is offered for sale, lease, or rent in all districts
Roof Sign
C-D District
Wall Sign
Non-residential uses in all districts
Window Sign
Nonresidential uses
A. 
In the S-IC District, educational facilities and hospital campuses have unique sign needs that may need to depart from the requirements of this chapter. In such cases, the Zoning Administrator may approve such sign standards for temporary and permanent signs through the approval of a Sign Master Plan. The Sign Master Plan must be submitted and approved in conjunction with a sign permit.
B. 
A Master Sign Plan may be applied for by an educational facility or hospital campuses in the S-IC District a minimum of two acres in size. In calculating the area, the entire area does not have to be contiguous and may be separated by rights-of-way or by individual parcels not owned by the institution. However, the entire area must function as a connected campus.
C. 
A comprehensive sign plan must be submitted to the Zoning Administrator. The comprehensive sign plan must describe the planned signs for the campus, including all exceptions to the requirements of this chapter. The sign plan may be more permissive than the standards of this section. Directional signs within the campus may be described generally by sign area and height, and general locations.
D. 
In no case may a Master Sign Plan allow for off-premise signs.