17.28.100 – Temporary signs requiring a permit

  1. Permit Required
    A permit is required to erect temporary signs greater in size than 6 square feet and attention getting devices in accordance with Section 17.28.020 A (Sign Permit).  Signs of 6 square feet of less are classified as Yard Signs and are allowed without a permit in accordance with Paragraph 17.28.090.
  2. Time Limit
    1. Unless otherwise permitted within this section, displays of commercial temporary signs shall be limited to fourteen (14) days per permit, and not more than four (4) such permits shall be issued to an applicant per calendar year. There shall be a minimum separation of thirty (30) days between commercial temporary sign displays.
    2. Displays of Non-Commercail Temporary Signs shall be limited to ninety (90) days per permit.
    3. Temporary Signs on Property of Sale or Lease shall not be subjectto a time limit by shall be removed no later than seven (7) days following the sale or lease of the property.
    4. Temporary Signs on property to which an active permit has been issued for construction of a new building or site developmet work shall not be subject to a time limit, but shall be removed no later than seven (7) days after issuance of an occupancy permit or completion of the project.
    5. Temporary Signs permitted for an authorized Temporary Use per Section 17.20.040 shall be subject to the same time limitation as the Temporary Use, and shall only be posted during the operation of the Temporary Use.
    6. During construction or reconstruction of public improvements, if the Director of Community Development determines that the construction activity will disrupt access to lots and/or visibility of lots directly adjacent to the construction, the Director may authorize temporary signs to remain in excess of the time limits specified in this Section, but such signs shall be removed no later than seven (7) days following substantial completion of the construction.
    7. Notwithstanding the time limits for posting, all Temporary Sign permits shall expire after one-year.
  3. Setbacks
    Freestanding temporary signs and attention getting devices shall be set back a minimum of five (5) feet from all right-of way lines.
    1. In the BL, BC, BR, CBD-1, O-R, M-1, M-2, and PL Districts, one (1) temporary sign is permitted for each street frontage of the lot. The maximum sign area and height shall be:
      1. For lots one (1) acre and under:  Thirty-two (32) square feet of surface area.  Freestanding signs shall not exceed eight (8) feet in height.
      2. For lots one (1) to five (5) acres:  Sixty-four (64) square feet of surface area.  Freestanding signs shall not exceed eight (8) feet in height.
      3. For lots five (5) acres and above:  One hundred (100) square feet of surface area.  Freestanding signs shall not exceed ten (10) feet in height.
    2. In the BT Overlay and CBD-2 Districts, one (1) temporary sign is permitted for each street frontage of the lot. Each sign shall not exceed sixteen (16) square feet in surface area. Freestanding signs shall not exceed six (6) feet in height.
    3. In residential districts, for developed lots over 4 acres and vacant lots over 1 acre, one temporary sign is permitted for each street frontage of the lot.  The maximum sign area and height shall be 32 square feet in surface area: freestanding signs shall not exceed 8 feet in height and wall sign shall not exceed the building height.
  4. ​Attention-Getting Devices
    Attention-getting devices are permitted only in the BL, BC, BR, CBD-1, O-R, M-1, M-2 and PL Districts. Attention getting devices shall be displayed only in association with a grand opening or special event.  Attention getting devices shall comply with the following restrictions:
    1. ​Balloon Signs
      The longest dimension of the balloon portion of a balloon sign shall not exceed seven (7) linear feet. The length of the entire balloon sign, as measured from the longest dimension of the balloon and including the tether, shall not exceed ten (10) feet.
    2. Pennants, Flags, Valences and Streamers
      1. Pennants, flags, valences and streamers, if attached to the building, shall not extend above the building height; if attached to a freestanding permanent sign,  they shall not extend above the height of the sign.
      2. Pennants, flags, valences and streamers shall be mounted with a vertical clearance of at least 9 feet from the ground.
    3. Searchlights
      Searchlights shall be oriented skyward not breaking an angle of forty-five degrees (45°) from the ground. Searchlights shall not be operated between the hours of 11:00pm and 7:00am.
(2018-Z-10: § 2; 1996-Z-1: § 1)